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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098948/phosphorus-acquisition-efficiency-in-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-maize-is-correlated-with-the-abundance-of-root-external-hyphae-and-the-accumulation-of-transcripts-encoding-pht1-phosphate-transporters
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Ruairidh J H Sawers, Simon F Svane, Clement Quan, Mette Grønlund, Barbara Wozniak, Mesfin-Nigussie Gebreselassie, Eliécer González-Muñoz, Ricardo A Chávez Montes, Ivan Baxter, Jerome Goudet, Iver Jakobsen, Uta Paszkowski
Plant interactions with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi have long attracted interest for their potential to promote more efficient use of mineral resources in agriculture. Their use, however, remains limited by a lack of understanding of the processes that determine the outcome of the symbiosis. In this study, the impact of host genotype on growth response to mycorrhizal inoculation was investigated in a panel of diverse maize lines. A panel of 30 maize lines was evaluated with and without inoculation with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...
January 18, 2017: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098816/estrogen-enhances-the-expression-of-the-multidrug-transporter-gene-abcg2-increasing-drug-resistance-of-breast-cancer-cells-through-estrogen-receptors
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Fung-Wei Chang, Hueng-Chuen Fan, Jui-Ming Liu, Tai-Ping Fan, Jin Jing, Chia-Ling Yang, Ren-Jun Hsu
BACKGROUND: Multidrug resistance is a major obstacle in the successful therapy of breast cancer. Studies have proved that this kind of drug resistance happens in both human cancers and cultured cancer cell lines. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of drug resistance is important for the reasonable design and use of new treatment strategies to effectively confront cancers. RESULTS: In our study, ATP-binding cassette sub-family G member 2 (ABCG2), adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthase and cytochrome c oxidase subunit VIc (COX6C) were over-expressed more in the MCF-7/MX cell line than in the normal MCF7 cell line...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098785/neighborhood-design-physical-activity-and-wellbeing-applying-the-walkability-model
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Adriana A Zuniga-Teran, Barron J Orr, Randy H Gimblett, Nader V Chalfoun, David P Guertin, Stuart E Marsh
Neighborhood design affects lifestyle physical activity, and ultimately human wellbeing. There are, however, a limited number of studies that examine neighborhood design types. In this research, we examine four types of neighborhood designs: traditional development, suburban development, enclosed community, and cluster housing development, and assess their level of walkability and their effects on physical activity and wellbeing. We examine significant associations through a questionnaire (n = 486) distributed in Tucson, Arizona using the Walkability Model...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098557/length-dependent-flagellar-growth-of-vibrio-alginolyticus-revealed-by-real-time-fluorescent-imaging
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Meiting Chen, Ziyi Zhao, Jin Yang, Kai Peng, Matthew A B Baker, Fan Bai, Chien-Jung Lo
Bacterial flagella are extracellular filaments that drive swimming in bacteria. During its assembly, flagellins are transported unfolded through the central channel in the flagellum to the growing tip. Here we applied in vivo fluorescent imaging to monitor in real time the Vibrio alginolyticus polar flagella growth. The flagellar growth rate is found to be highly length-dependent. Initially, the flagellum grows at a constant rate (50nm/min) when shorter than 1500nm. The growth rate decays sharply when the flagellum grows longer...
