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Santosh R Alluri, Patrick J Riss
We report the synthesis, radiosynthesis, and characterization of a radioligand for poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP). PARP is of central importance in cell homeostasis, neuroplasticity, and neurodegeneration in the brain. A radiolabeled PARP inhibitor was developed and used for autoradiographic quantification of PARP protein concentration in wild-type and transgenic rodent brains ex vivo in high resolution. The binding of [3 H]rucaparib was found to be confined to PARP-expressing domains, for example, cerebellar cortex or hippocampal regions in both models...
March 16, 2018: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
Hayley A Young, David Benton
As the influence of diet on health may take place over a period of decades, there is a need for biomarkers that help to identify those aspects of nutrition that have either a positive or a negative influence. The evidence is considered that heart-rate variability (HRV) (the time differences between one beat and the next) can be used to indicate the potential health benefits of food items. Reduced HRV is associated with the development of numerous conditions for example, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, inflammation, obesity and psychiatric disorders...
April 2018: Behavioural Pharmacology
John B McArthur, Hai Yu, Nova Tasnima, Christie M Lee, Andrew J Fisher, Xi Chen
The lack of α2-6-linkage specific sialidases limits the structural and functional studies of sialic acid-containing molecules. Photobacterium damselae α2-6-sialyltransferase (Pd2,6ST) was shown previously to have α2-6-specific, but weak, sialidase activity. Here we develop a high-throughput blue-white colony screening method to identify Pd2,6ST mutants with improved α2-6-sialidase activity from mutant libraries generated by sequential saturation mutagenesis. A triple mutant (Pd2,6ST S232L/T356S/W361F) has been identified with 101-fold improved activity, high α2-6-sialyl linkage selectivity, good activity in cleaving two common sialic acid forms N-acetylneuraminic acid (Neu5Ac) and N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc)...
March 15, 2018: ACS Chemical Biology
N K Stevenson, C T A Brown, J-M Hopkins, M D Dawson, C Kränkel, A A Lagatsky
We report on the first demonstration, to the best of our knowledge, of a diode-pumped Tm:LuScO3 laser. Efficient and broadly tunable continuous wave operation in the 1973-2141 nm region and femtosecond mode-locking through the use of an ion-implanted InGaAsSb quantum-well-based semiconductor saturable absorber mirror are realized. When mode-locked, near-transform-limited pulses as short as 170 fs were generated at 2093 nm with an average output power of 113 mW and a pulse repetition frequency of 115.2 MHz...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Marco M Manni, Marion L Tiberti, Sophie Pagnotta, Hélène Barelli, Romain Gautier, Bruno Antonny
Phospholipid membranes form cellular barriers but need to be flexible enough to divide by fission. Phospholipids generally contain a saturated fatty acid (FA) at position sn1 whereas the sn2 -FA is saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. Our understanding of the impact of phospholipid unsaturation on membrane flexibility and fission is fragmentary. Here, we provide a comprehensive view of the effects of the FA profile of phospholipids on membrane vesiculation by dynamin and endophilin. Coupled to simulations, this analysis indicates that: (i) phospholipids with two polyunsaturated FAs make membranes prone to vesiculation but highly permeable; (ii) asymmetric sn1 -saturated- sn2 -polyunsaturated phospholipids provide a tradeoff between efficient membrane vesiculation and low membrane permeability; (iii) When incorporated into phospholipids, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; omega-3) makes membranes more deformable than arachidonic acid (omega-6)...
March 15, 2018: ELife
Ken Xuan Wei, Chandrasekhar Ramanathan, Paola Cappellaro
Characterizing out-of-equilibrium many-body dynamics is a complex but crucial task for quantum applications and understanding fundamental phenomena. A central question is the role of localization in quenching thermalization in many-body systems and whether such localization survives in the presence of interactions. Probing this question in real systems necessitates the development of an experimentally measurable metric that can distinguish between different types of localization. While it is known that the localized phase of interacting systems [many-body localization (MBL)] exhibits a long-time logarithmic growth in entanglement entropy that distinguishes it from the noninteracting case of Anderson localization (AL), entanglement entropy is difficult to measure experimentally...
February 16, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Dávid Szamosvári, Sina Rütschlin, Thomas Böttcher
Bacteria engage in numerous collaborative and competitive interactions, which are often mediated by small molecule metabolites. Bacterial competition involves for example the production of compounds that effectively kill or inhibit growth of their neighbours but also the secretion of siderophores that allow securing the essential and fiercely embattled resource of ferric iron. Yet, the enormous diversity of metabolites produced has remained puzzling in many cases. We here present examples of both types of competition from our recent work...
