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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431090/current-status-of-the-blue-butterfly-in-fukushima-research
#1
Joji M Otaki, Wataru Taira
Adverse biological impacts of the Fukushima nuclear accident have been revealed using the pale grass blue butterfly, Zizeeria maha, since 2012, which were often considered incompatible with the conventional understanding of radiation biology. This discrepancy likely originates from different system conditions and methodologies. In this article, we first respond to comments from the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR) regarding our study; "technical errors" in unit usage and mathematical models noted by UNSCEAR are not errors but reflect our research philosophy not to introduce theoretical assumptions associated with unit conversion and mathematical fit...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431011/the-relationship-between-pain-characteristics-peer-difficulties-and-emotional-functioning-among-adolescents-seeking-treatment-for-chronic-pain-a-test-of-mediational-models
#2
Sherilynn F Chan, Mark Connelly, Dustin P Wallace
To evaluate patterns of relationships between pain characteristics, peer difficulties, and emotional functioning in a sample of adolescents seeking treatment for chronic pain. Participants were 172 adolescents (age M  = 14.88 years; 76% female, 88% White) with heterogeneous chronic pain disorders who completed measures of pain characteristics, peer difficulties, and emotional functioning before their new patient appointment in a pain management clinic. Direct and indirect relationships between variables were tested using path analysis...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430653/preventive-effects-of-the-sodium-glucose-cotransporter-2-inhibitor-tofogliflozin-on-diethylnitrosamine-induced-liver-tumorigenesis-in-obese-and-diabetic-mice
#3
Koki Obara, Yohei Shirakami, Akinori Maruta, Takayasu Ideta, Tsuneyuki Miyazaki, Takahiro Kochi, Hiroyasu Sakai, Takuji Tanaka, Mitsuru Seishima, Masahito Shimizu
Sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitors are expected to ameliorate the abnormalities associated with metabolic syndrome including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. In this study, we investigated the effects of the sodium glucose cotransporter 2 inhibitor tofogliflozin on the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease-related liver tumorigenesis in C57BL/KsJ-+Leprdb/+Leprdb obese and diabetic mice. The direct effects of tofogliflozin on human liver cancer cell proliferation were also evaluated. Mice were administered diethylnitrosamine-containing water for 2 weeks and were treated with tofogliflozin throughout the experiment...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430481/ultimate-limit-in-the-spectral-resolution-of-extreme-ultraviolet-frequency-combs
#4
C Corsi, I Liontos, M Bellini, S Cavalieri, P Cancio Pastor, M Siciliani de Cumis, R Eramo
We present the results of direct interferometric measurements on the pulse-to-pulse phase jitter of a metrological, fiber-based, infrared (IR) frequency comb. We show that the short-time evolution of such phase fluctuations, which cannot be actively controlled by any feedback system, imposes a stringent limit on the tooth linewidth of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) combs produced by high-order harmonic conversion, thus explaining the difference of 9 orders of magnitude between the coherence times of state-of-the-art IR and XUV frequency combs...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429929/flexible-paper-like-free-standing-electrodes-by-anchoring-ultrafine-sns2-nanocrystals-on-graphene-nanoribbons-for-high-performance-sodium-ion-batteries
#5
Yang Liu, Yongzhen Yang, Xuzhen Wang, Yanfeng Dong, Yongchao Tang, Zhengfa Yu, Zongbin Zhao, Jieshan Qiu
Ultrafine SnS2 nanocrystals/reduced graphene oxide nanoribbon paper (SnS2/RGONRP) has been created by a well-designed process including in situ reduction, evaporation induced self-assembly and sulfuration. The as formed SnS2 nanocrystals possess an average diameter of 2.3 nm and disperse on the surface of RGONRs uniformly. The strong capillary force formed during evaporation leads to a compact assembly of RGONRs to give flexible paper structure with high density of 0.94 g cm-3. The as-prepared SnS2/RGONRP composite could be directly used as free-standing electrode for sodium ion batteries...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429706/direct-comparison-of-distinct-naive-pluripotent-states-in-human-embryonic-stem-cells
#6
S Warrier, M Van der Jeught, G Duggal, L Tilleman, E Sutherland, J Taelman, M Popovic, S Lierman, S Chuva De Sousa Lopes, A Van Soom, L Peelman, F Van Nieuwerburgh, D I M De Coninck, B Menten, P Mestdagh, J Van de Sompele, D Deforce, P De Sutter, B Heindryckx
Until recently, human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were shown to exist in a state of primed pluripotency, while mouse embryonic stem cells (mESCs) display a naive or primed pluripotent state. Here we show the rapid conversion of in-house-derived primed hESCs on mouse embryonic feeder layer (MEF) to a naive state within 5-6 days in naive conversion media (NCM-MEF), 6-10 days in naive human stem cell media (NHSM-MEF) and 14-20 days using the reverse-toggle protocol (RT-MEF). We further observe enhanced unbiased lineage-specific differentiation potential of naive hESCs converted in NCM-MEF, however, all naive hESCs fail to differentiate towards functional cell types...
