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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232707/genetic-mapping-of-qtl-for-maize-leaf-width-combining-ril-and-if2-populations
#1
Ruixiang Liu, Qingchang Meng, Fei Zheng, Lingjie Kong, Jianhua Yuan, Thomas Lübberstedt
Leaf width is an important component of plant architecture that affects light capture during photosynthesis and wind circulation under dense planting conditions. To improve understanding of the genetic mechanisms involved in leaf width at different positions, a comprehensive evaluation using the RIL (Recombinant Inbred Line) and IF2 (Immortalized F2) populations and a subsequent meta-analysis were performed. Forty-seven QTL associated with leaf width at different positions below the tassel were detected. The individual effects of QTL explained 3...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232705/etv2-mir-130a-jarid2-cascade-regulates-vascular-patterning-during-embryogenesis
#2
Bhairab N Singh, Naoyuki Tahara, Yasuhiko Kawakami, Satyabrata Das, Naoko Koyano-Nakagawa, Wuming Gong, Mary G Garry, Daniel J Garry
Remodeling of the primitive vasculature is necessary for the formation of a complex branched vascular architecture. However, the factors that modulate these processes are incompletely defined. Previously, we defined the role of microRNAs (miRNAs) in endothelial specification. In the present study, we further examined the Etv2-Cre mediated ablation of DicerL/L and characterized the perturbed vascular patterning in the embryo proper and yolk-sac. We mechanistically defined an important role for miR-130a, an Etv2 downstream target, in the mediation of vascular patterning and angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232693/host-factors-that-promote-retrotransposon-integration-are-similar-in-distantly-related-eukaryotes
#3
Sudhir Kumar Rai, Maya Sangesland, Michael Lee, Caroline Esnault, Yujin Cui, Atreyi Ghatak Chatterjee, Henry L Levin
Retroviruses and Long Terminal Repeat (LTR)-retrotransposons have distinct patterns of integration sites. The oncogenic potential of retrovirus-based vectors used in gene therapy is dependent on the selection of integration sites associated with promoters. The LTR-retrotransposon Tf1 of Schizosaccharomyces pombe is studied as a model for oncogenic retroviruses because it integrates into the promoters of stress response genes. Although integrases (INs) encoded by retroviruses and LTR-retrotransposons are responsible for catalyzing the insertion of cDNA into the host genome, it is thought that distinct host factors are required for the efficiency and specificity of integration...
December 12, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232688/genotype-and-cell-specific-dynamics-of-tandem-repeat-patterns-in-aegilops-speltoides-tausch-poaceae-triticeae
#4
Olga Raskina
In wild plant populations, chromosome rearrangements lead to the wide intraspecific polymorphisms in the abundance and patterns of highly repetitive DNA. However, despite the large amount of accumulated data, the impact of the complex repetitive DNA fraction on genome reorganization and functioning and the mechanisms balancing and maintaining the structural integrity of the genome are not fully understood. Homologous recombination is thought to play a key role in both genome reshuffling and stabilization, while the contribution of nonhomologous recombination seems to be undervalued...
