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Hui Bai, Bing Bai, Lin Zhang, Wei Huang, Yue-Wen Mu, Hua-Jin Zhai, Si-Dian Li
The recent discovery of borospherene B40 marks the onset of a new kind of boron-based nanostructures akin to the C60 buckyball, offering opportunities to explore materials applications of nanoboron. Here we report on the feasibility of Li-decorated B40 for hydrogen storage using the DFT calculations. The B40 cluster has an overall shape of cube-like cage with six hexagonal and heptagonal holes and eight close-packing B6 triangles. Our computational data show that Lim&B40(1-3) complexes bound up to three H2 molecules per Li site with an adsorption energy (AE) of 0...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tiernan Thomas O'Malley, William M Wittbold, Sara Linse, Dominic M Walsh
Extracts of Alzheimer's disease (AD) brain that contain what appear to be SDS-stable amyloid β-protein (Aβ) dimers potently block LTP and impair memory consolidation. Brain-derived dimers can be physically separated from Aβ monomer, consist primarily of Aβ42 and resist denaturation by powerful chaotropic agents. In nature, covalently cross-linked Aβ dimers could be generated in only one of two different ways - either by the formation of a dityrosine (DiY) or an isopeptide ε-(γ-glutamyl)-lysine (Q-K) bond...
October 17, 2016: Biochemistry
Oladunni O Akin-Akintayo, Ashesh B Jani, Oluwaseun Odewole, Funmilayo I Tade, Peter T Nieh, Viraj A Master, Leah M Bellamy, Raghuveer K Halkar, Chao Zhang, Zhengjia Chen, Mark M Goodman, David M Schuster
PURPOSE: We explored the influence of FACBC (fluciclovine) PET/CT on the decision to offer radiotherapy and radiotherapy treatment field recommendations in postprostatectomy patients with recurrent prostate cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: After obtaining institutional review board approval and informed consent, 87 patients with detectable prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels were recruited into a prospective clinical trial. After an initial provider-determined radiotherapy plan based on conventional imaging, 44 of 87 patients were randomized to additionally undergo fluciclovine PET/CT...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Belén Sotillo, Vibhav Bharadwaj, J P Hadden, Masaaki Sakakura, Andrea Chiappini, Toney Teddy Fernandez, Stefano Longhi, Ottavia Jedrkiewicz, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Luigino Criante, Roberto Osellame, Gianluca Galzerano, Maurizio Ferrari, Kiyotaka Miura, Roberta Ramponi, Paul E Barclay, Shane Michael Eaton
Diamond is a promising platform for sensing and quantum processing owing to the remarkable properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity. The electrons of the NV center, largely localized at the vacancy site, combine to form a spin triplet, which can be polarized with 532 nm laser light, even at room temperature. The NV's states are isolated from environmental perturbations making their spin coherence comparable to trapped ions. An important breakthrough would be in connecting, using waveguides, multiple diamond NVs together optically...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tejinder Kataria, Deepak Gupta, Shikha Goyal, Shyam Singh Bisht, Ravi Chaudhary, Kushal Narang, Susovan Banerjee, Trinanjan Basu, Ashu Abhishek, Sasikumar Sambasivam, Nisha T Vishnu
Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) is being increasingly utilized in the treatment of prostate cancer. With the advent of high precision radiosurgery systems, it is possible to obtain dose distributions akin to High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy with SBRT. However, urethral toxicity has a significant impact on the quality of life in prostate cancer patients. Contouring the male urethra on a computed tomography scan is difficult in the absence of an indwelling catheter. In this pictorial essay, we have used the magnetic resonance imaging obtained for radiotherapy planning to aid in delineation of the male urethra and have attempted to define guidelines for the same...
October 17, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Josh Clevenger, Ye Chu, Brian Scheffler, Peggy Ozias-Akins
The advent of the genome sequences of Arachis duranensis and Arachis ipaensis has ushered in a new era for peanut genomics. With the goal of producing a gene atlas for cultivated peanut (Arachis hypogaea), 22 different tissue types and ontogenies that represent the full development of peanut were sequenced, including a complete reproductive series from flower to peg elongation and peg tip immersion in the soil to fully mature seed. Using a genome-guided assembly pipeline, a homeolog-specific transcriptome assembly for Arachis hypogaea was assembled and its accuracy was validated...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Orkun Akin, S Lawrence Zipursky
Axon guidance is proposed to act through a combination of long- and short-range attractive and repulsive cues. The ligand-receptor pair, Netrin (Net) and Frazzled (Fra) (DCC, Deleted in Colorectal Cancer, in vertebrates), is recognized as the prototypical effector of chemoattraction, with roles in both long- and short-range guidance. In the Drosophila visual system, R8 photoreceptor growth cones were shown to require Net-Fra to reach their target, the peak of a Net gradient. Using live imaging, we show, however, that R8 growth cones reach and recognize their target without Net, Fra, or Trim9, a conserved binding partner of Fra, but do not remain attached to it...
