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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535436/microcystin-lr-induces-changes-in-the-gaba-neurotransmitter-system-of-zebrafish
#1
Wei Yan, Li Li, Guangyu Li, Sujuan Zhao
It has been reported that exposure to microcystins altered adult zebrafish swimming performance parameters, but the possible mechanisms of action remain unknown. Neuronal activity depends on the balance between the number of excitatory and inhibitory processes which are associated with neurotransmitters. In the present study, zebrafish embryos (5 d post-fertilization) were exposed to 0, 0.3, 3 and 30μg/L (microcystin-LR) MCLR for 90day until reaching sexual maturity. To investigate the effects of MCLR on the neurotransmitter system, mRNA levels involved in amino acid g-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and glutamate metabolic pathways were tested using quantitative real-time PCR...
May 15, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535147/mechanics-of-post-fusion-exocytotic-vesicle
#2
Thomas Stephens, Zhanghan Wu, Jian Liu
Exocytosis is an important cellular process controlled by metabolic signaling. It involves vesicle fusion to the plasma membrane, followed by the opening of a fusion pore, and the subsequent release of the vesicular lumen content into the extracellular space. While most modeling efforts focus on the events leading to membrane fusion, how the vesicular membrane remodels after fusing to plasma membrane remains unclear. This latter event dictates the nature and the efficiency of exocytotic vesicular secretions, and is thus critical for exocytotic function...
May 23, 2017: Physical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534207/construction-of-polyarylenes-with-various-structural-features-via-bergman-cyclization-polymerization
#3
REVIEW
Youfu Wang, Shudan Chen, Aiguo Hu
Synthetic polymer chemistry is a fundamental part of polymer science, and highly efficient polymerization reactions are essential for the synthesis of high-performance polymers. Development of new synthetic methods for emerging polymer science is of great importance in this regard. Bergman cyclization is a chemical process in which highly reactive aryl diradicals form from enediyne precursors, having a strong impact in a number of fields including pharmaceutics, synthetic chemistry, and materials science. Diradical intermediates stemming from enediynes can cause DNA cleavage under physiological conditions, leading to the strong cytotoxicity of many naturally occurring enediyne antibiotics...
June 2017: Topics in Current Chemistry (Journal)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533303/cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-in-adults-and-children-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-scientific-statement-from-the-american-heart-association
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REVIEW
Mary Ann Peberdy, Jason A Gluck, Joseph P Ornato, Christian A Bermudez, Russell E Griffin, Vigneshwar Kasirajan, Richard E Kerber, Eldrin F Lewis, Mark S Link, Corinne Miller, Jeffrey J Teuteberg, Ravi Thiagarajan, Robert M Weiss, Brian O'Neil
Cardiac arrest in patients on mechanical support is a new phenomenon brought about by the increased use of this therapy in patients with end-stage heart failure. This American Heart Association scientific statement highlights the recognition and treatment of cardiovascular collapse or cardiopulmonary arrest in an adult or pediatric patient who has a ventricular assist device or total artificial heart. Specific, expert consensus recommendations are provided for the role of external chest compressions in such patients...
May 22, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532154/injectable-nir-ph-responsive-nanocomposite-hydrogel-as-long-acting-implant-for-chemo-photothermal-synergistic-cancer-therapy
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Xiaoyu Xu, Ziyuan Huang, Zeqian Huang, Xuefei Zhang, Siyu He, Xiaoqi Sun, Yifeng Shen, Mina Yan, Chunshun Zhao
In this study, Gold nanorods (GNRs) were incorporated into the hydrogel networks formed by the copolymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide (NIPAm) and methacrylated β-cyclodextrin-based macromer (MPCD) to fabricate an injectable and NIR/pH-responsive poly(NIPAm-co-MPCD)/GNRs nanocomposite hydrogel, which could serve as a long-acting implant for chemo-photothermal synergistic cancer therapy. The nanocomposite hydrogel showed superior mechanical and swelling properties, gelation characteristic and excellent NIR-responsive property...
