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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29221390/%C3%AF-scf-a-direct-energy-targeting-method-to-mean-field-excited-states
#1
Hong-Zhou Ye, Matthew Welborn, Nathan D Ricke, Troy Van Voorhis
The mean-field solutions of electronic excited states are much less accessible than ground state (e.g., Hartree-Fock) solutions. Energy-based optimization methods for excited states, like Δ-SCF (self-consistent field), tend to fall into the lowest solution consistent with a given symmetry-a problem known as "variational collapse." In this work, we combine the ideas of direct energy-targeting and variance-based optimization in order to describe excited states at the mean-field level. The resulting method, σ-SCF, has several advantages...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219742/dietary-exposure-and-risk-assessment-of-polychlorinated-dibenzo-p-dioxins-polychlorinated-dibenzofurans-and-dioxin-like-polychlorinated-biphenyls-of-the-population-in-the-region-of-valencia-spain
#2
Leyre Quijano, Silvia Marín, Encarnación Millan, Vicent Yusà, Guillermina Font, Olga Pardo
Dietary exposure of the Valencia Region population to polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) was assessed in the Region of Valencia in 2010-2011. A total of 7700 food samples were collected. Occurrence data were combined with consumption data to estimate dietary exposure in adults (> 15 years of age) and young people (6-15 years of age). The estimated intake was calculated by a probabilistic approach. Average intake levels (upper-bound scenario) were 1...
December 8, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29216147/wide-field-interferometric-measurement-of-a-nonstationary-complex-coherence-function
#3
Roxana Rezvani Naraghi, Heath Gemar, Mahed Batarseh, Andre Beckus, George Atia, Sergey Sukhov, Aristide Dogariu
Spatial coherence function (SCF) is a complex function of two spatial coordinates that, in general, carries more information than the bare intensity distribution. A fast and quantitatively accurate measurement of the SCF is extremely important for a range of applications in optical sensing and imaging. Here, we demonstrate an efficient two-step procedure for measuring the full-field complex coherence function. The measurement relies on an optimized design of a wavefront shearing interferometer capable of characterizing spatially inhomogeneous fields over an extended angular domain...
December 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29211311/method-and-basis-set-dependence-of-the-nics-indexes-of-aromaticity-for-benzene
#4
Łukasz Gajda, Teobald Kupka, Małgorzata A Broda, Małgorzata Leszczyńska, Krzysztof Ejsmont
The role of theory level in prediction of benzene magnetic indexes of aromaticity is analyzed and compared with calculated nuclear magnetic shieldings of 3 He used as NMR probe. Three closely related nucleus-independent chemical shift (NICS) based indexes were calculated for benzene at SCF-HF, MP2, and DFT levels of theory and the impact of basis set on these quantities was studied. The changes of benzene NICS(0), NICS(1) and NICS(1)zz parameters calculated using SCF-HF, MP2 and several density functionals were within 1 to 3 ppm...
December 6, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207043/naringenin-induces-laxative-effects-by-upregulating-the-expression-levels-of-c-kit-and-scf-as-well-as-those-of-aquaporin-3-in-mice-with-loperamide-induced-constipation
#5
Jianqiao Yin, Yichao Liang, Dalu Wang, Zhaopeng Yan, Hongzhuan Yin, Di Wu, Qi Su
Constipation is a common affliction which causes discomfort and affects the quality of life of affected individuals. Naringenin (NAR), a natural flavonoid widely found in citrus fruits and tomatoes, has been reported to exhibit various pharmacological effects, such as anti-inflammatory, anti-atherogenic, anti-mutagenic, hepatoprotective and anticancer effects. Increasing evidence has indicated that NAR has potential for use in the treatment of constipation. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the laxative effects of NAR in mice with loperamide-induced (Lop-induced) constipation...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29201435/endothelial-nitric-oxide-synthase-gene%C3%A2-polymorphisms-in-patients-with-slow%C3%A2-coronary-flow
#6
Nurzen Sezgin, Abdullah Tekin, Fatma Belgin Atac, Hasibe Verdi, Alpay Turan Sezgin
Background and aims: The aim of this study was to explore potential associations of the intron 4 variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) and E298A polymorphisms of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) gene with slow coronary flow (SCF). The association between plasma nitrate and nitrite (NO x ) concentrations and eNOS gene polymorphisms was also assessed. Materials and methods: The intron 4 VNTR and E298A polymorphisms of the eNOS gene were evaluated in the isolated DNA blood samples obtained from the SCF patient group (n = 30) and healthy group consisted of age- and sex-matched controls (n = 61)...