October 15, 2016: ELife
H Si Nga, H M Takase, A M Bravin, P D Garcia, M M Contti, C A Kojima, L G M de Andrade
BACKGROUND: With the increased demand for kidney transplants and the short supply of organs, it is necessary to have a better strategy to evaluate the available organs, especially from donors with acute kidney injury (AKI), because these organs are often rejected for transplantation. METHODS: We evaluated patients undergoing transplantation with kidneys from deceased donors with AKI. The cases were divided into AKI stages according to the Acute Kidney Injury Network (AKIN) criteria...
September 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
A Denoeud, S Mazevet, F Guyot, F Dorchies, J Gaudin, A Ravasio, E Brambrink, A Benuzzi-Mounaix
The structural properties of liquid silica at high pressure and moderate temperature conditions, also referred to as the warm dense matter regime, were investigated using time-resolved K-edge x-ray absorption spectroscopy and ab initio calculations. We used a nanosecond laser beam to compress uniformly a solid SiO_{2} target and a picosecond laser beam to generate a broadband x-ray source. We obtained x-ray absorption spectra at the Si K edge over a large pressure-temperature domain to probe the liquid phase up to 3...
September 2016: Physical Review. E
Ramachandran Rameshkumar, Sriram Krishnamurthy, Rajesh Nachiappa Ganesh, Subramanian Mahadevan, Parameswaran Narayanan, Ponnarmeni Satheesh, Puneet Jain
BACKGROUND: Septic acute kidney injury (AKI) accounts for more than half of all cases of AKI in critically ill children. The renal histology was found to alter the management in more than two-third of cases of adult acute renal failure. Better insight into the pathogenesis of pediatric septic AKI could be based on developing a clearer appreciation of the histopathological changes. No comprehensive study of the histopathological features of septic AKI in critically ill children has yet been performed...
October 13, 2016: Clinical and Experimental Nephrology
Adam Geoffrey Kaplan, Tony T Chen, Georgy Sankin, Chen Yang, Joanne Andrea Dale, W Neal Simmons, Pei Zhong, Glenn M Preminger, Michael Eric Lipkin
INTRODUCTION: The Nanopulse Lithotripter (NPL, Lithotech Medical, Israel) is a novel intracorporeal device that uses a nanosecond duration electrical discharge through a reusable flexible coaxial probe to endoscopically fragment urinary stones. This device was compared to a holmium laser lithotripsy (HoL) with regards to stone fragmentation efficiency (SFE) and its impact on flexible ureteroscope (URS) deflection and flow of irrigation. METHODS: Using a custom bench model, a 6mm Begostone cylindrical phantom (mixture 5:2) was confined under 0...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Endourology
You-Gui Huang, Yoshihito Shiota, Sheng-Qun Su, Shu-Qi Wu, Zi-Shuo Yao, Guo-Ling Li, Shinji Kanegawa, Soonchul Kang, Takashi Kamachi, Kazunari Yoshizawa, Katsuhiko Ariga, Osamu Sato
Proton transport via dynamic molecules is ubiquitous in chemistry and biology. However, its use as a switching mechanism for properties in functional molecular assemblies is far less common. In this study, we demonstrate how an intra-carboxyl proton shuttle can be generated in a molecular assembly akin to a rack-and-pinion cascade via a thermally induced single-crystal-to-single-crystal phase transition. In a triply interpenetrated supramolecular organic framework (SOF), a 4,4'-azopyridine (azpy) molecule connects to two biphenyl-3,3',5,5'-tetracarboxylic acid (H4 BPTC) molecules to form a functional molecular system with switchable mechanical properties...
October 13, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
L Buntinx, T Voets, B Morlion, L Vangeel, M Janssen, E Cornelissen, J Vriens, J de Hoon, E Levtchenko
Cystinosis is a rare autosomal recessive disorder characterized by lysosomal cystine accumulation due to loss of function of the lysosomal cystine transporter (CTNS). The most common mutation in cystinosis patients of Northern Europe consists of a 57-kb deletion. This deletion not only inactivates the CTNS gene but also extends into the non-coding region upstream of the start codon of the TRPV1 gene, encoding the capsaicin- and heat-sensitive ion channel TRPV1. To evaluate the consequences of the 57-kb deletion on functional TRPV1 expression, we compared thermal, mechanical and chemical sensitivity of cystinosis patients with matched healthy controls...
