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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732437/effect-of-microrna-21-transfection-on-in-vitro-differentiation-of-human-naive-cd4-t-cells-to-regulatory-t-cells
#1
Haideh Namdari, Mojgan Ghayedi, Jamshid Hadjati, Farhad Rezaei, Kurosh Kalantar, Parisa Rahimzadeh, Eisa Salehi
Regulatory T cells (Tregs) are important components of the immune system that modulate responses of other cells. These cells are involved in peripheral tolerance mechanisms, so defect in development and function of these cells can result in autoimmune disease. Increasing evidence supports the role of microRNAs-21 (miR-21) in the regulation of forkhead box P3 (Foxp3) expression in Tregs. We aimed to determine whether miR-21 transfection to naive CD4+ T cells can be useful in generation of iTregs in-vitro. We investigated in-vitro differentiation of miR-21-transfected naive CD4+ T cells to iTregs and compared these iTregs to cytokine-differentiated iTregs and control group...
June 2017: Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732355/checkpoint-kinase-1-inhibition-sensitises-transformed-cells-to-dihydroorotate-dehydrogenase-inhibition
#2
Stéphanie Arnould, Geneviève Rodier, Gisèle Matar, Charles Vincent, Nelly Pirot, Yoann Delorme, Charlène Berthet, Yoan Buscail, Jean Yohan Noël, Simon Lachambre, Marta Jarlier, Florence Bernex, Hélène Delpech, Pierre Olivier Vidalain, Yves L Janin, Charles Theillet, Claude Sardet
Reduction in nucleotide pools through the inhibition of mitochondrial enzyme dihydroorotate dehydrogenase (DHODH) has been demonstrated to effectively reduce cancer cell proliferation and tumour growth. The current study sought to investigate whether this antiproliferative effect could be enhanced by combining Chk1 kinase inhibition. The pharmacological activity of DHODH inhibitor teriflunomide was more selective towards transformed mouse embryonic fibroblasts than their primary or immortalised counterparts, and this effect was amplified when cells were subsequently exposed to PF477736 Chk1 inhibitor...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732351/tropomyosin-isoform-tpm2-1-regulates-collective-and-amoeboid-cell-migration-and-cell-aggregation-in-breast-epithelial-cells
#3
HyeRim Shin, Dayoung Kim, David M Helfman
Metastasis dissemination is the result of various processes including cell migration and cell aggregation. These processes involve alterations in the expression and organization of cytoskeletal and adhesion proteins in tumor cells. Alterations in actin filaments and their binding partners are known to be key players in metastasis. Downregulation of specific tropomyosin (Tpm) isoforms is a common characteristic of transformed cells. In this study, we examined the role of Tpm2.1 in non-transformed MCF10A breast epithelial cells in cell migration and cell aggregation, because this isoform is downregulated in primary and metastatic breast cancer as well as various breast cancer cell lines...
