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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214917/mtss1-promotes-maturation-and-maintenance-of-cerebellar-neurons-via-splice-variant-specific-effects
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Thorsten Sistig, Fanziska Lang, Sebastian Wrobel, Stephan L Baader, Karl Schilling, Britta Eiberger
Efficient coupling of the actin cytoskeleton to the cell membrane is crucial for histogenesis and maintenance of the nervous system. At this critical interface, BAR (Bin-Amphiphysin-Rvs) proteins regulate membrane bending, shown to be instrumental for mobility and morphogenesis of individual cells. Yet, the systemic significance of these proteins remains largely unexplored. Here, we probe the role of a prominent member of this protein family, the inverse-BAR protein Mtss1, for the development and function of a paradigmatic neuronal circuit, the cerebellar cortex...
February 18, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205651/metal-support-interaction-on-cobalt-based-ft-catalysts-a-dft-study-of-model-inverse-catalysts
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Tracey van Heerden, Eric van Steen
It is challenging to isolate the effect of metal-support interactions on catalyst reaction performance. In order to overcome this problem, inverse catalysts can be prepared in the laboratory and characterized and tested at relevant conditions. Inverse catalysts are catalysts where the precursor to the catalytically active phase is bonded to a support-like ligand. We can then view the metal-support interaction as a ligand interaction with the support acting as a supra-molecular ligand. Importantly, laboratory studies have shown that these ligands are still present after reduction of the catalyst...
February 16, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205432/fluorescent-hexose-conjugates-establish-stringent-stereochemical-requirement-by-glut5-for-recognition-and-transport-of-monosaccharides
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Olivier-Mohamad Soueidan, Thomas W Scully, Jatinder Kaur, Rashmi Panigrahi, Alexandr Belovodskiy, Victor Do, Carson D Matier, M Joanne Lemieux, Frank Wuest, Chris Cheeseman, F G West
The specificity characteristics of transporters can be exploited for the development of novel diagnostic therapeutic probes. The facilitated hexose transporter family (GLUTs) has a distinct set of preferences for monosaccharide substrates, and while some are expressed ubiquitously (e.g., GLUT1), others are quite tissue specific (e.g., GLUT5, which is overexpressed in some breast cancer tissues). While these differences have enabled the development of new molecular probes based upon hexose- and tissue-selective uptake, substrate design for compounds targeting these GLUT transporters has been encumbered by a limited understanding of the molecular interactions at play in hexose binding and transport...
February 16, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201894/manipulating-and-probing-the-polarisation-of-a-methyl-tunnelling-system-by-field-cycling-nmr
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Bo Zhang, Sabah M M Abu-Khumra, Abdellah Aibout, Anthony J Horsewill
In NMR the polarisation of the Zeeman system may be routinely probed and manipulated by applying resonant rf pulses. As with spin-1/2 nuclei, at low temperature the quantum tunnelling states of a methyl rotor are characterised by two energy levels and it is interesting to consider how these tunnelling states might be probed and manipulated in an analogous way to nuclear spins in NMR. In this paper experimental procedures based on magnetic field-cycling NMR are described where, by irradiating methyl tunnelling sidebands, the polarisations of the methyl tunnelling systems are measured and manipulated in a prescribed fashion...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201853/antigenic-cross-reactivity-between-schistosoma-mansoni-and-peanut-a-role-for-cross-reactive-carbohydrate-determinants-ccds-and-implications-for-the-hygiene-hypothesis
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Joseph E Igetei, Marwa El-Faham, Susan Liddell, Michael J Doenhoff
The antigenic reactivity of constituents of Schistosoma mansoni and peanut (Arachis hypogaea) was investigated to determine whether identical antigenic epitopes possessed by both organisms provided a possible explanation for the negative correlation between chronic schistosome infection and atopy to allergens. Aqueous extracts of peanuts were probed in Western immunoblots with rabbit IgG antibodies raised against the egg, cercarial and adult worm stages of S. mansoni. Several molecules in the peanut extract were antigenically reactive with antibodies from the various rabbit anti-schistosome sera...
