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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911495/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-caged-sirna-with-terminal-single-vitamin-e-modification
#1
Jiali Yang, Lijia Yu, Liangliang Zhang, Xingsu Long, Yuzhuo Ji, Xinjing Tang
RNA-induced gene silencing has been widely applied as a powerful research tool in drug development due to its sequence-specific degradation of target mRNA. Conditional regulation of gene functions with small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is highly useful, especially when specific gene expression regulation with spatiotemporal resolution and amplitude is desired. Here, the synthesis of a series of new caged siRNAs with vitamin E (vitE) modification and/or a single photolabile linker at the 5' terminal is described...
December 1, 2016: Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911427/-modern-approach-to-early-diagnosis-and-pathogenetic-treatment-of-diabetic-retinopathy
#2
I V Vorob'eva
AIM: To improve the approach to pathogenetic treatment of diabetic retinopathy (DR) through early diagnosis and a new method for predicting disease progression. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study enrolled 330 type 2 diabetes patients with DR (660 eyes), of whom women constituted 64.6%, men - 35.4%. The mean patient age was 62.3±2.3 years. Three groups were formed: the controls - 30 healthy volunteers (60 eyes) and 30 type 2 diabetes patients without ocular involvement (DR 0, 60 eyes); group 1 - 30 type 2 diabetes patients with DR I but no diabetic macular edema (DR I without DME, 60 eyes) that were treated with calcium dobesilate; group 2 - 240 type 2 diabetes patients, who had diabetic retinopathy of different stages (DR I, II, or III with DME, 480 eyes) and received laser retinal photocoagulation (LRP)...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911420/-role-of-immunological-factors-in-the-development-of-myopic-choroidal-neovascularization
#3
A G Shchuko, N V Zaitseva, T N Yur'eva, E R Chernykh, I M Mikhalevich, A V Grigor'eva
AIM: To study the concentration of cytokines in the aqueous humor of the anterior chamber in patients with myopic choroidal neovascularization (mCNV) and to compare the results to their ophthalmic status. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 19 patients (19 eyes) with mCNV treated with intravitreal ranibizumab were included in the study. The control group consisted of 15 patients (15 eyes) with myopia who had cataract surgery. Age, sex, and refractive error distribution were similar to that in the study group...
2016: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911380/method-for-identifying-small-molecule-inhibitors-of-the-protein-protein-interaction-between-hcn1-and-trip8b
#4
Ye Han, Kyle A Lyman, Matt Clutter, Gary E Schiltz, Quratul-Ain Ismail, Xiangying Cheng, Chi-Hao Luan, Dane M Chetkovich
Hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated (HCN) channels are expressed ubiquitously throughout the brain, where they function to regulate the excitability of neurons. The subcellular distribution of these channels in pyramidal neurons of hippocampal area CA1 is regulated by tetratricopeptide repeat-containing Rab8b interacting protein (TRIP8b), an auxiliary subunit. Genetic knockout of HCN pore forming subunits or TRIP8b, both lead to an increase in antidepressant-like behavior, suggesting that limiting the function of HCN channels may be useful as a treatment for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911365/low-energy-cathodoluminescence-for-oxy-nitride-phosphors
#5
Yujin Cho, Benjamin Dierre, Takashi Sekiguchi, Takayuki Suehiro, Kohsei Takahashi, Takashi Takeda, Rong-Jun Xie, Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Naoto Hirosaki
Nitride and oxynitride (Sialon) phosphors are good candidates for the ultraviolet and visible emission applications. High performance, good stability and flexibility of their emission properties can be achieved by controlling their composition and dopants. However, a lot of work is still required to improve their properties and to reduce the production cost. A possible approach is to correlate the luminescence properties of the Sialon particles with their local structural and chemical environment in order to optimize their growth parameters and find novel phosphors...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911326/localization-and-processing-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-amyloid-%C3%AE-protein-precursor-in%C3%A2-mitochondria-associated-membranes
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Dolores Del Prete, Jan M Suski, Bénédicte Oulès, Delphine Debayle, Anne Sophie Gay, Sandra Lacas-Gervais, Renaud Bussiere, Charlotte Bauer, Paolo Pinton, Patrizia Paterlini-Bréchot, Mariusz R Wieckowski, Frédéric Checler, Mounia Chami
Alteration of mitochondria-associated membranes (MAMs) has been proposed to contribute to the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). We studied herein the subcellular distribution, the processing, and the protein interactome of the amyloid-β protein precursor (AβPP) and its proteolytic products in MAMs. We reveal that AβPP and its catabolites are present in MAMs in cellular models overexpressing wild type AβPP or AβPP harboring the double Swedish or London familial AD mutations, and in brains of transgenic mice model of AD...
