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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821189/y-chromosome-markers-for-the-red-fox
#1
Halie M Rando, Jeremy T Stutchman, Estelle R Bastounes, Jennifer L Johnson, Carlos A Driscoll, Christina S Barr, Lyudmila N Trut, Benjamin N Sacks, Anna V Kukekova
The de novo assembly of the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) genome has facilitated the development of genomic tools for the species. Efforts to identify the population history of red foxes in North America have previously been limited by a lack of information about the red fox Y-chromosome sequence. However, a megabase of red fox Y-chromosome sequence was recently identified over 2 scaffolds in the reference genome. Here, these scaffolds were scanned for repeated motifs, revealing 194 likely microsatellites. Twenty-three of these loci were selected for primer development and, after testing, produced a panel of 11 novel markers that were analyzed alongside 2 markers previously developed for the red fox from dog Y-chromosome sequence...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821183/improvement-of-the-threespine-stickleback-genome-using-a-hi-c-based-proximity-guided-assembly
#2
Catherine L Peichel, Shawn T Sullivan, Ivan Liachko, Michael A White
Scaffolding genomes into complete chromosome assemblies remains challenging even with the rapidly increasing sequence coverage generated by current next-generation sequence technologies. Even with scaffolding information, many genome assemblies remain incomplete. The genome of the threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), a fish model system in evolutionary genetics and genomics, is not completely assembled despite scaffolding with high-density linkage maps. Here, we first test the ability of a Hi-C based proximity-guided assembly (PGA) to perform a de novo genome assembly from relatively short contigs...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821140/the-potential-of-cashew-gum-functionalization-as-building-blocks-for-layer-by-layer-films
#3
Álvaro J Leite, Rui R Costa, Ana M S Costa, Jeanny S Maciel, José F G Costa, Regina C M de Paula, João F Mano
Cashew gum (CG), an exudate polysaccharide from Anacardium occidentale trees, was carboxymethylated (CGCm) and oxidized (CGO). These derivatives were characterized by FTIR and zeta potential measurements confirming the success of carboxymethylation and oxidation reactions. Nanostructured multilayered films were then produced through layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly in conjugation with chitosan via electrostatic interactions or Schiff bases covalent bonds. The films were analyzed by QCM-D and AFM. CG functionalization increased the film thickness, with the highest thickness being achieved for the lowest oxidation degree...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821132/the-effect-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-on-poly-pseudo-rotaxane-nanoparticles-self-assembled-by-protoporphyrin-modified-poly-ethylene-glycol-for-anticancer-drug-delivery
#4
Taotao Xu, Junhua Li, Jun Cao, Wenxia Gao, Li Li, Bin He
Poly(pseudo)rotaxane (PPR) nanoparticles was facilely prepared using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) modified with protoporphyrin (PpIX) and α-cyclodextrin (α-CD) via host-guest interaction, the effect of α-CD number on the nanoparticle properties was investigated. The PEG with protoporphyrin (PEG-PpIX) end capping was synthesized via coupling reaction and the poly(pseudo)rotaxane nanoparticles with different amount of α-CD were fabricated by host-guest interaction between mPEG-PpIX and α-CDs. The final product was characterized by nuclear magnetic spectrum ((1)H NMR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscope (AFM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS)...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821122/-click-hyaluronan-based-nanohydrogels-as-multifunctionalizable-carriers-for-hydrophobic-drugs
#5
Giuliana Manzi, Nicole Zoratto, Silvia Matano, Rocchina Sabia, Claudio Villani, Tommasina Coviello, Pietro Matricardi, Chiara Di Meo
Highly hydrophilic and biocompatible nanocarriers based on polysaccharide hydrogels (nanohydrogels, NHs) were shown to be promising systems for drug delivery applications. Following the idea of these emerging drug carriers, the aim of the present work was to develop self-assembled hydrogel nanoparticles based on amphiphilic derivatives of hyaluronic acid (HA) and riboflavin (Rfv), synthesized by "click" Copper(I)-catalyzed Azide-Alkyne Cycloaddition (CuAAC) reaction. The obtained amphiphilic product (HA-c-Rfv) was able to form nanohydrogels in aqueous environments, in particular by applying an innovative autoclave-based method...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821116/active-release-coating-of-multilayer-assembled-branched-and-ionic-%C3%AE-cyclodextrins-onto-poly-ethylene-terephthalate
