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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728189/spontaneous-globe-rupture-due-to-rapidly-evolving-endogenous-hypermucoid-klebsiella-pneumoniae-endophthalmitis
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Edward H Wood, Matthew A Powers, Darius M Moshfeghi
In this retrospective report, the authors describe a rare case of spontaneous globe rupture from Klebsiella pneumoniae endophthalmitis in a middle-aged man with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus. There have been only four previously reported cases of spontaneous globe rupture from endophthalmitis. Out of the now five reported cases, all have been due to endogenous endophthalmitis, four have been due to gram-negative bacteria, and three have been due to K. pneumoniae. K. pneumoniae, especially the hypermucoid variant with a protective polysaccharide capsule, is an emerging pathogen with remarkable virulence...
July 1, 2017: Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers & Imaging Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728132/melatonin-protect-the-development-of-preimplantation-mouse-embryos-from-sodium-fluoride-induced-oxidative-injury
#2
Jiamin Zhao, Beibei Fu, Wei Peng, Tingchao Mao, Haibo Wu, Yong Zhang
Recently study shows that melatonin can protect embryos from the culture environment oxidative stress. However, the protective effect of melatonin on the mouse development of preimplantation embryos under sodium fluoride (NaF) induced oxidative stress is still unclear. Here, we showed that exposure to NaF significantly increased the reactive oxygen species (ROS) level, decreased the blastocyst formation rates, and increased the fragmentation, apoptosis and retardation of blastocysts in the development of mouse preimplantation embryos...
June 29, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728104/design-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-coumarin-pargyline-hybrids-as-novel-dual-inhibitors-of-monoamine-oxidases-and-amyloid-%C3%AE-aggregation-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
#3
Hua-Li Yang, Pei Cai, Qiao-Hong Liu, Xue-Lian Yang, Fan Li, Jin Wang, Jia-Jia Wu, Xiao-Bing Wang, Ling-Yi Kong
A series of coumarin-pargyline hybrids (4a-x) have been designed, synthesized and evaluated as novel dual inhibitors of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Most of the compounds exhibited a potent ability to inhibit amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation and monoamine oxidases. In particular, compound 4x exhibited remarkable inhibitory activities against monoamine oxidases (IC50, 0.027 ± 0.004 μM for MAO-B; 3.275 ± 0.040 μM for MAO-A) and Aβ1-42 aggregation (54.0 ± 1.1%, 25 μM). Moreover, compound 4x showed low toxicity according to in vitro cell toxicity test...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728099/endogenous-viruses-of-parasitic-wasps-variations-on-a-common-theme
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Jean-Michel Drezen, Matthieu Leobold, Annie Bézier, Elisabeth Huguet, Anne-Nathalie Volkoff, Elisabeth A Herniou
In a remarkable example of convergent evolution, several parasitic wasp lineages have independently captured and maintained complex DNA virus machineries, used to transfer virulence factors. Parasitic wasps, which develop inside the larvae of their insect hosts, may inject Polydnaviruses (PDVs) or Virus-Like particles (VLPs), derived from the recurrent endogenization of several large DNA viruses. PDVs evolved from the domestication in braconid and ichneumonid wasps of viruses from different families and function as gene transfer agents...
July 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728022/loss-of-tmem106b-ameliorates-lysosomal-and-frontotemporal-dementia-related-phenotypes-in-progranulin-deficient-mice
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Zoe A Klein, Hideyuki Takahashi, Mengxiao Ma, Massimiliano Stagi, Melissa Zhou, TuKiet T Lam, Stephen M Strittmatter
Progranulin (GRN) and TMEM106B are associated with several common neurodegenerative disorders including frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). A TMEM106B variant modifies GRN-associated FTLD risk. However, their functional relationship in vivo and the mechanisms underlying the risk modification remain unclear. Here, using transcriptomic and proteomic analyses with Grn(-/-) and Tmem106b(-/-) mice, we show that, while multiple lysosomal enzymes are increased in Grn(-/-) brain at both transcriptional and protein levels, TMEM106B deficiency causes reduction in several lysosomal enzymes...
