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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346966/factor-xii-contact-activation
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Clément Naudin, Elena Burillo, Stefan Blankenberg, Lynn Butler, Thomas Renné
Contact activation is the surface-induced conversion of factor XII (FXII) zymogen to the serine protease FXIIa. Blood-circulating FXII binds to negatively charged surfaces and this contact to surfaces triggers a conformational change in the zymogen inducing autoactivation. Several surfaces that have the capacity for initiating FXII contact activation have been identified, including misfolded protein aggregates, collagen, nucleic acids, and platelet and microbial polyphosphate. Activated FXII initiates the proinflammatory kallikrein-kinin system and the intrinsic coagulation pathway, leading to formation of bradykinin and thrombin, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346896/weak-size-dependence-of-resuspended-radiocesium-adsorbed-on-soil-particles-collected-after-the-fukushima-nuclear-accident
#2
Naoki Kaneyasu, Hideo Ohashi, Fumie Suzuki, Tomoaki Okuda, Fumikazu Ikemori, Naofumi Akata, Toshihiro Kogure
Most studies of the properties of airborne radionuclides emitted from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant have focused on the relatively early stages of the accident, and little is known about the characteristics of radiocesium in the long-term. In this study, we analyzed activity size distributions of airborne radiocesium collected over 5 months in Tsukuba, Japan. Radiocesium in the accumulation mode size range (0.1-2 μm in aerodynamic diameter) was overwhelming in the early aerosol samples and decreased with time, while that associated with coarse aerosols remained airborne...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346861/biomimetic-remineralization-of-carious-lesions-by-self-assembling-peptide
#3
L Kind, S Stevanovic, S Wuttig, S Wimberger, J Hofer, B Müller, U Pieles
Caries is the most common disease in the world. Great efforts have been undertaken for prevention and to identify a regenerative treatment solution for dental caries. Self-assembling β-sheet forming peptides have previously shown to form 3-dimensional fiber networks supporting tissue regeneration. In particular, the self-assembling peptide P11-4 has shown potential in the treatment and prevention of dental caries. It has previously been shown that application of monomeric P11-4 solution to early carious lesions can increase net mineral gain by forming de novo hydroxyapatite crystals...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346825/fabrication-of-nico2-anchored-graphene-nanosheets-by-liquid-phase-exfoliation-for-excellent-microwave-absorber
#4
Ruilong Yang, Bochong Wang, Jianyong Xiang, Congpu Mu, Can Zhang, Fusheng Wen, Cong Wang, Can Su, Zhongyuan Liu
Graphene nanosheets (GNS) were prepared by an efficient liquid phase exfoliation method, and then the NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids were fabricated using the single-mode microwave-assisted hydrothermal technique. The NiCo2/GNS composites with different GNS proportion were investigated as a microwave absorber. Morphology investigation suggested that NiCo2 nanocrystals were uniformly anchored on the GNS without aggregation. The electromagnetic parameters of NiCo2/GNS nanohybrids could be artificially adjusted by changing the GNS proportion, which led to an exceptional microwave absorbing performance...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346775/hyperinsulinism-causing-mutations-cause-multiple-molecular-defects-in-sur1-nbd1
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Claudia Paola Alvarez, Marijana Stagljar, D Ranjith Muhandiram, Voula Kanelis
The sulfonylurea receptor 1 (SUR1) protein forms the regulatory subunit in ATP sensitive K+ (KATP) channels in the pancreas. SUR proteins are members of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) superfamily of proteins. Binding and hydrolysis of MgATP at the SUR nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) lead to channel opening. Pancreatic KATP channels play an important role in insulin secretion. SUR1 mutations that result in increased channel opening ultimately inhibit insulin secretion and lead to neonatal diabetes. In contrast, SUR1 mutations that disrupt trafficking and/or decrease gating of KATP channels cause congenital hyperinsulinism, where over secretion of insulin occurs even in the presence of low glucose...