April 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429391/technical-note-direct-measurement-of-continuous-tmr-data-with-a-1d-tank-and-automated-couch-movements
#7
Nels C Knutson, Matthew C Schmidt, Matthew D Belley, Ngoc Nguyen, H Harold Li, Erno Sajo, Michael Price
PURPOSE: Real-time dynamic control of the linear accelerator, couch, and imaging parameters during radiation delivery was investigated as a novel technique for acquiring tissue maximum ratio (TMR) data. METHODS: TrueBeam Developer Mode (Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, CA) was used to control the linear accelerator using the Extensible Markup Language (XML). A single XML file was used to dynamically manipulate the machine, couch, and imaging parameters during radiation delivery...
April 21, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429326/wax-ester-fermentation-and-its-application-for-biofuel-production
#8
Hiroshi Inui, Takahiro Ishikawa, Masahiro Tamoi
In Euglena cells under anaerobic conditions, paramylon, the storage polysaccharide, is promptly degraded and converted to wax esters. The wax esters synthesized are composed of saturated fatty acids and alcohols with chain lengths of 10-18, and the major constituents are myristic acid and myristyl alcohol. Since the anaerobic cells gain ATP through the conversion of paramylon to wax esters, the phenomenon is named "wax ester fermentation". The wax ester fermentation is quite unique in that the end products, i...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428956/physiological-functions-of-the-cellular-prion-protein
#9
REVIEW
Andrew R Castle, Andrew C Gill
The prion protein, PrP(C), is a small, cell-surface glycoprotein notable primarily for its critical role in pathogenesis of the neurodegenerative disorders known as prion diseases. A hallmark of prion diseases is the conversion of PrP(C) into an abnormally folded isoform, which provides a template for further pathogenic conversion of PrP(C), allowing disease to spread from cell to cell and, in some circumstances, to transfer to a new host. In addition to the putative neurotoxicity caused by the misfolded form(s), loss of normal PrP(C) function could be an integral part of the neurodegenerative processes and, consequently, significant research efforts have been directed toward determining the physiological functions of PrP(C)...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426923/potassium-promoted-molybdenum-carbide-as-a-highly-active-and-selective-catalyst-for-co2-conversion-to-co
#10
Marc D Porosoff, Jeffrey W Baldwin, Xi Peng, Giannis Mpourmpakis, Heather D Willauer
The high concentration of CO2 bound in seawater represents a significant opportunity to extract and use this CO2 as a C1 feedstock for synthetic fuels. Through an existing process patented by the U.S. Navy, CO2 and H2 can be concurrently extracted from seawater, then catalytically reacted to produce synthetic fuel. Hydrogenating CO2 directly into liquid hydrocarbons is exceptionally difficult, but by first identifying a catalyst for selective CO production via reverse water-gas shift (RWGS), CO can then be hydrogenated to fuel through Fischer-Tropsch (FT) synthesis...