September 2017: Interventional Medicine & Applied Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199612/involvement-of-different-genes-expressions-during-immunological-and-inflammatory-responses-in-vitiligo
#7
Chandra Kant Sharma, Monika Sharma, Kanika Prasad
Vitiligo is a condition of the skin distinguished by hypo-pigmentation. Etiology of this disorder is unknown, and several theories and mechanisms have been hypothesized. The inflammatory response in vitiligo is thought to be mediated by polymorphism in genes such as FOXP3, ACE, APE, GSTP1, TLR, SOD, CTLA-4, TAP/LMP gene cluster, etc. Theories including reactive oxygen species model, Nrf2-antioxidant response element (ARE) pathway, WNT pathway, tyrosinase activity, biochemical, molecular, and cellular alterations have been hypothesized to explain vitiligo pathogenesis...
2017: Critical Reviews in Eukaryotic Gene Expression
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29193736/development-of-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-in-the-human-digestive-tract-as-the-result-of-reciprocal-induction-of-mesenchymal-and-neural-crest-cells
#8
REVIEW
Goran Radenkovic, Dina Radenkovic, Aleksandra Velickov
Neural crest cells (NCC) can migrate into different parts of the body and express their strong inductive potential. In addition, they are multipotent and are able to differentiate into various cell types with diverse functions. In the primitive gut, NCC induce differentiation of muscular structures and interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC), and they themselves differentiate into the elements of the enteric nervous system (ENS), neurons and glial cells. ICC develop by way of mesenchymal cell differentiation in the outer parts of the primitive gut wall around the myenteric plexus (MP) ganglia, with the exception of colon, where they appear simultaneously also at the submucosal border of the circular muscular layer around the submucosal plexus (SMP) ganglia...
November 28, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29192328/crispr-cas9-mediated-knockout-of-pissk1-reveals-essential-role-of-s-locus-f-box-protein-containing-scf-complexes-in-recognition-of-non-self-s-rnases-during-cross-compatible-pollination-in-self-incompatible-petunia-inflata
#9
Linhan Sun, Teh-Hui Kao
Function of Petunia PiSSK1. Self-incompatibility (SI), an inbreeding-preventing mechanism, is regulated in Petunia inflata by the polymorphic S-locus, which houses multiple pollen-specific S-locus F-box (SLF) genes and a single pistil-specific S-RNase gene. S 2-haplotype and S 3-haplotype possess the same 17 polymorphic SLF genes (named SLF1 to SLF17), and each SLF protein produced in pollen is assembled into an SCF (Skp1-Cullin1-F-box) E3 ubiquitin ligase complex. A complete suite of SLF proteins is thought to collectively interact with all non-self S-RNases to mediate their ubiquitination and degradation by the 26S proteasome, allowing cross-compatible pollination...
November 30, 2017: Plant Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29182640/changes-in-the-interstitial-cells-of-cajal-and-neuronal-nitric-oxide-synthase-positive-neuronal-cells-with-aging-in-the-esophagus-of-f344-rats
#10
Hee Jin Kim, Nayoung Kim, Yong Sung Kim, Ryoung Hee Nam, Sun Min Lee, Ji Hyun Park, Daeun Choi, Young-Jae Hwang, Jongchan Lee, Hye Seung Lee, Min-Seob Kim, Moon Young Lee, Dong Ho Lee
The aging-associated cellular and molecular changes in esophagus have not been established, yet. Thus we evaluated histological structure, interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs), neuronal nitric oxide synthase (nNOS)-positive cells, and contractility in the esophagus of Fischer 344 rat at different ages (6-, 31-, 74-weeks, and 2-years). The lamina propria thickness and endomysial area were calculated. The immunoreactivity of c-Kit, nNOS and protein gene product (PGP) 9.5 was counted after immunohistochemistry. Expression of c-Kit, stem cell factor (SCF), nNOS and PGP 9...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181066/stem-cell-factor-in-the-serum-of-patients-with-esophageal-cancer-in-relation-to-its-histological-types
#11
Marta Łukaszewicz-Zając, Barbara Mroczko, Mirosław Kozłowski, Maciej Szmitkowski
Introduction: Hematopoietic growth factors (HGFs), such as stem cell factor (SCF), may stimulate proliferation and differentiation of hematopoietic progenitor cells. Stem cell factor is also able to affect the growth of malignant tumors, including esophageal cancer (EC). The prognosis of EC patients' survival is still unfavorable. Thus, novel biomarkers are necessary to improve the diagnosis and prognosis of EC patients. The aim of this study was to determine the serum SCF concentrations in EC patients in relation to its histological types and compare these levels with the classical tumor marker - carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA)...
