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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103032/-naked-lithium-cation-strongly-activated-metal-cations-facilitated-by-carborane-anions
#1
Yu Kitazawa, Ryo Takita, Kengo Yoshida, Atsuya Muranaka, Seijiro Matsubara, Masanobu Uchiyama
Experimental and spectroscopic studies revealed unprecedented reactivity of "naked" lithium cation with very weakly coordinating anions including carborane anions. The super-activated lithium cation has greatly enhanced Lewis acidic character, and mediates various organic reactions, such as carbonyl-ene reaction, NBS-bromination of unactivated aromatics, and Friedel-Crafts alkylation, that are not promoted by conventional lithium salts. Chemical robustness of the counter anion also plays an important role in the chemistry of strongly activated lithium cation...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100172/integrated-genomics-based-mapping-reveals-the-genetics-underlying-maize-flavonoid-biosynthesis
#2
Min Jin, Xuehai Zhang, Mingchao Zhao, Min Deng, Yuanhao Du, Yang Zhou, Shouchuang Wang, Takayuki Tohge, Alisdair R Fernie, Lothar Willmitzer, Yariv Brotman, Jianbing Yan, Weiwei Wen
BACKGROUND: Flavonoids constitute a diverse class of secondary metabolites which exhibit potent bioactivities for human health and have been indicated to play an important role in plant development and defense. However, accumulation and variation of flavonoid content in diverse maize lines and the genes responsible for their biosynthesis in this important crop remain largely unknown. In this study, we combine genetic mapping, metabolite profiling and gene regulatory network analysis to further enhance understanding of the maize flavonoid pathway...
January 18, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098405/shielding-engineered-islets-with-mesenchymal-stem-cells-enhance-survival-under-hypoxia
#3
Bhawna Chandravanshi, Ramesh Ramchandra Bhonde
In the present study we focused on the improvisation of islet survival in hypoxia.The Islet like cell aggregates (ICAs) derived from wharton's jelly mesenchymal stem cells (WJ MSC) were cultured with and without WJ MSC for 48h in hypoxia and normoxia and tested for their direct trophic effect on β cell survival. The WJ MSCs themselves secreted insulin upon glucose challenge and expressed the pancreatic markers at both transcription and translational level (C-peptide, Insulin,Glucagon and Glut 2). Direct contact of MSCs with ICAs facilitated highest viability under hypoxia as evidenced by fluorescein diacetate/propidium iodide and 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide(MTT) assay...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096469/super-resolution-visualization-of-caveolae-deformation-in-response-to-osmotic-stress
#4
Lu Yang, Suzanne Scarlata
Caveolae are protein dense plasma membrane domains structurally composed of caveolin -1 or -3 along with other proteins. Our previous studies have shown that caveolae enhance calcium signals generated through the Gαq/phospholipase Cβ signaling pathway, and that subjecting cells to hypo-osmotic stress reverses this enhancement. In this study, we have used super-resolution fluorescence microscopy supplemented by fluorescence correlation studies to determine the structural factors that underlie this behavior...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095792/multi-contrast-brain-magnetic-resonance-image-super-resolution-using-the-local-weight-similarity
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Hong Zheng, Xiaobo Qu, Zhengjian Bai, Yunsong Liu, Di Guo, Jiyang Dong, Xi Peng, Zhong Chen
BACKGROUND: Low-resolution images may be acquired in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) due to limited data acquisition time or other physical constraints, and their resolutions can be improved with super-resolution methods. Since MRI can offer images of an object with different contrasts, e.g., T1-weighted or T2-weighted, the shared information between inter-contrast images can be used to benefit super-resolution. METHODS: In this study, an MRI image super-resolution approach to enhance in-plane resolution is proposed by exploring the statistical information estimated from another contrast MRI image that shares similar anatomical structures...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095545/real-time-high-resolution-in-vivo-characterization-of-superficial-skin-with-microscopy-using-ultraviolet-surface-excitation-muse
