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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212459/structural-studies-of-nicotinoids-cotinine-vs-nicotine
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Iciar Uriarte, Cristóbal Pérez, Elena Caballero-Mancebo, Francisco J Basterretxea, Alberto Lesarri, José A Fernández, Emilio J Cocinero
Nicotinoids are agonists of the acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) and play important biochemical and pharmacological roles. Here we report on the structural and conformational landscape of cotinine, and compare its molecular properties with the nicotine prototype, from which it only differs in the addition of a carbonyl group. The investigation of cotinine included a theoretical survey of the effects of rotamerization of the pyridine moiety, the puckering of the pyrrolidinone ring and the internal rotation of the methyl group...
February 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212370/the-evolution-of-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplant-for-children-and-adolescents-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#2
Allyson Flower, Mitchell S Cairo
Survival rates in subsets of pediatric patients who have acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with favorable risk features are now greater than 90%. However, outcomes for patients with high-risk (HR) features remain unacceptably poor. As novel technologies for the identification of HR biomarkers and the detection of residual disease are developed, risk stratification and the application of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) are evolving. HSCT has been shown to benefit subpopulations of pediatric patients with AML, including those with HR cytogenetic translocations, genetic mutations, and/or residual disease after induction...
January 2017: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212310/presence-of-calcium-lowers-the-expansion-of-bacillus-subtilis-colony-biofilms
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Eisha Mhatre, Anandaroopan Sundaram, Theresa Hölscher, Mike Mühlstädt, Jörg Bossert, Ákos T Kovács
Robust colony formation by Bacillus subtilis is recognized as one of the sessile, multicellular lifestyles of this bacterium. Numerous pathways and genes are responsible for the architecturally complex colony structure development. Cells in the biofilm colony secrete extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) and protein components (TasA and the hydrophobin BslA) that hold them together and provide a protective hydrophobic shield. Cells also secrete surfactin with antimicrobial as well as surface tension reducing properties that aid cells to colonize the solid surface...
February 16, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211918/myotonic-dystrophy-type-1-patient-derived-ipscs-for-the-investigation-of-ctg-repeat-instability
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Junko Ueki, Masayuki Nakamori, Masahiro Nakamura, Misato Nishikawa, Yoshinori Yoshida, Azusa Tanaka, Asuka Morizane, Masayoshi Kamon, Toshiyuki Araki, Masanori P Takahashi, Akira Watanabe, Nobuya Inagaki, Hidetoshi Sakurai
Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an autosomal-dominant multi-system disease caused by expanded CTG repeats in dystrophia myotonica protein kinase (DMPK). The expanded CTG repeats are unstable and can increase the length of the gene with age, which worsens the symptoms. In order to establish a human stem cell system suitable for the investigation of repeat instability, DM1 patient-derived iPSCs were generated and differentiated into three cell types commonly affected in DM1, namely cardiomyocytes, neurons and myocytes...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211913/boosting-laser-ion-acceleration-with-multi-picosecond-pulses
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A Yogo, K Mima, N Iwata, S Tosaki, A Morace, Y Arikawa, S Fujioka, T Johzaki, Y Sentoku, H Nishimura, A Sagisaka, K Matsuo, N Kamitsukasa, S Kojima, H Nagatomo, M Nakai, H Shiraga, M Murakami, S Tokita, J Kawanaka, N Miyanaga, K Yamanoi, T Norimatsu, H Sakagami, S V Bulanov, K Kondo, H Azechi
Using one of the world most powerful laser facility, we demonstrate for the first time that high-contrast multi-picosecond pulses are advantageous for proton acceleration. By extending the pulse duration from 1.5 to 6 ps with fixed laser intensity of 10(18) W cm(-2), the maximum proton energy is improved more than twice (from 13 to 33 MeV). At the same time, laser-energy conversion efficiency into the MeV protons is enhanced with an order of magnitude, achieving 5% for protons above 6 MeV with the 6 ps pulse duration...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211894/design-of-a-porous-cathode-for-ultrahigh-performance-of-a-li-ion-battery-an-overlooked-pore-distribution
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Jihwan Song, Junhyung Kim, Taewook Kang, Dongchoul Kim
Typical cathode materials of Li-ion battery suffer from a severe loss in specific capacity, and this problem is regarded as a major obstacle in the expansion of newer applications. To overcome this, porous cathodes are being extensively utilized. However, although it seems that the porosity in the cathode would be a panacea for high performance of LIBs, there is a blind point in the cathode consisting of porous structures, which makes the porous design to be a redundant. Here, we report the importance of designing the porosity of a cathode in obtaining ultrahigh performance with the porous design or a degraded performance even with increase of porosity...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211875/a-hyaluronan-hydrogel-scaffold-based-xeno-free-culture-system-for-ex-vivo-expansion-of-human-corneal-epithelial-stem-cells
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D Chen, Y Qu, X Hua, L Zhang, Z Liu, S C Pflugfelder, D-Q Li
PurposeTo develop a hyaluronan hydrogel scaffold-based xeno-free culture system for ex vivo cultivation of human corneal epithelial stem cells (CESCs).Patients and MethodsCESCs were cultivated from donor limbal explants on the HyStem-C Hydrogel bio-scaffold in 12-well plates for 3 weeks. Group A used the traditional supplemented hormonal epidermal medium (SHEM) and group B used the defined SHEM (without fetal bovine serum and toxin A, adding 20% serum replacement). The growth and morphology of the cultured cells were assessed by phase contrast microscope...
