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Raquel Matoso Silva, Filomena Adega, Helena J Kjöllerström, Kim Labuschagne, Antoinette Kotze, Carlos Fernandes, Raquel Chaves, Maria do Mar Oom
Genets (Genetta) are a genus of African mammalian carnivorans with 14 currently recognized species, although taxonomic uncertainties remain, particularly regarding the number of species within the large-spotted genet complex. This study presents the first banded karyotype and molecular cytogenetic analysis of a genetically identified panther genet, Genetta maculata, the most common and widespread taxon of the large-spotted genet complex, with a wide distribution in sub-Saharan Africa. Sampled in Gauteng Province, South Africa, it could be assigned to the subspecies G...
October 27, 2016: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
Shanshan Li, Wenda Zhang, Yanwei Yang, Ting Ma, Jianpeng Guo, Shanshan Wang, Wenying Yu, Lingyi Kong
Constitutive activation of STAT3 has been found in a wide variety of cancers and demonstrated as a very attractive therapeutic target. Disrupting both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein was hypothesized to greatly deactivate STAT3, therefore, treating cancers. To demonstrate the hypothesis, two series of novel resveratrol-caffeic acid hybrids were designed aiming to regulate both acetylation and phosphorylation of STAT3 protein, which is also the first report of the synthetic inhibitors simultaneously regulating two biological reactions of STAT3 to our knowledge...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Dária Neves, Meritxell Sabidó, Camila Bôtto-Menezes, Nina Schwartz Benzaken, Lucília Jardim, Cynthia Ferreira, André Leturiondo, Camila Gurgel Dos Santos, Adele Schwartz Benzaken
Screening for Chlamydia trachomatis is not routinely offered to young asymptomatic women in Brazil. This study evaluated the performance, usefulness, and operational suitability of the Digene Hybrid Capture II (HCII) CT-ID DNA-test as an opportunistic screening tool to detect C. trachomatis in the public health system in Manaus, Amazonas State. Women aged 14-25 years who attended primary health care services were interviewed and one cervical specimen was collected during cytological screening. The HCII CT test was evaluated for its ability to detect the presence of C...
October 20, 2016: Cadernos de Saúde Pública
María V Cardo, Alejandra Rubio, Melania Junges, Darío Vezzani, Aníbal E Carbajo
Given their medical and veterinary relevance, the members of the Pipiens Assemblage are a worldwide target of ecological research. The distribution of Culex pipiens s.s. and Cx. quinquefasciatus converge in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where hybrids have been detected. Each member of the assemblage exhibits a distinct eco-physiological behaviour that can affect its efficiency in pathogen transmission. Our aim was to identify the environmental drivers for the spatio-temporal distribution of each member, focusing on latitudinal and urbanisation gradients...
October 24, 2016: Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Marc B Anglès d'Auriac
Avoiding complementarity between primers when designing a PCR assay constitutes a central rule strongly anchored in the mind of the molecular scientist. 3'-complementarity will extend the primers during PCR elongation using one another as template, consequently disabling further possible involvement in traditional target amplification. However, a 5'-complementarity will leave the primers unchanged during PCR cycles, albeit sequestered to one another, therefore also suppressing target amplification. We show that 5'-complementarity between primers may be exploited in a new PCR method called COMplementary-Primer-Asymmetric (COMPAS)-PCR, using asymmetric primer concentrations to achieve target PCR amplification...
2016: PloS One
Debodyuti Dutta, Sabyashachi Mishra
In the fight against bacterial infections and antibiotic resistance, the dapE-encoded N-succinyl-L,L-diaminopimelic acid desuccinylase (DapE) is a potentially safe target enzyme. The role of Glu134, His67, and His349 residues in the binding and hydrolysis of N-succinyl-L,L-diaminopimelic acid (SDAP) are investigated by employing MD simulation and hybrid QM/MM calculations of E134D, H67A, and H349A mutants of DapE. The free energy of substrate binding obtained from MM-PBSA approach correctly reproduced the experimentally observed ordering of substrate affinity, i...