March 15, 2018: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
C J Cline Ii, U H Faul, E C David, A J Berry, I Jackson
Lateral variations of seismic wave speeds and attenuation (dissipation of strain energy) in the Earth's upper mantle have the potential to map key characteristics such as temperature, major-element composition, melt fraction and water content. The inversion of these data into meaningful representations of physical properties requires a robust understanding of the micromechanical processes that affect the propagation of seismic waves. Structurally bound water (hydroxyl) is believed to affect seismic properties but this has yet to be experimentally quantified...
March 14, 2018: Nature
Muhammad Mushtaq, Yungang Zhou, Xia Xiang
Effectively modulating the electronic and magnetic properties of two-dimensional (2D) system is critical for the application of it in nanoscale devices. In this work, we explore the effect of nanohole on arsenene on the basis of density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Our calculations show that, except slight distortion at the corner of nanohole, geometries of both un-hydrogenated nanohole-embedded arsenene (As-NH) structure and hydrogenated nanohole-embedded arsenene (H-As-NH) structure are kept well after optimization...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Anan Jarab, Eman Alefishat, Tareq Mukattash, Karem Alzoubi, Sharrel Pinto
Background The quality of life has been shown to be poor in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Furthermore, patients' perspective and attitudes toward COPD and its impact on their quality of life have been remarkably ignored. Objective To explore patients' views and perceptions regarding COPD and its impact on their quality of life. Setting COPD clinic at the Royal Medical Services Hospital, Amman, Jordan. Method Focus groups discussions to explore patients' views and perceptions about COPD were conducted using purposive sampling technique till data saturation achieved...
March 14, 2018: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
Michał Romański, Anna Zacharzewska, Artur Teżyk, Franciszek K Główka
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Treosulfan is a prodrug applied in the treatment of ovarian cancer and conditioning prior to stem cell transplantation. So far, the bioanalysis of treosulfan in either whole blood or red blood cells (RBC) has not been carried out. In this work, the RBC/plasma partition coefficient (Ke/p ) of treosulfan and its active monoepoxide was determined for the first time. METHODS: Male and female 10-week-old Wistar rats (n = 6/6) received an intraperitoneal injection of treosulfan at the dose of 500 mg/kg body weight...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics
Burak Ozgür, Lasse Saaby, Kristine Langthaler, Birger Brodin
The presented data are related to the research article entitled "Characterization of the IPEC-J2 MDR1 (iP-gp) cell line as a tool for identification of P-gp substrates" by Ozgur et al. (2017) [1]. This data report describes the challenges of investigating the concentration-dependent transport of P-glycoprotein (P-gp) substrates with relatively low aqueous solubility. Thus, we provide solubility data on two prototypical P-gp substrates, digoxin and rhodamine 123, representing P-gp substrates with a relatively low- and high-aqueous solubility, respectively...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Afrina Mustari, Naoki Nakamura, Satoko Kawauchi, Shunichi Sato, Manabu Sato, Izumi Nishidate
To evaluate cerebral hemodynamics and spontaneous low-frequency oscillations (SLFOs) of cerebral blood flow in rat brain, we investigated an imaging method using a digital RGB camera. In this method, the RGB values were converted into tristimulus values in the CIE (Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage) XYZ color space, which is compatible with the common RGB working spaces. Monte Carlo simulation for light transport in tissue was then used to specify the relationship among the tristimulus XYZ values and the concentrations of oxygenated hemoglobin ( C HbO ), deoxygenated hemoglobin ( C HbR ), and total hemoglobin ( C HbT ) and cerebral tissue oxygen saturation ( StO 2 )...
March 1, 2018: Biomedical Optics Express
Conor Raleigh, Bernard Donne, Neil Fleming
We compared lactate threshold (TLac ) with non-invasive markers of an aerobic-anaerobic transition; namely, ventilatory (VT) and tissue saturation index (TSIT ) thresholds. While identification of a breakpoint in blood lactate concentration ([BLa]) is common for determination of an aerobic-anaerobic transition, non-invasive measures, VT and NIRS, have also received attention as a means of determining this critical exercise intensity. We hypothesised that one or other of these non-invasive measures would have a strong association with TLac ...
