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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930659/group-1-innate-lymphoid-cell-lineage-identity-is-determined-by-a-cis-regulatory-element-marked-by-a-long-non-coding-rna
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Walter K Mowel, Sam J McCright, Jonathan J Kotzin, Magalie A Collet, Asli Uyar, Xin Chen, Alexandra DeLaney, Sean P Spencer, Anthony T Virtue, EnJun Yang, Alejandro Villarino, Makoto Kurachi, Margaret C Dunagin, Gretchen Harms Pritchard, Judith Stein, Cynthia Hughes, Diogo Fonseca-Pereira, Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, Arjun Raj, Taku Kambayashi, Igor E Brodsky, John J O'Shea, E John Wherry, Loyal A Goff, John L Rinn, Adam Williams, Richard A Flavell, Jorge Henao-Mejia
Commitment to the innate lymphoid cell (ILC) lineage is determined by Id2, a transcriptional regulator that antagonizes T and B cell-specific gene expression programs. Yet how Id2 expression is regulated in each ILC subset remains poorly understood. We identified a cis-regulatory element demarcated by a long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) that controls the function and lineage identity of group 1 ILCs, while being dispensable for early ILC development and homeostasis of ILC2s and ILC3s. The locus encoding this lncRNA, which we termed Rroid, directly interacted with the promoter of its neighboring gene, Id2, in group 1 ILCs...
September 19, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929136/allochroic-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-diodes-through-field-induced-solvatochromic-effect
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Chunmiao Han, Chunbo Duan, Weibo Yang, Mingchen Xie, Hui Xu
Allochroic organic light-emitting devices (AOLEDs) characterized by field-dependent emissive color variation are promising as visible signal response units for intelligent applications. Most of the AOLEDs were realized by changing their recombination zones or inter- and intramolecular energy transfer, rendering the limited repeatability, stability, and electroluminescence (EL) performance. We report a novel thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) diode that featured a successive and irreversible emission color change from bluish green to deep blue during voltage increase, which uses the significant influence of host polarity on the emission color of TADF dyes, namely, solvatochromic effect...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925869/perspectives-of-plant-natural-products-in-inhibition-of-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-by-regulating-multiple-signaling-pathways
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Md Shahid Sarwar, Hong-Jie Zhang, Siu Wai Tsang
Metastasis is often derived from increased invasion and migration of tumor cells, and is the most frequent cause of cancer-associated death. Either the prophylactic or therapeutic treatment of metastatic cancer remains very challenging today by virtue of the complex histopathology and genetic or epigenetic variations. Medicinal scientists had discovered many potential anti-invasive and anti-metastatic compounds from plant materials. However, data on currently available plant-based compounds inhibiting cancer invasion and metastasis is relatively scanty and no published article has been found with updated information in this unique and important aspect...
September 18, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923929/exceptionally-tight-membrane-binding-may-explain-the-key-role-of-the-synaptotagmin-7-c2a-domain-in-asynchronous-neurotransmitter-release
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Rashmi Voleti, Diana R Tomchick, Thomas C Südhof, Josep Rizo
Synaptotagmins (Syts) act as Ca(2+) sensors in neurotransmitter release by virtue of Ca(2+)-binding to their two C2 domains, but their mechanisms of action remain unclear. Puzzlingly, Ca(2+)-binding to the C2B domain appears to dominate Syt1 function in synchronous release, whereas Ca(2+)-binding to the C2A domain mediates Syt7 function in asynchronous release. Here we show that crystal structures of the Syt7 C2A domain and C2AB region, and analyses of intrinsic Ca(2+)-binding to the Syt7 C2 domains using isothermal titration calorimetry, did not reveal major differences that could explain functional differentiation between Syt7 and Syt1...