November 26, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911252/chapparvoviruses-occur-in-at-least-three-vertebrate-classes-and-have-a-broad-biogeographic-distribution
#7
William Marciel de Souza, Marilia Farignoli Romeiro, Marcílio Jorge Fumagalli, Sejal Modha, Jansen de Araujo, Luzia Helena Queiroz, Edison Luiz Durigon, Luiz Tadeu Moraes Figueiredo, Pablo Ramiro Murcia, Robert Gifford
Chapparvoviruses are a highly divergent group of parvoviruses (family Parvoviridae) that have recently been identified via metagenomic sampling of animal faeces. Here we report the sequences of six novel chapparvoviruses identified through both metagenomic sampling of bat tissues and in silico screening of published vertebrate genome assemblies. The novel chapparvoviruses share several distinctive genomic features, and group together as a robustly supported monophyletic clade in phylogenetic trees. Our data indicate that chapparvoviruses have a broad host range in vertebrates, and a global distribution...
December 2, 2016: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911237/size-and-location-of-ruptured-intracranial-aneurysms-consecutive-series-of-1993-hospital-admitted-patients
#8
Miikka Korja, Riku Kivisaari, Behnam Rezai Jahromi, Hanna Lehto
OBJECTIVE Large consecutive series on the size and location of ruptured intracranial aneurysms (RIAs) are limited, and therefore it has been difficult to estimate population-wide effects of size-based treatment strategies of unruptured intracranial aneurysms. The authors' aim was to define the size and location of RIAs in patients diagnosed with subarachnoid hemorrhage due to aneurysm rupture in a high-volume academic center. METHODS Consecutive patients admitted to a large nonprofit academic hospital with saccular RIAs between 1995 and 2009 were identified, and the size, location, and multiplicity of RIAs were defined and reported by patient sex...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911148/effects-of-chronic-estrogen-administration-in-the-ventromedial-nucleus-of-the-hypothalamus-vmh-on-fat-and-bone-metabolism-in-ovariectomized-rats
#9
Z Zhang, J Liu, A G Veldhuis-Vlug, Y Su, E Foppen, B C J van der Eerden, M Koedam, N Bravenboer, A Kalsbeek, A Boelen, E Fliers, P H Bisschop
Estrogen deficiency after ovariectomy (OVX) results in increased adiposity and bone loss, which can be prevented by systemic 17-β estradiol (E2) replacement. Studies in transgenic mice suggested that in addition to direct actions of estrogen in peripheral tissues, also estrogen signaling in the hypothalamus regulates fat distribution and bone metabolism. We hypothesized that the protective effect of systemic E2 on fat and bone metabolism in the OVX model is partly mediated through the ventromedial nucleus of the hypothalamus (VMH)...
December 2016: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27911087/%C3%AE-amyrin-attenuates-high-fructose-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-rats
#10
Pankaj Prabhakar, K H Reeta, Subir Kumar Maulik, Amit Kumar Dinda, Yogendra Kumar Gupta
This study investigated the effect of α-amyrin (a pentacyclic triterpene) on high-fructose diet (HFD)-induced metabolic syndrome in rats. Male Wistar rats were randomly distributed into different groups. The control group was fed normal rat chow diet. The HFD group was fed HFD (60%; w/w) for 42 days. Pioglitazone (10 mg/kg, orally, once daily) was used as a standard drug. α-Amyrin was administered in 3 doses (50, 100, and 200 mg/kg, orally, once daily along with HFD). Plasma glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were estimated...
