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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732005/filamin-actin-binding-and-titin-binding-fulfill-distinct-functions-in-z-disc-cohesion
#1
Nicanor González-Morales, Tristan K Holenka, Frieder Schöck
Many proteins contribute to the contractile properties of muscles, most notably myosin thick filaments, which are anchored at the M-line, and actin thin filaments, which are anchored at the Z-discs that border each sarcomere. In humans, mutations in the actin-binding protein Filamin-C result in myopathies, but the underlying molecular function is not well understood. Here we show using Drosophila indirect flight muscle that the filamin ortholog Cheerio in conjunction with the giant elastic protein titin plays a crucial role in keeping thin filaments stably anchored at the Z-disc...
July 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731978/differences-in-spatiotemporal-parameters-between-trained-runners-and-untrained-participants
#2
Josué Gómez-Molina, Ana Ogueta-Alday, Christopher Stickley, Jesús Cámara, Jon Cabrejas-Ugartondo, Juan García-López
Gómez-Molina, J, Ogueta-Alday, A, Stickley, C, Tobalina, JC, Cabrejas-Ugartondo, J, and García-López, J. Differences in spatiotemporal parameters between trained runners and untrained participants. J Strength Cond Res 31(8): 2169-2175, 2017-The aim of this study was to compare the spatiotemporal parameters of trained runners and untrained participants with the same foot strike pattern (rearfoot) during running at controlled speeds. Twenty-one participants were classified in 2 groups according to their training experience: Trained (n = 10, amateur runners with long distance training experience) and Untrained (n = 11, healthy untrained participants)...
August 2017: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731678/stable-and-efficient-cuo-based-photocathode-through-oxygen-rich-composition-and-au-pd-nanostructure-incorporation-for-solar-hydrogen-production
#3
Saeid Masudy-Panah, Roozbeh Siavash Moakhar, Chin Sheng Chua, Ajay Kumar Kushwaha, Goutam Kumar Dalapati
Enhancing stability against photo-corrosion and improving photocurrent response are the main challenges toward the development of cupric oxide (CuO) based photocathodes for solar-driven hydrogen production. In this paper, stable and efficient CuO-photocathodes have been developed using in-situ materials engineering and through gold-palladium (Au-Pd) nanoparticles deposition on the CuO surface. The CuO photocathode exhibits a photocurrent generation of ~3 mA/cm2 at 0V v/s RHE. Time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) analysis and X-ray spectroscopy (XPS) confirm the formation of oxygen-rich (O-rich) CuO film which demonstrate highly stable photocathode with retained photocurrent of ~90% for 20 minutes...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731105/a-comparative-vuv-absorption-mass-spectroscopy-study-on-protonated-peptides-of-different-size
#4
D Egorov, R Hoekstra, T Schlathölter
The ionization of gas-phase protonated peptides and proteins can induce molecular responses ranging from purely non-dissociative ionization to extensive multifragmentation of the system. In the case of soft X-ray photoionization, a monotonic transition between both regimes occurs in the mass range between 0.5 and 10 kDa. Despite the localized nature of the photoabsorption, excitation energy equilibrates before fragmentation sets in and the transition reflects the increase of the heat capacity with protein size...
July 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730086/peptidome-profiling-of-human-serum-of-uveal-melanoma-patients-based-on-magnetic-bead-fractionation-and-mass-spectrometry
#5
Xiang-Yu Shi, Qing Li, Wen-Bin Wei, Li-Ming Tao
AIM: To find new biomarkers for uveal melanoma (UM) by analyzing the serum peptidome profile. METHODS: Proteomic spectra in patients with UM before and after operation were analyzed and compared with those of healthy controls. Magnetic affinity beads were used to capture serum peptides and matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight (MALDI-TOF) mass spectrometer were used to compile serum peptide profiles. RESULTS: A panel of 49 peptides were differentially expressed between UM patients and controls, of which 33 peptides were of higher intensities in patient group and 16 peptides were of higher intensities in control group...