March 27, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346747/agreement-between-cytotechnologists-and-cytopathologists-as-a-new-measure-of-cytopathologist-performance-in-gynecologic-cytology
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Andrew M Quinn, Abu T Minhajuddin, Linda S Hynan, Joan S Reisch, Edmund S Cibas
BACKGROUND: Although objective measures of cytotechnologist (CT) and cytopathologist (CP) performance exist, challenges remain. Two assumptions deserve examination: CPs' interpretations are correct, and CTs and CPs render interpretations independently of each other. This study presents a CT-CP interpretation comparison and provides insight into these assumptions. METHODS: Every gynecologic cytology specimen examined by both a CT and a CP from December 2004 to March 2015 was extracted from the laboratory information system; glandular interpretations were excluded...
March 27, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346582/rates-and-characteristics-of-paid-malpractice-claims-among-us-physicians-by-specialty-1992-2014
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Adam C Schaffer, Anupam B Jena, Seth A Seabury, Harnam Singh, Venkat Chalasani, Allen Kachalia
Importance: Although physician concerns about medical malpractice are substantial, national data are lacking on the rate of claims paid on behalf of US physicians by specialty. Objective: To characterize paid malpractice claims by specialty. Design, Setting, and Participants: A comprehensive analysis was conducted of all paid malpractice claims, with linkage to physician specialty, from the National Practitioner Data Bank from January 1, 1992, to December 31, 2014, a period including an estimated 19...
March 27, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346498/characteristics-of-seasonal-influenza-a-and-b-in-latin-america-influenza-surveillance-data-from-ten-countries
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Saverio Caini, Wladimir J Alonso, Angel Balmaseda, Alfredo Bruno, Patricia Bustos, Leticia Castillo, Celina de Lozano, Doménica de Mora, Rodrigo A Fasce, Walquiria Aparecida Ferreira de Almeida, Gabriela F Kusznierz, Jenny Lara, Maria Luisa Matute, Brechla Moreno, Claudio Maierovitch Pessanha Henriques, Juan Manuel Rudi, Clotilde El-Guerche Séblain, François Schellevis, John Paget
INTRODUCTION: The increased availability of influenza surveillance data in recent years justifies an actual and more complete overview of influenza epidemiology in Latin America. We compared the influenza surveillance systems and assessed the epidemiology of influenza A and B, including the spatio-temporal patterns of influenza epidemics, in ten countries and sub-national regions in Latin America. METHODS: We aggregated the data by year and country and characteristics of eighty-two years were analysed...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346269/cohort-variation-in-selection-during-pregnancy-and-risk-of-selected-birth-defects-among-males
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Tim A Bruckner, Deborah Karasek, Wei Yang, Gary M Shaw, Ralph A Catalano
BACKGROUND: The literature theorizes, but does not test, that variation over time in selective loss in utero affects the observed count of live-born birth defects cases. We test the hypothesis that the risk of birth defects among live-born males varies inversely with the strength of selection against males in utero. METHODS: We identified a subset of six birth defect phenotypes among males from the California Birth Defects Monitoring Program, an active surveillance system for over 490,000 male singletons born in eight California counties from 1986 through 2004...
