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Sanchaita Das, David G Lambright
Long-range tethering is a ubiquitous recognition event preceding membrane fusion. A new study shows that Rab GTPase binding causes 'entropic collapse' of the coiled-coil endosome tether EEA1, driving membrane apposition and facilitating short-range interactions required for fusion.
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Maryna Lapotka, María Ruz, Alberto Salamanca Ballesteros, Olga Ocón Hernández
PURPOSE: This study describes a new methodology-the cold pressor gel test (CPGT)-for delivering an accessible experimental pain stimulus, which is reproducible and safe for functional MRI (fMRI). METHODS: The cold pressor test was modified to put safety precautions into the CPGT. The material used is cool gelled water with a thickening product, which provides a stable temperature at 0.2 °C. Thirteen women with chronic pelvic pain were scanned using a 3 Tesla (T) MR scanner equipped with a 12-channel head coil...
October 25, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Raziye Mohammadpour, Shahrokh Safarian, Brandon Buckway, Hamidreza Ghandehari
Polymer architecture can influence biodistribution and the mode of presentation of bioactive agents to cells. Herein delivery, loading efficiency, and mode of cellular entry of polymer conjugates of the photosensitizer Meso-Tetra (4-Carboxyphenyl) Porphyrine (MTCP) are examined when attached to hyperbranched amine terminated poly(amido amine) (PAMAM) dendrimer or random coil linear N-(2-hydroxypropyl)methacrylamide (HPMA) copolymer containing free amines in the side chains. The in vitro dark cytotoxicity and phototoxicity of MTCP and related conjugates are assessed on mouth epidermal carcinoma (KB) and human adenocarcinoma alveolar basal epithelial (A549) cells...
October 25, 2016: Macromolecular Bioscience
Sujay Ray, Arundhati Banerjee
Thiosulphate oxidation (an essential mechanism) serves to maintain the global sulphur cycle. Earlier experimental and computational studies dealt with environmental thiosulphate oxidation but none dealt with thiosulphate oxidation from deep ocean belts. Wet-laboratory experimental research shows that epsilon-proteobacteria Sulfurimonas denitrificans possess sox (sulphur-oxidizing) operon and perform thiosulphate oxidation efficiently underneath the oceans. From this specific sox operon, SoxCD complex recycles the thiosulphate-bound SoxY from SoxYZ complex to balance the environmental sulphur cycle...
2016: Journal of Biophysics
Ilana Shtein, Rivka Elbaum, Benny Bar-On
To enhance the distribution of their seeds, plants often utilize hygroscopic deformations that actuate dispersal mechanisms. Such movements are based on desiccation-induced shrinkage of tissues in predefined directions. The basic hygroscopic deformations are typically actuated by a bi-layer configuration, in which shrinking of an active tissue layer is resisted by a stiff layer, generating a set of basic movements including bending, coiling, and twisting. In this study, we investigate a new type of functionally graded hygroscopic movement in the fruit (capsule) of sesame (Sesamum indicum L...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Yong-Kang Yang, Chao Yang, Waipan Chan, Zhaoquan Wang, Katelynn E Deibel, Joel L Pomerantz
The activation of NF-κB downstream of T Cell Receptor (TCR) engagement is a key signaling step required for normal lymphocyte function during the adaptive immune response. During TCR signaling, the adaptor protein Bcl10 is inducibly recruited to the CARD11 scaffold protein as part of a multicomponent complex that induces IKK kinase activity and NF-κB activation. Here we show that a consequence of this recruitment is the TCR-induced conjugation of Bcl10 with linear-linked polyubiquitin chains, to generate the signaling intermediate Lin(Ub)n-Bcl10, which is required for the association of Bcl10 with the NEMO subunit of the IKK complex...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Zenghui Qian, Xin Feng, Huibin Kang, Xiaolong Wen, Wenjuan Xu, Fei Zhao, Chuhan Jiang, Zhongxue Wu, Youxiang Li, Aihua Liu
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have reported the use of stent-assisted coiling (SAC) for wide-necked aneurysms in patients with acute subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH). This study attempted to determine whether it is safe and efficient to use SAC for wide-necked aneurysms during post-SAH days 4-10. METHODS: We reviewed 126 consecutive patients with ruptured wide-necked aneurysms who underwent SAC. The patients were classified into the early cohort (SAC was performed within post-SAH days 0-3) and late cohort (SAC was performed within post-SAH days 4-10)...
