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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340507/understanding-the-contribution-of-disulphide-bridges-to-the-folding-and-misfolding-of-an-anti-a%C3%AE-scfv
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Laia Montoliu-Gaya, Jose C Martínez, Sandra Villegas
ScFv-h3D6 is a single chain variable fragment that precludes Aβ peptide-induced cytotoxicity by withdrawing Aβ oligomers from the amyloid pathway to the worm-like pathway. Production of scFv molecules is not a straightforward procedure because of the occurrence of disulphide scrambled conformations generated in the refolding process. Here, we separately removed the disulphide bond of each domain and solved the scrambling problem; and then, we intended to compensate the loss of thermodynamic stability by adding three C-terminal elongation mutations previously described to stabilize the native fold of scFv-h3D6...
March 24, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340391/optimization-of-the-marinelli-beaker-dimensions-using-genetic-algorithm
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Seyed Mehrdad Zamzamian, Seyed Abolfazl Hosseini, Mohammad Samadfam
A computational code, based on the genetic algorithm and MCNPX version 2.6 code was developed and used to investigate the effects of some important parameters of HPGe detector (such as Al cap thickness, dead-layer thickness and Ge hole size) on optimum dimensions of marinelli beaker. In addition, the effects of detector material on optimal beaker dimensions were also investigated. Finally, the optimized beaker dimensions at various beaker volumes (300, 500, 700, 1000 and 1500 cm(3)) were determined for some conventional Ge detectors with different crystal sizes (16 sizes)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340349/structure-reveals-mechanisms-of-viral-suppressors-that-intercept-a-crispr-rna-guided-surveillance-complex
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Saikat Chowdhury, Joshua Carter, MaryClare F Rollins, Sarah M Golden, Ryan N Jackson, Connor Hoffmann, Lyn'Al Nosaka, Joseph Bondy-Denomy, Karen L Maxwell, Alan R Davidson, Elizabeth R Fischer, Gabriel C Lander, Blake Wiedenheft
Genetic conflict between viruses and their hosts drives evolution and genetic innovation. Prokaryotes evolved CRISPR-mediated adaptive immune systems for protection from viral infection, and viruses have evolved diverse anti-CRISPR (Acr) proteins that subvert these immune systems. The adaptive immune system in Pseudomonas aeruginosa (type I-F) relies on a 350 kDa CRISPR RNA (crRNA)-guided surveillance complex (Csy complex) to bind foreign DNA and recruit a trans-acting nuclease for target degradation. Here, we report the cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of the Csy complex bound to two different Acr proteins, AcrF1 and AcrF2, at an average resolution of 3...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340348/the-evolutionary-pathway-to-virulence-of-an-rna-virus
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Adi Stern, Ming Te Yeh, Tal Zinger, Matt Smith, Caroline Wright, Guy Ling, Rasmus Nielsen, Andrew Macadam, Raul Andino
Paralytic polio once afflicted almost half a million children each year. The attenuated oral polio vaccine (OPV) has enabled world-wide vaccination efforts, which resulted in nearly complete control of the disease. However, poliovirus eradication is hampered globally by epidemics of vaccine-derived polio. Here, we describe a combined theoretical and experimental strategy that describes the molecular events leading from OPV to virulent strains. We discover that similar evolutionary events occur in most epidemics...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340332/super-elongation-complex-promotes-early-hiv-transcription-and-its-function-is-modulated-by-p-tefb
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Alona Kuzmina, Simona Krasnopolsky, Ran Taube
Early work on the control of transcription of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) laid the foundation for our current knowledge of how RNA Polymerase II is released from promoter-proximal pausing sites and transcription elongation is enhanced. The viral Tat activator recruits Positive Transcription Elongation Factor b (P-TEFb) and Super Elongation Complex (SEC) that jointly drive transcription elongation. While substantial progress in understanding the role of SEC in HIV gene transcription elongation has been obtained, defining of the mechanisms that govern SEC functions is still limited, and the role of SEC in controlling HIV transcription in the absence of Tat is less clear...
February 17, 2017: Transcription
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340304/family-members-experiences-of-driving-disruption-after-acquired-brain-injury
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Phyllis Liang, Jennifer Fleming, Louise Gustafsson, Janelle Griffin, Jacki Liddle
PRIMARY OBJECTIVE: 1) To explore family members' lived experiences of driving disruption at early and later stages of the recovery continuum following acquired brain injury (ABI). 2) To describe health-related quality of life of family members of individuals with ABI who are experiencing driving disruption. RESEARCH DESIGN: Mixed methods phenomenological research approach. METHODS AND PROCEDURES: Semi-structured interviews and health-related quality of life questionnaires were conducted with 15 family members of individuals with ABI (early group: 1-12 months post-injury, n = 6; later group: >1 year post-injury, n = 9)...