February 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192918/monitoring-gold-nanoparticle-growth-in-situ-via-the-acoustic-vibrations-probed-by-four-wave-mixing
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Jian Wu, Dao Xiang, Reuven Gordon
We monitor in situ gold nanoparticle growth in aqueous solution by probing the acoustic vibrations with four-wave mixing. We observe two acoustic vibrational modes of gold nanoparticles from the nonlinear optical response: an extensional mode with longitudinal expansion and transverse contraction and a breathing mode with radial expansion and contraction. The mode frequencies, which show an inverse dependence on the nanoparticle diameter, allow one to monitor the nanoparticle size and size distribution during synthesis...
January 30, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186797/topologically-entangled-rashba-split-shockley-states-on-the-surface-of-grey-arsenic
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Peng Zhang, J-Z Ma, Y Ishida, L-X Zhao, Q-N Xu, B-Q Lv, K Yaji, G-F Chen, H-M Weng, X Dai, Z Fang, X-Q Chen, L Fu, T Qian, H Ding, S Shin
We discover a pair of spin-polarized surface bands on the (111) face of grey arsenic by using angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES). In the occupied side, the pair resembles typical nearly-free-electron Shockley states observed on noble-metal surfaces. However, pump-probe ARPES reveals that the spin-polarized pair traverses the bulk band gap and that the crossing of the pair at Γ[over ¯] is topologically unavoidable. First-principles calculations well reproduce the bands and their nontrivial topology; the calculations also support that the surface states are of Shockley type because they arise from a band inversion caused by crystal field...
January 27, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28182426/probing-the-near-field-of-second-harmonic-light-around-plasmonic-nanoantennas
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Bernd Metzger, Mario Hentschel, Harald Giessen
We introduce a new concept that enables sub-wavelength polarization-resolved probing of the second-harmonic near-field distribution of plasmonic nanostructures. As a local sensor this method utilizes aluminum nanoantennas, which are resonant to the second-harmonic wavelength and which allow to efficiently scatter the local second-harmonic light to the far-field. We place these sensors into the second-harmonic near-field generated by plasmonic nanostructures, and carefully vary their position and orientation...
February 9, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177181/radial-endobronchial-ultrasound-for-the-diagnosis-of-peripheral-pulmonary-lesions-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Muhammad S Ali, William Trick, Benjamin I Mba, Divyanshu Mohananey, Jaskaran Sethi, Ali I Musani
Tissue diagnosis of peripheral pulmonary lesions (PPLs) can be challenging. In the past, flexible bronchoscopy was commonly performed for this purpose but its diagnostic yield is suboptimal. This has led to the development of new bronchoscopic modalities such as radial endobronchial ultrasound (R-EBUS), electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB) and virtual bronchoscopy (VB). We performed this meta-analysis using data from previously published R-EBUS studies, to determine its diagnostic yield and other performance characteristics...
February 8, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176789/the-intraspecies-diversity-of-c-albicans-triggers-qualitatively-and-temporally-distinct-host-responses-that-determine-the-balance-between-commensalism-and-pathogenicity
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F A Schönherr, F Sparber, F R Kirchner, E Guiducci, K Trautwein-Weidner, A Gladiator, N Sertour, U Hetzel, G T T Le, N Pavelka, C d'Enfert, M-E Bougnoux, C F Corti, S LeibundGut-Landmann
The host immune status is critical for preventing opportunistic infections with Candida albicans. Whether the natural fungal diversity that exists between C. albicans isolates also influences disease development remains unclear. Here, we used an experimental model of oral infection to probe the host response to diverse C. albicans isolates in vivo and found dramatic differences in their ability to persist in the oral mucosa, which inversely correlated with the degree and kinetics of immune activation in the host...
February 8, 2017: Mucosal Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173778/combined-cumulative-sum-cusum-and-chronological-environmental-analysis-as-a-tool-to-improve-the-learning-environment-for-linear-probe-endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-transbronchial-needle-aspiration-ebus-tbna-trainees-a-pilot-study
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Yasuhiro Norisue, Yasuharu Tokuda, Mayrol Juarez, Ryo Uchimido, Shigeki Fujitani, David A Stoeckel
BACKGROUND: Cumulative sum (CUSUM) analysis can be used to continuously monitor the performance of an individual or process and detect deviations from a preset or standard level of achievement. However, no previous study has evaluated the utility of CUSUM analysis in facilitating timely environmental assessment and interventions to improve performance of linear-probe endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA). The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of combined CUSUM and chronological environmental analysis as a tool to improve the learning environment for EBUS-TBNA trainees...
