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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28939863/total-synthesis-of-avenaol
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Motohiro Yasui, Rina Ota, Chihiro Tsukano, Yoshiji Takemoto
Avenaol, isolated from the allelopathic plant black oat, was the first C20 germination stimulant related to strigolactones. Structurally, it consisted of a bicyclo[4.1.0]heptanone skeleton containing a cyclopropane ring bearing three main chains projecting in the same direction (i.e. all-cis-substituted cyclopropane). Herein, we report the total synthesis of avenaol using a robust strategy involving the formation of an all-cis-substituted cyclopropane via an alkylidenecyclopropane. The key factors in the success of this total synthesis include the Rh-catalysed intramolecular cyclopropanation of an allene, an Ir-catalysed stereoselective double-bond isomerisation, and the differentiation of two hydroxymethyl groups via the regioselective formation and oxidation of a tetrahydropyran based on the reactivity of a cyclopropyl group...
September 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935639/isolation-and-characterization-of-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-cells-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Toshio Suzuki, Erica J Carrier, Megha A Talati, Anandharajan Rathinasabapathy, Xinping Chen, Rintaro Nishimura, Yuji Tada, Koichiro Tatsumi, James D West
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a process in which endothelial cells lose polarity and cell-to-cell contacts, and undergo a dramatic remodeling of the cytoskeleton. It has been implicated in initiation and progression of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the characteristics of cells which have undergone EndMT-cells in vivo have not been reported and so remain unclear. To study this, sugen5416 and hypoxia (SuHx)-induced PAH was established in Cdh5-Cre / Gt(ROSA)26Sor(tm4(ACTB-tdTomato,-EGFP)Luo)/J double-transgenic mice, in which GFP was stably expressed in pan-endothelial cells...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933656/induction-of-rnai-responses-by-short-left-handed-hairpin-rnai-triggers
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Jonathan C Hagopian, Alexander S Hamil, Arjen van den Berg, Bryan R Meade, Akiko Eguchi, Caroline Palm-Apergi, Steven F Dowdy
Small double-stranded, left-handed hairpin (LHP) RNAs containing a 5'-guide-loop-passenger-3' structure induce RNAi responses by a poorly understood mechanism. To explore LHPs, we synthesized fully 2'-modified LHP RNAs targeting multiple genes and found all to induce robust RNAi responses. Deletion of the loop and nucleotides at the 5'-end of the equivalent passenger strand resulted in a smaller LHP that still induced strong RNAi responses. Surprisingly, progressive deletion of up to 10 nucleotides from the 3'-end of the guide strand resulted in a 32mer LHP capable of inducing robust RNAi responses...
September 21, 2017: Nucleic Acid Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931907/full-space-device-optimization-for-solar-cells
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Ahmer A B Baloch, Shahzada P Aly, Mohammad I Hossain, Fedwa El-Mellouhi, Nouar Tabet, Fahhad H Alharbi
Advances in computational materials have paved a way to design efficient solar cells by identifying the optimal properties of the device layers. Conventionally, the device optimization has been governed by single or double descriptors for an individual layer; mostly the absorbing layer. However, the performance of the device depends collectively on all the properties of the material and the geometry of each layer in the cell. To address this issue of multi-property optimization and to avoid the paradigm of reoccurring materials in the solar cell field, a full space material-independent optimization approach is developed and presented in this paper...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928471/nanoscale-compositional-mapping-of-cells-tissues-and-polymers-with-ringing-mode-of-atomic-force-microscopy
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M E Dokukin, I Sokolov
Recently developed sub-resonance tapping modes (such as Digital Pulse, Peak Force Tapping, HybriD, etc.) of atomic force microscopy (AFM) allow imaging of compositional contrast of (bio)materials and biological cells down to the nanoscale. Here we report on a powerful extension of those modes, "ringing" mode, which more than doubles the number of non-trivial physical channels that can be collected with a regular sub-resonance tapping. It can simultaneously record five new additional compositional parameters related to adhesive and viscoelastic properties of the sample surface: the restored (averaged) adhesion, adhesion height, pull-off neck height, detachment distance, and detachment energy losses...
September 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920043/short-term-analgesic-effects-of-5-dextrose-epidural-injections-for-chronic-low-back-pain-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Liza Maniquis-Smigel, Kenneth Dean Reeves, Howard Jeffrey Rosen, John Lyftogt, Cassie Graham-Coleman, An-Lin Cheng, David Rabago
BACKGROUND: Hypertonic dextrose injection (prolotherapy) is reported to reduce pain including non-surgical chronic low back pain (CLBP), and subcutaneous injection of 5% dextrose is reported to reduce neurogenic pain, hyperalgesia and allodynia. The mechanism in both cases is unclear, though a direct effect of dextrose on neurogenic pain has been proposed. This study assessed the short-term analgesic effects of epidural 5% dextrose injection compared with saline for non-surgical CLBP...
