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Concepcion Cascales, Carlos Paino, Eulalia Bazán, Carlos Zaldo
This work presents the synthesis by coprecipitation of diamond shaped Yb:Er:NaGd(WO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub> crystalline nanoparticles (NPs) with diagonal dimensions in the 5-7 nm × 10-12 nm range which have been modified with TWEEN80 for their dispersion in water, and their interaction with mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) proposed as cellular NP vehicles. These NPs belong to a large family of tetragonal Yb:Er:NaT(XO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub> (T=Y, La, Gd, Lu; X= Mo, W) compounds with green (<sup>2</sup>H<sub>11/2</sub>+<sup>4</sup>S<sub>3/2</sub>→<sup>4</sup>I<sub>15/2</sub>) Er-related upconversion (UC) efficiency comparable to that of Yb:Er:β-NaYF<sub>4</sub> reference compound, but with a ratiometric thermal sensitivity (S) 2...
March 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
Håvard Foyn, Paul R Thompson, Thomas Arnesen
We here describe a quick and easy method to quantitatively measure in vitro acetylation activity of not only N-terminal acetyltransferase (NAT) enzymes, but acetyltransferases using acetyl-coenzyme A as an acetyl donor in general.
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Adrian Drazic, Thomas Arnesen
N-terminal acetylation is one of the most abundant co- and posttranslational protein modifications, conserved from prokaryotes to eukaryotes. The functional consequences of this modification are manifold, ranging from protein folding, stability, and interaction to subcellular localization. We describe here an isotope-labeled [(14)C]-acetyl-Coenzyme A-based acetylation assay, allowing the determination of weak catalytic activities of NATs in vitro. It allows the use of purified recombinant enzymes from Escherichia coli, or co-immunoprecipitated enzymes from various organisms, as well as the determination of the in vitro activity of various cell lysates...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Romain Duval, Christophe Duplais
Correction for 'Fluorescent natural products as probes and tracers in biology' by Romain Duval et al., Nat. Prod. Rep., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/c6np00111d.
March 17, 2017: Natural Product Reports
Paul T Kim, Jillian McCagg, Ashley Dundon, Zach Ziesler, Suzanne Moody, Richard A Falcone
PURPOSE: Implementation of a nonaccidental trauma (NAT) screening guideline for the evaluation of infants admitted with an unwitnessed head injury has eliminated screening disparities. This study sought to determine the overall NAT rate and key predictive factors using this guideline. METHODS: All infants screened via the guideline from 2008 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed. The overall rate of NAT as determined by our child abuse team was determined. In addition, a logistic regression model was developed to evaluate potential predictors of increased risk of NAT...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Surgery
Dani O Gonzalez, Katherine J Deans
Over 700,000 children are victims of abuse and neglect each year in the United States. Effective screening programs that entail broad capture of suspected non-accidental trauma (NAT) may help to identify sentinel injuries. This can facilitate earlier detection and psychosocial interventions in hopes of decreasing recurrent NAT, which confers a higher mortality rate. The purpose of this article is to outline essential components of hospital-based NAT screening tools and highlight existing programs. In general, these tools should include several components: education sessions for healthcare providers on how to identify signs of NAT, automated notes or checklists within the electronic medical record to prompt specialty referrals, and a multidisciplinary team of experts that can address the needs of these children in the acute care setting...
February 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
Louise A Brinton, Baffour Awuah, Joe Nat Clegg-Lamptey, Beatrice Wiafe-Addai, Daniel Ansong, Kofi M Nyarko, Seth Wiafe, Joel Yarney, Richard Biritwum, Michelle Brotzman, Andrew A Adjei, Ernest Adjei, Francis Aitpillah, Lawrence Edusei, Florence Dedey, Sarah J Nyante, Joseph Oppong, Ernest Osei-Bonsu, Nicholas Titiloye, Verna Vanderpuye, Emma Brew Abaidoo, Bernard Arhin, Isaac Boakye, Margaret Frempong, Naomi Ohene Oti, Victoria Okyne, Jonine D Figueroa
Although breast cancer is becoming more prevalent in Africa, few epidemiologic studies have been undertaken and appropriate methodologic approaches remain uncertain. We therefore conducted a population-based case-control study in Accra and Kumasi, Ghana, enrolling 2,202 women with lesions suspicious for breast cancer and 2,161 population controls. Biopsy tissue for cases prior to neoadjuvant therapy (if given), blood, saliva and fecal samples were sought for study subjects. Response rates, risk factor prevalences, and odds ratios (OR) for established breast cancer risk factors were calculated...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
John W Blunt, Brent R Copp, Robert A Keyzers, Murray H G Munro, Michèle R Prinsep
Covering: 2015. Previous review: Nat. Prod. Rep., 2016, 33, 382-431This review covers the literature published in 2015 for marine natural products (MNPs), with 1220 citations (792 for the period January to December 2015) referring to compounds isolated from marine microorganisms and phytoplankton, green, brown and red algae, sponges, cnidarians, bryozoans, molluscs, tunicates, echinoderms, mangroves and other intertidal plants and microorganisms. The emphasis is on new compounds (1340 in 429 papers for 2015), together with the relevant biological activities, source organisms and country of origin...