October 21, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Tiina Pirttimäki, Raimo A Salo, Artem Shatillo, Mikko I Kettunen, Jaakko Paasonen, Alejandra Sierra, Kimmo Jokivarsi, Ville Leinonen, Pedro Andrade, Simon Quittek, Asla Pitkänen, Olli Gröhn
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous EEG-fMRI is a valuable tool in the clinic as it provides excellent temporal and spatial information about normal and diseased brain function. In pre-clinical research with small rodents, obtaining simultaneous EEG-fMRI in longitudinal studies faces a number of challenges, including issues related to magnetic susceptibility artifacts. NEW METHOD: Here, we demonstrate a method for permanent MRI RF-coil and EEG electrode implantation in rats that is suitable for long-term chronic follow-up studies in both stimulus and resting-state fMRI paradigms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neuroscience Methods
Feiran Sun, Zhenguo Sun, Qiang Chen, Riichi Murayama, Hideo Nishino
To make clear the mode conversion behavior of S0-mode lamb wave and SH0-plate wave converting to the longitudinal mode guided wave and torsional mode guided wave in a pipe, respectively, the experiments were performed based on a previous built pipe inspection system. The pipe was wound with an L-shaped plate or a T-shaped plate as the waveguide, and the S0-wave and SH0-wave were excited separately in the waveguide. To carry out the objective, a meander-line coil electromagnetic acoustic transducer (EMAT) for S0-wave and a periodic permanent magnet (PPM) EMAT for SH0-wave were developed and optimized...
October 19, 2016: Sensors
Heinrich Krobath, Tao Chen, Hue Sun Chan
Volumetric properties of proteins bear directly on their biological functions in hyperbaric environments and are useful in general as a biophysical probe. To gain insight into conformation-dependent protein volume, we developed an implicit-solvent atomic chain model that transparently embodies two physical origins of volume. First, a fundamental geometric term capturing the van der Waals volume of the protein and the particulate, finite-size nature of the water molecules, modeled together by the volume encased by the protein's molecular surface...
October 24, 2016: Biochemistry
Mustafa Orhan Bulut, Mehmet Küçük, Şevket Ballı, Ahmet Çelebi
Hemolysis after percutaneous device closure of ventricular septal defect (VSD) is a rare complication that can be conservatively managed in the majority of cases. However, surgery or transcatheter occlusion may be necessary. Presently described is the successful treatment of hemolysis that developed after implantation of the Nit-Occlud Lê VSD coil, using the Amplatzer Duct Occluder II (ADO II) in a patient with aneurysmatic perimembranous VSD. Systolic murmur and symptoms immediately disappeared after the procedure...
October 2016: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Xiong Pu, Mengmeng Liu, Linxuan Li, Chi Zhang, Yaokun Pang, Chunyan Jiang, Lihua Shao, Weiguo Hu, Zhong Lin Wang
The triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG) is a promising mechanical energy harvesting technology, but its pulsed output and the instability of input energy sources make associated energy-storage devices necessary for real applications. In this work, feasible and efficient charging of Li-ion batteries by a rotating TENG with pulsed output current is demonstrated. In-depth discussions are made on how to maximize the power-storage efficiency by achieving an impedance match between the TENG and a battery with appropriate design of transformers...
January 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Haje Korth, Kim Strohbehn, Francisco Tejada, Andreas G Andreou, John Kitching, Svenja Knappe, S John Lehtonen, Shaughn M London, Matiwos Kafel
A miniature atomic scalar magnetometer based on the rubidium isotope (87)Rb was developed for operation in space. The instrument design implements both Mx and Mz mode operation and leverages a novel microelectromechanical system (MEMS) fabricated vapor cell and a custom silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) integrated circuit. The vapor cell has a volume of only 1 mm(3) so that it can be efficiently heated to its operating temperature by a specially designed, low-magnetic-field-generating resistive heater implemented in multiple metal layers of the transparent sapphire substrate of the SOS-CMOS chips...