February 2017: Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918948/firing-of-replication-origins-frees-dbf4-cdc7-to-target-eco1-for-destruction
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Agustin I Seoane, David O Morgan
Robust progression through the cell-division cycle depends on the precisely ordered phosphorylation of hundreds of different proteins by cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs) and other kinases. The order of CDK substrate phosphorylation depends on rising CDK activity, coupled with variations in substrate affinities for different CDK-cyclin complexes and the opposing phosphatases [1-4]. Here, we address the ordering of substrate phosphorylation by a second major cell-cycle kinase, Cdc7-Dbf4 or Dbf4-dependent kinase (DDK)...
September 12, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918607/modeling-the-ph-and-temperature-dependence-of-aqueousphase-hydroxyl-radical-reaction-rate-constants-of-organic-micropollutants-using-qspr-approach
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Shikha Gupta, Nikita Basant
Designing of advanced oxidation process (AOP) requires knowledge of the aqueous phase hydroxyl radical ((●)OH) reactions rate constants (k OH), which are strictly dependent upon the pH and temperature of the medium. In this study, pH- and temperature-dependent quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) models based on the decision tree boost (DTB) approach were developed for the prediction of k OH of diverse organic contaminants following the OECD guidelines. Experimental datasets (n = 958) pertaining to the k OH values of aqueous phase reactions at different pH (n = 470; 1...
September 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918393/improving-membrane-protein-expression-by-optimizing-integration-efficiency
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Michiel J M Niesen, Stephen S Marshall, Thomas F Miller, William M Clemons
The heterologous overexpression of integral membrane proteins in Escherichia coli often yields insufficient quantities of purifiable protein for applications of interest. The current study leverages a recently demonstrated link between co-translational membrane integration efficiency and protein expression levels to predict protein sequence modifications that improve expression. Membrane integration efficiencies, obtained using a coarse-grained simulation approach, robustly predicted effects on expression of the integral membrane protein TatC for a set of 140 sequence modifications, including loop-swap chimeras and single-residue mutations distributed throughout the protein sequence...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916651/escherichia-coli-and-neisseria-gonorrhoeae-uvrd-helicase-unwinds-g4-dna-structures
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Kaustubh Shukla, Roshan Thakur, Debayan Ganguli, Desirazu Rao, Ganesh Nagaraju
G-quadruplex (G4) secondary structures have been implicated in various biological processes including gene expression, DNA replication and telomere maintenance. However, unresolved G4 structures impede replication progression which can lead to generation of DNA double-strand breaks and genome instability. Helicases have been shown to resolve G4 structures to facilitate faithful duplication of the genome. Escherichia coli UvrD (EcUvrD) helicase plays a crucial role in nucleotide excision repair, mismatch repair and in the regulation of homologous recombination...
September 15, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914897/dual-frequency-doppler-lidar-for-wind-detection-with-a-superconducting-nanowire-single-photon-detector
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Mingjia Shangguan, Haiyun Xia, Chong Wang, Jiawei Qiu, Shengfu Lin, Xiankang Dou, Qiang Zhang, Jian-Wei Pan
A dual-frequency direct detection Doppler lidar is demonstrated using a superconducting nanowire single-photon detector (SNSPD) at 1.5 μm. The so-called double-edge technique is implemented by using a dual-frequency laser pulse, rather than using a double-channel Fabry-Perot interferometer. Such a modification to the reported lidars enhances the frequency stability in the system level. Using the time-division multiplexing method, only one piece of SNSPD is used in the optical receiver, making the system simplified and robust...
September 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913879/short-t2-imaging-using-a-3d-double-adiabatic-inversion-recovery-prepared-ultrashort-echo-time-cones-3d-dir-ute-cones-sequence
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Ya-Jun Ma, Yanchun Zhu, Xing Lu, Michael Carl, Eric Y Chang, Jiang Du
PURPOSE: To investigate high contrast imaging of short T2 tissues with a three-dimensional double adiabatic inversion recovery prepared ultrashort echo time Cones (3D DIR-UTE-Cones) sequence. METHODS: The sequence used two sequential adiabatic inversion pulses to suppress signals from long T2 tissues, followed by multispoke UTE acquisition to detect signals from short T2 tissues. The two adiabatic inversion pulses are identical with a center frequency located at the water peak, but the spectral width is broad enough to cover both water and fat frequencies...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912572/follistatin-n-terminus-differentially-regulates-muscle-size-and-fat-in-vivo
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Hui Zheng, Chunping Qiao, Ruhang Tang, Jianbin Li, Karen Bulaklak, Zhenhua Huang, Chunxia Zhao, Yi Dai, Juan Li, Xiao Xiao
Delivery of follistatin (FST) represents a promising strategy for both muscular dystrophies and diabetes, as FST is a robust antagonist of myostatin and activin, which are critical regulators of skeletal muscle and adipose tissues. FST is a multi-domain protein, and deciphering the function of different domains will facilitate novel designs for FST-based therapy. Our study aims to investigate the role of the N-terminal domain (ND) of FST in regulating muscle and fat mass in vivo. Different FST constructs were created and packaged into the adeno-associated viral vector (AAV)...
