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Ariane Isis Barros, Diego Victor de Babos, Edilene Cristina Ferreira, José Anchieta Gomes Neto
Different precursors were evaluated for the generation of reference spectra and correction of the background caused by SiO molecules in the determination of Sb in facial cosmetics by high-resolution continuum source graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry employing direct solid sample analysis. Zeolite and mica were the most effective precursors for background correction during Sb determination using the 217.581nm and 231.147nm lines. Full 2(3) factorial design and central composite design were used to optimize the atomizer temperature program...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Daniela Lopes Paim Pinto, Lucio Brancadoro, Silvia Dal Santo, Gabriella De Lorenzis, Mario Pezzotti, Blake C Meyers, Mario E Pè, Erica Mica
Understanding the molecular mechanisms involved in the interaction between the genetic composition and the environment is crucial for modern viticulture. We approached this issue by focusing on the small RNA transcriptome in grapevine berries of the two varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese, growing in adjacent vineyards in three different environments. Four different developmental stages were studied and a total of 48 libraries of small RNAs were produced and sequenced. Using a proximity-based pipeline, we determined the general landscape of small RNAs accumulation in grapevine berries...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Nir Kampf, Chunxian Wu, Yilin Wang, Jacob Klein
The surface structure of the trimeric surfactant tri(dodecyldimethylammonioacetoxy)-diethyltriamine trichloride (DTAD) on mica, and the interactions between two such DTAD-coated surfaces were determined using atomic force microscopy and a surface force balance. In an aqueous solution of 3 mM, five times the critical aggregation concentration (CAC), the surfaces are coated with worm-like micelles or hemi-micelles and larger (ca. 80 nm) bilayer vesicles. Repulsive normal interactions between the surfaces indicate a net surface charge and a solution concentration of ions close to that expected from the CAC...
October 19, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Isabella Guzzo, Federica Morolli, Francesca Diomedi Camassei, Antonina Piazza, Elvira Poggi, Luca Dello Strologo
BACKGROUND: Several cases of severe antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) secondary to antibodies against the angiotensin II type 1 receptor (AT1R-Ab) have been described with variable outcome. CASE-DIAGNOSIS/TREATMENT: We report the case of a 13-year-old boy whose first kidney transplant failed due to steroid-resistant acute cellular rejection, with the subsequent development of sensitization. He received a second kidney transplant which was complicated by early humoral rejection, with weakly positive staining for the complement degradation product C4d...
October 17, 2016: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
Kai Sprengel, Hanspeter Simmen, Clément M L Werner, Simon Sulser, Michael Plecko, Catharina Keller, Ladislav Mica
OBJECTIVE: Multiple trauma is often accompanied by systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of polymeric plasma substitutes on the development of SIRS or sepsis. METHODS: We included 2969 patients aged ≥16 years with an Injury Severity Score (ISS) >16 in this study. The sample was subdivided into three groups: patients who did not receive colloids and those who received <5L colloids and >5L colloids within the first 48 h...
October 13, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Lorenzo Giusti, Erica Mica, Edoardo Bertolini, Anna Maria De Leonardis, Primetta Faccioli, Luigi Cattivelli, Cristina Crosatti
Plant stress response is a complex molecular process based on transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation of many stress-related genes. microRNAs are the best-studied class of small RNAs known to play key regulatory roles in plant response to stress, besides being involved in plant development and organogenesis. We analyzed the leaf miRNAome of two durum wheat cultivars (Cappelli and Ofanto) characterized by a contrasting water use efficiency, exposed to heat stress, and mild and severe drought stress...
October 12, 2016: Functional & Integrative Genomics
Benedetta Pignoloni, Cinzia Fionda, Valentina Dell'Oste, Anna Luganini, Marco Cippitelli, Alessandra Zingoni, Santo Landolfo, Giorgio Gribaudo, Angela Santoni, Cristina Cerboni
Elimination of virus-infected cells by cytotoxic lymphocytes is triggered by activating receptors, among which NKG2D and DNAM-1/CD226 play an important role. Their ligands, that is, MHC class I-related chain (MIC) A/B and UL16-binding proteins (ULBP)1-6 (NKG2D ligand), Nectin-2/CD112, and poliovirus receptor (PVR)/CD155 (DNAM-1 ligand), are often induced on virus-infected cells, although some viruses, including human CMV (HCMV), can block their expression. In this study, we report that infection of different cell types with laboratory or low-passage HCMV strains upregulated MICA, ULBP3, and PVR, with NKG2D and DNAM-1 playing a role in NK cell-mediated lysis of infected cells...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Joana Felix, Bruno Cassinat, Raphael Porcher, Marie-Hélène Schlageter, Eve Maubec, Cécile Pages, Barouyr Baroudjian, Laurence Homyrda, Wahid Boukouaci, Ryad Tamouza, Martine Bagot, Anne Caignard, Antoine Toubert, Céleste Lebbé, Hélène Moins-Teisserenc
Metastatic melanoma is a rapidly spreading cancer whose prognosis remains poor although important therapy advances in recent years. Ipilimumab, an anti-CTLA-4 immunotherapy used in advanced melanoma, is an effective immunotherapy alone or combined with other agents but with few predictive biomarkers of response. Here, we sought to analyze the potential of S100B, MIA, soluble MICA, anti-MICA antibodies and LDH as serum biomarkers of response and survival in a cohort of 77 advanced melanoma patients subjected to ipilimumab...
