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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212413/scarless-deletion-of-up-to-seven-methyl-accepting-chemotaxis-genes-with-an-optimized-method-highlights-key-function-of-chem-in-salmonella-typhimurium
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Stefanie Hoffmann, Christiane Schmidt, Steffi Walter, Jennifer K Bender, Roman G Gerlach
Site-directed scarless mutagenesis is an essential tool of modern pathogenesis research. We describe an optimized two-step protocol for genome editing in Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium to enable multiple sequential mutagenesis steps in a single strain. The system is based on the λ Red recombinase-catalyzed integration of a selectable antibiotics resistance marker followed by replacement of this cassette. Markerless mutants are selected by expressing the meganuclease I-SceI which induces double-strand breaks in bacteria still harboring the resistance locus...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212405/a-simplified-fractional-order-impedance-model-and-parameter-identification-method-for-lithium-ion-batteries
#2
Qingxia Yang, Jun Xu, Binggang Cao, Xiuqing Li
Identification of internal parameters of lithium-ion batteries is a useful tool to evaluate battery performance, and requires an effective model and algorithm. Based on the least square genetic algorithm, a simplified fractional order impedance model for lithium-ion batteries and the corresponding parameter identification method were developed. The simplified model was derived from the analysis of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy data and the transient response of lithium-ion batteries with different states of charge...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212316/succinimide-formation-from-an-ngr-containing-cyclic-peptide-computational-evidence-for-catalytic-roles-of-phosphate-buffer-and-the-arginine-side-chain
#3
Ryota Kirikoshi, Noriyoshi Manabe, Ohgi Takahashi
The Asn-Gly-Arg (NGR) motif and its deamidation product isoAsp-Gly-Arg (isoDGR) have recently attracted considerable attention as tumor-targeting ligands. Because an NGR-containing peptide and the corresponding isoDGR-containing peptide target different receptors, the spontaneous NGR deamidation can be used in dual targeting strategies. It is well known that the Asn deamidation proceeds via a succinimide derivative. In the present study, we computationally investigated the mechanism of succinimide formation from a cyclic peptide, c[CH₂CO-NGRC]-NH₂, which has recently been shown to undergo rapid deamidation in a phosphate buffer...
February 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212310/presence-of-calcium-lowers-the-expansion-of-bacillus-subtilis-colony-biofilms
#4
Eisha Mhatre, Anandaroopan Sundaram, Theresa Hölscher, Mike Mühlstädt, Jörg Bossert, Ákos T Kovács
Robust colony formation by Bacillus subtilis is recognized as one of the sessile, multicellular lifestyles of this bacterium. Numerous pathways and genes are responsible for the architecturally complex colony structure development. Cells in the biofilm colony secrete extracellular polysaccharides (EPS) and protein components (TasA and the hydrophobin BslA) that hold them together and provide a protective hydrophobic shield. Cells also secrete surfactin with antimicrobial as well as surface tension reducing properties that aid cells to colonize the solid surface...
February 16, 2017: Microorganisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212180/advances-in-the-management-of-hyperkalemia-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#5
Andrea C J Cowan, Elie G Gharib, Matthew A Weir
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of hyperkalemia that increases both short-term and long-term mortality. Historically, managing hyperkalemia has relied upon dietary modifications, augmentation of urinary potassium excretion and enhanced enteral potassium elimination. This review discusses current treatments and their limitations and summarizes the evidence supporting novel agents for potassium lowering in patients with CKD. RECENT FINDINGS: The introduction of two novel ion exchange resins represents the first new pharmacologic therapies for hyperkalemia in the last 50 years...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212175/advances-in-epilepsy-gene-discovery-and-implications-for-epilepsy-diagnosis-and-treatment
#6
