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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102041/a-new-hla-b-55-allele-b-55-83n-with-a-stop-codon-in-exon-4-generated-by-a-point-mutation-identified-in-a-chinese-individual
#1
X-Y Zhou, P Jiang, L-Q Zhang, J Cui, J-P Cai
The new allele HLA-B*55:83N differs from HLA-B*55:02:01:01 by a single nucleotide.
February 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101857/fibrous-protein-structures-hierarchy-history-and-heroes
#2
John M Squire, David A D Parry
During the 1930s and 1940s the technique of X-ray diffraction was applied widely by William Astbury and his colleagues to a number of naturally-occurring fibrous materials. On the basis of the diffraction patterns obtained, he observed that the structure of each of the fibres was dominated by one of a small number of different types of molecular conformation. One group of fibres, known as the k-m-e-f group of proteins (keratin - myosin - epidermin - fibrinogen), gave rise to diffraction characteristics that became known as the α-pattern...
2017: Sub-cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099353/a-predictive-model-to-estimate-the-pretest-probability-of-metastasis-in-patients-with-osteosarcoma
#3
Sisheng Wang, Shaoluan Zheng, Kongzu Hu, Heyan Sun, Jinling Zhang, Genxiang Rong, Jie Gao, Nan Ding, Binjie Gui
Osteosarcomas (OSs) represent a huge challenge to improve the overall survival, especially in metastatic patients. Increasing evidence indicates that both tumor-associated elements but also on host-associated elements are under a remarkable effect on the prognosis of cancer patients, especially systemic inflammatory response. By analyzing a series prognosis of factors, including age, gender, primary tumor size, tumor location, tumor grade, and histological classification, monocyte ratio, and NLR ratio, a clinical predictive model was established by using stepwise logistic regression involved circulating leukocyte to compute the estimated probabilities of metastases for OS patients...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099164/investigation-of-time-resolved-proton-radiography-using-x-ray-flat-panel-imaging-system
#4
Kyung-Wook Jee, Rongxiao Zhang, El Bentefour, Paul Doolan, Ethan Cascio, Gregory Sharp, Jacob Flanz, Hsiao-Ming Lu
Proton beam therapy benefits from the Bragg peak and delivers highly conformal dose distributions. However, the location of the end-of-range is subject to uncertainties related to the accuracy of the relative proton stopping power estimates and thereby the water-equivalent path length (WEPL) along the beam. To remedy the range uncertainty, an in vivo measurement of the WEPL through the patient, i.e. a proton-range radiograph, is highly desirable. Towards that goal, we have explored a novel method of proton radiography based on the time-resolved dose measured by a flat panel imager (FPI)...
January 18, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099079/lymphangioleiomyomatosis-a-monogenic-model-of-malignancy
#5
Vera P Krymskaya, Francis X McCormack
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare, low-grade, metastasizing neoplasm that arises from an unknown source, spreads via the lymphatics, and targets the lungs. All pulmonary structures become infiltrated with benign-appearing spindle and epithelioid cells (LAM cells) that express smooth-muscle and melanocyte-lineage markers, harbor mTOR-activating mutations in tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) genes, and recruit abundant stromal cells. Elaboration of lymphangiogenic growth factors and matrix remodeling enzymes by LAM cells enables their access to lymphatic channels and likely drives the cystic lung remodeling that often culminates in respiratory failure...
January 14, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098983/redox-initiated-reactivity-of-dinuclear-%C3%AE-diketiminatoniobium-imido-complexes
#6
Benjamin M Kriegel, Lara C E Naested, Grégory Nocton, K V Lakshmi, Trevor D Lohrey, Robert G Bergman, John Arnold
High-valent dichloride and dimethylniobium complexes 1 and 2 bearing tert-butylimido and N,N'-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)-β-diketiminate (BDI(Ar)) ligands were prepared. The dimethyl complex reacted with dihydrogen to release methane and generate the hydride-bridged diniobium(IV) complex 3 in high yield. One-electron oxidation of 3 with silver salts resulted in the release of dihydrogen and conversion to a mixed-valent Nb(III)-Nb(IV) complex, 4, that displayed a frozen-solution X-band electron paramagnetic resonance signal consistent with a slight dissymmetry between the two Nb centers...