February 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211758/life-cycle-host-utilization-and-ecological-fitting-for-invasive-lancet-liver-fluke-dicrocoelium-dendriticum-emerging-in-southern-alberta-canada
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Bradley van Paridon, John S Gilleard, Douglas D Colwell, Cameron P Goater
The expansion of parasite distributions outside of their native host and geographical ranges has occurred repeatedly over evolutionary time. Contemporary examples include emerging infectious diseases (EID's), many of which pose threats to human, domestic animal, and wildlife populations. Theory predicts that parasites with complex life cycles will be rare as EID's due to constraints imposed by host specialization at each life-cycle stage. In contrast to predictions of this theory, we report 2 new intermediate hosts in the 3-host life cycle of the liver fluke Dicrocoelium dendriticum in Cypress Hills Provincial Park, Alberta, Canada...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211679/site-directed-immobilization-of-bmp-2-two-approaches-for-the-production-of-innovative-osteoinductive-scaffolds
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Barbara Tabisz, Werner Schmitz, Michael Schmitz, Tessa Luehmann, Eva Heusler, Jens-Christoph Rybak, Lorenz Meinel, Juliane E Fiebig, Thomas D Mueller, Joachim Nickel
The regenerative potential of bone is strongly impaired in pathological conditions, such as nonunion fractures. To support bone regeneration various scaffolds have been developed in the past, which have been functionalized with osteogenic growth factors such as bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). However, most of them required supra-physiological levels of these proteins leading to burst releases, thereby causing severe side effects. Site-specific, covalent coupling of BMP2 to implant materials might be an optimal strategy in order to overcome these problems...
February 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211595/pharmacy-education-in-jordan-updates
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Qais Alefan, Mo'tasem M Alsmadi
OBJECTIVE: To describe the increasing number of pharmacy schools in Jordan. METHOD: A review for numbers of schools and their curricula was conducted. KEY FINDINGS: To date, there are 18 pharmacy schools in Jordan. PharmD program is offered by two public schools. PhD program is offered by one school; while MSc program is offered by seven schools. Public pharmacy schools have two similar programs in terms of curricula, 'regular' and 'parallel'...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211519/palindromic-amplification-of-the-erbb2-oncogene-in-primary-her2-positive-breast-tumors
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Michael Marotta, Taku Onodera, Jeffrey Johnson, G Thomas Budd, Takaaki Watanabe, Xiaojiang Cui, Armando E Giuliano, Atsushi Niida, Hisashi Tanaka
Oncogene amplification confers a growth advantage to tumor cells for clonal expansion. There are several, recurrently amplified oncogenes throughout the human genome. However, it remains unclear whether this recurrent amplification is solely a manifestation of increased fitness resulting from random amplification mechanisms, or if a genomic locus-specific amplification mechanism plays a role. Here we show that the ERBB2 oncogene at 17q12 is susceptible to palindromic gene amplification, a mechanism characterized by the inverted (palindromic) duplication of genomic segments, in HER2-positive breast tumors...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211295/expansion
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Elliot Roth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211249/improving-the-interpretability-of-climate-landscape-metrics-an-ecological-risk-analysis-of-japan-s-marine-protected-areas
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Jorge García Molinos, Shintaro Takao, Naoki H Kumagai, Elvira S Poloczanska, Michael T Burrows, Masahiko Fujii, Hiroya Yamano
Conservation efforts strive to protect significant swaths of terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems from a range of threats. As climate change becomes an increasing concern, these efforts must take into account how resilient protected spaces will be in the face of future drivers of change such as warming temperatures. Climate landscape metrics, which signal the spatial magnitude and direction of climate change, support a convenient initial assessment of potential threats to and opportunities within ecosystems to inform conservation and policy efforts where biological data are not available...
