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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448115/high-temperature-superconductivity-in-boron-doped-q-carbon
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Anagh Bhaumik, Ritesh Sachan, Jagdish Narayan
We report high-temperature superconductivity in B-doped amorphous quenched carbon (Q-carbon). This phase is formed after nanosecond laser melting of B-doped amorphous carbon films in a super undercooled state and followed by rapid quenching. Magnetic susceptibility measurements show the characteristics of type-II Bardeen-Cooper-Schrieffer superconductivity with a superconducting transition temperature (Tc) of 36.0±0.5 K for 17.0±1.0 atomic percent boron concentration. This value is significantly higher than the best experimentally reported Tc of 11 K for crystalline B-doped diamond...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446439/pax3-foxo1-establishes-myogenic-super-enhancers-and-confers-bet-bromodomain-vulnerability
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Berkley E Gryder, Marielle E Yohe, Hsien-Chao Chou, Xiaohu Zhang, Joana Marques, Marco Wachtel, Beat Schaefer, Nirmalya Sen, Young K Song, Alberto Gualtieri, Silvia Pomella, Rossella Rota, Abigail Cleveland, Xinyu Wen, Sivasish Sindiri, Jun S Wei, Frederic G Barr, Sudipto Das, Thorkell Andresson, Rajarshi Guha, Madhu Lal-Nag, Marc Ferrer, Jack F Shern, Keji Zhao, Craig J Thomas, Javed Khan
Alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma is a life-threatening myogenic cancer of children and adolescent young adults, driven primarily by the chimeric transcription factor PAX3-FOXO1 (P3F). The mechanisms by which P3F dysregulates chromatin are unknown. We find P3F reprograms the cis-regulatory landscape by inducing (de novo) super enhancers (SEs). P3F uses SEs to setup auto-regulatory loops in collaboration with master transcription factors MYOG, MYOD and MYCN. This myogenic SE circuitry is consistent across cell lines and primary tumors...
April 26, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445475/grhl3-binding-and-enhancers-rearrange-as-epidermal-keratinocytes-transition-between-functional-states
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Rachel Herndon Klein, Ziguang Lin, Amelia Soto Hopkin, William Gordon, Lam C Tsoi, Yun Liang, Johann E Gudjonsson, Bogi Andersen
Transcription factor binding, chromatin modifications and large scale chromatin re-organization underlie progressive, irreversible cell lineage commitments and differentiation. We know little, however, about chromatin changes as cells enter transient, reversible states such as migration. Here we demonstrate that when human progenitor keratinocytes either differentiate or migrate they form complements of typical enhancers and super-enhancers that are unique for each state. Unique super-enhancers for each cellular state link to gene expression that confers functions associated with the respective cell state...
April 26, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445032/superstretchable-nacre-mimetic-graphene-poly-vinyl-alcohol-composite-film-based-on-interfacial-architectural-engineering
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Nifang Zhao, Miao Yang, Qian Zhao, Weiwei Gao, Tao Xie, Hao Bai
Through designing hierarchical structures, particularly optimizing the chemical and architectural interactions at its inorganic/organic interface, nacre has achieved an excellent combination of contradictory mechanical properties such as strength and toughness, which is highly demanded yet difficult to achieve by most synthetic materials. Most techniques applied to develop nacre-mimetic composites have been focused on mimicking the "brick-and-mortar" structure, but the interfacial architectural features, especially the asperities and mineral bridges of "bricks", have been rarely concerned, which are of equal importance for enhancing mechanical properties of nacre...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443904/na3v2-po4-3-nitrogen-sulfur-codoped-3d-porous-carbon-enabling-ultra-long-cycle-life-sodium-ion-batteries
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Yu Jiang, Haochuan Zhang, Hai Yang, Zhenyu Qi, Yan Yu
Na3V2(PO4)3 (NVP) is regarded as a promising cathode material for sodium ion batteries (NIBs) because of its 3D open structure suitable for Na insertion/extraction and high energy density. However, the NVP suffers from poor electrical conductivity, which restricts the rate performance and the long cycle performance of the NVP for NIBs. Here, the NVP particles embedded in the N,S co-doped 3D porous carbon matrix (denoted as NVP@3D-NSC) were prepared by a facile process. The NVP@3D-NSC can deliver high specific discharge capacities at high rates (54 mA h g(-1) at 80 C)...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434841/transcriptional-dependencies-in-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
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Surya Nagaraja, Nicholas A Vitanza, Pamelyn J Woo, Kathryn R Taylor, Fang Liu, Lei Zhang, Meng Li, Wei Meng, Anitha Ponnuswami, Wenchao Sun, Jie Ma, Esther Hulleman, Tomek Swigut, Joanna Wysocka, Yujie Tang, Michelle Monje
Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a fatal pediatric cancer with limited therapeutic options. The majority of cases of DIPG exhibit a mutation in histone-3 (H3K27M) that results in oncogenic transcriptional aberrancies. We show here that DIPG is vulnerable to transcriptional disruption using bromodomain inhibition or CDK7 blockade. Targeting oncogenic transcription through either of these methods synergizes with HDAC inhibition, and DIPG cells resistant to HDAC inhibitor therapy retain sensitivity to CDK7 blockade...
