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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791798/non-natural-linker-configuration-in-2-6-dipeptidyl-anthraquinones-enhances-the-inhibition-of-tar-rna-binding-annealing-activities-by-hiv-1-nc-and-tat-proteins
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Alice Sosic, Irene Saccone, Caterina Carraro, Thomas Kenderdine, Elia Gamba, Giuseppe Caliendo, Angela Corvino, Ferdinando Fiorino, Paola DiVaio, Elisa Magli, Elisa Perissutti, Vincenzo Santagada, Beatrice Severino, Valentina Spada, Daniele Fabris, Francesco Frecentese, Barbara Gatto
The HIV-1 nucleocapsid (NC) protein represents an excellent molecular target for the development of antiretrovirals by virtue of its well-characterized chaperone activities, which play pivotal roles in essential steps of the viral life cycle. Our ongoing search for candidates able to impair NC binding/annealing activities led to the identification of peptidyl-anthraquinones as a promising class of nucleic acid ligands. Seeking to elucidate the inhibition determinants and increase the potency of this class of compounds, we have now explored the effects of chirality in the linker connecting the planar nucleus to the basic side chains...
May 23, 2018: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790985/the-way-is-the-goal-how-seca-transports-proteins-across-the-cytoplasmic-membrane-in-bacteria
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Tamar Cranford-Smith, Damon Huber
In bacteria, translocation of most soluble secreted proteins (and outer membrane proteins in Gram-negative bacteria) across the cytoplasmic membrane by the Sec machinery is mediated by the essential ATPase SecA. At its core, this machinery consists of SecA and the integral membrane proteins SecYEG, which form a protein conducting channel in the membrane. Proteins are recognised by the Sec machinery by virtue of an internally encoded targeting signal, which usually takes the form of an N-terminal signal sequence...
June 1, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790341/transition-metal-free-access-to-pyridocarbazoles-from-2-alkynylindole-3-carbaldehydes-via-azomethine-ylide
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Shalini Verma, Pawan K Mishra, Manoj Kumar, Souvik Sur, Akhilesh K Verma
An efficient approach for the synthesis of functionalized tetrahydro-pyrido/quinolinocarbazoles from 2-alkynylindole-3-carbaldehydes and L-proline utilizing a metal-free decarboxylative cyclization, ring expansion, and ring contraction strategy via the generation of azomethine ylide has been developed. The reaction of 2-alkynylindole-3-carbaldehydes with L-thioproline leads to the formation of γ-carbolines. By virtue of this expedient method, a diverse range of biologically active hetero-annulated carbazoles can be synthesized efficiently...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789850/a-ag-synchronously-deposited-and-doped-tio-2-hybrid-as-an-ultrasensitive-sers-substrate-a-multifunctional-platform-for-sers-detection-and-photocatalytic-degradation
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Libin Yang, Qinqin Sang, Juan Du, Ming Yang, Xiuling Li, Yu Shen, Xiaoxia Han, Xin Jiang, Bing Zhao
Ag simultaneously deposited and doped TiO2 (Ag-TiO2) hybrid nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared via a sol-hydrothermal method, as both a sensitive surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate and a superior photocatalyst for the first time. Ag-TiO2 hybrid NPs exhibit excellent SERS performance for several probe molecules and the enhancement factor is calculated to be 1.86 × 105. The detection limit of the 4-mercaptobenzoic acid (4-MBA) probe on the Ag-TiO2 substrate is 1 × 10-9 mol L-1, which is four orders of magnitude lower than that on pure TiO2 as a consequence of the synergistic effects of TiO2 and Ag...
May 23, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789270/surplus-fat-rapidly-increases-fat-oxidation-and-insulin-resistance-in-lipodystrophic-mice
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Amandine Girousse, Samuel Virtue, Dan Hart, Antonio Vidal-Puig, Peter R Murgatroyd, Etienne Mouisel, Coralie Sengenès, David B Savage
OBJECTIVE: Surplus dietary fat cannot be converted into other macronutrient forms or excreted, so has to be stored or oxidized. Healthy mammals store excess energy in the form of triacylgycerol (TAG) in lipid droplets within adipocytes rather than oxidizing it, and thus ultimately gain weight. The 'overflow hypothesis' posits that the capacity to increase the size and number of adipocytes is finite and that when this limit is exceeded, fat accumulates in ectopic sites and leads to metabolic disease...
