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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222911/store-operated-ca-2-entry-is-not-required-for-fertilization-induced-ca-2-signaling-in-mouse-eggs
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Miranda L Bernhardt, Elizabeth Padilla-Banks, Paula Stein, Yingpei Zhang, Carmen J Williams
Repetitive oscillations in cytoplasmic Ca(2+) due to periodic Ca(2+) release from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) drive mammalian embryo development following fertilization. Influx of extracellular Ca(2+) to support the refilling of ER stores is required for sustained Ca(2+) oscillations, but the mechanisms underlying this Ca(2+) influx are controversial. Although store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is an appealing candidate mechanism, several groups have arrived at contradictory conclusions regarding the importance of SOCE in oocytes and eggs...
February 11, 2017: Cell Calcium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221847/thermal-and-starvation-stress-response-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-isolates-selected-from-agricultural-environments
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Achyut Adhikari, Andy Bary, Craig Cogger, Caleb James, Gülhan Ünlü, Karen Killinger
Pathogens exposed to agricultural production environments are subject to multiple stresses that may alter their survival under subsequent stress conditions. The objective of this study was to examine heat and starvation stress response of Escherichia coli O157:H7 strains isolated from agricultural matrices. Seven E. coli O157:H7 isolates from different agricultural matrices-soil, compost, irrigation water, and sheep manure-were selected, and two ATCC strains were used as controls. The E. coli O157:H7 isolates were exposed to heat stress (56°C in 0...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212865/casein-kinase-2-interacting-protein-1-regulates-m1-and-m2-inflammatory-macrophage-polarization
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Yuhan Chen, Wen Liu, Yiwu Wang, Luo Zhang, Jun Wei, Xueli Zhang, Fuchu He, Lingqiang Zhang
The importance of macrophage plasticity, albeit being discovered recently, has been highlighted in a broad spectrum of biological processes operative in physiological and pathological environments. Macrophage polarized activation and inactivation has profound effects on immune and inflammatory responses with several major pathways being elucidated in the past few years. However, transcriptional regulation mechanisms governing macrophage polarization is still preliminary. In this study, we identify the Casein Kinase 2 Interacting Protein 1 (CKIP-1) as a molecular toggle manipulating macrophage speciation...
February 14, 2017: Cellular Signalling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212810/chromosomal-instability-analysis-and-regional-tumor-heterogeneity-in-colon-cancer
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Vincenza Barresi, Sergio Castorina, Nicolò Musso, Carmela Capizzi, Tonia Luca, Giovanna Privitera, Daniele Filippo Condorelli
Chromosomal instability (CIN) is classically defined as an increase in the rate at which numerical or structural chromosomal aberrations are acquired in a cancer cell. The number of somatic copy number abnormalities (CNAs) revealed by high resolution genomic array can be considered as a surrogate marker for CIN, but several points, related to sample processing and data analysis, need to be standardized. In this work we analyzed 51 CRC samples and matched normal mucosae by whole genome SNP arrays and compared different bioinformatics tools in order to identify broad (>25% of a chromosomal arm) and focal somatic copy number abnormalities (BCNAs and FCNAs respectively)...
January 2017: Cancer Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207248/mechanochemical-and-conventional-synthesis-of-zn-ii-cd-ii-luminescent-coordination-polymers-dual-sensing-probe-for-selective-detection-of-chromate-anions-and-tnp-in-aqueous-phase
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Bhavesh Parmar, Yadagiri Rachuri, Kamal Kumar Bisht, Ridhdhi Laiya, Eringathodi Suresh
Isostructural Zn(II)/Cd(II) mixed ligand coordination polymers (CPs) {[M(IPA)(L)]}n (CP1 and CP2) built from isophthalic acid (H2IPA) and 3-pyridylcarboxaldehyde nicotinoylhydrazone (L) were prepared using versatile synthetic routes: viz., diffusion of precursor solutions, conventional reflux methods, and green mechanochemical (grinding) reactions. Both robust CPs synthesized by different routes were characterized by various analytical methods, and their thermal and chemical stability as well as the phase purity was established...
February 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207235/explorations-of-the-indenofluorenes-and-expanded-quinoidal-analogues
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Conerd K Frederickson, Bradley D Rose, Michael M Haley
Highly conjugated hydrocarbons have attracted interest for use as active materials in electronic devices such as organic field effect transistors (OFET) and organic photovoltaics (OPV). In this Account, we review our progress in synthesizing and studying a new class of small molecules for potential use as organic semiconductors. The idea originated from prior research on octadehydrodibenz[12]annulene, as the system can undergo double transannular cyclization to yield the indeno[1,2-b]fluorene skeleton. Subsequent functionalization afforded the first stable, well-characterized indeno[1,2-b]fluorene derivatives, albeit in minute quantities (tens of milligrams)...