2017: International Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729891/vibrational-excitation-of-h2-scattering-from-cu-111-effects-of-surface-temperature-and-of-allowing-energy-exchange-with-the-surface
#6
Geert-Jan Kroes, J I Juaristi, M Alducin
In scattering of H2 from Cu(111), vibrational excitation has so far defied an accurate theoretical description. To expose the causes of the large discrepancies with experiment, we investigate how the feature due to vibrational excitation (the "gain peak") in the simulated time-of-flight spectrum of (v = 1, j = 3) H2 scattering from Cu(111) depends on the surface temperature (Ts) and the possibility of energy exchange with surface phonons and electron-hole pairs (ehp's). Quasi-classical dynamics calculations are performed on the basis of accurate semiempirical density functionals for the interaction with H2 + Cu(111)...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727859/space-flight-associated-neuro-ocular-syndrome
#7
Andrew G Lee, Thomas H Mader, C Robert Gibson, William Tarver
New and unique physiologic and pathologic systemic and neuro-ocular responses have been documented in astronauts during and after long-duration space flight. Although the precise cause remains unknown, space flight-associated neuro-ocular syndrome (SANS) has been adopted as an appropriate descriptive term. The Space Medicine Operations Division of the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has documented the variable occurrence of SANS in astronauts returning from long-duration space flight on the International Space Station...
July 20, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727460/2d-organic-superlattice-promoted-via-combined-action-of-%C3%AF-%C3%AF-stacking-and-dipole-dipole-interaction-in-discotic-liquid-crystals
#8
Wanying Zhang, Shuai-Feng Zhang, Zhenhu Zhang, Huanzhi Yang, Ao Zhang, Xingtian Hao, Jianchuang Wang, Chunxiu Zhang, Jialing Pu
A series of discotic liquid crystals based on hexapentyloxytriphenylene (HAT5) have been investigated where one out of the six ether side chains of a triphenylene core was replaced by an ester side chain and named for 5a-5h. During the process of studying these compounds, the characteristic straight line defect of ordered columnar structure was identified by polarizing optical microscopy (POM) and liquid crystal state over a wide temperature range was obtained by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Basic phase structure and molecular arrangement were assigned by one-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction (1D WAXD), small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), two-dimensional wide-angle X-ray diffraction (2D WAXD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM)...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727449/the-use-of-maldi-ms-combined-with-differential-hydrogen-deuterium-exchange-for-semi-automated-protein-global-conformational-screening
#9
Gregory F Pirrone, Heather Wang, Nicole Canfield, Alexander S Chin, Timothy A Rhodes, Alexey A Makarov
Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) coupled with a time-of-flight (TOF) mass-spectrometry (MS) detector is acknowledged to be very useful for analysis of biological molecules. At the same time, hydrogen-deuterium exchange (HDX) is a well-known technique for studying protein higher-order structure. However, coupling MALDI with HDX may be challenging due to undesired back-exchange reactions during analysis. In this report, we survey an approach that utilizes MALDI coupled with automated sample preparation to compare global conformational changes of proteins under different solution conditions using differential HDX...
July 20, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727429/elliptic-cylinder-airborne-sampling-and-geostatistical-mass-balance-approach-for-quantifying-local-greenhouse-gas-emissions
#10
Jovan M Tadić, Anna M Michalak, Laura T Iraci, Velibor Ilic, Sébastien C Biraud, Daniel R Feldman, Thaopaul V Bui, Matthew S Johnson, Max Loewenstein, Seongeun Jeong, Marc L Fischer, Emma L Yates, Ju-Mee Ryoo
In this study, we explore observational, experimental, methodological and practical aspects of the flux quantification of greenhouse gases from local point sources by using in-situ airborne observations, and suggest a series of conceptual changes to improve flux estimates. We address the major sources of uncertainty reported in previous studies by modifying (1) the shape of the typical flight path, (2) the modeling of covariance and anisotropy, and (3) the type of interpolation tools used. We show that a cylindrical flight profile offers considerable advantages compared to traditional profiles collected as curtains, although this new approach brings with it the need for a more comprehensive subsequent analysis...