July 19, 2017: Neuron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728012/ovipositor-setation-in-oldest-insects-insecta-archaeognatha-revealed-by-sem-and-he-ion-microscopy
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Nataliia A Matushkina
Archaeognatha represent the oldest living lineage of true insects (=Ectognatha), which are remarkable, among others, for plesiomorphic genital morphology and complicated mating behaviour. I used scanning electron microscopy and He-ion microscopy to examine the ovipositor morphology of seven species, in order to describe the cuticle microsculpture. The species studied are characterised by different types of the ovipositor setation pattern, which are considered an important taxonomic feature for Archaeognatha...
July 8, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727850/hybrid-cubature-kalman-filtering-for-identifying-nonlinear-models-from-sampled-recording-estimation-of-neuronal-dynamics
#7
Mahmoud K Madi, Fadi N Karameh
Kalman filtering methods have long been regarded as efficient adaptive Bayesian techniques for estimating hidden states in models of linear dynamical systems under Gaussian uncertainty. Recent advents of the Cubature Kalman filter (CKF) have extended this efficient estimation property to nonlinear systems, and also to hybrid nonlinear problems where by the processes are continuous and the observations are discrete (continuous-discrete CD-CKF). Employing CKF techniques, therefore, carries high promise for modeling many biological phenomena where the underlying processes exhibit inherently nonlinear, continuous, and noisy dynamics and the associated measurements are uncertain and time-sampled...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727805/turgor-responsive-starch-phosphorylation-in-oryza-sativa-stems-a-primary-event-of-starch-degradation-associated-with-grain-filling-ability
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Hiroshi Wada, Chisato Masumoto-Kubo, Koichi Tsutsumi, Hiroshi Nonami, Fukuyo Tanaka, Haruka Okada, Rosa Erra-Balsells, Kenzo Hiraoka, Taiken Nakashima, Makoto Hakata, Satoshi Morita
Grain filling ability is mainly affected by the translocation of carbohydrates generated from temporarily stored stem starch in most field crops including rice (Oryza sativa L.). The partitioning of non-structural stem carbohydrates has been recognized as an important trait for raising the yield ceiling, yet we still do not fully understand how carbohydrate partitioning occurs in the stems. In this study, two rice subspecies that exhibit different patterns of non-structural stem carbohydrates partitioning, a japonica-dominant cultivar, Momiroman, and an indica-dominant cultivar, Hokuriku 193, were used as the model system to study the relationship between turgor pressure and metabolic regulation of non-structural stem carbohydrates, by combining the water status measurement with gene expression analysis and a dynamic prefixed 13C tracer analysis using a mass spectrometer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727773/the-tradition-algorithm-approach-underestimates-the-prevalence-of-serodiagnosis-of-syphilis-in-hiv-infected-individuals
#9
Bin Chen, Xiuming Peng, Tiansheng Xie, Changzhong Jin, Fumin Liu, Nanping Wu
Currently, there are three algorithms for screening of syphilis: traditional algorithm, reverse algorithm and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) algorithm. To date, there is not a generally recognized diagnostic algorithm. When syphilis meets HIV, the situation is even more complex. To evaluate their screening performance and impact on the seroprevalence of syphilis in HIV-infected individuals, we conducted a cross-sectional study included 865 serum samples from HIV-infected patients in a tertiary hospital...
July 20, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727420/bio-inspired-development-of-p-st-maa-avermectins-nanoparticles-with-high-affinity-for-foliage-to-enhance-folia-retention
#10
Jie Liang, Manli Yu, Liya Guo, Bo Cui, Xiang Zhao, Changjiao Sun, Yan Wang, Guoqiang Liu, Haixin Cui, Zhanghua Zeng
Pesticides are chemical or biological substances to control pests and protect crop yield. Most pesticides suffering from large amounts of losses in the environment, lead to damage of ecological systems and food pollution. To reduce their losses and increase utilization rate, we have developed a bio-inspired by mussel avermectins nanoparticles (P(St-MAA)-Av-Cat) with strong adhesion to crop foliage by emulsion-solvent evaporation method and chemical modification. They were near spheres sharpness with a diameter around 120 nm...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727411/one-step-synthesis-of-anti-oxidative-graphene-wrapped-copper-nanoparticles-on-flexible-substrates-for-electronic-and-electro-catalytic-applications
#11
Chi-Ang Tseng, Chiao-Chen Chen, Rajesh Kumar Ulaganathan, Chuan-Pei Lee, Hsu-Cheng Chiang, Chin-Fu Chang, Yit-Tsong Chen
In this study, we report a novel, one-step synthesis method to fabricate multi-layer graphene (MLG)-wrapped copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) directly on various substrates (e.g., polyimide film (PI), carbon cloth (CC)) or Si wafer (Si)). The electrical resistivities of the pristine MLG-CuNPs/PI and MLG-CuNPs/Si were measured 1.7 × 10(-6) and 1.4 × 10(-6) Ω·m, respectively, of which both values are ~100-fold lower than earlier reports. The MLG shell could remarkably prevent the Cu nanocore from serious damages after MLG-CuNPs being exposed to various harsh conditions...