February 17, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211059/a-multipolar-approach-to-the-interatomic-covalent-interaction-energy
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Evelio Francisco, Daniel Menéndez Crespo, Aurora Costales, Ángel Martín Pendás
Interatomic exchange-correlation energies correspond to the covalent energetic contributions to an interatomic interaction in real space theories of the chemical bond, but their widespread use is severely limited due to their computationally intensive character. In the same way as the multipolar (mp) expansion is customary used in biomolecular modeling to approximate the classical Coulomb interaction between two charge densities ρA(r) and ρB(r), we examine in this work the mp approach to approximate the interatomic exchange-correlation (xc) energies of the Interacting Quantum Atoms method...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210949/distributed-mixed-integer-fuzzy-hierarchical-programming-for-municipal-solid-waste-management-part-ii-scheme-analysis-and-mechanism-revelation
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Guanhui Cheng, Guohe Huang, Cong Dong, Ye Xu, Jiapei Chen, Xiujuan Chen, Kailong Li
As presented in the first companion paper, distributed mixed-integer fuzzy hierarchical programming (DMIFHP) was developed for municipal solid waste management (MSWM) under complexities of heterogeneities, hierarchy, discreteness, and interactions. Beijing was selected as a representative case. This paper focuses on presenting the obtained schemes and the revealed mechanisms of the Beijing MSWM system. The optimal MSWM schemes for Beijing under various solid waste treatment policies and their differences are deliberated...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210894/expansion-of-sugarcane-monoculture-associated-impacts-and-management-measures-in-the-semi-arid-east-african-rift-valley-ethiopia
#16
Solomon A Beza, Mohammed A Assen
The study examined the expansion of sugarcane monoculture over the period 1957-2010 and its implications for land degradation and land management measures in the semi-arid northern Main Ethiopian Rift Valley. It used multi-scale and multi-temporal imageries aided by qualitative surveying to investigate the dynamics of land use and cover changes. The study applied both a pixel-based supervised classification and feature extraction methods at subclass levels and merged them into major compatible and comparable land use and cover groups...
March 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210629/cellular-mechanisms-of-liver-regeneration-and-cell-based-therapies-of-liver-diseases
#17
REVIEW
Irina V Kholodenko, Konstantin N Yarygin
The emerging field of regenerative medicine offers innovative methods of cell therapy and tissue/organ engineering as a novel approach to liver disease treatment. The ultimate scientific foundation of both cell therapy of liver diseases and liver tissue and organ engineering is delivered by the in-depth studies of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of liver regeneration. The cellular mechanisms of the homeostatic and injury-induced liver regeneration are unique. Restoration of the mass of liver parenchyma is achieved by compensatory hypertrophy and hyperplasia of the differentiated parenchymal cells, hepatocytes, while expansion and differentiation of the resident stem/progenitor cells play a minor or negligible role...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210381/practical-and-sustainable-teledermatology-and-teledermatopathology-specialty-care-in-cameroon-africa
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Anne Nguyen, Donna Tran, Mason Uemura, Richard L Bardin, Paul K Shitabata
Teledermatology is a rapidly expanding niche within telemedicine still in its infancy. It has become increasingly more feasible in recent years with the expansion of information and communication technologies. Here, the authors present the details of their collaboration and propose a model for constructing a teledermatology network. In the year 2014, the authors' Dermatopathology institute in Torrance, California, partnered with Mbingo Baptist Hospital, a tertiary referral center in Cameroon, Africa. During this time, 145 cases were received...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210260/from-the-cradle-to-the-grave-the-role-of-macrophages-in-erythropoiesis-and-erythrophagocytosis
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REVIEW
Thomas R L Klei, Sanne M Meinderts, Timo K van den Berg, Robin van Bruggen
Erythropoiesis is a highly regulated process where sequential events ensure the proper differentiation of hematopoietic stem cells into, ultimately, red blood cells (RBCs). Macrophages in the bone marrow play an important role in hematopoiesis by providing signals that induce differentiation and proliferation of the earliest committed erythroid progenitors. Subsequent differentiation toward the erythroblast stage is accompanied by the formation of so-called erythroblastic islands where a central macrophage provides further cues to induce erythroblast differentiation, expansion, and hemoglobinization...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209761/genetic-adaptation-of-the-schizothoracine-fishes-to-the-phased-uplifting-of-qinghai-tibetan-plateau
#20
Dongsheng Zhang, Mengchao Yu, Peng Hu, Sihua Peng, Yimeng Liu, Weiwen Li, Congcong Wang, Shunping He, Wanying Zhai, Qianghua Xu, Liangbiao Chen
Many species of Schizothoracine, a sub-family of Cyprinidae, are highly endemic to the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau (QTP). To characterize the adaptive changes associated with the Schizothoracine expansion in high-altitudes, we sequenced tissue transcriptomes of two highland and two sub-highland Schizothoracines, and analyzed gene evolution patterns by comparing to lowland cyprinids. Phylogenetic tree reconstruction and divergence time estimation indicated that the common ancestor of Schizothoracine fishes lived around 32...
February 16, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
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