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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346937/in-crystal-reaction-cycle-of-a-toluene-bound-diiron-hydroxylase
#1
Justin F Acheson, Lucas J Bailey, Thomas C Brunold, Brian G Fox
Electrophilic aromatic substitution is one of the most important and recognizable classes of organic chemical transformation. Enzymes create the strong electrophiles that are needed for these highly energetic reactions by using O2, electrons, and metals or other cofactors. Although the nature of the oxidants that carry out electrophilic aromatic substitution has been deduced from many approaches, it has been difficult to determine their structures. Here we show the structure of a diiron hydroxylase intermediate formed during a reaction with toluene...
March 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346893/biochemical-transformation-of-lignin-for-deriving-valued-commodities-from-lignocellulose
#2
REVIEW
Daniel L Gall, John Ralph, Timothy J Donohue, Daniel R Noguera
The biochemical properties of lignin present major obstacles to deriving societally beneficial entities from lignocellulosic biomass, an abundant and renewable feedstock. Similar to other biopolymers such as polysaccharides, polypeptides, and ribonucleic acids, lignin polymers are derived from multiple types of monomeric units. However, lignin's renowned recalcitrance is largely attributable to its racemic nature and the variety of covalent inter-unit linkages through which its aromatic monomers are linked...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346828/chemical-transformation-of-colloidal-nanostructures-with-morphological-preservation-by-surface-protection-with-capping-ligands
#3
Wenjing Xu, Mingsheng Wang, Zhiwei Li, Xiaojing Wang, Yongqiang Wang, Mingyang Xing, Yadong Yin
When nanocrystals are made to undergo chemical transformations, there are often accompanying large mechanical deformations and changes to overall particle morphology. These effects can constrain development of multi-step synthetic methods through loss of well-defined particle morphology and functionality. Here, we demonstrate a surface protection strategy for solution phase chemical conversion of colloidal nanostructures that allows for preservation of overall particle morphology despite large volume changes...
March 27, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346781/metabolism-of-ibuprofen-by-phragmites-australis-uptake-and-phytodegradation
#4
Yujie He, Alette A M Langenhoff, Nora B Sutton, Huub H M Rijnaarts, Marco H Blokland, Feiran Chen, Christian Huber, Peter Schröder
This study explores ibuprofen (IBP) uptake and transformation in the wetland plant species Phragmites australis and the underlying mechanisms. We grew P. australis in perlite under greenhouse conditions and treated plants with 60 µg/l of IBP. Roots and rhizomes (RR), stems and leaves (SL), and liquid samples were collected during 21 days of exposure. Results show that P. australis can take up, translocate, and degrade IBP. IBP was completely removed from the liquid medium after 21 days with a half-life of 2...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346741/small-molecules-targeting-human-n-acetylmannosamine-kinase
#5
Stephan Hinderlich, Martin Neuenschwander, Paul-Robin Wratil, Andreas Oder, Michael Lisurek, Long D Nguyen, Jens Peter von Kries, Christian Hackenberger
N-Acetylmannosamine kinase (MNK) plays a key role in the biosynthesis of sialic acids and glycosylation of proteins. Sialylated glycoconjugates affect a large number of biological processes, including immune modulation and cancer transformation. For the search of effective inhibitors of MNK we applied high-throughput screening of drug-like small molecules. Applying different orthogonal assays for their validation we identified four potential MNK-specific inhibitors with IC50 values in the low micromolar range...
March 27, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346620/varied-rates-of-implementation-of-patient-centered-medical-home-features-and-residents-perceptions-of-their-importance-based-on-practice-experience
#6
M Patrice Eiff, Larry A Green, Geoff Jones, Alex Verdieck Devlaeminck, Elaine Waller, Eve Dexter, Miguel Marino, Patricia A Carney
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Little is known about how the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) is being implemented in residency practices. We describe both the trends in implementation of PCMH features and the influence that working with PCMH features has on resident attitudes toward their importance in 14 family medicine residencies associated with the P4 Project. METHODS: We assessed 24 residency continuity clinics annually between 2007-2011 on presence or absence of PCMH features...
