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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534910/synergy-of-the-mechanical-antifouling-and-permeation-properties-of-a-carbon-nanotube-nanohybrid-membrane-for-efficient-oil-water-separation
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Yanan Liu, Yanlei Su, Jialin Cao, Jingyuan Guan, Linyan Xu, Rannan Zhang, Mingrui He, Qi Zhang, Lin Fan, Zhongyi Jiang
For water treatment applications, fabricating a high permeation flux membrane with super-strong mechanical strength and excellent long-term antifouling properties remains a great challenge. In this study, robust, antifouling carbon nanotube (CNT) nanohybrid membranes have been fabricated for oil/water separation. Polyethyleneimine (PEI) with abundant amino groups and a hyperbranched structure is utilized to construct a nanocoating on a CNT surface to enhance their hydrophilicity through multiple interactions between PEI and CNTs...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530713/bach2-immunodeficiency-illustrates-an-association-between-super-enhancers-and-haploinsufficiency
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Behdad Afzali, Juha Grönholm, Jana Vandrovcova, Charlotte O'Brien, Hong-Wei Sun, Ine Vanderleyden, Fred P Davis, Ahmad Khoder, Yu Zhang, Ahmed N Hegazy, Alejandro V Villarino, Ira W Palmer, Joshua Kaufman, Norman R Watts, Majid Kazemian, Olena Kamenyeva, Julia Keith, Anwar Sayed, Dalia Kasperaviciute, Michael Mueller, Jason D Hughes, Ivan J Fuss, Mohammed F Sadiyah, Kim Montgomery-Recht, Joshua McElwee, Nicholas P Restifo, Warren Strober, Michelle A Linterman, Paul T Wingfield, Holm H Uhlig, Rahul Roychoudhuri, Timothy J Aitman, Peter Kelleher, Michael J Lenardo, John J O'Shea, Nichola Cooper, Arian D J Laurence
The transcriptional programs that guide lymphocyte differentiation depend on the precise expression and timing of transcription factors (TFs). The TF BACH2 is essential for T and B lymphocytes and is associated with an archetypal super-enhancer (SE). Single-nucleotide variants in the BACH2 locus are associated with several autoimmune diseases, but BACH2 mutations that cause Mendelian monogenic primary immunodeficiency have not previously been identified. Here we describe a syndrome of BACH2-related immunodeficiency and autoimmunity (BRIDA) that results from BACH2 haploinsufficiency...
May 22, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526829/super-enhancers-and-broad-h3k4me3-domains-form-complex-gene-regulatory-circuits-involving-chromatin-interactions
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Fan Cao, Yiwen Fang, Hong Kee Tan, Yufen Goh, Jocelyn Yeen Hui Choy, Bryan Thean Howe Koh, Jiong Hao Tan, Nicolas Bertin, Aroul Ramadass, Ewan Hunter, Jayne Green, Matthew Salter, Alexandre Akoulitchev, Wilson Wang, Wee Joo Chng, Daniel G Tenen, Melissa J Fullwood
Stretched histone regions, such as super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains, are associated with maintenance of cell identity and cancer. We connected super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains in the K562 chronic myelogenous leukemia cell line as well as the MCF-7 breast cancer cell line with chromatin interactions. Super-enhancers and broad H3K4me3 domains showed higher association with chromatin interactions than their typical counterparts. Interestingly, we identified a subset of super-enhancers that overlap with broad H3K4me3 domains and show high association with cancer-associated genes including tumor suppressor genes...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28517034/comparative-musculoskeletal-anatomy-of-chameleon-limbs-with-implications-for-the-evolution-of-arboreal-locomotion-in-lizards-and-for-teratology
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Julia L Molnar, Raul E Diaz, Tautis Skorka, Grant Dagliyan, Rui Diogo
Chameleon species have recently been adopted as models for evo-devo and macroevolutionary processes. However, most anatomical and developmental studies of chameleons focus on the skeleton, and information about their soft tissues is scarce. Here, we provide a detailed morphological description based on contrast enhanced micro-CT scans and dissections of the adult phenotype of all the forelimb and hindlimb muscles of the Veiled Chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus) and compare these muscles with those of other chameleons and lizards...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516133/transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-in-patients-with-celiac-axis-occlusion-using-pancreaticoduodenal-arcade-as-a-challenging-alternative-route
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Noha M Attia, Moustafa H M Othman
INTRODUCTION: Celiac axis occlusion is a challenging condition when catheterization of the hepatic artery is required for chemoembolization of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). As a result, the hepatic artery has to be catheterized through the pancreaticoduodenal arcades (PDA) and the gastroduodenal artery (GDA) from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) which is a tortuous course with acute angles and small caliber branches. OBJECTIVE: To assess new techniques for facilitating catheterization of the tortuous PDA and the GDA to reach the proper hepatic artery (PHA) and tumor-feeding branches in patients with celiac axis occlusion undergoing chemoembolization of HCC...