December 13, 2017: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232648/template-directed-fabrication-of-mil-101-cr-mesoporous-silica-composite-layer-packed-structure-and-enhanced-performance-for-co2-capture
#5
Chong Chen, Nengjie Feng, Qirui Guo, Zhong Li, Xue Li, Jing Ding, Lei Wang, Hui Wan, Guofeng Guan
A novel hybrid material constituted of MIL-101(Cr) and mesoporous silica was successfully assembled through an in-situ hydrothermal method. The MCM-41 with well-ordered mesopores acted as the structure-directing agent, which regulated the growth of MIL-101(Cr) crystals along a certain direction and restricted the expansion of framework. Meanwhile, the hydroxyl groups existed in MCM-41 preferentially coordinated with the Cr3+ centers in MOF, followed by the layer-packed arrangement of MIL-101(Cr) nanocrystals on the surface of matrix...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232636/magnetite-lanthanum-hydroxide-for-phosphate-sequestration-and-recovery-from-lake-and-the-attenuation-effects-of-sediment-particles
#6
Liping Fang, Ru Liu, Ji Li, Cuihong Xu, Li-Zhi Huang, Dongsheng Wang
An effective approach for eutrophication control and phosphate recovery remains a longstanding challenge. Herein, we present a new technique for phosphate sequestration in lake and phosphate recovery using novel magnetically recoverable magnetite/lanthanum hydroxide [M-La(OH)3] hybrids that can be prepared using a simple one-pot synthesis method. Batch studies show that M-La(OH)3 exhibits a strong sorption towards phosphate with sorption capacities of up to 52.7 mg-P/g at pH 7.0 in water. A simple model indicates that the efficiency of M-La(OH)3 for phosphate sequestration in lake is significantly attenuated by 34-45% compared to that in water, due to interference from sediment particles...
December 5, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232614/evaluation-of-carbon-nanotube-based-copper-nanoparticle-composite-for-the-efficient-detection-of-agroviruses
#7
Muhammad Ali Tahir, Sadia Z Bajwa, Shahid Mansoor, Rob W Briddon, Waheed S Khan, Brian E Scheffler, Imran Amin
We report a biosensor that combines the construction of a three-dimensional nanocomposite with electrochemical methods for the detection of viruses in plants. This is the first report, where carbon nanotubes are used as a conductive frame to anchor highly electrolytic agglomerates of copper nanoparticles to detect agroviruses. Morphological analysis of nanocomposite revealed the presence of carbon nanotubes having a diameter of 50-100nm with copper nanoparticles of 20-100nm, attached in the form of bunches...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232580/design-and-synthesis-of-novel-quinacrine-1-3-thiazinan-4-one-hybrids-for-their-anti-breast-cancer-activity
#8
V Raja Solomon, Sheetal Pundir, Hoang-Thanh Le, Hoyun Lee
In an attempt to develop effective and safe anticancer agents, we designed, synthesized and examined 23 novel quinacrine (QC) derivatives by combining the 9-aminoacridine scaffold and the [1,3]thiazinan-4-ones group. Most of these hybrids showed strong anticancer activities, among which 3-(3-(6-chloro-2-methoxyacridin-9-ylamino)propyl)-2-(thiophen-2-yl)-1,3-thiazinan-4-one (25; VR151) effectively killed many different cancer cell types, including eight breast cancer cell lines with different genetic background, two prostate cancer and two lung cancer cell lines...
December 9, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232563/immunologic-burden-links-periodontitis-to-acute-coronary-syndrome
#9
John M Liljestrand, Susanna Paju, Milla Pietiäinen, Kåre Buhlin, G Rutger Persson, Markku S Nieminen, Juha Sinisalo, Päivi Mäntylä, Pirkko J Pussinen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Periodontitis, a common polymicrobial inflammatory disease in the tooth supporting tissues, is a risk factor for coronary artery disease. One of the proposed underlying mechanisms is the systemic immune response to periodontal infection. We studied how serum antibodies against seven periodontal pathogens and their subgingival levels associate with each other, periodontitis, and coronary artery disease. METHODS: The Parogene cohort included 505 Finnish patients (mean age 63 y) who underwent coronary angiography, and clinical and radiographic oral examinations...
