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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449549/fabrication-of-tio2-nanosheet-aarrays-graphene-cu2o-composite-structure-for-enhanced-photocatalytic-activities
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Jinzhao Huang, Ke Fu, Xiaolong Deng, Nannan Yao, Mingzhi Wei
TiO2 NSAs/graphene/Cu2O was fabricated on the carbon fiber to use as photocastalysts by coating Cu2O on the graphene (G) decorated TiO2 nanosheet arrays (NSAs). The research focus on constructing the composite structure and investigating the reason to enhance the photocatalytic ability. The morphological, structural, and photocatalytic properties of the as-synthesized products were characterized. The experimental results indicate that the better photocatalytic performance is ascribed to the following reasons...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449477/continuous-administration-of-recombinant-human-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-can-improve-heart-and-renal-function-in-patients-after-cardiopulmonary-bypass-surgery
#2
Shiguan Le, Jian Xiao, Wei Li, Jing Wang, Qing Wang, Wang Xi, Jibin Xu, Zhinong Wang
BACKGROUND: Any cardiac surgery under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) will induce ischemia-reperfusion injury and systematic inflammatory response, which may lead to exacerbation. Conventional therapy strategy is to use inotropes, diuretics and vasodilator drugs, yet, the therapeutic effects of which need to be improved. Recombinant human B-type natriuretic peptide (rhBNP) has been shown to be efficacious in the treatment of acute decompensated heart failure and acute myocardial infarction...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449314/characterization-of-the-anti-cd22-targeted-therapy-moxetumomab-pasudotox-for-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#3
Ichiko Kinjyo, Ksenia Matlawska-Wasowska, Xiaoru Chen, Noel R Monks, Patricia Burke, Stuart S Winter, Bridget S Wilson
Moxetumomab pasudotox is a second-generation recombinant immunotoxin against CD22 on B-cell lineages. Antileukemic activity has been demonstrated in children with chemotherapy-refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL), with variable responses. Here, we report in vitro and in vivo evaluation of moxetumomab pasudotox treatment of human cell lines and patient-derived cells as a preliminary study to understand characteristics of sensitivity to treatment. Binding, internalization, and apoptosis were evaluated using fluorescently tagged moxetumomab pasudotox...
April 27, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449276/the-efficacy-of-thrombolysis-in-lacunar-stroke-evidence-from-the-austrian-stroke-unit-registry
#4
C C J Eggers, C Bocksrucker, L Seyfang
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous thrombolysis (ivT) with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator is established in acute ischaemic stroke. Little is known, however, about its efficacy in different stroke subtypes. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 128 733 patients from the Austrian Stroke Unit Registry was performed. Patients were classified as lacunar (LacS) or non-lacunar ischaemic stroke (nonLacS) by use of the clinical syndrome and technical findings...
April 27, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449076/qtl-analysis-of-the-developmental-response-to-l-glutamate-in-arabidopsis-roots-and-its-genotype-by-environment-interactions
#5
Pia Walch-Liu, Rhonda C Meyer, Thomas Altmann, Brian G Forde
Primary root growth in Arabidopsis and a number of other species has previously been shown to be remarkably sensitive to the presence of external glutamate, with glutamate signalling eliciting major changes in root architecture. Using two recombinant inbred lines from reciprocal crosses between Arabidopsis accessions C24 and Col-0, we have identified one large-effect quantitative trait locus (QTL), GluS1, and two minor QTLs, GluS2 and GluS3, which together accounted for 41% of the phenotypic variance in glutamate sensitivity...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448741/chromophore-attachment-to-fusion-protein-of-streptavidin-and-recombinant-allophycocyanin-alpha-subunit
#6
Jing Wu, Huaxin Chen, Peng Jiang
The fusion protein (SLA) of streptavidin and allophycocyanin alpha subunit (holo-ApcA) was biosynthesized in Escherichia coli by a dual plasmid system. The recombinant SLA, purified by affinity chromatography, showed spectral properties similar to natural allophycocyanin alpha subunit (ApcA). Spectral and Zinc staining analysis indicated that the recombinant SLA covalently bound phycocyanobilin (PCB). To improve chromophorylation rate of recombinant SLA, an in vitro chromophore attachment reaction system was established, which contained partially chromophylated SLA, PCB and lyase CpcS...
