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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938741/mitochondrial-dna-quantitation-making-sense-of-contradictory-reports
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Frank L Barnes, Andrea R Victor, Christo G Zouves, Manuel Viotti
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October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938734/hyperspectral-microscopy-can-detect-metabolic-heterogeneity-within-bovine-post-compaction-embryos-incubated-under-two-oxygen-concentrations-7-versus-20
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Melanie L Sutton-McDowall, Martin Gosnell, Ayad G Anwer, Melissa White, Malcolm Purdey, Andrew D Abell, Ewa M Goldys, Jeremy G Thompson
STUDY QUESTION: Can we separate embryos cultured under either 7% or 20% oxygen atmospheres by measuring their metabolic heterogeneity? SUMMARY ANSWER: Metabolic heterogeneity and changes in metabolic profiles in morula exposed to two different oxygen concentrations were not detectable using traditional fluorophore and two-channel autofluorescence but were detectable using hyperspectral microscopy. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Increased genetic and morphological blastomere heterogeneity is associated with compromised developmental competence of embryos and currently forms the basis for embryo scoring within the clinic...
October 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938631/microrna-455-targets-cullin-3-to-activate-nrf2-signaling-and-protect-human-osteoblasts-from-hydrogen-peroxide
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Dawei Xu, Hao Zhu, Chengniu Wang, Xinhui Zhu, Genxiang Liu, Chu Chen, Zhiming Cui
Over-production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) will lead to human osteoblast dysfunction and apoptosis, causing progression of osteoporosis and osteonecrosis. NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a well-characterized anti-oxidant signaling. Cullin 3 (Cul3) ubiquitin E3 ligase dictates Nrf2 degradation. We demonstrate that microRNA-455 ("miR-455") is a putative Cul3-targeting microRNA. Forced-expression of miR-455 in both hFOB1. 19 osteoblast cell line and primary human osteoblasts induced Cul3 degradation and Nrf2 protein stabilization, which led to subsequent transcription of ARE (anti-oxidant response element)-dependent genes (NQO1, HO1 and GCLC)...
August 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938448/novel-autosomal-dominant-pth-gene-signal-sequence-mutation-in-a-family-with-familial-isolated-hypoparathyroidism
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Luigia Cinque, Angelo Sparaneo, Laura Penta, Amedea Mencarelli, Daniela Rogaia, Susanna Esposito, Federico Pio Fabrizio, Filomena Baorda, Alberto Verrotti, Alberto Falorni, Gabriela Stangoni, Geoffrey N Hendy, Vito Guarnieri, Paolo Prontera
Context: Familial isolated hypoparathyroidism (FIH) is a genetically heterogeneous disorder due to mutations of the calcium-sensing receptor (CASR), glial cells missing-2 (GCM2), guanine nucleotide binding protein alpha 11 (GNA11), or parathyroid hormone (PTH) genes. Thus far, only 4 cases with homozygous and 2 cases with heterozygous mutations in the PTH gene have been reported. Objective: To clinically describe an FIH family and identify and characterize the causal gene mutation...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938186/electrochemiluminescence-resonance-energy-transfer-system-between-gnrs-and-ru-bpy-3-2-application-in-magnetic-aptasensor-for-%C3%AE-amyloid
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Hong Ke, Haifeng Sha, Yinfang Wang, Weiwei Guo, Xin Zhang, Zhiming Wang, Chusen Huang, Nengqin Jia
Electrochemiluminescent (ECL) assay has gradually drawn increasing interest in the biomedical analysis. This paper proposed a new methodology for ultrasensitive and facile detection of Alzheimer's disease marker β-amyloid (Aβ) by fabricating a sandwich-type ECL sensing platform. Herein, electrochemiluminescence resonance energy transfer (ECL-RET) was employed to determine Aβ concentration, which can be attributed to the quenching effect from RET between Ru(bpy)3(2+) and gold nanorods (GNRs) acting as ECL-RET electron donor and acceptor, respectively...
