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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732104/reciprocal-feedback-between-self-concept-and-goal-pursuit-in-daily-life
#1
Alexander E Wong, Robin R Vallacher
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that self-knowledge and goal-perseverance are mutually reinforcing because of the roles of self-knowledge in directing goal pursuit, and of goal pursuit in structuring the self-concept. METHOD: To test this hypothesis, we used a daily diary design with 97 college-aged participants for 40 days to assess whether daily self-concept clarity and grit predict one another's next day levels. Data were analyzed using multilevel cross-lagged panel modeling...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Personality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722830/ralfuranones-contribute-to-mushroom-type-biofilm-formation-by-ralstonia-solanacearum-strain-oe1-1
#2
Yuka Mori, Yuki Hosoi, Shiho Ishikawa, Kazusa Hayashi, Yu Asai, Hideyuki Ohnishi, Mika Shimatani, Kanako Inoue, Kenichi Ikeda, Hitoshi Nakayashiki, Yasuyo Nishimura, Kouhei Ohnishi, Akinori Kiba, Kenji Kai, Yasufumi Hikichi
After invasion into intercellular spaces of tomato plants, the soil-borne plant pathogenic Ralstonia solanacearum strain OE1-1 forms mushroom-shaped biofilms (mushroom-type biofilms, mBFs) on tomato cells, leading to its virulence. The strain OE1-1 produces aryl-furanone secondary metabolites, ralfuranones (A, B, J, K and L), dependent on the quorum sensing (QS) system with methyl 3-hydroxymyristate (3-OH MAME) synthesized by PhcB as a QS signal. Ralfuranones are associated with the feedback loop of the QS system...
July 19, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720833/competition-between-superconductor-ferromagnetic-stray-magnetic-fields-in-yba2cu3o7-x-films-pierced-with-co-nano-rods
#3
V Rouco, R Córdoba, J M De Teresa, L A Rodríguez, C Navau, N Del-Valle, G Via, A Sánchez, C Monton, F Kronast, X Obradors, T Puig, A Palau
Superconductivity and ferromagnetism are two antagonistic phenomena that combined can lead to a rich phenomenology of interactions, resulting in novel physical properties and unique functionalities. Here we propose an original hybrid system formed by a high-temperature superconducting film, patterned with antidots, and with ferromagnetic nano-rods grown inside them. This particular structure exhibits the synergic influence of superconductor (SC) - ferromagnetic (FM) stray fields, in both the superconducting behaviour of the film and the three-dimensional (3D) magnetic structure of nano-rods...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719181/differential-ligand-binding-specificities-of-the-pulmonary-collectins-are-determined-by-the-conformational-freedom-of-a-surface-loop
#4
Michael J Rynkiewicz, Huixing Wu, Tanya R Cafarella, Nikolaos M Nikolaidis, James Frederick Head, Barbara A Seaton, Francis X McCormack
Lung surfactant proteins (SP) play critical roles in surfactant function and innate immunity. SP-A and SP-D, members of the collectin family of C-type lectins, exhibit distinct ligand specificities, effects on surfactant structure, and host defense functions despite extensive structural homology. SP-A binds to dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), the major surfactant lipid component, but not phosphatidylinositol (PI), whereas SP-D shows the opposite preference. Additionally, SP-A and SP-D recognize widely divergent pathogen-associated molecular patterns...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717213/ferroelectric-paraelectric-transition-in-a-membrane-with-quenched-induced-%C3%AE-phase-of-pvdf
#5
O García-Zaldívar, T Escamilla-Díaz, M Ramírez-Cardona, M A Hernández-Landaverde, R Ramírez-Bon, J M Yañez-Limón, F Calderón-Piñar
The stabilization of δ-phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) PVDF in a 14 µm-thickness ferroelectric membrane is achieved by a simple route based on the use of a dimethylformamide (DMF)/acetone solvent, in which the application of external electric field is not required. X-ray diffraction and calorimetric experiments on heating reveal that, at 154 °C, the original mixture between ferroelectric δ-phase and paraelectric α-phase transits to a system with only this latter phase in the crystalline fraction. A gradual and slight increment of amorphous fraction up to the melting at 161 °C is also observed...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717002/human-ribonuclease-h1-resolves-r-loops-and-thereby-enables-progression-of-the-dna-replication-fork
#6
Shankar Parajuli, Daniel C Tealsey, Bhavna Murali, Jessica Jackson, Alessandro Vindigni, Sheila A Stewart
