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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933675/c3-symmetric-boron-lewis-acid-with-a-cage-shape-for-chiral-molecular-recognition-and-asymmetric-catalysis
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Akihito Konishi, Koichi Nakaoka, Hikaru Maruyama, Hideto Nakajima, Tomohiro Eguchi, Akio Baba, Makoto Yasuda
Chiral Lewis acids have played an important role in the precise construction of various types of chiral molecules. Here, we designed and synthesized a cage-shaped borate 2 as a chiral Lewis acid, which possesses a unique C3-symmetric structure composed of three homochiral binaphthyl moieties. The highly symmetrical structure of 2 with homochirality was clearly elucidated by X-ray crystallographic analysis. The peculiar chiral environment of 2·THF exhibited the chiral recognition of some simple amines and a sulfoxide...
December 8, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933491/nlrp3-is-required-for-complement-mediated-caspase-1-and-il-1beta-activation-in-ich-short-title-for-running-head-nlrp3-is-required-for-ich
#2
Sheng-Tao Yao, Fang Cao, Jia-Lin Chen, Wei Chen, Rui-Ming Fan, Gang Li, You-Chao Zeng, Song Jiao, Xiang-Ping Xia, Chong Han, Qi-Shan Ran
Complement-mediated inflammation plays a vital role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), implicating pro-inflammatory factor interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) secretion. Brain samples and contralateral hemiencephalon were all collected and detected by Western blot. NLRP3 expression was located by dual immunofluorescence staining at 1, 3, and 5 days post-ICH. Brain water content was examined post-ICH. The neural deficit scores were evaluated by observers blindly. ILs were detected by ELISA. SiRNAs targeting NLRP3 (siNLRP3), siASC, and siControl were injected to inhibit NLRP3 function...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933085/plant-physiological-morphological-and-yield-related-responses-to-night-temperature-changes-across-different-species-and-plant-functional-types
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Panpan Jing, Dan Wang, Chunwu Zhu, Jiquan Chen
Land surface temperature over the past decades has shown a faster warming trend during the night than during the day. Extremely low night temperatures have occurred frequently due to the influence of land-sea thermal difference, topography and climate change. This asymmetric night temperature change is expected to affect plant ecophysiology and growth, as the plant carbon consumption processes could be affected more than the assimilation processes because photosynthesis in most plants occurs during the daytime whereas plant respiration occurs throughout the day...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933083/the-sclerophyllous-eucalyptus-camaldulensis-and-herbaceous-nicotiana-tabacum-have-different-mechanisms-to-maintain-high-rates-of-photosynthesis
#4
Wei Huang, You-Gui Tong, Guo-Yun Yu, Wei-Xian Yang
It is believed that high levels of mesophyll conductance (gm) largely contribute to the high rates of photosynthesis in herbaceous C3 plants. However, some sclerophyllous C3 plants that display low levels of gm have high rates of photosynthesis, and the underlying mechanisms responsible for high photosynthetic rates in sclerophyllous C3 plants are unclear. In the present study, we examined photosynthetic characteristics in two high-photosynthesis plants (the sclerophyllous Eucalyptus camaldulensis and the herbaceous Nicotiana tabacum) using measurements of gas exchange and chlorophyll fluorescence...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933049/high-diversity-of-genogroup-i-picobirnaviruses-in-mammals
#5
Patrick C Y Woo, Jade L L Teng, Ru Bai, Annette Y P Wong, Paolo Martelli, Suk-Wai Hui, Alan K L Tsang, Candy C Y Lau, Syed S Ahmed, Cyril C Y Yip, Garnet K Y Choi, Kenneth S M Li, Carol S F Lam, Susanna K P Lau, Kwok-Yung Yuen
In a molecular epidemiology study using 791 fecal samples collected from different terrestrial and marine mammals in Hong Kong, genogroup I picobirnaviruses (PBVs) were positive by RT-PCR targeting the partial RdRp gene in specimens from five cattle, six monkeys, 17 horses, nine pigs, one rabbit, one dog, and 12 California sea lions, with 11, 9, 23, 17, 1, 1, and 15 sequence types in the positive specimens from the corresponding animals, respectively. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the PBV sequences from each kind of animal were widely distributed in the whole tree with high diversity, sharing 47...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932477/moss-produced-glycosylation-optimized-human-factor-h-for-therapeutic-application-in-complement-disorders
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Stefan Michelfelder, Juliana Parsons, Lennard L Bohlender, Sebastian N W Hoernstein, Holger Niederkrüger, Andreas Busch, Nicola Krieghoff, Jonas Koch, Benjamin Fode, Andreas Schaaf, Thomas Frischmuth, Martin Pohl, Peter F Zipfel, Ralf Reski, Eva L Decker, Karsten Häffner
Genetic defects in complement regulatory proteins can lead to severe renal diseases, including atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome and C3 glomerulopathies, and age-related macular degeneration. The majority of the mutations found in patients with these diseases affect the glycoprotein complement factor H, the main regulator of the alternative pathway of complement activation. Therapeutic options are limited, and novel treatments, specifically those targeting alternative pathway activation, are highly desirable...