January 18, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098911/diagnosis-for-choroideremia-in-a-large-chinese-pedigree-by-next%C3%A2-generation-sequencing-ngs-and-non%C3%A2-invasive-prenatal-testing-nipt
#7
Li Zhu, Jingliang Cheng, Boxu Zhou, Chunli Wei, Weichan Yang, Dong Jiang, Iqra Ijaz, Xiaojun Tan, Rui Chen, Junjiang Fu
To develop an effective strategy to isolate and use cell‑free fetal DNA (cffDNA) for the combined use of next‑generation sequencing (NGS) for diagnosing choroideremia and non‑invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) for Y chromosome determination, a large Chinese family with an X‑linked recessive disease, choroideremia, was recruited. Cell‑free DNA was extracted from maternal plasma, and SRY polymerase chain reaction amplification was performed using NIPT. Sanger sequencing was subsequently used for fetal amniotic fluid DNA verification...
January 13, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098850/a-rare-exception-to-haldane-s-rule-are-x-chromosomes-key-to-hybrid-incompatibilities
#8
P A Moran, M G Ritchie, N W Bailey
The prevalence of Haldane's rule suggests that sex chromosomes commonly have a key role in reproductive barriers and speciation. However, the majority of research on Haldane's rule has been conducted in species with conventional sex determination systems (XY and ZW) and exceptions to the rule have been understudied. Here we test the role of X-linked incompatibilities in a rare exception to Haldane's rule for female sterility in field cricket sister species (Teleogryllus oceanicus and T. commodus). Both have an XO sex determination system...
January 18, 2017: Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098300/exploration-of-new-ferromagnetic-semiconducting-and-biocompatible-nb3x8-x-cl-br-or-i-monolayers-with-considerable-visible-and-infrared-light-absorption
#9
Junke Jiang, Qiuhua Liang, Ruishen Meng, Qun Yang, Chunjian Tan, Xiang Sun, Xianping Chen
Ferromagnetic character and biocompatible properties have become key factors for developing next-generation spintronic devices and show potential in biomedical applications. Unfortunately, the Mn-containing monolayer is not biocompatible though it has been extensively studied, and the Cr-containing monolayer is not environmental friendly, although these monolayers are ferromagnetic. Herein, we systematically investigated new types of 2D ferromagnetic monolayers Nb3X8 (X = Cl, Br or I) by means of first principles calculations together with mean field approximation based on the classical Heisenberg model...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098285/kb-po4-f-a-novel-acentric-deep-ultraviolet-material
#10
Ji-Hong Jiang, Lin-Chuan Zhang, Ya-Xi Huang, Zhi-Mei Sun, Yuanming Pan, Jin-Xiao Mi
Two challenges to grow KBe2BO3F2 (KBBF), the best known deep-ultraviolet nonlinear optical (NLO) material to date, are the limited crystal sizes and the use of a highly toxic element (Be). Herein we report on the discovery of a novel anhydrous non-centrosymmetric alkali fluorinated borophosphate KB(PO4)F (KBPF) featuring a cut-off wavelength of less than 200 nm and a large second-harmonic generation (SHG) effect similar to KH2PO4 (KDP), hence representing a new promising deep-ultraviolet NLO material. The KBPF crystals consisting of common elements can be grown using green and cost effective processes and do not show any detectable hygroscopicity...