April 27, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448614/obtaining-retrotransposon-sequences-analysis-of-their-genomic-distribution-and-use-of-retrotransposon-derived-genetic-markers-in-lentil-lens-culinaris-medik
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Rita Rey-Baños, Luis E Sáenz de Miera, Pedro García, Marcelino Pérez de la Vega
Retrotransposons with long terminal repeats (LTR-RTs) are widespread mobile elements in eukaryotic genomes. We obtained a total of 81 partial LTR-RT sequences from lentil corresponding to internal retrotransposon components and LTRs. Sequences were obtained by PCR from genomic DNA. Approximately 37% of the LTR-RT internal sequences presented premature stop codons, pointing out that these elements must be non-autonomous. LTR sequences were obtained using the iPBS technique which amplifies sequences between LTR-RTs...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448610/characterization-and-expression-analysis-of-galnts-in-developing-strongylocentrotus-purpuratus-embryos
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Amber L Famiglietti, Zheng Wei, Thomas M Beres, Adina L Milac, Duy T Tran, Divya Patel, Robert C Angerer, Lynne M Angerer, Lawrence A Tabak
Mucin-type O-glycosylation is a ubiquitous posttranslational modification in which N-Acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc) is added to the hydroxyl group of select serine or threonine residues of a protein by the family of UDP-GalNAc:Polypeptide N-Acetylgalactosaminyltransferases (GalNAc-Ts; EC 2.4.1.41). Previous studies demonstrate that O-glycosylation plays essential roles in protein function, cell-cell interactions, cell polarity and differentiation in developing mouse and Drosophila embryos. Although this type of protein modification is highly conserved among higher eukaryotes, little is known about this family of enzymes in echinoderms, basal deuterostome relatives of the chordates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448603/evaluation-of-immunogenicity-and-protective-efficacy-of-recombinant-outer-membrane-proteins-of-haemophilus-parasuis-serovar-5-in-a-murine-model
#9
Miao Li, Ru-Jian Cai, Shuai Song, Zhi-Yong Jiang, Yan Li, Hong-Chao Gou, Pin-Pin Chu, Chun-Ling Li, Hua-Ji Qiu
Glässer's disease is an economically important infectious disease of pigs caused by Haemophilus parasuis. Few vaccines are currently available that could provide effective cross-protection against various serovars of H. parasuis. In this study, five OMPs (OppA, TolC, HxuC, LppC, and HAPS_0926) identified by bioinformatic approaches, were cloned and expressed as recombinant proteins. Antigenicity of the purified proteins was verified through Western blotting, and primary screening for protective potential was evaluated in vivo...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448574/fusion-expression-of-occludin-extracellular-loops-and-an-%C3%AE-helical-bundle-a-new-research-model-for-tight-junction
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Xiaojing Chi, Xia Zhao, Wei Wang, Yuqiang Niu, Min Cheng, Xiuying Liu, Sheng Cui, Wei Yang
Tight junctions (TJs) are the outermost structures of intercellular junctions and are highly specialized membrane domains involved in many important cellular processes. However, most TJ proteins are four-time transmembrane proteins and are difficult to express in their correct soluble form, which limits their functional study and therapeutic application. Human occludin (OCLN) is a major component of TJs and an essential co-receptor for hepatitis C virus (HCV) cell entry. To explore expression strategy for recombinant TJ proteins possessing integrated and functional extracellular loops, OCLN was here used as a model molecule, and several prokaryotic fusion constructs were designed by docking OCLN extracellular loops (ECLs) to HIV-1 gp41 NHR and CHR six-helical bundle (6HV1); then their biophysical features and anti-HCV activity were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448568/inhibitory-effects-of-fenretinide-metabolites-n-4-methoxyphenyl-retinamide-mpr-and-4-oxo-n-4-hydroxyphenyl-retinamide-3-keto-hpr-on-fenretinide-molecular-targets-%C3%AE-carotene-oxygenase-1-stearoyl-coa-desaturase-1-and-dihydroceramide-%C3%AE-4-desaturase-1
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Eugenia Poliakov, William Samuel, Todd Duncan, Danielle B Gutierrez, Nathan L Mata, T Michael Redmond
