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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334383/a-simple-method-for-determining-the-ligand-affinity-toward-a-zinc-enzyme-model-by-using-a-tamra-tamra-interaction
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Hiroshi Kusamoto, Akio Shiba, Masaya Tsunehiro, Haruto Fujioka, Emiko Kinoshita-Kikuta, Eiji Kinoshita, Tohru Koike
Thiolate coordination to zinc(ii) ions occurs widely in such functional biomolecules as zinc enzymes or zinc finger proteins. Here, we introduce a simple method for determining the affinity of ligands toward the zinc-enzyme active-center model tetramethylrhodamine (TAMRA)-labeled 1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane (cyclen)-zinc(ii) complex (TAMRA-ZnL). The 1 : 1 complexation of TAMRA-labeled cysteine (TAMRA-Cys) with TAMRA-ZnL (each at 2.5 μM), in which the TAMRA moieties approach one another closely, induces remarkable changes in the visible absorption and fluorescence spectra at pH 7...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334274/an-overview-of-robotic-mechanical-devices-for-post-stroke-thumb-rehabilitation
#2
Marian Suarez-Escobar, Elizabeth Rendon-Velez
PURPOSE: This article aims to clarify the current state-of-the-art of robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation as well as the anatomical characteristics and motions of the thumb that are crucial for the development of any device that aims to support its motion. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify robotic/mechanical devices for post-stroke thumb rehabilitation. Specific electronic databases and well-defined search terms and inclusion/exclusion criteria were used for such purpose...
January 15, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334157/elevated-sympathetic-vasomotor-outflow-in-response-to-increased-inspiratory-muscle-activity-during-exercise-is-less-in-young-women-compared-with-men
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Keisho Katayama, Joshua R Smith, Kanako Goto, Kaori Shimizu, Mitsuru Saito, Koji Ishida, Teruhiko Koike, Satoshi Iwase, Craig A Harms
We compared changes in muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) and cardiovascular variables during leg cycle exercise with increased inspiratory muscle resistance in men and women. We hypothesized that sympathetic vasomotor outflow during exercise with increased inspiratory resistance would be attenuated in young women compared with age-matched men. Eight women and seven men completed the study. The subjects performed two 10-min exercise bouts at 40% peak oxygen uptake using a cycle ergometer in a semirecumbent position [spontaneous breathing for 5 min and voluntary hyperventilation with or without inspiratory resistive breathing for 5 min (breathing frequency: 50 breaths min-1 with a 50% duty cycle, inspiratory resistance: 30% of maximal inspiratory pressure)]...
January 15, 2018: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333912/the-resting-state-fmri-arterial-signal-predicts-differential-blood-transit-time-through-the-brain
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Yunjie Tong, Jinxia Fiona Yao, J Jean Chen, Blaise deB Frederick
Previous studies have found that aperiodic, systemic low-frequency oscillations (sLFOs) are present in blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) data. These signals are in the same low frequency band as the "resting state" signal; however, they are distinct signals which represent non-neuronal, physiological oscillations. The same sLFOs are found in the periphery (i.e. finger tips) as changes in oxy/deoxy-hemoglobin concentration using concurrent near-infrared spectroscopy. Together, this evidence points toward an extra-cerebral origin of these sLFOs...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332799/rapid-identification-of-regulated-organic-chemical-compounds-in-toys-using-ambient-ionization-and-a-miniature-mass-spectrometry-system
#5
Xiangyu Guo, Hua Bai, Yueguang Lv, Guangcheng Xi, Junfang Li, Xiaoxiao Ma, Yue Ren, Zheng Ouyang, Qiang Ma
Rapid, on-site analysis was achieved through significantly simplified operation procedures for a wide variety of toy samples (crayon, temporary tattoo sticker, finger paint, modeling clay, and bubble solution) using a miniature mass spectrometry system with ambient ionization capability. The labor-intensive analytical protocols involving sample workup and chemical separation, traditionally required for MS-based analysis, were replaced by direct sampling analysis using ambient ionization methods. A Mini β ion trap miniature mass spectrometer was coupled with versatile ambient ionization methods, e...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332164/skewing-of-the-genetic-architecture-at-the-zmym3-human-specific-5-utr-short-tandem-repeat-in-schizophrenia
