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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651051/molecular-precision-at-micrometer-length-scales-hierarchical-assembly-of-dna-protein-nanostructures
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Daniel Schiffels, Veronika A Szalai, J Alexander Liddle
Robust self-assembly across length scales is a ubiquitous feature of biological systems, but remains challenging for synthetic structures. Taking a cue from biology - where disparate molecules work together to produce large, functional assemblies - we demonstrate how to engineer microscale structures with nanoscale features: Our self-assembly approach begins by using DNA polymerase to controllably create double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) sections on a single-stranded template. The single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) sections are then folded into a mechanically flexible skeleton by the origami method...
June 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650214/distinct-dna-methylation-profiles-in-bone-and-blood-of-osteoporotic-and-healthy-postmenopausal-women
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Sjur Reppe, Tonje G Lien, Yi-Hsiang Hsu, Vigdis T Gautvik, Ole K Olstad, Rona Yu, Hege G Bakke, Robert Lyle, Marianne K Kringen, Ingrid K Glad, Kaare M Gautvik
DNA methylation affects expression of associated genes and may contribute to the missing genetic effects from genome-wide association studies of osteoporosis. To improve insight into the mechanisms of postmenopausal osteoporosis, we combined transcript profiling with DNA methylation analyses in bone. RNA and DNA were isolated from 84 bone biopsies of postmenopausal donors varying markedly in bone mineral density (BMD). In all, 2529 CpGs in the top 100 genes most significantly associated with BMD were analyzed...
June 26, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650056/tailoring-the-local-environment-around-metal-ions-a-solution-chemical-and-structural-study-of-some-multidentate-tripodal-ligands
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Ferenc Matyuska, Attila Szorcsik, Nóra V May, Ágnes Dancs, Éva Kováts, Attila Bényei, Tamás Gajda
Manganese(ii), copper(ii) and zinc(ii) complexes of four polydentate tripodal ligands (tachpyr (N,N',N''-tris(2-pyridylmethyl)-cis,cis-1,3,5-triaminocyclohexane), trenpyr (tris[2-(2-pyridylmethyl)aminoethyl]amine, tach3pyr (N,N',N''-tris(3-pyridylmethyl)-cis,cis-1,3,5-triaminocyclohexane) and tren3pyr (tris[2-(2-pyridylmethyl)aminoethyl]amine)) were characterized in both solution and solid states. A combined evaluation of potentiometric, UV-VIS, NMR and EPR data allowed the conclusion of both thermodynamic and structural information about the complexes formed in solution...
June 26, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650033/chloride-assisted-supramolecular-assembly-of-a-luminescent-gigantic-cluster-ag216s56cl7-c-triple-bond-length-as-m-dash-cph-98-h2o-12-with-pseudo-th-skeleton-and-five-shell-arrangement
#4
Zi-Yi Chen, Dennis Y S Tam, Thomas C W Mak
Using a chloride-assisted supramolecular building-block approach, we have employed the molecular Cl@Agm(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CPh)n entity in the construction of a gigantic cluster namely [Ag216S56Cl7(C[triple bond, length as m-dash]CPh)98(H2O)12][Ag3(imidazole)(H2O)4](SbF6)2 (1), which contains the largest discrete organometallic cluster investigated by X-ray crystallography. Based on an icosahedral Cl@Ag12 kernel, this spheroidal cluster features an unprecedented five-shell structure Cl@Ag12@S12@Ag32@S44Cl6@Ag172 with idealized Th symmetry...
