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Yunyun Luo, Dovile Sinkeviciute, Yi He, Morten Karsdal, Yves Henrotin, Ali Mobasheri, Patrik Önnerfjord, Anne Bay-Jensen
Articular cartilage is a connective tissue consisting of a specialized extracellular matrix (ECM) that dominates the bulk of its wet and dry weight. Type II collagen and aggrecan are the main ECM proteins in cartilage. However, little attention has been paid to less abundant molecular components, especially minor collagens, including type IV, VI, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, and XIV, etc. Although accounting for only a small fraction of the mature matrix, these minor collagens not only play essential structural roles in the mechanical properties, organization, and shape of articular cartilage, but also fulfil specific biological functions...
February 17, 2017: Protein & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213497/mitochondrial-damage-elicits-a-tcdd-inducible-poly-adp-ribose-polymerase-mediated-antiviral-response
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Tatsuya Kozaki, Jun Komano, Daiki Kanbayashi, Michihiro Takahama, Takuma Misawa, Takashi Satoh, Osamu Takeuchi, Taro Kawai, Shigeomi Shimizu, Yoshiharu Matsuura, Shizuo Akira, Tatsuya Saitoh
The innate immune system senses RNA viruses by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) and protects the host from virus infection. PRRs mediate the production of immune modulatory factors and direct the elimination of RNA viruses. Here, we show a unique PRR that mediates antiviral response. Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD)-inducible poly(ADP ribose) polymerase (TIPARP), a Cysteine3 Histidine (CCCH)-type zinc finger-containing protein, binds to Sindbis virus (SINV) RNA via its zinc finger domain and recruits an exosome to induce viral RNA degradation...
February 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213223/electrochemical-determination-of-arsenic-in-natural-waters-using-carbon-fiber-ultra-microelectrodes-modified-with-gold-nanoparticles
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Patricio Carrera, Patricio J Espinoza-Montero, Lenys Fernández, Hugo Romero, José Alvarado
We have developed an anodic stripping voltammetry method that employs carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles to determine arsenic in natural waters. Gold nanoparticles were potentiostatically deposited on carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes at -0.90V (vs SCE) for a time of 15s, to form the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy coupled to an X-ray microanalysis system were used to check and confirm the presence of gold nanoparticles on the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211952/long-term-experience-with-first-generation-implantable-neurostimulation-device-in-central-sleep-apnea-treatment
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Henrik Fox, Thomas Bitter, Dieter Horstkotte, Olaf Oldenburg, Klaus-Jürgen Gutleben
BACKGROUND: Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) are associated with shorter survival in patients with heart failure (HF). A novel treatment method for this patient group is unilateral phrenic nerve stimulation by the remedē® system, a transvenously implantable neurostimulation device, which has recently been studied in a large randomized, controlled trial. Previous literature has shown efficacy and safety of the treatment with this first-generation device, but hardly any data is available on long-term clinical parameters, the remedē® device's battery lifetime, device exchangeability, lead position stability, surgical accessibility and manageability...
February 17, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211923/electrical-and-photocatalytic-properties-of-boron-doped-zno-nanostructure-grown-on-pet-ito-flexible-substrates-by-hydrothermal-method
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Wei Wang, Taotao Ai, Qi Yu
Boron-doped zinc oxide sheet-spheres were synthesized on PET-ITO flexible substrates using a hydrothermal method at 90 °C for 5 h. The results of X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy indicated that the B atoms were successfully doped into the ZnO lattice, the incorporation of B led to an increase in the lattice constant of ZnO and a change in its internal stress. The growth mechanism of pure ZnO nanorods and B-doped ZnO sheet-spheres was specifically investigated. The as-prepared BZO/PET-ITO heterojunction possessed obvious rectification properties and its positive turn-on voltage was 0...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211721/imaging-current-induced-switching-of-antiferromagnetic-domains-in-cumnas
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M J Grzybowski, P Wadley, K W Edmonds, R Beardsley, V Hills, R P Campion, B L Gallagher, J S Chauhan, V Novak, T Jungwirth, F Maccherozzi, S S Dhesi
The magnetic order in antiferromagnetic materials is hard to control with external magnetic fields. Using x-ray magnetic linear dichroism microscopy, we show that staggered effective fields generated by electrical current can induce modification of the antiferromagnetic domain structure in microdevices fabricated from a tetragonal CuMnAs thin film. A clear correlation between the average domain orientation and the anisotropy of the electrical resistance is demonstrated, with both showing reproducible switching in response to orthogonally applied current pulses...