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F Alizadeh, A Bozorgmehr, J Tavakkoly-Bazzaz, M Ohadi
Differential expansion of a number of human short tandem repeats (STRs) at the critical core promoter and 5' untranslated region (UTR) support the hypothesis that at least some of these STRs may provide a selective advantage in human evolution. Following a genome-wide screen of all human protein-coding gene 5' UTRs based on the Ensembl database ( http://www.ensembl.org ), we previously reported that the longest STR in this interval is a (GA)32, which belongs to the X-linked zinc finger MYM-type containing 3 (ZMYM3) gene...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331631/the-edinburgh-ct-and-genetic-diagnostic-criteria-for-lobar-intracerebral-haemorrhage-associated-with-cerebral-amyloid-angiopathy-model-development-and-diagnostic-test-accuracy-study
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Mark A Rodrigues, Neshika Samarasekera, Christine Lerpiniere, Catherine Humphreys, Mark O McCarron, Philip M White, James A R Nicoll, Cathie L M Sudlow, Charlotte Cordonnier, Joanna M Wardlaw, Colin Smith, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman
BACKGROUND: Identification of lobar spontaneous intracerebral haemorrhage associated with cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA) is important because it is associated with a higher risk of recurrent intracerebral haemorrhage than arteriolosclerosis-associated intracerebral haemorrhage. We aimed to develop a prediction model for the identification of CAA-associated lobar intracerebral haemorrhage using CT features and genotype. METHODS: We identified adults with first-ever intracerebral haemorrhage diagnosed by CT, who died and underwent research autopsy as part of the Lothian IntraCerebral Haemorrhage, Pathology, Imaging and Neurological Outcome (LINCHPIN) study, a prospective, population-based, inception cohort...
January 10, 2018: Lancet Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331581/identification-and-characterization-of-arginine-finger-like-motifs-and-endosome-lysosome-basolateral-sorting-signals-within-ectopically-expressed-cira-a-coxiella-burnetii-type-iv-secreted-effector-protein
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Mary M Weber, Robert Faris, Erin J van Schaik, James E Samuel
Coxiella burnetii is an obligate intracellular pathogen that replicates in an endolysosome-like compartment termed the Coxiella-containing vacuole (CCV). Formation of this unique replicative niche requires delivery of bacterial effector proteins into the host cytosol where they mediate crucial interactions with the host. We previously identified an essential Dot/Icm effector, CirA that is required for intracellular replication and CCV formation. Furthermore, CirA was shown to stimulate the GTPase activity of RhoA in vitro...
January 10, 2018: Microbes and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331522/nanos3-not-nanos1-and-nanos2-is-a-germ-cell-marker-gene-in-large-yellow-croaker-during-embryogenesis
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Kunhuang Han, Shihai Chen, Mingyi Cai, Yonghua Jiang, Ziping Zhang, Yilei Wang
In this study, three nanos gene subtypes (Lcnanos1, Lcnanos2 and Lcnanos3) from Larimichthys crocea, were cloned and characterized. We determined the spatio-temporal expression patterns of each subtype in tissues as well as the cellular localization of mRNA in embryos. Results showed that deduced Nanos proteins have two main homology domains: N-terminal CCR4/NOT1 deadenylase interaction domain and highly conserved carboxy-terminal region bearing two conserved CCHC zinc-finger motifs. The expression levels of Lcnanos1 in testis were significantly higher than other tissues, followed by heart, brain, eye, and ovary...
January 10, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331056/exploring-the-advantages-of-multiband-fmri-with-simultaneous-eeg-to-investigate-coupling-between-gamma-frequency-neural-activity-and-the-bold-response-in-humans
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Makoto Uji, Ross Wilson, Susan T Francis, Karen J Mullinger, Stephen D Mayhew
We established an optimal combination of EEG recording during sparse multiband (MB) fMRI that preserves high-resolution, whole-brain fMRI coverage while enabling broad-band EEG recordings which are uncorrupted by MRI gradient artefacts (GAs). We first determined the safety of simultaneous EEG recording during MB fMRI. Application of MB factor = 4 produced <1°C peak heating of electrode/hardware during 20 min of GE-EPI data acquisition. However, higher SAR sequences require specific safety testing, with greater heating observed using PCASL with MB factor = 4...
