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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150983/ontogeny-of-the-post-cranial-axial-skeleton-of-melanosuchus-niger-crocodylia-alligatoridae
#1
Lucélia Gonçalves Vieira, Fabiano Campos Lima, Sônia Helena Santesso Teixeira de Mendonça, Lorena Tannús Menezes Dos Reis, Líria Queiroz Luz Hirano, André Luiz Quagliatto Santos
This study proposes the description of the development of the post-cranial axial skeleton, including vertebrae, gastralium, ribs, sternum and interclavicle, in Melanosuchus niger. Six nests were marked and two eggs removed from each nest at 24-hour intervals until hatching. For post-hatching evaluation, 30 hatchlings were kept in captivity and one exemplar was euthanized at three-day intervals. Samples were diaphanized using potassium hydroxide (KOH), alizarin red S and Alcian blue. A routinely generally used method was applied for histological evaluation...
November 18, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150665/a-streamlined-cloning-workflow-minimising-the-time-to-strain-pipeline-for-pichia-pastoris
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Kate E Royle, Karen Polizzi
Although recent advances in E. coli self-assembly have greatly simplified cloning, these have not yet been harnessed for the high-throughput generation of expression strains in the early research and discovery phases of biopharmaceutical production. Here, we have refined the technique and incorporated it into a streamlined workflow for the generation of Pichia pastoris expression strains, reducing the timeline by a third and removing the reliance on DNA editing enzymes, which often require troubleshooting and increase costs...
November 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150402/network-science-of-biological-systems-at-different-scales-a-review
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Marko Gosak, Rene Markovič, Jurij Dolenšek, Marjan Slak Rupnik, Marko Marhl, Andraž Stožer, Matjaž Perc
Network science is today established as a backbone for description of structure and function of various physical, chemical, biological, technological, and social systems. Here we review recent advances in the study of complex biological systems that were inspired and enabled by methods of network science. First, we present research highlights ranging from determination of the molecular interaction network within a cell to studies of architectural and functional properties of brain networks and biological transportation networks...
November 3, 2017: Physics of Life Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149537/multifunctional-cellular-materials-based-on-2d-nanomaterials-prospects-and-challenges
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Ling Qiu, Zijun He, Dan Li
Recent advances in emerging 2D nanomaterial-based cellular materials (2D-CMs) open up new opportunities for the development of next generation cellular solids with exceptional properties. Herein, an overview of the current research status of 2D-CMs is provided and their future opportunities are highlighted. First, the unique features of 2D nanomaterials are introduced to illustrate why these nanoscale building blocks are promising for the development of novel cellular materials and what the new features of 2D nanoscale building blocks can offer when compared to their 0D and 1D counterparts...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149385/pre-clinical-models-in-pediatric-traumatic-brain-injury-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Patrick M Kochanek, Jessica S Wallisch, Hülya Bayır, Robert S B Clark
PURPOSE: Despite the enormity of the problem and the lack of new therapies, research in the pre-clinical arena specifically using pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) models is limited. In this review, some of the key models addressing both the age spectrum of pediatric TBI and its unique injury mechanisms will be highlighted. Four topics will be addressed, namely, (1) unique facets of the developing brain important to TBI model development, (2) a description of some of the most commonly used pre-clinical models of severe pediatric TBI including work in both rodents and large animals, (3) a description of the pediatric models of mild TBI and repetitive mild TBI that are relatively new, and finally (4) a discussion of challenges, gaps, and potential future directions to further advance work in pediatric TBI models...
October 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149101/how-does-p53-induce-apoptosis-and-how-does-this-relate-to-p53-mediated-tumour-suppression
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Brandon J Aubrey, Gemma L Kelly, Ana Janic, Marco J Herold, Andreas Strasser
The tumour suppressor gene TP53 is mutated in ~50% of human cancers. In addition to its function in tumour suppression, p53 also plays a major role in the response of malignant as well as nontransformed cells to many anticancer therapeutics, particularly those that cause DNA damage. P53 forms a homotetrameric transcription factor that is reported to directly regulate ~500 target genes, thereby controlling a broad range of cellular processes, including cell cycle arrest, cell senescence, DNA repair, metabolic adaptation and cell death...
November 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149100/bcl-2-family-proteins-changing-partners-in-the-dance-towards-death
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Justin Kale, Elizabeth J Osterlund, David W Andrews
The BCL-2 family of proteins controls cell death primarily by direct binding interactions that regulate mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization (MOMP) leading to the irreversible release of intermembrane space proteins, subsequent caspase activation and apoptosis. The affinities and relative abundance of the BCL-2 family proteins dictate the predominate interactions between anti-apoptotic and pro-apoptotic BCL-2 family proteins that regulate MOMP. We highlight the core mechanisms of BCL-2 family regulation of MOMP with an emphasis on how the interactions between the BCL-2 family proteins govern cell fate...