February 3, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211361/bias-dependent-spectral-tuning-in-inp-nanowire-based-photodetectors
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Vishal Jain, Magnus Heurlin, Mohammad Karimi, Laiq Hussain, Mahtab Aghaeipour, Ali Nowzari, Alexander Berg, Gustav Nylund, Federico Capasso, Lars Samuelson, Magnus T Borgström, Håkan Pettersson
Nanowire array ensembles contacted in a vertical geometry are extensively studied and considered strong candidates for next generations of industrial scale optoelectronics. Key challenges in this development deal with optimization of the doping profile of the nanowires and the interface between nanowires and transparent top contact. Here we report on photodetection characteristics associated with doping profile variations in InP nanowire array photodetectors. Bias-dependent tuning of the spectral shape of the responsivity is observed which is attributed to a Schottky-like contact at the nanowire-ITO interface...
March 17, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209589/second-generation-drosophila-chemical-tags-sensitivity-versatility-and-speed
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Ben Sutcliffe, Julian Ng, Thomas O Auer, Mathias Pasche, Richard Benton, Gregory S X E Jefferis, Sebastian Cachero
Labeling and visualizing cells and subcellular structures within thick tissues, whole organs and even intact animals is key to studying biological processes. This is particularly true for studies of neural circuits where neurons form submicron synapses but have arbors that may span millimeters in length. Traditionally, labeling is achieved by immunofluorescence; however diffusion of antibody molecules (>100 kDa) is slow and often results in uneven labeling with very poor penetration into the centre of thick specimens; these limitations can be partially addressed by extending staining protocols to over a week (Drosophila brain) and months (mice)...
February 16, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208633/compact-planar-ultrawideband-antennas-with-3-5-5-2-5-8-ghz-triple-band-notched-characteristics-for-internet-of-things-applications
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Jian Dong, Qianqian Li, Lianwen Deng
Ultrawideband (UWB) antennas, as core devices in high-speed wireless communication, are widely applied to mobile handsets, wireless sensor networks, and Internet of Things (IoT). A compact printed monopole antenna for UWB applications with triple band-notched characteristics is proposed in this paper. The antenna has a very compact size of 10 x 16 mm2 and is composed of a square slotted radiation patch and a narrow rectangular ground plane on the back of the substrate. First, by etching a pair of inverted T-shaped slots at the bottom of the radiation patch, one notched band at 5-6 GHz for rejecting the Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) is generated...
February 10, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208417/terahertz-generation-from-laser-driven-ultrafast-current-propagation-along-a-wire-target
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H B Zhuo, S J Zhang, X H Li, H Y Zhou, X Z Li, D B Zou, M Y Yu, H C Wu, Z M Sheng, C T Zhou
Generation of intense coherent THz radiation by obliquely incidenting an intense laser pulse on a wire target is studied using particle-in-cell simulation. The laser-accelerated fast electrons are confined and guided along the surface of the wire, which then acts like a current-carrying line antenna and under appropriate conditions can emit electromagnetic radiation in the THz regime. For a driving laser intensity ∼3×10^{18}W/cm^{2} and pulse duration ∼10 fs, a transient current above 10 KA is produced on the wire surface...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208321/high-efficiency-%C3%AE-ray-flash-generation-via-multiple-laser-scattering-in-ponderomotive-potential-well
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Z Gong, R H Hu, Y R Shou, B Qiao, C E Chen, X T He, S S Bulanov, T Zh Esirkepov, S V Bulanov, X Q Yan
γ-ray flash generation in near-critical-density target irradiated by four symmetrical colliding laser pulses is numerically investigated. With peak intensities about 10^{23} W/cm^{2}, the laser pulses boost electron energy through direct laser acceleration, while pushing them inward with the ponderomotive force. After backscattering with counterpropagating laser, the accelerated electron is trapped in the electromagnetic standing waves or the ponderomotive potential well created by the coherent overlapping of the laser pulses, and emits γ-ray photons in a multiple-laser-scattering regime, where electrons act as a medium transferring energy from the laser to γ rays in the ponderomotive potential valley...