September 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938170/aromatic-hydrazones-derived-from-nicotinic-acid-hydrazide-as-fluorimetric-ph-sensing-molecules-structural-analysis-by-computational-and-spectroscopic-methods-in-solid-phase-and-in-solution
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T Benković, A Kenđel, J Parlov-Vuković, D Kontrec, V Chiş, S Miljanić, N Galić
Structural analyses of aroylhydrazones were performed by computational and spectroscopic methods (solid state NMR, 1 and 2D NMR spectroscopy, FT-IR (ATR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrometry and spectrofluorimetry) in solid state and in solution. The studied compounds were N'-(2,3-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (1), N'-(2,5-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (2), N'-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-phenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (3), and N'-(2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl-methylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (4)...
September 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938105/how-people-from-ethnic-minorities-describe-their-experiences-of-managing-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-a-qualitative-meta-synthesis
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REVIEW
Virginia Jones, Marie Crowe
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of diabetes is well-documented along with the findings that some ethnic minorities have a higher prevalence than non-minority individuals. Along with possible biological differences between ethnicities, access to economic, social, cultural and symbolic capital may impact on the success of managing type-2 diabetes. OBJECTIVES: To examine how people from ethnic minorities in Western countries describe their experiences of managing type-2 diabetes mellitus...
August 30, 2017: International Journal of Nursing Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937969/layered-double-hydroxide-enhanced-luminescence-in-a-fenton-like-system-for-selective-sensing-of-cobalt-in-hela-cells
#8
Mei Yu, Zhiqin Yuan, Chao Lu
This work presented a facile and eco-friendly method for the determination of cobalt ions (Co(II)) in living cells based on layered double hydroxides (Mg-Al CO3-LDHs) enhanced chemiluminescence (CL) emission of a Co(II)-hydrogen peroxide-sodium hydroxide system. The enhanced CL emission was attributed to the large specific surface area of Mg-Al CO3-LDHs, which facilitates the generation of an excited-stated intermediate. The proposed method displayed high selectivity toward Co(II) over other metal ions. Under the optimal conditions, the increased CL intensity showed a linear response versus Co(II) concentration in the range of 5...
September 22, 2017: Methods and Applications in Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937776/4-c-methoxy-2-deoxy-2-fluoro-modified-ribonucleotides-improve-metabolic-stability-and-elicit-efficient-rnai-mediated-gene-silencing
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Elise Malek-Adamian, Dale Guenther, Shigeo Matsuda, Saúl Martínez-Montero, Ivan Zlatev, Joel Harp, Mihai Burai Patrascu, Donald J Foster, Johans J Fakhoury, Lydia Perkins, Nicolas Moitessier, Rajar Manoharan, Nate Taneja, Anna Bisbe, Klaus Charisse, Martin A Maier, Kallanthottathil G Rajeev, Martin Egli, Muthiah Manoharan, Masad J Damha
We designed novel 4'-modified 2'-deoxy-2'-fluorouridine (2'-F U) analogues with the aim to improve nuclease resistance and potency of therapeutic siRNAs by introducing 4'-C-methoxy (4'-OMe) as the alpha (C4'α) or beta (C4'β) epimers. The C4'α epimer was synthesized by a stereoselective route in six steps; however, both α and β epimers could be obtained by a non-stereoselective approach starting from 2'-F U. (1)H-NMR analysis and computational investigation of the α-epimer revealed that the 4'-OMe imparts a conformational bias towards the North-East sugar pucker, due to intramolecular hydrogen bonding and hyperconjugation effects...