May 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531983/development-of-haptic-based-piezoresistive-artificial-fingertip-toward-efficient-tactile-sensing-systems-for-humanoids
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Amin TermehYousefi, Saman Azhari, Amin Khajeh, Mohd Nizar Hamidon, Hirofumi Tanaka
Haptic sensors are essential devices that facilitate human-like sensing systems such as implantable medical devices and humanoid robots. The availability of conducting thin films with haptic properties could lead to the development of tactile sensing systems that stretch reversibly, sense pressure (not just touch), and integrate with collapsible. In this study, a nanocomposite based hemispherical artificial fingertip fabricated to enhance the tactile sensing systems of humanoid robots. To validate the hypothesis, proposed method was used in the robot-like finger system to classify the ripe and unripe tomato by recording the metabolic growth of the tomato as a function of resistivity change during a controlled indention force...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531354/monomeric-polyglutamine-structures-that-evolve-into-fibrils
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David Punihaole, Ryan S Jakubek, Riley James Workman, Lauren E Marbella, Patricia Campbell, Jeffry D Madura, Sanford A Asher
We investigate the solution and fibril conformations and structural transitions of the polyglutamine (polyQ) peptide, D2Q10K2 (Q10), by synergistically using UV Resonance Raman (UVRR) spectroscopy and Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations. We show that Q10 adopts two distinct, monomeric solution conformational states, a collapsed β-strand and a PPII-like structure that do not readily interconvert. This clearly indicates a high activation barrier in solution that prevents equilibration between these structures...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530720/collective-dehydration-of-ions-in-nano-pores
#8
M P Heuberger, Z Zachariah, N D Spencer, R M Espinosa-Marzal
Hydrated ions can enter nanometre pores that are smaller than the hydrated ion diameter - the associated dehydration mechanism is still poorly understood. Using an adjustable model slit pore between negatively charged mica surfaces, we have followed the dehydration of highly confined Na(+) counter-ions as a function of salt concentration. We applied external load to the slit pore and resolved the induced sub-nanometre film-thickness transitions, in order to gain information about any structural elements present...
May 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527887/mst1-deficiency-promotes-b-cell-responses-by-cd4-t-cell-derived-il-4-resulting-in-hypergammaglobulinemia
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Eunchong Park, Myun Soo Kim, Ju Han Song, Kyung Min Cho, Kyung-Hye Roh, Rana Lee, Tae Sung Kim
MST1 deficiency causes T and B cell lymphopenia, resulting in combined immunodeficiency. However, MST1-deficient patients also exhibit autoimmune-like symptoms such as hypergammaglobulinemia and autoantibody production. Recent studies have shown that the autoimmune responses observed in MST1-deficient patients were most likely attributable to defective regulatory T (Treg) cells instead of intrinsic signals in MST1-lacking B cells. Nevertheless, it is not determined how MST1 deficiency in T cells breaks B cell tolerance and causes systemic autoimmune-like phenotypes...
May 17, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527885/maintenance-of-atp-homeostasis-triggers-metabolic-shifts-in-gas-fermenting-acetogens
#10
Kaspar Valgepea, Renato de Souza Pinto Lemgruber, Kieran Meaghan, Robin William Palfreyman, Tanus Abdalla, Björn Daniel Heijstra, James Bruce Behrendorff, Ryan Tappel, Michael Köpke, Séan Dennis Simpson, Lars Keld Nielsen, Esteban Marcellin
Acetogens are promising cell factories for producing fuels and chemicals from waste feedstocks via gas fermentation, but quantitative characterization of carbon, energy, and redox metabolism is required to guide their rational metabolic engineering. Here, we explore acetogen gas fermentation using physiological, metabolomics, and transcriptomics data for Clostridium autoethanogenum steady-state chemostat cultures grown on syngas at various gas-liquid mass transfer rates. We observe that C. autoethanogenum shifts from acetate to ethanol production to maintain ATP homeostasis at higher biomass concentrations but reaches a limit at a molar acetate/ethanol ratio of ∼1...