January 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208298/surface-accessibility-and-dynamics-of-macromolecular-assemblies-probed-by-covalent-labeling-mass-spectrometry-and-integrative-modeling
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Carla Schmidt, Jamie A Macpherson, Andy M Lau, Ken Wei Tan, Franca Fraternali, Argyris Politis
Mass spectrometry (MS) has become an indispensable tool for investigating the architectures and dynamics of macromolecular assemblies. Here we show that covalent labeling of solvent accessible residues followed by their MS-based identification yields modeling restraints that allow mapping the location and orientation of subunits within protein assemblies. Together with complementary restraints derived from cross-linking and native MS, we built native-like models of four heterocomplexes with known subunit structures and compared them with available X-ray crystal structures...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207930/elevation-of-glycosaminoglycans-in-the-amniotic-fluid-of-a-fetus-with-mucopolysaccharidosis-vii
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Francyne Kubaski, Ana Carolina Brusius-Facchin, Robert W Mason, Pravin Patel, Maira G Burin, Kristiane Michelin-Tirelli, Rejane Gus Kessler, Fernanda Bender, Sandra Leistner-Segal, Carolina A Moreno, Denise P Cavalcanti, Roberto Giugliani, Shunji Tomatsu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to quantify GAGs in amniotic fluid (AF) from an MPS VII fetus compared with age-matched fetuses obtained from normal pregnancies. METHOD: Disaccharides were measured by liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS), compared to age-matched controls. Enzyme assay was performed in AF supernatant or cultured amniocytes. GUSB was analyzed by next generation sequencing using Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine with a customized panel...
February 16, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207895/the-metastasis-suppressor-kiss1-is-an-intrinsically-disordered-protein-slightly-more-extended-than-a-random-coil
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Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Nekane Merino, Maider Villate, Tiago N Cordeiro, Georgina Ormaza, Marta Sánchez-Carbayo, Tammo Diercks, Pau Bernadó, Francisco J Blanco
The metastasis suppressor KISS1 is reported to be involved in the progression of several solid neoplasias, making it a promising molecular target for controlling their metastasis. The KISS1 sequence contains an N-terminal secretion signal and several dibasic sequences that are proposed to be the proteolytic cleavage sites. We present the first structural characterization of KISS1 by circular dichroism, multi-angle light scattering, small angle X-Ray scattering and NMR spectroscopy. An analysis of the KISS1 backbone NMR chemical shifts does not reveal any preferential conformation and deviation from a random coil ensemble...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206980/fast-low-temperature-plasma-reduction-of-monolayer-graphene-oxide-at-atmospheric-pressure
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Michal Bodik, Anna Zahoranova, Matej Micusik, Nikola Bugarova, Zdeno Spitalsky, Maria Omastova, Eva Majkova, Matej Jergel, Peter Siffalovic
We report on an ultrafast plasma-based graphene oxide reduction method superior to the conventional vacuum thermal annealing and/or chemical reduction. The method is based on the effect of non-equilibrium atmospheric-pressure plasma generated by the diffuse coplanar surface barrier discharge in proximity of the graphene oxide layer. As the reduction time is of the order of seconds, the presented method is applicable to large-scale production of the reduced graphene oxide layers. The short reduction times are achieved by a high volume power density of plasma which is of the order of 100 W/cm<sup>3</sup>...