November 17, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148907/impact-of-patients-expressed-wishes-on-their-surrogate-decision-makers-preferred-decision-making-roles-in-japan
#8
Shuji Tsuda, Mieko Nakamura, Shigeru Aoki, Hiroshi Ono, Mitsuru Takagi, Hiroki Ohashi, Junichiro Miyachi, Yoshinori Matsui, Toshiyuki Ojima
BACKGROUND: Home medical care (HMC) patients and their families are expected to prepare for end-of-life decision making. OBJECTIVE: We investigated the decision readiness of HMC patients and their family surrogates. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey. SETTING/SUBJECTS: We collected data from dyads, consisting of a HMC patient aged 65 years or older and a family member of the patient, recruited at four Japanese primary care clinics from January 2016 to November 2016...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148850/atad2-in-cancer-a-pharmacologically-challenging-but-tractable-target
#9
Muzammal Hussain, Yang Zhou, Yu Song, H M Adnan Hameed, Hao Jiang, Yaoquan Tu, Jiancun Zhang
ATAD2 protein is an emerging oncogene that has strongly been linked to the etiology of multiple advanced human cancers. Therapeutically, despite the fact that genetic suppression/knockdown studies have validated it as a compelling drug target for future therapeutic development, recent druggability assessment data suggest that direct targeting of ATAD2's bromodomain (BRD) may be a very challenging task. ATAD2's BRD has been predicted as a "difficult to drug" or "least druggable" target due to the concern that its binding pocket, and the areas around it, seem to be unfeasible for ligand binding...
November 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Therapeutic Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148812/behavior-of-a-liquid-bridge-between-nonparallel-hydrophobic-surfaces
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Mohammadmehdi Ataei, Huanchen Chen, Alidad Amirfazli
When a liquid bridge is formed between two nonparallel identical surfaces, it can move along the surfaces. Literature indicates that the direction of bridge movement is governed by the wettability of surfaces. When the surfaces are hydrophilic, the motion of the bridge is always towards the cusp (intersection of the plane of the two bounding surfaces). While, the movement is hitherto thought to be always pointing away from the cusp, when the surfaces are hydrophobic. In this study, through experiments, numerical simulations, and analytical reasoning, we demonstrate that for hydrophobic surfaces, wettability is not the only factor determining the direction of the motion...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148804/a-nanobionic-light-emitting-plant
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Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan Pablo Giraldo, Min Hao Wong, Volodymyr Koman, Tedrick Lew, Jon Ell, Mark Weidman, Rosalie Sinclair, Markita P Landry, William A Tisdale, Michael S Strano
The engineering of living plants for visible light emission and sustainable illumination is compelling because plants possess independent energy generation and storage mechanisms and autonomous self-repair. Herein, we demonstrate a plant nanobionic approach that enables exceptional luminosity and lifetime utilizing four chemically-interacting nanoparticles, including firefly luciferase conjugated silica (SNP-Luc), D-luciferin releasing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-LH2), coenzyme A functionalized chitosan (CS-CoA) and semiconductor nanocrystal phosphors for longer wavelength modulation...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148739/uv-peracetic-acid-for-degradation-of-pharmaceuticals-and-reactive-species-evaluation
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Meiquan Cai, Peizhe Sun, Liqiu Zhang, Ching-Hua Huang
Peracetic acid (PAA) is a widely used disinfectant, and combined UV light with PAA (i.e. UV/PAA) can be a novel advanced oxidation process for elimination of water contaminants. This study is among the first to evaluate the photolysis of PAA under UV irradiation (254 nm) and degradation of pharmaceuticals by UV/PAA. PAA exhibited high quantum yields (Φ254nm = 1.20 and 2.09 mol·Einstein-1 for the neutral (PAA0) and anionic (PAA-) species, respectively) and also showed scavenging effects on hydroxyl radicals (k•OH/PAA0 = (9...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148727/substrate-assisted-in-situ-confinement-pyrolysis-of-zeolitic-imidazolate-frameworks-to-nitrogen-doped-hierarchical-porous-carbon-nanoframes-with-superior-lithium-storage
#13
Wei Tian, Jialiang Liu, Yixian Wang, Jingyan Liu, Yanpeng Li, Mingbo Wu
Porous carbons generated from the direct pyrolysis of metal organic frameworks (MOFs) have showed great potential as a kind of promising electrode materials for lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, several common drawbacks, such as the inevitable structural damage during carbonization process and intrinsic micropore-dominated feature of MOFs-derived products, largely impede the exposure of active sites and mass transfer, thus usually resulting in inferior electrochemical performances. In this work, an effective and controllable approach was reported to construct nitrogen-doped hierarchical porous carbon nanoframes (N-HPCFs) through in situ pyrolysis transformation of small-sized zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (ZIFs) that are in advance combined with a two-dimensional substrate templated from g-C3N4...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148431/comparative-efficacy-of-hemorrhage-control-of-a-novel-mesoporous-bioactive-glass-versus-two-commercial-hemostats
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Sara Pourshahrestani, Nahrizul Adib Bin Kadri, Ehsan Zeimaran, Nicola Gargiulo, Shani Samuel, Sangeetha Vasudevaraj Naveen, Khairunnisa Hasikin, Tunku Kamarul, Mark R Towler
Mesoporous bioactive glass containing 1% Ga2O3 (1%Ga-MBG) is attractive for hemorrhage control because of its surface chemistry which can promote blood-clotting. The present study compares this proprietary inorganic coagulation accelerator with two commercial hemostats, CeloxTM (CX) and QuikClot Advanced Clotting Sponge PlusTM (ACS+). The results indicate that the number of adherent platelets were higher on the 1%Ga-MBG and CX surfaces than ACS+ whereas a greater contact activation was seen on 1%Ga-MBG and ACS+ surfaces than CX...
