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Shanshan Guo, Xiaoying Zhu, Min Li, Liya Shi, June Lay Ting Ong, Dominik Jańczewski, Koon Gee Neoh
Surface charge and wettability, the two prominent physical factors governing protein adsorption and cell adhesion, have been extensively investigated in the literature. However, a comparison between these driving forces in terms of their independent and cooperative effects in affecting adhesion is rarely explored on a systematic and quantitative level. Herein, we formulate a protocol which features two-dimensional control over both surface charge and wettability with limited cross parameter influence. This strategy is implemented by controlling both the polyion charge density in the layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly process and the polyion side chain chemical structures...
October 20, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Julien Soubrier, Graham Gower, Kefei Chen, Stephen M Richards, Bastien Llamas, Kieren J Mitchell, Simon Y W Ho, Pavel Kosintsev, Michael S Y Lee, Gennady Baryshnikov, Ruth Bollongino, Pere Bover, Joachim Burger, David Chivall, Evelyne Crégut-Bonnoure, Jared E Decker, Vladimir B Doronichev, Katerina Douka, Damien A Fordham, Federica Fontana, Carole Fritz, Jan Glimmerveen, Liubov V Golovanova, Colin Groves, Antonio Guerreschi, Wolfgang Haak, Tom Higham, Emilia Hofman-Kamińska, Alexander Immel, Marie-Anne Julien, Johannes Krause, Oleksandra Krotova, Frauke Langbein, Greger Larson, Adam Rohrlach, Amelie Scheu, Robert D Schnabel, Jeremy F Taylor, Małgorzata Tokarska, Gilles Tosello, Johannes van der Plicht, Ayla van Loenen, Jean-Denis Vigne, Oliver Wooley, Ludovic Orlando, Rafał Kowalczyk, Beth Shapiro, Alan Cooper
The two living species of bison (European and American) are among the few terrestrial megafauna to have survived the late Pleistocene extinctions. Despite the extensive bovid fossil record in Eurasia, the evolutionary history of the European bison (or wisent, Bison bonasus) before the Holocene (<11.7 thousand years ago (kya)) remains a mystery. We use complete ancient mitochondrial genomes and genome-wide nuclear DNA surveys to reveal that the wisent is the product of hybridization between the extinct steppe bison (Bison priscus) and ancestors of modern cattle (aurochs, Bos primigenius) before 120 kya, and contains up to 10% aurochs genomic ancestry...
October 18, 2016: Nature Communications
Chen Zhang, Cassandra L Miller, Rakshya Gorkhali, Juan Zou, Kenneth Huang, Edward M Brown, Jenny J Yang
Ca(2+)-sensing receptors (CaSRs) play a central role in regulating extracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)]o) homeostasis and many (patho)physiological processes in multiple organs. This regulation is orchestrated by a cooperative response to extracellular stimuli such as small changes in Ca(2+), Mg(2+), amino acids, and other ligands. In addition, CaSR is a pleiotropic receptor regulating several intracellular signaling pathways, including calcium mobilization and intracellular calcium oscillation. Nearly 200 mutations and polymorphisms have been found in CaSR in relation to a variety of human disorders associated with abnormal Ca(2+) homeostasis...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Yujing Bi
As a pathogen of plague, Yersinia pestis caused three massive pandemics in history that killed hundreds of millions of people. Yersinia pestis is highly invasive, causing severe septicemia which, if untreated, is usually fatal to its host. To survive in the host and maintain a persistent infection, Yersinia pestis uses several stratagems to evade the innate and the adaptive immune responses. For example, infections with this organism are biphasic, involving an initial "noninflammatory" phase where bacterial replication occurs initially with little inflammation and following by extensive phagocyte influx, inflammatory cytokine production, and considerable tissue destruction, which is called "proinflammatory" phase...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Xiaofeng Li, Hanyu Liu, Feng Peng
Guided by a simple strategy in search of new superconducting materials, we have performed extensive simulations on crystal structures and electronic properties of Tc-H compounds at high pressures. Three stoichiometries, namely TcH, TcH2, and TcH3, were predicted to be stable under high pressure. The chemical bonding characters of Tc-H compounds were investigated by introducing the electron localization function and electronic projected density of states, which show that the stable Tc-H compounds including TcH, TcH2 and TcH3 are all classified as ionic crystals as a result of Tc → H charge transfer...