February 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204911/selection-of-transformation-efficient-barley-genotypes-based-on-tfa-transformation-amenability-haplotype-and-higher-resolution-mapping-of-the-tfa-loci
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Hiroshi Hisano, Brigid Meints, Matthew J Moscou, Luis Cistue, Begoña Echávarri, Kazuhiro Sato, Patrick M Hayes
The genetic substitution of transformation amenability alleles from 'Golden Promise' can facilitate the development of transformation-efficient lines from recalcitrant barley cultivars. Barley (Hordeum vulgare) cv. 'Golden Promise' is one of the most useful and well-studied cultivars for genetic manipulation. In a previous report, we identified several transformation amenability (TFA) loci responsible for Agrobacterium-mediated transformation using the F2 generation of immature embryos, derived from 'Haruna Nijo' × 'Golden Promise,' as explants...
February 15, 2017: Plant Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203151/cerebellar-tdcs-effects-on-conditioned-eyeblinks-using-different-electrode-placements-and-stimulation-protocols
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Linda Beyer, Giorgi Batsikadze, Dagmar Timmann, Marcus Gerwig
There is good evidence that the human cerebellum is involved in the acquisition and timing of classically conditioned eyeblink responses (CRs). Animal studies suggest that the cerebellum is also important in CR extinction and savings. Cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) was reported to modulate CR acquisition and timing in a polarity dependent manner. To extent previous findings three experiments were conducted using standard delay eyeblink conditioning. In a between-group design, effects of tDCS were assessed with stimulation over the right cerebellar hemisphere ipsilaterally to the unconditioned stimulus (US)...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201921/generalized-spin-ratio-scaled-mp2-method-for-accurate-prediction-of-intermolecular-interactions-for-neutral-and-ionic-species
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Samuel Tan, Santiago Barrera Acevedo, Ekaterina I Izgorodina
The accurate calculation of intermolecular interactions is important to our understanding of properties in large molecular systems. The high computational cost of the current "gold standard" method, coupled cluster with singles and doubles and perturbative triples (CCSD(T), limits its application to small- to medium-sized systems. Second-order Møller-Plesset perturbation (MP2) theory is a cheaper alternative for larger systems, although at the expense of its decreased accuracy, especially when treating van der Waals complexes...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199115/efficient-spin-flip-excitation-of-a-nickelocene-molecule
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Maider Ormaza, Nicolas Bachellier, Marisa N Faraggi, Benjamin Verlhac, Paula Abufager, Philippe Ohresser, Loïc Joly, Michelangelo Romeo, Fabrice Scheurer, Marie-Laure Bocquet, Nicolás Lorente, Laurent Limot
Inelastic electron tunneling spectroscopy (IETS) within the junction of a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) uses current-driven spin-flip excitations for an all-electrical characterization of the spin state of a single object. Usually decoupling layers between the single object, atom or molecule, and the supporting surface are needed to observe these excitations. Here we study the surface magnetism of a sandwich nickelocene molecule (Nc) adsorbed directly on Cu(100) by means of X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) and density functional theory (DFT) calculations and show with IETS that it exhibits an exceptionally efficient spin-flip excitation...
February 22, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198607/interfacial-polymerization-on-dynamic-complex-colloids-creating-stabilized-janus-droplets
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Yuan He, Suchol Savagatrup, Lauren D Zarzar, Timothy M Swager
Complex emulsions, including Janus droplets, are becoming increasingly important in pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics, the fabrication of microcapsules for drug delivery, chemical sensing, E-paper display technologies, and optics. Because fluid Janus droplets are often sensitive to external perturbation, such as unexpected changes in the concentration of the surfactants or surface-active biomolecules in the environment, stabilizing their morphology is critical for many real-world applications. To endow Janus droplets with resistance to external chemical perturbations, we demonstrate a general and robust method of creating polymeric hemispherical shells via interfacial free-radical polymerization on the Janus droplets...