March 24, 2017: Brain Injury: [BI]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340056/neutrophil-derived-mitochondrial-dna-promotes-receptor-activator-of-nuclear-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-and-its-ligand-signalling-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Anne Contis, Stéphane Mitrovic, Julie Lavie, Isabelle Douchet, Estibaliz Lazaro, Marie-Elise Truchetet, Cyril Goizet, Cécile Contin-Bordes, Thierry Schaeverbeke, Patrick Blanco, Rodrigue Rossignol, Benjamin Faustin, Christophe Richez, Pierre Duffau
Objectives.: Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) contains sequestered damage-associated molecular patterns that might be involved in osteoimmunological pathogenesis of RA. Here, we aimed to investigate the cellular source of mtDNA and its role in RANK ligand (RANKL) expression by RA SF neutrophils. Methods.: The gene expression signature of SF neutrophils was examined by proteomic quantitative analysis. Levels of mtDNA in circulating and SF neutrophils from RA patients and OA control subjects were assessed by real-time PCR...
March 13, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339862/a-new-insight-into-the-evolution-and-functional-divergence-of-sweet-transporters-in-chinese-white-pear-pyrus-bretschneideri
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Jiaming Li, Mengfan Qin, Xin Qiao, Yinsheng Cheng, Xiaolong Li, Huping Zhang, Jun Wu
SWEET genes are a recently identified plant gene family that play an indispensable role in sugar efflux. However, no systematic study has been performed in pear. In this research, 18 SWEET transporters identified in pear, almost twice the number found in woodland strawberry and Japanese apricot, were divided into four clades. Conserved motifs and six exons of the SWEET transporters were found in six species. SWEET transporters contained seven transmembrane segments (TMSs) that evolved from an internal duplication of an ancestral three-TMSs unit, connected by TMS4...
March 1, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339828/single-session-of-functional-electrical-stimulation-assisted-walking-produces-corticomotor-symmetry-changes-related-to-changes-in-poststroke-walking-mechanics
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Jacqueline A Palmer, HaoYuan Hsiao, Tamara Wright, Stuart A Binder-Macleod
Background: Recent research demonstrated that symmetry of corticomotor drive to paretic and nonparetic plantarflexor muscles are related to the biomechanical ankle moment strategy that individuals with chronic stroke used to achieve their greatest walking speeds. Rehabilitation strategies that promote corticomotor balance could potentially improve post-stroke walking mechanics and enhance functional ambulation. Objective: To 1) test the effectiveness of a single session of gait training using functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve plantarflexor corticomotor symmetry and plantarflexion ankle moment symmetry and 2) determine if changes in corticomotor symmetry relate to changes in ankle moment symmetry within the session...
February 23, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339811/pok%C3%A3-mon-go-driving
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T Sawano, A Ozaki, Y Shimada, C Leppold, M Tsubokura, M Tsukada, M Kami, H Ohira
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March 1, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339724/three-cis-regulatory-motifs-auxre-mycrs1-and-mycrs2-are-required-for-modulating-the-auxin-and-mycorrhiza-responsive-expression-of-a-tomato-gh3-gene
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Xiao Chen, Dehua Liao, Xiaofeng Yang, Minjie Ji, Shuangshuang Wang, Mian Gu, Aiqun Chen, Guohua Xu
Auxin is well known to be a key regulator that acts in almost all physiological processes during plant growth, and in interactions between plants and microbes. However, to date, the regulatory mechanisms underlying auxin-mediated plant-arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi symbiosis have not been well deciphered. Previously we identified a GH3 gene, SlGH3.4, strongly responsive to both auxin induction and mycorrhizal symbiosis. Here, we reported a refined dissection of the SlGH3.4 promoter activity using the β-glucuronidase (GUS) reporter...
February 21, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339486/a-top-down-manner-based-dcnn-architecture-for-semantic-image-segmentation
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Kai Qiao, Jian Chen, Linyuan Wang, Lei Zeng, Bin Yan
Given their powerful feature representation for recognition, deep convolutional neural networks (DCNNs) have been driving rapid advances in high-level computer vision tasks. However, their performance in semantic image segmentation is still not satisfactory. Based on the analysis of visual mechanism, we conclude that DCNNs in a bottom-up manner are not enough, because semantic image segmentation task requires not only recognition but also visual attention capability. In the study, superpixels containing visual attention information are introduced in a top-down manner, and an extensible architecture is proposed to improve the segmentation results of current DCNN-based methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339302/driver-trust-in-five-driver-assistance-technologies-following-real-world-use-in-four-production-vehicles
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David G Kidd, Jessica B Cicchino, Ian J Reagan, Laura B Kerfoot
OBJECTIVES: Information about drivers' experiences with driver assistance technologies in real driving conditions is sparse. This study characterized driver interactions with forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping, side-view assist, and lane departure warning systems following real-world use. METHODS: Fifty-four Insurance Institute for Highway Safety employees participated and drove a 2016 Toyota Prius, 2016 Honda Civic, 2017 Audi Q7, or 2016 Infiniti QX60 for up to several weeks...