#6
Derek Ho, Farzad Fereidouni, Richard M Levenson, Jared Jagdeo
BACKGROUND: Skin care products make up the largest part (36%) of the cosmetic market globally, of which the United States plays the largest role. In 2015, approximately 115 billion USD was spent globally on skin care products. Skin care products, in contradistinction to pharmaceuticals, are not strictly regulated by the FDA. A key factor for evaluation of a skin care product or topical drug is skin barrier function and effect on super cial skin. Thus, it is critical to have quantitative and qualitative methods to study the effects of skin care products on skin barrier and the super cial skin...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094471/cleanable-air-filter-transferring-moisture-and-effectively-capturing-pm2-5
#7
Xinglei Zhao, Yuyao Li, Ting Hua, Pan Jiang, Xia Yin, Jianyong Yu, Bin Ding
The lethal danger of particulate matter (PM) pollution on health leads to the development of challenging individual protection materials that should ideally exhibit a high PM2.5 purification efficiency, low air resistance, an important moisture-vapor transmission rate (MVTR), and an easy-to-clean property. Herein, a cleanable air filter able to rapidly transfer moisture and efficiently capture PM2.5 is designed by electrospinning superhydrophilic polyacrylonitrile/silicon-dioxide fibers as the adsorption-desorption vector for moisture-vapor, and hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride fibers as the repellent components to avoid the formation of capillary water under high humidity...
January 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092036/creation-of-phosphotyrosine-superbinders-by-directed-evolution-of-an-sh2-domain
#8
Haiming Huang, Tomonori Kaneko, Sachdev S Sidhu, Shawn S C Li
Commercial antibodies raised against phosphotyrosine have been widely used as reagents to detect or isolate tyrosine-phosphorylated proteins from cellular samples. However, these antibodies are costly and are not amenable to in-house production in an academic lab setting. In this chapter, we describe a method to generate super-high affinity SH2 domains, dubbed the phosphotyrosine superbinders, by evolving a natural SH2 domain using the phage display technology. The superbinders are stable and can be easily produced in Escherichia coli in large quantities...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088785/the-igh-locus-3-cis-regulatory-super-enhancer-co-opts-aid-for-allelic-transvection
#9
Sandrine Le Noir, Brice Laffleur, Claire Carrion, Armand Garot, Sandrine Lecardeur, Eric Pinaud, Yves Denizot, Jane Skok, Michel Cogné
Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IgH) alleles have ambivalent relationships: they feature both allelic exclusion, ensuring monoallelic expression of a single immunoglobulin (Ig) allele, and frequent inter-allelic class-switch recombination (CSR) reassembling genes from both alleles. The IgH locus 3' regulatory region (3'RR) includes several transcriptional cis-enhancers promoting activation-induced cytidine deaminase (AID)-dependent somatic hypermutation (SHM) and CSR, and altogether behaves as a strong super-enhancer...
January 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088762/the-super-n-motifs-model-a-novel-alignment-free-approach-for-representing-and-comparing-rna-secondary-structures
#10
Jean-Pierre Séhi Glouzon, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Shengrui Wang
MOTIVATION: Comparing ribonucleic acid (RNA) secondary structures of arbitrary size uncovers structural patterns that can provide a better understanding of RNA functions. However, performing fast and accurate secondary structure comparisons is challenging when we take into account the RNA configuration (i.e. linear or circular), the presence of pseudoknot and G-quadruplex (G4) motifs and the increasing number of secondary structures generated by high-throughput probing techniques. To address this challenge, we propose the super-n-motifs model based on a latent analysis of enhanced motifs comprising not only basic motifs but also adjacency relations...