December 6, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232511/quadratic-response-properties-from-tddft-trials-and-tribulations
#10
Shane M Parker, Dmitrij Rappoport, Filipp Furche
We report on the efficient Turbomole implementation of quadratic response properties within the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) context that includes the static and dynamic dipole hyperpolarizability, ground-to-excited-state two-photon absorption amplitudes (through a single residue) and state-to-state one-photon absorption amplitudes (through a double residue). Our implementation makes full use of arbitrary (including non-Abelian) point-group symmetry as well as permutational symmetry and enables the calculation of nonlinear properties with hybrid density functionals for molecules with hundreds of atoms and thousands of basis functions at a cost that is a fixed multiple of the cost of the corresponding linear properties...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232503/calculation-of-magnetic-shielding-constants-with-meta-gga-functionals-employing-the-multipole-accelerated-resolution-of-the-identity-implementation-and-assessment-of-accuracy-and-efficiency
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Kevin Reiter, Fabian Mack, Florian Weigend
We present a highly efficient implementation for density functional calculations of chemical shielding constants. It employs the multipole-accelerated resolution of the identity for the calculation of the Coulomb part, which complements the usage of low order scaling routines for the evaluation of the exchange-correlation part and the Hartree-Fock exchange part. Introduced errors for shifts of chemical shielding constants of H, C, F and P are evaluated for respective test sets of molecules and are related to the accuracy of shifts obtained with hybrid and non-hybrid functionals of the generalized gradient approximation type as well as for meta-GGA functionals themselves, also considering solvation effects...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232376/che1-aatf-interacts-with-subunits-of-the-histone-acetyltransferase-core-module-of-saga-complexes
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Gizem Caliskan, Ikbal C Baris, Ferhan Ayaydin, Melanie J Dobson, Muge Senarisoy, Imre M Boros, Zeki Topcu, Sevil Zencir
General Control Non-derepressible 5 (GCN5) and Alteration/Deficiency in Activation 2 and 3 proteins (ADA2 and ADA3, respectively) are subunits of the Histone AcetylTransferase (HAT) module of SAGA- and ATAC-type co-activators. We previously reported four new interacting partners of human ADA3 identified by screening a human fetal brain cDNA library using yeast two hybrid technology. One of these partners was Apoptosis-Antagonizing Transcription Factor (AATF), also known as Che-1, an RNA polymerase II-binding protein with a number of roles in different cellular processes including regulation of transcription, cell proliferation, cell cycle control, DNA damage responses and apoptosis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232197/dna-based-construction-at-the-nanoscale-emerging-trends-and-applications
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Lourdu Xavier Paulraj, Arun Richard Chandrasekaran
The field of structural DNA nanotechnology has reached adolescence - starting with the creation of artificial immobile junctions leading to the recent DNA-protein hybrid nanoscale shapes - in a span of about 35 years. It is now possible to create complex DNA-based nanoscale shapes and assemblies with greater stability and predictability, thanks to the development of computational tools and advances in experimental techniques. Although started with the original goal of DNA-assisted structure determination of difficult-to-crystallize molecules, DNA nanotechnology has found its applications in a myriad of fields...
December 12, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232150/unusual-ferroelectricity-in-two-dimensional-perovskite-oxide-thin-films
#14
Jinlian Lu, Wei Luo, Junsheng Feng, Hongjun Xiang
Two-dimensional (2D) ferroelectricity have attracted much attention due to their applications in novel miniaturized devices such as non-volatile memories, field effect transistors and sensors. Since most of the commercial ferroelectric (FE) devices are based on ABO3 perovskite oxides, it is important to investigate the properties of 2D ferroelectricity in perovskite oxides thin films. Here, based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations, we find that there exist three kinds of in-plane ferroelectric states which originate from different microscopic mechanisms: (i) a proper FE state with the polarization along [110] due to the second-order Jahn-Teller effect related to the B ion with empty d-orbitals; (ii) a robust FE state with the polarization along [100] induced by the surface effect; (iii) a hybrid improper FE state with the polarization along [110] that is induced by the tri-linear coupling between two rotational modes and the A-site displacement...