July 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726036/proteolytic-effects-of-gingipains-on-trefoil-factor-family-peptides
#11
Ponlatham Chaiyarit, Janthima Jaresitthikunchai, Narumon Phaonakrop, Sittiruk Roytrakul, Barbara Potempa, Jan Potempa
OBJECTIVES: The present study was aimed to determine whether trefoil factor family (TFF) peptides which were generally considered to be resistant to proteolysis could be digested by gingipains, a major proteinases produced by Porphyromonas gingivalis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Recombinant human TFF1, TFF2, and TFF3 peptides were used as substrates. Gingipains including arginine gingipain (RgpB) and lysine gingipain (Kgp) were used as enzymes. Trypsin was used as a control protease...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Oral Investigations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725381/extending-bioacoustic-monitoring-of-birds-aloft-through-flight-call-localization-with-a-three-dimensional-microphone-array
#12
Phillip M Stepanian, Kyle G Horton, David C Hille, Charlotte E Wainwright, Phillip B Chilson, Jeffrey F Kelly
Bioacoustic localization of bird vocalizations provides unattended observations of the location of calling individuals in many field applications. While this technique has been successful in monitoring terrestrial distributions of calling birds, no published study has applied these methods to migrating birds in flight. The value of nocturnal flight call recordings can increase with the addition of three-dimensional position retrievals, which can be achieved with adjustments to existing localization techniques...
October 2016: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725003/distribution-of-salicifoline-in-freeze-fixed-stems-of-magnolia-kobus-as-observed-by-cryo-tof-sims
#13
Wakaba Okumura, Dan Aoki, Yasuyuki Matsushita, Masato Yoshida, Kazuhiko Fukushima
Alkaloids are basic nitrogen-containing chemicals that have important physiological and pharmacological characteristics. Many vascular plant species contain alkaloids, and their roles in planta are of interest. However, the detailed distribution of alkaloids remains unclear because of their low water solubility and low concentrations in plants. In this study, we visualized the distribution of salicifoline, a water-soluble quaternary ammonium alkaloid, in the freeze-fixed stems of Magnolia kobus by cryo time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724626/aerodynamic-modelling-of-a-cretaceous-bird-reveals-thermal-soaring-capabilities-during-early-avian-evolution
#14
Francisco José Serrano, Luis María Chiappe
Several flight modes are thought to have evolved during the early evolution of birds. Here, we use a combination of computational modelling and morphofunctional analyses to infer the flight properties of the raven-sized, Early Cretaceous bird Sapeornis chaoyangensis-a likely candidate to have evolved soaring capabilities. Specifically, drawing information from (i) mechanical inferences of the deltopectoral crest of the humerus, (ii) wing shape (i.e. aspect ratio), (iii) estimations of power margin (i.e. difference between power required for flight and available power from muscles), (iv) gliding behaviour (i...
July 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724284/inter-alpha-inhibitor-h4-as-a-potential-biomarker-predicting-the-treatment-outcomes-in-patients-with-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#15
Eun-Jung Lee, Seung-Hyun Yang, Kyoung-Jin Kim, Hyejung Cha, Seo Jin Lee, Ji-Hye Kim, Junkyu Song, Kyung-Hee Chun, Jinsil Seong
Purpose: Early prediction of treatment outcomes represents an essential step towards increased treatment efficacy and survival in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). In this study, we performed two-dimensional electrophoresis (2-DE) followed by protein profiling to identify biomarkers predictive of therapeutic outcomes in patients with HCC who received liver-directed therapy (LDTx) involving local radiotherapy (RT), and studied the underlying mechanisms of the identified proteins...