February 7, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169384/characterisation-of-hydration-and-nanophase-separation-during-the-temperature-response-in-hydrophobic-hydrophilic-elastin-like-polypeptide-elp-diblock-copolymers
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Katharina Widder, Sarah R MacEwan, Elisabeth Garanger, Vanesa Núñez, Sébastien Lecommandoux, Ashutosh Chilkoti, Dariush Hinderberger
To understand the complex nanoscale dehydration process during the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) based inverse phase transition of a class of thermoresponsive biopolymers, diblock elastin-like polypeptides (ELPs) were investigated by spin probing continuous wave electron paramagnetic resonance (CW EPR) spectroscopy. The diblock copolymers composed of a hydrophobic block and a hydrophilic block showed different mechanisms of a temperature-driven phase transition. While the phase transition temperature is a function of the hydrophobic mass fraction of the diblock ELPs, the hydrophilic block length determines the molecular structure of the polymer aggregates formed above the transition temperature...
February 7, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149705/secondary-ion-mass-spectrometry-analysis-of-renal-cell-carcinoma-with-electrospray-droplet-ion-beams
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Satoshi Ninomiya, Kentaro Yoshimura, Lee Chuin Chen, Sen Takeda, Kenzo Hiraoka
Tissue samples from renal cell carcinoma patients were analyzed by electrospray droplet ion beam-induced secondary ion mass spectrometry (EDI/SIMS). Positively- and negatively-charged secondary ions were measured for the cancerous and noncancerous regions of the tissue samples. Although specific cancerous species could not be found in both the positive and negative secondary ion spectra, the spectra of the cancerous and noncancerous tissues presented different trends. For instance, in the m/z range of 500-800 of the positive secondary ion spectra for the cancerous tissues, the intensities for several m/z values were lower than those of the m/z+2 peaks (indicating one double bond loss for the species), whereas, for the noncancerous tissues, the inverse trend was obtained...
2017: Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146577/blood-microbiome-quantity-and-the-hyperdynamic-circulation-in-decompensated-cirrhotic-patients
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Daniela Traykova, Beacher Schneider, Mario Chojkier, Martina Buck
BACKGROUND: Recently, a complex microbiome was comprehensibly characterized in the serum and ascitic fluid of cirrhotic patients. In the current study, we investigated for the first time the induction of inflammatory pathways and Nitric Oxide, as well as the systemic hemodynamics in conjunction with the blood microbiome in a Child-Pugh class B cirrhotic cohort. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used the Intestinal Infections Microbial DNA qPCR Array to screen for 53 bacterial DNA from the gut in the blood...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125801/genome-wide-copy-number-aberrations-and-her2-and-fgfr1-alterations-in-primary-breast-cancer-by-molecular-inversion-probe-microarray
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Hui Chen, Rajesh R Singh, Xinyan Lu, Lei Huo, Hui Yao, Kenneth Aldape, Ronald Abraham, Shumaila Virani, Meenakshi Mehrotra, Bal Mukund Mishra, Alex Bousamra, Constance Albarracin, Yun Wu, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, Rashmi Kanagal Shamanna, Mark J Routbort, L Jeffrey Medeiros, Keyur P Patel, Russell Broaddus, Aysegul Sahin, Rajyalakshmi Luthra
Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women despite stratification based on standard hormonal receptor (HR) and HER2 testing. Additional prognostic markers are needed to improve breast cancer treatment. Chromothripsis, a catastrophic genome rearrangement, has been described recently in various cancer genomes and affects cancer progression and prognosis. However, little is known about chromothripsis in breast cancer. To identify novel prognostic biomarkers in breast cancer, we used molecular inversion probe (MIP) microarray to explore genome-wide copy number aberrations (CNA) and breast cancer-related gene alterations in DNA extracted from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue...
