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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445951/pd-l1-expression-in-perihilar-and-intrahepatic-cholangiocarcinoma
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Jacqueline Fontugne, Jérémy Augustin, Anaïs Pujals, Philippe Compagnon, Benoit Rousseau, Alain Luciani, Christophe Tournigand, Daniel Cherqui, Daniel Azoulay, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Julien Calderaro
Cholangiocarcinoma is an aggressive biliary neoplasm lacking effective therapeutic agents. Immunotherapies targeting the PD-L1/PD-1 immune checkpoint have shown encouraging results in solid and hematologic cancers in clinical trials. Response to these immunomodulators is correlated with PD-L1 expression. Our goal was to characterize PD-L1 expression in intra-hepatic (iCCA) and perihilar (pCCA) cholangiocarcinomas, and to correlate our results with clinicopathological features, density of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) and PD-1 expression...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445945/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-associated-microrna-expression-signature-integrated-bioinformatics-analysis-validation-and-clinical-significance
#2
Chunyu Li, Yunhong Yin, Xiao Liu, Xuejiao Xi, Weixiao Xue, Yiqing Qu
Recently, increasing studies of miRNA expression profiling has confirmed that miRNA plays an essential role in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, inconsistent or discrepant results exist in these researches. In present study, we performed an integrative analysis of 32 miRNA profiling studies compared the differentially expressed miRNA between NSCLC tissue and non-cancerous lung tissue to identify candidate miRNAs associated with NSCLC. 7 upregulated and 10 downregulated miRNAs were identified as miRNA integrated-signature using Robust Rank Aggregation (RRA) method...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445827/scale-effect-on-spatial-patterns-of-ecosystem-services-and-associations-among-them-in-semi-arid-area-a-case-study-in-ningxia-hui-autonomous-region-china
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Shuna Xu, Yanfang Liu, Xia Wang, Guangxia Zhang
Identifying scale effect on spatial patterns of ecosystem services and associations among them has been recognized as critical to the sustainable management of ecosystem services. We proposed a method to conveniently integrate ecosystem services of small scale into different larger scales. Taking Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in west China as an example, we analyzed the change regularity of spatial patterns of 7 ecosystem services under 22 different scales. Further, the tradeoffs and synergies among ecosystem services across all scales were compared...
April 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445825/physico-chemical-protection-rather-than-biochemical-composition-governs-the-responses-of-soil-organic-carbon-decomposition-to-nitrogen-addition-in-a-temperate-agroecosystem
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Wenbing Tan, Guoan Wang, Caihong Huang, Rutai Gao, Beidou Xi, Biao Zhu
The heterogeneous responses of soil organic carbon (SOC) decomposition in different soil fractions to nitrogen (N) addition remain elusive. In this study, turnover rates of SOC in different aggregate fractions were quantified based on changes in δ(13)C following the conversion of C3 to C4 vegetation in a temperate agroecosystem. The turnover of both total organic matter and specific organic compound classes within each aggregate fraction was inhibited by N addition. Moreover, the intensity of inhibition increases with decreasing aggregate size and increasing N addition level, but does not vary among chemical compound classes within each aggregate fraction...