January 18, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098449/targeting-type-2-diabetes-with-c-glucosyl-dihydrochalcones-as-selective-sodium-glucose-co-transporter-2-sglt2-inhibitors-synthesis-and-biological-evaluation
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Ana R Jesus, Diogo Vila-Viçosa, Miguel Machuqueiro, Ana P Marques, Timothy M Dore, Amélia P Rauter
Inhibiting glucose reabsorption by sodium glucose co-transporter proteins (SGLTs) in the kidneys is a relatively new strategy for treating type 2 diabetes. Selective inhibition of SGLT2 over SGLT1 is critical for minimizing adverse side effects associated with SGLT1 inhibition. A library of C-glucosyl dihydrochalcones and their dihydrochalcone and chalcone precursors was synthesized and tested as SGLT1/SGLT2 inhibitors using a cell-based fluorescence assay of glucose uptake. The most potent inhibitors of SGLT2 (IC50 = 9-23 nM) were considerably weaker inhibitors of SGLT1 (IC50 = 10-19 μM)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098441/ultrasmooth-perovskite-film-via-mixed-anti-solvent-strategy-with-improved-efficiency
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Yu Yu, Songwang Yang, Lei Lei, Qipeng Cao, Jun Shao, Sheng Zhang, Yan Liu
Most antisolvents employed in previous research were miscible with perovskite precursor solution. They always led to fast formation of perovskite even if the intermediate stage existed, which was not beneficial to obtain high quality perovskite films and made the formation process less controllable. In this work, a novel ethyl ether/n-hexane mixed antisolvent (MAS) was used to achieve high nucleation density and slow down the formation process of perovskite, producing films with improved orientation of grains and ultrasmooth surfaces...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098416/motuporamine-derivatives-as-antimicrobial-agents-and-antibiotic-enhancers-against-resistant-gram-negative-bacteria
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Diane Borselli, Marine Blanchet, Jean-Michel Bolla, Aaron Muth, Kristen Skruber, Otto Phanstiel, Jean Michel Brunel
Dihydromotuporamine C and its derivatives were evaluated for their in vitro antimicrobial activities and antibiotic enhancement properties against Gram-negative bacteria and clinical isolates. The mechanism of action of one of these derivatives, MOTU-N44, was investigated against Enterobacter aerogenes by using fluorescent dyes to evaluate outer-membrane depolarization and permeabilization. Its efficiency correlated with inhibition of dye transport, thus suggesting that these molecules inhibit drug transporters by de-energization of the efflux pump rather than by direct interaction of the molecule with the pump...
January 18, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098291/investigation-into-the-bioavailability-of-milk-protein-derived-peptides-with-dipeptidyl-peptidase-iv-inhibitory-activity-using-caco-2-cell-monolayers
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Isabelle M E Lacroix, Xiu-Min Chen, David D Kitts, Eunice C Y Li-Chan
In recent years, peptides derived from a variety of dietary proteins have been reported to exhibit inhibitory activity against the dipeptidyl-peptidase IV (DPP-IV) enzyme, a target in the management of type 2 diabetes. While much attention has been given to the production and identification of peptides with DPP-IV inhibitory activity from food proteins, particularly dairy proteins, little is known on the bioavailability of these molecules. In this study, the stability and transport of five previously identified milk-derived peptides (LKPTPEGDL, LPYPY, IPIQY, IPI and WR) and a whey protein isolate (WPI) digest with DPP-IV-inhibitory activity were investigated using Caco-2 cell monolayers as a model system for human intestinal absorption...
January 18, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098269/electron-transporting-polymers-based-on-a-double-b%C3%A2-n-bridged-bipyridine-bnbp-unit
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Xiaojing Long, Yao Gao, Hongkun Tian, Chuandong Dou, Donghang Yan, Yanhou Geng, Jun Liu, Lixiang Wang
In this communication, we report a series of polymer semiconductors based on a novel electron-deficient building block, double B←N bridged bipyridine (BNBP). These polymers show ambipolar or unipolar n-channel charge-transporting characteristics with electron mobilities in the range of 0.02-0.32 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) in organic thin film transistors.
