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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340525/enhanced-dielectric-environment-sensitivity-of-surface-plasmon-polariton-in-the-surface-barrier-heterostructures-based-on-corrugated-thin-metal-films-with-quasi-anticorrelated-interfaces
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Alexander V Korovin, Nicolas L Dmitruk, Sergii V Mamykin, Viktor I Myn'ko, Mariya V Sosnova
A new approach to the formation of a 1D planar periodicity on the front of a plasmonic photodetector based on Schottky barrier is proposed. It allows forming a 1D planar periodicity with corrugation at the "metal/environment" interface by laser interference lithography using embedded chalcogenide wires, whereas the "metal/semiconductor" interface is flat that leads to reducing of surface recombination losses at Shottky barrier in contrary to the conventional technology for forming corrugated metal films on the semiconductor surface requiring chemical etching of the semiconductor substrate...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340520/galangin-inhibits-human-osteosarcoma-cells-growth-by-inducing-transforming-growth-factor-%C3%AE-1-dependent-osteogenic-differentiation
#2
Chunhong Liu, Mingming Ma, Junde Zhang, Shaoliu Gui, Xiaohai Zhang, Shuangtao Xue
Osteosarcoma is the most common primary malignancy of the musculoskeletal system, and is associated with excessive proliferation and poor differentiation of osteoblasts. Currently, despite the use of traditional chemotherapy and radiotherapy, no satisfactory and effective agent has been developed to treat the disease. Herein, we found that a flavonoid natural product, galangin, could significantly attenuate human osteosarcoma cells proliferation, without causing obvious cell apoptosis. Moreover, galangin enhanced the expression of osteoblast differentiation markers (collagen type I, alkaline phosphatase, osteocalcin and osteopontin) remarkably and elevated the alkaline phosphatase activity in human osteosarcoma cells...
March 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340511/quantitative-mapping-reveals-age-and-sex-differences-in-vasopressin-but-not-oxytocin-immunoreactivity-in-the-rat-social-behavior-neural-network
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Brett T DiBenedictis, Elizabeth R Nussbaum, Harry K Cheung, Alexa H Veenema
The neuropeptides vasopressin (AVP) and oxytocin (OT) have been implicated in the regulation of numerous social behaviors in adult and juvenile animals. AVP and OT signaling predominantly occur within a circuit of interconnected brain regions known collectively as the "social behavior neural network" (SBNN). Importantly, AVP and OT signaling within the SBNN has been shown to differentially regulate diverse social behaviors, depending on the age and/or sex of the animal. We hypothesized that variation in the display of these behaviors is due in part to age and sex differences in AVP and OT synthesis within the SBNN...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340489/mir-34a-3p-alters-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-meningioma-cells-in-vitro-and-is-directly-targeting-smad4-frat1-and-bcl2
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Tamara V Werner, Martin Hart, Ruth Nickels, Yoo-Jin Kim, Michael D Menger, Rainer M Bohle, Andreas Keller, Nicole Ludwig, Eckart Meese
Micro (mi)RNAs are short, noncoding RNAs and deregulation of miRNAs and their targets are implicated in tumor generation and progression in many cancers. Meningiomas are mostly benign, slow growing tumors of the central nervous system with a small percentage showing a malignant phenotype.Following in silico prediction of potential targets of miR-34a-3p, SMAD4, FRAT1, and BCL2 have been confirmed as targets by dual luciferase assays with co-expression of miR-34a-3p and reporter gene constructs containing the respective 3'UTRs...