March 14, 2017: Natural Product Reports
E Razzoli, T Jaouen, M-L Mottas, B Hildebrand, G Monney, A Pisoni, S Muff, M Fanciulli, N C Plumb, V A Rogalev, V N Strocov, J Mesot, M Shi, J H Dil, H Beck, P Aebi
Spin- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy is used to reveal that a large spin polarization is observable in the bulk centrosymmetric transition metal dichalcogenide MoS_{2}. It is found that the measured spin polarization can be reversed by changing the handedness of incident circularly polarized light. Calculations based on a three-step model of photoemission show that the valley and layer-locked spin-polarized electronic states can be selectively addressed by circularly polarized light, therefore providing a novel route to probe these hidden spin-polarized states in inversion-symmetric systems as predicted by Zhang et al...
February 24, 2017: Physical Review Letters
John A Windsor, Savio George Barreto
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is traditionally treated by a surgery-first approach. The development and adoption of the concept of borderline resectable PDAC, which extends the role of surgery, is based on the proposition that neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) will increase the resection rate, margin negative rate and overall survival. There are a number of issues with this concept and a critical review of these suggests that it is based on limited foundations and likely has a limited future.
February 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
S A Baylis, E Terao, J Blümel, K-M O Hanschmann
A new European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) biological reference preparation (BRP) had to be established further to the decision to include nucleic acid testing (NAT) for the detection of hepatitis E virus (HEV) RNA in the monograph Human plasma (pooled and treated for virus inactivation) (1646). To this purpose, an international collaborative study was launched in the framework of the Biological Standardisation Programme (BSP) of the European Directorate for the Quality of Medicines & HealthCare (EDQM) and the Commission of the European Union (EU)...
2017: Pharmeuropa Bio & Scientific Notes
Yang Wei, Zhansheng Hu, Wen Gu, Gang Liu, Bingyin Shi, Enqi Liu, Tie Liu
BACKGROUND: CD117 is expressed on double-negative (DN; CD4(-)CD8(-)) cells (Nat Rev Immunol 14:529-545; 2014), but whether it is expressed in other stages and its subsequent functions are unclear. We used an improved method of flow cytometry to analyze different populations of thymocytes (Sci Rep 4:5781; 2014). The expression of CD117 and CTLA-4 were directly assayed in the early stage of thymocytes. METHODS: Flow cytometry was used to analyze different populations of thymocytes, and T-cell proliferation assays, RT-PCR, and real-time RT-PCR were used to characterize the stem cells and examine the function of CD44(+)CD117(+) cells...
March 9, 2017: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Ruihua Tang, Hui Yang, Yan Gong, MinLi You, Zhi Liu, Jane Ru Choi, Ting Wen, Zhiguo Qu, Qibing Mei, Feng Xu
Nucleic acid testing (NAT) has been widely used for disease diagnosis, food safety control and environmental monitoring. At present, NAT mainly involves nucleic acid extraction, amplification and detection steps that heavily rely on large equipment and skilled workers, making the test expensive, time-consuming, and thus less suitable for point-of-care (POC) applications. With advances in paper-based microfluidic technologies, various integrated paper-based devices have recently been developed for NAT, which however require off-chip reagent storage, complex operation steps and equipment-dependent nucleic acid amplification, restricting their use for POC testing...