2018: International Journal of Exercise Science
María Huete-Ortega, Katarzyna Okurowska, Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Matthew P Johnson, D James Gilmour, Seetharaman Vaidyanathan
Background: Microalgae accumulate lipids when exposed to stressful conditions such as nutrient limitation that can be used to generate biofuels. Nitrogen limitation or deprivation is a strategy widely employed to elicit this response. However, this strategy is associated with a reduction in the microalgal growth, leading to overall poor lipid productivities. Here, we investigated the combined effect of a reduced source of nitrogen (ammonium) and super-saturating light intensities on the growth and induction of lipid accumulation in two model but diverse microalgal species, Phaeodactylum tricornutum and Nannochloropsis oceanica ...
2018: Biotechnology for Biofuels
Cristiane de Alencar Domingues, Raul Coimbra, Renato Sérgio Poggetti, Lilia de Souza Nogueira, Regina Marcia Cardoso de Sousa
Background: The objective of this study is to propose three new adjustments to the Trauma and Injury Severity Score (TRISS) equation and compare their performances with the original TRISS as well as this index with coefficients adjusted for the study population. Methods: This multicenter, retrospective study evaluated trauma victims admitted to two hospitals in São Paulo-Brazil and San Diego-EUA between January 1st, 2006, and December 31st, 2010. The proposed models included a New Trauma and Injury Severity Score (NTRISS)-like model that included Best Motor Response (BMR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), New Injury Severity Score (NISS), and age variables; a TRISS peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO2 ) model that included Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), SBP, SpO2 , Injury Severity Score, and age variables; and a NTRISS-like SpO2 model that included BMR, SBP, SpO2 , NISS, and age variables...
2018: World Journal of Emergency Surgery: WJES
Robert T Mankowski, Victor M Niemeijer, Jasper P Jansen, Lotte Spraakman, Henk J Stam, Stephan F E Praet
Purpose: It is still equivocal whether oxygen uptake recovery kinetics are limited by oxygen delivery and can be improved by supplementary oxygen. The present study aimed to investigate whether measurements of muscle and pulmonary oxygen uptake kinetics can be used to assess oxygen delivery limitations in healthy subjects. Methods: Sixteen healthy young adults performed three sub-maximal exercise tests (6 min at 40% Wmax ) under hypoxic (14%O2 ), normoxic (21%O2 ) and hyperoxic (35%O2 ) conditions on separate days in randomized order...
June 2017: Journal of Exercise Science and Fitness
Alberto Canarini, Pierre Mariotte, Lachlan Ingram, Andrew Merchant, Feike A Dijkstra
Drought is predicted to increase in many areas of the world with consequences for soil carbon (C) dynamics. Plant litter, root exudates and microbial biomass can be used as C substrates to form organo-mineral complexes. Drought effects on plants and microbes could potentially compromise these relative stable soil C pools, by reducing plant C inputs and/or microbial activity. We conducted a 2-year drought experiment using rainout shelters in a semi-natural grassland. We measured aboveground biomass and C and nitrogen (N) in particulate organic matter (Pom), the organo-mineral fraction (Omin), and microbial biomass within the first 15 cm of soil...
2018: Ecosystems
Karthikumar Sankar, Anant Achary
The lipophilic antioxidants, glyceryl ferulate and feruloyl glyceryl linoleate, were synthesized using lipase from Bacillus subtilis AKL 13. The extracellular lipase was produced by cultivation of the strain in modified minimal medium and the enzyme was recovered by fractionation at 80% ammonium salt saturation. The concentrated enzyme with the specific activity of (4647±66) U/mg was immobilized on Celite® 545 and crosslinked using glutaraldehyde. The prepared enzyme catalyst was used for esterification of ferulic and linoleic acids with glycerol separately in hexane butane solvent system at 50 °C and 3...
December 2017: Food Technology and Biotechnology
E Damm, D Bauch, T Krumpen, B Rabe, M Korhonen, E Vinogradova, C Uhlig
Methane sources and sinks in the Arctic are poorly quantified. In particular, methane emissions from the Arctic Ocean and the potential sink capacity are still under debate. In this context sea ice impact on and the intense cycling of methane between sea ice and Polar surface water (PSW) becomes pivotal. We report on methane super- and under-saturation in PSW in the Eurasian Basin (EB), strongly linked to sea ice-ocean interactions. In the southern EB under-saturation in PSW is caused by both inflow of warm Atlantic water and short-time contact with sea ice...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
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