June 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649839/mechanistic-investigation-of-rh-i-catalyzed-cycloisomerization-of-benzylallene-internal-alkynes-via-c-h-activation
#5
Yasuaki Kawaguchi, Shigeo Yasuda, Chisato Mukai
Treatment of the benzylallene-internal alkynes with [RhCl(CO)2]2 effected a cycloisomerization via a Csp2-H bond activation to produce the tricyclo[9.4.0.0(3,8)]pentadecapentaene skeleton. The reaction mechanism via formation of the rhodabicyclo[4.3.0] intermediates and σ-bond metathesis between the Csp2-H bond on the benzene ring and the Csp2-Rh(III) bond was proposed. In addition, a plausible alternative mechanism for the previously reported cycloisomerization of the benzylallene-terminal alkynes could also be proposed...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649716/mechanism-of-microwave-assisted-pyrolysis-of-glucose-to-furfural-revealed-by-isotopic-tracer-and-quantum-chemical-calculations
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Liwei Bao, Lei Shi, Hu Luo, Lingzhao Kong, Shenggang Li, Wei Wei, Yuhan Sun
Glucose labelled with 13C or 18O was used to investigate the mechanism during its conversion into furfural by microwave-assisted pyrolysis. The isotopic content and location in furfural were determined from GC/MS and 13C NMR measurements and data analysis. Our results suggest that the carbon skeleton in furfural is mainly derived from the C-1 to C-5 of glucose. The C of the aldehyde group and the O of the furan ring in furfural are primarily originated from the C-1 and O-5 of glucose, respectively. For the first time, the source of the O of the furan ring in furfural was elucidated directly by experiments, which is consistent with predictions from recent quantum chemical calculations...
June 25, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649466/the-venice-specimen-of-ouranosaurus-nigeriensis-dinosauria-ornithopoda
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Filippo Bertozzo, Fabio Marco Dalla Vecchia, Matteo Fabbri
Ouranosaurus nigeriensis is an iconic African dinosaur taxon that has been described on the basis of two nearly complete skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous Gadoufaoua locality of the Ténéré desert in Niger. The entire holotype and a few bones attributed to the paratype formed the basis of the original description by Taquet (1976). A mounted skeleton that appears to correspond to O. nigeriensis has been on public display since 1975, exhibited at the Natural History Museum of Venice. It was never explicitly reported whether the Venice specimen represents a paratype and therefore, the second nearly complete skeleton reported in literature or a third unreported skeleton...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649420/functionally-and-morphologically-damaged-mitochondria-observed-in-auditory-cells-under-senescence-inducing-stress
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Teru Kamogashira, Ken Hayashi, Chisato Fujimoto, Shinichi Iwasaki, Tatsuya Yamasoba
We aimed at determining the mitochondrial function in premature senescence model of auditory cells. Short exposure to H2O2 (1 h, 0.1 mM) induced premature cellular senescence in House Ear Institute-Organ of Corti 1 auditory cells. The transmission electron microscopy analysis revealed that damaged mitochondria and autophagosomes containing dense organelles appeared in the auditory cells after short exposure to H2O2. The branch and junction parameters of the skeletonized image of the mitochondria were found to decrease significantly in H2O2-treated cells...
2017: NPJ Aging and Mechanisms of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649407/biofilm-disruption-by-an-air-bubble-reveals-heterogeneous-age-dependent-detachment-patterns-dictated-by-initial-extracellular-matrix-distribution
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Hongchul Jang, Roberto Rusconi, Roman Stocker
Bacteria often adhere to surfaces, where they form communities known as biofilms. Recently, it has been shown that biofilm formation initiates with the microscopically heterogeneous deposition of a skeleton of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) by individual cells crawling on the surface, followed by growth of the biofilm into a surface-covering continuum. Here we report microfluidic experiments with Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms showing that their "hidden" heterogeneity can affect the later dynamics of their disruption...
2017: NPJ Biofilms and Microbiomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649268/muscle-development-in-the-shark-scyliorhinus-canicula-implications-for-the-evolution-of-the-gnathostome-head-and-paired-appendage-musculature
#10
Janine M Ziermann, Renata Freitas, Rui Diogo
BACKGROUND: The origin of jawed vertebrates was marked by profound reconfigurations of the skeleton and muscles of the head and by the acquisition of two sets of paired appendages. Extant cartilaginous fish retained numerous plesiomorphic characters of jawed vertebrates, which include several aspects of their musculature. Therefore, myogenic studies on sharks are essential in yielding clues on the developmental processes involved in the origin of the muscular anatomy. RESULTS: Here we provide a detailed description of the development of specific muscular units integrating the cephalic and appendicular musculature of the shark model, Scyliorhinus canicula...