The therapeutic capacity of fenretinide (N-[4-hydroxyphenyl] retinamide; 4-HPR) has been demonstrated for several conditions, including cancer, obesity, diabetes, and ocular disease. Yet, the mechanisms of action for its pleiotropic effects are still undefined. We hypothesized that investigation of two of the major physiological metabolites of fenretinide, N-[4-methoxyphenyl]retinamide (MPR) and 4-oxo-N-(4-hydroxyphenyl)retinamide (3-keto-HPR), might begin to resolve the multifaceted effects of this synthetic retinoid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448543/heterologous-expression-of-a-thermophilic-diacylglycerol-acyltransferase-triggers-triglyceride-accumulation-in-escherichia-coli
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Beatriz Lázaro, Juan A Villa, Omar Santín, Matilde Cabezas, Cintia D F Milagre, Fernando de la Cruz, Gabriel Moncalián
Triglycerides (TAGs), the major storage molecules of metabolic energy and source of fatty acids, are produced as single cell oil by some oleogenic microorganisms. However, these microorganisms require strict culture conditions, show low carbon source flexibilities, lack efficient genetic modification tools and in some cases pose safety concerns. TAGs have essential applications such as behaving as a source for added-value fatty acids or giving rise to the production of biodiesel. Hence, new alternative methods are urgently required for obtaining these oils...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448526/human-alkaline-phosphatase-dephosphorylates-microbial-products-and-is-elevated-in-preterm-neonates-with-a-history-of-late-onset-sepsis
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Matthew Pettengill, Juan D Matute, Megan Tresenriter, Julie Hibbert, David Burgner, Peter Richmond, José Luis Millán, Al Ozonoff, Tobias Strunk, Andrew Currie, Ofer Levy
BACKGROUND: A host defense function for Alkaline phosphatases (ALPs) is suggested by the contribution of intestinal ALP to detoxifying bacterial lipopolysaccharide (endotoxin) in animal models in vivo and the elevation of ALP activity following treatment of human cells with inflammatory stimuli in vitro. However the activity of ALP in human plasma (primarily tissue-nonspecific ALP; TNAP) on lipopolysaccharide and other microbial products has not been assessed, nor has its expression been studied in preterm newborns, a vulnerable population at high risk of sepsis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448521/immunization-with-toxoplasma-gondii-peroxiredoxin-1-induces-protective-immunity-against-toxoplasmosis-in-mice
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Ragab M Fereig, Yasuhiro Kuroda, Mohamad Alaa Terkawi, Motamed Elsayed Mahmoud, Yoshifumi Nishikawa
To develop a vaccine against Toxoplasma gondii, a vaccine antigen with immune-stimulating activity is required. In the present study, we investigated the immunogenicity and prophylactic potential of T. gondii peroxiredoxin 1 (TgPrx1). The TgPrx1 was detected in the ascitic fluid of mice 6 days postinfection, while specific antibody levels were low in the sera of chronically infected mice. Treatment of murine peritoneal macrophages with recombinant TgPrx1 triggered IL-12p40 and IL-6 production, but not IL-10 production...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448491/relevant-units-of-analysis-for-applied-and-basic-research-dealing-with-neglected-transmissible-diseases-the-predominant-clonal-evolution-model-of-pathogenic-microorganisms
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Michel Tibayrenc, Francisco J Ayala
The predominant clonal evolution (PCE) model seeks to formulate a common population genetics framework for all micropathogens (namely, parasitic protozoa, fungi and yeasts, bacteria, and viruses). It relies on a definition of clonality that is only based on population structure features (namely, strongly restrained genetic recombination). Its clear-cut properties make it of strong interest for applied and basic research, since it permits the definition of stable, clearly delimited units of analysis below the species level: clonal genotypes and discrete genetic subdivisions ("near-clades")...
April 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448436/role-of-archaeal-hera-protein-in-the-biology-of-the-bacterium-thermus-thermophilus
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Alba Blesa, Nieves G Quintans, Ignacio Baquedano, Carlos P Mata, José R Castón, José Berenguer
Intense gene flux between prokaryotes result in high percentage of archaeal genes in the genome of the thermophilic bacteria Thermus spp. Among these archaeal genes a homolog to the Sulfolobus spp. HerA protein appears in all of the Thermus spp. strains so far sequenced (HepA). The role of HepA in Thermus thermophilus HB27 has been analyzed using deletion mutants, and its structure resolved at low resolution by electron microscopy. Recombinant HepA shows DNA-dependent ATPase activity and its structure revealed a double ring, conically-shaped hexamer with an upper diameter of 150 Å and a bottom module of 95 Å...