2017: European Journal of Radiology Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515232/the-nuclear-export-factor-crm1-controls-juxta-nuclear-microtubule-dependent-virus-transport
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I-Hsuan Wang, Christoph J Burckhardt, Artur Yakimovich, Matthias K Morf, Urs F Greber
Transport of large cargo through the cytoplasm requires motor proteins and polarized filaments. Viruses that replicate in the nucleus of post-mitotic cells use microtubules and the dynein/dynactin motor to traffic to the nuclear membrane, and deliver their genome through nuclear pore complexes (NPCs) into the nucleus. How virus particles (virions) or cellular cargo are transferred from microtubules to the NPC is unknown. Here, we analyzed trafficking of incoming cytoplasmic adenoviruses by single particle tracking and super-resolution microscopy...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514291/role-of-microrna-130a-in-the-pathogeneses-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-hypopnea-syndrome-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-by-targeting-the-gax-gene
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Zhe An, Dan Wang, Guang Yang, Wen-Qi Zhang, Jin Ren, Jin-Ling Fu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to elucidate the role of microRNA-130a (miR-130a) in obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS)-associated pulmonary hypertension (PHT) by targeting the growth arrest-specific homeobox (GAX) gene. METHODS: A total of 108 patients with OSAHS-associated PHT were recruited as the OSAHS-associated PHT group and 110 healthy individuals were randomly selected as the normal control group. Human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) were selected and divided into the control, miR-130a mimic, mimic negative control (NC), miR-130a inhibitor, and inhibitor-NC groups...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513711/a-novel-approach-for-fabricating-highly-tunable-and-fluffy-bioinspired-3d-poly-vinyl-alcohol-pva-fiber-scaffolds
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Sunanda Roy, Shreyas Kuddannaya, Tanya Das, Heng Yeong Lee, Jacob Lim, Xiao 'Matthew' Hu, Yue Chee Yoon, Jaehwan Kim
The excellent biocompatibility, biodegradability and chemo-thermal stability of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) have been harnessed in diverse practical applications. These properties have motivated the fabrication of high performance PVA based nanofibers with adequate control over the micro and nano-architectures and surface chemical interactions. However, the high water solubility and hydrophilicity of the PVA polymer limits the application of the electrospun PVA nanofibers in aqueous environments owing to instantaneous dissolution...
May 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507079/distance-constraints-on-activation-of-trpv4-channels-by-akap150-bound-pkc%C3%AE-in-arterial-myocytes
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Sendoa Tajada, Claudia M Moreno, Samantha O'Dwyer, Sean Woods, Daisuke Sato, Manuel F Navedo, L Fernando Santana
TRPV4 (transient receptor potential vanilloid 4) channels are Ca(2+)-permeable channels that play a key role in regulating vascular tone. In arterial myocytes, opening of TRPV4 channels creates local increases in Ca(2+) influx, detectable optically as "TRPV4 sparklets." TRPV4 sparklet activity can be enhanced by the action of the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II (AngII). This modulation depends on the activation of subcellular signaling domains that comprise protein kinase C α (PKCα) bound to the anchoring protein AKAP150...
