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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646452/dosage-effects-of-zp2-and-zp3-heterozygous-mutations-cause-human-infertility
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Wenqiang Liu, Kunming Li, Dandan Bai, Jiqing Yin, Yuanyuan Tang, Fengli Chi, Linfeng Zhang, Yu Wang, Jiaping Pan, Shanshan Liang, Yi Guo, Jingling Ruan, Xiaochen Kou, Yanhong Zhao, Hong Wang, Jiayu Chen, Xiaoming Teng, Shaorong Gao
The zona pellucida (ZP) is an extracellular matrix universally surrounding mammalian eggs, which is essential for oogenesis, fertilization, and pre-implantation embryo development. Here, we identified two novel heritable mutations of ZP2 and ZP3, both occurring in an infertile female patient with ZP-abnormal eggs. Mouse models with the same mutations were generated by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, and oocytes obtained from female mice with either single heterozygous mutation showed approximately half of the normal ZP thickness compared to wild-type oocytes...
June 24, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644821/zirconium-oxocluster-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-prepared-by-photoactivated-miniemulsion-copolymerization
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Cesare Benedetti, Paraskevi Flouda, Alice Antonello, Christine Rosenauer, Francisco F Perez-Pla, Katharina Landfester, Silvia Gross, Rafael Munoz-Espi
Photoactivated free radical miniemulsion copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and the zirconium oxocluster Zr4O2(methacrylate)12 is used as an effective and fast preparation method of polymer/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. The oxoclusters, covalently anchored to the polymer network, act as metal-organic cross-linkers, thus improving the thermomechanical properties of the resulting hybrid nanoparticles. Benzoin carbonyl organic compounds were used as photoinitiators. The obtained materials are compared in terms of cross-linking, effectiveness of cluster incorporation, and size distribution with the analogous nanoparticles produced by using conventional thermally-induced free radical miniemulsion copolymerization...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643105/differential-role-of-gabaa-receptors-and-neuroligin-2-for-perisomatic-gabaergic-synapse-formation-in-the-hippocampus
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Patrizia Panzanelli, Simon Früh, Jean-Marc Fritschy
Perisomatic GABAergic synapses onto hippocampal pyramidal cells arise from two populations of basket cells with different neurochemical and functional properties. The presence of the dystrophin-glycoprotein complex in their postsynaptic density (PSD) distinguishes perisomatic synapses from GABAergic synapses on dendrites and the axon-initial segment. Targeted deletion of neuroligin 2 (NL2), a transmembrane protein interacting with presynaptic neurexin, has been reported to disrupt postsynaptic clustering of GABAA receptors (GABAAR) and their anchoring protein, gephyrin, at perisomatic synapses...
June 22, 2017: Brain Structure & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640315/formation-and-field-driven-dynamics-of-nematic-spheroids
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Fred Fu, Nasser Mohieddin Abukhdeir
Unlike the canonical application of liquid crystals (LCs), LC displays, emerging technologies based on LC materials are increasingly leveraging the presence of nanoscale defects. The inherent nanoscale characteristics of LC defects present both significant opportunities as well as barriers for the application of this fascinating class of materials. Simulation-based approaches to the study of the effects of confinement and interface anchoring conditions on LC domains has resulted in significant progress over the past decade, where simulations are now able to access experimentally-relevant length scales while simultaneously capturing nanoscale defect structures...
June 22, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639546/leadership-perspective-bringing-nursing-back-to-the-future-through-people-powered-care
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Shirlee Sharkey, Nancy Lefebre
At a time when there is a growing interest in person- and family-centred care and integrated community-based models, the unique strengths and expertise of home care nursing is a strategic lever for change across all healthcare settings. In this paper, we explore the theme of people-powered care as a universal starting point - a new approach to health and wellness that is anchored in the strengths of people, their networks and the patterns of everyday life. Leveraging key insights from home and community care, along with broader societal shifts towards personalization and empowerment, we discuss how nurses in all areas of the system can lead the way by empowering staff, patients and their families...
