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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346827/effects-of-cerium-oxide-and-ferrocene-nanoparticles-addition-as-fuel-borne-catalysts-on-diesel-engine-particulate-emissions-environmental-and-health-implications
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Zhi-Hui Zhang, Rajasekhar Balasubramanian
This study systematically examined the potential impacts of doping CeO2 and Fe(C5H5)2 nanoparticles as fuel-borne catalysts (FBCs) to ultralow sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel on the physical, chemical and toxicological characteristics of diesel particulate matter (DPM). The FBCs-doped fuels are effective in promoting soot oxidation and reducing the DPM mass emissions, but lead to a significant increase in the total particle counts due to the formation of self-nucleated metallic nanoparticles. Compared to undoped ULSD, the FBCs-doped fuels result in higher concentrations of particle-phase polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and n-alkanes, higher fractions of organic carbon (OC) and water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in particles, show slight alterations in soot nanostructure, reduce soot ignition temperature and activation energy...
March 27, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346703/tunable-glut-hexose-binding-and-transport-via-modulation-of-hexose-c-3-hydrogen-bonding-capabilities
#2
Venkata Pavan Kondapi, Olivier Mohamad Soueidan, Christopher I Cheeseman, F G West
The importance of the hydrogen bonding interactions in the GLUT-hexose binding process has been demonstrated by studying the binding of structurally modified D-fructose analogues to GLUTs, and in one case its transport into cells. The presence of a hydrogen bond donor at the C-3 position of 2,5-anhydro-D-mannitol derivatives is essential for effective binding to GLUT5 and transport into tumor cells. Surprisingly, installation of a group that can function only as a hydrogen bond acceptor at C-3 resulted in selective recognition by GLUT1 rather than GLUT5...
March 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346510/study-on-the-biodegradation-of-crude-oil-by-free-and-immobilized-bacterial-consortium-in-marine-environment
#3
Qingguo Chen, Jingjing Li, Mei Liu, Huiling Sun, Mutai Bao
Five strains of bacteria, namely, Exiguobacterium sp. ASW-1, Pseudomonas aeruginosa strain ASW-2, Alcaligenes sp. ASW-3, Alcaligenes sp. ASS-1, and Bacillus sp. ASS-2, were isolated from the Zhejiang coast in China. The mixed flora of the five strains performed well with degrading 75.1% crude oil (1%, w/v) in 7 days. The calcium alginate-activated carbon embedding carrier was used to immobilize bacterial consortium. Immobilized cells performed better than free ones in variations of environmental factors containing incubated temperature, initial pH, salinity of the medium and crude oil concentration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346505/long-duration-effect-of-multi-factor-stresses-on-the-cellular-biochemistry-oil-yielding-performance-and-morphology-of-nannochloropsis-oculata
#4
Likun Wei, Xuxiong Huang
Microalga Nannochloropsis oculata is a promising alternative feedstock for biodiesel. Elevating its oil-yielding capacity is conducive to cost-saving biodiesel production. However, the regulatory processes of multi-factor collaborative stresses (MFCS) on the oil-yielding performance of N. oculata are unclear. The duration effects of MFCS (high irradiation, nitrogen deficiency and elevated iron supplementation) on N. oculata were investigated in an 18-d batch culture. Despite the reduction in cell division, the biomass concentration increased, resulting from the large accumulation of the carbon/energy-reservoir...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346501/a-tissue-specific-role-for-intraflagellar-transport-genes-during-craniofacial-development
#5
Elizabeth N Schock, Jaime N Struve, Ching-Fang Chang, Trevor J Williams, John Snedeker, Aria C Attia, Rolf W Stottmann, Samantha A Brugmann
Primary cilia are nearly ubiquitous, cellular projections that function to transduce molecular signals during development. Loss of functional primary cilia has a particularly profound effect on the developing craniofacial complex, causing several anomalies including craniosynostosis, micrognathia, midfacial dysplasia, cleft lip/palate and oral/dental defects. Development of the craniofacial complex is an intricate process that requires interactions between several different tissues including neural crest cells, neuroectoderm and surface ectoderm...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346474/the-microrna-205-5p-is-correlated-to-metastatic-potential-of-21t-series-a-breast-cancer-progression-model