November 17, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148314/clinical-decision-support-systems-in-hospital-care-using-ubiquitous-devices-current-issues-and-challenges
#15
Mirza Mansoor Baig, Hamid GholamHosseini, Aasia A Moqeem, Farhaan Mirza, Maria Lindén
Supporting clinicians in decision making using advanced technologies has been an active research area in biomedical engineering during the past years. Among a wide range of ubiquitous systems, smartphone applications have been increasingly developed in healthcare settings to help clinicians as well as patients. Today, many smartphone applications, from basic data analysis to advanced patient monitoring, are available to clinicians and patients. Such applications are now increasingly integrating into healthcare for clinical decision support, and therefore, concerns around accuracy, stability, and dependency of these applications are rising...
November 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148148/an-integrative-translational-approach-to-study-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-position-paper-from-the-working-group-on-myocardial-function-of-the-european-society-of-cardiology
#16
REVIEW
Andre P Lourenço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Jean-Luc Balligand, Johann Bauersachs, Dana Dawson, Rudolf A de Boer, Leon J de Windt, Inês Falcão-Pires, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Stefan Franz, Mauro Giacca, Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Emilio Hirsch, Christoph Maack, Manuel Mayr, Burkert Pieske, Thomas Thum, Carlo G Tocchetti, Dirk L Brutsaert, Stephane Heymans
As heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) rises to epidemic proportions, major steps in patient management and therapeutic development are badly needed. With the current position paper we seek to update our view on HFpEF as a highly complex systemic syndrome, from risk factors and mechanisms to long-term clinical manifestations. We will revise recent advances in animal model development, experimental set-ups and basic and translational science approaches to HFpEF research, highlighting their drawbacks and advantages...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147941/artificial-bio-nanomachines-based-on-protein-needles-derived-from-bacteriophage-t4
#17
REVIEW
Hiroshi Inaba, Takafumi Ueno
Bacteriophage T4 is a natural bio-nanomachine which achieves efficient infection of host cells via cooperative motion of specific three-dimensional protein architectures. The relationships between the protein structures and their dynamic functions have recently been clarified. In this review we summarize the design principles for fabrication of nanomachines using the component proteins of bacteriophage T4 based on these recent advances. We focus on the protein needle known as gp5, which is located at the center of the baseplate at the end of the contractile tail of bacteriophage T4...
November 16, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147598/dbs-programming-an-evolving-approach-for-patients-with-parkinson-s-disease
#18
REVIEW
Aparna Wagle Shukla, Pam Zeilman, Hubert Fernandez, Jawad A Bajwa, Raja Mehanna
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery is a well-established therapy for control of motor symptoms in Parkinson's disease. Despite an appropriate targeting and an accurate placement of DBS lead, a thorough and efficient programming is critical for a successful clinical outcome. DBS programming is a time consuming and laborious manual process. The current approach involves use of general guidelines involving determination of the lead type, electrode configuration, impedance check, and battery check. However there are no validated and well-established programming protocols...
2017: Parkinson's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147509/composition-driven-cu-speciation-and-reducibility-in-cu-cha-zeolite-catalysts-a-multivariate-xas-ftir-approach-to-complexity
#19
A Martini, E Borfecchia, K A Lomachenko, I A Pankin, C Negri, G Berlier, P Beato, H Falsig, S Bordiga, C Lamberti
The small pore Cu-CHA zeolite is attracting increasing attention as a versatile platform to design novel single-site catalysts for deNO x applications and for the direct conversion of methane to methanol. Understanding at the atomic scale how the catalyst composition influences the Cu-species formed during thermal activation is a key step to unveil the relevant composition-activity relationships. Herein, we explore by in situ XAS the impact of Cu-CHA catalyst composition on temperature-dependent Cu-speciation and reducibility...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146952/migrainomics-identifying-brain-and-genetic-markers-of-migraine
#20
REVIEW
Dale R Nyholt, David Borsook, Lyn R Griffiths
Migraine is one of the world's most prevalent and disabling disorders and imposes an enormous socioeconomic burden. The exact causes of migraine are unknown, and no recognizable diagnostic pathological changes have been identified. Specific identifiable markers of migraine would aid diagnosis and could provide insight into the pathogenesis of the condition, with the potential to direct development of new therapeutics. In the past few years, advances in neuroimaging and genetic studies have provided the most substantial progress towards the identification of markers...
November 17, 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
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