March 23, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340480/using-uhplc-q-trap-ms-as-a-complementary-technique-to-in-depth-mine-uplc-q-tof-ms-data-for-identifying-modified-nucleosides-in-urine
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Zhiwei Lu, Qing Wang, Meiling Wang, Shuang Fu, Qingqing Zhang, Zhixin Zhang, Huizhen Zhao, Yuehong Liu, Zhenhai Huang, Ziye Xie, Honghong Yu, Xiaoyan Gao
Modified nucleosides, metabolites of RNA, are potential biomarkers of cancer before the appearance of morphological abnormalities. It is of great significance to comprehensively detect and identify nucleosides in human urine for discovery of cancer biomarkers. However, the lower abundance, the greater polarity and the matrix effects make it difficult to detect urinary nucleosides. In this paper, an integrated method consisted of sample preparation followed by ultraperformance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC Q-TOF/MS) detection and primary identification, then ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with hybrid triple quadrupole linear ion trap mass spectrometer (UHPLC Q-Trap/MS) further identification and validation were introduced...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340475/irinotecan-upregulates-fibroblast-growth-factor-receptor-3-expression-in-colorectal-cancer-cells-which-mitigates-irinotecan-induced-apoptosis
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Zeynep N Erdem, Stefanie Schwarz, Daniel Drev, Christine Heinzle, Andrea Reti, Petra Heffeter, Xenia Hudec, Klaus Holzmann, Bettina Grasl-Kraupp, Walter Berger, Michael Grusch, Brigitte Marian
BACKGROUND: Irinotecan (IRI) is an integral part of colorectal cancer (CRC) therapy, but response rates are unsatisfactory and resistance mechanisms are still insufficiently understood. As fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (FGFR3) mediates essential survival signals in CRC, it is a candidate gene for causing intrinsic resistance to IRI. METHODS: We have used cell line models overexpressing FGFR3 to study the receptor's impact on IRI response. For pathway blockade, a dominant-negative receptor mutant and a small molecule kinase inhibitor were employed...
March 21, 2017: Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340464/a-review-on-various-electrochemical-techniques-for-heavy-metal-ions-detection-with-different-sensing-platforms
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REVIEW
BabanKumar Bansod, Tejinder Kumar, Ritula Thakur, Shakshi Rana, Inderbir Singh
Heavy metal ions are non-biodegradable and contaminate most of the natural resources occurring in the environment including water. Some of the heavy metals including Lead (Pb), Mercury (Hg), Arsenic (As), Chromium (Cr) and Cadmium (Cd) are considered to be highly toxic and hazardous to human health even at trace levels. This leads to the requirement of fast, accurate and reliable techniques for the detection of heavy metal ions. This review presents various electrochemical detection techniques for heavy metal ions those are user friendly, low cost, provides on-site and real time monitoring as compared to other spectroscopic and optical techniques...
March 18, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340449/right-hemisphere-pitch-mismatch-negativity-reduction-in-patients-with-major-depression-an-meg-study
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Noriaki Hirakawa, Yoji Hirano, Itta Nakamura, Shogo Hirano, Jinya Sato, Naoya Oribe, Takefumi Ueno, Shigenobu Kanba, Toshiaki Onitsuka
BACKGROUND: The mismatch negativity (MMN) component of the event-related potential and its magnetic counterpart, the MMNm, are generated by a mismatch between the physical features of a deviant stimulus and a neuronal sensory-memory trace produced by repetitive standard stimuli. Deficits in the MMN/MMNm have been reported in patients with major depression; however, the results are inconsistent. The present study investigated the pitch-MMNm in patients with major depression using whole-head 306-channel magnetoencephalography (MEG)...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340427/identification-and-characterization-of-a-%C3%AE-defensin-gene-involved-in-the-immune-defense-response-of-channel-catfish-ictalurus-punctatus
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Jieyao Zhu, Hong Wang, Jun Wang, Xingli Wang, Shuang Peng, Yi Geng, Kaiyu Wang, Pin Ouyang, Zhiqiong Li, Xiaoli Huang, Defang Chen
Antimicrobial peptides are small peptides that play important roles in a host's innate immune response. As an important antimicrobial peptide, β-defensin widely distribute in mammals, insects and plants with broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. In this study, the β-defensin gene of the channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus, was cloned, sequenced, and subjected to a bioinformatic analysis. The β-defensin gene of the channel catfish contains three exons and two introns, and encodes a precursor peptide consisting of two domains: a signal peptide of 24 amino acid residues and a mature peptide of 43 amino acid residues...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340426/porcine-parvovirus-induces-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathways-in-pk-15-cells-mediated-by-toll-like-receptors
#10
Liyan Cao, Jianfei Chen, Yanwu Wei, Hongyan Shi, Xin Zhang, Jing Yuan, Da Shi, Jianbo Liu, Xiangdong Zhu, Xin Wang, Shangjin Cui, Li Feng
Porcine parvovirus (PPV) is a pathogenic factor that primarily induces severe reproductive failure of pregnant swine, which results in extensive losses to the swine industry worldwide. In this study, a potential mechanism of PPV-induced activation of the nuclear transcription factor-kappaB (NF-κB) by infection in porcine kidney cells (PK-15) was elucidated for the first time. The subcellular localization of p65 analyzed by immunofluorescence assay (IFA) showed that PPV infection induced p65 translocation from the cytoplasm to the nucleus...