May 16, 2018: Molecular Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789183/-do-not-do-recommendations-of-the-working-groups-of-the-spanish-society-of-intensive-and-critical-care-medicine-and-coronary-units-semicyuc-for-the-management-of-critically-ill-patients
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F J González de Molina Ortiz, F Gordó Vidal, A Estella García, P Morrondo Valdeolmillos, J F Fernández Ortega, J Caballero López, P V Pérez Villares, M A Ballesteros Sanz, C de Haro López, J A Sanchez-Izquierdo Riera, A Serrano Lázaro, M P Fuset Cabanes, L J Terceros Almanza, X Nuvials Casals, J Baldirà Martínez de Irujo
The project "Commitment to Quality of Scientific Societies", promoted since 2013 by the Spanish Ministry of Health, seeks to reduce unnecessary health interventions that have not proven effective, have little or doubtful effectiveness, or are not cost-effective. The objective is to establish the "do not do" recommendations for the management of critically ill patients. A panel of experts from the 13 working groups (WGs) of the Spanish Society of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) was selected and nominated by virtue of clinical expertise and/or scientific experience to carry out the recommendations...
May 19, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788824/activation-of-ampk-in-human-placental-explants-impairs-mitochondrial-function-and-cellular-metabolism
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Daphne Landau, Maricela Haghiac, Judi Minium, Yelenna Skomorovska-Prokvolit, Virtu Calabuig-Navarro, Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn
OBJECTIVE: Adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK) is a cellular energy sensor whose phosphorylation increases energy production. We sought to evaluate the placenta-specific effect of AMPK activation on the handling of nutrients required for fetal development. METHODS: Explants were isolated from term placenta of 29 women (pregravid body mass index: 29.1 ± 9.9 kg/m2 ) and incubated for 24 hours with 0 to 100 µmol/L resveratrol or 0 to 1 mmol/L of 5-aminoimidazole-4-carboxyamide ribonucleoside (AICAR)...
January 1, 2018: Reproductive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788496/distinguishing-between-convergent-evolution-and-violation-of-the-molecular-clock-for-three-taxa
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Jonathan D Mitchell, Jeremy G Sumner, Barbara R Holland
We give a non-technical introduction to convergence-divergence models, a new modeling approach for phylogenetic data that allows for the usual divergence of lineages after lineage-splitting but also allows for taxa to converge, i.e. become more similar over time. By examining the 3-taxon case in some detail we illustrate that phylogeneticists have been "spoiled" in the sense of not having to think about the structural parameters in their models by virtue of the strong assumption that evolution is tree-like...
May 18, 2018: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786683/-the-application-of-kinesiotaping-for-the-rehabilitation-of-the-post-stroke-patients
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V I Berezutsky
This review of the scientific literature was designed to consider the prospects for the application of kinesiotaping for the rehabilitation of the post-stroke patients. The relevance of the work arises from the absence of a systemic analysis of the large number of investigations that have been carried out during the past two years. The objective of the present review article was to evaluate the influence of kinesiotaping on the health status of the post-stroke patients and the course of their rehabilitative treatment based on the results of analysis of the scientific reports published during the period from 2015 to 2017...
May 21, 2018: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786681/-the-role-of-changes-in-the-structure-of-water-and-water-based-systems-in-the-mechanism-of-combined-action-of-the-magnetic-field-and-natural-therapeutic-factors
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E F Levitsky, B I Laptev, G N Sidorenko, T G Ivanova, N P Gorlenko, L V Antoshkin
The application of the dielectrometric technology in the combination with the resonance method and thermometry has been shown to provide an insight into a variety of factors including the influence of the magnetic field of the permanent magnets on the structure of water and water-containing systems. It was found that the magnetization of both distilled water and «Karachinskaya» mineral water increase their structuredness. Magnetization changes the biological properties of therapeutic peloids by virtue of a change in the structure of water and, accordingly, the structuring of the water fraction of therapeutic muds...