Joseph D Symonds, Sameer M Zuberi, Michael R Johnson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Epilepsy genetics is shifting from the academic pursuit of gene discovery to a clinical discipline based on molecular diagnosis and stratified medicine. We consider the latest developments in epilepsy genetics and review how gene discovery in epilepsy is influencing the clinical classification of epilepsy and informing new therapeutic approaches and drug discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent studies highlighting the importance of mutation in GABA receptors, NMDA receptors, potassium channels, G-protein coupled receptors, mammalian target of rapamycin pathway and chromatin remodeling are discussed...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212111/direct-determination-of-k-q-for-farmer-type-ionization-chambers-in-a-clinical-scanned-carbon-ion-beam-using-water-calorimetry
#7
J-M Osinga-Blättermann, S Brons, S Greilich, O Jäkel, A Krauss
Until now, the dosimetry of carbon ions with ionization chambers has not reached the same level of accuracy as that of high-energy photons. This is mainly caused by the approximately threefold larger uncertainty of the k Q factor of ionization chambers, which, due to the lack of experimental data, is still derived by calculations. Measurements of absorbed dose to water, D w, by means of water calorimetry have now been performed in the entrance channel of a scanned 6 cm  ×  6 cm radiation field of 429 MeV/u carbon ions, allowing the direct calibration of ionization chambers and thus the experimental determination of k Q...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212036/development-of-ion-conductive-and-vapoluminescent-porous-coordination-polymers-composed-of-ruthenium-ii-metalloligand
#8
Ayako Watanabe, Atsushi Kobayashi, Erika Saitoh, Yuki Nagao, Shun Omagari, Takayuki Nakanishi, Yasuchika Hasegawa, W M C Sameera, Masaki Yoshida, Masako Kato
We synthesized two new porous coordination polymers (PCPs) {Ln7(OH)5[Ru(dcbpy)3]4·4nH2O} (Ln7-Ru4; Ln = Ce, Nd) composed of the luminescent ruthenium(II) metalloligand [Ru(4,4'-dcbpy)3](4-) ([4Ru]; 4,4'-dcbpy = 4,4'-dicarboxy-2,2'-bipyridine) and lanthanide ions Ln(3+) (Ln = Ce, Nd). These two PCPs Ln7-Ru4 are isomorphous with the previously reported PCP La7-Ru4, and the lattice constants (a, c, and unit cell volume V) changed systematically according to the lanthanide contraction. All three Ln7-Ru4 compounds have OH(-) anion containing porous structures and a large number of hydrate water molecules within the pores, resulting in moderate ion conductivities (10(-6)-10(-7) S cm(-1)) at 90% relative humidity (RH) and 298 K...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212031/bond-activation-and-hydrogen-evolution-from-water-through-reactions-with-m3s4-m-mo-w-and-w3s3-anionic-clusters
#9
Corrine A Kumar, Arjun Saha, Krishnan Raghavachari
Transition metal sulfides (TMS) are being investigated with increased frequency because of their ability to efficiently catalyze the hydrogen evolution reaction. We have studied the trimetallic TMS cluster ions, Mo3S4(-), W3S4(-), and W3S3(-), and probed their efficiency for bond activation and hydrogen evolution from water. These clusters have geometries that are related to the edge sites on bulk MoS2 surfaces that are known to play a role in hydrogen evolution. Using density functional theory, the electronic structures of these clusters and their chemical reactivity with water have been investigated...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212030/revisiting-silicalite-1-nucleation-in-clear-solution-by-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy
#10
Gert Brabants, Maxim Hubin, Erwin Konrad Reichel, Bernhard Jakoby, Eric Breynaert, Francis Taulelle, Johan A Martens, Christine E A Kirschhock
EIS was used to detect and investigate nucleation in silicalite-1 clear solutions. Whereas zeolite nucleation was previously assumed to be a step event, inducing a sharp discontinuity around a Si/OH ratio of 1, complex bulk conductivity measurements at elevated temperatures reveal a gradual decay of the conductivity with increased silicon concentrations. Inverse Laplace transformation of the complex conductivity allows to observe the chemical exchange phenomena governing nano-aggregate formation. At low temperatures, the fast exchange between dissociated ions and ion pairs leads to a gradual decay of the conductivity with increasing silicon content...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212021/discovery-and-development-of-1-2-bromophenyl-sulfonyl-5-methoxy-3-4-methyl-1-piperazinyl-methyl-1h-indole-dimesylate-monohydrate-suvn-502-a-novel-potent-selective-and-orally-active-serotonin-6-5-ht6-receptor-antagonist-for-potential-treatment-of-alzheimer-s
