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Hongfang Zhang, Conghua Xie, Jing Yue, Zhenzhen Jiang, Rongjing Zhou, Ruifei Xie, Yan Wang, Shixiu Wu
Previous studies on the mechanisms underlying ESCC (esophageal squamous cell carcinoma) chemoresistance only focused on tumor cells while tumor microenvironment has been completely ignored. Our study aimed to clarify the effect of CAFs (cancer-associated fibroblasts), one major component of tumor microenvironment, on the chemoresistance of ESCC. By primary culture, two pairs of CAFs and matched NFs (normal fibroblasts) were isolated from tumor tissues of ESCC patients and matched normal esophageal epithelial tissues, respectively...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Carcinogenesis
Nathaniel J Robinson, William P Schiemann
Despite significant clinical advancements, cancer remains a leading cause of mortality throughout the world due largely to the process of metastasis and the dissemination of cancer cells from their primary tumor of origin to distant secondary sites. The clinical burden imposed by metastasis is further compounded by a paucity of information regarding the factors that mediate metastatic progression. Linear chromosomes are capped by structures known as telomeres, which dictate cellular lifespan in humans by shortening progressively during successive cell divisions...
October 18, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
Durga Mahor, Anu Priyanka, Gandham S Prasad, Krishan Gopal Thakur
Consumption of foods and beverages with high purine content increases the risk of hyperuricemia, which causes gout and can lead to cardiovascular, renal, and other metabolic disorders. As patients often find dietary restrictions challenging, enzymatically lowering purine content in popular foods and beverages offers a safe and attractive strategy to control hyperuricemia. Here, we report structurally and functionally characterized purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) from Kluyveromyces lactis (KlacPNP), a key enzyme involved in the purine degradation pathway...
2016: PloS One
Dirk Louis P Schorkopf, Christos G Spanoudis, Leonard E G Mboera, Agenor Mafra-Neto, Rickard Ignell, Teun Dekker
BACKGROUND: There is a global need for cost-effective and environmentally friendly tools for control of mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. One potential way to achieve this is to combine already available tools to gain synergistic effects to reduce vector mosquito populations. Another possible way to improve mosquito control is to extend the active period of a given control agent, enabling less frequent applications and consequently, more efficient and longer lasting vector population suppression...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Pirow Bekker, Daniel Dairaghi, Lisa Seitz, Manmohan Leleti, Yu Wang, Linda Ertl, Trageen Baumgart, Sarah Shugarts, Lisa Lohr, Ton Dang, Shichang Miao, Yibin Zeng, Pingchen Fan, Penglie Zhang, Daniel Johnson, Jay Powers, Juan Jaen, Israel Charo, Thomas J Schall
The complement 5a receptor has been an attractive therapeutic target for many autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. However, development of a selective and potent C5aR antagonist has been challenging. Here we describe the characterization of CCX168 (avacopan), an orally administered selective and potent C5aR inhibitor. CCX168 blocked the C5a binding, C5a-mediated migration, calcium mobilization, and CD11b upregulation in U937 cells as well as in freshly isolated human neutrophils. CCX168 retains high potency when present in human blood...
2016: PloS One
Gareth Davies, Gerald Yeo, Mahendrakumar Meta, David Miller, Erik Hohmann, Kevin Tetsworth
OBJECTIVES: To compare the risk of major complications after either minimally invasive plate osteosynthesis (MIPO) or intramedullary nailing (IMN) of humeral shaft fractures. DESIGN: Retrospective, case-match controlled study. SETTING: A major metropolitan tertiary referral trauma center in Australia. PATIENTS: Thirty patients with fractures of the humeral shaft. INTERVENTION: Either MIPO or IMN were performed on 15 patients each with traumatic humeral shaft fractures...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
William M Jackson, Nicholas Davis, Stephen A Sands, Robert A Whittington, Lena S Sun
RESEARCH QUESTION: Is there an association between regular exercise, defined as a structured program of increased physical activity at least 1 month in duration, and improvements in measures of executive functions compared with children who engage in their normal daily activities? CONTEXT: The association between increased physical activity and changes in performance on tasks of executive functions have not been well elucidated in children. Executive functioning is important to intellectual development and academic success in children, and inexpensive, nonpharmacological methods for the treatment of executive dysfunction represent an attractive interventional target...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology
Nina Holland
Environmental research and public health in the 21st century face serious challenges such as increased air pollution and global warming, widespread use of potentially harmful chemicals including pesticides, plasticizers, and other endocrine disruptors, and radical changes in nutrition and lifestyle typical of modern societies. In particular, exposure to environmental and occupational toxicants may contribute to the occurrence of adverse birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental deficits, and increased risk of cancer and other multifactorial diseases such as diabetes and asthma...