January 14, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080038/tracking-catalyst-redox-states-and-reaction-dynamics-in-ni-fe-oxyhydroxide-oxygen-evolution-reaction-oer-electrocatalysts-the-role-of-catalyst-support-and-electrolyte-ph
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Mikaela Goerlin, Jorge Ferreira de Araújo, Henrike Schmies, Denis Bernsmeier, Soeren Dresp, Manuel Gliech, Zenonas Jusys, Petko Chernev, Ralph Kraehnert, Holger Dau, Peter Strasser
Ni-Fe oxyhydroxides are the most active known electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline electrolytes and are therefore of great scientific and technological importance in the context of electrochemical energy conversion. Here we uncover, investigate, and discuss previously unaddressed effects of conductive supports and the electrolyte pH on the Ni-Fe oxide catalyst redox behavior and catalytic OER activity, combining operando UV-vis spectro-electrochemistry, operando electrochemical mass spectrometry (DEMS), and in-situ cryo X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078886/enhanced-activity-for-hydrogen-evolution-reaction-over-cofe-catalysts-by-alloying-with-small-amount-of-pt
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Jitang Chen, Yang Yang, Jianwei Su, Peng Jiang, Guoliang Xia, Qianwang Chen
The hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is highly relied on Pt-based electrocatalysts with high activity and stability. For a long time, a host of efforts have been made in the development of novel platinum nano-structures with a low amount of Pt because the scarcity and high price of Pt hinders its practical applications. Here, we report the preparation of PtCoFe@C electrocatalysts with remarkably reduced Pt loading amount of 4.60%by annealing Pt-doped metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The electrocatalyst demonstrated an outstanding performance with only 45 mV overpotential to achieve the 10 mA cm-2 current density, which is quite close to that of the commercial 20% Pt/C catalyst...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076791/mll-af4-spreading-identifies-binding-sites-that-are-distinct-from-super-enhancers-and-that-govern-sensitivity-to-dot1l-inhibition-in-leukemia
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Jon Kerry, Laura Godfrey, Emmanouela Repapi, Marta Tapia, Neil P Blackledge, Helen Ma, Erica Ballabio, Sorcha O'Byrne, Frida Ponthan, Olaf Heidenreich, Anindita Roy, Irene Roberts, Marina Konopleva, Robert J Klose, Huimin Geng, Thomas A Milne
Understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms of defined cancers is crucial for effective personalized therapies. Translocations of the mixed-lineage leukemia (MLL) gene produce fusion proteins such as MLL-AF4 that disrupt epigenetic pathways and cause poor-prognosis leukemias. Here, we find that at a subset of gene targets, MLL-AF4 binding spreads into the gene body and is associated with the spreading of Menin binding, increased transcription, increased H3K79 methylation (H3K79me2/3), a disruption of normal H3K36me3 patterns, and unmethylated CpG regions in the gene body...
January 10, 2017: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074659/ferulic-acid-fa-abrogates-%C3%AE-radiation-induced-oxidative-stress-and-dna-damage-by-up-regulating-nuclear-translocation-of-nrf2-and-activation-of-nhej-pathway
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Ujjal Das, Krishnendu Manna, Amitava Khan, Mahuya Sinha, Sushobhan Biswas, Aaveri Sengupta, Anindita Chakraborty, Sanjit Dey
The present study was aimed to evaluate the radioprotective effect of ferulic acid (FA), a naturally occurring plant flavonoid in terms of DNA damage and damage related alterations of repair pathways by gamma radiation. FA was administered at a dose of 50 mg/kg body weight for five consecutive days prior to exposing the swiss albino mice to a single dose of 10 Gy gamma radiation. Ionising radiation induces oxidative damage manifested by decreased expression of Cu, Zn-SOD (SOD stands for super oxide dismutase), Mn-SOD and catalase...
January 11, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072579/development-of-advanced-signal-processing-and-source-imaging-methods-for-superparamagnetic-relaxometry
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Ming-Xiong Huang, Bill Anderson, Charles W Huang, Gerd J Kunde, Erika C Vreeland, Jeffrey W Huang, Andrei N Matlashov, Todor Karaulanov, Christopher P Nettles, Andrew Gomez, Kayla Minser, Caroline Weldon, Giulio Paciotti, Michael Harsh, Roland R Lee, Edward R Flynn
Superparamagnetic relaxometry (SPMR) is a highly sensitive technique for the in vivo detection of tumor cells and may improve early stage detection of cancers. SPMR employs superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPION). After a brief magnetizing pulse is used to align the SPION, SPMR measures the time decay of SPION using super-conducting quantum interference device (SQUID) sensors. Substantial research has been carried out in developing the SQUID hardware and in improving the properties of the SPION. However, little research has been done in the pre-processing of sensor signals and post-processing source modeling in SPMR...
