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Jingwei Liu, Chao Chen, Yuezhan Feng, Yonggui Liao, Yun-Sheng Ye, Xiaolin Xie, Yiu-Wing Mai
Understanding the chemistry and structure of interfaces within epoxy resins is important for studying the mechanical properties of nanofiller-filled nanocomposites as well as for developing high performance polymer nanocomposites. Despite intensive efforts to construct nanofillers/matrix interfaces, few studies have demonstrated both an enhanced stress transferring efficiency while avoiding unfavorable defor-mation, due to undesirable interface fractures. Here, we report an optimized method to prepare epoxy-based nanocomposites whose interfaces are chemically modulated by poly(glycidyl methacrylate)-block-poly(hexyl methacrylate) (PGMA-b-PHMA) functionalized multi-walled carbon nanotubes (bc@fMWNT) and also offer a fundamental explanation of crack growth behavior and the toughening mechanism of the resulting nanocomposites...
December 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Eugene V Ryabov, Anna K Childers, Yanping Chen, Shayne Madella, Ashrafun Nessa, Dennis vanEngelsdorp, Jay D Evans
RNA viruses impact honey bee health and contribute to elevated colony loss rates worldwide. Deformed wing virus (DWV) and the closely related Varroa destructor virus-1 (VDV1), are the most widespread honey bee viruses. VDV1 is known to cause high rates of overwintering colony losses in Europe, however it was unknown in the United States (US). Using next generation sequencing, we identified VDV1 in honey bee pupae in the US. We tested 603 apiaries the US in 2016 and found that VDV1 was present in 66.0% of them, making it the second most prevalent virus after DWV, which was present in 89...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lu Zhao, Xin He, Christoph G Grevelding, Qing Ye, Ying Li, Robin B Gasser, Colette Dissous, Mudassar N Mughal, Yan-Qin Zhou, Jun-Long Zhao, Min Hu
BACKGROUND: Schistosomiasis is one of the most prevalent parasitic diseases worldwide and is caused by parasitic trematodes of the genus Schistosoma. The pathogenesis of schistosomiasis is caused by eggs whose production is the consequence of the pairing of schistosomes and the subsequent sexual maturation of the female. Previous studies have demonstrated that protein kinases are involved in processes leading to the male-induced differentiation of the female gonads, ovary and vitellarium...
December 12, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
Abid Hussain, Ming-Yi Tian, Shuo-Yang Wen
The survival and foraging of Coptotermesformosanus Shiraki in a microbe-rich environment reflect the adaptation of an extraordinary, sophisticated defense mechanism by the nest-mates. We aimed to explore the host pathogen interaction by studying caste-specific volatile chemistry and genes encoding the antioxidant defense of winged imagoes, nymphs, soldiers and workers of Formosan subterranean termites. Qualitative analyses of C.formosanus Shiraki performed by HS-SPME/GC-MS showed considerable variations in the chemical composition of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and their proportions among all the castes...
December 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Andrew M Ramey, Jorge Hernandez, Veronica Tyrlöv, Brian D Uher-Koch, Joel A Schmutz, Clara Atterby, Josef D Järhult, Jonas Bonnedahl
We explored the abundance of antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli among migratory birds at remote sites in Alaska and used a comparative approach to speculate on plausible explanations for differences in detection among species. At a remote island site, we detected antibiotic-resistant E. coli phenotypes in samples collected from glaucous-winged gulls (Larus glaucescens), a species often associated with foraging at landfills, but not in samples collected from black-legged kittiwakes (Rissa tridactyla), a more pelagic gull that typically inhabits remote areas year-round...
December 11, 2017: EcoHealth
J Lillis, J G Thomas, H M Niemeier, R R Wing
Objective: A previously published randomized trial with individuals reporting high internal disinhibition showed significant differences in post-treatment weight change favoring Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention (ABBI) when compared to standard behavioral treatment (SBT). This paper examines process variables that might contribute to the observed differences in weight change. Methods: Participants were 162 adults with overweight or obesity (mean BMI 37.6) randomly assigned to ABBI or SBT...