Faithful DNA replication is essential for genome stability. To ensure accurate replication, numerous complex and redundant replication and repair mechanisms function in tandem with the core replication proteins to ensure DNA replication continues even when replication challenges are present that could impede progression of the replication fork. A unique topological challenge to the replication machinery is posed by RNA:DNA hybrids, commonly referred to as R-loops. While R-loops play important roles in gene expression and recombination at immunoglobulin sites, their persistence is thought to interfere with DNA replication by slowing or impeding replication fork progression...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715629/structure-and-dynamics-of-electron-injection-and-charge-recombination-in-i-motif-dna-conjugates
#7
Taiga Fujii, Arun K Thazhathveetil, Ilyas Yildirim, Ryan M Young, Michael R Wasielewski, George C Schatz, Frederick D Lewis
The dynamics of electron injection have been investigated in intramolecular i-motif conjugates possessing stilbenediether (Sd) and perylenediimide (PDI) chromophores separated by either four or six hemi-protonated cytosine C-C base pairs assembled with synthetic loops. Circular dichroism spectra are consistent with the formation of i-motif structures in the absence or presence of Sd and PDI chromophores. The fluorescence of the Sd chromophore is essentially completely quenched by neighboring C-C base pairs, consistent with their function as an electron donor and electron acceptor, respectively...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714954/c9orf72-expansion-disrupts-atm-mediated-chromosomal-break-repair
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Callum Walker, Saul Herranz-Martin, Evangelia Karyka, Chunyan Liao, Katherine Lewis, Waheba Elsayed, Vera Lukashchuk, Shih-Chieh Chiang, Swagat Ray, Padraig J Mulcahy, Mateusz Jurga, Ioannis Tsagakis, Tommaso Iannitti, Jayanth Chandran, Ian Coldicott, Kurt J De Vos, Mohamed K Hassan, Adrian Higginbottom, Pamela J Shaw, Guillaume M Hautbergue, Mimoun Azzouz, Sherif F El-Khamisy
Hexanucleotide repeat expansions represent the most common genetic cause of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia, though the mechanisms by which such expansions cause neurodegeneration are poorly understood. We report elevated levels of DNA-RNA hybrids (R-loops) and double strand breaks in rat neurons, human cells and C9orf72 ALS patient spinal cord tissues. Accumulation of endogenous DNA damage is concomitant with defective ATM-mediated DNA repair signaling and accumulation of protein-linked DNA breaks...
July 17, 2017: Nature Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714824/molecular-dynamics-studies-on-the-domain-swapped-salmonella-typhimurium-survival-protein-sure-insights-on-the-possible-reasons-for-catalytic-cooperativity
#9
Yamuna Kalyani Mathiharan, M R N Murthy
Stationary phase survival protein SurE from Salmonella typhimurium is a dimeric protein formed by the swapping of a tetramerization loop involved in the formation of a loose tetramer and a C-terminal helix. It functions as a phosphatase. The two-fold symmetry of the dimeric protein was lost in the mutants H234A and D230A/H234A in which a crucial hydrogen bond in the hinge involved in C-terminal helix swapping was eliminated. The catalytic activity of both mutants was drastically reduced. In contrast to the native protein, H234A exhibited positive cooperativity in its catalytic activity...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714118/body-wall-structure-in-the-starfish-asterias-rubens
#10
Liisa M Blowes, Michaela Egertová, Yankai Liu, Graham R Davis, Nick J Terrill, Himadri S Gupta, Maurice R Elphick
The body wall of starfish is composed of magnesium calcite ossicles connected by collagenous tissue and muscles and it exhibits remarkable variability in stiffness, which is attributed to the mechanical mutability of the collagenous component. Using the common European starfish Asterias rubens as an experimental animal, here we have employed a variety of techniques to gain new insights into the structure of the starfish body wall. The structure and organisation of muscular and collagenous components of the body wall were analysed using trichrome staining...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713873/wireless-strain-measurement-with-a-micromachined-magnetoelastic-resonator-using-ringdown-frequency-locking
#11
Venkatram Pepakayala, Scott R Green, Yogesh B Gianchandani
Resonant magnetoelastic devices are widely used as anti-theft tags and are also being investigated for a range of sensing applications. The vast majority of magnetoelastic devices are operated at resonance, and rely upon an external interface to wirelessly detect the resonant frequency, and other characteristics. For micromachined devices, this detection method must accommodate diminished signal strength and elevated resonant frequencies. Feedthrough of the interrogating stimulus to the detector also presents a significant challenge...
