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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531948/an-alternative-approach-to-risk-rank-chemicals-on-the-threat-they-pose-to-the-aquatic-environment
#1
Andrew C Johnson, Rachel L Donnachie, John P Sumpter, Monika D Jürgens, Claudia Moeckel, M Gloria Pereira
This work presents a new and unbiased method of risk ranking chemicals based on the threat they pose to the aquatic environment. The study ranked 12 metals, 23 pesticides, 11 other persistent organic pollutants (POPs), 13 pharmaceuticals, 10 surfactants and similar compounds and 2 nanoparticles (total of 71) of concern against one another by comparing their median UK river water and median ecotoxicity effect concentrations. To complement this, by giving an assessment on potential wildlife impacts, risk ranking was also carried out by comparing the lowest 10th percentile of the effects data with the highest 90th percentile of the exposure data...
May 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531814/targeting-egfr-her2-heterodimerization-with-a-novel-anti-her2-domain-ii-iii-antibody
#2
Xiaojie Yu, Lingfei Wang, Yafeng Shen, Chao Wang, Yajun Zhang, Yanchun Meng, Yang Yang, Beibei Liang, Bo Zhou, Huajing Wang, Huafeng Wei, Changhai Lei, Shi Hu, Bohua Li
HER2, a ligand-free tyrosine kinase receptor of the HER family, is frequently overexpressed in breast cancer. The anti-HER2 antibody trastuzumab has shown significant clinical benefits in metastatic breast cancer. Despite the effectiveness of trastuzumab, its efficacy remains variable and often modest. Thus, there is an urgent need to improve ErbB2-targeting therapy. Here, we describe a novel anti-HER2 antibody, 7C3, which was developed using hybridoma technique. Structural analysis confirms that the epitope of this antibody is in domain II/III of HER2...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531355/flexible-multiferroic-bulk-heterojunction-with-giant-magnetoelectric-coupling-via-the-van-der-waals-epitaxy
#3
Ying-Hao Chu, Tahta Amrillah, Yugandhar Bitla, Kwangwoo Shin, Tiannan Yang, Ying-Hui Hsieh, Yu-You Chiou, Heng-Jui Liu, Thi Hien Do, Dong Su, Yi-Chun Chen, Shien-Uang Jen, Long-Qing Chen, Kee Hoon Kim, Jenh-Yih Juang
Magnetoelectric nanocomposites have been a topic of intense research due to their profound potential in the applications of electronic devices based on the spintronic technology. Nevertheless, in spite of significant progress made in the growth of high-quality nanocomposite thin films, the substrate clamping effect still remains as a major hurdle in realizing the ultimate magnetoelectric coupling. To overcome this obstacle, an alternative strategy of fabricating self-assembled ferroelectric-ferrimagnetic bulk heterojunction on flexible muscovite via the van der Waals epitaxy is adopted...
May 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531331/diagnostic-challenges-in-meningioma
#4
Martha Nowosielski, Nobert Galldiks, Sarah Iglseder, Philipp Kickingereder, Andreas von Deimling, Martin Bendszus, Wolfgang Wick, Felix Sahm
Advances in molecular profiling and the application of advanced imaging techniques are currently refreshing diagnostic considerations in meningioma patients. Not only technical refinements but also sophisticated histopathological and molecular studies have the potential to overcome some of the challenges during meningioma management. Exact tumor delineation, assessment of tumor growth and pathophysiological parameters were recently addressed by "advanced" magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography...
May 20, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531298/evolution-of-bacterial-virulence
#5
Médéric Diard, Wolf-Dietrich Hardt
Bacterial virulence is highly dynamic and context-dependent. For this reason, it is challenging to predict how molecular changes affect the growth of a pathogen in a host and its spread in host population. Two schools of thought have taken quite different directions to decipher the underlying principles of bacterial virulence. While molecular infection biology is focusing on the basic mechanisms of the pathogen-host interaction, evolution biology takes virulence as one of several parameters affecting pathogen spread in a host population...
May 22, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531219/pyldm-an-open-source-package-for-lifetime-density-analysis-of-time-resolved-spectroscopic-data
#6
Gabriel F Dorlhiac, Clyde Fare, Jasper J van Thor
Ultrafast spectroscopy offers temporal resolution for probing processes in the femto- and picosecond regimes. This has allowed for investigation of energy and charge transfer in numerous photoactive compounds and complexes. However, analysis of the resultant data can be complicated, particularly in more complex biological systems, such as photosystems. Historically, the dual approach of global analysis and target modelling has been used to elucidate kinetic descriptions of the system, and the identity of transient species respectively...