March 21, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340406/a-local-adjustment-strategy-for-the-initialization-of-dynamic-causal-modelling-to-infer-effective-connectivity-in-brain-epileptic-structures
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Wentao Xiang, Ahmad Karfoul, Huazhong Shu, Régine Le Bouquin Jeannès
This paper addresses the question of effective connectivity in the human cerebral cortex in the context of epilepsy. Among model based approaches to infer brain connectivity, spectral Dynamic Causal Modelling is a conventional technique for which we propose an alternative to estimate cross spectral density. The proposed strategy we investigated tackles the sub-estimation of the free energy using the well-known variational Expectation-Maximization algorithm highly sensitive to the initialization of the parameters vector by a permanent local adjustment of the initialization process...
March 7, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340396/spectral-studies-on-anthracene-based-dual-sensor-for-hg-2-and-al-3-ions-with-two-distinct-output-modes-of-detection
#12
Navneet Kaur, Baljeet Kaur
A simple and easily synthesized colorimetric and fluorescent chemosensor 1, based on aromatic OH and imine moieties as a binding and anthracene as signaling unit, has been synthesized in a one-step procedure. The chemosensor 1 is developed as a dual chemosensor for detection of Hg(2+) and Al(3+) ions in CH3OH, which exhibited a color change from light yellow to dark yellow with Hg(2+) ions, enabling 1 a suitable "bare eye" indicator for Hg(2+) ions. On the other hand, fluorescent enhancement with blue shift along with brilliant cyan fluorescence was observed upon binding with Al(3+) ions...
March 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340376/linarin-could-protect-myocardial-tissue-from-the-injury-of-ischemia-reperfusion-through-activating-nrf-2
#13
Qian Yu, Xin Li, Xia Cao
OBJECTIVES: As we all know, oxidative stress was one of the most important causes of ischemia-reperfusion injury. And it was reported that Nrf-2 as an important regulator for oxidative stress could be activated by Linarin. Thus it would be interesting to find whether Linarin could inhibit ischemia-reperfusion injury through activating Nrf-2. METHODS: In this study, cell activity was detected by MTT assay and caspase-3 activity detection kit. And the expressions or activities of some signal proteins were evaluated by western-blot or activity detection kits...
March 21, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340357/ruthenium-complexes-with-phenylterpyridine-derivatives-target-cell-membrane-and-trigger-death-receptors-mediated-apoptosis-in-cancer-cells
#14
Zhiqin Deng, Pan Gao, Lianling Yu, Bin Ma, Yuanyuan You, Leung Chan, Chaoming Mei, Tianfeng Chen
Elucidation of the communication between metal complexes and cell membrane may provide useful information for rational design of metal-based anticancer drugs. Herein we synthesized a novel class of ruthenium (Ru) complexes containing phtpy derivatives (phtpy = phenylterpyridine), analyzed their structure-activity relationship and revealed their action mechanisms. The result showed that, the increase in the planarity of hydrophobic Ru complexes significantly enhanced their lipophilicity and cellular uptake...
March 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340336/a-dna-based-t-cell-receptor-reveals-a-role-for-receptor-clustering-in-ligand-discrimination
#15
Marcus J Taylor, Kabir Husain, Zev J Gartner, Satyajit Mayor, Ronald D Vale
A T cell mounts an immune response by measuring the binding strength of its T cell receptor (TCR) for peptide-loaded MHCs (pMHC) on an antigen-presenting cell. How T cells convert the lifetime of the extracellular TCR-pMHC interaction into an intracellular signal remains unknown. Here, we developed a synthetic signaling system in which the extracellular domains of the TCR and pMHC were replaced with short hybridizing strands of DNA. Remarkably, T cells can discriminate between DNA ligands differing by a single base pair...