March 23, 2017: Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345919/photocontrol-of-clustering-retaining-and-releasing-of-microbeads-concomitant-with-phototransformation-of-supramolecular-architecture-of-amphiphilic-diarylethene
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Akira Sakaguchi, Kenji Higashiguchi, Hajime Yotsuji, Kenji Matsuda
Photoinduced clustering of polystyrene microbeads and photocontrol of their diffusion was achieved in water with the assistance of photoinduced transformation of supramolecular architecture of amphiphilic diarylethene between sphere and fiber states. When a suspension of polystyrene beads containing the sphere state of diarylethene was UV-irradiated from beneath, clustering of the polystyrene beads by thermal convection was observed. The velocity of clustering was dependent on the amount of photogenerated nanofibers that determines the viscosity of the water...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345870/ultra-fast-separation-and-analysis-of-monoclonal-antibody-aggregates-using-membrane-chromatography
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Pedram Madadkar, Umatheny Umatheva, Geoff Hale, Yves Durocher, Raja Ghosh
We discuss a method for rapid and cost-effective analysis of monoclonal antibody (mAb) aggregates. Hydrophobic interaction membrane chromatography, which was previously shown to be highly suitable for such separation and analysis, was used in a recently developed format referred to as laterally-fed membrane chromatography (or LFMC). A stack of rectangular polyvinylidene fluoride (or PVDF) membranes having 0.22 µm pores housed within a modified analytical-scale LFMC device was used for analyzing aggregate types and content in different monoclonal antibody samples...
March 27, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345859/aqueous-nanoparticle-polymer-solar-cells-the-effects-of-surfactant-concentration-and-processing-on-device-performance
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Fallon J M Colberts, Martijn M Wienk, René A J Janssen
Polymer solar cells based on PDPP5T and PCBM as donor and acceptor materials have been processed from aqueous nanoparticle miniemulsions. Careful monitoring and optimizing the concentration of free and surface-bound surfactants in the dispersion, by measuring the conductivity and zeta potential, is essential to avoid aggregation of nanoparticles at low concentration and de-wetting of the film at high concentration. The surfactant concentration is crucial for creating reproducible processing conditions that aid in further developing aqueous nanoparticle processed solar cells...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345606/53bp1-contributes-to-regulation-of-autophagic-clearance-of-mitochondria
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Cha Kyung Youn, Hong Beum Kim, Ting Ting Wu, Sanggon Park, Sung Il Cho, Jung-Hee Lee
Autophagy, the primary recycling pathway within cells, plays a critical role in mitochondrial quality control under normal growth conditions and in the cellular response to stress. Here we provide evidence that 53BP1, a DNA damage response protein, is involved in regulating mitochondrial clearance from the cell via a type of autophagy termed mitophagy. We found that when either human or mouse cells were 53BP1-deficient, there was an increase in mitochondrial abnormalities, as observed through staining intensity, aggregation, and increased mass...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345592/community-temporal-variability-increases-with-fluctuating-resource-availability
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Wei Li, M Henry H Stevens
An increase in the quantity of available resources is known to affect temporal variability of aggregate community properties. However, it is unclear how might fluctuations in resource availability alter community-level temporal variability. Here we conduct a microcosm experiment with laboratory protist community subjected to manipulated resource pulses that vary in intensity, duration and time of supply, and examine the impact of fluctuating resource availability on temporal variability of the recipient community...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345346/thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-and-aggregation-induced-emission-with-through-space-charge-transfer
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Hiroyuki Tsujimoto, Dong-Gwang Ha, Georgios Markopoulos, Hyun Sik Chae, Marc A Baldo, Timothy M Swager
Emissive molecules comprising a donor and an acceptor bridged by 9,9-dimethylxanthene, were studied (XPT, XCT, and XtBuCT). The structures position the donor and acceptor with cofacial alignment at distances of 3.3-3.5 Å wherein efficient spatial charge transfer can occur. The quantum yields were enhanced by excluding molecular oxygen and thermally activated delayed fluorescence with lifetimes on the order of microseconds was observed. Although the molecules displayed low quantum yields in solution, higher quantum yields were observed in the solid state...