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Ramakrishna Nirogi, Anil Shinde, Rama Sastry Kambhampati, Abdul Rasheed Mohammed, Sangram Keshari Saraf, Rajesh Kumar Badange, Thrinath Reddy Bandyala, Venugopalarao Bhatta, Kumar Bojja, Veena Reballi, Ramkumar Subramanian, Vijay Benade, Raghava Choudary Palacharla, Gopinadh Bhyrapuneni, Pradeep Jayarajan, Vinod Goyal, Venkat Jasti
Optimization of a novel series of 3-(piperazinylmethyl) indole derivatives as 5-hydroxytryptamine-6 receptor (5-HT6R) antagonists resulted in identification of 1-[(2-bromophenyl)sulfonyl]-5-methoxy-3-[(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)methyl]-1H-indole dimesylate monohydrate (5al, SUVN-502) as a clinical candidate for potential treatment of cognitive disorders. It has high affinity at human 5-HT6R (Ki = 2.04 nM) and selectivity over 100 target sites which include receptors, enzymes, peptides, growth factors, ion channels, steroids, immunological factors, second messengers, and prostaglandins...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212011/a-fluorescent-anionic-mof-with-zn4-trz-2-chain-for-highly-selective-visual-sensing-of-contaminants-cr-iii-ion-and-tnp
#12
Xiao-Xia Jia, Ru-Xin Yao, Fu-Qiang Zhang, Xian-Ming Zhang
Heavy-metal ions and nitroaromatic substances are highly toxic and harmful to human health and the ecological environment. It is an urgent issue to selectively detect and capture these toxic substances. By introducing the triazole ligand to the π-conjugated aromatic carboxylate system and borrowing the organic template open framework idea, a stable fluorescent framework [Me2NH2]4[Zn6(qptc)3(trz)4]·6H2O (1) (H4qptc = terphenyl-2,5,2'5'-tetracarboxylic acid, trz = 1,2,4-triazole) has been successfully synthesized, which features Zn4(trz)2 chain-based 3D anionic structure with channels filled by [Me2NH2](+) cations...
February 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212004/fluorescence-regulation-of-poly-thymine-templated-copper-nanoparticles-via-an-enzyme-triggered-reaction-towards-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase
#13
Junyao Li, Ling Si, Jianchun Bao, Zhaoyin Wang, Zhihui Dai
The activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is a crucial index of blood routine examinations, since the concentration of ALP is highly associated with various human diseases. To address the demands of clinical tests, efforts should be made to develop more approaches that can sense ALP in real samples. Recently, we find that fluorescence of poly(30T)-templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) can be directly and effectively quenched by pyrophosphate ion (PPi), provid-ing new perspective in designing sensitive biosensors based on DNA-templated CuNPs...
February 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212003/tip2o7-and-expanded-graphite-nanocomposite-as-anode-material-for-aqueous-lithium-ion-batteries
#14
Yunping Wen, Long Chen, Ying Pang, Zhaowei Guo, Duan Bin, Yong-Gang Wang, Congxiao Wang, Yongyao Xia
This paper reports a facile sol-gel synthesis method to successfully prepare the TiP2O7/expanded graphite (EG) nanocomposite as an advanced anode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries. The constructed TiP2O7 nanocomposite (50-100 nm) are in-situ encapsulated in the pore and layer structure of expanded graphite with good conductivity and high specific surface area. As a consequence, the resulting TiP2O7/EG electrode exhibits a reversible capacity of 66 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 with an appropriate potential of -0...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211996/alternating-current-electrophoretic-deposition-for-the-immobilization-of-antimicrobial-agents-on-titanium-implant-surfaces
#15
Annabel Braem, Katrijn De Brucker, Nicolas Delattin, Manuela Sonja Killian, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Tomohiko Yoshioka, Satoshi Hayakawa, Patrik Schmuki, Bruno P A Cammue, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Karin Thevissen, Bram Neirinck
One prominent cause of implant failure is infection, therefore research is focusing on developing surface coatings that render the surface resistant to colonization by micro-organisms. Permanently attached coatings of antimicrobial molecules are of particular interest because of the reduced cytoxicity and lower risk of developing resistance compared to controlled release coatings. In this study, we focus on the chemical grafting of bioactive molecules on titanium. To concentrate the molecules at the metallic implant surface, we propose electrophoretic deposition (EPD) applying alternating current (AC) signals with an asymmetrical wave shape...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211913/boosting-laser-ion-acceleration-with-multi-picosecond-pulses