April 20, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426088/nanoscale-imaging-and-spectroscopy-of-band-gap-and-defects-in-polycrystalline-photovoltaic-devices
#11
Yohan Yoon, Jungseok Chae, Aaron M Katzenmeyer, Heayoung P Yoon, Joshua Schumacher, Sangmin An, Andrea Centrone, Nikolai Zhitenev
Improving the power conversion efficiency of photovoltaic (PV) devices is challenging because the generation, separation and collection of electron-hole pairs are strongly dependent on details of the nanoscale chemical composition and defects which are often poorly known. In this work, two novel scanning probe nano-spectroscopy techniques, direct-transmission near-field scanning optical microscopy (dt-NSOM) and photothermal induced resonance (PTIR), are implemented to probe the distribution of defects and the bandgap variation in thin lamellae extracted from polycrystalline CdTe PV devices...
April 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425929/contradictions-and-promise-for-end-of-life-communication-among-family-and-friends-death-over-dinner-conversations
#12
Andrea Lambert South, Jessica Elton
The free, open-access website called "Let's Get Together and Talk about Death", or Death over Dinner (DoD), provides resources for initiating end-of-life conversations with family and friends by taking the frightening-talking about death-and transforming it into the familiar-a conversation over dinner. This qualitative, descriptive study uses grounded theory and thematic analysis to answer the following research question: How do friend and family groups communicate about death and dying in DoD conversations? To answer this question, 52 dinner groups were recruited and conversations were conducted, which consisted of a facilitator and volunteers...
April 20, 2017: Behavioral Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425913/loss-of-dnmt3a-and-dnmt3b-does-not-affect-epidermal-homeostasis-but-promotes-squamous-transformation-through-ppar-%C3%AE
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Lorenzo Rinaldi, Alexandra Avgustinova, Mercé Martin, Debayan Datta, Guiomar Solanas, Neus Prats, Salvador Aznar Benitah
The DNA methyltransferase Dnmt3a suppresses tumorigenesis in models of leukemia and lung cancer. Conversely, deregulation of Dnmt3b is thought to generally promote tumorigenesis. However, the role of Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b in many types of cancer remains undefined. Here we show that Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b are dispensable for homeostasis of the murine epidermis. However, loss of Dnmt3a-but not Dnmt3b-increases the number of carcinogen-induced squamous tumors, without affecting tumor progression. Only upon combined deletion of Dnmt3a and Dnmt3b, squamous carcinomas become more aggressive and metastatic...
April 20, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425714/prehydrated-one-electron-attachment-to-azido-modified-pentafuranoses-aminyl-radical-formation-rapid-h-atom-transfer-and-subsequent-ring-opening
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Mukesh Mudgal, Sunny Rishi, Daniel A Lumpuy, Keaton A Curran, Kathryn Lynn Verley, Adam J Sobczak, Thao P Dang, Natasha Sulimoff, Anil Kumar, Michael D Sevilla, Stanislaw F Wnuk, Amitava Adhikary
Methyl 2-azido-2-deoxy-α-D-lyxofuranoside (1a) and methyl 2-azido-2-deoxy-β-D-ribofuranoside (2) were prepared from D-xylose or D-arabinose, respectively. Employing ESR and DFT/B3LYP/6-31G* calculations, we investigated (i) aminyl radical (RNH•) formation and (ii) reaction pathways of RNH•. Prehydrated electron attachment to 1a and 2 at 77 K produced transient azide anion radical (RN3•¯) which reacts via rapid N2 loss at 77 K, forming nitrene anion radical (RN•¯). Rapid protonation of RN•¯ at 77 K formed RNH• and ¯OH...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424688/antimicrobial-activity-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-current-status-and-new-perspectives-of-antimicrobial-peptide-based-therapies
#15
REVIEW
Francisca Alcayaga-Miranda, Jimena Cuenca, Maroun Khoury
While mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs)-based therapy appears to be promising, there are concerns regarding possible side effects related to the unwanted suppression of antimicrobial immunity leading to an increased risk of infection. Conversely, recent data show that MSCs exert strong antimicrobial effects through indirect and direct mechanisms, partially mediated by the secretion of antimicrobial peptides and proteins (AMPs). In fact, MSCs have been reported to increase bacterial clearance in preclinical models of sepsis, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and cystic fibrosis-related infections...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424653/disentangling-stigma-from-functional-neurological-disorders-conference-report-and-roadmap-for-the-future
#16
Karen S Rommelfanger, Stewart A Factor, Suzette LaRoche, Phyllis Rosen, Raymond Young, Mark H Rapaport
A multidisciplinary expert review of key issues and future directions from the conference "Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms." On October 9 and 10, 2015, a conference entitled "Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms" was held at the Center for Ethics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA. This conference brought together a select group of 30 distinguished thought leaders and practitioners, including ethicists, researchers, clinicians, humanities scholars, and advocates to discuss the unique challenges and controversies related to the diagnosis, treatment, and stigma for patients with what is currently recognized as functional ("psychogenic") neurological disorders...
