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Geon-Hyoung An, Do-Young Lee, Yu-Jin Lee, Hyo-Jin Ahn
The use of metal oxides as anode materials in Li-ion batteries (LIBs) are of significant interest to many potential technologies, due to their high theoretical capacity, cost-effectiveness, and environmentally friendly features. In spite of these considerable benefits, and ongoing progress in the field, important challenges exist, associated with structural degradation due to volume expansion of electrode materials. This leads to rapid capacity fading, and must be resolved in order to move towards the practical use of high-performance LIBs with ultrafast cycling stability...
October 19, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Camila L Madeira, Samuel A Speet, Cristina A Nieto, Leif Abrell, Jon Chorover, Reyes Sierra-Alvarez, Jim A Field
Insensitive munitions, such as 3-nitro-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (NTO), are being considered by the U.S. Army as replacements for conventional explosives. Environmental emissions of NTO are expected to increase as its use becomes widespread; but only a few studies have considered the remediation of NTO-contaminated sites. In this study, sequential anaerobic-aerobic biodegradation of NTO was investigated in bioreactors using soil as inoculum. Batch bioassays confirmed microbial reduction of NTO under anaerobic conditions to 3-amino-1,2,4-triazol-5-one (ATO) using pyruvate as electron-donating cosubstrate...
October 14, 2016: Chemosphere
Anliang Huang, Dan Yue, Danying Liao, Liuliu Cheng, Jinhu Ma, Yuquan Wei, Aiping Tong, Ping Cheng
Arsenic trioxide (ATO) has demonstrated clinical efficacy in acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) and in vitro activity in various solid tumors. As2O3 as single agent exhibits poor efficacy for treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in phase II trial, suggesting that new modalities of treatment with enhanced therapeutic effect and alleviated toxicity are needed for application of As2O3 on patients with HCC. Survivin is the strongest inhibitor of apoptosis protein over-expressed in tumors, which has been proposed as an attractive target for new anticancer interventions...
October 11, 2016: Oncology Reports
Monserrat Alfonso, Helen Stoeckli-Evans
The title isotypic complexes, bis-[μ-5,6-bis-(pyridin-2-yl)pyrazine-2,3-di-carboxylato]-κ(4)N(1),O(2),N(6):O(3);κ(4)O(3):N(1),O(2),N(6)-bis-[di-aqua-manganese(II)] tetra-hydrate, [Mn2(C16H8N4O4)2(H2O)4]·4H2O, (I), and bis-[μ-5,6-bis-(pyridin-2-yl)pyrazine-2,3-di-carboxyl-ato]-κ(4)N(1),O(2),N(6):O(3);κ(4)O(3):N(1),O(2),N(6)-bis-[di-aqua-iron(II)] tetrahydrate, [Fe2(C16H8N4O4)2(H2O)4]·4H2O, (II), are, respectively, the mangan-ese(II) and iron(II) complexes of the ligand 5,6-bis-(pyridin-2-yl)-pyrazine-2,3-di-carb-oxy-lic acid...
October 1, 2016: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
Jing Du, Martin Neuenschwander, Yong Yu, J Henry M Däbritz, Nina-Rosa Neuendorff, Kolja Schleich, Aitomi Bittner, Maja Milanovic, Gregor Beuster, Silke Radetzki, Edgar Specker, Maurice Reimann, Frank Rosenbauer, Stephan Mathas, Philipp Lohneis, Michael Hummel, Bernd Dörken, Jens Peter von Kries, Soyoung Lee, Clemens A Schmitt
Classical Hodgkin's lymphoma (cHL), although originating from B-cells, is characterized by the virtual lack of gene products whose expression constitutes the B-cell phenotype. Epigenetic repression of B-cell-specific genes via promoter hypermethylation and histone deacetylation as well as compromised expression of B-cell-committed transcription factors were previously reported to contribute to the lost B-cell phenotype in cHL. Restoring the B-cell phenotype may not only correct a central malignant property, but render cHL susceptible to clinically established antibody therapies targeting B-cell surface receptors or small compounds interfering with B-cell receptor signaling...
October 12, 2016: Blood
Ahmed Amine Azzaz, Salah Jellali, Hanene Akrout, Aymen Amine Assadi, Latifa Bousselmi
The present study investigates the alkaline modification of raw orange tree sawdust (ROS) for an optimal removal of methylene blue (MB), as a cationic dye model, from synthetic solutions. The effects of operating parameters, namely, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) concentrations, ROS doses in NaOH solutions, stirring times, and initial MB concentrations on dye removal efficiency, were followed in batch mode. The process optimization was performed through the response surface methodology approach (RSM) by using Minitab17 software...