#6
Leyre Pérez-Álvarez, Leire Ruiz-Rubio, Erlantz Lizundia, Estíbaliz Hernáez, Luis M León, Jose Luis Vilas-Vilela
Branched ionic cyclodextrins multilayers were assembled onto the surface of previously aminolyzed poly(ethylene terephthalate) in order to construct local drug delivery tailored platforms with potential applicability as materials for indwelling medical devices. The construction of the multilayers took place by the alternate deposition of ionic cyclodextrin derivatives and was characterized by surface zeta-potential measurements, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and, after fluorescent labeling of anionic branched cyclodextrins, by UV-vis spectroscopy and confocal fluorescence spectroscopy...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821075/rapid-fabrication-of-transparent-film-directly-from-wood-fibers-with-microwave-assisted-ionic-liquids-technology
#7
Pengbo Lu, Fan Cheng, Yanghao Ou, Meiyan Lin, Lingfeng Su, Size Chen, Xilang Yao, Detao Liu
Presently flexibly transparent film or nanopaper from all cellulose was mostly fabricated by assembling cellulose nanofibers disintegrated from macroscopic wood fibers which mostly suffers from potential environmental toxicity or high cost. In this work, we firstly reported an all-cellulose transparent film fabricated by a novel microwave-assisted ionic liquids technology (MILT). The use of MILT for treating the original all-cellulose paper brings nearly 2.6 fold-increases in optical transmission, and 2.0 fold-increases in tensile property compared to those without microwave assistance...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821051/a-novel-self-assembly-lentinan-tetraphenylethylene%C3%A2-composite-with-strong-blue%C3%A2-fluorescence-in-water-and-its-properties
#8
Mengxia Li, Pan Chen, Min Xu, Xiaojuan Xu
We report a unique self-assembly of lentinan, a triple helical β-(1→3)-glucan (t-LNT), in water. By molecular dynamics simulation, it was found that t-LNT aggregated preferentially along the chain direction to form long chains, accompanied by side-direction linkage to form branches. Transmission electron microscopy images demonstrated that t-LNT formed dendrite-like fibers, which further formed fishnet-like porous/mesoporous aggregates with increasing concentration. The meshes in the fishnet were ascribed to the intersection of branches...
October 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820966/reactive-oxygen-species-responsive-polymeric-nanoparticles-for-alleviating-sepsis-induced-acute-liver-injury-in-mice
#9
Gan Chen, Hongzhang Deng, Xiang Song, Mingzi Lu, Lian Zhao, Sha Xia, Guoxing You, Jingxiang Zhao, Yulong Zhang, Anjie Dong, Hong Zhou
Sepsis-associated acute liver injury contributes to the pathogenesis of multiple organ dysfunction syndrome and is associated with increased mortality. Currently, no specific therapeutics for sepsis-associated liver injury are available. With excess levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) being implicated as key players in sepsis-induced liver injury, we hypothesize that ROS-responsive nanoparticles (NPs) formed via the self-assembly of diblock copolymers of poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and poly(propylene sulfide) (PPS) may function as an effective drug delivery system for alleviating sepsis-induced liver injury by preferentially releasing drug molecules at the disease site...
August 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820935/accelerating-palladium-nanowire-h2-sensors-using-engineered-nanofiltration
#10
Won-Tae Koo, Shaopeng Qiao, Alana F Ogata, Gaurav Jha, Ji-Soo Jang, Vivian T Chen, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
The oxygen, O2, in air interferes with the detection of H2 by palladium (Pd)-based H2 sensors, including Pd nanowires (NWs), depressing the sensitivity and retarding the response/recovery speed in air - relative to N2 or Ar. Here, we describe the preparation of H2 sensors in which a nanofiltration layer consisting of a Zn metal-organic-framework (MOF) is assembled onto Pd NWs. Polyhedron particles of Zn based zeolite imidazole framework (ZIF-8) were synthesized on lithographically patterned Pd NWs, leading to the creation of ZIF-8/Pd NWs bi-layered H2 sensors...
