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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734068/evolution-of-antero-posterior-patterning-of-the-limb-insights-from-the-chick
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REVIEW
Matthew Towers
The developing limbs of chicken embryos have served as pioneering models for understanding pattern formation for over a century. The ease with which chick wing and leg buds can be experimentally manipulated, while the embryo is still in the egg, has resulted in the discovery of important developmental organisers, and subsequently, the signals that they produce. Sonic hedgehog (Shh) is produced by mesenchyme cells of the polarizing region at the posterior margin of the limb bud and specifies positional values across the antero-posterior axis (the axis running from the thumb to the little finger)...
July 22, 2017: Genesis: the Journal of Genetics and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733465/the-retinol-binding-protein-receptor-stra6-regulates-diurnal-insulin-responses
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Christy M Gliniak, J Mark Brown, Noa Noy
It has long been appreciated that insulin action is closely tied to circadian rhythms. However, mechanisms that dictate diurnal insulin sensitivity in metabolic tissues are not well understood. Retinol binding protein 4 (RBP4) has been implicated as a driver of insulin resistance in rodents and humans, and has become an attractive drug target in type 2 diabetes. RBP4 is synthesized primarily in the liver where it binds retinol and transports it to tissues throughout the body. The retinol-RBP4 complex (holo-RBP) can be recognized by a cell surface receptor known as stimulated by retinoic acid 6 (STRA6) which transports retinol into cells...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731792/the-evolution-of-energetic-scaling-across-the-vertebrate-tree-of-life
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Josef C Uyeda, Matthew W Pennell, Eliot T Miller, Rafael Maia, Craig R McClain
Metabolism is the link between ecology and physiology-it dictates the flow of energy through individuals and across trophic levels. Much of the predictive power of metabolic theories of ecology derives from the scaling relationship between organismal size and metabolic rate. There is growing evidence that this scaling relationship is not universal, but we have little knowledge of how it has evolved over macroevolutionary time. Here we develop a novel phylogenetic comparative method to investigate how often and in which clades the macroevolutionary dynamics of the metabolic scaling have changed...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731332/tuning-the-cavity-size-and-chirality-of-self-assembling-3d-dna-crystals
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Chad R Simmons, Fei Zhang, Tara MacCulloch, Nour Eddine Fahmi, Nicholas Stephanopoulos, Yan Liu, Nadrian C Seeman, Hao Yan
The foundational goal of structural DNA nanotechnology-the field that uses oligonucleotides as a molecular building block for the programmable self-assembly of nanostructured systems-was to use DNA to construct three-dimensional (3D) lattices for solving macromolecular structures. The programmable nature of DNA makes it an ideal system for rationally constructing self-assembled crystals, and immobilizing guest molecules in a repeating 3D array through their specific stereospatial interactions with the scaffold...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731095/polarization-driven-conductance-variations-at-charged-ferroelectric-domain-walls
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A-S Pawlik, T Kämpfe, A Haußmann, T Woike, U Treske, M Knupfer, B Büchner, E Soergel, R Streubel, A Koitzsch, L M Eng
Conducting domain walls (CDWs) in ferroelectric materials are promising candidates for applications in a manifold of nanoscale, optoelectronic devices. Characterization of their microscopic properties, however, remains challenging due to their small dimension and highly insulating environment. Here, we inspect individual CDWs in single-crystalline LiNbO3 by the combination of photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM) and second harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy. While SHG unveils the overall domain wall inclination angle α, PEEM is sensitive to local conductance variations, both at and away from the domain wall...
July 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729530/achieving-ultrahigh-triboelectric-charge-density-for-efficient-energy-harvesting
#6
Jie Wang, Changsheng Wu, Yejing Dai, Zhihao Zhao, Aurelia Wang, Tiejun Zhang, Zhong Lin Wang
With its light weight, low cost and high efficiency even at low operation frequency, the triboelectric nanogenerator is considered a potential solution for self-powered sensor networks and large-scale renewable blue energy. As an energy harvester, its output power density and efficiency are dictated by the triboelectric charge density. Here we report a method for increasing the triboelectric charge density by coupling surface polarization from triboelectrification and hysteretic dielectric polarization from ferroelectric material in vacuum (P ~ 10(-6) torr)...
July 20, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729350/structures-of-the-crispr-genome-integration-complex
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Addison V Wright, Jun-Jie Liu, Gavin J Knott, Kevin W Doxzen, Eva Nogales, Jennifer A Doudna
CRISPR-Cas systems depend on the Cas1-Cas2 integrase to capture and integrate short foreign DNA fragments into the CRISPR locus, enabling adaptation to new viruses. We present crystal structures of Cas1-Cas2 bound to both donor and target DNA in intermediate and product integration complexes, as well as a cryo-electron microscopy structure of the full CRISPR locus integration complex including the accessory protein Integration Host Factor (IHF). The structures show unexpectedly that indirect sequence recognition dictates integration site selection by favoring deformation of the repeat and the flanking sequences...