January 13, 2018: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330717/posterior-retroperitoneoscopic-resection-of-extra-adrenal-paraganglioma-located-in-the-aorto-caval-space
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Sang-Wook Kang, Emad Kandil, Min Jhi Kim, Kwang Soon Kim, Cho Rok Lee, Jong Ju Jeong, Kee-Hyun Nam, Woong Youn Chung, Cheong Soo Park
BACKGROUND: The posterior retroperitoneoscopic adrenalec tomy has several advantages compared with the transperitoneal approach such as a shorter and more direct route to the target organ, no breach of the intraperitoneal space, and no required retraction of the adjacent organs. It also is a safe procedure with a short learning curve.1-5 This report presents a challenging case of an extra-adrenal paraganglioma located in the aorto-caval space and managed using the retroperitoneal approach...
January 12, 2018: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329360/tumor-suppressor-mir-128-3p-inhibits-metastasis-and-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-by-targeting-zeb1-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-cancer
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Lili Zhao, Rui Li, Shanling Xu, Yi Li, Pei Zhao, Wei Dong, Zhenjun Liu, Qian Zhao, Bo Tan
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are some short RNAs that regulate multiple biological functions at post-transcriptional levels, such as tumorigenic processes, inflammatory lesions and cell apoptosis. Zinc finger E-box binding homeobox factor 1 (ZEB1) is a crucial mediator of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT). It induces malignant progression of various cancers including human esophageal squamous-cell carcinoma (ESCC). In this study, we found that miR-128-3p was downregulated in ESCC tissues and cells by using PCR...
January 10, 2018: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329019/salidroside-influences-the-cellular-cross-talk-of-human-fetal-lung-diploid-fibroblasts-a-proteomic-approach
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Wenmin Xing, Wenyan Gao, Huili Su, Sanying Wang, Jing Zhang, Genxiang Mao, Jing Yan
Senescence is a complex multiple factor proces, which is still poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to find the proteome of cultured human fetal lung diploid fibroblasts (2BS) of different population doubling (PD), as well as the altered proteome induced by salidroside (SAL) in 2BS cells. Proteins were identified by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) combining matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization-time and flight mass spectrometry (MAL DI-TOF/MS). As a result, we found 16 proteins with two-fold variations in senescent cells or after SAL treatment, some being reduced such as reticulocalbin-1, heat shock protein beta-6, elongation factor 1-delta, F-actin-capping protein subunit alpha-1, and chloride intracellular channel 1...
January 5, 2018: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328464/inhibition-of-gli-leads-to-antitumor-growth-and-enhancement-of-cisplatin-induced-cytotoxicity-in-large-cell-neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-lung
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Tsukasa Ishiwata, Shunichiro Iwasawa, Takahiro Ebata, Mengmeng Fan, Yuji Tada, Koichiro Tatsumi, Yuichi Takiguchi
Large cell neuroendocrine carcinoma (LCNEC) of the lung is a highly aggressive tumor without established standard treatment. The Hedgehog (Hh) signal, which is critical in embryogenesis, is known to play important roles in maintaining a malignant phenotype in various cancers. The present study explored the possibility of targeting the Hh signal in the treatment of LCNEC by suppressing Hh downstream molecules, Smoothened (Smo) and GLI family zinc finger 1/2 (Gli1/2), in 3 human LCNEC cell lines. Smo inhibitor, BMS-833923, and Gli inhibitor, GANT61, downregulated Gli1 and 2, resulting in the suppression of the cell viability of the 3 cell lines as assessed using an MTT assay...