October 8, 2016: International Immunopharmacology
Shanming Ke, Chang Chen, Nian-Qing Fu, Hua Zhou, Mao Ye, Peng Lin, Wen-Xiang Yuan, Xierong Zeng, Lang Chen, Haitao Huang
Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) electrodes were deposited on transparent and flexible muscovite mica. The use of mica substrate makes a high-temperature annealing process (up to 500 °C) possible. ITO/mica retains its low electric resistivity even after continuous bending of 1000 times on account of the unique layered structure of mica. When used as a transparent flexible heater, ITO/mica shows an extremely fast ramping (< 15 s) up to a high temperature of over 438 °C. When used as a transparent electrode, ITO/mica permits a high temperature annealing (450 °C) approach to fabricate flexible perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with high efficiency...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sibaprasad Maity, Ekaterina Viazovkina, Alexander Gall, Yuri Lyubchenko
Probing of biomolecular complexes by single-molecule force spectroscopy (SMFS) methods including AFM requires proper and suitable coupling methods for immobilization of biomolecules onto the AFM tip and the surface. The use of flexible tethers for the coupling process has dual advantages. First, they allow the specific immobilization of interacting molecules, and second, their flexibility facilitates the proper orientation of the interacting partners. Recently, we developed an approach termed Flexible Nano Array (FNA) in which interacting partners are located on the same polymeric FNA molecule separated by a flexible segment with a defined length...
2016: Journal of Nature and Science
Kai Oliver Jensen, Leonhard Held, Andrea Kraus, Frank Hildebrand, Philipp Mommsen, Ladislav Mica, Guido A Wanner, Peter Steiger, Rudolf M Moos, Hans-Peter Simmen, Kai Sprengel
BACKGROUND: Although under discussion, induced hypothermia (IH) is an established therapy for patients with cardiac arrest or traumatic brain injuries. The influences on coagulopathy and bleeding tendency in severely injured patients (SIP) with concomitant traumatic brain injury are most widely unclear. Therefore, the aim of this study was to quantify the effect of mild IH in SIP with concomitant severe traumatic brain injuries on transfusion rate and mortality. METHODS: In this retrospective multi-centre study, SIP from three European level-1 trauma centres with an ISS ≥16 between 2009 and 2011 were included...
October 6, 2016: European Journal of Medical Research
Xin Li, Yanbo Li, Li Hong
Rapid detection of tumor-associated DNA such as Human Papillomavirus (HPV) has important clinical value for the early screening of tumors. By attaching oligonucleotides or cDNA onto the chip surface, DNA chip technology provides a rapid method to analyze gene expression. However, challenges remain regarding increasing probe density and improving detection time. To address these challenges, we proposed a DNA chip that was self-assembled from single stranded DNA in combination with high probe density and a rapid detection method...
