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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545245/multimodal-bio-inspired-tactile-sensing-module-for-surface-characterization
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Thiago Eustaquio Alves de Oliveira, Ana-Maria Cretu, Emil M Petriu
Robots are expected to recognize the properties of objects in order to handle them safely and efficiently in a variety of applications, such as health and elder care, manufacturing, or high-risk environments. This paper explores the issue of surface characterization by monitoring the signals acquired by a novel bio-inspired tactile probe in contact with ridged surfaces. The tactile module comprises a nine Degree of Freedom Microelectromechanical Magnetic, Angular Rate, and Gravity system (9-DOF MEMS MARG) and a deep MEMS pressure sensor embedded in a compliant structure that mimics the function and the organization of mechanoreceptors in human skin as well as the hardness of the human skin...
May 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545135/maximum-flow-based-resilience-analysis-from-component-to-system
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Chong Jin, Ruiying Li, Rui Kang
Resilience, the ability to withstand disruptions and recover quickly, must be considered during system design because any disruption of the system may cause considerable loss, including economic and societal. This work develops analytic maximum flow-based resilience models for series and parallel systems using Zobel's resilience measure. The two analytic models can be used to evaluate quantitatively and compare the resilience of the systems with the corresponding performance structures. For systems with identical components, the resilience of the parallel system increases with increasing number of components, while the resilience remains constant in the series system...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545064/transcriptomic-analysis-of-the-response-of-pseudomonas-fluorescens-to-epigallocatechin-gallate-by-rna-seq
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Xiaoxiang Liu, Bimiao Shen, Peng Du, Nan Wang, Jiaxue Wang, Jianrong Li, Aihua Sun
Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is a main constituent of green tea polyphenols that are widely used as food preservatives and are considered to be safe for consumption. However, the underlying antimicrobial mechanism of EGCG and the bacterial response to EGCG are not clearly understood. In the present study, a genome-wide transcriptional analysis of a typical spoilage bacterium, Pseudomonas fluorescens that responded to EGCG was performed using RNA-seq technology. A total of 26,365,414 and 23,287,092 clean reads were generated from P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544098/crystal-structure-of-the-sensor-domain-of-baes-from-serratia-marcescens-fs14
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Ya Zhang, Shenshen Qiu, Shanshan Jia, Dongqing Xu, Tingting Ran, Weiwu Wang
The sensor histidine kinases of two-component signal-transduction systems (TCSs) are essential for bacteria to adapt to variable environmental conditions. The two-component regulatory system BaeS/R increases multidrug and metal resistance in Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In this study, we report the X-ray structure of the periplasmic sensor domain of BaeS from Serratia marcescens FS14. The BaeS sensor domain (34-160) adopts a mixed α/β-fold containing a central four-stranded antiparallel β-sheet flanked by a long N-terminal α-helix and additional loops and a short C-terminal α-helix on each side...
May 24, 2017: Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544072/morphological-control-of-heteroleptic-cis-and-trans-pd2-l2-l-2-cages
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Witold M Bloch, Julian J Holstein, Wolf Hiller, Guido H Clever
Control over the integrative self-sorting of metallo-supramolecular assemblies opens up possibilities for introducing increased complexity and function into a single self-assembled architecture. Herein, the relationship between the geometry of three ligand components and morphology of three self-sorted heteroleptic [Pd2 L2 L'2 ](4+) cages is examined. Pd-mediated assembly of two bis-monodentate pyridyl ligands with native bite angles of 75° and 120° affords a cis-[Pd2 L2 L'2 ](4+) cage while the same reaction with two ligands with bite angles of 75° and 60° gives an unprecedented, self-penetrating structural motif; a trans-[Pd2 (anti-L)2 L'2 ](4+) heteroleptic cage with a "doubly bridged figure eight" topology...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542801/serum-protein-binding-of-25-antiepileptic-drugs-in-a-routine-clinical-setting-a-comparison-of-free-non-protein-bound-concentrations
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Philip N Patsalos, Miguel Zugman, Charlotte Lake, Anthony James, Neville Ratnaraj, Josemir W Sander
OBJECTIVE: Given that only the free non-protein-bound concentration of an antiepileptic drug (AED) crosses the blood-brain barrier, entering the brain and producing an antiepileptic effect, knowledge and measurement of the free drug fraction is important. Such data are sparse, particularly for newer AEDs, and have arisen from the use of disparate methodologies and settings over the past six decades. We report on the protein binding of 25 AEDs that are available for clinical use, along with two pharmacologically active metabolites (carbamazepine-epoxide and N-desmethyl clobazam), using standardized methodology and under set conditions...