July 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727243/filamin-a-expression-predicts-early-recurrence-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-after-hepatectomy
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Matteo Donadon, Luca Di Tommaso, Cristiana Soldani, Barbara Franceschini, Alfonso Terrone, Antonio Mimmo, Eleonora Vitali, Massimo Roncalli, Andrea Lania, Guido Torzilli
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Recurrence of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after hepatectomy is very high. A predictive marker of early recurrence (ER) capable of personalizing follow-up and developing a new target therapy would be beneficial. The overexpression of Filamin-A (FLNA), a cytoskeleton protein with scaffolding properties, has recently been associated with progression in tumors. The aim of this study was to test the expression of FLNA in a cohort of patients operated for HCC. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients who underwent hepatic resection at Humanitas Clinical and Research Center between January 2004 and December 2014 was analyzed...
July 20, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726961/functional-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes-car-for-targeting-dopamine-delivery-into-the-brain-of-parkinsonian-mice
#13
Qing Guo, Huihui You, Xu Yang, Bencheng Lin, Zhihong Zhu, Zhisong Lu, Xiaoxiao Li, Yun Zhao, Lin Mao, Shiping Shen, Haoyan Cheng, Jiting Zhang, Lingfu Deng, Jianhua Fan, Zhuge Xi, Rui Li, Chang Ming Li
Current treatments for Parkinson's disease (PD) are limited, partly due to the difficulties posed by the blood brain barrier (BBB) when delivering drugs to the brain. Herein, we explore the feasibility and efficacy of functional single-walled carbon nanotubes 'CAR' (SWCNT-PEGs-Lf) which carry and target-deliver dopamine (DA) to the brain in PD mice for treatment. SWCNTs can penetrate the cell-membrane remarkably, with the characteristics including high drug-loading and pH-dependent therapeutic unloading capacities...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726949/spin-reversal-energy-barriers-of-305-k-for-fe-2-d-6-ions-with-linear-ligand-coordination
#14
Lei Xu, Ziba Zangeneh, Ravi Yadav, Stanislav Avdoshenko, Jeroen van den Brink, Anton Jesche, Liviu Hozoi
A remarkably large magnetic anisotropy energy of 305 K is computed by quantum chemistry methods for divalent Fe(2+) d(6) substitutes at Li-ion sites with D6h point-group symmetry within the solid-state matrix of Li3N. This is similar to values calculated by the same approach and confirmed experimentally for linearly coordinated monovalent Fe(1+) d(7) species, among the largest so far in the research area of single-molecule magnets. Our ab initio results therefore mark a new exciting exploration path in the search for superior single-molecule magnets, rooted in the configuration of d(6) transition-metal ions with linear or quasilinear nearest-neighbor coordination...
July 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726903/reversible-trans-%C3%A2-cis-photoisomerizations-of-re-co-3-ph2phen-stpycn-towards-molecular-machines
#15
Kassio P S Zanoni, Neyde Y Murakami Iha
In our search for light powered molecular devices, a novel fac-[Re(CO)3(ph2phen)(trans-stpyCN)](+) complex was synthesized to show switchable trans-cis configurations of the coordinated stpyCN ligand through efficient and reversible photoassisted isomerizations. Controlled photolyses of acetonitrile solutions led to spectral changes ascribed to reversible trans ⇌ cis photoisomerization processes. A remarkable quantum yield for the back cis-to-trans isomerization was obtained, with the same magnitude of the trans-to-cis photoprocess, and curiously, both trans- and cis-isomers are emissive at room temperature...