February 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069569/the-crebbp-acetyltransferase-is-a-haploinsufficient-tumor-suppressor-in-b-cell-lymphoma
#16
Jiyuan Zhang, Sofija Vlasevska, Victoria A Wells, Sarah Nataraj, Antony B Holmes, Romain Duval, Stefanie N Meyer, Tongwei Mo, Katia Basso, Paul K Brindle, Shafinaz Hussein, Riccardo Dalla-Favera, Laura Pasqualucci
Inactivating mutations of the CREBBP acetyltransferase are highly frequent in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and follicular lymphoma (FL), the two most common germinal-center (GC) derived cancers. However, the role of CREBBP inactivation in lymphomagenesis remains unclear. Here we show that CREBBP regulates enhancer/super-enhancer networks with central roles in GC/post-GC cell fate decisions, including genes involved in signal transduction by the B-cell receptor and CD40 receptor, transcriptional control of GC and plasma cell development, and antigen presentation...
January 9, 2017: Cancer Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062298/ccl3-and-mmp-9-are-induced-by-tl1a-during-death-receptor-3-tnfrsf25-dependent-osteoclast-function-and-systemic-bone-loss
#17
Fraser L Collins, Jessica O Williams, Anja C Bloom, Ravinder K Singh, Lauren Jordan, Michael D Stone, Laura R McCabe, Eddie C Y Wang, Anwen S Williams
Reduced bone density and secondary osteoporosis, resulting in increased risk of fracture, is a significant complicating factor in the inflammatory arthritides. While the exact etiology of systemic bone loss is not fully elucidated, recent insights into the tumor necrosis factor super family (TNFSF) revealed a potential role for death receptor 3 (DR3/TNFRSF25) and one of its ligands, TNF-like protein 1A (TL1A/TNFSF15). The mechanisms by which DR3/TL1A signalling modulates bone loss are unclear. We investigated the effect of DR3/TL1A signalling upon osteoclast-dependent chemokine and MMP production to unravel novel mechanisms whereby this pathway regulates OC formation and OC-dependent bone resorption...
January 4, 2017: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054947/hyperspectral-imagery-super-resolution-by-adaptive-pocs-and-blur-metric
#18
Shaoxing Hu, Shuyu Zhang, Aiwu Zhang, Shatuo Chai
The spatial resolution of a hyperspectral image is often coarse as the limitations on the imaging hardware. A novel super-resolution reconstruction algorithm for hyperspectral imagery (HSI) via adaptive projection onto convex sets and image blur metric (APOCS-BM) is proposed in this paper to solve these problems. Firstly, a no-reference image blur metric assessment method based on Gabor wavelet transform is utilized to obtain the blur metric of the low-resolution (LR) image. Then, the bound used in the APOCS is automatically calculated via LR image blur metric...
January 3, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048545/we-de-207a-04-advances-in-radiological-neuro-endovascular-interventional-imaging
#19
S Rudin
: 1. Parallels in the evolution of x-ray angiographic systems and devices used for minimally invasive endovascular therapy Charles Strother - DSA, invented by Dr. Charles Mistretta at UW-Madison, was the technology which enabled the development of minimally invasive endovascular procedures. As DSA became widely available and the potential benefits for accessing the cerebral vasculature from an endovascular approach began to be apparent, industry began efforts to develop tools for use in these procedures...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048454/we-de-207a-00-advances-in-image-guided-neurointerventions-clinical-pull-and-technology-push
#20
Jeffrey Siewerdsen, Rebecca Fahrig
: 1. Parallels in the evolution of x-ray angiographic systems and devices used for minimally invasive endovascular therapy Charles Strother - DSA, invented by Dr. Charles Mistretta at UW-Madison, was the technology which enabled the development of minimally invasive endovascular procedures. As DSA became widely available and the potential benefits for accessing the cerebral vasculature from an endovascular approach began to be apparent, industry began efforts to develop tools for use in these procedures...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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