May 15, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505376/evolutionary-re-wiring-of-p63-and-the-epigenomic-regulatory-landscape-in-keratinocytes-and-its-potential-implications-on-species-specific-gene-expression-and-phenotypes
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Isha Sethi, Christian Gluck, Huiqing Zhou, Michael J Buck, Satrajit Sinha
Although epidermal keratinocyte development and differentiation proceeds in similar fashion between humans and mice, evolutionary pressures have also wrought significant species-specific physiological differences. These differences between species could arise in part, by the rewiring of regulatory network due to changes in the global targets of lineage-specific transcriptional master regulators such as p63. Here we have performed a systematic and comparative analysis of the p63 target gene network within the integrated framework of the transcriptomic and epigenomic landscape of mouse and human keratinocytes...
May 13, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499998/scalable-image-coding-based-on-epitomes
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Martin Alain, Christine Guillemot, Dominique Thoreau, Philippe Guillotel
In this paper, we propose a novel scheme for scalable image coding based on the concept of epitome. An epitome can be seen as a factorized representation of an image. Focusing on spatial scalability, the enhancement layer of the proposed scheme contains only the epitome of the input image. The pixels of the enhancement layer not contained in the epitome are then restored using two approaches inspired from local learning-based super-resolution methods. In the first method, a locally linear embedding model is learned on base layer patches and then applied to the corresponding epitome patches to reconstruct the enhancement layer...
May 9, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496458/preparation-optimization-and-toxicity-evaluation-of-spion-plga-%C3%A2-peg-nanoparticles-loaded-with-gemcitabine-as-a-multifunctional-nanoparticle-for-therapeutic-and-diagnostic-applications
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Nima Hamzian, Maryam Hashemi, Mahdi Ghorbani, Mohammad Hossein Bahreyni Toosi, Mohammad Ramezani
The aim of this study was to develop a novel multifunctional nanoparticle, which encapsulates SPION and Gemcitabine in PLGA ± PEG to form multifunctional drug delivery system. For this aim, super paramagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) were simultaneously synthesized and encapsulated with Gemcitabine (Gem) in PLGA ± PEG copolymers via W/O/W double emulsification method. Optimum size and encapsulation efficiency for radiosensitization, hyperthermia and diagnostic applications were considered and the preparation parameters systematically were investigated and physicochemical characteristics of optimized nanoparticle were studied...
2017: Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research: IJPR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494871/mirna-32-drives-brown-fat-thermogenesis-and-trans-activates-subcutaneous-white-fat-browning-in-mice
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Raymond Ng, Nurul Attiqah Hussain, Qiongyi Zhang, Chengwei Chang, Hongyu Li, Yanyun Fu, Lei Cao, Weiping Han, Walter Stunkel, Feng Xu
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) activation and subcutaneous white fat browning are essential components of the thermogenic response to cold stimulus in mammals. microRNAs have been shown to regulate both processes in cis. Here, we identify miR-32 as a BAT-specific super-enhancer-associated miRNA in mice that is selectively expressed in BAT and further upregulated during cold exposure. Inhibiting miR-32 in vivo led to impaired cold tolerance, decreased BAT thermogenesis, and compromised white fat browning as a result of reduced serum FGF21 levels...
May 9, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494239/crispr-cas9-screens-reveal-epstein-barr-virus-transformed-b-cell-host-dependency-factors
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Yijie Ma, Michael J Walsh, Katharina Bernhardt, Camille W Ashbaugh, Stephen J Trudeau, Isabelle Y Ashbaugh, Sizun Jiang, Chang Jiang, Bo Zhao, David E Root, John G Doench, Benjamin E Gewurz
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) causes endemic Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and immunosuppression-related lymphomas. These B cell malignancies arise by distinct transformation pathways and have divergent viral and host expression programs. To identify host dependency factors resulting from these EBV+, B cell-transformed cell states, we performed parallel genome-wide CRISPR/Cas9 loss-of-function screens in BL and lymphoblastoid cell lines (LCLs). These highlighted 57 BL and 87 LCL genes uniquely important for their growth and survival...