December 12, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232100/engineering-stability-tunable-dna-micelles-using-photocontrollable-dissociation-of-an-intermolecular-g-quadruplex
#15
Cheng Jin, Xiaojing Liu, Huarong Bai, Ruowen Wang, Jie Tan, Xuehui Peng, Weihong Tan
Because of their facile preparation, small size (<100 nm), programmable design and biocompatibility, lipid-based DNA micelles show enormous potential as a tool to monitor biological events and treat human diseases. However, their structural stability in biological matrices suffers from spatiotemporal variability, thus limiting their in vivo use. Herein, we have engineered stability-tunable DNA micelleflares using photocontrollable dissociation of intermolecular G-quadruplexes, which confers DNA micelleflares with robust structural stability against disruption by serum albumin...
December 12, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232034/antibiotic-algae-by-chemical-surface-engineering
#16
Isabel Kerschgens, Karl Gademann
Chemical cell surface engineering is a valuable tool for modifying and altering cellular functions. Herein we report the introduction of an antibiotic phenotype to the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii by chemically modifying its cell surface. Flow cytometry and confocal microscopy studies demonstrated that a hybrid of the antibiotic vancomycin and a 4-hydroxyproline oligomer binds reversibly to the cell wall without affecting the viability and motility of the cells. The modified cells were used to inhibit bacterial growth of Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis cultures...
December 12, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232018/controllable-syntheses-for-mof-derived-materials
#17
Zuo Xi Li, Kang-Yu Zou
Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs), as an important kind of porous inorganic-organic hybrid materials with inherent outstanding physicochemistry characteristics, can be widely applied as versatile precursors for the facile preparation of functional MOF-derived materials. However, there is a plenty of sophisticated factors during the synthetic process, and it is far from reaching the goal of effectively controlling over the nature of MOF-derived materials (such as the composition, morphology and surface area). Therefore, it is urgently necessary to develop regular protocols and concepts for controllable syntheses of MOF-derived materials...
December 12, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231989/sexual-imprinting-and-speciation-in-two-peromyscus-species
#18
E K Delaney, H E Hoekstra
Sexual isolation, a reproductive barrier, can prevent interbreeding between diverging populations or species. Sexual isolation can have a clear genetic basis; however, it may also result from learned mate preferences that form via sexual imprinting. Here, we demonstrate that two sympatric species of mice-the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and its sister species, the cotton mouse (P. gossypinus)-hybridize only rarely in the wild despite co-occurrence in the same habitat and lack of any measurable intrinsic postzygotic barriers in laboratory crosses...
December 12, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231922/gene-expression-profiling-in-the-intestinal-mucosa-of-obese-rats-administered-probiotic-bacteria
#19
Julio Plaza-Díaz, Cándido Robles-Sánchez, Francisco Abadía-Molina, María José Sáez-Lara, Laura María Vilchez-Padial, Ángel Gil, Carolina Gómez-Llorente, Luis Fontana
We investigated whether the administration of Lactobacillus paracasei CNCM I-4034, Bifidobacterium breve CNCM I-4035 and Lactobacillus rhamnosus CNCM I-4036 modulate the expression of genes in the intestinal mucosa of obese Zucker rats. Forty-eight Zucker-Leprfa/fa and 16 Zucker lean Lepr+/fa rats were used. Eight Zucker lean Lepr+/fa and 8 Zucker-Leprfa/fa rats were euthanized as a reference. The remaining 40 Zucker-Leprfa/fa rats were then assigned to receive 1010 colony forming units (CFU) of one of the three probiotic strains, a mixture of L...
December 12, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29231902/mechanical-thermodynamic-and-electronic-properties-of-wurtzite-and-zinc-blende-gan-crystals
#20
Hongbo Qin, Xinghe Luan, Chuang Feng, Daoguo Yang, Guoqi Zhang
For the limitation of experimental methods in crystal characterization, in this study, the mechanical, thermodynamic and electronic properties of wurtzite and zinc-blende GaN crystals were investigated by first-principles calculations based on density functional theory. Firstly, bulk moduli, shear moduli, elastic moduli and Poisson's ratios of the two GaN polycrystals were calculated using Voigt and Hill approximations, and the results show wurtzite GaN has larger shear and elastic moduli and exhibits more obvious brittleness...
December 12, 2017: Materials
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