May 21, 2018: Voprosy Kurortologii, Fizioterapii, i Lechebnoĭ Fizicheskoĭ Kultury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786668/scf-c-kit-signaling-increased-mucin2-production-by-maintaining-atoh1-expression-in-mucinous-colorectal-adenocarcinoma
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Ping Shen, Shu Yang, Haimei Sun, Guilan Li, Bo Wu, Fengqing Ji, Tingyi Sun, Deshan Zhou
Mucinous colorectal adenocarcinoma (MCA) patients often a show high risk of malignant potential and a poorer survival rate. Given that the pathological feature and oncobiological characteristics of MCA are correlated with its abundant extracellular mucin2 (MUC2), we paid interest toward investigating the key factor that promotes MUC2 production exposure to highly-activated stem cell factor (SCF)/c-KIT signaling, which we believed to contribute to MCA formation. Long-term azoxymethane and dextran sodium sulfate treatment successfully induced MCA only in wild-type (WT) mice at week 37 and 43, while all c-kit loss-of-function mutant mice (Wadsm/m ) developed non-MCA...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786605/hydrophobic-interaction-mediated-coating-of-pluronics-on-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticle-with-stimuli-responsiveness-for-cancer-therapy
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Luping Sha, Da Wang, Yuling Mao, Wei Shi, Tianbin Gao, Qinfu Zhao, Si-Ling Wang
In this research, a novel method was used to successfully make Pluronic P123 stably coated on mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN). That P123 and MSN co-constructed a drug delivery system (DDS) had not been reported. In this DDS, the coating of P123 was realized through hydrophobic interaction with octadecyl chain modified MSN. Experiments found only Pluronic with an appropriate ratio of hydrophilic and lipophilic segment could keep the nanoassemblies stable.
 For comparison, nanoassemblies consisted of P123 and octadecyl chain modified MSN with or without disulfide bond were prepared, which were denoted as PSMSN and PMSN respectively...
May 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785521/spatial-stochastic-intracellular-kinetics-a-review-of-modelling-approaches
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Stephen Smith, Ramon Grima
Models of chemical kinetics that incorporate both stochasticity and diffusion are an increasingly common tool for studying biology. The variety of competing models is vast, but two stand out by virtue of their popularity: the reaction-diffusion master equation and Brownian dynamics. In this review, we critically address a number of open questions surrounding these models: How can they be justified physically? How do they relate to each other? How do they fit into the wider landscape of chemical models, ranging from the rate equations to molecular dynamics? This review assumes no prior knowledge of modelling chemical kinetics and should be accessible to a wide range of readers...
May 21, 2018: Bulletin of Mathematical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781731/neuropsychologists-as-primary-care-providers-of-cognitive-health-a-novel-comprehensive-cognitive-wellness-service-delivery-model
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Patricia A Pimental, John B O'Hara, Jessica L Jandak
By virtue of their extensive knowledge base and specialized training in brain-behavior relationships, neuropsychologists are especially poised to execute a unique broad-based approach to overall cognitive wellness and should be viewed as primary care providers of cognitive health. This article will describe a novel comprehensive cognitive wellness service delivery model including cognitive health, anti-aging, lifelong wellness, and longevity-oriented practices. These practice areas include brain-based cognitive wellness, emotional and spiritually centric exploration, and related multimodality health interventions...
July 2018: Applied Neuropsychology. Adult
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778089/implications-for-faculty-development-for-emerging-clinical-teachers-at-distributed-sites-a-qualitative-interpretivist-study
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Julia Blitz, Marietjie De Villiers, Susan Van Schalkwyk
INTRODUCTION: Medical faculties have the responsibility to graduate competent health professionals and a consequent obligation to assure the quality and effectiveness of their students' clinical teaching. Many institutions are responding to rural workforce needs by extending clinical training from the traditional academic teaching hospital to include rural and remote sites distributed away from the central training institution. It is incumbent upon medical schools to consider how this might impact on the faculty development of these clinicians as teachers...