October 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167380/self-oligomerization-regulates-stability-of-survival-motor-neuron-smn-protein-isoforms-by-sequestering-an-scf-slmb-degron
#12
Kelsey M Gray, Kevin A Kaifer, David Baillat, Ying Wen, Thomas R Bonacci, Allison D Ebert, Amanda C Raimer, Ashlyn M Spring, Sara Ten Have, Jacqueline J Glascock, Kushol Gupta, Gregory D Van Duyne, Michael J Emanuele, Angus I Lamond, Eric J Wagner, Christian L Lorson, A Gregory Matera
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is caused by homozygous mutations in human SMN1 Expression of a duplicate gene (SMN2) primarily results in skipping of exon 7 and production of an unstable protein isoform, SMNΔ7. Although SMN2 exon skipping is the principal contributor to SMA severity, mechanisms governing stability of SMN isoforms are poorly understood. We used a Drosophila model system and label-free proteomics to identify the SCF(Slmb) ubiquitin E3 ligase complex as a novel SMN binding partner. SCF(Slmb) interacts with a phospho-degron embedded within the human and fruitfly SMN YG-box oligomerization domains...
November 22, 2017: Molecular Biology of the Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164190/upgrading-well-plates-using-open-microfluidic-patterning
#13
Samuel B Berry, Tianzi Zhang, John H Day, Xiaojing Su, Ilham Z Wilson, Erwin Berthier, Ashleigh B Theberge
Cellular communication between multiple cell types is a ubiquitous process that is responsible for vital physiological responses observed in vivo (e.g., immune response, organ function). Many in vitro coculture strategies have been developed, both in traditional culture and microscale systems, and have shown the potential to recreate some of the physiological behaviors of organs or groups of cells. A fundamental limitation of current systems is the difficulty of reconciling the additional engineering requirements for creating soluble factor signaling systems (e...
November 22, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154825/the-scf-ubiquitin-ligase-slimb-controls-nerfin-1-turnover-in-drosophila
#14
Xiaohui Lin, Feng Wang, Yuanpei Li, Chaojun Zhai, Guiping Wang, Xiaoting Zhang, Yang Gao, Tao Yi, Dan Sun, Shian Wu
The C2H2 type zinc-finger transcription factor Nerfin-1 expresses dominantly in Drosophila nervous system and plays an important role in early axon guidance decisions and preventing neurons dedifferentiation. Recently, increasing reports indicated that INSM1 (homologue to nerfin-1 in mammals) is a useful marker for prognosis of neuroendocrine tumors. The dynamic expression of Nerfin-1 is regulated post-transcriptionally by multiple microRNAs; however, its post-translational regulation is still unclear. Here we showed that the protein turnover of Nerfin-1 is regulated by Slimb, the substrate adaptor of SCF(Slimb) ubiquitin ligase complex...
November 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153350/management-of-mobilization-failure-in-2017
#15
REVIEW
Sinem Namdaroglu, Serdal Korkmaz, Fevzi Altuntas
In contemporary clinical practice, almost all allogeneic transplantations and autologous transplantations now capitalize on peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) as opposed to bone marrow (BM) for the source of stem cells. In this context, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) plays a pivotal role as the most frequently applied frontline agent for stem cell mobilization. For patients classified as high-risk, chemotherapy based mobilization regimens can be preferred as a first choice and it is notable that this also used for remobilization...