September 2, 2016: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910992/tug-of-war-between-two-elastically-coupled-molecular-motors-a-case-study-on-force-generation-and-force-balance
#11
Mehmet Can Uçar, Reinhard Lipowsky
Intracellular transport is performed by molecular motors that pull cargos along cytoskeletal filaments. Many cellular cargos are observed to move bidirectionally, with fast transport in both directions. This behaviour can be understood as a stochastic tug-of-war between two teams of antagonistic motors. The first theoretical model for such a tug-of-war, the Müller-Klumpp-Lipowsky (MKL) model, was based on two simplifying assumptions: (i) both motor teams move with the same velocity in the direction of the stronger team, and (ii) this velocity matching and the associated force balance arise immediately after the rebinding of an unbound motor to the filament...
December 2, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910991/structural-fingerprints-of-yielding-mechanisms-in-attractive-colloidal-gels
#12
Arman Boromand, Safa Jamali, João M Maia
Core-Modified Dissipative Particle Dynamics (CM-DPD) with a modified depletion potential and full hydrodynamics description is used to study non-equilibrium properties of colloidal gels with short range attraction potentials at an intermediate volume fraction (ϕ = 0.2) under start-up shear deformation. Full structural and rheological analysis using the stress fabric tensor complemented by bond number and bond distribution evolution under flow reveals that similarly to dilute colloidal gels, flow-induced anisotropy and strain-induced stretching of bonds are present during the first yielding transition...
December 2, 2016: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910975/heterogeneous-pegylation-of-diamond-nanoparticles
#13
Amanda S Barnard
Coating the surfaces of inorganic nanoparticles with polyethylene glycol (PEG) is an important step in the development of many nanoparticle-based drug delivery systems. The efficiency with which drug molecules can be loaded on to nanoparticle surfaces is contingent on the concentration, distribution and stability of the PEG coating. In this study the distribution and relative stability of PEG on diamond nanoparticles is predicted, for clean and passivated surface structures, in 3D. This is an ideal exemplar, since PEGylated diamond nanoparticles are already being trialed as carriers for doxorubicin (DOX)...
December 2, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910974/fine-tuning-terminal-solvent-ligands-to-rationally-enhance-the-energy-barrier-in-dinuclear-dysprosium-single-molecule-magnets
#14
Kun Zhang, Chen Yuan, Fu-Sheng Guo, Yi-Quan Zhang, Yao-Yu Wang
In search of simple approaches to rationally enhance the energy barriers in polynuclear dysprosium single-molecule magnets, a new system containing two structurally closely related dinuclear dysprosium complexes, namely [Dy2(L)2(DBM)2(DMF)2] (1) and [Dy2(L)2(DBM)2(DMA)2]·2DMA (2) (HDBM = dibenzoylmethane, H2L = 2-hydroxy-N'-(2-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzylidene)benzohydrazide), is introduced and the structure-dependent magnetic properties are investigated. The two complexes display only slight variations in the coordination geometries of the Dy(iii) ion but display remarkably different magnetic behaviors...