May 22, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531197/a-narrative-systematic-review-of-factors-affecting-diabetes-prevention-in-primary-care-settings
#7
Josie Messina, Stephen Campbell, Rebecca Morris, Emily Eyles, Caroline Sanders
BACKGROUND: Type 2 diabetes is impacting millions of people globally; however, many future cases can be prevented through lifestyle changes and interventions. Primary care is an important setting for diabetes prevention, for at-risk populations, because it is a patient's primary point of contact with the health care system and professionals can provide lifestyle counselling and support, as well as monitoring health outcomes. These are all essential elements for diabetes prevention for at-risk adults...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531135/aekf-slam-a-new-algorithm-for-robotic-underwater-navigation
#8
Xin Yuan, José-Fernán Martínez-Ortega, José Antonio Sánchez Fernández, Martina Eckert
In this work, we focus on key topics related to underwater Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) applications. Moreover, a detailed review of major studies in the literature and our proposed solutions for addressing the problem are presented. The main goal of this paper is the enhancement of the accuracy and robustness of the SLAM-based navigation problem for underwater robotics with low computational costs. Therefore, we present a new method called AEKF-SLAM that employs an Augmented Extended Kalman Filter (AEKF)-based SLAM algorithm...
May 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530824/human-immune-protein-c1q-selectively-disaggregates-carbon-nanotubes
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Maximilien Saint Cricq, Jesús Carrete, Christine Gaboriaud, Edmond Gravel, Eric Doris, Nicole Thielens, Natalio Mingo, Wai Li Ling
We atomistically compute the change in free energy upon binding of the globular domain of the complement protein C1q to carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and graphene in solution. Our modeling results imply that C1q is able to disaggregate and disperse bundles of large diameter multi-walled CNTs but not those of thin single-walled CNTs, and we validate this prediction with experimental observations. The results support the view of a strong binding, with potential implications for the understanding of the immune response and biomedical applications of graphitic nanomaterials...
May 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530799/bioinspired-interface-engineering-for-moisture-resistance-in-nacre-mimetic-cellulose-nanofibrils-clay-nanocomposites
#10
Kun Yao, Shu Huang, Hu Tang, Yeping Xu, Gerd Buntkowsky, Lars A Berglund, Qi Zhou
The interfacial adhesion design between "mortar" and "bricks" is essential for mechanical and barrier performance of nanocellulose-based nacre-mimetic nanocomposites, especially at high moisture conditions. To address this fundamental challenge, dopamine (DA) has been conjugated to cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) and subsequently assembled with montmorillonite (MTM) to generate layered nanocomposite films inspired by the strong adhesion of mussel adhesive proteins to inorganic surfaces under water. The selective formation of catechol/metal ion chelation and hydrogen bonding at the interface between MTM platelets and CNFs bearing DA renders transparent films with strong mechanical properties, particularly at high humidity and in wet state...
May 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530744/proteomic-analysis-of-prognostic-plasma-biomarkers-in-peripheral-arterial-occlusive-disease
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Cheng-San Yang, Yu-Shan Wei, Han-Lin Tsai, Ian-Seng Cheong, Shing-Jyh Chang, Hsiu-Chuan Chou, Ying-Ray Lee, Hong-Lin Chan
Peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD), one of the major manifestations of systemic atherosclerosis, causes intermittent claudication and rest pain. Patients with PAOD not only have reduced quality of life, but also have a substantial risk of cardiovascular morbidity and death. In this study, we adopted a proteomics-based approach using 2D-DIGE and MALDI-TOF MS to compare the differential plasma proteome between good and poor prognosis of PAOD. We identified 196 plasma proteins, which represent 42 unique gene products...
May 22, 2017: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530743/multicellular-tumor-invasion-and-plasticity-in-biomimetic-materials
#12
Susan E Leggett, Amanda S Khoo, Ian Y Wong
Cancer cell invasion through the extracellular matrix is associated with metastatic spread and therapeutic resistance. In carcinomas, the detachment and dissemination of individual cells has been associated with an epithelial-mesenchymal transition, but tumors can also invade using collective, multicellular phenotypes. This malignant tumor progression is also associated with alignment and stiffening of the surrounding extracellular matrix. Historically, tumor invasion has been investigated using 2D monolayer culture, small animal models or patient histology...
May 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530643/danger-signals-in-regulating-the-immune-response-to-solid-organ-transplantation
#13
Jamie L Todd, Scott M Palmer
Endogenous danger signals, or damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs), are generated in response to cell stress and activate innate immunity to provide a pivotal mechanism by which an organism can respond to damaged self. Accumulating experimental and clinical data have established the importance of DAMPs, which signal through innate pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) or DAMP-specific receptors, in regulating the alloresponse to solid organ transplantation (SOT). Moreover, DAMPs may incite distinct downstream cellular responses that could specifically contribute to the development of allograft fibrosis and chronic graft dysfunction...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530472/telomerase-expression-in-medaka-oryzias-melastigma-pharyngeal-teeth
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W H Tan, P E Witten, C Winkler, D W T Au, A Huysseune
Nonmammalian vertebrates have the capacity of lifelong tooth replacement. In all vertebrates, tooth formation requires contact and interaction between the oral or pharyngeal epithelium and the underlying mesenchyme. To secure lifelong replacement, the presence of odontogenic stem cells has been postulated, particularly in the epithelial compartment. This study uses an advanced teleost fish species, the marine medaka Oryzias melastigma, a close relative to Oryzias latipes, to examine the expression and distribution of telomerase reverse transcriptase (Tert), the catalytic unit of telomerase, in developing pharyngeal teeth and to relate these data to the proliferative activity of the cells...