#6
L Stankevicins, A Barat, P Dessen, Y Vassetzky, C V de Moura Gallo
MicroRNA is a class of noncoding RNAs able to base pair with complementary messenger RNA sequences, inhibiting their expression. These regulatory molecules play important roles in key cellular processes including cell proliferation, differentiation and response to DNA damage; changes in miRNA expression are a common feature of human cancers. To gain insights into the mechanisms involved in breast cancer progression we conducted a microRNA global expression analysis on a 21T series of cell lines obtained from the same patient during different stages of breast cancer progression...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346453/activity-induced-histone-modifications-govern-neurexin-1-mrna-splicing-and-memory-preservation
#7
Xinlu Ding, Sanxiong Liu, Miaomiao Tian, Wenhao Zhang, Tao Zhu, Dongdong Li, Jiawei Wu, HaiTeng Deng, Yichang Jia, Wei Xie, Hong Xie, Ji-Song Guan
Epigenetic mechanisms regulate the formation, consolidation and reconsolidation of memories. However, the signaling path from neuronal activation to epigenetic modifications within the memory-related brain circuit remains unknown. We report that learning induces long-lasting histone modifications in hippocampal memory-activated neurons to regulate memory stability. Neuronal activity triggers a late-onset shift in Nrxn1 splice isoform choice at splicing site 4 by accumulating a repressive histone marker, H3K9me3, to modulate the splicing process...
March 27, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346437/friction-forces-position-the-neural-anlage
#8
Michael Smutny, Zsuzsa Ákos, Silvia Grigolon, Shayan Shamipour, Verena Ruprecht, Daniel Čapek, Martin Behrndt, Ekaterina Papusheva, Masazumi Tada, Björn Hof, Tamás Vicsek, Guillaume Salbreux, Carl-Philipp Heisenberg
During embryonic development, mechanical forces are essential for cellular rearrangements driving tissue morphogenesis. Here, we show that in the early zebrafish embryo, friction forces are generated at the interface between anterior axial mesoderm (prechordal plate, ppl) progenitors migrating towards the animal pole and neurectoderm progenitors moving in the opposite direction towards the vegetal pole of the embryo. These friction forces lead to global rearrangement of cells within the neurectoderm and determine the position of the neural anlage...
March 27, 2017: Nature Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346426/mrl-proteins-cooperate-with-activated-ras-in-glia-to-drive-distinct-oncogenic-outcomes
#9
E Taylor, N Alqadri, L Dodgson, D Mason, E Lyulcheva, G Messina, D Bennett
The Mig10/RIAM/Lpd (MRL) adapter protein Lpd regulates actin dynamics through interactions with Scar/WAVE and Ena/VASP proteins to promote the formation of cellular protrusions and to stimulate invasive migration. However, the ability of MRL proteins to interact with multiple actin regulators and to promote serum response factor (SRF) signalling has raised the question of whether MRL proteins employ alternative downstream mechanisms to drive oncogenic processes in a context-dependent manner. Here, using a Drosophila model, we show that overexpression of either human Lpd or its Drosophila orthologue Pico can promote growth and invasion of Ras(V12)-induced cell tumours in the brain...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346425/chip-stub1-regulates-the-warburg-effect-by-promoting-degradation-of-pkm2-in-ovarian-carcinoma
#10
Y Shang, J He, Y Wang, Q Feng, Y Zhang, J Guo, J Li, S Li, Y Wang, G Yan, F Ren, Y Shi, J Xu, N Zeps, Y Zhai, D He, Z Chang
Tumor cells preferentially adopt aerobic glycolysis for their energy supply, a phenomenon known as the Warburg effect. It remains a matter of debate as to how the Warburg effect is regulated during tumor progression. Here, we show that CHIP (carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein), a U-box E3 ligase, suppresses tumor progression in ovarian carcinomas by inhibiting aerobic glycolysis. While CHIP is downregulated in ovarian carcinoma, induced expression of CHIP results in significant inhibition of the tumor growth examined by in vitro and in vivo experiments...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346424/skp2-deficiency-restricts-the-progression-and-stem-cell-features-of-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-by-destabilizing-twist