April 22, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445753/pyroglutamate-modified-amyloid-%C3%AE-3-42-shows-%C3%AE-helical-intermediates-before-amyloid-formation
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Christina Dammers, Kerstin Reiss, Lothar Gremer, Justin Lecher, Tamar Ziehm, Matthias Stoldt, Melanie Schwarten, Dieter Willbold
Pyroglutamate-modified amyloid-β (pEAβ) has been described as a relevant Aβ species in Alzheimer's-disease-affected brains, with pEAβ (3-42) as a dominant isoform. Aβ (1-40) and Aβ (1-42) have been well characterized under various solution conditions, including aqueous solutions containing trifluoroethanol (TFE). To characterize structural properties of pEAβ (3-42) possibly underlying its drastically increased aggregation propensity compared to Aβ (1-42), we started our studies in various TFE-water mixtures and found striking differences between the two Aβ species...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445751/curcumin-dictates-divergent-fates-for-the-central-salt-bridges-in-amyloid-%C3%AE-40-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-42
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Bappaditya Chandra, Venus Singh Mithu, Debanjan Bhowmik, Anand Kant Das, Bankanidhi Sahoo, Sudipta Maiti, Perunthiruthy K Madhu
There are three specific regions in the Amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide sequence where variations cause enhanced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease: the N-terminus, the central salt bridge, and the C-terminus. Here, we investigate if there is a close conformational connection between these three regions, which may suggest a concerted mechanism of toxicity. We measure the effects of Zn(2+) and curcumin on Aβ40, and compare these with their previously reported effects on Aβ42. Aβ42 and Aβ40 differ only near the C-terminus, where curcumin interacts, while Zn(2+) interacts near the N-terminus...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445749/equilibrium-ensembles-for-insulin-folding-from-bias-exchange-metadynamics
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Richa Singh, Rohit Bansal, Anurag Singh Rathore, Gaurav Goel
Earliest events in the aggregation process, such as single molecule reconfiguration, are extremely important and the most difficult to characterize in experiments. To this end, we have used well-tempered bias exchange metadynamics simulations to determine the equilibrium ensembles of an insulin molecule under amyloidogenic conditions of low pH and high temperature. A bin-based clustering method that uses statistics accumulated in bias exchange metadynamics trajectories was employed to construct a detailed thermodynamic and kinetic model of insulin folding...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445720/hsp90-is-essential-under-heat-stress-in-the-bacterium-shewanella-oneidensis
#8
Flora Ambre Honoré, Vincent Méjean, Olivier Genest
The Hsp90 chaperone is essential in eukaryotes and activates a large array of client proteins. In contrast, its role is still elusive in bacteria, and only a few Hsp90 bacterial clients are known. Here, we found that Hsp90 is essential in the model bacterium Shewanella oneidensis under heat stress. A genetic screen for Hsp90 client proteins identified TilS, an essential protein involved in tRNA maturation. Overexpression of TilS rescued the growth defect of the hsp90 deletion strain under heat stress. In vivo, the activity and the amount of TilS were significantly reduced in the absence of Hsp90 at high temperature...
April 25, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445622/thiocarbohydrates-on-gold-nanoparticles-strong-influences-of-stereocenters-on-binding-affinitiy-and-interparticle-forces
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Torsten Linker, Prashant Pavashe, Werner Fudickar
Carbohydrates carrying thiol groups at the C-2 position have been attached to gold nanoparticles (AuNP) with stereocenters in close proximity to the surface for the first time. Their configurations can be clearly distinguished by the tendency of particle aggregation. AuNP surface plasmon resonance (SPR), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and IR spectroscopy indicate that the thiocarbohydrates replace citrate molecules at different rates causing aggregation and eventually precipitation. A quantitative formulation of this aggregation process shows that reactivities can vary by several magnitudes...
April 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445598/dabigatran-enhances-platelet-reactivity-and-platelet-thrombin-receptor-expression-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-reply
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Alina Achilles, Annemarie Mohring, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Amin Polzin
Firstly, we would like to thank Bonello et al. for their comment on our recent publication. We completely agree that until now, data were contradicting regarding the impact of dabigatran on platelet reactivity. Additionally, we completely agree that during the last year, different groups have clearly shown enhanced platelet aggregation and platelet adhesion in dabigatran treated patients. [1-3] Furthermore, two different mechanisms have been described (enhanced platelet adhesion to the endothelium mediated by GPIb-α by Petzold et al...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445460/polyglutamine-tracts-regulate-beclin-1-dependent-autophagy
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Avraham Ashkenazi, Carla F Bento, Thomas Ricketts, Mariella Vicinanza, Farah Siddiqi, Mariana Pavel, Ferdinando Squitieri, Maarten C Hardenberg, Sara Imarisio, Fiona M Menzies, David C Rubinsztein
Nine neurodegenerative diseases are caused by expanded polyglutamine (polyQ) tracts in different proteins, such as huntingtin in Huntington's disease and ataxin 3 in spinocerebellar ataxia type 3 (SCA3). Age at onset of disease decreases with increasing polyglutamine length in these proteins and the normal length also varies. PolyQ expansions drive pathogenesis in these diseases, as isolated polyQ tracts are toxic, and an N-terminal huntingtin fragment comprising exon 1, which occurs in vivo as a result of alternative splicing, causes toxicity...