October 10, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Neil J Sargentini, Nicholas P Gularte, Deborah A Hudman
A set of 3907 single-gene knockout (Keio collection) strains of Escherichia coli K-12 was examined for strains with increased susceptibility to killing by X- or UV-radiation. After screening with a high-throughput resazurin-based assay and determining radiation survival with triplicate clonogenic assays, we identified 76 strains (and associated deleted genes) showing statistically-significant increased radiation sensitivity compared to a control strain. To determine gene novelty, we constructed a reference database comprised of genes found in nine similar studies including ours...
October 3, 2016: Mutation Research
Ping Luo, Lixia Wang, Haohui Zhu, Song Du, Guanggong Wang, Shoukun Ding
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate the impact of atorvastatin (Ato) combined with ezetimibe (Eze) for the treatment of carotid atherosclerosis in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: One hundred and forty-eight CHD patients with carotid atherosclerosis were divided into the control (Ato alone) and combination (Ato and Eze) groups. The treatment course was 12 months; patient blood lipids, carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), and carotid plaque area were measured before and after treatment...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Chidchamai Kewcharoenwong, Darawan Rinchai, Arnone Nithichanon, Gregory J Bancroft, Manabu Ato, Ganjana Lertmemongkolchai
The major risk factor for melioidosis, an infectious disease caused by B. pseudomallei, is diabetes mellitus. More than half of diabetic melioidosis patients in Thailand were prescribed glibenclamide. Recent evidence demonstrates that glibenclamide reduces pro-inflammatory cytokine production by polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) of diabetic individuals in response to this bacterial infection. However, the mechanisms by which glibenclamide affects cytokine production are unknown. We found that PMNs from glibenclamide-treated diabetic individuals infected with live B...
October 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Junjie Huang, Min Sun, Zitong Wang, Qiaoxia Zhang, Jin Lou, Yun Cai, Weihong Chen, Xin Du
BACKGROUND: 9 treatments for acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) have been compared in many randomized controlled trials (RCT). The conclusions have been inconsistent and the purpose of this study is to conduct a network meta-analysis. RESULTS: Rankings of event-free survival are ATRA+RIF (81.2%), ATRA+ATO (69.6%), ATO (50.6%). Rankings of complete remission are ATRA+RIF (79.3%), ATRA+ATO (64.8%), RIF (60.3%), ATO (55.9%). Rankings of avoiding differentiation syndromes are CT (84...
October 4, 2016: Oncotarget
Masamitsu Yanada, Shingo Yano, Heiwa Kanamori, Moritaka Gotoh, Nobuhiko Emi, Kyoko Watakabe, Mineo Kurokawa, Akinori Nishikawa, Takehiko Mori, Naoto Tomita, Makoto Murata, Hisako Hashimoto, Hideho Henzan, Yoshinobu Kanda, Masashi Sawa, Akio Kohno, Yoshiko Atsuta, Tatsuo Ichinohe, Akiyoshi Takami
We conducted a retrospective registry-based study involving 198 patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL) who underwent autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) during second complete remission (CR2) from 1995 to 2012. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) became commercially available in Japan in December 2004, and a substantial increase in the annual numbers of transplantations has occurred since 2005. Patients transplanted after 2006 had significantly better relapse-free and overall survival than those transplanted before 2004 (p = ...
October 5, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Qingxiang Zhou, Linlin Yu, Markus Friedrich, Francesca Pignoni
Drosophila has three types of visual organs, the larval eyes or Bolwig's organs (BO), the ocelli (OC) and the compound eyes (CE). In all, the bHLH protein Atonal (Ato) functions as the proneural factor for photoreceptors and effects the transition from progenitor cells to differentiating neurons. In this work, we investigate the regulation of ato expression in the BO primordium (BOP). Surprisingly, we find that ato transcription in the BOP is entirely independent of the shared regulatory DNA for the developing CE and OC...
September 29, 2016: Developmental Biology
Satoru Ato, Yuhei Makanae, Kohei Kido, Satoshi Fujita
Resistance training with eccentric contraction has been shown to augment muscle hypertrophy more than other contraction modes do (i.e., concentric and isometric contraction). However, the molecular mechanisms involved remain unclear. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of muscle contraction mode on mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) signaling using a standardized force-time integral (load (weight) × contraction time). Male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly assigned to three groups: eccentric contraction, concentric contraction, and isometric contraction...