May 24, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542729/occupational-manual-activity-is-reflected-on-the-patterns-among-hand-entheses
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Fotios Alexandros Karakostis, Gerhard Hotz, Heike Scherf, Joachim Wahl, Katerina Harvati
OBJECTIVES: In anthropological sciences, entheses are widely utilized as occupational stress markers. However, the reaction of entheseal surfaces to mechanical loading is not well understood. Furthermore, previous studies on entheses relied on the individuals' occupation-at-death. Past research by one of us has identified two patterns among hand entheses, proposing that they reflect two synergistic muscle groups. Here, we investigate the association between these patterns and habitual manual activity using an extensively documented skeletal sample and a three-dimensional system of quantification...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542701/two-separate-effects-contribute-to-regulatory-t-cell-defect-in-sle-patients-and-their-unaffected-relatives
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Nuno Costa, Oriana Marques, Sandra I Godinho, Cláudia Carvalho, Barbara Leal, Ana M Figueiredo, Carlos Vasconcelos, António Marinho, Maria F Moraes-Fontes, António Gomes da Costa, Cristina Ponte, Raquel Campanilho-Marques, Telma Cóias, Ana R Martins, João F Viana, Margarida Lima, Berta Martins, Constantin Fesel
FOXP3(+) regulatory T-cells (Tregs) are functionally deficient in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), characterized by reduced surface CD25 (the IL-2 receptor alpha chain). Low-dose IL-2 therapy is a promising current approach to correct this defect. To elucidate the origins of the SLE Treg phenotype, we studied its role through developmentally defined Treg subsets in 45 SLE patients, 103 SLE-unaffected first-degree relatives and 61 unrelated healthy control subjects, and genetic association with the CD25-encoding IL2RA locus...
May 24, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542616/regulation-of-acetyl-coa-synthetase-transcription-by-the-crbs-r-two-component-system-is-conserved-in-genetically-diverse-environmental-pathogens
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Kristin Jacob, Anna Rasmussen, Paul Tyler, Mariah M Servos, Mariame Sylla, Cecilia Prado, Elizabeth Daniele, Josh S Sharp, Alexandra E Purdy
The CrbS/R two-component signal transduction system is a conserved regulatory mechanism through which specific Gram-negative bacteria control acetate flux into primary metabolic pathways. CrbS/R governs expression of acetyl-CoA synthase (acsA), an enzyme that converts acetate to acetyl-CoA, a metabolite at the nexus of the cell's most important energy-harvesting and biosynthetic reactions. During infection, bacteria can utilize this system to hijack host acetate metabolism and alter the course of colonization and pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542513/structural-features-of-phox-one-of-the-phosphate-binding-proteins-from-pho-regulon-of-xanthomonas-citri
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Vanessa R Pegos, Rodrigo M L Santos, Francisco J Medrano, Andrea Balan
In Escherichia coli, the ATP-Binding Cassette transporter for phosphate is encoded by the pstSCAB operon. PstS is the periplasmic component responsible for affinity and specificity of the system and has also been related to a regulatory role and chemotaxis during depletion of phosphate. Xanthomonas citri has two phosphate-binding proteins: PstS and PhoX, which are differentially expressed under phosphate limitation. In this work, we focused on PhoX characterization and comparison with PstS. The PhoX three-dimensional structure was solved in a closed conformation with a phosphate engulfed in the binding site pocket between two domains...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542414/the-intestinal-torc2-signaling-pathway-contributes-to-associative-learning-in-caenorhabditis-elegans