November 8, 2017: Transfusion and Apheresis Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151585/defining-the-molecular-basis-of-oncogenic-cooperation-between-tal1-expression-and-pten-deletion-in-t-all-using-a-novel-pro-t-cell-model-system
#16
S Bornschein, S Demeyer, R Stirparo, O Gielen, C Vicente, E Geerdens, B Ghesquière, S Aerts, J Cools, C E de Bock
T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is caused by the accumulation of multiple mutations combined with the ectopic expression of transcription factors in developing T cells. However, the molecular basis underlying cooperation between transcription factor expression and additional oncogenic mutations in driving T-ALL has been difficult to assess due to limited robust T cell model systems. Here we utilize a new ex vivo pro-T cell model to study oncogenic cooperation. Using a systems biological approach we first dissect the pro-T cell signaling network driven by interleukin-7 (Il7), stem cell factor (Scf) and Notch1 and identify key downstream Akt, Stat, E2f and Myc genetic signaling networks...
November 20, 2017: Leukemia: Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150959/nono-ubiquitination-is-mediated-by-fbw7-and-gsk3-%C3%AE-via-a-degron-lost-upon-chromosomal-rearrangement-in-cancer
#17
Luigi Alfano, Antonella Caporaso, Angela Altieri, Caterina Costa, Iris M Forte, Carmelina A Iannuzzi, Daniela Barone, Luca Esposito, Antonio Giordano, Francesca Pentimalli
NONO is an RNA-binding protein involved in transcription, mRNA splicing, DNA repair and checkpoint activation in response to UV radiation. NONO expression has been found altered in several tumour types, including prostate, colon, breast, melanoma and in papillary renal carcinoma, in which an X chromosome inversion generates a NONO-TFE3 fusion protein. Upon such rearrangement, NONO loses its C-terminal domain. Through bioinformatics analysis, we identified a putative degron motif, known to be recognized by the Skp1-Cul1-F-box-protein (SCF) complex...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149593/notch2-hajdu-cheney-mutations-escape-scf-fbw7-dependent-proteolysis-to-promote-osteoporosis
#18
Hidefumi Fukushima, Kouhei Shimizu, Asami Watahiki, Seira Hoshikawa, Tomoki Kosho, Daiju Oba, Seiji Sakano, Makiko Arakaki, Aya Yamada, Katsuyuki Nagashima, Koji Okabe, Satoshi Fukumoto, Eijiro Jimi, Anna Bigas, Keiichi I Nakayama, Keiko Nakayama, Yoko Aoki, Wenyi Wei, Hiroyuki Inuzuka
Hajdu-Cheney syndrome (HCS), a rare autosomal disorder caused by heterozygous mutations in NOTCH2, is clinically characterized by acro-osteolysis, severe osteoporosis, short stature, neurological symptoms, cardiovascular defects, and polycystic kidneys. Recent studies identified that aberrant NOTCH2 signaling and consequent osteoclast hyperactivity are closely associated with the bone-related disorder pathogenesis, but the exact molecular mechanisms remain unclear. Here, we demonstrate that sustained osteoclast activity is largely due to accumulation of NOTCH2 carrying a truncated C terminus that escapes FBW7-mediated ubiquitination and degradation...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148237/supraclavicular-flap-repair-in-the-free-flap-era
#19
REVIEW
Jodie Trautman, Sinclair Gore, Matthew Potter, Jonathan Clark, Dylan Hyam, Ngian C Tan, Quan Ngo, Bruce Ashford
BACKGROUND: Supraclavicular flap (SCF) repair is widely reported in head and neck surgery in select patients and defects. The authors' objective is to present our series of 30 patients who underwent SCF repair for varying defects and to review the scope and outcome of SCF repair in the literature. METHODS: The authors contributed primary evidence of 30 cases of SCF repair. Our outcomes are compared with those reported in the last 5 years' literature; 33 articles published between January 2012 and January 2017 that present original clinical experience of 528 SCFs...
November 17, 2017: ANZ Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147949/physical-activity-across-adulthood-and-subjective-cognitive-function-in-older-men
#20
Elinor Fondell, Mary Kay Townsend, Leslie Diane Unger, Olivia Ifeoma Okereke, Francine Grodstein, Alberto Ascherio, Walter Churchill Willett
Low subjective cognitive function (SCF), which is associated with APOE4 genotype, adversely impacts quality of life and has predicted clinical dementia. We examined whether physical activity during early adulthood or mid-to-late life is associated with late-life SCF. We followed 28,481 US male health professionals aged 40-75 years who reported their physical activity in 1986 and biennially thereafter. SCF was reported in 2008 and 2012. The SCF score was averaged for the 2008 and 2012 assessments and categorized as "good", "moderate", and "poor"...
November 17, 2017: European Journal of Epidemiology
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