July 12, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732335/characteristics-and-source-apportionment-of-pm2-5-during-persistent-extreme-haze-events-in-chengdu-southwest-china
#4
Lulu Li, Qinwen Tan, Yuanhang Zhang, Miao Feng, Yu Qu, Junling An, Xingang Liu
Based on detailed data from Chengdu Plain (CP) from 6 January to 16 January, two typical haze episodes were analyzed to clarify the haze formation mechanism in winter. Weather conditions, chemical compositions, secondary pollutant transformation, optical properties of aerosols, the potential source contribution function (PSCF) and source apportionment were studied. The planetary boundary layer (PBL) height decreased distinctly during the haze episodes and restrained air pollutant vertical dispersion. As the haze worsened, the value of PBL × PM2...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732161/an-elegant-ph-responsive-nanovehicle-for-drug-delivery-based-on-triazine-dendrimer-modified-magnetic-nanoparticles
#5
Amir Landarani-Isfahani, Majid Moghadam, Shima Mohammadi, Maryam Royvaran, Naimeh Moshtael-Arani, Saghar Rezaei, Shahram Tangestaninejad, Valiollah Mirkhani, Iraj Mohammadpoor-Baltork
Owing to properties of magnetic nanoparticles and elegant three-dimensional macromolecule architectural features, dendrimeric structures have been investigated as nanoscale drug delivery systems. In this paper, a novel magnetic nanocarrier, generation two (G2) triazine dendrimer modified Fe3O4@SiO2 magnetic nanoparticles (MNP-G2), was designed, fabricated and characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732110/growth-inhibitory-effect-of-%C3%AE-eudesmol-on-cholangiocarcinoma-cells-and-its-potential-suppressive-effect-on-heme-oxygenase-1-production-stat1-3-activation-and-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-downregulation
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Vivek Bhakta Mathema, Wanna Chaijaroenkul, Juntra Karbwang, Kesara Na-Bangchang
Cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) is a progressively fatal form of cancer originating from the malignant transformation of hepatic biliary cholangiocytes. The present study reports for the first time in vitro growth inhibitory activities of β-eudesmol, the bioactive sesquiterpenoid present in the rhizome of Atractylodes lancea (Thunb) DC., with respect to its underlying potential effects on heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) production, STAT1/3 phosphorylation, and NF-κB protein expression in human CCA cell line CL-6. The cytotoxic effect of β-eudesmol on CL-6 cells was evaluated by MTT assay using normal human embryonic fibroblast (OUMS) as a control cell line...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732106/specific-%C3%AE-7-nicotinic-acetylcholine-receptor-agonist-ameliorates-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-remodeling-in-mice-through-tgf-%C3%AE-1-smad3-pathway
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Yong-Hua Yang, Huan-Le Fang, Ming Zhao, Xiang-Lan Wei, Ning Zhang, Shun Wang, Yi Lu, Xiao-Jiang Yu, Lei Sun, Xi He, Dong-Ling Li, Jin-Jun Liu, Wei-Jin Zang
It is well-accepted that inflammation plays an important role in the development of cardiac remodeling and that therapeutic approaches targeting inflammation can inhibit cardiac remodeling. Although a large amount of evidence indicates that activation of α7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7nAChR) causes an anti-inflammatory effect, the role of α7nAChR in cardiac remodeling and the underlying mechanism have not been established. To investigate the effect of the specific α7nAChR agonist, PNU282987, on cardiac remodeling induced by isoproterenol (ISO 60 mg/kg/d) in mice, the cardiomyocyte cross-sectional area (CSA) and collagen volume fraction were evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin (HE) and Masson staining, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731824/evolutionary-scenarios-and-primate-natural-history
#8
Harry W Greene
Scenarios summarize evolutionary patterns and processes by interpreting organismal traits and their natural history correlates in a phylogenetic context. They are constructed by (1) describing phenotypes (including physiology and behavior), ideally with attention to formative roles of development, experience, and culture; (2) inferring homologies, homoplasies, ancestral character states, and their transformations with phylogenetic analyses; and (3) integrating those components with ecological and other ancillary data...