April 11, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424683/novel-strategy-to-expand-super-charged-nk-cells-with-significant-potential-to-lyse-and-differentiate-cancer-stem-cells-differences-in-nk-expansion-and-function-between-healthy-and-cancer-patients
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Kawaljit Kaur, Jessica Cook, So-Hyun Park, Paytsar Topchyan, Anna Kozlowska, Nick Ohanian, Changge Fang, Ichiro Nishimura, Anahid Jewett
Natural killer (NK) cells are known to target cancer stem cells and undifferentiated tumors. In this paper, we provide a novel strategy for expanding large numbers of super-charged NK cells with significant potential to lyse and differentiate cancer stem cells and demonstrate the differences in the dynamics of NK cell expansion between healthy donors and cancer patients. Decline in cytotoxicity and lower interferon (IFN)-γ secretion by osteoclast (OC)-expanded NK cells from cancer patients correlates with faster expansion of residual contaminating T cells within purified NK cells, whereas healthy donors' OCs continue expanding super-charged NK cells while limiting T cell expansion for up to 60 days...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424513/super-multiplex-vibrational-imaging
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Lu Wei, Zhixing Chen, Lixue Shi, Rong Long, Andrew V Anzalone, Luyuan Zhang, Fanghao Hu, Rafael Yuste, Virginia W Cornish, Wei Min
The ability to visualize directly a large number of distinct molecular species inside cells is increasingly essential for understanding complex systems and processes. Even though existing methods have successfully been used to explore structure-function relationships in nervous systems, to profile RNA in situ, to reveal the heterogeneity of tumour microenvironments and to study dynamic macromolecular assembly, it remains challenging to image many species with high selectivity and sensitivity under biological conditions...
April 19, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420548/expression-of-long-non-coding-rnas-in-autoimmunity-and-linkage-to-enhancer-function-and-autoimmune-disease-risk-genetic-variants
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T M Aune, P S Crooke, A E Patrick, J T Tossberg, N J Olsen, C F Spurlock
Genome-wide association studies have identified numerous genetic variants conferring autoimmune disease risk. Most of these genetic variants lie outside protein-coding genes hampering mechanistic explorations. Numerous mRNAs are also differentially expressed in autoimmune disease but their regulation is also unclear. The majority of the human genome is transcribed yet its biologic significance is incompletely understood. We performed whole genome RNA-sequencing [RNA-seq] to categorize expression of mRNAs, known and novel long non-coding RNAs [lncRNAs] in leukocytes from subjects with autoimmune disease and identified annotated and novel lncRNAs differentially expressed across multiple disorders...
April 15, 2017: Journal of Autoimmunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416141/multiplexed-engineering-and-analysis-of-combinatorial-enhancer-activity-in-single-cells
#10
Shiqi Xie, Jialei Duan, Boxun Li, Pei Zhou, Gary C Hon
The study of enhancers has been hampered by the scarcity of methods to systematically quantify their endogenous activity. We develop Mosaic-seq to systematically perturb enhancers and measure their endogenous activities at single-cell resolution. Mosaic-seq uses a CRISPR barcoding system to jointly measure a cell's transcriptome and its sgRNA modulators, thus quantifying the effects of dCas9-KRAB-mediated enhancer repression in single cells. Applying Mosaic-seq to 71 constituent enhancers from 15 super-enhancers, our analysis of 51,448 sgRNA-induced transcriptomes finds that only a small number of constituents are major effectors of target gene expression...