May 2018: Rural and Remote Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777605/ethics-and-or-aesthetics-reflections-on-cosmetic-surgery-for-adolescents
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Gianluca Montanari Vergallo, Enrico Marinelli, Simona Napoletano, Natale Mario Di Luca, Simona Zaami
Cosmetic surgery entails various ethical issues, even more so in cases involving adolescent patients. Cosmetic surgeons need to take into account how modern societies consider physical appearance an essential component of everyday life, as well as the vulnerability of youths and adolescents. For that reason, it is imperative to thoroughly assess the psychological and emotional states, in addition to the motivations, of minor patients. That goal can be achieved through the use of the DAS-59, (the Derriford Appearance Scale)1 , an effective and dependable tool devised to evaluate the psychological difficulties and distress experienced by people living with problems of appearance...
May 2018: Cuadernos de Bioética: Revista Oficial de la Asociación Española de Bioética y Ética Médica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777130/remote-heat-dissipation-in-atom-sized-contacts
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Makusu Tsutsui, Takanori Morikawa, Kazumichi Yokota, Masateru Taniguchi
Understanding and control of heat dissipation is an important challenge in nanoelectronics wherein field-accelerated hot carriers in current-carrying ballistic systems release a large part of the kinetic energy into external bulk phonon baths. Here we report on a physical mechanism of this remote heat dissipation and its role on the stability of atomic contacts. We used a nano-fabricated thermocouple to directly characterize the self-heating in a mechanically-configurable Au junction. We found more pronounced heat dissipation at the current downstream that signifies the electron-hole asymmetry in Au nanocontacts...
May 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773610/nhs-constitution-values-for-values-based-recruitment-a-virtue-ethics-perspective
#18
Johanna Elise Groothuizen, Alison Callwood, Ann Gallagher
Values-based recruitment is used in England to select healthcare staff, trainees and students on the basis that their values align with those stated in the Constitution of the UK National Health Service (NHS). However, it is unclear whether the extensive body of existing literature within the field of moral philosophy was taken into account when developing these values. Although most values have a long historical tradition, a tendency to assume that they have just been invented, and to approach them uncritically, exists within the healthcare sector...
May 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773400/synthesis-of-novel-cellulose-based-antibacterial-composites-of-ag-nanoparticles-metal-organic-frameworks-carboxymethylated-fibers
#19
Chao Duan, Jingru Meng, Xinqi Wang, Xin Meng, Xiaole Sun, Yongjian Xu, Wei Zhao, Yonghao Ni
A novel cellulose-based antibacterial material, namely silver nanoparticles@ metal-organic frameworks@ carboxymethylated fibers composites (Ag NPs@ HKUST-1@ CFs), was synthesized. The results showed that the metal-organic frameworks (HKUST-1) were uniformly anchored on the fiber's surfaces by virtue of complexation between copper ions in HKUST-1 and carboxyl groups on the carboxymethylated fibers (CFs). The silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were immobilized and well-dispersed into the pores and/or onto the surfaces of HKUST-1 via in situ microwave reduction, resulting in the formation of novel Ag NPs@ HKUST-1@ CFs composites...
August 1, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772073/julius-sachs-1868-the-father-of-plant-physiology
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Ulrich Kutschera, Karl J Niklas
The year 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Julius von Sachs' (1832-1897) Lehrbuch der Botanik (Textbook of Botany), which provided a comprehensive summary of what was then known about the plant sciences. Three years earlier, in 1865, Sachs produced the equally impressive Handbuch der Experimental-Physiologie der Pflanzen (Handbook of Experimental Plant Physiology), which summarized the state of knowledge in all aspects of the discipline known today as plant physiology. Both of these books provided numerous insights based on Sachs' seminal experiments...
May 17, 2018: American Journal of Botany
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