August 2016: Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics
Yujin Han, HyoJin Song, Chang Woo Lee, Nguyễn Hoàng Ly, Sang-Woo Joo, Jun Hyuck Lee, Soon-Jong Kim, SangYoun Park
Ice nucleation protein (INP) with its functional domain consisting of multiple 48-residue repeat units effectively induces super-cooled water into ice. Circular dichroism and infrared deconvolution analyses on a soluble 240-residue fragment of Pseudomonas syringae InaZ (InaZ240) containing five 48-residue repeat units indicated that it is mostly composed of β-sheet and random coil. Analytical ultracentrifugation suggested that InaZ240 behaves as a monomer of an elongated ellipsoid. However, InaZ240 showed only minimum ice binding compared to anti-freeze proteins...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Julia M Boll, Kenneth W Sharp, C Louis Garrard, Thomas C Naslund, John A Curci, R James Valentine
BACKGROUND: True aneurysms of the gastroduodenal (GDA) and pancreaticoduodenal (PDA) arteries have been attributed to increased collateral flow due to tandem celiac artery stenosis or occlusion. While GDA/PDA aneurysm exclusion is recommended because of the high reported risk of rupture, it remains uncertain whether simultaneous celiac artery reconstruction is necessary to preserve end-organ flow. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective analysis of consecutive patients admitted 1996-2015 with true aneurysms of the GDA or PDA...
October 20, 2016: Journal of the American College of Surgeons
Tony Lu, Shayan Owji, Ponraj Chinnadurai, Thomas M Loh, Adeline Schwein, Alan B Lumsden, Jean Bismuth
A 62-year-old man with coronary artery disease and ischemic cardiomyopathy after coronary artery bypass grafting and insertion of a HeartMate II (Thoratec, Pleasanton, CA) left ventricular assist device (LVAD) presented with spontaneous incisional bleeding and an ascending aortic pseudoaneurysm. Aortic angiography revealed an anomalous connection between the pseudoaneurysm and the LVAD conduit. We were able to partially embolize the tract with standard techniques, but the patient returned with repeated bleeding...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Kouichi Misaki, Naoyuki Uchiyama, Masanao Mohri, Yasuhiro Aida, Takehiro Uno, Mitsutoshi Nakada
Dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) presenting with ocular symptoms, such as exophthalmos and chemosis, are commonly situated in cavernous sinus (CS). DAVFs at the sphenoid wing with a drainage route into the superior orbital vein (SOV) should be considered as one of differential diagnosis of ocular symptoms. A 41-year-old woman presented with progressive left-sided chemosis and proptosis after left pulsating tinnitus that disappeared spontaneously. Cerebral angiography showed that the fistula was situated along the inferior edge of the superior orbital fissure on the greater sphenoid wing and drained solely into the SOV without flowing into the CS that caused ocular symptoms...
October 19, 2016: World Neurosurgery
S Topin-Ruiz, J-M Debarre, E Blanchard, S Kettani, P-J Valmier, L Martin, Y Le Corre
BACKGROUND: Circumscribed palmar hypokeratosis (CPH) is a rare skin disease, first described in 2002, associated with sudden localized reduction of the corneal layer. In most cases, it presents as an isolated rounded erythematous palmar lesion on the thenar eminence. We describe the dermoscopic semiology of CPH in 3 cases. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Three patients between the ages of 59 and 72 presented very limited erythematous lesions suggestive of CPH. Dermoscopic examination of these lesions provided similar findings...
October 19, 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
Bertram J Wilm, Christoph Barmet, Simon Gross, Lars Kasper, S Johanna Vannesjo, Max Haeberlin, Benjamin E Dietrich, David O Brunner, Thomas Schmid, Klaas P Pruessmann
PURPOSE: The purpose of this work was to improve the quality of single-shot spiral MRI and demonstrate its application for diffusion-weighted imaging. METHODS: Image formation is based on an expanded encoding model that accounts for dynamic magnetic fields up to third order in space, nonuniform static B0 , and coil sensitivity encoding. The encoding model is determined by B0 mapping, sensitivity mapping, and concurrent field monitoring. Reconstruction is performed by iterative inversion of the expanded signal equations...
October 21, 2016: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
Ines Teichert, Miriam Lutomski, Ramona Märker, Minou Nowrousian, Ulrich Kück
During the sexual life cycle of filamentous fungi, multicellular fruiting bodies are generated for the dispersal of spores. The filamentous ascomycete Sordaria macrospora has a long history as a model system for studying fruiting body formation, and two collections of sterile mutants have been generated. However, for most of these mutants, the underlying genetic defect remains unknown. Here, we investigated the mutant spadix (spd) that was generated by X-ray mutagenesis in the 1950s and terminates sexual development after the formation of pre-fruiting bodies (protoperithecia)...
October 21, 2016: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
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