January 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097956/biohydrogen-production-from-used-diapers-evaluation-of-effect-of-temperature-and-substrate-conditioning
#11
P X Sotelo-Navarro, H M Poggi-Varaldo, S J Turpin-Marion, A Vázquez-Morillas, M Beltrán-Villavicencio, R M Espinosa-Valdemar
This research assessed the viability to use disposable diapers as a substrate for the production of biohydrogen, a valuable clean-energy source. The important content of cellulose of disposable diapers indicates that this waste could be an attractive substrate for biofuel production. Two incubation temperatures (35 °C and 55 °C) and three diaper conditioning methods (whole diapers with faeces, urine, and plastics, WD; diapers without plastic components, with urine and faeces, DWP; diapers with urine but without faeces and plastic, MSD) were tested in batch bioreactors...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097775/breaking-the-tetra-coordinated-framework-rule-new-clathrate-ba8-m24-p28-%C3%AE-m-cu-zn
#12
Juli-Anna Dolyniuk, Julia V Zaikina, Derrick C Kaseman, Sabyasachi Sen, Kirill Kovnir
A new clathrate type has been discovered in the Ba/Cu/Zn/P system. The crystal structure of the Ba8 M24 P28+δ (M=Cu/Zn) clathrate is composed of the pentagonal dodecahedra common to clathrates along with a unique 22-vertex polyhedron with two hexagonal faces capped by additional partially occupied phosphorus sites. This is the first example of a clathrate compound where the framework atoms are not in tetrahedral or trigonal-pyramidal coordination. In Ba8 M24 P28+δ a majority of the framework atoms are five- and six-coordinated, a feature more common to electron-rich intermetallics...
January 18, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097749/positive-contrast-from-cells-labeled-with-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-quantitation-of-imaging-data
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Sergey Magnitsky, Jinjin Zhang, Djaudat Idiyatullin, Geetha Mohan, Michael Garwood, Nancy E Lane, Sharmila Majumdar
PURPOSE: Conventional T2 -weighted MRI produces a hypointense signal from iron-labeled cells, which renders quantification unfeasible. We tested a SWeep Imaging with Fourier Transformation (SWIFT) MRI pulse sequence to generate a quantifiable hyperintense signal from iron-labeled cells. METHODS: Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) were labeled with different concentrations of iron oxide particles and examined for cell viability, proliferation, and differentiation. The SWIFT sequence was optimized to detect and quantify the amount of iron in the muscle tissue after injection of iron oxide solution and iron-labeled MSCs...
January 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097598/influence-of-doping-and-nanostructuration-on-n-type-bi2-te0-8se0-2-3-alloys-synthesized-by-arc-melting
#14
Mouna Gharsallah, Federico Serrano-Sanchez, Norbert M Nemes, Jose Luis Martinez, Jose Antonio Alonso
In competitive thermoelectric devices for energy conversion and generation, high-efficiency materials of both n-type and p-type are required. For this, Bi2Te3-based alloys have the best thermoelectric properties in room temperature applications. Partial replacement of tellurium by selenium is expected to introduce new donor states in the band gap, which would alter electrical conductivity and thermopower. We report on the preparation of n-type Bi2(Te1-xSex)3 solid solutions by a straightforward arc-melting technique, yielding nanostructured polycrystalline pellets...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097509/revealing-pmdi-spray-initial-conditions-flashing-atomisation-and-the-effect-of-ethanol
#15
Nicholas Mason-Smith, Daniel J Duke, Alan L Kastengren, Daniela Traini, Paul M Young, Yang Chen, David A Lewis, Daniel Edgington-Mitchell, Damon Honnery
PURPOSE: Sprays from pressurised metered-dose inhalers are produced by a transient discharge of a multiphase mixture. Small length and short time scales have made the investigation of the governing processes difficult. Consequently, a deep understanding of the physical processes that govern atomisation and drug particle formation has been elusive. METHODS: X-ray phase contrast imaging and quantitative radiography were used to reveal the internal flow structure and measure the time-variant nozzle exit mass density of 50 µL metered sprays of HFA134a, with and without ethanol cosolvent...