October 10, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Heinrich Ebner, Francesco Stillo, Gaetano Lanza, Nicola Mangialardi, Giovanni B Agus, Marco Apperti, Eugenio Bernardini, Marcello Bernardini, Benedetto Bernardo, Giuseppe Bianchini, Roberto Bisacci, Stefano Camparini, Nicola Chiulli, Domenico Corda, Aldo Crespi, Antonio De Fiores, Roberto Di Mitri, Walter Dorigo, Juliane A Ebner, Guglielmo Emanuelli, Francesco Ferrara, Giuseppe Genovese, Elena Giacomelli, Benedetta Giannasio, Bruno Gossetti, Mirko Guerra, Vincenzo Mattaliano, Antonello Musiani, Olindo Pieroni, Riccardo Piccioli, Massimo Pisacreta, Carlo Pratesi, Sonia Ronchey, Gennaro Quarto, Antonio Sellitti, Giovanni M Spinelli, Enzo Strati, Antonio Tori, Marco Viani, Pierluigi Zolesio
Phlebology is not a specialty for its own in Italy. Phlebological patients are treated by vascular and general surgeons, dermatologists, phlebologists, angiologists, internists and even general practitioners. Even tough guidelines present a series of recommendations based on evidence-based medicine, guidelines may also be a tool to unify the diagnostic and therapeutic approach in a vast medical field like phlebology. Since vascular surgeons and phlebologists are particularly involved in phlebology-related pathologies the scientific societies of the Italian Society of Phlebology (SIF) and the Italian Society for Vascular and Endovascular Surgery (SICVE) decided to cooperate for the preparation of phlebo-lymphological guidelines...
August 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
Kai Liu, Shan Wu, Bo Huang, Feng Liu, Zhen Xu
In wireless sensor networks, in order to satisfy the requirement of long working time of energy-limited nodes, we need to design an energy-efficient and lifetime-extended medium access control (MAC) protocol. In this paper, a node cooperation mechanism that one or multiple nodes with higher channel gain and sufficient residual energy help a sender relay its data packets to its recipient is employed to achieve this objective. We first propose a transmission power optimization algorithm to prolong network lifetime by optimizing the transmission powers of the sender and its cooperative nodes to maximize their minimum residual energy after their data packet transmissions...
October 1, 2016: Sensors
Ping Sheng, Jiangli Huang, Zhihong Zhang, Dongsheng Wang, Xiaojuan Tian, Jiannan Ding
Degradation of rice straw by cooperative microbial activities is at present the most attractive alternative to fuels and provides a basis for biomass conversion. The use of microbial consortia in the biodegradation of lignocelluloses could reduce problems such as incomplete synergistic enzymes, end-product inhibition, and so on. In this study, a cellulolytic microbial consortium was enriched from the hindgut of Holotrichia parallela larvae via continuous subcultivation (20 subcultures in total) under static conditions...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Beum Jun Kim, Injun Chu, Sebastian Jusuf, Tiffany Kuo, Michaela A TerAvest, Largus T Angenent, Mingming Wu
Shewanella oneidensis is a model bacterial strain for studies of bioelectrochemical systems (BESs). It has two extracellular electron transfer pathways: (1) shuttling electrons via an excreted mediator riboflavin; and (2) direct contact between the c-type cytochromes at the cell membrane and the electrode. Despite the extensive use of S. oneidensis in BESs such as microbial fuel cells and biosensors, many basic microbiology questions about S. oneidensis in the context of BES remain unanswered. Here, we present studies of motility and chemotaxis of S...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Man K Chan, Jason D Cooper, Mariska Bot, Tom K Birkenhager, Veerle Bergink, Hemmo A Drexhage, Johann Steiner, Matthias Rothermundt, Brenda W J H Penninx, Sabine Bahn
Antidepressant treatment for major depressive disorder remains suboptimal with response rates of just over 50%. Although treatment guidelines, algorithms and clinical keys are available to assist the clinician, the process of finding an effective pharmacotherapy to maximise benefit for the individual patient is largely by "trial and error" and remains challenging. This highlights a clear need to identify biomarkers of treatment response to help guide personalised treatment strategies. We have carried out the largest multiplex immunoassay based longitudinal study to date, examining up to 258 serum markers involved in immune, endocrine and metabolic processes as potential biomarkers associated with treatment response in 332 depression patients recruited from four independent clinical centres...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Psychiatric Research
Erik Monasterio, Omer Mei-Dan, Anthony C Hackney, Amy R Lane, Igor Zwir, Sandor Rozsa, C Robert Cloninger
This is the first report of the psychobiology of stress in BASE jumpers, one of the most dangerous forms of extreme sport. We tested the hypotheses that indicators of emotional style (temperament) predict salivary cortisol reactivity, whereas indicators of intentional goal-setting (persistence and character) predict salivary alpha-amylase reactivity during BASE jumping. Ninety-eight subjects completed the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) the day before the jump, and 77 also gave salivary samples at baseline, pre-jump on the bridge over the New River Gorge, and post-jump upon landing...
September 29, 2016: Physiology & Behavior
Huaiyuan Wang, Xu Ding, Cheng Huang, Xiaobei Wu
Recently, there is a growing interest in the applications of wireless sensor networks (WSNs). A set of sensor nodes is deployed in order to collectively survey an area of interest and/or perform specific surveillance tasks in some of the applications, such as battlefield reconnaissance. Due to the harsh deployment environments and limited energy supply, nodes may fail, which impacts the connectivity of the whole network. Since a single node failure (cut-vertex) will destroy the connectivity and divide the network into disjoint blocks, most of the existing studies focus on the problem of single node failure...