March 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346614/crosstalk-between-transforming-growth-factor-beta-2-and-toll-like-receptor-4-in-the-trabecular-meshwork
#7
Humberto Hernandez, Wanda E Medina-Ortiz, Tomi Luan, Abbot F Clark, Colleen M McDowell
Purpose: The trabecular meshwork (TM) is involved in the outflow of aqueous humor and intraocular pressure (IOP) regulation. Regulation of the extracellular matrix (ECM) by TGFβ2 signaling pathways in the TM has been extensively studied. Recent evidence has implicated toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in the regulation of ECM and fibrogenesis in liver, kidney, lung, and skin. Here, we investigated the role of TGFβ2-TLR4 signaling crosstalk in the regulation of the ECM in the TM and ocular hypertension...
March 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346559/mechanism-of-degradation-of-a-nitrogenous-heterocycle-induced-by-a-reductive-radical-decomposition-of-a-sym-triazine-ring
#8
Gengxin Lyu, Guosheng Shi, Liang Tang, Haiping Fang, Minghong Wu
Cyanuric acid is a major component of many materials and chemicals, and is the most important intermediate in the degradation processes of sym-triazine compounds in the natural environment, as well as being used for water treatment. However, the degradation mechanism of cyanuric acid is still unclear in various advanced oxidation processes (AOPs), where ˙OH is usually regarded as the dominant radical. Here, using a combination of density functional theory calculations and experimental observations, we unexpectedly show that the sym-triazine ring structure is broken efficiently by reductive free radicals - hydrogen radicals (˙H), rather than traditional ˙OH...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346548/kinetics-of-light-induced-ordering-and-deformation-in-lc-azobenzene-containing-materials
#9
Vladimir Toshchevikov, Tatiana Petrova, Marina Saphiannikova
Azobenzene-containing smart materials are able to transform the energy of light into directional mechanical stress. We develop a theory of time-dependent light-induced ordering and deformation in azobenzene materials starting from the kinetic equations of photoisomerization. The liquid crystalline (LC) interactions between rod-like trans-isomers are taken into account. Angular selectivity of the photoisomerization known as an "angular hole burning" or the Weigert effect leads to the light-induced ordering and deformation of the azobenzene materials...
March 27, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346447/synthetic-control-of-flowering-in-rice-independent-of-the-cultivation-environment
#10
Ryo Okada, Yasue Nemoto, Naokuni Endo-Higashi, Takeshi Izawa
For genetically homogeneous crops, the timing of flowering is determined largely by the cultivation environment and is strongly associated with the yield and quality of the harvest(1). Flowering time and other agronomical traits are often tightly correlated, which can lead to difficulty excluding the effects of flowering time when evaluating the characteristics of different genetic varieties(2). Here, we describe the development of transgenic rice plants whose flowering time can be controlled by specific agrochemicals...
March 27, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346443/genome-wide-association-study-of-glioma-subtypes-identifies-specific-differences-in-genetic-susceptibility-to-glioblastoma-and-non-glioblastoma-tumors
#11
Beatrice S Melin, Jill S Barnholtz-Sloan, Margaret R Wrensch, Christoffer Johansen, Dora Il'yasova, Ben Kinnersley, Quinn T Ostrom, Karim Labreche, Yanwen Chen, Georgina Armstrong, Yanhong Liu, Jeanette E Eckel-Passow, Paul A Decker, Marianne Labussière, Ahmed Idbaih, Khe Hoang-Xuan, Anna-Luisa Di Stefano, Karima Mokhtari, Jean-Yves Delattre, Peter Broderick, Pilar Galan, Konstantinos Gousias, Johannes Schramm, Minouk J Schoemaker, Sarah J Fleming, Stefan Herms, Stefanie Heilmann, Markus M Nöthen, Heinz-Erich Wichmann, Stefan Schreiber, Anthony Swerdlow, Mark Lathrop, Matthias Simon, Marc Sanson, Ulrika Andersson, Preetha Rajaraman, Stephen Chanock, Martha Linet, Zhaoming Wang, Meredith Yeager, John K Wiencke, Helen Hansen, Lucie McCoy, Terri Rice, Matthew L Kosel, Hugues Sicotte, Christopher I Amos, Jonine L Bernstein, Faith Davis, Dan Lachance, Ching Lau, Ryan T Merrell, Joellen Shildkraut, Francis Ali-Osman, Siegal Sadetzki, Michael Scheurer, Sanjay Shete, Rose K Lai, Elizabeth B Claus, Sara H Olson, Robert B Jenkins, Richard S Houlston, Melissa L Bondy
Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have transformed our understanding of glioma susceptibility, but individual studies have had limited power to identify risk loci. We performed a meta-analysis of existing GWAS and two new GWAS, which totaled 12,496 cases and 18,190 controls. We identified five new loci for glioblastoma (GBM) at 1p31.3 (rs12752552; P = 2.04 × 10(-9), odds ratio (OR) = 1.22), 11q14.1 (rs11233250; P = 9.95 × 10(-10), OR = 1.24), 16p13.3 (rs2562152; P = 1.93 × 10(-8), OR = 1.21), 16q12...