October 2017: Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science
Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Rita Guerra, Cláudia Simão
The Leave campaign in the U.K., which advocated exiting the European Union, emphasized anxiety over immigration and the need to take control of the U.K.'s borders. Citizens who expressed concerns about immigration to the U.K. were more likely to vote to leave. Two correlational studies examined the previously unexplored question of whether the Brexit vote and support for the outcome of the E.U. referendum were linked to individual predictors of prejudice toward foreigners: British collective narcissism (a belief in national greatness), right wing authoritarianism, and social dominance orientation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
Chaolun Xue, Kwok Ho Lam, Huawei Zhang, Kailei Sun, Sai Hang Lee, Xin Chen, Shannon Wing Ngor Au
The bacterial flagellar motor is a self-assembling supramolecular nanodevice. Its spontaneous biosynthesis is initiated by the insertion of the MS ring protein FliF into the inner membrane, followed by attachment of the switch protein FliG. Assembly of this multiprotein complex is tightly regulated to avoid nonspecific aggregation, but the molecular mechanisms governing flagellar assembly are unclear. Here, we present the crystal structure of the cytoplasmic domain of FliF complexed with the N-terminal domain of FliG (FliFC-FliGN) from the bacterium Helicobacter pylori Within this complex, FliFC interacted with FliGN through extensive hydrophobic contacts similar to those observed in the FliFC-FliGN structure from the thermophile Thermotoga maritima, indicating conservation of the FliFC-FliGN interaction across bacterial species...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Aaron R Victor, Christoph Weigel, Steven D Scoville, Wing Keung Chan, Kelsey Chatman, Mary M Nemer, Charlene Mao, Karen A Young, Jianying Zhang, Jianhua Yu, Aharon G Freud, Christopher C Oakes, Michael A Caligiuri
The surface receptor FcγRIIIA (CD16a) is encoded by the FCGR3A gene and is acquired by human NK cells during maturation. NK cells bind the Fc portion of IgG via CD16a and execute Ab-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity, which is critical for the effectiveness of several antitumor mAb therapies. The role of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms controlling transcriptional and posttranscriptional CD16 expression in NK cells is unknown. In this study, we compared specific patterns of DNA methylation and expression of FCGR3A with FCGR3B, which differ in cell type-specific expression despite displaying nearly identical genomic sequences...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Ka-Fai Chung, Wing-Fai Yeung, Branda Yee-Man Yu, Feona Chung-Yin Leung, Shi-Ping Zhang, Zhang-Jin Zhang, Roger Man-Kin Ng, Gar-Chung Yiu
BACKGROUND: Few high-quality, large-scale, controlled trials comparing the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture,auricular acupuncture and combined acupuncture treatment for insomnia are available. OBJECTIVE: To carry out a randomised, assessor-blinded, waitlist-controlled trial to test the superiority of combination treatment. METHODS: After in-person and polysomnography screening, 224 subjects (mean age 53.4 years; 75.4% female) with DSM-5 insomnia disorder, who were free from major psychiatric disorders and with sleep-diary-derived sleep efficiency averaged over 1 week of <85%, were randomised to acupuncture alone, acupuncture plus auricular acupuncture (combination treatment), or a waitlist in a 3:3:1 ratio...
December 11, 2017: Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society
Heikki Kuusanmäki, Olli Dufva, Elina Parri, Arjan J van Adrichem, Hanna Rajala, Muntasir M Majumder, Bhagwan Yadav, Alun Parsons, Wing C Chan, Krister Wennerberg, Satu Mustjoki, Caroline A Heckman
Constitutive JAK/STAT3 signaling contributes to disease progression in many lymphoproliferative disorders. Recent genetic analyses have revealed gain-of-function STAT3 mutations in lymphoid cancers leading to hyperactivation of STAT3, which may represent a potential therapeutic target. Using a functional reporter assay, we screened 306 compounds with selective activity against various target molecules to identify drugs capable of inhibiting the cellular activity of STAT3. Top hits were further validated with additional models including STAT3-mutated natural killer (NK)-cell leukemia/lymphoma cell lines and primary large granular lymphocytic (LGL) leukemia cells to assess their ability to inhibit STAT3 phosphorylation and STAT3 dependent cell viability...
November 14, 2017: Oncotarget
Queenie Wing-Lei Wong, Ming-An Sun, Shuk-Wa Lau, Chirag Parsania, Shaolong Zhou, Silin Zhong, Wei Ge
Ovarian folliculogenesis is always of great interest in reproductive biology. However, the molecular mechanisms that control follicle development, particularly the early phase of follicle activation or recruitment, still remain poorly understood. In an attempt to decipher the gene networks and signaling pathways involved in such transition, we conducted a transcriptomic analysis (RNA-seq) on zebrafish primary growth (PG, stage I; inactive) and pre-vitellogenic (PV, stage II; activated) follicles. A total of 118 unique microRNAs (miRNAs) (11 down-regulated and 83 up-regulated during PG/PV transition) and 56711 unique messenger RNAs (mRNAs) (1839 down-regulated and 7243 up-regulated during PG/PV transition) were identified...