December 8, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932254/investigating-possible-biological-targets-of-bj-crp-the-first-cysteine-rich-secretory-protein-crisp-isolated-from-bothrops-jararaca-snake-venom
#7
Marina E Lodovicho, Tássia R Costa, Carolina P Bernardes, Danilo L Menaldo, Karina F Zoccal, Sante E Carone, José C Rosa, Manuela B Pucca, Felipe A Cerni, Eliane C Arantes, Jan Tytgat, Lúcia H Faccioli, Luciana S Pereira-Crott, Suely V Sampaio
Cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPs) are commonly described as part of the protein content of snake venoms, nevertheless, so far, little is known about their biological targets and functions. Our study describes the isolation and characterization of Bj-CRP, the first CRISP isolated from Bothrops jararaca snake venom, also aiming at the identification of possible targets for its actions. Bj-CRP was purified using three chromatographic steps (Sephacryl S-200, Source 15Q and C18) and showed to be an acidic protein of 24...
December 5, 2016: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931512/xenotransplanted-pig-sertoli-cells-inhibit-both-the-alternative-and-classical-pathways-of-complement-mediated-cell-lysis-while-pig-islets-are-killed
#8
Kandis Wright, Rachel Dziuk, Payal Mital, Gurvinder Kaur, Jannette M Dufour
Xenotransplantation has vast clinical potential but is limited by the potent immune responses generated against xenogeneic tissue. Immune-privileged Sertoli cells (SCs) survive xenotransplantation long term (90 days) without immunosuppression, making SCs an ideal model to identify xenograft survival mechanisms. Xenograft rejection includes the binding of natural and induced antibodies and the activation of the complement cascade. Using an in vitro cytotoxicity assay, wherein cells were cultured with human serum and complement, we demonstrated that neonatal pig SCs (NPSCs) are resistant to complement-mediated cell lysis and express complement inhibitory factors, membrane cofactor protein (MCP; CD46), and decay-accelerating factor (DAF; CD55) at significantly higher levels than neonatal pig islets (NPIs), which served as non-immune-privileged controls...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931505/phase-iii-clinical-trial-assessing-safety-and-efficacy-of-umbilical-cord-blood-mononuclear-cell-transplant-therapy-of-chronic-complete-spinal-cord-injury
#9
Hui Zhu, Waisang Poon, Yansheng Liu, Gilberto Ka-Kit Leung, Yatwa Wong, Yaping Feng, Stephanie C P Ng, Kam Sze Tsang, David T F Sun, David K Yeung, Caihong Shen, Fang Niu, Zhexi Xu, Pengju Tan, Shaofeng Tang, Hongkun Gao, Yun Cha, Kwok-Fai So, Robert Fleischaker, Dongming Sun, John Chen, Jan Lai, Wendy Cheng, Wise Young
Umbilical cord blood-derived mononuclear cell (UCB-MNC) transplants improve recovery in animal spinal cord injury (SCI) models. We transplanted UCB-MNCs into 28 patients with chronic complete SCI in Hong Kong (HK) and Kunming (KM). Stemcyte Inc. donated UCB-MNCs isolated from human leukocyte antigen (HLA 4:6)-matched UCB units. In HK, four patients received four 4-l injections (1.6 million cells) into dorsal entry zones above and below the injury site, and another four received 8-l injections (3.2 million cells)...
November 2016: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929754/hpv-16-e5-oncoprotein-is-expressed-in-early-stage-carcinogenesis-and-can-be-a-target-of-immunotherapy
#10
Paolini Francesca, Curzio Gianfranca, Marcelo Nazario Cordeiro, Silvia Massa, Luciano Mariani, Fulvia Pimpinelli, Antonio Carlos de Freitas, Rosella Franconi, Aldo Venuti
HPV16 persistent infection is a well-known condition that precedes human cancer development. High risk HPV E5 proteins cooperate with E6/E7 oncogenes to promote hyper-proliferation of infected cells leading to possible cancer progression. Thus, presence of E5 viral transcripts could be a key marker of active infection and, in turn, a target of immunotherapy. Purpose of the study is to detect E5 transcripts in clinical samples and to explore the activity of novel anti-HPV16 E5 DNA vaccines. HPV transcripts were detected by PCR with specific primers encompassing the splice-donor sites of E5 transcript...