February 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206754/high-quality-dataset-of-protein-bound-ligand-conformations-and-its-application-to-benchmarking-conformer-ensemble-generators
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Nils-Ole Friedrich, Agnes Meyder, Christina de Bruyn Kops, Kai Sommer, Florian Flachsenberg, Matthias Rarey, Johannes Kirchmair
We developed a cheminformatics pipeline for the fully automated selection and extraction of high-quality protein-bound ligand conformations from X-ray structural data. The pipeline evaluates the validity and accuracy of the 3D structures of small molecules according to multiple criteria, including their fit to the electron density and their physicochemical and structural properties. Using this approach, we compiled two high-quality datasets from the Protein Data Bank (PDB): a comprehensive dataset and a diversified subset of 4626 and 2912 structures, respectively...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206748/regulated-synthesis-of-mo-sheets-and-their-derivative-mox-sheets-x-p-s-c-as-efficient-electrocatalysts-for-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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Jin Jia, Weijia Zhou, Guixiang Li, Linjing Yang, Zhaoqian Wei, Lindie Cao, Yisheng Wu, Kai Zhou, Shaowei Chen
Electrochemical H2 generation from H2O has been focused on the exploration for non-noble-metal as well as earth-rich based catalysts. In our practical work, we put forward a simple cost-efficient fabrication process to prepare massively Mo sheets via the controlled equilibrium between sublimation of MoO3 and reduction of H2. The obtained Mo sheets as Mo source and template synthesize porous MoP sheets, which exhibit notable activity to the hydrogen evolution reaction with a low onset potential of -88 mV vs...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206676/thoracic-ct-mri-co-registration-for-regional-pulmonary-structure-function-measurements-of-obstructive-lung-disease
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Fumin Guo, Sarah Svenningsen, Miranda Kirby, Dante P I Capaldi, Khadija Sheikh, Aaron Fenster, Grace Parraga
PURPOSE: Recent pulmonary imaging research has revealed that in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, structural and functional abnormalities are spatially heterogeneous. This novel information may help optimize treatment in individual patients, monitor interventional efficacy and develop new treatments. Moreover, by automating the measurement of regional biomarkers for the 19 different anatomical lung segments, there is an opportunity to embed imaging biomarkers into clinically-acceptable clinical workflows and improve lung disease clinical care...
February 16, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205559/crystalline-structure-defect-chemistry-and-room-temperature-colossal-permittivity-of-nd-doped-barium-titanate
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Qiaomei Sun, Qilin Gu, Kongjun Zhu, Rongying Jin, Jinsong Liu, Jing Wang, Jinhao Qiu
Dielectric materials with high permittivity are strongly demanded for various technological applications. While polarization inherently exists in ferroelectric barium titanate (BaTiO3), its high permittivity can only be achieved by chemical and/or structural modification. Here, we report the room-temperature colossal permittivity (~760,000) obtained in xNd: BaTiO3 (x = 0.5 mol%) ceramics derived from the counterpart nanoparticles followed by conventional pressureless sintering process. Through the systematic analysis of chemical composition, crystalline structure and defect chemistry, the substitution mechanism involving the occupation of Nd(3+) in Ba(2+) -site associated with the generation of Ba vacancies and oxygen vacancies for charge compensation has been firstly demonstrated...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204825/morroniside-protects-sk-n-sh-human-neuroblastoma-cells-against-h2o2-induced-damage
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Jing-Xing Zhang, Rui Wang, Jin Xi, Lin Shen, An-You Zhu, Qi Qi, Qi-Yi Wang, Lun-Jun Zhang, Feng-Chao Wang, He-Zuo Lü, Jian-Guo Hu
Oxidative stress-induced cell injury has been linked to the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders such as spinal cord injury, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis. Morroniside is an antioxidant derived from the Chinese herb Shan-Zhu-Yu. The present study investigated the neuroprotective effect of morroniside against hydrogen peroxide (H2O2)-induced cell death in SK-N-SH human neuroblastoma cells. H2O2 increased cell apoptosis, as determined by flow cytometry and Hoechst 33342 staining. This effect was reversed by pretreatment with morroniside at concentrations of 1-100 µM...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Medicine
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