August 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820922/a-self-assembling-peptide-gel-as-a-vitreous-substitute-a-rabbit-study
#11
Koji Uesugi, Hirokazu Sakaguchi, Yasutaka Hayashida, Ryuhei Hayashi, Koichi Baba, Yuya Suganuma, Hidenori Yokoi, Motokazu Tsujikawa, Kohji Nishida
Purpose: To evaluate a self-assembling peptide gel as a potential vitreous substitute. Methods: PanaceaGel SPG-178, a self-assembling peptide gel, was diluted with distilled water and a balanced salt solution to achieve a final peptide concentration of 0.1%. The gel's refractive index, visible light transmission rate, and rheologic properties were investigated. The gel's biocompatibility was evaluated by examining the cellular viability (live and dead staining) and proliferation rate (alamarBlue assay)...
August 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820887/identification-of-putative-qtls-for-seedling-stage-phosphorus-starvation-response-in-finger-millet-eleusine-coracana-l-gaertn-by-association-mapping-and-cross-species-synteny-analysis
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M Ramakrishnan, S Antony Ceasar, K K Vinod, V Duraipandiyan, T P Ajeesh Krishna, Hari D Upadhyaya, N A Al-Dhabi, S Ignacimuthu
A germplasm assembly of 128 finger millet genotypes from 18 countries was evaluated for seedling-stage phosphorus (P) responses by growing them in P sufficient (Psuf) and P deficient (Pdef) treatments. Majority of the genotypes showed adaptive responses to low P condition. Based on phenotype behaviour using the best linear unbiased predictors for each trait, genotypes were classified into, P responsive, low P tolerant and P non-responsive types. Based on the overall phenotype performance under Pdef, 10 genotypes were identified as low P tolerants...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820704/the-price-of-peace-peacekeeping-with-impunity-harms-public-health-in-haiti
#13
Louise C Ivers, Yodeline Guillaume
In April, 2017, the United Nations (UN) announced that it will withdraw peacekeeping soldiers from Haiti after 13 years there.(1) Known by its French acronym MINUSTAH, the mission has been controversial in security terms, but in terms of public health, it is not controversial to state that peacekeepers will be leaving a heavy mark on the health of Haitians. The UN has acknowledged that peacekeeping soldiers were responsible for both the introduction of cholera (which sparked a nationwide epidemic) and the sexual abuse and exploitation of Haitians, including minors...
August 7, 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820600/magnesiate-addition-ring-expansion-strategy-to-access-the-6-7-6-tricyclic-core-of-hetisine-type-c20-diterpenoid-alkaloids
#14
Jason J Pflueger, Louis C Morrill, Justine N deGruyter, Melecio A Perea, Richmond Sarpong
A synthetic strategy to access the fused 6-7-6 tricyclic core of hetisine-type C20-diterpenoid alkaloids is reported. This strategy employs a Diels-Alder cycloaddition to assemble a fused bicyclic anhydride intermediate, which is elaborated to a vinyl lactone-acetal bearing an aromatic ring in five steps. Aromatic iodination is followed by magnesium-halogen exchange with a trialkyl magnesiate species, which undergoes intramolecular cyclization. Subsequent oxidation provides the desired 6-7-6 tricyclic diketoaldehyde, with carbonyl groups at all three positions for eventual C-N bond formation and subsequent elaboration...
August 18, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820597/deterministic-symmetry-breaking-of-plasmonic-nanostructures-enabled-by-dna-programmable-assembly
#15
Matthew R Jones, Kevin L Kohlstedt, Matthew N O'Brien, Jinsong Wu, George C Schatz, Chad A Mirkin
The physical properties of matter rely fundamentally on the symmetry of constituent building blocks. This is particularly true for structures that interact with light via the collective motion of their conduction electrons (i.e., plasmonic materials), where the observation of exotic optical effects, such as negative refraction and electromagnetically induced transparency, require the coupling of modes that are only present in systems with nontrivial broken symmetries. Lithography has been the predominant fabrication technique for constructing plasmonic metamaterials, as it can be used to form patterns of arbitrary complexity, including those with broken symmetry...