June 2017: ISSS J Micro Smart Syst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713870/il-10-induces-a-stat3-dependent-autoregulatory-loop-in-th2-cells-that-promotes-blimp-1-restriction-of-cell-expansion-via-antagonism-of-stat5-target-genes
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Amanda C Poholek, Dragana Jankovic, Alejandro V Villarino, Franziska Petermann, Angela Hettinga, Dror S Shouval, Scott B Snapper, Susan M Kaech, Stephen R Brooks, Golnaz Vahedi, Alan Sher, Yuka Kanno, John J O'Shea
Blimp-1 expression in T cells extinguishes the fate of T follicular helper cells, drives terminal differentiation, and limits autoimmunity. Although various factors have been described to control Blimp-1 expression in T cells, little is known about what regulates Blimp-1 expression in T helper 2 (TH2) cells and the molecular basis of its actions. We report that signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) unexpectedly played a critical role in regulating Blimp-1 in TH2 cells. Furthermore, we found that the cytokine interleukin-10 (IL-10) acted directly on TH2 cells and was necessary and sufficient to induce optimal Blimp-1 expression through STAT3...
October 2016: Science Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713623/bistability-and-oscillations-in-co-repressive-synthetic-microbial-consortia
#13
Mehdi Sadeghpour, Alan Veliz-Cuba, Gábor Orosz, Krešimir Josić, Matthew R Bennett
Synthetic microbial consortia are conglomerations of multiple strains of genetically engineered microbes programmed to cooperatively bring about population-level phenotypes. By coordinating their activity, the constituent strains can display emergent behaviors that are difficult to engineer into isogenic populations. To do so, strains are engineered to communicate with one another through intercellular signaling pathways. As a result, the regulatory networks that control gene transcription throughout the population are sensitive to the extracellular concentration of the signaling molecules, and hence the relative densities of constituent strains...
March 2017: Quantitative Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711715/novel-peptide-motifs-from-lysozyme-suppress-pro-inflammatory-cytokines-in-macrophages-by-antagonizing-toll-like-receptor-and-lps-scavenging-action
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Hisham R Ibrahim, Kosuke Hamasaki, Takeshi Miyata
Lysozyme is commonly found in spots where bacterial infections are most likely to enter the body. Earlier we found that lysozyme possesses five antimicrobial peptide motifs in its N-terminal region which can be generated by newborn pepsin. In this study, we explore the role of these peptides in the anti-inflammatory activity of lysozyme. The five peptides, helix1 (H1), helix2 (H2), H1 and H2 connected with a loop (HLH), H2 extended with either 2 β-strands (H2-S12) or 3 β-strands (H2-S13), were synthesized and examined for anti-inflammatory action...
July 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711449/intrarenal-flow-alterations-during-transition-from-euvolemia-to-intravascular-volume-expansion-in-heart-failure-patients
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Petra Nijst, Pieter Martens, Matthias Dupont, W H Wilson Tang, Wilfried Mullens
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess: 1) the intrarenal flow in heart failure (HF) patients during the transition from euvolemia to intravascular volume overload; and 2) the relationship between intrarenal flow and diuretic efficiency. BACKGROUND: Intrarenal blood flow alterations may help to better understand impaired volume handling in HF. METHODS: Resistance index (RI) and venous impedance index (VII) were assessed in 6 healthy subjects, 40 euvolemic HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and 10 HF patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)...