December 2, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910933/learning-by-association-in-plants
#15
Monica Gagliano, Vladyslav V Vyazovskiy, Alexander A Borbély, Mavra Grimonprez, Martial Depczynski
In complex and ever-changing environments, resources such as food are often scarce and unevenly distributed in space and time. Therefore, utilizing external cues to locate and remember high-quality sources allows more efficient foraging, thus increasing chances for survival. Associations between environmental cues and food are readily formed because of the tangible benefits they confer. While examples of the key role they play in shaping foraging behaviours are widespread in the animal world, the possibility that plants are also able to acquire learned associations to guide their foraging behaviour has never been demonstrated...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910929/novel-groups-and-unique-distribution-of-phage-phoh-genes-in-paddy-waters-in-northeast-china
#16
Xinzhen Wang, Junjie Liu, Zhenhua Yu, Jian Jin, Xiaobing Liu, Guanghua Wang
Although bacteriophages are ubiquitous in various environments, their genetic diversity is primarily investigated in pelagic marine environments. Corresponding studies in terrestrial environments are few. In this study, we conducted the first survey of phage diversity in the paddy ecosystem by targeting a new viral biomarker gene, phoH. A total of 424 phoH sequences were obtained from four paddy waters generated from a pot experiment with different soils collected from open paddy fields in northeast China. The majority of phoH sequences in paddy waters were novel, with the highest identity of ≤70% with known phoH sequences...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910924/high-yield-fabrication-and-properties-of-1-4%C3%A2-nm-nanodiamonds-with-narrow-size-distribution
#17
Stepan Stehlik, Marian Varga, Martin Ledinsky, Daria Miliaieva, Halyna Kozak, Viera Skakalova, Clemens Mangler, Timothy J Pennycook, Jannik C Meyer, Alexander Kromka, Bohuslav Rezek
Detonation nanodiamonds (DNDs) with a typical size of 5 nm have attracted broad interest in science and technology. Further size reduction of DNDs would bring these nanoparticles to the molecular-size level and open new prospects for research and applications in various fields, ranging from quantum physics to biomedicine. Here we show a controllable size reduction of the DND mean size down to 1.4 nm without significant particle loss and with additional disintegration of DND core agglutinates by air annealing, leading to a significantly narrowed size distribution (±0...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910827/an-improved-asymmetric-gradient-coil-design-for-high-resolution-mri-head-imaging
#18
Fangfang Tang, Feng Liu, Fabio Freschi, Yu Li, Maurizio Repetto, Luca Giaccone, Yaohui Wang, Stuart Crozier
For head magnetic resonance imaging, local gradient coils are often used to achieve high solution images. To accommodate the human head and shoulder, the head gradient coils are usually designed in an asymmetric configuration, allowing the region-of-uniformity (ROU) close to the coil's patient end. However, the asymmetric configuration leads to technical difficulties in maintaining a high gradient performance for the insertable head coil with very limited space. In this work, we present a practical design configuration of an asymmetric insertable gradient head coil offering an improved performance...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910826/enhancing-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer-using-immunoadjuvants-delivered-in-situ-from-new-design-radiotherapy-biomaterials-a-preclinical-study
#19
Yao Hao, Sayeda Yasmin-Karim, Michele Moreau, Neeharika Sinha, Erno Sajo, Wilfred Ngwa
Studies show that radiotherapy of a primary tumor in combination with immunoadjuvants (IA) can result in increased survival or immune-mediated regression of metastasis outside the radiation field, a phenomenon known as abscopal effect. However, toxicities due to repeated systematic administration of IA have been shown to be a major obstacle in clinical trials. To minimize the toxicities and prime a more potent immune response, Ngwa et al have proposed that inert radiotherapy biomaterials such as fiducials could be upgraded to multifunctional ones loaded with IA for in situ delivery directly into the tumor sub-volume at no additional inconvenience to patients...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910823/optimized-mlaa-for-quantitative-non-tof-pet-mr-of-the-brain
#20
Didier Benoit, Claes N Ladefoged, Ahmadreza Rezaei, Sune H Keller, Flemming L Andersen, Liselotte Højgaard, Adam E Hansen, Søren Holm, Johan Nuyts
For quantitative tracer distribution in positron emission tomography, attenuation correction is essential. In a hybrid PET/CT system the CT images serve as a basis for generation of the attenuation map, but in PET/MR, the MR images do not have a similarly simple relationship with the attenuation map. Hence attenuation correction in PET/MR systems is more challenging. Typically either of two MR sequences are used: the Dixon or the ultra-short time echo (UTE) techniques. However these sequences have some well-known limitations...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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