March 27, 2017: Nature Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346399/endothelial-cell-specific-activation-of-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-signaling-in-mice-induces-cutaneous-visceral-and-microvascular-fibrosis
#12
Peter J Wermuth, Kellan R Carney, Fabian A Mendoza, Sonsoles Piera-Velazquez, Sergio A Jimenez
In this study, we tested the hypothesis that constitutive endothelial cell-specific activation of TGF-β signaling induces tissue fibrosis and vasculopathy resembling the characteristic fibrotic and vascular alterations of systemic sclerosis. Transgenic mice with inducible expression of a constitutively active TGF-β receptor I specifically in endothelial cells were generated by intercrossing mice harboring a constitutively active TGF-β receptor I with a mouse strain containing the endothelial cell-specific Cdh5 gene promoter directing the tamoxifen-inducible expression of the Cre-ER(T2) cassette...
March 27, 2017: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346376/blend-hydrogel-microspheres-of-carboxymethyl-chitosan-and-gelatin-for-the-controlled-release-of-5-fluorouracil
#13
Vanarchi Rajini Kanth, Praveen B Kajjari, Priya M Madalageri, Sakey Ravindra, Lata S Manjeshwar, Tejraj M Aminabhavi
Carboxymethyl chitosan (CMCS) was synthesized and blended with gelatin (GE) to prepare hydrogel microspheres by w/o emulsion cross-linking in the presence of glutaraldehyde (GA), which acted as a cross-linker. 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) was encapsulated to investigate its controlled release (CR) characteristics in acidic (pH 1.2) and alkaline (pH 7.4) buffer media. The microspheres which formed were spherical in nature, with smooth surfaces, as judged by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) confirmed the carboxymethylation of CS and the chemical stability of 5-FU in the formulations...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346368/pathophysiological-significance-of-dermatan-sulfate-proteoglycans-revealed-by-human-genetic-disorders
#14
REVIEW
Shuji Mizumoto, Tomoki Kosho, Shuhei Yamada, Kazuyuki Sugahara
The indispensable roles of dermatan sulfate-proteoglycans (DS-PGs) have been demonstrated in various biological events including construction of the extracellular matrix and cell signaling through interactions with collagen and transforming growth factor-β, respectively. Defects in the core proteins of DS-PGs such as decorin and biglycan cause congenital stromal dystrophy of the cornea, spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia, and Meester-Loeys syndrome. Furthermore, mutations in human genes encoding the glycosyltransferases, epimerases, and sulfotransferases responsible for the biosynthesis of DS chains cause connective tissue disorders including Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia with joint laxity characterized by skin hyperextensibility, joint hypermobility, and tissue fragility, and by severe skeletal disorders such as kyphoscoliosis, short trunk, dislocation, and joint laxity...
March 27, 2017: Pharmaceuticals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346366/automatic-camera-calibration-using-active-displays-of-a-virtual-pattern
#15
Lei Tan, Yaonan Wang, Hongshan Yu, Jiang Zhu
Camera calibration plays a critical role in 3D computer vision tasks. The most commonly used calibration method utilizes a planar checkerboard and can be done nearly fully automatically. However, it requires the user to move either the camera or the checkerboard during the capture step. This manual operation is time consuming and makes the calibration results unstable. In order to solve the above problems caused by manual operation, this paper presents a full-automatic camera calibration method using a virtual pattern instead of a physical one...