2017: Nursing Leadership
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639422/medaka-and-zebrafish-contactin1-mutants-as-a-model-for-understanding-neural-circuits-for-motor-coordination
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Miki Takeuchi, Chikako Inoue, Akiko Goshima, Yusuke Nagao, Koichi Shimizu, Hiroki Miyamoto, Takashi Shimizu, Hisashi Hashimoto, Shigenobu Yonemura, Atsuo Kawahara, Yutaka Hirata, Masayuki Yoshida, Masahiko Hibi
A spontaneous medaka ro mutant shows abnormal wobbling and rolling swimming behaviors. By positional cloning, we mapped the ro locus to a region containing the gene encoding Contactin1b (Cntn1b), which is an immunoglobulin (Ig)-superfamily domain-containing membrane-anchored protein. The ro mutant had a deletion in the cntn1b gene that introduced a premature stop codon. Furthermore, cntn1b mutants generated by the CRISPR/Cas9 system and trans-heterozygotes of the CRISPR mutant allele and ro had abnormal swimming behavior, indicating that the cntn1b gene was responsible for the ro-mutant phenotype...
June 22, 2017: Genes to Cells: Devoted to Molecular & Cellular Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636205/progressive-scar14-with-unclear-speech-developmental-delay-tremor-and-behavioral-problems-caused-by-a-homozygous-deletion-of-the-sptbn2-pleckstrin-homology-domain
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Esra Yıldız Bölükbaşı, Muhammad Afzal, Sara Mumtaz, Nafees Ahmad, Sajid Malik, Aslıhan Tolun
We report on nine members of a consanguineous Pakistani family with primary presentation of intellectual disability, developmental delay, limb and gait ataxia, behavioral and speech problems, and tremor. By linkage mapping and exome sequencing we identified novel homozygous splicing variant c.6375-1G>C in SPTBN2. To date, only two other SPTBN2 mutations with recessive pattern of inheritance causing SCAR14 (spinocerebellar ataxia, autosomal recessive 14) that manifest with developmental ataxia and cognitive impairment, or cerebellar ataxia, mental retardation, and pyramidal signs have been reported...
June 21, 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635618/nickel-cobaltite-nanosheets-strongly-anchored-on-boron-and-nitrogen-co-doped-graphene-for-high-performance-asymmetric-supercapacitors
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Xinyan Jiao, Xifeng Xia, Peng Liu, Wu Lei, Yu Ouyang, Qingli Hao
Strongly coupled boron and nitrogen co-doped graphene (BN-G) hybrids with nickel cobaltite (NiCo2O4) nanosheets (NCO/BN-G) were fabricated by a facile soft-chemical method for asymmetric supercapacitors with high-performance. The strong interaction between BN-G and NiCo2O4 nanosheets are explored by various techniques. The effect of heteroatom doping on electrochemical properties of the hybrids is systematically investigated. The strong synergistic effect between NiCo2O4 and BN-G leads to a specific capacitance of 106...
June 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633625/on-the-inability-to-ignore-useless-advice
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Thomas Schultze, Andreas Mojzisch, Stefan Schulz-Hardt
Research in the judge-advisor-paradigm suggests that advice is generally utilized less than it should be according to its quality. In a series of four experiments, we challenge this widely held assumption. We hypothesize that when advice quality is low, the opposite phenomenon, namely overutilization of advice, occurs. We further assume that this overutilization effect is the result of anchoring: advice serves as an anchor, thus causing an adjustment toward even useless advice. The data of our four experiments support these hypotheses...
May 2017: Experimental Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632549/biomechanical-investigation-of-a-novel-revision-device-in-an-osteoporotic-model-pullout-strength-of-pedicle-screw-anchor-versus-larger-screw-diameter
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Jacinto Manon, Mir M Hussain, Jonathan Harris, Mark Moldavsky, Frank La Marca, Brandon S Bucklen
STUDY DESIGN: In vitro cadaveric biomechanical study. OBJECTIVE: To assess revision pullout strength of novel anchored screws (AS) versus conventional larger diameter traditional pedicle screws (TPS) in an osteoporotic model. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Pedicle screws are the most ubiquitous method of treating spinal pathologies requiring lumbar fusion. Although these screws are effective in providing 3-column stabilization of the spine, revision surgeries are occasionally necessary, particularly for geriatric and osteoporotic populations...