December 8, 2016: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929073/rna-sequencing-of-chorionic-villi-from-recurrent-pregnancy-loss-patients-reveals-impaired-function-of-basic-nuclear-and-cellular-machinery
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Siim Sõber, Kristiina Rull, Mario Reiman, Piret Ilisson, Pirkko Mattila, Maris Laan
Recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) concerns ~3% of couples aiming at childbirth. In the current study, transcriptomes and miRNomes of 1(st) trimester placental chorionic villi were analysed for 2 RPL cases (≥6 miscarriages) and normal, but electively terminated pregnancies (ETP; n = 8). Sequencing was performed on Illumina HiSeq 2000 platform. Differential expression analyses detected 51 (27%) transcripts with increased and 138 (73%) with decreased expression in RPL compared to ETP (DESeq: FDR P < 0...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924862/mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-can-restore-lupus-disease-associated-mirna-expression-and-th1-th2-ratios-in-a-murine-model-of-sle
#12
Eun Wha Choi, MinJae Lee, Ji Woo Song, Il Seob Shin, Sung Joo Kim
C3.MRL-Fas(lpr)/J mice spontaneously develop high titers of anti-dsDNA, mild glomerular nephritis, and severe lymphoproliferation symptoms. This study aimed to compare the effects of long-term serial administration of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs), and cyclophosphamide treatment in C3.MRL-Fas(lpr)/J mice using a murine SLE model. C3.MRL-Fas(lpr)/J mice were divided into saline (C), cyclophosphamide (Y), and ASC (H) treatment groups. Background-matched control C3H mice treated with saline (N) were also compared...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923375/the-surgical-strategy-for-eosinophilic-granuloma-of-the-pediatric-cervical-spine-complicated-with-neurologic-deficit-and-or-spinal-instability
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Nanzhe Zhong, Wei Xu, Tong Meng, Xinghai Yang, Wangjun Yan, Jianru Xiao
BACKGROUND: Various therapeutic approaches have been proposed for the treatment of pediatric patients with eosinophilic granuloma (EG) of the cervical spine. Our aim was to discuss and present our experience with the individualized surgical intervention of pediatric cervical EG complicated with neurologic deficits and/or spinal instability. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 19 children who were diagnosed with cervical EG comor spinal/or spinal instability (evaluated by the Spinal Instability Neoplastic Score, SINS ≥ 7) and treated surgically in our institution...
December 7, 2016: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922577/is-it-in-or-out-the-optimal-fluoroscopic-views-for-intraoperative-determination-of-proper-lateral-mass-screw-placement
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Sang Bum Kim, John M Rhee, Byung Hak Oh, You Gun Won, Yousun Jung, Kun Young Park, William C Hutton, Chulmin Kim
STUDY DESIGN: Cadaveric OBJECTIVE.: Determine optimal fluoroscopic views for detecting cervical lateral mass screw (LMS) violations SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA.: Single plane intraoperative xrays are commonly used but frequently inadequate due to its complex trajectory. Fluoroscopy can be taken in multiple planes, but the ideal fluoroscopic view to assess malposition is not known: depending on the view, any given screw may look "in" or "out". METHODS: C3-6 LMS were inserted in 3 cadavers...