September 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937742/inorganic-nanoparticles-metal-organic-framework-hybrid-membrane-reactors-for-efficient-photocatalytic-conversion-of-co2
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James Wainaina Maina, Jurg Schutz, Luke Grundy, Elise Des Ligneris, Zhifeng Yi, Lingxue Kong, Cristina Pozo-Gonzalo, Mihail Ionescu, Ludovic F Dumée
Photocatalytic conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) to useful products has potential to address the adverse environmental impact of global warming. However, most photocatalysts used to date exhibit limited catalytic performance, due to poor CO2 adsorption capacity, inability to efficiently generate photoexcited electrons, and/or poor transfer of the photo-generated electrons to CO2 molecules adsorbed on the catalyst surface. The integration of inorganic semiconductor nanoparticles across metal organic framework (MOF) materials has potential to yield new hybrid materials, combining high CO2 adsorption capacity of MOF and the ability of the semiconductor nanoparticles to generate photoexcited electrons...
September 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937737/hollow-pd-ag-composite-nanowires-for-fast-responding-and-transparent-hydrogen-sensors
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Ji-Soo Jang, Shaopeng Qiao, Seon-Jin Choi, Gaurav Jha, Alana F Ogata, Won-Tae Koo, Dong-Ha Kim, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
Pd based alloy materials with hollow nanostructures are ideal hydrogen (H2) sensor building blocks because of the ultra-high surface area afforded by this architecture. In this work, for the first time, we report a simple fabrication process for preparing hollow Pd-Ag alloy nanowires (Pd@Ag HNWs) by using the electrodeposition of lithographically patterned silver nanowires and followed galvanic replacement reaction (GRR) to form palladium. By controlling the GRR time of aligned Ag NWs within an aqueous Pd2+-containing solution, the compositional transition and morphological evolution from Ag NWs to Pd@Ag HNWs simultaneously occurred, and the relative atomic ratio between Pt and Ag was controlled...
September 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937661/a-spectral-probe-for-detection-of-aluminum-iii-ions-using-surface-functionalized-gold-nanoparticles
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Surendra Shinde, Dae-Young Kim, Rijuta Ganesh Saratale, Asad Syed, Fuad Ameen, Gajanan Ghodake
A simple green route has been developed for the synthesis of casein peptide functionalized gold nanoparticles (AuNPs), in which casein peptide acts as a reducing as well as the stabilizing agent. In this report, AuNPs have been characterized on the basis of spectroscopic and microscopic results; which showed selective and sensitive response toward Al(3+) in aqueous media, and Al(3+) induces aggregation of AuNPs. The sensing study performed for Al(3+) revealed that the color change from red to blue was due to a red-shift in the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band and the formation of aggregated species of AuNPs...
September 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937649/synthesis-and-enhanced-ethanol-gas-sensing-properties-of-the-g-c%C3%A2-n%C3%A2-nanosheets-decorated-tin-oxide-flower-like-nanorods-composite
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Yan Wang, Jianliang Cao, Cong Qin, Bo Zhang, Guang Sun, Zhanying Zhang
Flower-like SnO₂/g-C₃N₄ nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by using SnCl₄·5H₂O and urea as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by using the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (FESEM and TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) techniques. SnO₂ displays the unique 3D flower-like microstructure assembled with many uniform nanorods with the lengths and diameters of about 400-600 nm and 50-100 nm, respectively...
September 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937645/bioelectrochemical-detection-of-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-esat-6-in-an-antibody-based-biomicrosystem
#14
Danna Sepulveda, Miguel A Aroca, Andres Varela, Patricia Del Portillo, Johann F Osma
Bioelectrochemical sensing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis through electro-immunosensors is a promising technique to detect relevant analytes. In general, immunosensors require the formation of organic assemblies by the adsorption of molecular constituents. Moreover, they depend on the correct immobilization of the bio-recognition element in the biosensor. These procedures cannot be easily monitored without the use of invasive methods. In this work, an impedance analysis technique was used, as a non-invasive method, to measure and differentiate the manufacturing stages of the sensors...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937610/a-methodology-for-the-design-of-application-specific-cyber-physical-social-sensing-co-simulators
#15
Borja Bordel Sánchez, Ramón Alcarria, Álvaro Sánchez-Picot, Diego Sánchez-de-Rivera
Cyber-Physical Social Sensing (CPSS) is a new trend in the context of pervasive sensing. In these new systems, various domains coexist in time, evolve together and influence each other. Thus, application-specific tools are necessary for specifying and validating designs and simulating systems. However, nowadays, different tools are employed to simulate each domain independently. Mainly, the cause of the lack of co-simulation instruments to simulate all domains together is the extreme difficulty of combining and synchronizing various tools...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937593/a-new-proxy-measurement-algorithm-with-application-to-the-estimation-of-vertical-ground-reaction-forces-using-wearable-sensors
#16
Yuzhu Guo, Fabio Storm, Yifan Zhao, Stephen A Billings, Aleksandar Pavic, Claudia Mazzà, Ling-Zhong Guo
Measurement of the ground reaction forces (GRF) during walking is typically limited to laboratory settings, and only short observations using wearable pressure insoles have been reported so far. In this study, a new proxy measurement method is proposed to estimate the vertical component of the GRF (vGRF) from wearable accelerometer signals. The accelerations are used as the proxy variable. An orthogonal forward regression algorithm (OFR) is employed to identify the dynamic relationships between the proxy variables and the measured vGRF using pressure-sensing insoles...
