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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431346/caged-gammarus-as-biomonitors-identifying-thresholds-of-toxic-metal-bioavailability-that-affect-gammarid-densities-at-the-french-national-scale
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Alexandre Ciliberti, Arnaud Chaumot, Rémi Recoura-Massaquant, André Chandesris, Adeline François, Marina Coquery, Martial Ferréol, Olivier Geffard
Bioaccumulated concentrations of toxic elements in biomonitor invertebrate species have already been used to successfully link metal bioavailability and impairments of stream macroinvertebrate communities at the scale of the watershed. However, implementing this empirical comparative approach at a greater spatial scale remains a challenge due to the diversity of biogeographical contexts encompassed by regional and national scales. We showed in previous studies that the use of standard organisms caged permits the use of a common biomonitor over a far greater geographical range, while limiting the influence of confounding factors on levels of bioavailable contamination...
April 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431341/eco-friendly-synthesis-of-novel-cyanopyridine-derivatives-and-their-anticancer-and-pim-1-kinase-inhibitory-activities
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Khaled A M Abouzid, Ghada H Al-Ansary, Abeer M El-Naggar
Targeting Pim-1 kinase recently proved to be profitable for conquering cancer proliferation. In the current study, we report the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of two novel series of 2-amino cyanopyridine series (5a-g) and 2-oxocyanopyridine series (6a-g) targeting Pim-1 kinase. All of the newly synthesized compounds were evaluated for their in vitro anticancer activity against a panel of three cell lines, namely, the liver cancer cell line (HepG2), the colon cancer cell line (HCT-116) and the breast cancer cell line (MCF-7)...
April 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431318/assessing-seasonal-variation-of-synthetic-musks-in-beach-sands-from-oporto-coastal-area-a-case-study
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Vera Homem, Inês Magalhães, Arminda Alves, Lúcia Santos
Synthetic musk compounds are widely used in the formulation of several cosmetics, personal care and household products. Due to their massive and widespread use, together with some health concerns, they are considered emerging pollutants and have been detected in different environmental compartments. This study focused on the evaluation of the concentration of synthetic musks (five nitro, five polycyclic and one macrocyclic musks) in beach sands, from Oporto coastal area (Portugal), contributing to the enhancement of the knowledge of levels, trends and behaviour of these compounds in this particular matrix...
April 18, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431212/dna-barcoding-and-traditional-taxonomy-an-integrated-approach-for-biodiversity-conservation
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Bhavisha P Sheth, Vrinda S Thaker
Biological diversity is depleting at an alarming rate. Additionally, a vast amount of biodiversity still remains undiscovered. Taxonomy has been serving the purpose of describing, naming, and classifying species for more than 250 years. DNA taxonomy and barcoding have accelerated the rate of this process, thereby providing a tool for conservation practice. DNA barcoding and traditional taxonomy have their own inherent merits and demerits. The synergistic use of both methods, in the form of integrative taxonomy, has the potential to contribute to biodiversity conservation in a pragmatic timeframe and overcome their individual drawbacks...
April 21, 2017: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431169/spa-ln-a-scoring-function-of-ligand-nucleic-acid-interactions-via-optimizing-both-specificity-and-affinity
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Zhiqiang Yan, Jin Wang
Nucleic acids have been widely recognized as potential targets in drug discovery and aptamer selection. Quantifying the interactions between small molecules and nucleic acids is critical to discover lead compounds and design novel aptamers. Scoring function is normally employed to quantify the interactions in structure-based virtual screening. However, the predictive power of nucleic acid-ligand scoring functions is still a challenge compared to other types of biomolecular recognition. With the rapid growth of experimentally determined nucleic acid-ligand complex structures, in this work, we develop a knowledge-based scoring function of nucleic acid-ligand interactions, namely SPA-LN...