May 16, 2017: Cell Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527516/a-feasible-economical-and-accurate-analytical-method-for-simultaneous-determination-of-six-alkaloid-markers-in-aconiti-lateralis-radix-praeparata-from-different-manufacturing-sources-and-processing-ways
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Yi-Bei Zhang, Juan DA, Jing-Xian Zhang, Shang-Rong Li, Xin Chen, Hua-Li Long, Qiu-Rong Wang, Lu-Ying Cai, Shuai Yao, Jin-Jun Hou, Wan-Ying Wu, De-An Guo
Aconiti Lateralis Radix Praeparata (Fuzi) is a commonly used traditional Chinese medicine in clinic for its potency in restoring yang and rescuing from collapse. Aconiti alkaloids, mainly including monoester-diterpenoidaconitines (MDAs) and diester-diterpenoidaconitines (DDAs), are considered to act as both bioactive and toxic constituents. In the present study, a feasible, economical, and accurate HPLC method for simultaneous determination of six alkaloid markers using the Single Standard for Determination of Multi-Components (SSDMC) method was developed and fully validated...
April 2017: Chinese Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527439/preferential-binding-effects-on-protein-structure-and-dynamics-revealed-by-coarse-grained-monte-carlo-simulation
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R B Pandey, D J Jacobs, B L Farmer
The effect of preferential binding of solute molecules within an aqueous solution on the structure and dynamics of the histone H3.1 protein is examined by a coarse-grained Monte Carlo simulation. The knowledge-based residue-residue and hydropathy-index-based residue-solvent interactions are used as input to analyze a number of local and global physical quantities as a function of the residue-solvent interaction strength (f). Results from simulations that treat the aqueous solution as a homogeneous effective solvent medium are compared to when positional fluctuations of the solute molecules are explicitly considered...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527403/interplay-between-bacillus-subtilis-recd2-and-the-recg-or-ruvab-helicase-in-recombinational-repair
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Rubén Torres, Hector Romero, Violeta Rodríguez-Cerrato, Juan C Alonso
Bacillus subtilis AddAB, RecS, RecQ, PcrA, HelD, DinG, RecG, RuvAB, PriA and RecD2 are genuine recombinational repair enzymes, but the biological role of RecD2 is poorly defined. A ΔrecD2 mutation sensitizes cells to DNA-damaging agents that stall or collapse replication forks. We found that this ΔrecD2 mutation impaired growth, and that a mutation in the pcrA gene (pcrA596) relieved this phenotype. The ΔrecD2 mutation was not epistatic to ΔaddAB, ΔrecQ, ΔrecS, ΔhelD, pcrA596 and ΔdinG, but epistatic to recA...
May 12, 2017: DNA Repair
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526745/identification-and-characterisation-of-nanobodies-targeting-the-epha4-receptor
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Lies Schoonaert, Laura Rué, Bart Roucourt, Mieke Timmers, Susan Little, Lucía Chávez Gutiérrez, Maarten Dewilde, Peter Joyce, Adam Curnock, Peter Weber, Jurgen Haustraete, Gholamreza Hassanzadeh-Ghassabeh, Bart De Strooper, Ludo Van Den Bosch, Philip Van Damme, Robin Lemmens, Wim Robberecht
The ephrin receptor A4 (EphA4) is one of the receptors in the ephrin system that plays a pivotal role in a variety of cell-cell interactions, mostly studied during development. In addition, EphA4 has been found to play a role in cancer biology as well as in the pathogenesis of several neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and Alzheimer's disease (AD). Pharmacological blocking of EphA4 has been suggested to be a therapeutic strategy for these disorders...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526465/-selective-lobar-blockade-with-a-coopdech-blocker-combined-with-a-double-lumen-endotracheal-tube-for-lung-metastases-resection-by-laser
#15
Patricia Cruz, Hugo David Orozco, Ignacio Garutti Martinez, Gloria Hernández Fernández
In recent years, laser resection of lung metastases has been established as the standard procedure worldwide. To avoid airway fire, it is necessary to collapse the surgical lung. The selective lobar bronchial blockade is a technique that allows one-lung ventilation while the operated lobe is collapsed in patients with previous pulmonary resection requiring subsequent resection or with limited pulmonary reserve. We report a clinical case about our experience of a selective lobar bronchial blockade technique with a bronchial blocker (Coopdech endobronchial blocker) that was employed successfully with a double-lumen endotracheal tube in a patient with previous contralateral pulmonary resection who was scheduled for atypical resections of pulmonary metastases by laser...