December 6, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
Ho Yu Au-Yeung, Chi-Chung Yee, Antony Wing Hung Ng, Keling Hu
As a major class of mechanically interlocked molecules, not only are catenanes topologically intriguing targets that challenge the chemical synthesis to the efficient formation of mechanical bonds, but also the mechanical properties arising from the topology offer unique and attractive features for the development of novel functional molecular materials. Despite advancements in templated methods for different types of interlocked architectures, [n]catenane possessing multiple numbers of interlocked macrocycles still remains a difficult synthetic target with very few reported examples...
December 11, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
F Shang, J-Z Niu, B-Y Ding, Q Zhang, C Ye, W Zhang, G Smagghe, J-J Wang
Vitellogenin (Vg) and its receptor (VgR) play a key role in the reproductive process and development of insects. Aphids are a group of high-fecundity insect species with pseudoplacental viviparity, but the roles of their Vg and VgR genes have not been investigated yet. The brown citrus aphid, Aphis (Toxoptera) citricidus, is a major insect pest of citrus and the main vector of Citrus tristeza closterovirus. In this study, we identified and characterized these two genes, designated as AcVg and AcVgR, from the brown citrus aphid...
December 11, 2017: Insect Molecular Biology
Naoki Ogawa, Kazunori Yoshizawa
Many four-winged insects have mechanisms that unite the forewings and hindwings in a single plane. Such an in-flight wing coupling apparatus may improve flight performance in four-winged insects, but its structure is variable among different insect groups. The wings of bark lice (Insecta: Psocodea: "Psocoptera") also have an in-flight wing coupling apparatus, but to date, its morphology has not been studied in detail. In this study, we examined the wing-coupling structure in representative species of the three suborders of bark lice (Trogiomorpha, Troctomorpha, and Psocomorpha) and inferred its origin and transformation...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Morphology
B I Cai-Li, Fei Meng, Lin Yang, Lin Cheng, Ping Wang, C H E N Meng-Meng, Ming Fang, Hao Xie
C-terminal binding protein (CtBP) is a highly conserved transcriptional co-repressor in animal development and human diseases. In Drosophila, CtBP is critical for fly development and is thought to exert its repressive roles in many signaling pathways including Dpp/BMP pathway. Here we provide evidence that although wild type CtBP negatively and dominantly influences Dpp signaling in fly presumptive wings, mutant CtBP unable to form dimer does not, indicating that dimerization is required for the repression role of CtBP in Dpp signaling in vivo...
December 7, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
Daniel B Grabarczyk, Sabrina Silkenat, Caroline Kisker
Ctf18-RFC is an alternative PCNA loader which plays important but poorly understood roles in multiple DNA replication-associated processes. To fulfill its specialist roles, the Ctf18-RFC clamp loader contains a unique module in which the Dcc1-Ctf8 complex is bound to the C terminus of Ctf18 (the Ctf18-1-8 module). Here, we report the structural and functional characterization of the heterotetrameric complex formed between Ctf18-1-8 and a 63 kDa fragment of DNA polymerase ɛ. Our data reveal that Ctf18-1-8 binds stably to the polymerase and far from its other functional sites, suggesting that Ctf18-RFC could be associated with Pol ɛ throughout normal replication as the leading strand clamp loader...
December 6, 2017: Structure
David Requena, Jose Andres Álvarez, Hugo Gabilondo, Ryan Loker, Richard S Mann, Carlos Estella
The insect wing is a key evolutionary innovation that was essential for insect diversification. Yet despite its importance, there is still debate about its evolutionary origins. Two main hypotheses have been proposed: the paranotal hypothesis, which suggests that wings evolved as an extension of the dorsal thorax, and the gill-exite hypothesis, which proposes that wings were derived from a modification of a pre-existing branch at the dorsal base (subcoxa) of the leg. Here, we address this question by studying how wing fates are initially specified during Drosophila embryogenesis, by characterizing a cis-regulatory module (CRM) from the snail (sna) gene, sna-DP (for dorsal primordia)...
November 30, 2017: Current Biology: CB
Savita Rangarajan, Liron Walsh, Will Lester, David Perry, Bella Madan, Michael Laffan, Hua Yu, Christian Vettermann, Glenn F Pierce, Wing Y Wong, K John Pasi
Background Patients with hemophilia A rely on exogenous factor VIII to prevent bleeding in joints, soft tissue, and the central nervous system. Although successful gene transfer has been reported in patients with hemophilia B, the large size of the factor VIII coding region has precluded improved outcomes with gene therapy in patients with hemophilia A. Methods We infused a single intravenous dose of a codon-optimized adeno-associated virus serotype 5 (AAV5) vector encoding a B-domain-deleted human factor VIII (AAV5-hFVIII-SQ) in nine men with severe hemophilia A...
December 9, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Belma Malanda
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December 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
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