August 18, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820593/structure-of-dynamic-taxol-stabilized-and-gmppcp-stabilized-microtubule
#16
Avi Ginsburg, Asaf Shemesh, Abigail Millgram, Raviv Dharan, Yael Levi-Kalisman, Israel Ringel, Uri Raviv
Microtubule (MT) is made of αβ-tubulin heterodimers that dynamically assemble into a hollow nanotube composed of straight protofilaments. MT dynamics is facilitated by hydrolysis of guanosine-5'-triphosphate (GTP) and can be inhibited by either anticancer agents like taxol or by the non-hydrolyzable GTP analogues like GMPPCP. Using high-resolution synchrotron X-ray scattering, we have measured and analyzed the scattering curves from solutions of dynamic MT (in other words, in the presence of excess GTP and free of dynamic-inhibiting agents) and examined the effect of two MT stabilizers: taxol and GMPPCP...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820585/chemo-enzymatic-assembly-of-isotopically-labeled-folates
#17
Antonio Angelastro, William Michael Dawson, Louis Y P Luk, E Joel Loveridge, Rudolf K Allemann
Pterin-containing natural products have diverse functions in life but an efficient and easy scheme for their in vitro synthesis is not available. Here, we report a chemo-enzymatic 14-step, one-pot synthesis that can be used to generate 13C- and 15N-labeled dihydrofolates (H2F) from glucose, guanine and p-aminobenzoyl-L-glutamic acid. This synthesis stands out from previous approaches to produce H2F in that the average yield of each step is >91% and it requires only one single purification step. The use of a one-pot reaction allowed us to overcome potential problems with individual steps during the synthesis...
August 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820569/selective-ru-ald-as-a-catalyst-for-sub-7-nm-bottom-up-metal-interconnects
#18
Ivan Zyulkov, Mikhail Krishtab, Stefan De Gendt, Silvia Armini
Integrating bottom-up area-selective building-blocks in microelectronics has a disruptive potential because of the unique capability of engineering new structures and architectures. Atomic layer deposition (ALD) is an enabling technology, yet understanding the surfaces and their modification is crucial to leverage area-selective ALD (AS-ALD) in this field. The understanding of general selectivity mechanisms and the compatibility of plasma surface modifications with existing materials and processes, both at research and production scale, will greatly facilitate AS-ALD integration in microelectronics...
August 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820531/phytic-acid-assisted-electrochemically-synthesized-three-dimensional-o-p-functionalized-graphene-monoliths-with-high-capacitive-performance
#19
Han-Yu Li, Lang Liu, Zhi-Wei Zhang, Shu-Shen Wang, Yao Yu, Lin Liu, Yue Wu
Three-dimensional functionalized graphene monoliths (3DFGMs) have attracted intensive attention as energy storage materials due to their unique interconnected porous structure, good electrical conductivity, excellent mechanical strength, and pseudocapacitive characteristic. Herein, we report a facile, green and low-cost strategy through a simple, one-step electrochemical process in a phytic acid solution to fabricate a 3DFGM. The 3D porous structure and functionalization of graphene can be obtained simultaneously...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820526/silica-nanoparticle-monolayers-on-a-macroion-modified-surface-formation-mechanism-and-stability
#20
M Morga, Z Adamczyk, D Kosior
Even though silica nanoparticles and their monolayers find a broad field of applications, only a few studies providing a quantitative description of silica nanoparticle deposition at solid/liquid interfaces have been reported in the literature. Given the deficit of reliable experimental data, the goal of this work is to acquire thorough physicochemical characteristics of amorphous silica nanoparticle deposition. Silica nanoparticle monolayers of controlled coverage were formed on macroion (PAH)-modified mica...
August 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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