April 20, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431159/likelihood-of-tree-topologies-with-fossils-and-diversification-rate-estimation
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Gilles Didier, Marine Fau, Michel Laurin
Since the diversification process cannot be directly observed at the human scale, it has to be studied from the information available, namely the extant taxa and the fossil record. In this sense, phylogenetic trees including both extant taxa and fossils are the most complete representations of the diversification process that one can get. Such phylogenetic trees can be reconstructed from molecular and morphological data, to some extent. Among the temporal information of such phylogenetic trees, fossil ages are by far the most precisely known (divergence times are inferences calibrated mostly with fossils)...
April 18, 2017: Systematic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431155/motoring-through-the-role-of-kinesin-superfamily-proteins-in-female-meiosis
#7
Nicole J Camlin, Eileen A McLaughlin, Janet E Holt
BACKGROUND: The kinesin motor protein family consists of 14 distinct subclasses and 45 kinesin proteins in humans. A large number of these proteins, or their orthologues, have been shown to possess essential function(s) in both the mitotic and the meiotic cell cycle. Kinesins have important roles in chromosome separation, microtubule dynamics, spindle formation, cytokinesis and cell cycle progression. This article contains a review of the literature with respect to the role of kinesin motor proteins in female meiosis in model species...
April 18, 2017: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430827/dual-role-of-the-toxoplasma-gondii-clathrin-adaptor-ap1-in-the-sorting-of-rhoptry-and-microneme-proteins-and-in-parasite-division
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Kannan Venugopal, Elisabeth Werkmeister, Nicolas Barois, Jean-Michel Saliou, Anais Poncet, Ludovic Huot, Fabien Sindikubwabo, Mohamed Ali Hakimi, Gordon Langsley, Frank Lafont, Sabrina Marion
Toxoplasma gondii possesses a highly polarized secretory system, which efficiently assembles de novo micronemes and rhoptries during parasite replication. These apical secretory organelles release their contents into host cells promoting parasite invasion and survival. Using a CreLox-based inducible knock-out strategy and the ddFKBP over-expression system, we unraveled novel functions of the clathrin adaptor complex TgAP1. First, our data indicate that AP1 in T. gondii likely functions as a conserved heterotetrameric complex composed of the four subunits γ, β, μ1, σ1 and interacts with known regulators of clathrin-mediated vesicular budding such as the unique ENTH-domain containing protein, which we named Epsin-like protein (TgEpsL)...
April 21, 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430814/how-the-ovules-get-enclosed-in-magnoliaceous-carpels
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Xin Zhang, Wenzhe Liu, Xin Wang
Angiosperms distinguish themselves from gymnosperms by their ovules that are enclosed before pollination. However, how the ovules get enclosed in angiosperms remains a mystery, especially for Magnoliaceae. The only key to this mystery is finding a series of carpels transitional from fully closed with enclosed ovules to open with naked ovules. We use routine paraffin section technology, LM, SEM to document the morphology and anatomy of carpel variation in Michelia figo (Magnoliaceae). A series of carpel variations within a single flower of Michelia figo (Magnoliaceae) are documented, in which the ovules are exposed in atypical carpels...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430792/the-influence-of-sagittal-profile-alteration-and-final-lordosis-on-the-clinical-outcome-of-cervical-spondylotic-myelopathy-a-delta-omega-analysis
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Daniel Koeppen, Claudia Piepenbrock, Stefan Kroppenstedt, Mario Čabraja
PURPOSE: Decompression and maintaining or restoring a cervical lordosis are major goals in the surgical treatment of cervical spondylotic myelopathy (CSM). Numerous studies support the assumption that cervical lordosis is a key factor for neurological recovery and pain reduction. However, even kyphotic patients can be asymptomatic. The balance of the spine is subject of an increasing number of publications. The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the validity of lordotic alignment on the course of CSM and to set this parameter in context with well-validated tools, namely the modified Japanese Orthopaedic Association scoring system (mJOAS) and the visual analogue scale (VAS), to predict and measure the clinical outcome after surgery...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430664/identification-of-a-novel-pd-l1-positive-solid-tumor-transplantable-in-hla-a-0201-drb1-0101-transgenic-mice
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Laurie Rangan, Jeanne Galaine, Romain Boidot, Mohamad Hamieh, Magalie Dosset, Julie Francoual, Laurent Beziaud, Jean-René Pallandre, Elodie Lauret Marie Joseph, Afag Asgarova, Christophe Borg, Talal Al Saati, Yann Godet, Jean Baptiste Latouche, Séverine Valmary-Degano, Olivier Adotévi
HLA-A*0201/DRB1*0101 transgenic mice (A2/DR1 mice) have been developed to study the immunogenicity of tumor antigen-derived T cell epitopes. To extend the use and application of this mouse model in the field of antitumor immunotherapy, we described a tumor cell line generated from a naturally occurring tumor in A2/DR1 mouse named SARC-L1. Histological and genes signature analysis supported the sarcoma origin of this cell line. While SARC-L1 tumor cells lack HLA-DRB1*0101 expression, a very low expression of HLA-A*0201 molecules was found on these cells...