March 1, 2017: Traffic Injury Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339279/trade-off-between-speed-and-cost-in-shortcuts-to-adiabaticity
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Steve Campbell, Sebastian Deffner
Achieving effectively adiabatic dynamics is a ubiquitous goal in almost all areas of quantum physics. Here, we study the speed with which a quantum system can be driven when employing transitionless quantum driving. As a main result, we establish a rigorous link between this speed, the quantum speed limit, and the (energetic) cost of implementing such a shortcut to adiabaticity. Interestingly, this link elucidates a trade-off between speed and cost, namely, that instantaneous manipulation is impossible as it requires an infinite cost...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339277/turbulence-nonlinearities-shed-light-on-geometric-asymmetry-in-tokamak-confinement-transitions
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I Cziegler, A E Hubbard, J W Hughes, J L Terry, G R Tynan
A comprehensive study of fully frequency-resolved nonlinear kinetic energy transfer has been performed for the first time in a diverted tokamak, providing new insight into the parametric dependences of edge turbulence transitions. Measurements using gas puff imaging in the turbulent L-mode state illuminate the source of the long known but as yet unexplained "favorable-unfavorable" geometric asymmetry of the power threshold for transition to the turbulence-suppressed H mode. Results from the recently discovered I mode point to a competition between zonal flow (ZF) and geodesic-acoustic modes (GAM) for turbulent energy, while showing new evidence that the I-to-H transition is still dominated by ZFs...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339276/two-dimensional-platform-for-networks-of-majorana-bound-states
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Michael Hell, Martin Leijnse, Karsten Flensberg
We model theoretically a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) covered by a superconductor and demonstrate that topological superconducting channels are formed when stripes of the superconducting layer are removed. As a consequence, Majorana bound states (MBSs) are created at the ends of the stripes. We calculate the topological invariant and energy gap of a single stripe, using realistic values for an InAs 2DEG proximitized by an epitaxial Al layer. We show that the topological gap is enhanced when the structure is made asymmetric...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339235/cross-interaction-drives-stratification-in-drying-film-of-binary-colloidal-mixtures
#17
Jiajia Zhou, Ying Jiang, Masao Doi
When a liquid film of a colloidal solution consisting of particles of different sizes is dried on a substrate, the colloids often stratify, where smaller colloids are laid upon larger colloids. This phenomenon is counterintuitive because larger colloids which have a smaller diffusion constant, are expected to remain near the surface during the drying process, leaving a layer of larger colloids on top of smaller colloids. Here we show that the phenomenon is caused by the interaction between the colloids, and can be explained by a diffusion model accounting for the interaction between the colloids...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339228/universal-work-fluctuations-during-shortcuts-to-adiabaticity-by-counterdiabatic-driving
#18
Ken Funo, Jing-Ning Zhang, Cyril Chatou, Kihwan Kim, Masahito Ueda, Adolfo Del Campo
Counterdiabatic driving (CD) exploits auxiliary control fields to tailor the nonequilibrium dynamics of a quantum system, making possible the suppression of dissipated work in finite-time thermodynamics and the engineering of optimal thermal machines with no friction. We show that while the mean work done by the auxiliary controls vanishes, CD leads to a broadening of the work distribution. We derive a fundamental inequality that relates nonequilibrium work fluctuations to the operation time and quantifies the thermodynamic cost of CD in both critical and noncritical systems...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339224/optical-manipulation-of-a-magnon-photon-hybrid-system
#19
C Braggio, G Carugno, M Guarise, A Ortolan, G Ruoso
We demonstrate an all-optical method for manipulating the magnetization in a 1-mm yttrium-iron-garnet (YIG) sphere placed in a ∼0.17  T uniform magnetic field. A harmonic of the frequency comb delivered by a multi-GHz infrared laser source is tuned to the Larmor frequency of the YIG sphere to drive magnetization oscillations, which in turn give rise to a radiation field used to thoroughly investigate the phenomenon. The radiation damping issue that occurs at high frequency and in the presence of highly magnetizated materials has been overcome by exploiting the magnon-photon strong coupling regime in microwave cavities...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335560/serum-amyloid-a-production-is-triggered-by-sleep-deprivation-in-mice-and-humans-is-that-the-link-between-sleep-loss-and-associated-comorbidities
#20
Edson M de Oliveira, Bruna Visniauskas, Sergio Tufik, Monica L Andersen, Jair R Chagas, Ana Campa
Serum amyloid A (SAA) was recently associated with metabolic endotoxemia, obesity and insulin resistance. Concurrently, insufficient sleep adversely affects metabolic health and is an independent predisposing factor for obesity and insulin resistance. In this study we investigated whether sleep loss modulates SAA production. The serum SAA concentration increased in C57BL/6 mice subjected to sleep restriction (SR) for 15 days or to paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) for 72 h. Sleep restriction also induced the upregulation of Saa1...
March 21, 2017: Nutrients
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