October 2016: Physiological Reports
Jan S Lewin, Leah M Baumgart, Martha P Barrow, Katherine A Hutcheson
Importance: Voice prosthesis (VP) device life is a limiting factor of tracheoesophageal (TE) voice restoration that drives patient satisfaction, health care costs, and overall burden. Historic data suggest that TE VPs have an average device life of generally 3 to 6 months, but these data are typically derived from small samples using only 1 or 2 devices. Objective: To reexamine current device life in a large, contemporary cancer hospital in the United States that uses a wide assortment of VPs...
September 29, 2016: JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Karen A Boehme, Juliane Nitsch, Rosa Riester, Rupert Handgretinger, Sabine B Schleicher, Torsten Kluba, Frank Traub
Ewing sarcomas (ES) are rare mesenchymal tumours, most commonly diagnosed in children and adolescents. Arsenic trioxide (ATO) has been shown to efficiently and selectively target leukaemic blasts as well as solid tumour cells. Since multidrug resistance often occurs in recurrent and metastatic ES, we tested potential additive effects of ATO in combination with the cytostatic drugs etoposide and doxorubicin. The Ewing sarcoma cell lines A673, RD-ES and SK-N-MC as well as mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) for control were treated with ATO, etoposide and doxorubicin in single and combined application...
September 21, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Ritesh K Srivastava, Changzhao Li, Aftab Ahmad, Onika Abrams, Marina S Gorbatyuk, Kevin S Harrod, Ronald C Wek, Farrukh Afaq, Mohammad Athar
Arsenic is a mitochondrial toxin, and its derivatives, such as arsenic trioxide (ATO), can trigger endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and the associated unfolded protein response (UPR). Here, we show that arsenic induction of the UPR triggers ATF4, which is involved in regulating this ER-mitochondrial crosstalk that is important for the molecular pathogenesis of arsenic toxicity. Employing ATF4(+/+) and ATF4(-/-) MEFs, we show that ATO induces UPR and impairs mitochondrial integrity in ATF4(+/+) MEF cells which is largely ablated upon loss of ATF4...
November 1, 2016: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
A N Ryakhovsky, V V Kostyukova
The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of digital impressions taken by different intraoral and laboratory scanners. For this purpose a synthetic jaw model with prepared tooth was scanned using intraoral scanning systems: 3D Progress (MHT S.P.A., IT - MHT Optic Research AG, CH); True Definition (3M ESPE, USA); Trios (3Shape A/S, DNK); CEREC AC Bluecam, CEREC Omnicam (Sirona Dental System GmbH, DE); Planscan (Planmeca, FIN); and laboratory scanning systems: s600 ARTI (Zirkonzahn GmbH, IT); Imetric Iscan D104, CH); D900 (3Shape A/S, DNK); Zfx Evolution (Zfx GmbH, DE) (each n=10)...
2016: Stomatologii︠a︡
Tain-Junn Cheng, Shu-Wen Lin, Chih-Wei Chen, How-Ran Guo, Ying-Jang Wang
Chronic arsenic exposure is associated with cerebrovascular disease and the formation of atherosclerotic lesions. Our previous study demonstrated that arsenic trioxide (ATO) exposure was associated with atherosclerotic lesion formation through alterations in lipid metabolism in the reverse cholesterol transport process. In mouse livers, the expression of the liver X receptor β (LXR-β) and the cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) was suppressed without any changes to the lipid profile. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether ATO contributes to atherosclerotic lesions by suppressing LXR-β and CETP levels in hepatocytes...
October 25, 2016: Chemico-biological Interactions
Yesica Yolanda Rangel Flores
OBJECTIVE: to analyze the influence of sexual violence on the perception and management of the risk of HIV in women married to migrants. METHODS: study with an ethnographic approach carried out in urban and rural communities. Data were obtained by methodological triangulation, with participant and non-participant observation, as well as interviews. The informants were 21 women married to international migrants. The interviews were transcribed and discourse analysis was applied to them...
2016: Revista Latino-americana de Enfermagem
Andreal Chioma Amakiri, Mapitsi Silvester Thantsha
BACKGROUND: Vegetal BM 297 ATO is a food grade lipid based material extracted from vegetables, and certified for human consumption. In this study, Bifidobacterium longum LMG 13197 was encapsulated in Vegetal BM 297 ATO-inulin by freeze drying, followed by evaluation of its survival in simulated gastrointestinal fluids and yoghurt. Furthermore, the effect of incorporation of such microparticles on physico-chemical properties of yoghurt was examined. Unencapsulated and encapsulated B. longum cells were exposed to simulated gastrointestinal fluids for 6 h and yoghurt at 4 °C for 6 weeks, and then evaluated for viability using plate counts...
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