April 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430611/prognostic-value-of-egfr-and-kras-in-circulating-tumor-dna-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Gaowei Fan, Kuo Zhang, Jiansheng Ding, Jinming Li
EGFR (exon 19 and exon 21) mutations in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) treated by EGFR-TKIs are associated with a better survival; while KRAS mutations predict a worse prognosis. However, there are divergent findings regarding the prognostic value of EGFR and KRAS mutations in circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA). We aimed to summarize the evidence for the use of circulating EGFR and KRAS mutations as prognostic factors in advanced NSCLC patients.We searched the network databases for studies reporting progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) stratified by EGFR or KRAS mutations in ctDNA in advanced NSCLC patients...
February 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430521/perinatal-light-imprinting-of-circadian-clocks-and-systems-pliccs-a-signature-of-photoperiod-around-birth-on-circadian-system-stability-and-association-with-cancer
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Philip Lewis, Thomas C Erren
Recent findings from animal models suggest that plasticity of human circadian clocks and systems may be differentially affected by different paradigms of perinatal photoperiod exposure to the detriment of health in later life, including cancer development. Focusing on the example of cancer, we carry out a series of systematic literature reviews concerning perinatal light imprinting of circadian clocks and systems (PLICCS) in animal models, and concerning the risk of cancer development with the primary determinants of the perinatal photoperiod, namely season of birth or latitude of birth...
April 21, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430493/limits-on-lorentz-invariance-violation-from-coulomb-interactions-in-nuclei-and-atoms
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V V Flambaum, M V Romalis
Anisotropy in the speed of light that has been constrained by Michelson-Morley-type experiments also generates anisotropy in the Coulomb interactions. This anisotropy can manifest itself as an energy anisotropy in nuclear and atomic experiments. Here the experimental limits on Lorentz violation in _{10}^{21}Ne are used to improve the limits on Lorentz symmetry violations in the photon sector, namely, the anisotropy of the speed of light and the Coulomb interactions, by 7 orders of magnitude in comparison with previous experiments: the speed of light is isotropic to a part in 10^{28}...
April 7, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430414/dynamic-and-energetic-signatures-of-adenine-tracts-in-a-ra-dt-rna-dna-hybrid-and-in-homologous-rna-dna-rna-rna-and-dna-dna-double-helices
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Yuegao Huang, Irina M Russu
Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and proton exchange are being used to characterize the opening reactions of individual base pairs in the RNA-DNA hybrid 5'-rGCGAUAAAAAGGCC-3'/5'-dGGCCTTTTTATCGC-3'. The hybrid contains a central tract of five rA-dT base pairs. The rates and the equilibrium constant of the opening reaction for each base pair are determined from the dependence of the exchange rates of imino protons on ammonia concentration, at 10°C. The results are compared to those previously obtained by our laboratory for three homologous duplexes of the same base sequence (except for the appropriate T/U substitution), containing tracts of dA-rU, rA-rU or dA-dT base pairs...