December 2, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920782/acclimation-of-biochemical-and-diffusive-components-of-photosynthesis-in-rice-wheat-and-maize-to-heat-and-water-deficit-implications-for-modeling-photosynthesis
#15
Juan A Perdomo, Elizabete Carmo-Silva, Carmen Hermida-Carrera, Jaume Flexas, Jeroni Galmés
The impact of the combined effects of heat stress, increased vapor pressure deficit (VPD) and water deficit on the physiology of major crops needs to be better understood to help identifying the expected negative consequences of climate change and heat waves on global agricultural productivity. To address this issue, rice, wheat, and maize plants were grown under control temperature (CT, 25°C, VPD 1.8 kPa), and a high temperature (HT, 38°C, VPD 3.5 kPa), both under well-watered (WW) and water deficit (WD) conditions...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919532/contribution-of-petroleum-derived-organic-carbon-to-sedimentary-organic-carbon-pool-in-the-eastern-yellow-sea-the-northwestern-pacific
#16
Jung-Hyun Kim, Dong-Hun Lee, Suk-Hee Yoon, Kap-Sik Jeong, Bohyung Choi, Kyung-Hoon Shin
We investigated molecular distributions and stable carbon isotopic compositions (δ(13)C) of sedimentary n-alkanes (C15C35) in the riverbank and marine surface sediments to trace natural and anthropogenic organic carbon (OC) sources in the eastern Yellow Sea which is a river dominated marginal sea. Molecular distributions of n-alkanes are overall dominated by odd-carbon-numbered high molecular weight n-C27, n-C29, and n-C31. The δ(13)C signatures of n-C27, n-C29, and n-C31 indicate a large contribution of C3 gymnosperms as the main source of n-alkanes, with the values of -29...
December 2, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918759/the-functional-effect-of-rare-variants-in-complement-genes-on-c3b-degradation-in-patients-with-age-related-macular-degeneration
#17
Maartje J Geerlings, Mariann Kremlitzka, Bjorn Bakker, Sara C Nilsson, Nicole T Saksens, Yara T Lechanteur, Marc Pauper, Jordi Corominas, Sascha Fauser, Carel B Hoyng, Anna M Blom, Eiko K de Jong, Anneke I den Hollander
Importance: In age-related macular degeneration (AMD), rare variants in the complement system have been described, but their functional consequences remain largely unexplored. Objectives: To identify new rare variants in complement genes and determine the functional effect of identified variants on complement levels and complement regulation in serum samples from carriers and noncarriers. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study evaluated affected (n = 114) and unaffected (n = 60) members of 22 families with AMD and a case-control cohort consisting of 1831 unrelated patients with AMD and 1367 control individuals from the European Genetic Database from March 29, 2006, to April 26, 2013, in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, and Cologne, Germany...
December 1, 2016: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918624/temperature-response-of-mesophyll-conductance-in-three-c4-species-calculated-with-two-methods-18-o-discrimination-and-in%C3%A2-vitro-vpmax
#18
Nerea Ubierna, Anthony Gandin, Ryan A Boyd, Asaph B Cousins
Mesophyll conductance (gm ) is an important factor limiting rates of C3 photosynthesis. However, its role in C4 photosynthesis is poorly understood because it has been historically difficult to estimate. We use two methods to derive the temperature responses of gm in C4 species. The first (Δ(18) O) combines measurements of gas exchange with models and measurements of (18) O discrimination. The second method (in vitro Vpmax ) derives gm by retrofitting models of C4 photosynthesis and (13) C discrimination with gas exchange, kinetic constants and in vitro Vpmax measurements...
December 5, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918134/azidoperfluoroalkanes-synthesis-and-application-in-copper-i-catalyzed-azide-alkyne-cycloaddition
#19
Zsófia E Blastik, Svatava Voltrová, Václav Matoušek, Bronislav Jurásek, David W Manley, Blanka Klepetářová, Petr Beier
We report an efficient and scalable synthesis of azidotrifluoromethane (CF3 N3 ) and longer perfluorocarbon-chain analogues (RF N3 ; RF =C2 F5 , (n) C3 F7 , (n) C8 F17 ), which enables the direct insertion of CF3 and perfluoroalkyl groups into triazole ring systems. The azidoperfluoroalkanes show good reactivity with terminal alkynes in copper(I)-catalyzed azide-alkyne cycloaddition (CuAAC), giving access to rare and stable N-perfluoroalkyl triazoles. Azidoperfluoroalkanes are thermally stable and the efficiency of their preparation should be attractive for discovery programs...
December 5, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917706/the-changes-of-positive-selection-within-env-gene-of-hiv-1-b-crf07_bc-and-crf08_bc-from-china-over-time
#20
Tingting Li, Binlian Sun, Yanyan Jiang, Haiyan Zeng, Yanpeng Li, Yan Wang, Rongge Yang
: It is not clear about the possible evolutionary changes of the three predominant strains of HIV-1 in China over the course of the epidemic. Envelope (env) gene of HIV-1 is a good target for this evolutionary pressure for its enriched epitopes. METHODS: We collected 159 full or part of env sequences sampled between 1997 and 2010 from database of China, we calculated the genetic distance, detected the positively selected sites by PAML suite and then compared the number using Fisher's exact test between the early period 1997 to 2003and the late period2004 to 2010...
December 5, 2016: Current HIV Research
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