October 21, 2016: Reviews on Environmental Health
Ji-Feng Yang, Li-Ming Yang, Guang-Guo Ying, Cheng-Bin Liu, Li-Ying Zheng, Sheng-Lian Luo
Sulfonamide antibiotics are often detected in terrestrial and aquatic environment, but little is known about abiotic degradation of these antibiotics. In the present study, the degradation of the sulfonamide antibiotic sulfadiazine by a synthesized δ-MnO2 was investigated. The initial reaction rate of sulfadiazine oxidized by manganese dioxide increased as the solution pH decreased by weakening electrostatic attraction between sulfadiazine and MnO2 and enhancing the reduction potential of MnO2. The presence of metal ions (Mn(2+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)), especially Mn(2+), decreased the initial reaction rate by competitively adsorbing and reacting with MnO2...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Levente Rózsa, András Deák, Eszter Simon, Rocio Yanes, László Udvardi, László Szunyogh, Ulrich Nowak
We determined the parameters of a classical spin Hamiltonian describing an Fe monolayer on Pd(111) surface with a Pt_{1-x}Ir_{x} alloy overlayer from ab initio calculations. While the ground state of the system is ferromagnetic for x=0.00, it becomes a spin spiral state as Ir is intermixed into the overlayer. Although the Dzyaloshinsky-Moriya interaction is present in the system, we will demonstrate that the frustrated isotropic exchange interactions play a prominent role in creating the spin spiral state, and these frustrated couplings lead to an attractive interaction between Skyrmions at short distances...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Jennifer Trinh, Ekkes Brück, Theo Siegrist, Rebecca Flint, Premala Chandra, Piers Coleman, Arthur P Ramirez
The heavy fermion compound URu_{2}Si_{2} continues to attract great interest due to the unidentified hidden order it develops below 17.5 K. The unique Ising character of the spin fluctuations and low-temperature quasiparticles is well established. We present detailed measurements of the angular anisotropy of the nonlinear magnetization that reveal a cos^{4}θ Ising anisotropy both at and above the ordering transition. With Landau theory, we show this implies a strongly Ising character of the itinerant hidden order parameter...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Jing Wei, Xiuling Jiao, Ting Wang, Dairong Chen
Ink-free rewritable media has attracted great attention as a potential alternative to current paper prints, owing to its benefits to reducing paper production and consumption for environmental protection. It is desirable to develop rewritable media based on cheap, robust, and fast-response photochromic systems. Herein, we report the design and fabrication of flexible and photorewritable PVP/a-WO3 hybrid membranes through electrospinning, on which images with high resolution can be photoprinted and heat-erased for over 40 cycles...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Stefan Schmidt, Andreas Taeger, Jérôme Morinière, Andrew Liston, Stephan M Blank, Katja Kramp, Manfred Kraus, Olga Schmidt, Erik Heibo, Marko Prous, Tommi Nyman, Tobias Malm, Julie Stahlhut
The 'Symphyta' is a paraphyletic assemblage at the base of the order Hymenoptera, comprising 14 families and about 8,750 species. All have phytophagous larvae, except for the Orussidae, which are parasitoids. This study presents and evaluates the results of DNA barcoding of approximately 5,360 specimens of 'Symphyta', mainly adults, and 4,362 sequences covering 1,037 species were deemed of suitable quality for inclusion in the analysis. All extant families are represented, except for the Anaxyelidae. The majority of species and specimens are from Europe, but approximately 38% of the species and 13% of the specimens are of non-European origin...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Ecology Resources
Ioannis V Pavlidis, Martin S Weiß, Maika Genz, Paul Spurr, Steven P Hanlon, Beat Wirz, Hans Iding, Uwe T Bornscheuer
The use of transaminases to access pharmaceutically relevant chiral amines is an attractive alternative to transition-metal-catalysed asymmetric chemical synthesis. However, one major challenge is their limited substrate scope. Here we report the creation of highly active and stereoselective transaminases starting from fold class I. The transaminases were developed by extensive protein engineering followed by optimization of the identified motif. The resulting enzymes exhibited up to 8,900-fold higher activity than the starting scaffold and are highly stereoselective (up to >99...