January 24, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125082/molecular-genetic-findings-and-clinical-correlations-in-100-patients-with-joubert-syndrome-and-related-disorders-prospectively-evaluated-at-a-single-center
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Thierry Vilboux, Daniel A Doherty, Ian A Glass, Melissa A Parisi, Ian G Phelps, Andrew R Cullinane, Wadih Zein, Brian P Brooks, Theo Heller, Ariane Soldatos, Neal L Oden, Deniz Yildirimli, Meghana Vemulapalli, James C Mullikin, Nisc Comparative Sequencing Program, May Christine V Malicdan, William A Gahl, Meral Gunay-Aygun
PURPOSE: Joubert syndrome (JS) is a genetically and clinically heterogeneous ciliopathy characterized by distinct cerebellar and brainstem malformations resulting in the diagnostic "molar tooth sign" on brain imaging. To date, more than 30 JS genes have been identified, but these do not account for all patients. METHODS: In our cohort of 100 patients with JS from 86 families, we prospectively performed extensive clinical evaluation and provided molecular diagnosis using a targeted 27-gene Molecular Inversion Probes panel followed by whole-exome sequencing (WES)...
January 26, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120216/a-somatic-gna11-mutation-is-associated-with-extremity-capillary-malformation-and-overgrowth
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Javier A Couto, Ugur M Ayturk, Dennis J Konczyk, Jeremy A Goss, August Y Huang, Steve Hann, Jennifer L Reeve, Marilyn G Liang, Joyce Bischoff, Matthew L Warman, Arin K Greene
BACKGROUND: Capillary malformation is a cutaneous vascular anomaly that is present at birth, darkens over time, and can cause overgrowth of tissues beneath the stain. The lesion is caused by a somatic activating mutation in GNAQ. In a previous study, we were unable to identify a GNAQ mutation in patients with a capillary malformation involving an overgrown lower extremity. We hypothesized that mutations in GNA11 or GNA14, genes closely related to GNAQ, also may cause capillary malformations...
January 24, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114746/a-framework-for-the-investigation-of-pleiotropy-in-two-sample-summary-data-mendelian-randomization
#18
Jack Bowden, Fabiola Del Greco M, Cosetta Minelli, George Davey Smith, Nuala Sheehan, John Thompson
Mendelian randomization (MR) uses genetic data to probe questions of causality in epidemiological research, by invoking the Instrumental Variable (IV) assumptions. In recent years, it has become commonplace to attempt MR analyses by synthesising summary data estimates of genetic association gleaned from large and independent study populations. This is referred to as two-sample summary data MR. Unfortunately, due to the sheer number of variants that can be easily included into summary data MR analyses, it is increasingly likely that some do not meet the IV assumptions due to pleiotropy...
January 23, 2017: Statistics in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28113574/cone-beam-x-ray-luminescence-computed-tomography-based-on-bayesian-method
#19
Guanglei Zhang, Fei Liu, Jie Liu, Jianwen Luo, Yaoqin Xie, Lei Xing
X-ray luminescence computed tomography (XLCT), which aims to achieve molecular and functional imaging by X-rays, has recently been proposed as a new imaging modality. Combining the principles of X-ray excitation of luminescence-based probes and optical signal detection, XLCT naturally fuses functional and anatomical images and provides complementary information for a wide range of applications in biomedical research. In order to improve the data acquisition efficiency of previously developed narrow-beam XLCT, a cone beam XLCT (CB-XLCT) mode is adopted here to take advantage of the useful geometric features of cone beam excitation...
August 26, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106419/probing-the-nodal-structure-of-landau-level-wave-functions-in-real-space
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J R Bindel, J Ulrich, M Liebmann, M Morgenstern
The inversion layer of p-InSb(110) obtained by Cs adsorption of 1.8% of a monolayer is used to probe the Landau level wave functions within smooth potential valleys by scanning tunneling spectroscopy at 14 T. The nodal structure becomes apparent as a double peak structure of each spin polarized first Landau level, while the zeroth Landau level exhibits a single peak per spin level only. The real space data show single rings of the valley-confined drift states for the zeroth Landau level and double rings for the first Landau level...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
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