March 23, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340257/cd8-positive-t-cell-leukoencephalitis-with-astrocytopathy-clinically-presenting-as-neuromyelitis-optica
#16
Diana L Thomas, Jody Manners, Daniel Marker, Joseph Mettenburg, Geoffrey Murdoch, Bryan Stevens, Guoji Wang, Clayton Wiley
We describe a novel disease entity with the clinical and radiologic presentation of neuromyelitis optica (NMO) and widespread CD8-positive T-cell leukoencephalitis and astrocytopathy. The 59-year-old female patient had a complex 2-year neurological history that included early changes in cognition and memory, progressive lower extremity motor dysfunction, and multimodal sensory involvement. MRI of the spinal cord showed increased T2 signal in the central cord extending from C2 through T4. MRI of the brain showed symmetric radial enhancement in periventricular deep white matter without evidence of demyelinating lesions...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340249/orthodontic-strain-affects-the-hippo-pathway-effector-yap-concomitant-with-proliferation-in-human-periodontal-ligament-fibroblasts
#17
Diana Huelter-Hassler, Pascal Tomakidi, Thorsten Steinberg, Britta A Jung
Objectives: During orthodontic tooth movement (OTM), human periodontal ligament fibroblasts (hPDLFs) sense, and respond to mechanical forces. Since the molecular constituents involved in these processes are not fully elucidated, the objective of the present study was to identify further key molecules of the cellular strain response. Materials and Methods: Primary hPDLFs were strained with a static equiaxial strain of 2.5 per cent for 15 minutes, 1 hour, 6 hours, and 24 hours...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340155/identification-of-jasmonic-acid-and-jasmonoyl-isoleucine-and-characterization-of-aos-aoc-opr-and-jar1-in-the-model-lycophyte-selaginella-moellendorffii
#18
Putri Pratiwi, Genta Tanaka, Tomohiro Takahashi, Xiaonan Xie, Koichi Yoneyama, Hideyuki Matsuura, Kosaku Takahashi
Jasmonic acid (JA) is involved in a variety of physiological responses in seed plants. However, the detection and role of JA in lycophytes, a group of seedless vascular plants, have remained elusive until recently. This study provides the first evidence of 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid (OPDA), JA and jasmonoyl-isoleucine (JA-Ile) in the model lycophyte Selaginella moellendorffii. Mechanical wounding stimulated the accumulation of OPDA, JA and JA-Ile. These data were corroborated by the detection of enzymatically active allene oxide synthase (AOS), allene oxide cyclase (AOC), 12-oxo-phytodienoic acid reductase 3 (OPR3) and JA-Ile synthase (JAR1) in S...
March 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340115/cellular-senescence-in-mouse-hippocampus-after-irradiation-and-the-role-of-p53-and-p21
#19
Zoey Cheng, Yan Zhen Zheng, Yu-Qing Li, C Shun Wong
Diverse stress signals including irradiation may trigger cellular senescence. We asked whether irradiation induced senescence in mouse hippocampus, and whether p53 or p21 played a role in this response. Following whole-brain irradiation, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) arrays for senescence-associated genes showed increased expression of CDKN1A (p21) and CDKN2A (p19ARF) in mouse hippocampus at 9 weeks. Upregulation of p21 and p19ARF was confirmed using real-time PCR, which also demonstrated increased CDKN2A/p16INKa expression after irradiation...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340094/nlrp2-is-a-suppressor-of-nf-%C3%A6-b-signaling-and-hla-c-expression-in-human-trophoblasts
#20
Tamara Tilburgs, Torsten B Meissner, Leonardo M R Ferreira, Arend Mulder, Kiran Musunuru, Junqiang Ye, Jack L Strominger
During human pregnancy, fetal extravillous trophoblasts (EVT) play a key role in the regulation of maternal T cell and NK cell responses. EVT display a unique combination of Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA); EVT do not express HLA-A and HLA-B, but do express HLA-C, HLA-E and HLA-G. The mechanisms establishing this unique HLA expression pattern have not been fully elucidated. The MHC class I and class II transcriptional activators NLRC5 and CIITA are expressed neither by EVT nor by the EVT model cell line JEG3, which has an MHC expression pattern identical to that of EVT...
March 7, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
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