April 20, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415402/fattigation-platform-theranostic-nanoparticles-for-cancer-therapy
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Thao Truong-Dinh Tran, Phuong Ha-Lien Tran, Tae-Jong Yoon, Beom-Jin Lee
A new conceptual nanoparticle consisting of a silica-coated iron oxide magnetic core and a fattigation-based biocompatible shell with oleic acid and hydrophilic protein (gelatin). The prepared particle can be a useful theranostics platform material for diagnostic imaging and as a drug delivery system. Oleic acid and gelatin were conjugated on the silica-coated magnetic nanoparticle surface to provide three primary functionalities: 1) enhancing biocompatibility and solubility in aqueous solution and providing the ability to incorporate hydrophobic chemical drugs into the shell for delivery, 2) improving treatment-response magnetic monitoring as a diagnostic agent with low nanotoxicity, and 3) increasing anticancer efficacy owing to the controlled release of the incorporated drug in cells and in an animal model...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415001/degradation-of-synthetic-fragrances-by-laccase-mediated-system
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Laura Vallecillos, Yumna Sadef, Francesc Borrull, Eva Pocurull, Kai Bester
Laccase mediator systems are important biodegradation agents as the rate of reaction could be enhanced in the presence of redox mediators. In the present study the commercial enzyme laccase from Trametes versicolor and the redox mediator 2,2'-Azino-bis(3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) (ABTS) were used for the biotransformation of the synthetic fragrances 1-(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8-octahydro-2,3,8,8,-tetramethyl-2-naphthyl)ethan-1-one (Iso-E-Super, OTNE), 1,3,4,6,7,8,-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta-[g]-2-benzopyran (Galaxolide, HHCB), 7-acetyl-1,1,3,4,4,6-hexamethyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydronaphtalene (Tonalide, AHTN) and the transformation product of HHCB, 1,3,4,6,7,8-hexahydro-4,6,6,7,8,8-hexamethylcyclopenta-[g]-2-benzopyran-1-one (Galaxolidone, HHCB-lactone) in water...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414234/impact-of-mutations-at-c-terminus-on-structures-and-dynamics-of-a%C3%AE-40-and-a%C3%AE-42-molecular-simulation-study
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Nguyen Hoang Linh, Thu Thi Minh Tran, Ly Anh Tu, Chin-Kun Hu, Mai Suan Li
Alzheimer's disease is presumably caused by formation of intracellular plaques of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptides inside neurons. The most abundant Aβ forms are Aβ40 and Aβ42 composing, respectively, of 40 and 42 residues. Recent experiments showed that triple Gly33Val-Val36Pro-Gly38Val (VPV) mutation makes Aβ42 become super-Aβ42 with elevated aggregation rates and toxicity. Upon VPV mutation oligomerization pathways of Aβ40 become similar to those of Aβ42 wild type. It was hypothesized that the super behavior of Aβ42 occurs due to enhanced content of the β-turn and β-hairpin, centered at residues 36-37 , while the similarity of oligomerization pathways of Aβ40-VPV and Aβ42-WT comes from increased β-turn population...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410882/epo-reprograms-the-epigenome-of-erythroid-cells
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Andrea A Perreault, Mary Lauren Benton, Mark J Koury, Stephen J Brandt, Bryan J Venters
The hormone erythropoietin (Epo) is required for erythropoiesis, yet its molecular mechanism of action remains poorly understood, particularly in regards to chromatin dynamics. To investigate how Epo modulates the erythroid epigenome, we performed epigenetic profiling using an ex vivo murine cell system that undergoes synchronous erythroid maturation in response to Epo stimulation. Our findings define the repertoire of Epo-modulated enhancers, illuminating a new facet of Epo signaling. First, a large number of enhancers rapidly responded to Epo stimulation, revealing a cis-regulatory network of Epo-responsive enhancers...
April 11, 2017: Experimental Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408290/automated-template-based-brain-localization-and-extraction-for-fetal-brain-mri-reconstruction
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Sébastien Tourbier, Clemente Velasco-Annis, Vahid Taimouri, Patric Hagmann, Reto Meuli, Simon K Warfield, Meritxell Bach Cuadra, Ali Gholipour
Most fetal brain MRI reconstruction algorithms rely only on brain tissue-relevant voxels of low-resolution (LR) images to enhance the quality of inter-slice motion correction and image reconstruction. Consequently the fetal brain needs to be localized and extracted as a first step, which is usually a laborious and time consuming manual or semi-automatic task. We have proposed in this work to use age-matched template images as prior knowledge to automatize brain localization and extraction. This has been achieved through a novel automatic brain localization and extraction method based on robust template-to-slice block matching and deformable slice-to-template registration...