#16
A Yogo, K Mima, N Iwata, S Tosaki, A Morace, Y Arikawa, S Fujioka, T Johzaki, Y Sentoku, H Nishimura, A Sagisaka, K Matsuo, N Kamitsukasa, S Kojima, H Nagatomo, M Nakai, H Shiraga, M Murakami, S Tokita, J Kawanaka, N Miyanaga, K Yamanoi, T Norimatsu, H Sakagami, S V Bulanov, K Kondo, H Azechi
Using one of the world most powerful laser facility, we demonstrate for the first time that high-contrast multi-picosecond pulses are advantageous for proton acceleration. By extending the pulse duration from 1.5 to 6 ps with fixed laser intensity of 10(18) W cm(-2), the maximum proton energy is improved more than twice (from 13 to 33 MeV). At the same time, laser-energy conversion efficiency into the MeV protons is enhanced with an order of magnitude, achieving 5% for protons above 6 MeV with the 6 ps pulse duration...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211907/identification-of-extracellular-segments-by-mass-spectrometry-improves-topology-prediction-of-transmembrane-proteins
#17
Tamás Langó, Gergely Róna, Éva Hunyadi-Gulyás, Lilla Turiák, Julia Varga, László Dobson, György Várady, László Drahos, Beáta G Vértessy, Katalin F Medzihradszky, Gergely Szakács, Gábor E Tusnády
Transmembrane proteins play crucial role in signaling, ion transport, nutrient uptake, as well as in maintaining the dynamic equilibrium between the internal and external environment of cells. Despite their important biological functions and abundance, less than 2% of all determined structures are transmembrane proteins. Given the persisting technical difficulties associated with high resolution structure determination of transmembrane proteins, additional methods, including computational and experimental techniques remain vital in promoting our understanding of their topologies, 3D structures, functions and interactions...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211894/design-of-a-porous-cathode-for-ultrahigh-performance-of-a-li-ion-battery-an-overlooked-pore-distribution
#18
Jihwan Song, Junhyung Kim, Taewook Kang, Dongchoul Kim
Typical cathode materials of Li-ion battery suffer from a severe loss in specific capacity, and this problem is regarded as a major obstacle in the expansion of newer applications. To overcome this, porous cathodes are being extensively utilized. However, although it seems that the porosity in the cathode would be a panacea for high performance of LIBs, there is a blind point in the cathode consisting of porous structures, which makes the porous design to be a redundant. Here, we report the importance of designing the porosity of a cathode in obtaining ultrahigh performance with the porous design or a degraded performance even with increase of porosity...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211811/acidity-and-acid-sensing-ion-channels-in-the-normal-and-alzheimer-s-disease-brain
#19
Eric B Gonzales, Nathalie Sumien
Alzheimer's disease prevalence has reached epidemic proportion with very few treatment options, which are associated with a multitude of side effects. A potential avenue of research for new therapies are protons, and their associated receptor: acid-sensing ion channels (ASIC). Protons are often overlooked neurotransmitters, and proton-gated currents have been identified in the brain. Furthermore, ASICs have been determined to be crucial for proper brain function. While there is more work to be done, this review is intended to highlight protons as neurotransmitters and their role along with the role of ASICs within physiological functioning of the brain...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211796/fluence-correction-factor-for-graphite-calorimetry-in-a-clinical-high-energy-carbon-ion-beam
#20
Ana Lourenco, Russell Thomas, Michael Homer, Hugo Bouchard, Severine Rossomme, James Renaud, Tatsuaki Kanai, Gary Royle, Hugo Palmans
The aim of this work is to develop and adapt a formalism to determine absorbed dose to water from graphite calorimetry measurements in carbon-ion beams. Fluence correction factors, <i>k</i><sub>fl</sub>, needed when using a graphite calorimeter to derive dose to water, were determined in a clinical high-energy carbon-ion beam. Measurements were performed in a 290 MeV/n carbon-ion beam with a field size of 11 x 11 cm<sup>2</sup>, without modulation. In order to sample the beam, a plane-parallel Roos ionization chamber was chosen for its small collecting volume in comparison with the field size...
February 17, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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