September 15, 2017: Experimental & Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911805/delivery-strategies-of-the-crispr-cas9-gene-editing-system-for-therapeutic-applications
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REVIEW
Chang Liu, Li Zhang, Hao Liu, Kun Cheng
The CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing system is a part of the adaptive immune system in archaea and bacteria to defend against invasive nucleic acids from phages and plasmids. The single guide RNA (sgRNA) of the system recognizes its target sequence in the genome, and the Cas9 nuclease of the system acts as a pair of scissors to cleave the double strands of DNA. Since its discovery, CRISPR-Cas9 has become the most robust platform for genome engineering in eukaryotic cells. Recently, the CRISPR-Cas9 system has triggered enormous interest in therapeutic applications...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911084/the-critical-mass-survey-of-palliative-care-programme-at-esmo-designated-centres-of-integrated-oncology-and-palliative-care
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D Hui, N Cherny, N Latino, F Strasser
Background: The ESMO Designated Centres (ESMO-DCs) of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care (PC) Incentive Programme has grown steadily. We aimed to characterise the level of PC clinical services, education and research at ESMO-DCs. Methods: We sent all 184 ESMO-DCs an electronic survey consisting of 78 questions examining the DC characteristics, palliative care clinical programme (structure, processes, and outcomes), primary PC delivery by oncologists, education, research and attitudes and beliefs towards the ESMO-DC programme...
September 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910986/elimination-of-the-last-reactions-in-ergosterol-biosynthesis-alters-the-resistance-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-multiple-stresses
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Guodong Liu, Yun Chen, Nils J Færgeman, Jens Nielsen
The sterol composition of membranes is known to influence many phenotypes of yeast. However, a systematic study of the relationship between sterol composition and stress resistances has not been conducted. Here, we therefore constructed single or double gene deletion mutants of the last four enzymes in ergosterol biosynthesis in a prototrophic genetic background of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Identification of the sterol composition of these mutants revealed a high flexibility of the sterol-processing steps instead of the previously proposed sequential conversion...
September 1, 2017: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906449/facile-preparation-of-a-robust-and-durable-superhydrophobic-coating-using-biodegradable-lignin-coated-cellulose-nanocrystal-particles
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Jingda Huang, Siqun Wang, Shaoyi Lyu
It is a challenge for a superhydrophobic coating to overcome the poor robustness and the rough surface structure that is usually built using inorganic particles that are difficult to degrade. In this study, a robust superhydrophobic coating is facilely prepared by using commercial biodegradable lignin-coated cellulose nanocrystal (L-CNC) particles after hydrophobic modification to build rough surface structures, and by choosing two different adhesives (double-sided tape and quick-setting epoxy) to support adhesion between the L-CNC particles and the substrates...
September 14, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906257/double-printing-of-hyaluronic-acid-poly-glycidol-hybrid-hydrogels-with-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-for-msc-chondrogenesis
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Simone Stichler, Thomas Böck, Naomi Claire Paxton, Sarah Bertlein, Riccardo Levato, Verena Schill, Willi Smolan, Jos Malda, Joerg Tessmar, Torsten Blunk, Juergen Groll
This study investigates the use of allyl-functionalized poly(glycidol)s (P(AGE-co-G)) as cytocompatible cross-linker for thiol-functionalized hyaluronic acid (HA-SH) and the optimization of this hybrid hydrogel as bioink for 3D bioprinting. Chemical cross-linking of gels with 10 wt.% overall polymer concentration was achieved by UV-induced radical thiol-ene coupling between the thiol and allyl groups. Addition of unmodified high molecular weight HA (1.36 MDa) allowed tuning of the rheology for extrusion based bioprinting...
September 14, 2017: Biofabrication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905416/sar-and-scan-time-optimized-3d-whole-brain-double-inversion-recovery-imaging-at-7t
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Eberhard D Pracht, Thorsten Feiweier, Philipp Ehses, Daniel Brenner, Alard Roebroeck, Bernd Weber, Tony Stöcker
PURPOSE: The aim of this project was to implement an ultra-high field (UHF) optimized double inversion recovery (DIR) sequence for gray matter (GM) imaging, enabling whole brain coverage in short acquisition times ( ≈5 min, image resolution 1 mm(3) ). METHODS: A 3D variable flip angle DIR turbo spin echo (TSE) sequence was optimized for UHF application. We implemented an improved, fast, and specific absorption rate (SAR) efficient TSE imaging module, utilizing improved reordering...
September 14, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901342/-the-recognition-of-peer-reviewers-activity-the-potential-promotion-of-a-virtuous-circle
#20
Alessandro Pierno, Robert Fruscio, Giacomo Bellani
Since several decades, peer review has become the standard to evaluate quality and priority of manuscripts submitted to scientific journals. During this process, manuscript is reviewed by scientists from the same field of the authors, with a competency on the topic of the manuscript (peer reviewers). Peer reviewers submit their comments to the journal editor, who then takes a decision on manuscript acceptance, need for revision of rejection. Several models for peer review exist, such as double-blind, single-blind, open, post publication...
September 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
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