October 13, 2016: Scientific Reports
Adama Creppy, Franck Plouraboué, Olivier Praud, Xavier Druart, Sébastien Cazin, Hui Yu, Pierre Degond
New experimental evidence of self-motion of a confined active suspension is presented. Depositing fresh semen sample in an annular shaped microfluidic chip leads to a spontaneous vortex state of the fluid at sufficiently large sperm concentration. The rotation occurs unpredictably clockwise or counterclockwise and is robust and stable. Furthermore, for highly active and concentrated semen, richer dynamics can occur such as self-sustained or damped rotation oscillations. Experimental results obtained with systematic dilution provide a clear evidence of a phase transition towards collective motion associated with local alignment of spermatozoa akin to the Vicsek model...
October 2016: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
Amuza Byaruhanga Lucky, Miako Sakaguchi, Yuko Katakai, Satoru Kawai, Kazuhide Yahata, Thomas J Templeton, Osamu Kaneko
The malaria parasite, Plasmodium, exports protein products to the infected erythrocyte to introduce modifications necessary for the establishment of nutrient acquisition and surface display of host interaction ligands. Erythrocyte remodeling impacts parasite virulence and disease pathology and is well documented for the human malaria parasite Plasmodium falciparum, but has been less described for other Plasmodium species. For P. falciparum, the exported protein skeleton-binding protein 1 (PfSBP1) is involved in the trafficking of erythrocyte surface ligands and localized to membranous structures within the infected erythrocyte, termed Maurer's clefts...
2016: PloS One
Y Altuner Torun, U Ertural, A B Ergul, C Karakukcu, M A Akin
OBJECTIVE: Indirect bilirubin exerts an antioxidant effect when increased mildly. This study aimed to investigate whether increased bilirubin levels lead to an oxidant effect in newborns with hyperbilirubinemia requiring phototherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study included 30 term newborn infants aged 0-7 days with indirect hyperbilirubinemia requiring phototherapy and no comorbid disease as the study group. In addition, 30 term healthy newborn infants aged 0-7 days without indirect hyperbilirubinemia were employed as a control group...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Hui Yang, Fabio Leonelli
QRS morphology is commonly used in the electrocardiographic diagnosis of ventricular depolarization such as left bundle branch block (LBBB) and ventricular septal infarction. We investigated whether pattern matching of QRS loops in the 3-dimensional vectorcardiogram (VCG) will improve the grouping of patients whose space-time electrical activity akin to each other, thereby assisting in clinical decision making. First, pattern dissimilarity of VCG QRS loops is qualitatively measured and characterized among patients, resulting in a 93×93 distance matrix of patient-to-patient dissimilarity...
September 28, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
J Krzystek, Joshua Telser
"Giant magnetic anisotropy" is a phenomenon identified fairly recently in coordination complexes of nd- and nf-block ions. It can have different origins but is commonly (if not always correctly) described through zero-field splitting (ZFS), which can reach values of 100 cm(-1) and beyond. This magnitude of anisotropy imparts on some of the complexes in question properties akin to single-ion magnets (SIMs). As a parameter of great importance, it needs to be accurately measured, a process that is far from being trivial...
October 7, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Lulu I T Korsak, Molly E Mitchell, Katherine A Shepard, Michael R Akins
RNA localization is a key mechanism in the regulation of protein expression. In neurons, this includes the axonal transport of select mRNAs based on the recognition of axonal localization motifs in these RNAs by RNA binding proteins. Bioinformatic analyses of axonal RNAs suggest that selective inclusion of such localization motifs in mature mRNAs is one mechanism controlling the composition of the axonal transcriptome. The subsequent translation of axonal transcripts in response to specific stimuli provides precise spatiotemporal control of the axonal proteome...
March 2016: Current Genetic Medicine Reports
Çağrı Yayla, Kaan Okyay, Akın Yılmaz, Asife Şahinarslan, Atiye Seda Yar Sağlam, Azmi Eyiol, Hasan Ata Bolayır, Burak Sezenöz, Sevda Menevşe, Atiye Çengel
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Genetic predisposition is an important risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD). In this study, we aimed to evaluate the impact of rs10757274 and rs2383206 polymorphisms in chromosome 9p21 on presence and severity of CAD in a Turkish population. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 646 patients who underwent coronary angiography were included in this study. Coronary vessel score and Gensini score were calculated to assess the angiographic severity of CAD...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
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