July 17, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722734/scavenging-and-recombination-kinetics-in-radiation-chemistry
#16
Eyad H Al-Samra, Nicholas J B Green
This work describes stochastic models developed to study the competition between radical scavenging and recombination for simple model systems typical of radiation chemistry, where the reactive particles are tightly clustered and reactions are assumed fully diffusion limited. Three models are developed: a Monte Carlo random flights model with a periodic boundary condition for scavengers, Monte Carlo simulations in which the scavenging rate is calculated from the Smoluchowski theory for diffusion-limited reactions and a modification of the independent reaction times method where the scavengers close to the spur are explicitly included and the scavengers further away are treated as a continuum...
July 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722418/urine-metabonomics-reveals-early-biomarkers-in-diabetic-cognitive-dysfunction
#17
Lili Song, Pengwei Zhuang, Mengya Lin, Mingqin Kang, Hongyue Liu, Yuping Zhang, Zhen Yang, Yunlong Chen, Yanjun Zhang
Recently, increasing attention has been paid to diabetic encephalopathy which is one of frequent diabetic complications and affects nearly 30% diabetics. Since cognitive dysfunction from diabetic encephalopathy might develop irreversible dementia, early diagnosis and detection of this disease is of great significance for its prevention and treatment. This study is to investigate the early specific metabolites biomarkers in the urine prior to the onset of diabetic cognitive dysfunction (DCD) by using metabolomics technology...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Proteome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722343/free-standing-photonic-glasses-fabricated-in-a-centrifugal-field
#18
Mengdi Chen, Danja Fischli, Lukas Schertel, Geoffroy J Aubry, Benedikt Häusele, Sebastian Polarz, Georg Maret, Helmut Cölfen
One efficient method to obtain disordered colloidal packing is to reduce the stability of colloidal particles by adding electrolytes to the colloidal dispersions. But the correct amount of additional electrolytes must be found empirically. Here, the effect of CaCl2 on polystyrene colloidal dispersions is studied, and a link between the amount of CaCl2 and the corresponding glassy colloidal structure is quantitatively built. A threshold concentration of CaCl2 is found by dynamic light scattering. When exceeding this threshold, different nanoparticle oligomers are observed in the dispersions by analytical ultracentrifugation...
July 19, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722283/comparative-analysis-of-storage-conditions-and-homogenization-methods-for-tick-and-flea-species-for-identification-by-maldi-tof-ms
#19
A Nebbak, B El Hamzaoui, J-M Berenger, I Bitam, D Raoult, L Almeras, P Parola
Ticks and fleas are vectors for numerous human and animal pathogens. Controlling them, which is important in combating such diseases, requires accurate identification, to distinguish between vector and non-vector species. Recently, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF-MS) was applied to the rapid identification of arthropods. The growth of this promising tool, however, requires guidelines to be established. To this end, standardization protocols were applied to species of Rhipicephalus sanguineus (Ixodida: Ixodidae) Latreille and Ctenocephalides felis felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae) Bouché, including the automation of sample homogenization using two homogenizer devices, and varied sample preservation modes for a period of 1-6 months...
July 19, 2017: Medical and Veterinary Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722200/the-gibraltar-sign-an-anatomic-landmark-for-predicting-transverse-sinus-dominance-laterality-on-conventional-mri
#20
David R Pettersson, Joel D McLouth, Benjamin Addicott, Jeffrey M Pollock, Ramon F Barajas
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Physiologic asymmetry of transverse sinus (TS) caliber is common and can lead to misinterpretation of magnetic resonance venography (MRV) studies of the brain. This retrospective study assesses the ability of multiple anatomic features on axial noncontrast T1-weighted images (T1WIs) of the brain to predict congenital TS dominance. METHODS: One hundred consecutively acquired combined MRI-MRV studies of the brain were reviewed. On noncontrast axial T1WI, each reviewer measured (1) inclination of the groove for the superior sagittal sinus (SSS), (2) angulation of the posterior falx, (3) laterality of the SSS flow void, and (4) laterality of the inferior-most occipital lobe...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
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