May 16, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525778/inferior-vena-cava-collapsibility-detects-fluid-responsiveness-among-spontaneously-breathing-critically-ill-patients
#16
Keith A Corl, Naomi R George, Justin Romanoff, Andrew T Levinson, Darin B Chheng, Roland C Merchant, Mitchell M Levy, Anthony M Napoli
PURPOSE: Measurement of inferior vena cava collapsibility (cIVC) by point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) has been proposed as a viable, non-invasive means of assessing fluid responsiveness. We aimed to determine the ability of cIVC to identify patients who will respond to additional intravenous fluid (IVF) administration among spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients. METHODS: Prospective observational trial of spontaneously breathing critically-ill patients...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525544/bistability-causality-and-complexity-in-cortical-networks-an-in-vitro-perturbational-study
#17
Mattia D'Andola, Beatriz Rebollo, Adenauer G Casali, Julia F Weinert, Andrea Pigorini, Rosa Villa, Marcello Massimini, Maria V Sanchez-Vives
Measuring the spatiotemporal complexity of cortical responses to direct perturbations provides a reliable index of the brain's capacity for consciousness in humans under both physiological and pathological conditions. Upon loss of consciousness, the complex pattern of causal interactions observed during wakefulness collapses into a stereotypical slow wave, suggesting that cortical bistability may play a role. Bistability is mainly expressed in the form of slow oscillations, a default pattern of activity that emerges from cortical networks in conditions of functional or anatomical disconnection...
May 19, 2017: Cerebral Cortex
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523178/one-successful-primary-closure-case-of-bronchopleural-fistula-after-pneumonectomy-by-a-new-method
#18
Zhenliang Shi, Yijun Xu, Zheng Wang, Xun Zhang
One case of successful primary closure of a bronchopleural fistula (BPF) after right pneumonectomy by sealing from both inside the chest cavity and bronchus is reported. The patient was a 47-year-old man who underwent right pneumonectomy due to right lung total collapse and atelectasis which was long-term compressed by a huge cyst inside the right chest cavity. A BPF was found on day 20 after surgery. A thoracotomy approach was performed because it was difficult to find an appropriate location for close drainage...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522150/implementation-of-a-wearable-ultrasound-device-for-the-overnight-monitoring-of-tongue-base-deformation-during-obstructive-sleep-apnea-events
#19
Chi-Kai Weng, Jeng-Wen Chen, Po-Yang Lee, Chih-Chung Huang
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder characterized by the repeated collapse of the pharyngeal airway during sleep. Previous studies have reported that tongue base deformation may be a major contributing factor. However, overnight monitoring of tongue motion in patients with OSA has previously been impracticable. We developed a wearable ultrasound device for prolonged recording during natural sleep of the changes in tongue base thickness (TBT) in patients with OSA. The maximum TBT was fed into a polysomnography system so that physiologic signals and TBT data were simultaneously monitored...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521485/combination-of-celecoxib-and-pd184161-exerts-synergistic-inhibitory-effects-on-gallbladder-cancer-cell-proliferation
#20
Min Deng, Yiyu Qin, Xiaodong Chen, Dapeng Li, Qiangwu Wang, Hailun Zheng, Lin Gu, Chaojing Deng, Yongju Xue, Danyu Zhu, Qizhi Wang, Jianchao Wang
Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and extracellular signal-regulated kinase 1/2 (ERK1/2) may serve as potential targets in various types of cancer; however, the roles of these proteins in gallbladder carcinoma (GBC) have not been reported previously. In the present study, the expression levels of COX-2 and phospho (p)-ERK1/2 in GBC were examined and the biological activities of celecoxib and PD184161 (specific inhibitors of COX-2 and p-ERK1/2, respectively) on the proliferation, cell cycle and apoptosis of the GBC-SD and NOZ human GBC cell lines were evaluated by a series of in vitro and in vivo studies...
May 2017: Oncology Letters
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