September 18, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922593/cysteine-silac-mass-spectrometry-enables-the-identification-and-quantitation-of-scrambled-inter-chain-disulfide-bonds-preservation-of-native-heavy-light-chain-pairing-in-bispecific-iggs-generated-by-controlled-fab-arm-exchange
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Ewald T J van den Bremer, Aran F Labrijn, Ramon van den Boogaard, Patrick Priem, Kai Scheffler, Joost P M Melis, Janine Schuurman, Paul Parren, Rob N de Jong
Bispecific antibodies (bsAbs) are one of the most versatile and promising pharmaceutical innovations for countering heterogeneous and refractory disease by virtue of their ability to bind two distinct antigens. One critical quality attribute of bsAb formation requiring investigation is the potential randomization of cognate heavy chain (H)/light (L) chain pairing, which could occur to a varying extent dependent on bsAb format and the production platform. To assess the content of such HL chain-swapped reaction products with high sensitivity, we developed cysteine-SILAC, a method that facilitates the detailed characterization of disulfide-bridged peptides by mass-spectrometry...
September 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920716/transposons-moving-forward-from-preclinical-studies-to-clinical-trials
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Jaitip Tipanee, Thierry VandenDriessche, Marinee K Chuah
Transposons have emerged as promising vectors for gene therapy that can potentially overcome some of the limitations of commonly used viral vectors. Transposons stably integrate into the target cell genome, enabling persistent expression of therapeutic genes. Transposons have evolved from being used as basic tools in biomedical research to bona fide therapeutics. Currently, the most promising transposons for gene therapy applications are derived from Sleeping Beauty (SB) or piggyBac (PB). Stable transposition requires co-delivery of the transposon DNA with the corresponding transposase gene, mRNA, or protein...
August 22, 2017: Human Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920099/fast-virtual-fractional-flow-reserve-based%C3%A2-upon-steady-state-computational-fluid-dynamics-analysis-results-from-the-virtu-fast-study
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Paul D Morris, Daniel Alejandro Silva Soto, Jeroen F A Feher, Dan Rafiroiu, Angela Lungu, Susheel Varma, Patricia V Lawford, D Rodney Hose, Julian P Gunn
Fractional flow reserve (FFR)-guided percutaneous intervention is superior to standard assessment but remains underused. The authors have developed a novel "pseudotransient" analysis protocol for computing virtual fractional flow reserve (vFFR) based upon angiographic images and steady-state computational fluid dynamics. This protocol generates vFFR results in 189 s (cf >24 h for transient analysis) using a desktop PC, with <1% error relative to that of full-transient computational fluid dynamics analysis...
August 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919175/slow-ampar-synaptic-transmission-is-determined-by-stargazin-and-glutamate-transporters
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Hsin-Wei Lu, Timothy S Balmer, Gabriel E Romero, Laurence O Trussell
AMPARs mediate the briefest synaptic currents in the brain by virtue of their rapid gating kinetics. However, at the mossy fiber-to-unipolar brush cell synapse in the cerebellum, AMPAR-mediated EPSCs last for hundreds of milliseconds, and it has been proposed that this time course reflects slow diffusion from a complex synaptic space. We show that upon release of glutamate, synaptic AMPARs were desensitized by transmitter by >90%. As glutamate levels subsequently fell, recovery of transmission occurred due to the presence of the AMPAR accessory protein stargazin that enhances the AMPAR response to low levels of transmitter...
September 8, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918292/nanoscaled-gold-and-silver-simultaneous-removal-and-transformation-to-functional-materials
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Youyi Xia, Lin Sun, Hongping Xiao
Based on an "acid-assisted cool welding" technology which was realized by virtue of the freezing process in the presence of acid, nanoscaled gold (Au) and silver (Ag) from wastewater could be removed very facilely and efficiently. The technology was independence of the freezing temperature, size as well as shape of those nanoscaled units. Besides, some functional materials like porous nanostructures with highly and stably catalytic activity could be also obtained during the removal. Our research not only provided a new method to remove nanoscaled Ag or Au from wastewater, but also built up a unique route to transform those nano-units into functional materials simultaneously...