#11
D Ruan, J He, C-F Li, H-J Lee, J Liu, H-K Lin, C-H Chan
Castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) remains a major clinical challenge because of the lack of effective targeted therapy for its treatment. The mechanism underlying how CRPC gains resistance toward hormone depletion and other forms of chemotherapy is poorly understood. Research on understanding the factors that drive these processes is desperately needed to generate new therapies to cure the disease. Here, we discovered a fundamental role of S-phase protein kinase 2 (Skp2) in the formation and progression of CRPC...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346397/the-process-and-regulatory-components-of-inflammation-in-brain-oncogenesis
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REVIEW
A G M Mostofa, Surendra R Punganuru, Hanumantha Rao Madala, Mohammad Al-Obaide, Kalkunte S Srivenugopal
Central nervous system tumors comprising the primary cancers and brain metastases remain the most lethal neoplasms and challenging to treat. Substantial evidence points to a paramount role for inflammation in the pathology leading to gliomagenesis, malignant progression and tumor aggressiveness in the central nervous system (CNS) microenvironment. This review summarizes the salient contributions of oxidative stress, interleukins, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), cyclooxygenases, and transcription factors such as signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B-cells (NF-κB) and the associated cross-talks to the inflammatory signaling in CNS cancers...
March 27, 2017: Biomolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346365/an-amylase-like-protein-amyd-is-the-major-negative-regulator-for-%C3%AE-glucan-synthesis-in-aspergillus-nidulans-during-the-asexual-life-cycle
#13
Xiaoxiao He, Shengnan Li, Susan Kaminskyj
α-Glucan affects fungal cell-cell interactions and is important for the virulence of pathogenic fungi. Interfering with production of α-glucan could help to prevent fungal infection. In our previous study, we reported that an amylase-like protein, AmyD, could repress α-glucan accumulation in Aspergillus nidulans. However, the underlying molecular mechanism was not clear. Here, we examined the localization of AmyD and found it was a membrane-associated protein. We studied AmyD function in α-glucan degradation, as well as with other predicted amylase-like proteins and three annotated α-glucanases...
March 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346237/current-and-future-pharmacologic-treatment-of-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
#14
Bubu A Banini, Arun J Sanyal
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the aggressive form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), can progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular cancer in 5-15% of patients and is rapidly becoming the leading cause for end-stage liver disease. Dietary caloric restriction and exercise, currently the cornerstone of therapy for NAFLD, can be difficult to achieve and maintain, underscoring the dire need for pharmacotherapy. This review presents the agents currently used in managing NAFLD and their pharmacologic targets...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346215/enhanced-optoelectronic-quality-of-perovskite-films-with-excess-ch3nh3i-for-high-efficient-solar-cells-in-ambient-air
#15
Yunhai Zhang, Huiru Lv, Can Cui, Lingbo Xu, Peng Wang, Hao Wang, Xuegong Yu, Jiangsheng Xie, Jiabin Huang, Zeguo Tang, Deren Yang
The solution-processed polycrystalline perovskite film contributes critically to the high photovoltaic performance of perovskite based solar cells (PSCs). The inevitable electronic trap states at grain boundaries and the intrinsic defects such as metallic lead (Pb0) and halide vacancies in perovskite film cause serious carrier recombination loss. Furthermore, the film can easily decompose into PbI2 in moisture atmosphere. Here, we introduce a simple strategy through a small increase in methylammonium iodide (CH3NH3I, MAI) molar proportion (5%) for perovskite fabrication in ambient air with a ~50% relative humidity...