January 18, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098254/nanoscale-measurement-of-trace-element-distributions-in-spartina-alterniflora-root-tissue-during-dormancy
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Huan Feng, Yu Qian, J Kirk Cochran, Qingzhi Zhu, Wen Hu, Hanfei Yan, Li Li, Xiaojing Huang, Yong S Chu, Houjun Liu, Shinjae Yoo, Chang-Jun Liu
This paper reports a nanometer-scale investigation of trace element (As, Ca, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mn, Ni, S and Zn) distributions in the root system Spartina alterniflora during dormancy. The sample was collected on a salt marsh island in Jamaica Bay, New York, in April 2015 and the root was cross-sectioned with 10 μm resolution. Synchrotron X-ray nanofluorescence was applied to map the trace element distributions in selected areas of the root epidermis and endodermis. The sampling resolution was 60 nm to increase the measurement accuracy and reduce the uncertainty...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098237/controllable-synthesis-of-tio2-fe2o3-core-shell-nanotube-arrays-with-double-wall-coating-as-superb-lithium-ion-battery-anodes
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Yan Zhong, Yifan Ma, Qiubo Guo, Jiaqi Liu, Yadong Wang, Mei Yang, Hui Xia
Highlighted by the safe operation and stable performances, titanium oxides (TiO2) are deemed as promising candidates for next generation lithium-ion batteries (LIBs). However, the pervasively low capacity is casting shadow on desirable electrochemical behaviors and obscuring their practical applications. In this work, we reported a unique template-assisted and two-step atomic layer deposition (ALD) method to achieve TiO2@Fe2O3 core-shell nanotube arrays with hollow interior and double-wall coating. The as-prepared architecture combines both merits of the high specific capacity of Fe2O3 and structural stability of TiO2 backbone...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098209/crystal-growth-of-dirac-semimetal-zrsis-with-high-magnetoresistance-and-mobility
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Raman Sankar, G Peramaiyan, I Panneer Muthuselvam, Christopher J Butler, Klauss Dimitri, Madhab Neupane, G Narsinga Rao, M-T Lin, F C Chou
High quality single crystal ZrSiS as a theoretically predicted Dirac semimetal has been grown successfully using a vapor phase transport method. The single crystals of tetragonal structure are easy to cleave into perfect square-shaped pieces due to the van der Waals bonding between the sulfur atoms of the quintuple layers. Physical property measurement results including resistivity, Hall coefficient (RH), and specific heat are reported. The transport and thermodynamic properties suggest a Fermi liquid behavior with two Fermi pockets at low temperatures...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098180/an-aposymbiotic-primary-coral-polyp-counteracts-acidification-by-active-ph-regulation
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Yoshikazu Ohno, Akira Iguchi, Chuya Shinzato, Mayuri Inoue, Atsushi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Sakai, Takashi Nakamura
Corals build their skeletons using extracellular calcifying fluid located in the tissue-skeleton interface. However, the mechanism by which corals control the transport of calcium and other ions from seawater and the mechanism of constant alkalization of calcifying fluid are largely unknown. To address these questions, we performed direct pH imaging at calcification sites (subcalicoblastic medium, SCM) to visualize active pH upregulation in live aposymbiotic primary coral polyps treated with HCl-acidified seawater...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098160/a-zip6-zip10-heteromer-controls-ncam1-phosphorylation-and-integration-into-focal-adhesion-complexes-during-epithelial-to-mesenchymal-transition
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Dylan Brethour, Mohadeseh Mehrabian, Declan Williams, Xinzhu Wang, Farinaz Ghodrati, Sepehr Ehsani, Elizabeth A Rubie, James R Woodgett, Jean Sevalle, Zhengrui Xi, Ekaterina Rogaeva, Gerold Schmitt-Ulms
The prion protein (PrP) evolved from the subbranch of ZIP metal ion transporters comprising ZIPs 5, 6 and 10, raising the prospect that the study of these ZIPs may reveal insights relevant for understanding the function of PrP. Building on data which suggested PrP and ZIP6 are critical during epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT), we investigated ZIP6 in an EMT paradigm using ZIP6 knockout cells, mass spectrometry and bioinformatic methods. Reminiscent of PrP, ZIP6 levels are five-fold upregulated during EMT and the protein forms a complex with NCAM1...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097883/is-angiotensin-3-4-val-tyr-the-shortest-angiotensin-ii-derived-peptide-opening-new-vistas-on-the-renin-angiotensin-system
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Juliana Dias, Flavia Axelband, Lucienne S Lara, Humberto Muzi-Filho, Adalberto Vieyra
Angiotensin-(3-4) (Ang-(3-4) or Val-Tyr) is the shorter angiotensin (Ang) II-derived peptide, formed through successive hydrolysis that culminates with the release of Val-Tyr as a dipeptide. It is formed both in plasma and in kidney from Ang II and Ang III, and can be considered a component of the systemic and organ-based renin-angiotensin system. It is potently antihypertensive in humans and rats, and its concerted actions on proximal tubule cells culminate in the inhibition of fluid reabsorption, hyperosmotic urinary excretion of Na(+)...