March 27, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346303/eccrine-syringofibroadenoma-in-association-with-acquired-epidermodysplasia-verruciformis
#16
Timothy Tan, Joan Guitart, Luzheng Lisa Liu, Joaquin C Brieva, Sapna Amin, Monica Rani, Pedram Gerami, Pedram Yazdan
A 75-year-old man with human immunodeficiency virus infection and numerous biopsy-proven warts for 10 years, refractory to cryosurgery, cimetidine, and topical imiquimod, presented with numerous pink to hypopigmented verrucous papules and plaques involving the face, trunk, buttocks, and groin. Laboratory evaluation revealed a CD4 T-cell count of 62 cells per microliter and human immunodeficiency virus viral load of <117 copies per milliliter. Biopsy of a plaque groin lesion was performed. Histopathology revealed vertically oriented anastomosing strands of basaloid epithelium arising from multiple points along the epidermis in a background fibrovascular stroma...
January 3, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346248/68ga-psma-pet-ct-in-osteosarcoma-in-fibrous-dysplasia
#17
Arun Sasikumar, Ajith Joy, M R A Pillai, Tony M Alex, Geetha Narayanan
Fibrous dysplasia (FD) is a benign bone lesion with a rare but potential for malignant transformation. Neither Tc-MDP nor F-FDG PET/CT can differentiate between FD and areas of malignant transformation in FD. We described a case of osteosarcoma developing in FD with selective uptake of tracer in malignant transformation areas demonstrated on a Ga-PSMA PET/CT scan. Our case highlights the ability of Ga-PSMA PET/CT to map tumor neoangiogenesis in osteosarcoma arising in FD, which can have potential implications in prognostication, possibility of antiangiogenesis-based therapeutic options, and in response assessment following chemotherapy...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346016/dsl-prescriptive-targets-for-bone-conduction-devices-adaptation-and-comparison-to-clinical-fittings
#18
William E Hodgetts, Susan D Scollie
OBJECTIVE: To develop an algorithm that prescribes targets for bone conduction frequency response shape, compression, and output limiting, along with a clinical method that ensures accurate transforms between assessment and verification stages of the clinical workflow. DESIGN: Technical report of target generation and validation. STUDY SAMPLE: We recruited 39 adult users of unilateral percutaneous bone conduction hearing aids with a range of unilateral, bilateral, mixed and conductive hearing losses across the sample...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345921/constructing-24-23%C3%A2-22-abeo-cholestane-from-tigogenin-in-a-20-22%C3%A2-23-abeo-way-via-a-phi-oac-2-mediated-favorskii-rearrangement
#19
Xiao-Ling Jiang, Yong Shi, Wei-Sheng Tian
Transforming tigogenin, a steroidal sapogenin, to a 24(23→22)-abeo-cholestane, which is an unusual structural feature shared by the aglycons of saundersiosides and candicanoside A, is described. The spiroketal of tigogenin was unfolded and the resulting C22-ketone was subjected to Favorskii rearrangement mediated by PhI(OAc)2/KOH/MeOH to squeeze out the C22 from the side chain, thus reaching the 24(23→22)-abeo-cholestane structure.
March 27, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345919/photocontrol-of-clustering-retaining-and-releasing-of-microbeads-concomitant-with-phototransformation-of-supramolecular-architecture-of-amphiphilic-diarylethene
#20
Akira Sakaguchi, Kenji Higashiguchi, Hajime Yotsuji, Kenji Matsuda
Photoinduced clustering of polystyrene microbeads and photocontrol of their diffusion was achieved in water with the assistance of photoinduced transformation of supramolecular architecture of amphiphilic diarylethene between sphere and fiber states. When a suspension of polystyrene beads containing the sphere state of diarylethene was UV-irradiated from beneath, clustering of the polystyrene beads by thermal convection was observed. The velocity of clustering was dependent on the amount of photogenerated nanofibers that determines the viscosity of the water...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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