March 27, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346103/discovery-of-novel-gq-biased-lpa1-negative-allosteric-modulators
#16
Yuji Shimizu, Masaharu Nakayama
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) activates the G-protein-coupled receptor LPA1, which regulates various cellular processes, including cell proliferation and migration. Although LPA1 transduces cellular responses via Gq, Gi, and G12/13, associations between these signaling molecules and cellular phenotypes remain poorly characterized due to the lack of signal-specific pharmacological tools. Here, we characterized novel signal-biased modulators using multiple assays, including label-free impedance assays. LPA caused dramatic changes in cellular impedance in LPA1-expressing recombinant cells, which were susceptible to G-protein and protein kinase inhibitors...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346101/semiautomatic-high-content-analysis-of-complex-images-from-cocultures-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-and-macrophages
#17
Matthias Roeper, Ruediger C Braun-Dullaeus, Sönke Weinert
Automatization in microscopy, cell culture, and the ease of digital imagery allow obtainment of more information from single samples and upscaling of image-based analysis to high-content approaches. Simple segmentation algorithms of biological imagery are nowadays widely spread in biomedical research, but processing of complex sample structures, for example, variable sample compositions, cell shapes, and sizes, and rare events remains a difficult task. As there is no perfect method for image segmentation and fully automatic image analysis of complex content, we aimed to succeed by identification of unique and reliable features within the sample...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346100/robotic-mammosphere-assay-for-high-throughput-screening-in-triple-negative-breast-cancer
#18
P A Fitzpatrick, N Akrap, E M V Söderberg, H Harrison, G J Thomson, G Landberg
In order to identify novel treatment principles specifically affecting cancer stem cells in triple-negative breast cancer, we have developed a high-throughput screening method based on the mammosphere and anoikis resistance assays allowing us to screen compounds using a functional readout. The assay was validated against manual protocols and through the use of positive controls, such as the response to hypoxia and treatment with the known cancer stem cell-targeting compound salinomycin. Manual and robotic procedures were compared and produced similar results in cell handling, cell cultures, and counting techniques, with no statistically significant difference produced from either method...
February 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346096/a-novel-multiparametric-drug-scoring-method-for-high-throughput-screening-of-3d-multicellular-tumor-spheroids-using-the-celigo-image-cytometer
#19
Scott Cribbes, Sarah Kessel, Scott McMenemy, Jean Qiu, Leo Li-Ying Chan
Three-dimensional (3D) tumor models have been increasingly used to investigate and characterize cancer drug compounds. The ability to perform high-throughput screening of 3D multicellular tumor spheroids (MCTS) can highly improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of discovering potential cancer drug candidates. Previously, the Celigo Image Cytometer has demonstrated a novel method for high-throughput screening of 3D multicellular tumor spheroids. In this work, we employed the Celigo Image Cytometer to examine the effects of 14 cancer drug compounds on 3D MCTS of the glioblastoma cell line U87MG in 384-well plates...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346093/a-label-free-continuous-fluorescence-based-assay-for-monitoring-ornithine-decarboxylase-activity-with-a-synthetic-putrescine-receptor
#20
Mohamed Nilam, Philip Gribbon, Jeanette Reinshagen, Kathrin Cordts, Edzard Schwedhelm, Werner M Nau, Andreas Hennig
Polyamines play an important role in cell growth, differentiation, and cancer development, and the biosynthetic pathway of polyamines is established as a drug target for the treatment of parasitic diseases, neoplasia, and cancer chemoprevention. The key enzyme in polyamine biosynthesis is ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). We report herein an analytical method for the continuous fluorescence monitoring of ODC activity based on the supramolecular receptor cucurbit[6]uril (CB6) and the fluorescent dye trans-4-[4-(dimethylamino)styryl]-1-methylpyridinium iodide (DSMI)...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
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