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Naoko Sakai, Hayao Ohno, Masahiro Tomioka, Yuichi Iino
Several types of associative learning are dependent upon the presence or absence of food, and are crucial for the survival of most animals. Target of rapamycin (TOR), a kinase which exists as a component of two complexes, TOR complex 1 (TORC1) and TOR complex 2 (TORC2), is known to act as a nutrient sensor in numerous organisms. However, the in vivo roles of TOR signaling in the nervous system remain largely unclear, partly because its multifunctionality and requirement for survival make it difficult to investigate...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541480/alternative-evolutionary-paths-to-bacterial-antibiotic-resistance-cause-distinct-collateral-effects
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C Barbosa, V Trebosc, C Kemmer, P Rosenstiel, R Beardmore, H Schulenburg, G Jansen
When bacteria evolve resistance against a particular antibiotic, they may simultaneously gain increased sensitivity against a second one. Such collateral sensitivity may be exploited to develop novel, sustainable antibiotic treatment strategies aimed at containing the current, dramatic spread of drug resistance. To date, the presence and molecular basis of collateral sensitivity has only been studied in few bacterial species and is unknown for opportunistic human pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In the present study, we assessed patterns of collateral effects by experimentally evolving 160 independent populations of P...
May 23, 2017: Molecular Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540720/specifically-increased-paclitaxel-release-in-tumor-and-synergetic-therapy-by-a-hyaluronic-acid-tocopherol-nanomicelle
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Hanbo Zhang, Wei Li, Xiaomeng Guo, Fenfen Kong, Zuhua Wang, Chunqi Zhu, Lihua Luo, Qingpo Li, Jie Yang, Yongzhong Du, Jian You
Recently, interest in tumor-targeting and site-specific drug release from nanoparticles as a means of drug delivery has increased. In this study, we reported on a smart nanosized micelle formed by hyaluronic acid (HA) conjugated with D-α-Tocopherol Succinate (TOS) using a disulfide bond as the linker (HA-SS-TOS, HSST). HSST micelles can specifically bind to the CD44 receptors that are overexpressed on cancer cells. The high levels of glutathione (GSH) in tumor cells selectively break the disulfide bond linker...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540448/sensor-based-balance-measures-outperform-modified-balance-error-scoring-system-in-identifying-acute-concussion
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Laurie A King, Martina Mancini, Peter C Fino, James Chesnutt, Clayton W Swanson, Sheila Markwardt, Julie C Chapman
Balance assessment is an integral component of concussion evaluation and management. Although the modified balance error scoring system (mBESS) is the conventional clinical tool, objective metrics derived from wearable inertial sensors during the mBESS may increase sensitivity in detecting subtle balance deficits post-concussion. The aim of this study was to identify which stance condition and postural sway metrics obtained from an inertial sensor placed on the lumbar spine during the mBESS best discriminate athletes with acute concussion...