April 26, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445263/acupuncture-for-enhancing-early-recovery-of-bowel-function-in-cancer-protocol-for-a-systematic-review
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Yi-Hua Liu, Yang Ye, Jia-Bin Zheng, Xue-Qian Wang, Ying Zhang, Hong-Sheng Lin
BACKGROUND: Cancer patients undergoing surgical procedure often suffer from bowel dysfunction and postoperative ileus (POI). Cancer management for early recovery of bowel function is still a challenging topic. Acupuncture has been commonly used in a variety of gastrointestinal diseases. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effects of acupuncture therapy to reduce the duration of POI and enhance bowel function in cancer patients. METHODS: We will systematically screen all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published through electronically and hand searching...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445226/comparison-of-training-intensity-patterns-for-cardiorespiratory-speed-and-strength-exercise-programs
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Rheba E Vetter, Han Yu, Alice K Foose, Peter J Adam, Regan K Dodd
Designing effective exercise training programs is important for novice, regular and elite individuals desiring improvements in physical fitness and performance outcomes without experiencing deleterious physiological or performance effects. The purpose of this research was to understand the impact of training intensity on the effectiveness of training program outcomes. Synthesized analyses of 31 studies provided an overall magnitude for the impact of training program intensity on effect size (ES). Meta-analyses were conducted using meta-regression models to assess the impact of training program intensity and the other moderators of training frequency, training weeks, age, ability level, and type of physical exercise training...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445169/continuous-size-and-shape-control-synthesis-of-hollow-silica-nanoparticles-enabled-by-a-microreactor-assisted-rapid-mixing-process
#14
Yujuan He, Ki-Joong Kim, Chih-Hung Alex Chang
Hollow silica nanoparticles (HSNPs) were synthesized using a microreactor-assisted system with a hydrodynamic focusing micromixer (HFM). Due to the fast mixing of each precursor in the system, the PAA thermodynamic-locked (TML) conformations were protected from their random aggregations by the immediately initiated growth of silica shells. When altering the mixing time through varying flow rates and flow rate ratios, the different degrees of the aggregation of PAA TML conformations were observed. The globular and necklace-like TML conformations were successfully captured by modifying the PAA concentration at the optimized mixing condition...
April 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445028/enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-of-ethanol-oxidation-reaction-on-palladium-silver-nanoparticles-via-removable-surface-ligands
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Hucheng Zhang, Yingying Shang, Jing Zhao, Jianji Wang
This work developed a facile colloidal route to synthesize BH4--capped PdxAgy nanoparticles (NPs) in water using the reducing ionic liquids of [Cnmim]BH4, and the resulting NPs were prone to form the nanocomposites with [amim]+-modified reduced graphene (RG). The removal of the metal-free inorganic ions of BH4- can create the profoundly exposed interfaces on the PdxAgy NPs during the electrooxidation, and favor the ethanol oxidation reaction (EOR) in lowering energy barrier. The counterions of [Cnmim]+ can gather ethanol, OH- ions, and the reaction intermediates on catalysts, and synergistically interact with RG to facilitate the charge transfer in nanocomposites...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444908/micelles-of-the-chiral-biocompatible-surfactant-1r-2s-dodecyl-2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl-dimethylammonium-bromide-dmeb-molecular-dynamics-and-fragmentation-patterns-in-gas-phase
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David Bongiorno, Serena Indelicato, Leopoldo Ceraulo, Ugo Perricone, Valentina Calabrese, Anna Maria Almerico, Vincenzo Turco Liveri, Marco Tutone
RATIONALE: The study of self-assembly process of surfactant molecules in gas phase is of actually interest for several theoretical and technological reasons related to their possible exploitation as drug carriers, protein shields and cleaning agents in gas phase. METHODS: Stability and fragmentation patterns of singly and multiply charged (either positively or negatively) aggregates of the surfactant (1R,2S)-dodecyl(2-hydroxy-1-methyl-2-phenylethyl) dimethyl ammonium bromide (DMEB) in gas phase have been studied by ion mobility mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry...