October 26, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Liang Shen, Yanjun Fang, Dong Wang, Yang Bai, Yehao Deng, Mengmeng Wang, Yongfeng Lu, Jinsong Huang
A self-powered,solution-processed perovskite photodetector with sub-nanosecond response time is presented. Eliminating charge trapping and removing the constraints from the resistance-capacitance constant increases the response speed, which enables them to be applied in a homemade, time-resolved photoluminescence system that successfully resolves the decay process of typical fluorescence and phosphorescent materials with a recombination lifetime from several nanoseconds to microseconds.
October 26, 2016: Advanced Materials
Andriy Shevchenko, Maksym Barabash
It was established that at low temperatures, quantum oscillations of a pair of interacting nanoscale structural inhomogeneities (vertical Bloch lines) occur in a domain wall of stripe domain in uniaxial ferromagnetic film. The effective mass of vertical Bloch line and conditions for this effect were determined. The effect can be used in the hybrid storage devices bit + q-bit.
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Li Liu, Weiping Chen, Min Nie, Fengjuan Zhang, Yu Wang, Ailing He, Xiaonan Wang, Gen Yan
OBJECTIVES: To handle the emergence of the regional healthcare ecosystem, physicians and surgeons in various departments and healthcare institutions must process medical images securely, conveniently, and efficiently, and must integrate them with electronic medical records (EMRs). In this manuscript, we propose a software as a service (SaaS) cloud called the iMAGE cloud. METHODS: A three-layer hybrid cloud was created to provide medical image processing services in the smart city of Wuxi, China, in April 2015...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine
E P Kopantsev, M B Kostina, E V Grankina, M R Kopantseva, V I Egorov, E D Sverdlov
Hybrid therapeutic gene FCU1 gene was cloned into a lentiviral expression vector and the therapeutic effect of its expression was studied in three pancreatic cancer cell lines. Expression of FCU1 gene sensitized cells of two of three studied pancreatic cancer cell lines to 5-fluorocytosine. In addition, uracil phosphoribosyl transferase activity of the hybrid FCU1 protein increased sensitivity of transfected cells of all three studied pancreatic cancer cell lines to 5-fluorouracil, a standard chemotherapeutic agent...
October 26, 2016: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
Ya Li, Hui Han, Lin Yan He, Qi Wang, Xia Fang Sheng
A hydroponic culture experiment was performed to investigate the effects of endophytic Bacillus megaterium H3 on the plant biomass, Cd accumulation and tolerance of hybrid pennisetum, and the mechanisms involved in the different levels of Cd-contaminated aquatic environments. Strain H3 significantly increased the plant growth (ranging from 13 to 71 %) and total Cd uptake (ranging from 41 to 160 %) but decreased Cd translocation factors of hybrid pennisetum treated with 0-20 μM Cd compared with the controls...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Yuwen Wang, Chao Xu, Kang Li, Xiaojie Cai, Min Wu, Guoxiang Chen
Iron deficiency is an important abiotic stress that limits productivity of crops all over the world. We selected a hybrid rice (Oryza sativa L.), LYPJ, which is super high-yield and widely cultured in China, to investigate changes in the components and structure of thylakoid membranes and photosynthetic performance in response to iron deficiency. Our results demonstrated that photosystem I (PSI) is the primary target for iron deficiency, while the changes in photosystem II (PSII) are important for rebuilding a balance in disrupted energy utilization and dissipation caused by differential degradation of photosynthetic components...
October 25, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Roger M Pallares, Michel Bosman, Nguyen T K Thanh, Xiaodi Su
A hybrid system made of gold nanorods (AuNRs) and double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) is used to build a versatile multi-logic gate platform, capable of performing six different logic operations. The sequence-specific binding of transcription factors to the DNA drives the optical response of the design.
October 26, 2016: Nanoscale
Kwangjin Park, Jun-Ho Park, Suk-Gi Hong, Byungjin Choi, Seung-Woo Seo, Jin-Hwan Park, Kyoungmin Min
The effect of bi-functional coatings consisting of Zr and phosphate (P) on the electrochemical performance of Li1.0Ni0.8Co0.15Mn0.05O2 (NCM) has been investigated. The presence of various types of Zr and P compounds such as oxides (ZrO2 and Li2ZrO3) and phosphates (Zr2P2O9, ZrP2O7 and LiZr2(PO4)3) in the coating was confirmed by experiments as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations. When the NCM samples were coated with the Zr/P hybrid material, the cycle retention and the amount of removed Li residuals (LiOH, Li2CO3) were enhanced by the synergistic effect from Zr and P...