September 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937165/a-facile-solvent-mediated-self-assembly-silver-nanoparticle-mirror-substrate-for-quantitatively-improved-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
#17
Yanqi Qu, Chen Tan, Zhiyun Zhang, Lili He
Herein, a facile solvent mediated silver nanoparticle (AgNP) mirror was introduced as a reproducible and sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. The AgNP mirror was fabricated based on commercially available citrate coated AgNPs via a facile and unique water-solvent interface assembly method without using any electrical equipment. By adding 0.2 mg ml(-1) citrate coated AgNPs dropwise into a mediating solvent, self-assembled AgNP mirrors were formed instantly and gradually settled down at the bottom...
September 22, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936883/taking-back-a-little-of-what-you-have-lost-the-meaning-of-using-an-environmental-control-system-ecs-for-people-with-high-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#18
Michele Verdonck, Maeve Nolan, Gill Chard
PURPOSE: Assistive technologies have deep and personal meanings for people with disabilities. This study sought to provide an in-depth exploration of the subjective meaning of Environmental Control System (ECS) use for people with high cervical spinal cord injury. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to explore the personal meaning of ECS. In-depth interviews with five participants were analyzed according to recommended IPA guidelines to produce a rich phenomenological account of lived experience...
September 22, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation. Assistive Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936874/copper-nitrogen-doped-graphene-hybrid-as-an-electrochemical-sensing-platform-for-distinguishing-dna-bases
#19
Shu-Wen Sun, Hai-Ling Liu, Yue Zhou, Feng-Bin Wang, Xing-Hua Xia
An electrochemical sensor using ultralight and porous copper-nitrogen doped graphene (CuNRGO) nanocomposite as the electrocatalyst has been constructed to simultaneously determine DNA bases such as guanine (G) and cytosine (C), adenine (A) and thymine (T). The nanocomposite is synthesized by thermally annealing an ice templated structure of graphene oxide (GO) and Cu(phen)2. Due to the unique structure and the presence of Cu(2+)-N active sites, the CuNRGO exhibits outstanding electrocatalytic activity toward the oxidation of free DNA bases...
September 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936818/-measuring-grief-symptoms-in-cancer-patients-the-reliability-and-validity-study-of-the-turkish-version-of-prolonged-grief-disorder-scale
#20
Ilgın Gökler Danışman, Merve Yalçınay, Nejla Yıldız
OBJECTIVE: The need to grieve is not limited to losses due to death of significant others, but it also arises in reaction to various life events which result in a sense of loss. Grief is argued to be a universal and natural reaction also in face of life-theratening illnesses. Cancer is a phenomenon that has to be examined in terms of grief reactions since it inherits multiple losses. The aim of the current study is to test the reliability and validity of the Turkish version of Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale-Patient Form (PG-12-Patient Form), which is used to measure grief symptoms in cancer patients...
2017: Türk Psikiyatri Dergisi, Turkish Journal of Psychiatry
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