July 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630901/stable-anchoring-chemistry-for-room-temperature-charge-transport-through-graphite-molecule-contacts
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Alexander V Rudnev, Veerabhadrarao Kaliginedi, Andrea Droghetti, Hiroaki Ozawa, Akiyoshi Kuzume, Masa-Aki Haga, Peter Broekmann, Ivan Rungger
An open challenge for single-molecule electronics is to find stable contacts at room temperature with a well-defined conductance. Common coinage metal electrodes pose fabrication and operational problems due to the high mobility of the surface atoms. We demonstrate how molecules covalently grafted onto mechanically robust graphite/graphene substrates overcome these limitations. To this aim, we explore the effect of the anchoring group chemistry on the charge transport properties of graphite-molecule contacts by means of the scanning tunneling microscopy break-junction technique and ab initio simulations...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629738/nitrous-oxide-versus-oral-sedation-for-pain-management-of-first-trimester-surgical-abortion-a-randomized-study
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Rameet H Singh, Maria Montoya, Eve Espey, Lawrence Leeman
OBJECTIVES: To compare nitrous oxide with oxygen (N2O/O2) to oral hydrocodone/acetaminophen and lorazepam (oral) for analgesia during first-trimester surgical abortion. STUDY DESIGN: This double-blind randomized trial assigned women undergoing first-trimester surgical abortion at<11weeks' gestation to inhaled N2O/O2 vs. oral sedation for pain management. The N2O/O2 group received up to 70:30 ratio during the procedure and placebo pills pre-procedure; the oral group received inhaled oxygen during the procedure and oral hydrocodone/acetaminophen 5mg/325mg and lorazepam 1mg pre-procedure...
June 16, 2017: Contraception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627561/a-promising-single-atom-catalyst-for-co-oxidation-ag-on-boron-vacancies-of-h-bn-sheets
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Zhansheng Lu, Peng Lv, Zongxian Yang, Shuo Li, Dongwei Ma, Ruqian Wu
Single atom catalysts (SACs) have attracted broad research interest in recent years due to their importance in various fields, such as environmental protection and energy conversion. Here, we discuss the mechanisms of CO oxidation to CO2 over single Ag atoms supported on hexagonal boron-nitride sheets (Ag1/BN) through systematic van der Waals inclusive density functional theory (DFT-D) calculations. The Ag adatom can be anchored onto a boron defect (VB), as suggested by the large energy barrier of 3.12 eV for Ag diffusion away from the VB site...
June 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627544/anchoring-ceria-nanoparticles-on-graphene-oxide-and-their-radical-scavenge-properties-under-gamma-irradiation-environment
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Wei Xia, Jun Zhao, Tao Wang, Li Song, Hao Gong, Hu Guo, Bing Gao, Xiaoli Fan, Jianping He
Polymer networks such as those of epoxy resin, as common protection materials, possess radiolytic oxidation degradation effects under gamma irradiation environment, which have a great accelerating effect on the ageing rate and severely limit their potential applications for metal protection in the nuclear industry. To overcome this, we report a simple scheme of anchoring crystalline ceria nanoparticles onto graphene sheets (CG) and incorporate it into the epoxy resin, followed by thermal polymerization to obtain CeO2/graphene-epoxy nanocomposite coating (CGNS)...
June 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625187/a-comparison-study-of-complications-and-initial-follow-up-costs-of-transcutaneous-and-percutaneous-bone-conduction-devices
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J Godbehere, S D Carr, J Moraleda, P Edwards, J Ray
BACKGROUND: The percutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device can be associated with more soft tissue complications when compared to the magnetic transcutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device. This study aimed to determine whether fewer soft tissue complications may result in the transcutaneous osseointegrated bone conduction device being a lower cost option in hearing rehabilitation. METHODS: This retrospective case note review included adult patients who underwent implantation with the transcutaneous Cochlear Attract (n = 22) or percutaneous Cochlear DermaLock (n = 25) bone-anchored hearing aids between September 2013 and December 2014...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624620/agbr-nanoparticles-3d-nitrogen-doped-graphene-hydrogel-for-fabricating-all-solid-state-luminol-electrochemiluminescence-escherichia-coli-aptasensors
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Nan Hao, Xuan Zhang, Zhou Zhou, Rong Hua, Ying Zhang, Qian Liu, Jing Qian, Henan Li, Kun Wang
It is necessary to develop rapid, simple and accurate detection method for Escherichia coli (E. coli) due to its widely distributed pathogenic bacteria. Herein, we prepared AgBr nanoparticles (NPs) anchored 3D nitrogen-doped graphene hydrogel (3DNGH) nanocomposites with an exceptionally large accessible surface by a simple hydrothermal approach. The as-prepared 3DNGH porous nanocomposite not only showed better conductivity than that of 3D graphene due to introducing nitrogen element into graphene framework, but also provided a high loading volume for immobilizing luminol...