2017: Frontiers in Zoology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648821/caveolae-protect-notochord-cells-against-catastrophic-mechanical-failure-during-development
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Ye-Wheen Lim, Harriet P Lo, Charles Ferguson, Nick Martel, Jean Giacomotto, Guillermo A Gomez, Alpha S Yap, Thomas E Hall, Robert G Parton
The embryonic notochord is a flexible structure present during development that serves as scaffold for formation of the vertebrate spine. This rod-like organ is thought to have evolved in non-vertebrate chordates to facilitate locomotion by providing a rigid but flexible midline structure against which the axial muscles can contract. This hydrostatic "skeleton" is exposed to a variety of mechanical forces during oscillation of the body. There is evidence that caveolae, submicroscopic cup-shaped plasma membrane pits, can buffer tension in cells that undergo high levels of mechanical stress...
June 14, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646319/presence-of-enthesopathy-in-patients-with-primary-sjogren-s-syndrome-ultrasonographic-study-of-a-local-cohort
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Sinem Sag, Mustafa Serdar Sag, Ibrahim Tekeoglu, Ayhan Kamanlı, Kemal Nas
BACKGROUND: Musculoskeletal findings in Sjögren's syndrome are arthralgia, arthritis, myalgia, myositis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue. Enthesis zones are important in the formation of pain in the musculoskeletal system. Musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) may show subclinical enthesitis in the synovial joints and in the axial skeleton before joint swelling in inflammatory diseases characterized by arthritis. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to determine the presence of enthesopathy using the Madrid sonographic enthesitis index (MASEI) in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (PSS)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645689/duration-and-timing-of-daily-light-exposure-influence-the-rapid-shifting-of-balb-cj-mouse-circadian-locomotor-rhythms
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Thomas J Vajtay, Jeremy J St Thomas, Tyrus E Takacs, Eric G McGann, E Todd Weber
Photic entrainment of the murine circadian system can typically be explained with a discrete model in which light exposures near dusk and dawn can either advance or delay free-running rhythms to match the external light cycle period. In most mouse strains, the magnitude of those phase shifts is limited to several hours per day; however, the BALB/cJ mouse can re-entrain to large (6-8hour) phase advances of the light/dark cycle. In this study, we demonstrate that the circadian responses of BALB/cJ mice are dependent on duration as well as timing of light exposure, with significantly larger phase shifts resulting from >6-hour light exposures, yet loss of entrainment to photoperiods of <2-3h per day or to skeleton photoperiods...
June 20, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645539/gli1-labeled-adult-mesenchymal-stem-progenitor-cells-and-hedgehog-signaling-contribute-to-endochondral-heterotopic-ossification
#14
Chen Kan, Lijun Chen, Yangyang Hu, Na Ding, Yuyun Li, Tammy L McGuire, Haimei Lu, John A Kessler, Lixin Kan
Heterotopic ossification (HO), acquired or hereditary, endochondral or intramembranous, is the formation of true bone outside the normal skeleton. Since perivascular Gli1+ progenitors contribute to injury induced organ fibrosis, and CD133 is expressed by a variety of populations adult stem cells, this study utilized Cre-lox based genetic lineage tracing to test the contribution to endochondral HO of adult stem/progenitor cells that expressed either Gli1 or CD133. We found that both lineages contributed broadly to different normal tissues with distinct patterns, but that only Gli1-creERT labeled stem/progenitor cells contributed to all stages of endochondral HO in a BMP dependent, injury induced, transgenic mouse model...