January 17, 2017: Pharmaceutical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096523/x-ray-imaging-of-spin-currents-and-magnetisation-dynamics-at-the-nanoscale
#16
Stefano Bonetti
Understanding how spins move in time and space is the aim of both fundamental and applied research in modern magnetism. Over the past three decades, research in this field has led to technological advances that have had a major impact on our society, while improving the understanding of the fundamentals of spin physics. However, important questions still remain unanswered, because it is experimentally challenging to directly observe spins and their motion with a combined high spatial and temporal resolution...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096380/in-situ-structure-of-trypanosomal-atp-synthase-dimer-reveals-a-unique-arrangement-of-catalytic-subunits
#17
Alexander W Mühleip, Caroline E Dewar, Achim Schnaufer, Werner Kühlbrandt, Karen M Davies
We used electron cryotomography and subtomogram averaging to determine the in situ structures of mitochondrial ATP synthase dimers from two organisms belonging to the phylum euglenozoa: Trypanosoma brucei, a lethal human parasite, and Euglena gracilis, a photosynthetic protist. At a resolution of 32.5 Å and 27.5 Å, respectively, the two structures clearly exhibit a noncanonical F1 head, in which the catalytic (αβ)3 assembly forms a triangular pyramid rather than the pseudo-sixfold ring arrangement typical of all other ATP synthases investigated so far...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096363/an-rna-based-signature-enables-high-specificity-detection-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
Mark Kalinich, Irun Bhan, Tanya T Kwan, David T Miyamoto, Sarah Javaid, Joseph A LiCausi, John D Milner, Xin Hong, Lipika Goyal, Srinjoy Sil, Melissa Choz, Uyen Ho, Ravi Kapur, Alona Muzikansky, Huidan Zhang, David A Weitz, Lecia V Sequist, David P Ryan, Raymond T Chung, Andrew X Zhu, Kurt J Isselbacher, David T Ting, Mehmet Toner, Shyamala Maheswaran, Daniel A Haber
Circulating tumor cells (CTCs) are shed into the bloodstream by invasive cancers, but the difficulty inherent in identifying these rare cells by microscopy has precluded their routine use in monitoring or screening for cancer. We recently described a high-throughput microfluidic CTC-iChip, which efficiently depletes hematopoietic cells from blood specimens and enriches for CTCs with well-preserved RNA. Application of RNA-based digital PCR to detect CTC-derived signatures may thus enable highly accurate tissue lineage-based cancer detection in blood specimens...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096187/gprasp2-a-novel-causative-gene-mutated-in-an-x-linked-recessive-syndromic-hearing-loss
#19
Guangqian Xing, Jun Yao, Chunyu Liu, Qinjun Wei, Xuli Qian, Lingxin Wu, Yajie Lu, Xin Cao
BACKGROUND: A substantial amount of nuclear genes have been identified to be implicated in genetic hearing loss, while X-linked hearing loss is genetically heterogeneous and relatively infrequent. OBJECTIVE: To identify the causative gene mutation in a five-generation Chinese family with an X-linked recessive syndromic hearing loss (SHL). METHODS: Targeted X-chromosome exome sequencing was conducted, and cosegregation analysis was performed in the members of the affected family...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095688/effect-of-gold-nanoparticle-size-and-coating-on-labeling-monocytes-for-ct-tracking
#20
Peter Chhour, Johoon Kim, Barbara Benardo, Alfredo Tovar, Shaameen Mian, Harold I Litt, Victor A Ferrari, David P Cormode
With advances in cell therapies, interest in cell tracking techniques to monitor the migration, localization, and viability of these cells continues to grow. X-ray computed tomography (CT) is a cornerstone of medical imaging but has been limited in cell tracking applications due to its low sensitivity toward contrast media. In this study, we investigate the role of size and surface functionality of gold nanoparticles for monocyte uptake to optimize the labeling of these cells for tracking in CT. We synthesized gold nanoparticles (AuNP) that range from 15 to 150 nm in diameter and examined several capping ligands, generating 44 distinct AuNP formulations...
January 18, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
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