September 9, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916989/comparison-of-the-recovery-profile-between-desflurane-and-sevoflurane-in-patients-undergoing-bariatric-surgery-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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REVIEW
Preet Mohinder Singh, Anuradha Borle, Jason McGavin, Anjan Trikha, Ashish Sinha
Early and clear recovery from anesthesia is the crux for preventing perioperative complications in the obese undergoing bariatric surgery. Volatile inhalation agents by virtue of high lipid solubility are expected to produce residual anesthetic effects. Prospective randomized trials comparing desflurane and sevoflurane used for anesthesia maintenance (electroencephalograph guided) during bariatric surgery published till 1st of July 2017 were searched in the medical database. Comparisons were made for surrogate markers of recovery from anesthesia that included time to eye-opening (TEo), time to tracheal-extubation (TEx), and Aldrete scores on immediately shifting to recovery (Ald-I)...
September 16, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915537/mta1-expression-in-human-cancers-clinical-and-pharmacological-significance
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REVIEW
Vijaya Lakshmi Malisetty, Vasudevarao Penugurti, Prashanth Panta, Suresh Kumar Chitta, Bramanandam Manavathi
Remarkably, majority of the cancer deaths are due to metastasis, not because of primary tumors. Metastasis is one of the important hallmarks of cancer. During metastasis invasion of primary tumor cells from the site of origin to a new organ occurs. Metastasis associated proteins (MTAs) are a small family of transcriptional coregulators that are closely associated with tumor metastasis. These proteins are integral components of nuclear remodeling and deacetylation complex (NuRD). By virtue of being integral components of NuRD, these proteins regulate the gene expression by altering the epigenetic changes such as acetylation and methylation on the target gene chromatin...
September 11, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912619/what-moral-character-is-and-is-not
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Marie I George
Louise Mitchell discusses character in "Integrity and virtue: The forming of good character" (The Linacre Quarterly 82, no. 2: 149-169). I argue that she is mistaken in identifying character as a potency and that it is rather the sum of one's moral habits and dispositions. I establish this by showing that if one correctly applies the division Aristotle presents in the text that Mitchell relies on, it follows that character belongs in the category of habit. I further support this conclusion by considering how people commonly speak of moral character...
August 2017: Linacre Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910574/o-glcnacylation-of-boundary-element-associated-factor-beaf-32-in-drosophila-melanogaster-correlates-with-active-histone-marks-at-the-promoters-of-its-target-genes
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Debaditya De, Satish Kallappagoudar, Jae-Min Lim, Rashmi U Pathak, Rakesh K Mishra
Boundary Element-Associated Factor 32 (BEAF 32) is a sequence specific DNA binding protein involved in functioning of chromatin domain boundaries in Drosophila. Several studies also show it to be involved in transcriptional regulation of a large number of genes, many of which are annotated to have cell cycle, development and differentiation related function. Since post-translational modifications (PTMs) of proteins add to their functional capacity, we investigated the PTMs on BEAF 32. The protein is known to be phosphorylated and O-GlcNAcylated...
September 14, 2017: Nucleus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904899/virtue-quadratic-male-sling-for-stress-incontinence-surgical-guide-for-placement-and-delayed-revision
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REVIEW
Rachel S Rubin, Keith R Xavier, Eugene Rhee
The algorithm for surgical management of post prostatectomy incontinence classically includes male slings and artificial urinary sphincter (AUS) placement. The Virtue Quadratic Male Sling was designed to provide both urethral elevation and prepubic compression making it a viable option for a wider spectrum of incontinent men whose symptoms range from mild to severe. With a focus on two key steps of the surgery, (I) sling fixation (II) use of intraoperative retrograde leak point pressure (RLPP), this guide is intended to outline a safe and efficacious treatment for post-prostatectomy incontinence...