June 20, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644418/new-mt%C3%A2-melatonin-receptor-selective-ligands-agonists-and-partial-agonists
#15
Jean A Boutin, Anne Bonnaud, Chantal Brasseur, Olivier Bruno, Nolwenn Lepretre, Peter Oosting, Sophie Coumailleau, Philippe Delagrange, Olivier Nosjean, Céline Legros
The search for melatonin receptor agonists and antagonists specific towards one of the receptor subtypes will extend our understanding of the role of this system in relaying circadian information to the body. A series of compounds derived from a hit compound discovered in a screening process led to powerful agonists specific for one of the isoform of the melatonin receptor namely, MT₂. The compounds are based on a poorly explored skeleton in the molecular pharmacology of melatonin. By changing the steric hindrance of one substituent (i...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643918/effect-of-cyclical-forces-on-orthodontic-tooth-movement-from%C3%A2-animals-to-humans
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REVIEW
F Uribe, E Dutra, T Chandhoke
Vibration as a non-invasive method is currently available for clinical use with the potential to accelerate the rate of tooth movement in orthodontics. The aim of this review was to evaluate the basic science and clinical literature on the effects of vibration on the axial and appendicular skeleton including the craniofacial bone. Vibration as a dynamic load consisting of high oscillatory forces of low magnitude has shown osteogenic and anti-catabolic effects on bone. These effects have been observed in the craniofacial skeleton including the alveolar bone as increases in sutural width and alveolar bone formation...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643917/estrogen-receptor-alpha-mediates-mandibular-condylar-cartilage-growth-in-male-mice
#17
J L Robinson, V Gupta, P Soria, E Clanaman, S Gurbarg, M Xu, J Chen, S Wadhwa
OBJECTIVES: In the appendicular skeleton, estrogen via ERα signalling has been shown to mediate endochondral growth plate fusion in both males and females. However, the role of ERα in mediating growth of the mandibular condylar cartilage is unknown. Thus, this study focuses on the characterization of the mandibular condylar cartilage phenotype in young and adult male ERαKO mice. SETTING: Columbia University Medical Center. MATERIAL AND METHODS: WT and ERαKO C57BL/6 male mice were sacrificed at 49 days or 9 months for phenotypic analysis...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643912/mouse-models-for-the-study-of-cranial-base-growth-and-anomalies
#18
REVIEW
S R Vora
The cranial base is a central and integral component of the cranioskeleton, yet little is known about its growth. Despite the dissimilarities between human and murine cranioskeletal form, mouse models are proving instrumental in studying craniofacial growth. The objectives of this review are to summarize recent findings from numerous mouse models that display growth defects in one or more cranial base synchondroses, with accompanying changes in chondrocyte cellular zones. Many of these models also display altered growth of the cranial vault and/or the facial region...
June 2017: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643829/efficient-scavenging-of-criegee-intermediates-on-water-by-surface-active-cis-pinonic-acid
#19
Shinichi Enami, A J Colussi
cis-Pinonic acid (CPA), the main product of the atmospheric oxidation of biogenic α-pinene emissions and a major component of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), is a potentially key species en route to extremely low volatility compounds. Here, we report that CPA is an exceptionally efficient scavenger of Criegee intermediates (CIs) on aqueous surfaces. Against expectations, millimolar CPA (a surface-active C10 keto-carboxylic acid possessing a rigid skeleton) is able to compete with 23 M bulk water for the CIs produced in the ozonolysis of sesquiterpene solutes by O3(g) on the surface of a water:acetonitrile solvent...
June 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643456/irf6-expression-in-basal-epithelium-partially-rescues-irf6-knockout-mice
#20
Youssef A Kousa, Dina Moussa, Brian C Schutte
BACKGROUND: Mutations in IRF6, CHUK (IKKA) and RIPK4 can lead to a disease spectrum that includes cutaneous, limb and craniofacial malformations. Loss of these alleles in the mouse leads to perinatal lethality and severe cutaneous, limb and craniofacial defects. Genetic rescue in the mouse has been shown for Ikka and Ripk4. RESULTS: Here, we show partial genetic rescue of Irf6 knockout embryos using the KRT14 promoter to drive Irf6 expression in the basal epithelium...
June 23, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
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