April 21, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430375/electrochemical-water-oxidation-catalyzed-by-an-in-situ-generated-%C3%AE-co-oh-2-film-on-zeolite-y-surface
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Samar Kumar Das, Suranjana Bose, Joyashish Debgupta, Rani Ramsundar
The design and synthesis of an efficient and robust water oxidation catalyst (WOC) with inexpensive materials remain an important challenge in the context of 'artificial photosynthesis'. Herein, we report a simple but unique technique to generate in situ a thin-film of α-Co(OH)2 on the surface of zeolite-Y [hereafter named as Y-α-Co(OH)2] that acts as an efficient and stable catalyst for electrochemical water oxidation in an alkaline pH. Catalyst Y-α-Co(OH)2 is so stable that it retains its catalytic activity even after 2000 cyclic voltammetric cycles of water oxidation...
April 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430260/optical-performance-enhancement-of-chip-on-board-light-emitting-diodes-through-ionic-wind-patterning
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Jiading Wu, Jingcao Chu, Zefeng Zhang, Jiahui Huang, Huai Zheng, Sheng Liu
Due to the total internal reflection at the upper interface of the encapsulation layer, the light extraction efficiency (LEE) of chip-on-board packaging light-emitting diodes is attenuated significantly. It is well known that the LEE can be enhanced by patterning the encapsulation layer. In this study, a novel method of patterning the encapsulation layer, which is based on the interaction between the ionic wind and liquid encapsulation, is proposed and demonstrated. Two kinds of encapsulation patterns, namely dual stripe and meniscus, were fabricated successfully...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430100/discovery-of-african-bat-polyomaviruses-and-infrequent-recombination-in-the-large-t-antigen-in-the-polyomaviridae
#18
Michael Carr, Gabriel Gonzalez, Michihito Sasaki, Kimihito Ito, Akihiro Ishii, Bernard M Hang'ombe, Aaron S Mweene, Yasuko Orba, Hirofumi Sawa
Bat species represent natural reservoirs for a number of high-consequence human pathogens. The present study investigated the diversity of polyomaviruses (PyVs) in Zambian insectivorous and fruit bat species. We describe the complete genomes from four newly proposed African bat PyV species employing the recently recommended criteria provided by the Polyomaviridae Study Group of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. A comprehensive phylogenetic and recombination analysis was performed to determine genetic relationships and the distribution of recombination events in PyV from mammalian and avian species...
April 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430019/characterization-of-rph24-a-gene-conferring-adult-plant-resistance-to-puccinia-hordei-in-barley
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Laura A Ziems, Lee T Hickey, Gregory J Platz, Jerome D Franckowiak, Peter M Dracatos, Davinder Singh, Robert F Park
We identified Rph24 as a locus in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) controlling adult plant resistance (APR) to leaf rust, caused by Puccinia hordei. The locus was previously reported as a quantitative trait locus in barley line ND24260-1 and named qRphND. We crossed ND24260-1 to the leaf-rust-susceptible standard Gus and determined inheritance patterns in the progeny. For the comparative marker frequency analysis (MFA), resistant and susceptible tails of the F2 were genotyped with Diversity Arrays Technology genotyping-by-sequencing (DArT-Seq) markers...
April 21, 2017: Phytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429754/real-time-detection-of-tsunami-ionospheric-disturbances-with-a-stand-alone-gnss-receiver-a-preliminary-feasibility-demonstration
#20
Giorgio Savastano, Attila Komjathy, Olga Verkhoglyadova, Augusto Mazzoni, Mattia Crespi, Yong Wei, Anthony J Mannucci
It is well known that tsunamis can produce gravity waves that propagate up to the ionosphere generating disturbed electron densities in the E and F regions. These ionospheric disturbances can be studied in detail using ionospheric total electron content (TEC) measurements collected by continuously operating ground-based receivers from the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). Here, we present results using a new approach, named VARION (Variometric Approach for Real-Time Ionosphere Observation), and estimate slant TEC (sTEC) variations in a real-time scenario...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
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