May 24, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539445/structure-of-simian-immunodeficiency-virus-envelope-spikes-bound-with-cd4-and-monoclonal-antibody-36d5
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Guiqing Hu, Jun Liu, Kenneth H Roux, Kenneth A Taylor
The HIV-1/SIV envelope spike (Env) mediates the viral entry into host cells. The V3 loop of the gp120 component of the Env trimer contributes to the co-receptor binding site and is a target for neutralizing antibodies. We have used cryoelectron tomography to visualize the binding of CD4 and the V3 loop monoclonal antibody 36D5 to gp120 of the SIV Env. Our results show that 36D5 binds gp120 at the base of the V3 loop and suggest the antibody exerts its neutralization effect by blocking the co-receptor binding site...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539353/crf-and-urocortin-3-protect-the-heart-from-hypoxia-reoxygenation-induced-apoptosis-in-zebrafish
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Tegan A Williams, Jillian C Bergstrome, Juliana Scott, Nicholas J Bernier
Fish routinely experience environmental hypoxia and have evolved various strategies to tolerate this challenge. Given the key role of the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) system in coordinating the response to stressors and its cardioprotective actions against ischemia in mammals, we sought to characterize the cardiac CRF system in zebrafish and its role in hypoxia tolerance. We established that all genes of the CRF system, the ligands CRFa, CRFb, urotensin 1 (UTS1) and urocortin 3 (UCN3), the two receptor subtypes (CRFR1 and CRFR2), and the binding protein (CRFBP) are expressed in the heart of zebrafish: crfr1 > crfr2 = crfbp > crfa > ucn3 > crfb > uts1...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539149/mobility-and-agility-during-locomotion-in-the-mark-iii-space-suit
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Conor R Cullinane, Richard A Rhodes, Leia A Stirling
INTRODUCTION: The Mark III (MIII) space suit assembly (SSAs) implements a multibearing, hard-material hip brief assembly (HBA). We hypothesize that: 1) the MIII HBA restricts operator mobility and agility which manifests in effects to gait parameters; 2) the waist bearing provides rotational motion, partially alleviating the restrictions; and 3) there are resistive, speed-dependent torques associated with the spinning bearings which further diminish mobility and agility. METHODS: A subject (Suited and Unsuited) performed two planetary tasks-walking forward (WF) and backward (WB)...
June 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539122/an-inference-method-from-multi-layered-structure-of-biomedical-data
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Myungjun Kim, Yonghyun Nam, Hyunjung Shin
BACKGROUND: Biological system is a multi-layered structure of omics with genome, epigenome, transcriptome, metabolome, proteome, etc., and can be further stretched to clinical/medical layers such as diseasome, drugs, and symptoms. One advantage of omics is that we can figure out an unknown component or its trait by inferring from known omics components. The component can be inferred by the ones in the same level of omics or the ones in different levels. METHODS: To implement the inference process, an algorithm that can be applied to the multi-layered complex system is required...
May 18, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539047/identifying-the-protein-interactions-of-the-cytosolic-iron-sulfur-cluster-targeting-complex-essential-for-its-assembly-and-recognition-of-apo-targets
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Amanda Thuy Van Vo, Nicholas M Fleischman, Mary J Froehlich, Claudia Y Lee, Jessica A Cosman, Calina A Glynn, Zanub O Hassan, Deborah L Perlstein
The cytosolic iron sulfur cluster assembly (CIA) system assembles iron sulfur (FeS) cluster cofactors and inserts them into >20 apo-protein targets residing in the cytosol and nucleus. Three CIA proteins, called Cia1, Cia2, and Met18 in yeast, form the targeting complex responsible for apo-target recognition. There is little information about the structure of this complex or its mechanism of CIA substrate recognition. Herein, we exploit affinity co-purification and size exclusion chromatography to determine the subunit connectivity and stoichiometry of the CIA targeting complex...
May 25, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537736/probing-the-cleaning-of-polymeric-coatings-by-nanostructured-fluids-a-qcm-d-study
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Martina Raudino, Nicoletta Giamblanco, Costanza Montis, Debora Berti, Giovanni Marletta, Piero Baglioni
Complex fluids composed of water, an organic solvent and a surfactant have been recently employed as cleaning systems to remove hydrophobic materials, such as polymeric coatings, from solid surfaces. The simultaneous presence of surfactants and an organic solvent with good affinity for the polymer was proven necessary for the polymer's removal, but the comprehension of the cleaning mechanism is poorly understood. In this article we investigated the mechanism of removal, highlighting the specific role of each component in the interaction with the polymer film...
May 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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