April 26, 2017: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry: RCM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444860/aspirin-responsiveness-changes-in-obese-patients-following-bariatric-surgery
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Nicholas B Norgard, Scott V Monte, Stanley F Fernandez, Qing Ma
Bariatric surgery has emerged as a promising treatment option for weight loss and to counter the metabolic consequences of obesity. Obesity has been linked to a hyperaggregable state, as well as a blunted response to aspirin. This pilot study assessed the hypothesis that bariatric surgery would lead to an improvement in aspirin-induced platelet inhibition and a reduction in platelet aggregability. METHODS: Fifteen patients scheduled to undergo bariatric surgery were administered two 7-day courses of aspirin 81 mg: the first course administered before surgery and the second was 3 months following surgery...
April 26, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444822/triplex-dna-nanostructures-from-basic-properties-to-applications
#18
Yuwei Hu, Alessandro Cecconello, Andrea Idili, Francesco Ricci, Itamar Willner
Triplex nucleic acids attract recent interest as part of the rich "tool-box" of structures used to develop DNA-based nanostructures and materials. This review addresses the use of DNA triplexes to assemble sensing platforms and molecular switches. Furthermore, the pH-induced, switchable assembly and dissociation of triplex DNA-bridged nanostructures are presented. Specifically, the aggregation/deaggregation of nanoparticles and the reversible oligomerization of "origami" tiles or DNA circles are described. Also, the use of triplex-DNA structures as functional units to assemble pH-responsive systems and materials are presented...
April 26, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444700/fluorescence-lifetime-imaging-and-super-resolution-microscopies-shed-light-on-the-directed-and-self-assembly-of-functional-porphyrins-onto-carbon-nanotubes-and-flat-surfaces
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Boyang Mao, David González Calatayud, Vincenzo Mirabello, Haobo Ge, Benjamin J Hodges, Robert M J Jacobs, Ashley M Shepherd, José Alberto Ribeiro Martins, Navaratnarajah Kuganathan, Jorge Bernardino De La Serna, Stanley W Botchway, Sofia Ioana Pascu
Two new routes to functionalized SWNTs have been established using a bulky Zn(II)-porphyrin featuring thiolate groups at the periphery. We probed the optical properties of this Zinc(II)-substituted, bulky aryl porphyrin and those of the corresponding new nano-composites with single walled carbon nanotube (SWNTs) and coronene, as a model for graphene. We report hereby on: (i) the supramolecular interactions between the pristine SWNTs and Zn(II)-porphyrin by virtue of π-π stacking, and (ii) a novel covalent binding strategy based on the Bingel reaction...
April 25, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444689/the-young-s-modulus-fracture-stress-and-fracture-strain-of-gellan-hydrogels-filled-with-whey-protein-microparticles
#20
Cherry Wing Yu Lam, Shinya Ikeda
Texture modifying abilities of whey protein microparticles are expected to be dependent on pH during heat-induced aggregation of whey protein in the microparticulation process. Therefore, whey protein microparticles were prepared at either pH 5.5 or 6.8 and their effects on small and large deformation properties of gellan gels containing whey protein microparticles as fillers were investigated. The majority of whey protein microparticles had diameters around 2 μm. Atomic force microscopy images showed that whey protein microparticles prepared at pH 6...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Food Science
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