2016: Sensors
Mark A Elgar, David R Nash, Naomi E Pierce
Signalling is necessary for the maintenance of interspecific mutualisms but is vulnerable to exploitation by eavesdropping. While eavesdropping of intraspecific signals has been studied extensively, such exploitation of interspecific signals has not been widely documented. The juvenile stages of the Australian lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras, form an obligate association with several species of attendant ants, including Iridomyrmex mayri. Ants protect the caterpillars and pupae, and in return are rewarded with nutritious secretions...
October 2016: Die Naturwissenschaften
G Sonpavde, G R Pond, A J Templeton, E D Kwon, J S De Bono
BACKGROUND: Despite palliative benefits and PSA responses, the objective clinical impact of daily oral prednisone (P) for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is unknown. We performed a pooled analysis of control arms of randomized trials that either did or did not administer single-agent P to evaluate its impact on overall survival (OS) and toxicities. METHODS: Individual patient data from control arms of randomized trials of men with mCRPC who received placebo or P+placebo post docetaxel were eligible for analysis...
September 27, 2016: Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases
Marina Uzelac, David R Armstrong, Alan R Kennedy, Eva Hevia
This study reports the use of the trisalkylgallium GaR3 (R=CH2 SiMe3 ), containing sterically demanding monosilyl groups, as an effective Lewis-acid component for frustrated Lewis pair activation of carbonyl compounds, when combined with the bulky N-heterocyclic carbene 1,3-bis(tert-butyl)imidazol-2-ylidene (ItBu) or 1,3-bis(tert-butyl)imidazolin-2-ylidene (SItBu). The reduction of aldehydes can be achieved by insertion into the C=O functionality at the C2 (so-called normal) position of the carbene affording zwitterionic products [ItBuCH2 OGaR3 ] (1) or [ItBuCH(p-Br-C6 H4 )OGaR3 ] (2), or alternatively, at its abnormal (C4) site yielding [aItBuCH(p-Br-C6 H4 )OGaR3 ] (3)...
September 26, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Jeremy D Slone, Hannah J Burrack
Integrated pest management (IPM) recommendations, including scouting and economic thresholds (ETs), are available for North Carolina flue-cured tobacco growers, although ETs for key pests have not been updated in several decades. Moreover, reported IPM adoption rates by flue-cured tobacco growers remain low, at < 40%, according to NC cooperative extension surveys conducted during the last four years. Previous research has suggested that timing insecticide treatments using currently available ETs can reduce the average number of applications to two or fewer per season...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
Ming Li, Pengpeng Chen, Shouwan Gao
Ultra-dense wireless cellular networks have been envisioned as a promising technique for handling the explosive increase of wireless traffic volume. With the extensive deployment of small cells in wireless cellular networks, the network spectral efficiency (SE) is improved with the use of limited frequency. However, the mutual inter-tier and intra-tier interference between or among small cells and macro cells becomes serious. On the other hand, more chances for potential cooperation among different cells are introduced...
2016: Sensors
Marco Masseroli, Abdulrahman Kaitoua, Pietro Pinoli, Stefano Ceri
While a huge amount of (epi)genomic data of multiple types is becoming available by using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies, the most important emerging problem is the so-called tertiary analysis, concerned with sense making, e.g., discovering how different (epi)genomic regions and their products interact and cooperate with each other. We propose a paradigm shift in tertiary analysis, based on the use of the Genomic Data Model (GDM), a simple data model which links genomic feature data to their associated experimental, biological and clinical metadata...
September 13, 2016: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
Mee-Kyung Chung, Peter S White, Stephen J Lee, Michel R Gagné, Marcey L Waters
We report a functional synthetic model for studying the noncovalent networks (NCNs) required for complex protein functions. The model [2]-catenane is self-assembled from dipeptide building blocks and contains an extensive network of hydrogen bonds and aromatic interactions. Perturbations to the catenane cause compensating changes in the NCNs structure and dynamics, resulting in long-distance changes reminiscent of a protein. Key findings include the notion that NCNs require regions of negative cooperativity, or "frustrated" noncovalent interactions, as a source of potential energy for driving the response...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Hong Ding, Lin Cao, Yizhi Ren, Kim-Kwang Raymond Choo, Benyun Shi
Encouraging cooperation among selfish individuals is crucial in many real-world systems, where individuals' collective behaviors can be analyzed using evolutionary public goods game. Along this line, extensive studies have shown that reputation is an effective mechanism to investigate the evolution of cooperation. In most existing studies, participating individuals in a public goods game are assumed to contribute unconditionally into the public pool, or they can choose partners based on a common reputation standard (e...
2016: PloS One
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