April 27, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448150/electrostatic-screening-of-charged-defects-in-monolayer-mos2
#17
Timothy L Atallah, Jue Wang, Melissa Bosch, Dongjea Seo, Robert A Burke, Osman Moneer, Justin Zhu, Monica Theibault, Louis E Brus, James C Hone, Xiaoyang Zhu
Defects in monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) may lead to unintentional doping, charge carrier trapping, and non-radiative recombination. These effects impair electronic and optoelectronic technologies. Here we show that charged defects in MoS2 monolayers can be effectively screened when they are in contact with an ionic liquid (IL), leading to an increase in photoluminescence (PL) yield by up to two-orders of magnitude. The extent of this PL enhancement by the IL correlates with the brightness of each pre-treated sample...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448055/transient-expression-and-cellular-localization-of-recombinant-proteins-in-cultured-insect-cells
#18
Jeffrey A Fabrick, J Joe Hull
Heterologous protein expression systems are used for the production of recombinant proteins, the interpretation of cellular trafficking/localization, and the determination of the biochemical function of proteins at the sub-organismal level. Although baculovirus expression systems are increasingly used for protein production in numerous biotechnological, pharmaceutical, and industrial applications, nonlytic systems that do not involve viral infection have clear benefits but are often overlooked and underutilized...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447790/improvement-of-photovoltaic-performance-of-colloidal-quantum-dot-solar-cells-using-organic-small-molecule-as-hole-selective-layer
#19
Yaohong Zhang, Guohua Wu, Ivan Mora-Sero, Chao Ding, Feng Liu, Qingxun Huang, Yuhei Ogomi, Shuzi Hayase, Taro Toyoda, Ruixiang Wang, Joe Otsuki, Qing Shen
A novel organic small molecule bis-triphenylamine with spiro(fluorene-9,9'-xanthene) as the conjugated system, named BTPA-4, is successfully synthesized and employed as the hole-selective layer (HSL) in colloidal quantum dots solar cells (CQDSCs). The introduction of BTPA-4 layer can significantly prolong effective carrier lifetime (τeff), increase charge recombination resistance (Rrec), and thus diminish the interfacial charge recombination at the PbS-QDs/Au electrode interface. The effect of BTPA-4 as HSL in the device performance is especially significant for the open-circuit voltage (Voc) and power conversion efficiency (PCE), with a ~ 10% and 15% enhancement respectively, comparing with those of device without the HSL...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447668/functional-characterization-of-a-multi-cancer-risk-locus-on-chr5p15-33-reveals-regulation-of-tert-by-znf148
#20
Jun Fang, Jinping Jia, Matthew Makowski, Mai Xu, Zhaoming Wang, Tongwu Zhang, Jason W Hoskins, Jiyeon Choi, Younghun Han, Mingfeng Zhang, Janelle Thomas, Michael Kovacs, Irene Collins, Marta Dzyadyk, Abbey Thompson, Maura O'Neill, Sudipto Das, Qi Lan, Roelof Koster, Rachael S Stolzenberg-Solomon, Peter Kraft, Brian M Wolpin, Pascal W T C Jansen, Sara Olson, Katherine A McGlynn, Peter A Kanetsky, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Jennifer H Barrett, Alison M Dunning, John C Taylor, Julia A Newton-Bishop, D Timothy Bishop, Thorkell Andresson, Gloria M Petersen, Christopher I Amos, Mark M Iles, Katherine L Nathanson, Maria Teresa Landi, Michiel Vermeulen, Kevin M Brown, Laufey T Amundadottir
Genome wide association studies (GWAS) have mapped multiple independent cancer susceptibility loci to chr5p15.33. Here, we show that fine-mapping of pancreatic and testicular cancer GWAS within one of these loci (Region 2 in CLPTM1L) focuses the signal to nine highly correlated SNPs. Of these, rs36115365-C associated with increased pancreatic and testicular but decreased lung cancer and melanoma risk, and exhibited preferred protein-binding and enhanced regulatory activity. Transcriptional gene silencing of this regulatory element repressed TERT expression in an allele-specific manner...
May 2, 2017: Nature Communications
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