October 26, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Donna L Johnston, Jacqueline Halton, Mylène Bassal, Robert J Klaassen, Karen Mandel, Raveena Ramphal, Ewurabena Simpson, Li Peckan
Providing the best care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings to pediatric oncology patients is all programs goal. Using continuous improvement methodologies, we changed from a solely team-based physician care model to a hybrid model. All patients were assigned a dedicated oncologist. There would then be 2 types of weeks of outpatient clinical service. A "Doc of the Day" week where each oncologist would have a specific day in clinic when their assigned patients would be scheduled, and then a "Doc of the Week" week where one physician would cover clinic for the week...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Seiichi Yamamoto, Tadashi Watabe, Hayato Ikeda, Yasukazu Kanai, Kazuhiro Ichikawa, Motonao Nakao, Katsuhiko Kato, Jun Hatazawa
PURPOSE: Positron emission tomography (PET) has high sensitivity for imaging radioactive tracer distributions in subjects. However, it is not possible to image free radical distribution in a subject by PET. Since free radicals are quite reactive, they are related to many diseases, including but not limited to cancer, inflammation, strokes, and heart disease. The Overhauser enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (OMRI) is so far the only method that images free radical distribution in vivo...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Steven Michiels, Antoine D'Hollander, Nicolas Lammens, Mathias Kersemans, Guozhi Zhang, Jean-Marc Denis, Kenneth Poels, Edmond Sterpin, Sandra Nuyts, Karin Haustermans, Tom Depuydt
PURPOSE: 3D printing technology is investigated for the purpose of patient immobilization during proton therapy. It potentially enables a merge of patient immobilization, bolus range shifting, and other functions into one single patient-specific structure. In this first step, a set of 3D printed materials is characterized in detail, in terms of structural and radiological properties, elemental composition, directional dependence, and structural changes induced by radiation damage. These data will serve as inputs for the design of 3D printed immobilization structure prototypes...
October 2016: Medical Physics
Kyle G Reeves, Yi Yao, Yosuke Kanai
Recent technical advances in dealing with finite-size errors make quantum Monte Carlo methods quite appealing for treating extended systems in electronic structure calculations, especially when commonly used density functional theory (DFT) methods might not be satisfactory. We present a theoretical study of martensitic phase transition energetics of a two-dimensional phosphorene by employing diffusion Monte Carlo (DMC) approach. The DMC calculation supports DFT prediction of having a rather diffusive barrier that is characterized by having two transition states, in addition to confirming that the so-called black and blue phases of phosphorene are essentially degenerate...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Arne Luenser, Jörg Kussmann, Christian Ochsenfeld
We present a (sub)linear-scaling algorithm to determine indirect nuclear spin-spin coupling constants at the Hartree-Fock and Kohn-Sham density functional levels of theory. Employing efficient integral algorithms and sparse algebra routines, an overall (sub)linear scaling behavior can be obtained for systems with a non-vanishing HOMO-LUMO gap. Calculations on systems with over 1000 atoms and 20 000 basis functions illustrate the performance and accuracy of our reference implementation. Specifically, we demonstrate that linear algebra dominates the runtime of conventional algorithms for 10 000 basis functions and above...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
E Villa, J Cagigas, B Aja, L de la Fuente, E Artal
A 30% bandwidth phase shifter with four phase states is designed to be integrated in a radio astronomy receiver. The circuit has two 90° out-of-phase microwave phase-shifting branches which are combined by Wilkinson power dividers. Each branch is composed of a 180° phase shifter and a band-pass filter. The 180° phase shifter is made of cascaded hybrid rings with microwave PIN diodes as switching devices. The 90° phase shift is achieved with the two band-pass filters. Experimental characterization has shown significant results, with average phase shift values of -90...
September 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
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