April 10, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407596/super-enhanced-particle-nucleation-in-styrene-emulsion-polymerization-in-the-presence-of-sodium-styrene-sulfonate
#16
Lorena Farias-Cepeda, Jorge Herrera-Ordonez, Angel R Hernandez-Martinez, Miriam Estevez, Lucero Rosales-Marines
The styrene (St) emulsion polymerization using Aerosol MA80 as surfactant and in the presence of sodium styrene sulfonate (NaSS) was studied. The effect of NaSS content was assessed using MA80 concentrations below and at the critical micellar concentration. It was found that at the higher NaSS and MA80 contents, the number of particles (N) reaches a maximum of the order of 10(17)particles/cm(3) water, a huge value that has never been reported. In this work an explanation for this super-enhanced particle nucleation phenomenon is proposed...
April 7, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407486/transcriptional-elongation-of-hsv-immediate-early-genes-by-the-super-elongation-complex-drives-lytic-infection-and-reactivation-from-latency
#17
Roberto Alfonso-Dunn, Anne-Marie W Turner, Pierre M Jean Beltran, Jesse H Arbuckle, Hanna G Budayeva, Ileana M Cristea, Thomas M Kristie
The cellular transcriptional coactivator HCF-1 is required for initiation of herpes simplex virus (HSV) lytic infection and for reactivation from latency in sensory neurons. HCF-1 stabilizes the viral Immediate Early (IE) gene enhancer complex and mediates chromatin transitions to promote IE transcription initiation. In infected cells, HCF-1 was also found to be associated with a network of transcription elongation components including the super elongation complex (SEC). IE genes exhibit characteristics of genes controlled by transcriptional elongation, and the SEC-P-TEFb complex is specifically required to drive the levels of productive IE mRNAs...
April 12, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407351/grain-boundary-free-super-proton-conduction-of-a-solution-processed-prussian-blue-nanoparticle-film
#18
Kenta Ono, Manabu Ishizaki, Katsuhiko Kanaizuka, Takanari Togashi, Teppei Yamada, Hiroshi Kitagawa, Masato Kurihara
A porous crystal family has been explored as alternatives of Nafion films exhibiting super-proton conductivities of ≥10(-2)  S cm(-1) . Here, the proton-conduction natures of a solution-processed film of nanoparticles (NPs) have been studied and compared to those of a Nafion film. A mono-particle film of Prussian-blue NPs is spontaneously formed on a self-assembled monolayer substrate by a one-step solution process. A low-temperature heating process of the densely packed, pinhole-free mono-particle NP film enables a maximum 10(5) -fold enhancement of proton conductivity, reaching ca...
April 13, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406231/environmentally-friendly-synthesis-of-ceo2-nanoparticles-for-the-catalytic-oxidation-of-benzyl-alcohol-to-benzaldehyde-and-selective-detection-of-nitrite
#19
P Tamizhdurai, Subramanian Sakthinathan, Shen-Ming Chen, K Shanthi, S Sivasanker, P Sangeetha
Cerium oxide nanoparticles (CeO2 NPs) are favorable in nanotechnology based on some remarkable properties. In this study, the crystalline CeO2 NPs are successfully prepared by an efficient microwave combustion (MCM) and conventional route sol-gel (CRSGM) methods. The structural morphology of the as-prepared CeO2 NPs was investigated by various spectroscopic and analytical techniques. Moreover, the XRD pattern confirmed the formation of CeO2 NPs as a face centered cubic structure. The magnetometer studies indicated the low saturation magnetization (23...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398509/mll3-mll4-are-required-for-cbp-p300-binding-on-enhancers-and-super-enhancer-formation-in-brown-adipogenesis
#20
Binbin Lai, Ji-Eun Lee, Younghoon Jang, Lifeng Wang, Weiqun Peng, Kai Ge
Histone H3K4me1/2 methyltransferases MLL3/MLL4 and H3K27 acetyltransferases CBP/p300 are major enhancer epigenomic writers. To understand how these epigenomic writers orchestrate enhancer landscapes in cell differentiation, we have profiled genomic binding of MLL4, CBP, lineage-determining transcription factors (EBF2, C/EBPβ, C/EBPα, PPARγ), coactivator MED1, RNA polymerase II, as well as epigenome (H3K4me1/2/3, H3K9me2, H3K27me3, H3K36me3, H3K27ac), transcriptome and chromatin opening during adipogenesis of immortalized preadipocytes derived from mouse brown adipose tissue (BAT)...
April 8, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
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