July 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726864/bn-nanoflake-quantum-dot-arrays-structural-stability-and-electronic-and-half-metallic-properties
#16
R Hu, Z H Zhang, Z Q Fan
New one-dimensional (1D) crystals, 1D quantum-dot arrays(1D QDAs), are proposed and constructed by an ordered arrangement of zigzag-edged triangular h-BN nanoflakes. Their geometrical stability is confirmed by the calculated binding energy, phonon dispersion and molecular dynamics simulation. These 1D QDAs demonstrate different quantum confinement effects on electronic and half-metallic properties due to different linking modes. For example, in the nonmagnetic state, different 1D QDAs are predicted to be semiconductors or metals remarkably depending on their linking manner, whereas in the ferromagnetic state, they are found to be all prominent half-metals but with greatly different gaps from ∼0...
July 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726798/gene-therapy-research-in-asia
#17
REVIEW
Hong-Xin Deng, Yuan Wang, Qiu-Rong Ding, Da-Li Li, Yu-Quan Wei
Gene therapy has shown great potential for the treatment of diseases that previously were either untreatable or treatable but not curable with conventional schemes. Recent progress in clinical gene therapy trials has emerged in various severe diseases, including primary immunodeficiencies, leukodystrophies, Leber's congenital amaurosis, haemophilia as well as retinal dystrophy. The clinical transformation and industrialization of gene therapy in Asia have been remarkable and continue making steady progress...
July 20, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726782/pkc%C3%AE-phosphorylates-traf2-to-protect-against-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-injury
#18
Wei Zhou, Jihong Yao, Guangzhi Wang, Zhao Chen, Zhenlu Li, Dongcheng Feng, Yang Li, Wasim Qasim, Wenzhi Tan, Shili Ning, Xiaofeng Tian
Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is a common clinical problem that occurs during various clinical pathological processes. Excessive apoptosis has an indispensable role in intestinal I/R injury. Tumor necrosis factor receptor-associated factor 2 (TRAF2) and PKCζ have an essential role in apoptosis. Here, we aimed to investigate the effects of PKCζ and TRAF2 and to explore the correlation between PKCζ and TRAF2 in intestinal I/R injury. Mice were subjected to intestinal I/R injury in vivo. In vitro experiments were conducted by treating Caco-2 cells with hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) stimulation to simulate intestinal I/R...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726780/foxq1-regulates-senescence-associated-inflammation-via-activation-of-sirt1-expression
#19
Pan Wang, Cuicui Lv, Tao Zhang, Junling Liu, Jin Yang, Fangxia Guan, Tianpei Hong
Cellular senescence is an initial barrier to tumor development that prevents the proliferation of premalignant cells. However, some of the features of senescent cells seem to promote tumor progression via senescence-associated secretory phenotype (SASP). Here, we demonstrated that the protein level of forkhead box Q1 (FOXQ1), which highly overexpresses in several kinds of tumors, was significantly downregulated during both replicative and oncogene-induced senescence. Moreover, overexpression of FOXQ1 delayed senescence, whereas FOXQ1 silence led to premature senescence in human fibroblasts...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726779/maml1-acts-cooperatively-with-gli-proteins-to-regulate-sonic-hedgehog-signaling-pathway
#20
Roberta Quaranta, Maria Pelullo, Sabrina Zema, Francesca Nardozza, Saula Checquolo, Dieter Matthias Lauer, Francesca Bufalieri, Rocco Palermo, Maria Pia Felli, Alessandra Vacca, Claudio Talora, Lucia Di Marcotullio, Isabella Screpanti, Diana Bellavia
Sonic hedgehog (Shh) signaling is essential for proliferation of cerebellar granule cell progenitors (GCPs) and its misregulation is linked to various disorders, including cerebellar cancer medulloblastoma. The effects of Shh pathway are mediated by the Gli family of transcription factors, which controls the expression of a number of target genes, including Gli1. Here, we identify Mastermind-like 1 (Maml1) as a novel regulator of the Shh signaling since it interacts with Gli proteins, working as a potent transcriptional coactivator...
July 20, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
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