August 2017: American Naturalist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731755/spacetime-symmetries-and-conformal-data-in-the-continuous-multiscale-entanglement-renormalization-ansatz
#9
Q Hu, G Vidal
The generalization of the multiscale entanglement renormalization ansatz (MERA) to continuous systems, or cMERA [Haegeman et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 100402 (2013)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.110.100402], is expected to become a powerful variational ansatz for the ground state of strongly interacting quantum field theories. In this Letter, we investigate, in the simpler context of Gaussian cMERA for free theories, the extent to which the cMERA state |Ψ^{Λ}⟩ with finite UV cutoff Λ can capture the spacetime symmetries of the ground state |Ψ⟩...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731754/accidental-peccei-quinn-symmetry-protected-to-arbitrary-order
#10
Luca Di Luzio, Enrico Nardi, Lorenzo Ubaldi
A SU(N)_{L}×SU(N)_{R} gauge theory for a scalar multiplet Y transforming in the bifundamental representation (N,N[over ¯]) preserves, for N>4, an accidental U(1) symmetry first broken at operator dimension N. A vacuum expectation value for Y can break the symmetry to H_{s}=SU(N)_{L+R} or to H_{h}=SU(N-1)_{L}×SU(N-1)_{R}×U(1)_{L+R}. In the first case the accidental U(1) gets also broken, yielding a pseudo-Nambu-Goldstone boson with mass suppression controlled by N. In the second case a global U(1) remains unbroken...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731736/enhancing-entropy-and-enthalpy-fluctuations-to-drive-crystallization-in-atomistic-simulations
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Pablo M Piaggi, Omar Valsson, Michele Parrinello
Crystallization is a process of great practical relevance in which rare but crucial fluctuations lead to the formation of a solid phase starting from the liquid. As in all first order first transitions, there is an interplay between enthalpy and entropy. Based on this idea, in order to drive crystallization in molecular simulations, we introduce two collective variables, one enthalpic and the other entropic. Defined in this way, these collective variables do not prejudge the structure into which the system is going to crystallize...
July 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731724/concurrent-hydrogenation-of-three-functional-groups-enables-synthesis-of-c3-homologated-nucleoside-amino-acids
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Venubabu Kotikam, Eriks Rozners
Internucleoside amide linkages are excellent mimics of phosphodiesters in RNA and may be used to optimize the properties of short interfering RNAs. Herein we report a remarkably straightforward, efficient and step economic synthesis of C3'-homologated uridine and adenosine amino acids starting from nucleosides in six steps (31% overall yield) and eight steps (16% overall yield), respectively. The key enabling step is a one-pot multifunctional group transformation including a stereoselective hydrogenation, termed "Global Hydrogenation"...
July 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731717/hydrogen-bond-direction-enables-palladium-catalyzed-branch-and-enantioselective-allylic-aminations-and-beyond
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Ya-Ni Wang, Bao-Cheng Wang, Mao-Mao Zhang, Xiao-Wen Gao, Tian-Ren Li, Liang-Qiu Lu, Wen-Jing Xiao
The palladium-catalyzed branch- and enantioselective allylic amination of vinyl benzoxazinones was accomplished through controlling the hydrogen bond direction. This protocol provides a rapid and efficient route for synthesizing an important building block, chiral amino alkene, from widely available aliphatic amines in 64 → 99% yields with up to 99% ee. Furthermore, this transformation and the accompanying products were utilized to develop one-pot reactions through dual catalysis, affording chiral indolines with good synthetic efficiency and excellent enantiocontrol...
July 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731715/tandem-oxidative-dearomatizing-spirocyclizations-of-propargyl-guanidines-and-ureas
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Ravi P Singh, Jayanta Das, Muhammed Yousufuddin, Delphine Gout, Carl J Lovely
Treatment of propargyl ureas or guanidines with iodosobenzene diacetate results in an oxidative tandem amination/etherification dearomatizing spirocyclization. This transformation leads directly to the complete framework of the Leucetta alkaloids, spirocalcaridine A and B.
July 21, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731713/revealing-the-electrochemical-charging-mechanism-of-nano-sized-li2s-by-in-situ-and-operando-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy
#15
Liang Zhang, Dan Sun, Jun Feng, Elton J Cairns, Jinghua Guo
Lithium sulfide (Li2S) is a promising cathode material for lithium/sulfur (Li/S) cells due to its high theoretical specific capacity (1166 mAh g(-1)) and capability to pair with non-metallic lithium anodes to avoid potential safety issues. However, when used as the cathode a high charging voltage (~ 4 V vs. Li+/Li) is always necessary to activate Li2S in the first charge process, and the voltage profile becomes similar to that of a common sulfur electrode in the following charge processes. In this report, we have prepared an electrode of nano-sphere Li2S particles and investigated its charging mechanism of the initial two charge processes by in-situ and operando X-ray absorption spectroscopy...