July 20, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729115/arousal-and-drug-abuse
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REVIEW
Francisco J Urbano, Verónica Bisagno, Edgar Garcia-Rill
The reticular activating system (RAS) is not an amorphous region but distinct nuclei with specific membrane properties that dictate their firing during waking and sleep. The locus coeruleus and raphe nucleus fire during waking and slow wave sleep, with the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) firing during both waking and REM sleep, the states manifesting arousal-related EEG activity. Two important discoveries in the PPN in the last 10 years are, 1) that some PPN cells are electrically coupled, and 2) every PPN cell manifests high threshold calcium channels that allow them to oscillate at beta/gamma band frequencies...
July 17, 2017: Behavioural Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727004/physiology-and-endocrinology-symposium-postnatal-reproductive-development-and-the-lactocrine-hypothesis
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F F Bartol, A A Wiley, A F George, D J Miller, C A Bagnell
Maternal effects on development can program cell fate and dictate offspring phenotype. Such effects do not end at birth, but extend into postnatal life through signals communicated from mother to offspring in first milk (colostrum). Transmission of bioactive factors from mother to offspring as a specific consequence of nursing defines a lactocrine mechanism. The female reproductive tract is not fully formed at birth (postnatal day = PND 0). Data for ungulates and mice indicate that disruption of development during neonatal life can have lasting effects on the form and function of uterine tissues...
May 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726829/experimental-signatures-of-the-mixed-axial-gravitational-anomaly-in-the-weyl-semimetal-nbp
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Johannes Gooth, Anna C Niemann, Tobias Meng, Adolfo G Grushin, Karl Landsteiner, Bernd Gotsmann, Fabian Menges, Marcus Schmidt, Chandra Shekhar, Vicky Süß, Ruben Hühne, Bernd Rellinghaus, Claudia Felser, Binghai Yan, Kornelius Nielsch
The conservation laws, such as those of charge, energy and momentum, have a central role in physics. In some special cases, classical conservation laws are broken at the quantum level by quantum fluctuations, in which case the theory is said to have quantum anomalies. One of the most prominent examples is the chiral anomaly, which involves massless chiral fermions. These particles have their spin, or internal angular momentum, aligned either parallel or antiparallel with their linear momentum, labelled as left and right chirality, respectively...
July 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726382/interparticle-reactions-an-emerging-direction-in-nanomaterials-chemistry
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K R Krishnadas, Ananya Baksi, Atanu Ghosh, Ganapati Natarajan, Anirban Som, Thalappil Pradeep
Nanoparticles exhibit a rich variety in terms of structure, composition, and properties. However, reactions between them remain largely unexplored. In this Account, we discuss an emerging aspect of nanomaterials chemistry, namely, interparticle reactions in solution phase, similar to reactions between molecules, involving atomically precise noble metal clusters. A brief historical account of the developments, starting from the bare, gas phase clusters, which led to the synthesis of atomically precise monolayer protected clusters in solution, is presented first...
July 20, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725646/histone-chaperone-in-regulation-of-cellular-metabolism-dictating-stem-cell-fate
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EDITORIAL
Debasree Dutta
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2017: Stem Cell Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725208/aldo-van-eyck-s-playgrounds-aesthetics-affordances-and-creativity
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Rob Withagen, Simone R Caljouw
After World War II, the Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck developed hundreds of playgrounds in the city of Amsterdam. These public playgrounds were located in parks, squares, and derelict sites, and consisted of minimalistic aesthetic play equipment that was supposed to stimulate the creativity of children. Over the last decades, these playgrounds have been studied by sociologists, theorists of art and architecture, and psychologists. Adopting an ecological approach to the human environment, it is argued that the abstract forms of van Eyck's play sculptures indeed stimulate the creativity of the child...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723600/detailed-analysis-of-high-frequency-auditory-brainstem-response-in-patients-with-tinnitus-a-preliminary-study
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Joseph Pinkl, Matthew J Wilson, Danica Billingsly, Raymundo Munguia-Vazquez
Increased spontaneous activity and aberrant neural synchrony is thought to be the underlying cause of tinnitus. The perceived pitch of tinnitus may be dictated by frequency specific neural fibers of the subcortical pathway, or the projection of altered cortical activity by-way-of tonotopic reorganizations. Subcortical neural activity in relation to tinnitus was characterized using ABR measurements. In the present study, 11 patients (21 ears) with constant tonal tinnitus underwent a two-part experiment. Experiment 1 involved click ABR measurements and included two experimental groups: tinnitus with normal hearing from 2000-4000 Hz (GI) and tinnitus with hearing loss within the range of 2000-4000 Hz (GII)...