May 10, 2017: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486230/the-rise-of-expanded-hemodialysis
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Claudio Ronco
The low water permeability feature of original cellulosic membranes was considered an advantage in the absence of dialysis equipment that are capable of controlling water removal. The advent of ultrafiltration control systems led to the development and use of high-flux (HF) membranes that allowed improved middle molecule removal including β-2 microglobulin. Further advances in technology allowed better control over the structure and permeability of membranes. Different polymers and improved spinning modalities led to significant advances in solute removal and hemocompatibility...
May 10, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486216/ionization-chamber-radial-response-deconvolution-in-megavoltage-photon-beam
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Antti Juhani Kulmala, Mikko Tenhunen
The aim of this paper is to study a radial response model as a method, to correct output factor results gathered with ionization chambers of different size and shape in cone collimated RT fields. An enhanced version of a non-parametric super-resolution deconvolution method able to model a radial response function of a small cylinder symmetric ionization chamber is described and demonstrated. The radial response of four ionization chambers with different geometry and radius are estimated using 6 MV photon beam in water at the isocentre plane...
May 9, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486100/using-epigenetic-reprogramming-to-treat-pediatric-brain-cancer
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Milan G Chheda, David H Gutmann
In this issue of Cancer Cell, Nagaraja et al. dissect the molecular mechanisms underlying therapeutic responses to transcriptional disruptors in the fatal pediatric brain tumor, diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). Moreover, they identify super-enhancers mediating these effects, highlighting how normal brain developmental programs can be hijacked in cancer.
May 8, 2017: Cancer Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485396/super-radiating-manipulation-of-a-nano-emitter-by-active-toroidal-metamaterials
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Jie Li, Ming-Jie Zhu, Ying-Hua Wang, Ren-Chao Jin, Jia-Qi Li, Zheng-Gao Dong
The far-field radiation of a single dipolar emitter can be controlled by coupling to toroidal dipole resonance attached to metallic double flat rings, realizing a conversion from non- to super-radiating. The underlying physical mechanism is the hybridization interference of toroidal and electric dipoles under an asymmetric configuration by introducing a radial displacement of the dipolar emitter. By embedding gain medium in the gap spacer between double flat rings, the directional far-field super-radiating power can achieve a tremendous enhancement with a moderate requirement on the gain coefficient, promoting light-matter interaction manipulation...
May 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484217/super-light-cu-ni-nanowires-graphene-oxide-composites-for-significantly-enhanced-microwave-absorption-performance
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Xiaoxia Wang, Baoqin Zhang, Wei Zhang, Mingxun Yu, Liang Cui, Xueying Cao, Jingquan Liu
Graphene oxide (GO) was rarely used as microwave absorption (MA) material due to its lower dielectric loss compared with reduced GO (RGO). However, the characteristics of low conductivity, light weight, and large surface area were beneficial to the impedance matching for absorbers already containing highly conductive metal materials. Cu@Ni nanowires are promising MA materials due to the desired dielectric loss from copper and excellent magnetic loss from nickel. However, the high density was an impediment to its further application...
May 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482568/enhanced-antifungal-activity-by-disinfected-titanium-dioxide-nanotubes-via-reduced-nano-adhesion-bonds
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Ernesto Beltrán-Partida, Benjamín Valdez-Salas, Mario Curiel-Álvarez, Sandra Castillo-Uribe, Alan Escamilla, Nicola Nedev
We have provided evidence that the beneficial effect of super-oxidized water (SOW) disinfected Ti6Al4V-TiO2 nanotubes (NTs) can reduce bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation. However, the need of antifungal nanostructured surfaces with osteoactive capabilities is an important goal that has been arising for dental implants (DI) applications. Thus, in the present study we isolated and tested the effects of Candida albicans (C. albicans) on disinfected, wetter and nanoroughness NTs compared to a non-modified control...
July 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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