March 8, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Sarah Seligman Rycroft, Tania Giovannetti, Ross Divers, Jacob Hulswit
Everyday function is compromised by mild cognitive changes in aging. These changes predict risk for future decline and dementia but remain poorly characterized, largely due to a scarcity of sensitive, objective measures.Twenty-seven younger adults and 25 non-demented older adults completed the Naturalistic Action Test (NAT), a performance-based measure of everyday action involving simple and complex tasks. Performance was coded for overt errors and subtle inefficiencies. Participants also completed self-report functional measures and cognitive tests...
March 7, 2017: Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition
Hua Hao, Ting Jia, Xiaohong Zheng, Zhi Zeng
The spin transition of spin crossover molecules induced by bias voltages from low spin to high spin was observed recently and several mechanisms were suggested to understand it. However, these mechanisms fail to explain the dependence of spin transitions on the bias polarity in experiments and thus may still be questionable. Based on a first-principles study, we propose that the bias-induced spin transition is triggered by a charging effect, namely, the filling of the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital of spin crossover molecules...
March 3, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Liesl J Zühlke, David A Watkins, Susan Perkins, Rosemary Wyber, Jeremiah Mwangi, Joanna Markbreiter, Hlengiwe S Moloi, Mark E Engel, Thembikile Shato, Tayla Hermanus, Jantina DeVries, Clancy Read
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an important cause of disability and death in low- and middle-income countries. However, evidence-based interventions have not been implemented systematically in many countries. We present a RHD Needs Assessment Tool (NAT) that can be used at country or regional levels to systematically develop and plan comprehensive RHD control programs and to provide baseline data for program monitoring and evaluation. The RHD NAT follows a mixed-methods approach using quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments...
February 27, 2017: Global Heart
Gerhard J Schütz, Johannes B Huppa
T-cell antigen recognition is remarkably efficient: when scanning the surface of antigen-presenting cells (APCs), T-cells can detect the presence of just a few single antigenic peptide/MHCs (pMHCs), which are often vastly outnumbered by structurally similar non-stimulatory endogenous pMHCs (Irvine et al., Nature 419(6909):845-849, 2002; Purbhoo et al., Nat Immunol 5(5):524-530, 2004; Huang et al., Immunity 39(5):846-857, 2013). How T-cells achieve this is still enigmatic, in particular in view of the rather moderate affinity that TCRs typically exert for antigenic pMHCs, at least when measured in vitro (Davis et al...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Leandro Lima, Blerina Sinaimeri, Gustavo Sacomoto, Helene Lopez-Maestre, Camille Marchet, Vincent Miele, Marie-France Sagot, Vincent Lacroix
BACKGROUND: The main challenge in de novo genome assembly of DNA-seq data is certainly to deal with repeats that are longer than the reads. In de novo transcriptome assembly of RNA-seq reads, on the other hand, this problem has been underestimated so far. Even though we have fewer and shorter repeated sequences in transcriptomics, they do create ambiguities and confuse assemblers if not addressed properly. Most transcriptome assemblers of short reads are based on de Bruijn graphs (DBG) and have no clear and explicit model for repeats in RNA-seq data, relying instead on heuristics to deal with them...
2017: Algorithms for Molecular Biology: AMB
Jos Weusten, Harry van Drimmelen, Marion Vermeulen, Nico Lelie
BACKGROUND: If anti-hepatitis B core antibody testing is not mandated blood donors with occult hepatitis B infection (OBI) may transmit hepatitis B virus (HBV) to a recipient in spite of the use of nucleic acid amplification technology (NAT) or pathogen inactivation (PI). STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: We developed a model to estimate OBI transmission risk based on three components: the probability distribution of the viral load (VL) in a randomly selected OBI donor, the probability that a given VL remains undetected, and the probability that this VL causes infection in the recipient...
February 28, 2017: Transfusion
Jacques Raphael, Thivaher Paramsothy, Nim Li, Justin Lee, Sonal Gandhi
PURPOSE: Progression during neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAT) for early and locally advanced breast cancer is generally uncommon. However, these patients tend to do poorly, and salvage therapy (ST) use is variable and often not well defined. We aimed to establish the characteristics and outcomes of breast cancer (BC) patients progressing on NAT, report the patterns of institutional ST usage, and identify predictors of ST failure. METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted using the "Biomatrix" institutional database...
February 27, 2017: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
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