November 2016: Nature Chemistry
Yu-Zhi Sun, Bo Huang, Wei-Jian Xu, Dong-Dong Zhou, Shao-Li Chen, Shi-Yong Zhang, Zi-Yi Du, Yong-Rong Xie, Chun-Ting He, Wei-Xiong Zhang, Xiao-Ming Chen
Plastic crystals functioning with rotatable components offer new opportunities in areas such as modern optoelectronic materials. Here, by taking advantage of controllable rotation of the polar component within the ion-pair plastic-crystal system, we present two such crystals, namely, (Et4N)(CrO3X) (X = Cl or Br), which are unusual examples exhibiting two-staged thermosensitive dielectric responses above room temperature. The frequency-dependent response in the first stage is due to the structural phase transitions, whereas that in the second stage is induced by dynamic rotation of the polar halochromate anions in their NaCl-type plastic-crystal phases...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Maria Eduarda Assad Duarte, Ricardo Martins Machado, Andrea Fonseca Jardim da Motta, José Nelson Mucha, Alexandre Trindade Motta
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate how different forms of incisal embrasures influence the esthetic perception of the smile, the preferences of each group of evaluators, and the influence of gingival display. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Two photographs of a broad male and female smiles were digitally manipulated to remove imperfections and asymmetries. A second manipulation was performed on the four maxillary incisors, creating 3 different forms of incisal embrasures: rounded, semi-rounded and squared...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
Michael G Sommer, Yvonne Rechkemmer, Lisa Suntrup, Stephan Hohloch, Margarethe van der Meer, Joris van Slageren, Biprajit Sarkar
The azido ligand is widely used in coordination chemistry both as a ligand and as a metal-bound reactant. Its role as a bridge for magnetic exchange coupling has attracted a lot of attention in polynuclear metal complexes. However, only a very limited number of complexes are known in which a single azide anion, particularly in the μ1,1-mode, is the only unsupported connection between two metal centers. We present here a series of copper(ii)-azido complexes with amine anchored, triazole-based tripodal ligands containing varying substituents...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Silvia Laura Locatelli, Giuseppa Careddu, Giuliano Giuseppe Stirparo, Luca Castagna, Armando Santoro, Carmelo Carlo-Stella
PI3K/AKT and RAF/MEK/ERK pathways are constitutively activated in Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) patients, thus representing attractive therapeutic targets. Here we report that the PI3K/ERK dual inhibitor AEZS-136 induced significant cell proliferation inhibition in L-540, SUP-HD1, KM-H2 and L-428 HL cell lines, but a significant increase in necroptotic cell death was observed only in two out of four cell lines (L-540 and SUP-HD1). In these cells, AEZS-136-induced necroptosis was associated with mitochondrial dysfunction and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
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Inverse relationship between occlusal cant and gingival display.
October 21, 2016: British Dental Journal
Mikio Fukuhara, Tomoyuki Kuroda, Fumihiko Hasegawa
The electric capacitance of an amorphous TiO2-x surface increases proportionally to the negative sixth power of the convex diameter d. This occurs because of the van der Waals attraction on the amorphous surface of up to 7 mF/cm(2), accompanied by extreme enhanced electron trapping resulting from both the quantum-size effect and an offset effect from positive charges at oxygen-vacancy sites. Here we show that a supercapacitor, constructed with a distributed constant-equipment circuit of large resistance and small capacitance on the amorphous TiO2-x surface, illuminated a red LED for 37 ms after it was charged with 1 mA at 10 V...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
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