August 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903652/salient-multiculturalism-enhances-minority-group-members-feelings-of-power
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Jacquie D Vorauer, Matthew S Quesnel
The present research examined how messages advocating different intergroup ideologies affect outcomes relevant to minority group members' ability to exert power in exchanges with dominant group members. We expected that salient multiculturalism would have positive implications for minority group members' feelings of power by virtue of highlighting essential contributions they make to society, and that no such empowering effect would be evident for them in connection with alternative ideologies such as color-blindness or for dominant group members...
February 2017: Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902054/ethical-issues-with-genetic-testing-for-tay-sachs
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Tricia Clayton
Several genetic disorders are specific to Jewish heritage; one of the most devastating is Tay-Sachs disease.Tay-Sachs is a fatal hereditary disease, causing progressive neurological problems for which there is no cure. Ethical issues surrounding genetic testing for Tay-Sachs within the Jewish community continue to be complex and multifaceted. A perspective of Tay-Sachs, using rights-based ethics and virtue ethics as a theoretical framework, is explored.
October 2017: Journal of Christian Nursing: a Quarterly Publication of Nurses Christian Fellowship
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901599/balancing-bioethics-by-sensing-the-aesthetic
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Paul Macneill
This article is critical of "bioethics" as it is widely understood and taught, noting in particular an emphasis given to philosophical justification, reason and rationality. It is proposed that "balancing" bioethics be achieved by giving greater weight to practice and the aesthetic: Defined in terms of sensory perception, emotion and feeling. Each of those three elements is elaborated as a non-cognitive capacity and, when taken together, comprise aesthetic sensitivity and responsiveness. This is to recognise the aesthetic as a productive element in bioethics as practice...
October 2017: Bioethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901135/room-temperature-large-and-reversible-modulation-of-photoluminescence-by-in-situ-electric-field-in-ergodic-relaxor-ferroelectrics
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Hailing Sun, Xiao Wu, Dengfeng Peng, K W Kwok
Ferroelectric oxides with luminescent ions hold great promise in future optoelectronic devices because of their unique photoluminescence and inherent ferroelectric properties. Intriguingly, the photoluminescence performance of ferroelectric ceramics could be modulated by an external electric field. However, researchers face a current challenge of the diminutive extent and degree of reversibility of the field-driven modification that hinder their use in room temperature practical applications. Within the scope of current contribution in rare-earth doped bismuth sodium titanate relaxors, the most important information to be noted is the shifting of the depolarization temperature towards room temperature and the resulting considerable enhancement in ergodicity, as evidenced by the dielectric properties, polarization and strain hysteresis, as well as the in-situ Raman/ X-ray diffraction studies...
September 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900776/haloarchaea-worth-exploring-for-their-biotechnological-potential
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REVIEW
Aparna Singh, Anil K Singh
Halophilic archaea are unique microorganisms adapted to survive under high salt conditions and biomolecules produced by them may possess unusual properties. Haloarchaeal metabolites are stable at high salt and temperature conditions that are useful for industrial applications. Proteins and enzymes of this group of archaea are functional under salt concentrations at which bacterial counterparts fail to be active. Such properties makes haloarchaeal enzymes suitable for salt-based applications and their use under dehydrating conditions...
September 12, 2017: Biotechnology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898302/-belief-system-regarding-cannabis-its-use-and-consequences-users-versus-non-users-in-colombian-university-students
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Gonzalo Galván, Álvaro Sánchez-Carballo, Ileana Gómez-Morales, Oscar Humánez-Julio, Manuel Guerrero-Martelo, Francisco Vásquez De la Hoz
Descriptive and comparative study of cross-sectional that had as objective to evaluate and compare the beliefs about cannabis, its use and potential consequences between two groups of Colombian university students, matched by gender and age. The frst group consisted of ordinary consumers of cannabis (n=35) the second group consisted of students that have never tried cannabis (n=35). The results showed that the group of consumers presents a moderate risk of abuse and only the 20% fulflled dependence criteria...
November 2016: Vertex: Revista Argentina de Psiquiatriá
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