June 1, 2017: International Tinnitus Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28723164/differentiation-and-identification-of-cacha%C3%A3-a-wood-extracts-using-peptide-based-receptors-and-multivariate-data-analysis
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Eman Ghanem, Saazina Afsah, Parisa N Fallah, Alexandria Lawrence, Elise LeBovidge, Sneha Raghunathan, Dominic Rago, Michelle A Ramirez, Mitchell Telles, Michelle Winkler, Bailey Schumm, Kiran Makhnejia, David Portillo, Rafael C Vidal, Allison Hall, Debbie Yeh, Holly Judkins, Alexandre Ataide da Silva, Douglas W Franco, Eric V Anslyn
It is becoming increasingly important to differentiate complex mixtures, especially in forensics. Cachaça, the most popular alcoholic beverage in Brazil, is made from distilled and fermented sugar cane juice. It contains a mixture of naturally occurring polyphenols known as tannins, whose composition is dictated by the type of wood used to age the beverage. These tannins can be differentiated in an Indicator Displacement Assay (IDA) using peptide-based ternary sensing ensembles. This investigation demonstrates a technique for fingerprinting the identity of the woods used to age cachaças...
May 26, 2017: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721739/birds-meat-and-babies-the-multiple-realities-of-fetuses-in-qatar
#16
Susie Kilshaw
This paper explores miscarriage in a variety of Qatari contexts to reveal the multiple realities of the unborn. During 18 months of ethnographic research, a range of settings in which fetuses emerged were explored. The unborn are represented and imagined differently, particularly in relation to the ways they are located, with multiple beings emerging according to the context and position of the stakeholder. This paper considers fetuses produced within these contexts and considers how they can be different beings simultaneously...
July 19, 2017: Anthropology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721672/ir-maldesi-mass-spectrometry-imaging-at-50-micron-spatial-resolution
#17
Mark T Bokhart, Jeffrey Manni, Kenneth P Garrard, Måns Ekelöf, Milad Nazari, David C Muddiman
High spatial resolution in mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) is crucial to understanding the biology dictated by molecular distributions in complex tissue systems. Here, we present MSI using infrared matrix-assisted laser desorption electrospray ionization (IR-MALDESI) at 50 μm resolution. An adjustable iris, beam expander, and an aspherical focusing lens were used to reduce tissue ablation diameters for MSI at high resolution. The laser beam caustic was modeled using laser ablation paper to calculate relevant laser beam characteristics...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720539/in-depth-experimental-analysis-of-pharmaceutical-twin-screw-wet-granulation-in-view-of-detailed-process-understanding
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Maxim Verstraeten, Daan Van Hauwermeiren, Kai Lee, Neil Turnbull, David Wilsdon, Mary Am Ende, Pankaj Doshi, Chris Vervaet, Davinia Brouckaert, Séverine T F C Mortier, Ingmar Nopens, Thomas De Beer
Twin-screw wet granulation is gaining increasing interest within the pharmaceutical industry for the continuous manufacturing of solid oral dosage forms. However, limited prior fundamental physical understanding has been generated relating to the granule formation mechanisms and kinetics along the internal compartmental length of a twin-screw granulator barrel, and about how process settings, barrel screw configuration and formulation properties such as particle size, density and surface properties influence these mechanisms...
July 15, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720002/green-synthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-prosopis-juliflora-bark-extract-reaction-optimization-antimicrobial-and-catalytic-activities
#19
Geeta Arya, R Mankamna Kumari, Nidhi Gupta, Ajeet Kumar, Ramesh Chandra, Surendra Nimesh
In the present study, silver nanoparticles (PJB-AgNPs) have been biosynthesized employing Prosopis juliflora bark extract. The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles was monitored on UV-vis spectrophotometer. The size, charge and polydispersity index (PDI) of PJB-AgNPs were determined using dynamic light scattering (DLS). Different parameters dictating the size of PJB-AgNPs were explored. Nanoparticles biosynthesis optimization studies suggested efficient synthesis of highly dispersed PJB-AgNPs at 25 °C when 9...
July 18, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718650/self-regulated-nanoparticle-assembly-at-liquid-liquid-interfaces-a-route-to-adaptive-structuring-of-liquids
#20
Caili Huang, Mengmeng Cui, Zhiwei Sun, Feng Liu, Brett A Helms, Thomas P Russell
The controlled structuring of liquids into arbitrary shapes can be achieved in biphasic liquid media using the interfacial assemblies of nanoparticle surfactants (NP-surfactants), that consist of a polar nanoparticle "head group" bound to one or more hydrophobic polymer "tails". The non-equilibrium shapes of the suspended liquid phase can be rendered permanent by the jamming of the NP-surfactants formed and assembled at the interface between the liquids as the system attempts to minimize the interfacial area between the liquids...
July 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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