January 3, 2018: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328302/sliding-sensor-using-fiber-bragg-grating-for-mechanical-fingers
#15
Muyun Qian, Youlong Yu, Naikui Ren, Jie Wang, Xiawen Jin
A sliding sensor based on a fiber Bragg grating (FBG) was proposed to enable mechanical fingers to softly grasp an object. FBG strain sensors are embedded in a polymeric material as a sensing element to obtain sliding information. This study expounded the structural design of the sliding sensor and the mechanism of sliding sensation, which were verified using the finite element simulation. The static and dynamic performances of the sliding sensor were studied experimentally. Finally, the sensing signals were processed using fuzzy logic...
January 8, 2018: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327969/atozf1-positively-regulates-defense-against-bacterial-pathogens-and-npr1-independent-salicylic-acid-signaling
#16
Nidhi Singh, Swadhin Swain, Anupriya Singh, Ashis Kumar Nandi
Plant hormone salicylic acid (SA) plays critical roles in defense signaling against biotrophic pathogens. Pathogen inoculation leads to SA accumulation in plants. SA activates a transactivator protein NPR1, which, in turn, transcriptionally activates many defense response genes. Reports also suggest the presence of NPR1-independent pathways for SA signaling in Arabidopsis. Here, we report the characterization of a zinc-finger protein-coding gene AtOZF1 that positively influences NPR1-independent SA signaling...
January 12, 2018: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327709/insm1-expression-and-its-diagnostic-significance-in-extraskeletal-myxoid-chondrosarcoma
#17
Akihiko Yoshida, Naohiro Makise, Susumu Wakai, Akira Kawai, Nobuyoshi Hiraoka
Extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma is a rare subtype of sarcoma that affects the soft tissue and bones in middle-aged and elderly adults. Its diagnosis can be challenging, with the differential diagnoses including a wide variety of mesenchymal tumors. The line of differentiation of extraskeletal myxoid chondrosarcoma has been controversial, but recent evidence suggests a neuroendocrine phenotype. INSM1 is a zinc-finger transcription factor that plays a pivotal role in neuroendocrine differentiation, and has been proposed as a promising immunohistochemical marker of neuroendocrine carcinoma...
January 12, 2018: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327552/-treatment-of-irreducible-gartland-typeiii-humerus-supracondylar-fracture-in-children-with-limited-open-reduction-and-percutaneous-k-wire-internal-fixation
#18
Xin Li, Hong Liu, Sheng Xiao, Ke Fang, Jie Wen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical outcomes of limited open reduction and percutaneous K-wire internal fixation for the treatment of irreducible Gartland type III humerus supracondylar fracture in children. METHODS: From May 2006 to October 2014, 132 patients with irreducible Gartland type III humerus supracondylar fracture were treated with reduction and percutaneous K-wire internal fixation. The reduction was performed with the guiding of surgeon's finger, and the lateral approach with periosteum torn was chosen according to the shift direction of the distal fractures...
January 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327029/bio-inspired-robust-non-iridescent-structural-color-with-self-adhesive-amorphous-colloidal-particle-arrays
#19
Panmiao Liu, Jialun Chen, Zexi Zhang, Zhuoying Xie, Xin Du, Zhongze Gu
Here we propose a new method for constructing highly color fast non-iridescent structural color materials by assembling self-adhesive poly-dopamine coated SiO2 nanoparticles (PDA@SiO2) for amorphous colloidal arrays through a "spraying" process. Simply by alkaline vapor treatment, the adhesive forces and fastness of the amorphous colloidal arrays were significantly improved. This was demonstrated by lap shear tests of tape tearing and cohesive failure as well as a series of fastness tests like sandpaper abrasion, finger wiping and ultrasonic cleaning...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326854/macular-buckling-surgery-for-retinal-detachment-associated-with-macular-hole-in-high-myopia-eye
#20
Kenan Sönmez, Ali Keleş
A 68-year-old woman presented to our clinic with a 1-month history of central scotoma and visual loss in her right eye. The best corrected visual acuity (BCVA) was hand motion in her right eye. Fundus examination showed myopic chorioretinal degeneration in association with posterior staphyloma and the retina was slightly elevated throughout the macula. Optical coherence tomography (OCT) revealed retinal detachment involving the posterior pole with a macular hole and staphyloma. The patient underwent pars plana vitrectomy, internal limiting membrane peeling, macular buckling, and perfluoropropane gas tamponade...
December 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
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