July 6, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707164/optimizing-the-bioavailability-of-subcutaneously-administered-biotherapeutics-through-mechanochemical-drivers
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D S Collins, L C Kourtis, N R Thyagarajapuram, R Sirkar, S Kapur, M W Harrison, D J Bryan, G B Jones, J M Wright
The subcutaneous route offers myriad benefits for the administration of biotherapeutics in both acute and chronic diseases, including convenience, cost effectiveness and the potential for automation through closed-loop systems. Recent advances in parenteral administration devices and the use of additives which enhance drug dispersion have generated substantial additional interest in IV to SQ switching studies. Designing pre-clinical and clinical studies using SQ mediated delivery however requires deep understanding of complex inter-related physiologies and transport pathways governing the interstitial matrix, vascular system and lymphatic channels...
July 13, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705698/receptor-activity-modifying-protein-dependent-and-independent-activation-mechanisms-in-the-coupling-of-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-and-adrenomedullin-receptors-to-gs
#17
Michael J Woolley, Christopher A Reynolds, John Simms, Christopher S Walker, Juan Carlos Mobarec, Michael L Garelja, Alex C Conner, David R Poyner, Debbie L Hay
Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) or adrenomedullin (AM) receptors are heteromers of the calcitonin receptor-like receptor (CLR), a class B G protein-coupled receptor, and one of three receptor activity-modifying proteins (RAMPs). How CGRP and AM activate CLR and how this process is modulated by RAMPs is unclear. We have defined how CGRP and AM induce Gs-coupling in CLR-RAMP heteromers by measuring the effect of targeted mutagenesis in the CLR transmembrane domain on cAMP production, modeling the active state conformations of CGRP and AM receptors in complex with the Gs C-terminus and conducting molecular dynamics simulations in an explicitly hydrated lipidic bilayer...
July 10, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703221/manipulation-of-nuclear-architecture-through-crispr-mediated-chromosomal-looping
#18
Stefanie L Morgan, Natasha C Mariano, Abel Bermudez, Nicole L Arruda, Fangting Wu, Yunhai Luo, Gautam Shankar, Lin Jia, Huiling Chen, Ji-Fan Hu, Andrew R Hoffman, Chiao-Chain Huang, Sharon J Pitteri, Kevin C Wang
Chromatin looping is key to gene regulation, yet no broadly applicable methods to selectively modify chromatin loops have been described. We have engineered a method for chromatin loop reorganization using CRISPR-dCas9 (CLOuD9) to selectively and reversibly establish chromatin loops. We demonstrate the power of this technology to selectively modulate gene expression at targeted loci.
July 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699322/a-respiratory-marker-derived-from-left-vagus-nerve-signals-recorded-with-implantable-cuff-electrodes
#19
Cristian Sevcencu, Thomas N Nielsen, Benedict Kjaergaard, Johannes J Struijk
OBJECTIVE: Left vagus nerve (LVN) stimulation (LVNS) has been tested for lowering the blood pressure (BP) in patients with resistant hypertension (RH). Whereas, closed-loop LVNS (CL-LVNS) driven by a BP marker may be superior to open-loop LVNS, there are situations (e.g., exercising) when hypertension is normal. Therefore, an ideal anti-RH CL-LVNS system requires a variable to avoid stimulation in such conditions, for example, a respiratory marker ideally extracted from the LVN. As the LVN conducts respiratory signals, this study aimed to investigate if such signals can be recorded using implantable means and if a marker to monitor respiration could be derived from such recordings...
July 11, 2017: Neuromodulation: Journal of the International Neuromodulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697076/acute-compartment-syndrome-of-the-leg
#20
Sanjit R Konda, Benjamin S Kester, Nina Fisher, Omar A Behery, Alexander M Crespo, Kenneth A Egol
INTRODUCTION: Acute compartment syndrome (ACS) is well known among orthopaedic surgeons. The timely diagnosis and management of ACS is crucial to avoiding its sequelae, including renal failure, ischemic contractures, and limb loss. Despite its relative importance, ACS poses a challenge to many residents and clinicians as diagnosis relies largely on clinical judgment. METHODS: Timely diagnosis and thorough compartment release are essential to optimizing outcomes in ACS...
August 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma
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