June 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623078/arthroscopic-treatment-of-femoroacetabular-impingement-in-adolescents-provides-clinically-significant-outcome-improvement
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Benedict U Nwachukwu, Brenda Chang, Cynthia A Kahlenberg, Kara Fields, Danyal H Nawabi, Bryan T Kelly, Anil S Ranawat
PURPOSE: To define minimal clinically important difference (MCID) and substantial clinical benefit (SCB) for adolescents undergoing arthroscopic femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) surgery. METHODS: A prospective institutional hip preservation registry was reviewed to identify hip arthroscopies performed for FAI. Patients with pre-existing hip conditions such as slipped capital femoral epiphysis and Legg-Calve-Perthese were excluded. Included patients were 18 years and younger...
June 13, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621503/ph-responsive-fluorescence-enhancement-in-graphene-oxide-naphthalimide-nanoconjugates-a-fluorescence-turn-on-sensor-for-acetylcholine
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Sreejith Mangalath, Silja Abraham, Joshy Joseph
A pH sensitive, fluorescence 'turn on' sensor based on a graphene oxide-naphthalimide nanoconjugate (GO-NI) for the detection of acetylcholine (ACh) by monitoring the enzymatic activity of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in aqueous solution is reported. These nanoconjugates were synthesized by covalently anchoring picolyl substituted naphthalimide derivatives on GO/rGO surface via EDC-NHS coupling strategy and the morphological and photophysical properties were studied in detail. Synergistic effects of - interactions between GO and naphthalimide chromophore, and efficient photoinduced electron and energy transfer processes are responsible for the strong quenching of fluorescence of these nanoconjugates, which gets perturbed at acidic pH conditions leading to significant enhancement of fluorescence emission...
June 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620047/sccro-neddylates-cul3-to-selectively-promote-midbody-localization-and-activity-of-cul3klhl21-during-abscission
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Guochang Huang, Andrew J Kaufman, Ke Xu, Katia Manova, Bhuvanesh Singh
SCCRO/DCUN1D1, a component of the neddylation E3 complex, regulates the activity of the cullin-RING-ligase (CRL) type of ubiquitination E3s by promoting neddylation of cullin family members. Studies have shown SCCRO regulates proliferation in vitro and in vivo. Here, we show that inactivation of SCCRO results in prolonged mitotic time due to delayed and/or failed abscission. The effects of SCCRO on abscission involve its role in neddylation and localization of Cul3 to the midbody. The Cul3 adaptor KLHL21 mediates SCCRO's effects on abscission, as it fails to localize to the midbody in SCCRO-deficient cells during abscission and its inactivation resulted in phenotypic changes identical to SCCRO inactivation...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618345/a-nir-controlled-cage-mimicking-system-for-hydrophobic-drug-mediated-cancer-therapy
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Chaoqun Liu, Yan Zhang, Min Liu, Zhaowei Chen, Youhui Lin, Wei Li, Fangfang Cao, Zhen Liu, Jinsong Ren, Xiaogang Qu
Most chemotherapeutic drugs commonly suffer from several shortcomings, including the lack of aqueous solubility, limited stability and adverse side effects. Although caging strategy has recently been employed as an effective approach to conceal and stabilize these drugs to achieve light-activated cancer therapy, it is plagued by the sophisticated drug modification process and deleterious solvent usage. In addition, using UV or Visible light to remove photocaged group is restricted to its limited tissue penetration ability in and phototoxicity...
September 2017: Biomaterials
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