March 27, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345287/contribution-of-platelet-p2y12-receptors-to-chronic-complete-freund-s-adjuvant-induced-inflammatory-pain
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K Bekő, B Koványi, F Gölöncsér, G Horváth, Á Dénes, Zs Környei, B Botz, Zs Helyes, C E Müller, B Sperlágh
BACKGROUND: P2Y12 receptor antagonists are widely used in clinical practice to inhibit platelet aggregation. P2Y12 receptors are also known to regulate different forms of pain as well as local and systemic inflammation. However it is not known if platelet P2Y12 receptors contribute to these effects. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we explored the contribution of platelet P2Y12 receptors to chronic inflammatory pain in mice. METHODS: Complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA)-induced chronic inflammatory pain was induced in wild-type and P2ry12 gene-deficient mice (P2ry12-/-), and the potent, direct-acting and reversible P2Y12 receptor antagonists, PSB-0739, and cangrelor were used...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345129/the-effect-of-microwave-on-the-interaction-of-flavor-compounds-with-g-actin-from-grass-carp-catenopharyngodon-idella
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Xiaowei Lou, Qiuli Yang, Yangying Sun, Daodong Pan, Jinxuan Cao
BACKGROUND: In order to investigate the influence of non-thermal effects of microwaves on the flavor of fish and meat products, the G-actin of grass carp in ice baths was exposed to different microwave powers (0, 100, 300 or 500 W); the surface hydrophobicity, sulphydryl contents, secondary structures and adsorption capacity of G-actin to ketones were determined. RESULTS: As microwave power increased from 0 to 300 W, the surface hydrophobicity, total and reactive sulphydryls increased; α-helix, β-sheet and random coil fractions turned into β-turn fractions...
March 26, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345116/oligomeric-state-and-thermal-stability-of-apo-and-holo-human-ornithine-%C3%AE-aminotransferase
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Riccardo Montioli, Carlotta Zamparelli, Carla Borri Voltattorni, Barbara Cellini
Human ornithine δ-aminotransferase (hOAT) (EC 2.6.1.13) is a mitochondrial pyridoxal 5'-phosphate (PLP)-dependent aminotransferase whose deficit is associated with gyrate atrophy, a rare autosomal recessive disorder causing progressive blindness and chorioretinal degeneration. Here, both the apo- and holo-form of recombinant hOAT were characterized by means of spectroscopic, kinetic, chromatographic and computational techniques. The results indicate that apo and holo-hOAT (a) show a similar tertiary structure, even if apo displays a more pronounced exposure of hydrophobic patches, (b) exhibit a tetrameric structure with a tetramer-dimer equilibrium dissociation constant about fivefold higher for the apoform with respect to the holoform, and (c) have apparent Tm values of 46 and 67 °C, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Protein Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345099/ultrasensitive-nanoparticle-enhanced-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-using-a-super-hydrophobic-substrate-coupled-with-magnetic-confinement
#19
Daming Dong, Leizi Jiao, Xiaofan Du, Chunjiang Zhao
In this study, we developed a substrate to enhance the sensitivity of LIBS by 5 orders of magnitude. Using a combination of field enhancement due to the metal nanoparticles in the substrate, the aggregate effect of super-hydrophobic interfaces and magnetic confinement, we performed a quantitative measurement of copper in solution with concentrations on the ppt level. We also demonstrated that the substrate improves quantitative measurements by providing an opportunity for internal standardization.
March 27, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345049/biomimetic-mineral-self-organization-from-silica-rich-spring-waters
#20
Juan Manuel García-Ruiz, Elias Nakouzi, Electra Kotopoulou, Leonardo Tamborrino, Oliver Steinbock
Purely inorganic reactions of silica, metal carbonates, and metal hydroxides can produce self-organized complex structures that mimic the texture of biominerals, the morphology of primitive organisms, and that catalyze prebiotic reactions. To date, these fascinating structures have only been synthesized using model solutions. We report that mineral self-assembly can be also obtained from natural alkaline silica-rich water deriving from serpentinization. Specifically, we demonstrate three main types of mineral self-assembly: (i) nanocrystalline biomorphs of barium carbonate and silica, (ii) mesocrystals and crystal aggregates of calcium carbonate with complex biomimetic textures, and (iii) osmosis-driven metal silicate hydrate membranes that form compartmentalized, hollow structures...
March 2017: Science Advances
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