July 21, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731706/automated-construction-of-molecular-active-spaces-from-atomic-valence-orbitals
#16
Elvira R Sayfutyarova, Qiming Sun, Garnet Kin-Lic Chan, Gerald Knizia
We introduce the atomic valence active space (AVAS), a simple and well-defined automated technique for constructing active orbital spaces for use in multi-configuration and multi-reference (MR) electronic structure calculations. Concretely, the technique constructs active molecular orbitals capable of describing all relevant electronic configurations emerging from a targeted set of atomic valence orbitals (e.g., the metal d orbitals in a redcoordination complex). This is achieved via a linear transformation of the occupied and unoccupied orbital spaces from an easily obtainable single-reference wavefunction (such as from a Hartree-Fock or Kohn-Sham calculations) based on projectors to targeted atomic valence orbitals...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731590/handheld-fetal-doppler-device-for-assessing-heart-rate-in-neonatal-resuscitation
#17
Rinshu Shimabukuro, Kozo Takase, Sachiko Ohde, Isao Kusakawa
BACKGROUND: The use of neonatal 3-lead electrocardiograms (Neo-ECG) is suggested as a method for the assessment of heart rate (HR) in neonatal resuscitation, but primary childbirth facilities (i.e., maternity clinics or maternity homes) are not sufficiently equipped for this. The objective of this study was to confirm the potential of using a handheld fetal Doppler device (FDD), widely used to assess HR in labor room resuscitation, and to compare its equivalency to Neo-ECG. METHODS: In low-risk full-term infants, HR was measured 5 times/minute in minutes 1-5 postpartum using the FDD and Neo-ECG, and their equivalence was compared...
July 21, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731559/association-between-anthropometric-measures-of-regional-fat-mass-and-heart-rate-variability-in-obese-women
#18
Marina Rastović, Biljana Srdić-Galić, Oto Barak, Edita Stokić
AIM: Impaired autonomic function could be the mechanism for the development of cardiometabolic diseases in obesity. Hence, simple anthropometric measures of overall and central obesity could be screening markers for autonomic imbalance. We analysed the relationship between heart rate variability (HRV) parameters and obesity indicators. METHODS: Sixty-three obese women underwent blood pressure, lipids and anthropometric measurements, body composition assessment, HOMA (homeostasis model assessment) index calculation and short-term HRV analysis...
February 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731364/synthesis-of-a-new-insulin-mimetic-anti-diabetic-drug-containing-vitamin-a-and-vanadium-iv-salt-chemico-biological-characterizations
#19
Abdel Majid A Adam, Ahmed M Naglah, Mohamed A Al-Omar, Moamen S Refat
Diabetes patients suffer from chronic disorders in the metabolism due to high blood sugar caused by anomalies in insulin excretion. Recently, vanadium compounds have been prepared and functionalized to decrease the level of hyperglycemia. Vitamin A boosts beta cell activity; therefore, the lack of this vitamin plays a role in the development of type 2 diabetes. The aim of this article focused on the synthesis of a new anti-diabetic drug formed from the complexation of a vanadium(IV) salt with vitamin A. Vitamin A acts as a unidentate chelate through the oxygen of its -OH group...
July 1, 2017: International Journal of Immunopathology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731342/a-formal-synthesis-of-perhydrohistrionicotoxin-using-a-cross-metathesis-hydrogenation-approach
#20
Nicolas Daniel Spiccia, James V Burnley, Kamani Subasinghe, Christopher Perry, Laurent Lefort, W Roy Jackson, Andrea J Robinson
The development of an efficient, high yielding six-step convergent synthesis of the semi-synthetic alkaloid (-)- perhydrohistrionicotoxin is described. The key transformations include the cross metathesis of a Brønsted- acid masked primary homoallylic amine with a vinyl cyclohexenone and a regioselective palladium catalysed hydrogenation. This sequence generated the advanced Winterfeldt spirocyclic precursor in 47% overall yield, with a longest linear sequence of five steps.
July 21, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
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