June 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529998/complement-c5a-receptor-is-the-key-initiator-of-neutrophil-adhesion-igniting-immune-complex-induced-arthritis
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Yoshishige Miyabe, Chie Miyabe, Thomas T Murooka, Edward Y Kim, Gail A Newton, Nancy D Kim, Bodduluri Haribabu, Francis W Luscinskas, Thorsten R Mempel, Andrew D Luster
The deposition of immune complexes (IC) in tissues induces a "type III hypersensitivity" that results in tissue damage and underlies the pathogenesis of many autoimmune diseases. The neutrophil is the first immune cell recruited into sites of IC deposition and plays a critical role in shaping the overall tissue response. However, the mechanism by which IC initiate and propagate neutrophil infiltration into tissue is not known. Here, using intravital multiphoton joint imaging of IC-induced arthritis in live mice, we found that the complement C5a receptor (C5aR) was the key initiator of neutrophil adhesion on joint endothelium...
January 2017: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529927/staphylococcus-aureus-manipulates-innate-immunity-through-own-and-host-expressed-proteases
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Giampiero Pietrocola, Giulia Nobile, Simonetta Rindi, Pietro Speziale
Neutrophils, complement system and skin collectively represent the main elements of the innate immune system, the first line of defense of the host against many common microorganisms. Bacterial pathogens have evolved strategies to counteract all these defense activities. Specifically, Staphylococcus aureus, a major human pathogen, secretes a variety of immune evasion molecules including proteases, which cleave components of the innate immune system or disrupt the integrity of extracellular matrix and intercellular connections of tissues...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529649/sak-hv-triggered-a-short-period-lipid-lowering-biotherapy-based-on-the-energy-model-of-liver-proliferation-via-a-novel-pathway
#17
Chao Zhang, Zhiguang Huang, Haoran Jing, Wenliang Fu, Min Yuan, Wenrong Xia, Ling Cai, Xiangdong Gan, Yao Chen, Minji Zou, Minhui Long, Jiaxi Wang, Min Wang, Donggang Xu
The accumulations of excess lipids within liver and serum are defined as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and hyperlipemia respectively. Both of them are components of metabolic syndrome that greatly threaten human health. Here, a recombinant fusion protein (SAK-HV) effectively treated NAFLD and hyperlipemia in high-fat-fed ApoE(-/-) mice, quails and rats within just 14 days. Its triglyceride and cholesterol-lowering effects were significantly better than that of atorvastatin during the observation period...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529543/pilot-scale-steam-explosion-pretreatment-with-2-naphthol-to-overcome-high-softwood-recalcitrance
#18
Thomas Pielhop, Janick Amgarten, Michael H Studer, Philipp Rudolf von Rohr
BACKGROUND: Steam explosion pretreatment has been examined in many studies for enhancing the enzymatic digestibility of lignocellulosic biomass and is currently the most common pretreatment method in commercial biorefineries. It is however not effective for overcoming the extremely high recalcitrance of softwood to biochemical conversion. Recent fundamental research in small-scale liquid hot water pretreatment has shown, though, that the addition of a carbocation scavenger like 2-naphthol can prevent lignin repolymerization and thus enhance the enzymatic digestibility of softwood cellulose...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529340/vasculitis-a-clear-argument-for-targeting-complement-in-anca-vasculitis
#19
Ralph Kettritz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 22, 2017: Nature Reviews. Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529330/dietary-medium-chain-saturated-fatty-acids-induce-gene-expression-of-energy-metabolism-related-pathways-in-adipose-tissue-of-abdominally-obese-subjects
#20
J C Matualatupauw, M Bohl, S Gregersen, K Hermansen, L A Afman
BACKGROUND: Dietary medium-chain saturated fatty acids (MC-SFAs) have been shown to reduce total body fat. Previously, we showed that MC-SFAs prevent body fat accumulation, despite weight gain. Here, we aim to explore potential molecular mechanisms underlying the protective effect of MC-SFAs on body fat gain. METHODS: The DairyHealth study examined the long-term effects of milk protein and milk fat with a low or high content of MC-SFA. In this 12 week, randomized, double-blind, diet intervention study, participants consumed 60 g milk protein (whey or casein) and 63 g milk fat (high MC-SFA or low MC-SFA) daily in a 2 by 2 factorial design...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
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