January 2017: Journal of the Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone System: JRAAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097881/evaluation-of-hemoglobin-a1c-measurement-from-filter-paper-using-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-and-immunoturbidimetric-assay
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Yonghua Wu, Xu Yang, Haining Wang, Zhenrong Li, Tiancheng Wang
Glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) measurement from whole blood (WB) samples is inconvenient for epidemic surveillance and self-monitoring of glycemic level. We evaluated HbA1c measurement from WB blotted on filter paper (FP), which can be easily transported to central laboratories, with high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and immunoturbidimetric assay (ITA). WB was applied to Whatman filter paper. By using HPLC and WB samples as reference methods, these FP samples were evaluated on HPLC and ITA. Inter- and intra-assay variation, WB vs...
January 18, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097817/revisiting-regulation-of-potassium-homeostasis-in-escherichia-coli-the-connection-to-phosphate-limitation
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Hannah Schramke, Vera Laermann, Halina E Tegetmeyer, Andreas Brachmann, Kirsten Jung, Karlheinz Altendorf
Two-component signal transduction constitutes the predominant strategy used by bacteria to adapt to fluctuating environments. The KdpD/KdpE system is one of the most widespread, and is crucial for K(+) homeostasis. In Escherichia coli, the histidine kinase KdpD senses K(+) availability, whereas the response regulator KdpE activates synthesis of the high-affinity K(+) uptake system KdpFABC. Here we show that, in the absence of KdpD, kdpFABC expression can be activated via phosphorylation of KdpE by the histidine kinase PhoR...
January 17, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097795/impaired-n-linked-glycosylation-of-uptake-and-efflux-transporters-in-human-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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John D Clarke, Petr Novak, April D Lake, Rhiannon N Hardwick, Nathan J Cherrington
BACKGROUND & AIMS: N-linked glycosylation of proteins is critical for proper protein folding and trafficking to the plasma membrane. Drug transporters are one class of proteins that have reduced function when glycosylation is impaired. N-linked glycosylation of plasma proteins has also been investigated as a biomarker for several liver diseases, including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The purpose of this study was to assess the transcriptomic expression of genes involved in protein processing and glycosylation, and to determine the glycosylation status of key drug transporters during human NAFLD progression...
January 18, 2017: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097755/a-solution-processable-liquid-crystalline-semiconductor-for-low-temperature-annealed-air-stable-n-channel-field-effect-transistors
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Resul Ozdemir, Donghee Choi, Mehmet Ozdemir, Hyekyoung Kim, Sinem Tuncel Kostakoğlu, Mustafa Erkartal, Hyungsug Kim, Choongik Kim, Hakan Usta
A new solution-processable and air-stable liquid-crystalline n-channel organic semiconductor (α,ω-2OD-TIFDMT) employing a donor-acceptor-donor (D-A-D) type of π-conjugation has been designed, synthesized, and fully characterized. The new semiconductor exhibits a low LUMO energy (-4.19 eV) and a narrow optical band gap (1.35 eV). Typical pseudo focal-conic fan-shaped texture of a hexagonal columnar liquid crystalline (LC) phase was observed over a wide temperature range. The spin-coated semiconductor thin-films shows the formation of large (~0...
January 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097753/fully-copper-exchanged-high-silica-lta-zeolites-as-unrivaled-hydrothermally-stable-nh3-scr-catalysts
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Taekyung Ryu, Nak Ho Ahn, Seungwan Seo, Jung Cho, Hyojun Kim, Donghui Jo, Gi Tae Park, Pyung Soon Kim, Chang Hwan Kim, Elliott L Bruce, Paul A Wright, In-Sik Nam, Suk Bong Hong
Diesel engine technology is still the most effective solution to meet tighter CO2 regulations in the mobility and transport sector. In implementation of fuel-efficient diesel engines, the poor thermal durability of lean nitrogen oxides (NOx ) aftertreatment systems remains as one major technical hurdle. Divalent copper ions when fully exchanged into high-silica LTA zeolites are demonstrated to exhibit excellent activity maintenance for NOx reduction with NH3 under vehicle simulated conditions even after hydrothermal aging at 900 °C, a critical temperature that the current commercial Cu-SSZ-13 catalyst cannot overcome owing to thermal deactivation...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
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