2016: PloS One
Todd A Cameron, Nicholas R De Lay
: Gene regulation by base-pairing between small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) and their mRNA targets is an important mechanism that allows bacteria to maintain homeostasis and respond to dynamic environments. In Gram negative bacteria, sRNA pairing and regulation is mediated by several RNA-binding proteins, including the sRNA chaperone Hfq and polynucleotide phosphorylase (PNPase). PNPase and its homolog RNase PH together represent the two 3' -5' phosphorolytic exoribonucleases found in Escherichia coli; however, a role for RNase PH in sRNA regulation has not yet been explored and reported...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Bacteriology
Masataka Kunii, Mica Ohara-Imaizumi, Noriko Takahashi, Masaki Kobayashi, Ryosuke Kawakami, Yasumitsu Kondoh, Takeshi Shimizu, Siro Simizu, Bangzhong Lin, Kazuto Nunomura, Kyota Aoyagi, Mitsuyo Ohno, Masaki Ohmuraya, Takashi Sato, Shin-Ichiro Yoshimura, Ken Sato, Reiko Harada, Yoon-Jeong Kim, Hiroyuki Osada, Tomomi Nemoto, Haruo Kasai, Tadahiro Kitamura, Shinya Nagamatsu, Akihiro Harada
The membrane fusion of secretory granules with plasma membranes is crucial for the exocytosis of hormones and enzymes. Secretion disorders can cause various diseases such as diabetes or pancreatitis. Synaptosomal-associated protein 23 (SNAP23), a soluble N-ethyl-maleimide sensitive fusion protein attachment protein receptor (SNARE) molecule, is essential for secretory granule fusion in several cell lines. However, the in vivo functions of SNAP23 in endocrine and exocrine tissues remain unclear. In this study, we show opposing roles for SNAP23 in secretion in pancreatic exocrine and endocrine cells...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cell Biology
Wen-Jie Lan, Martin A Edwards, Long Luo, Rukshan T Perera, Xiaojian Wu, Charles R Martin, Henry S White
Ion current rectification (ICR) refers to the asymmetric potential-dependent rate of the passage of solution ions through a nanopore, giving rise to electrical current-voltage characteristics that mimic those of a solid-state electrical diode. Since the discovery of ICR in quartz nanopipettes two decades ago, synthetic nanopores and nanochannels of various geometries, fabricated in membranes and on wafers, have been extensively investigated to understand fundamental aspects of ion transport in highly confined geometries...
September 30, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Shah H Khan, Edward L Kramkowski, Peter M Hoffmann
Understanding the dynamics of water under nanoscale confinement is important for biology, geology, tribology, and nanotechnology. In many naturally occurring situations, ions are present in water at various concentrations. Here we report on how the addition of sodium ions alters the squeeze-out behavior of water nanoconfined between a mica surface and silicon oxide tip. We find that Na(+) ions enhance molecular ordering and lead to longer mechanical relaxation times. We also observed a critical ion concentration, above which the confined water switches from a viscous to an elastic (solid-like) response at very slow, quasistatic compression speeds...
October 10, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Hisham A Edinur, Siti M Manaf, Nor F Che Mat
The successful of transplantation is determined by the shared human leukocyte antigens (HLAs) and ABO blood group antigens between donor and recipient. In recent years, killer cell receptor [i.e., killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR)] and major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I chain-related gene molecule (i.e., MICA) were also reported as important determinants of transplant compatibility. At present, several different genotyping techniques (e.g., sequence specific primer and sequence based typing) can be used to characterize blood group, HLA, MICA and KIR and loci...
September 24, 2016: World Journal of Transplantation
Aneta Michna, Zbigniew Adamczyk, Kamila Sofińska, Katarzyna Matusik
The deposition of poly(amido amine) dendrimers on mica at various pHs was studied by the atomic force microscopy (AFM) and in situ streaming potential measurements. Bulk characteristics of dendrimers were acquired by using the dynamic light scattering (DLS) and the laser Doppler velocimetry (LDV). The hydrodynamic radius derived from DLS measurements was 5.2nm for the ionic strength of 10(-2)M and pH range 4-10. The electrophoretic mobility, the zeta potential and the number of electrokinetic charges per molecule were derived as a function of pH from the LDV measurements...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Jianping Li, Xuemei Chen, Wei Ye, Wenyu Jiang, Huihua Liu, Jinou Zheng
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate alterations in the alertness-related network in patients with right temporal lobe epilepsy (rTLE) and explore the functional mechanisms of impaired alertness. METHODS: We recruited twenty patients with rTLE and eighteen matched healthy controls. All participants took a neuropsychological attention network test (ANT) and underwent resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging (rs-fMRI) scanning. We extracted the alertness-related network using multiple independent component analysis (MICA)...
September 16, 2016: Epilepsy Research
David A C Manning, Joana Baptista, Mallely Sanchez Limon, Kirsten Brandt
The availability of K, essential for plant growth, from syenite (a silicate rock in which potassium feldspar is the dominant mineral; >90wt%), and phlogopite mica has been demonstrated using carefully designed plant growth pot experiments in which the only added source of K was the mineral of interest, with no loss of nutrients through drainage. Using pure quartz sand as a soil, both growth (increase in diameter) of leek plants and K-content of the plant material showed a dose-dependent positive response to the application (114-43000mgK/pot) of milled syenite with increases in plant diameter of 0...
September 16, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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