2017: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424588/chaperones-as-suppressors-of-protein-misfolded-oligomer-toxicity
#17
REVIEW
Benedetta Mannini, Fabrizio Chiti
Chaperones have long been recognized to play well defined functions such as to: (i) assist protein folding and promote formation and maintenance of multisubunit complexes; (ii) mediate protein degradation; (iii) inhibit protein aggregation; and (iv) promote disassembly of undesired aberrant protein aggregates. In addition to these well-established functions, it is increasingly clear that chaperones can also interact with aberrant protein aggregates, such as pre-fibrillar oligomers and fibrils, and inhibit their toxicity commonly associated with neurodegenerative diseases without promoting their disassembly...
2017: Frontiers in Molecular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424531/silicon-derived-from-glass-bottles-as-anode-materials-for-lithium-ion-full-cell-batteries
#18
Changling Li, Chueh Liu, Wei Wang, Zafer Mutlu, Jeffrey Bell, Kazi Ahmed, Rachel Ye, Mihrimah Ozkan, Cengiz S Ozkan
Every year many tons of waste glass end up in landfills without proper recycling, which aggravates the burden of waste disposal in landfill. The conversion from un-recycled glass to favorable materials is of great significance for sustainable strategies. Recently, silicon has been an exceptional anode material towards large-scale energy storage applications, due to its extraordinary lithiation capacity of 3579 mAh g(-1) at ambient temperature. Compared with other quartz sources obtained from pre-leaching processes which apply toxic acids and high energy-consuming annealing, an interconnected silicon network is directly derived from glass bottles via magnesiothermic reduction...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28423616/suppression-of-microrna-16-protects-against-acute-myocardial-infarction-by-reversing-beta2-adrenergic-receptor-down-regulation-in-rats
#19
Jiaqi Liu, Fei Sun, Yuying Wang, Wanqi Yang, Hongwen Xiao, Yue Zhang, Renzhong Lu, Haixia Zhu, Yuting Zhuang, Zhenwei Pan, Zhiguo Wang, Zhimin Du, Yanjie Lu
microRNA-16 (miR-16) has been shown to be up-regulated in ischemic heart. Beta2-adrenoreceptor (β2-AR) exerts cardioprotective property in ischemic injury. This study aims to determine the effect of miR-16 in cardiac injury in rats and the possible involvement of β2-AR in this process. Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) model in rats was induced by ligation of left coronary artery. Neonatal rat ventricular cells (NRVCs) were cultured in vitro tests. The cardiomyocyte model of oxidative injury was mimicked by hydrogen peroxide...
March 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422911/do-vented-chest-seals-differ-in-efficacy-an-experimental-evaluation-using-a-swine-hemopneumothorax-model
#20
Bijan S Kheirabadi, Irasema B Terrazas, Nahir Miranda, Spc Amber N Voelker, Francoise Arnaud, Harold G Klemcke, Frank F Butler, Michael A Dubick
OBJECTIVE: Hemopneumothorax (HPTX) is the second leading cause of potentially preventable death among combat casualties. We investigated the ability of five FDA-approved non-occlusive chest seals (CSs) to seal a bleeding chest wound and prevent tension HPTX in a swine model. METHODS: Following instrumentation, an open chest wound was created in the left thorax of spontaneously air-breathing anesthetized pigs (n=26, 43 Kg). Autologous fresh blood (226 mL) was then infused into the pleural cavity to produce HPTX...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
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