February 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197593/tandem-emulsification-for-high-throughput-production-of-double-emulsions
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M L Eggersdorfer, W Zheng, S Nawar, C Mercandetti, A Ofner, I Leibacher, S Koehler, D A Weitz
Core-shell double emulsions produced using microfluidic methods with controlled structural parameters exhibit great potential in a wide range of applications, but the low production rate of microfluidic methods hinders the exploitation of the capabilities of microfluidics to produce double emulsions with well-defined features. A major obstacle towards the scaled-up production of core-shell double emulsions is the difficulty of achieving robust spatially controlled wettability in integrated microfluidic devices...
February 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195737/strong-microcapsules-with-permeable-porous-shells-made-through-phase-separation-in-double-emulsions
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Eve Loiseau, Fabian Niedermair, Gerhard Albrecht, Marion Andrea Frey, Alina Hauser, Patrick Alberto Rühs, André R Studart
Microcapsules for controlled chemical release and uptake are important in many industrial applications but are often difficult to produce with the desired combination of high mechanical strength and high shell permeability. Using water-oil-water double emulsions made in microfluidic devices as templates, we developed a processing route to obtain mechanically robust microcapsules exhibiting a porous shell structure with controlled permeability. The porous shell consists of a network of interconnected polymer particles that are formed upon phase separation within the oil phase of the double emulsion...
February 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193729/sequential-divergent-and-cooperative-requirements-of-foxl2a-and-foxl2b-in-ovary-development-and-maintenance-of-zebrafish
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Yan-Jing Yang, Yang Wang, Zhi Li, Li Zhou, Jian-Fang Gui
Foxl2 is essential for mammalian ovary maintenance. Although sexually dimorphic expression of foxl2 was observed in many teleost, its role and regulative mechanism in fish remained largely unclear. In this study, we first identified two transcript variants of foxl2a and its homologous gene foxl2b in zebrafish, and revealed their specific expression in follicular layer cells in a sequential and divergent fashion during ovary differentiation, maturation and maintenance. Then, homozygous foxl2a mutants (foxl2a(-/-)) and foxl2b mutants (foxl2b(-/-)) were constructed, and detailed comparisons, such as sex ratio, gonadal histological structure, transcriptome profiling and dynamic expression of gonadal development-related genes, were carried out...
February 13, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188629/orthogonal-topography-in-the-parallel-input-architecture-of-songbird-hvc
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Kevin C Elliott, Wei Wu, Richard Bertram, Richard L Hyson, Frank Johnson
Neural activity within the cortical premotor nucleus HVC (acronym is name) encodes the learned songs of adult male zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata). HVC activity is driven and/or modulated by a group of five afferent nuclei (the Medial Magnocellular nucleus of the Anterior Nidopallium, MMAN; Nucleus Interface, NIf; nucleus Avalanche, Av; the Robust nucleus of the Arcopallium, RA; the Uvaeform nucleus, Uva). While earlier evidence suggested that HVC receives a uniformly distributed and non-topographic pattern of afferent input, recent evidence suggests this view is incorrect (Basista et al...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28180187/water-gated-n-type-organic-field-effect-transistors-for-complementary-integrated-circuits-operating-in-an-aqueous-environment
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Rossella Porrazzo, Alessandro Luzio, Sebastiano Bellani, Giorgio Ernesto Bonacchini, Yong-Young Noh, Yun-Hi Kim, Guglielmo Lanzani, Maria Rosa Antognazza, Mario Caironi
The first demonstration of an n-type water-gated organic field-effect transistor (WGOFET) is here reported, along with simple water-gated complementary integrated circuits, in the form of inverting logic gates. For the n-type WGOFET active layer, high-electron-affinity organic semiconductors, including naphthalene diimide co-polymers and a soluble fullerene derivative, have been compared, with the latter enabling a high electric double layer capacitance in the range of 1 μF cm(-2) in full accumulation and a mobility-capacitance product of 7 × 10(-3) μF/V s...
January 31, 2017: ACS Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177883/modeling-amplified-p53-responses-under-dna-pk-inhibition-in-dna-damage-response
#17
Tingzhe Sun, Xinda Li, Pingping Shen
During DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) repair, coordinated activation of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)-like kinases can activate p53 signaling pathway. Recent findings have identified novel interplays among these kinases demonstrating amplified first p53 pulses under DNA-PK inhibition. However, no theoretical model has been developed to characterize such dynamics. In current work, we modeled the prolonged p53 pulses with DNA-PK inhibitor. We could identify a dose-dependent increase in the first pulse amplitude and width...
February 3, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174696/lack-of-oxyr-and-katg-results-in-extreme-susceptibility-of-francisella-tularensis-lvs-to-oxidative-stress-and-marked-attenuation-in-vivo
#18
Marie Honn, Helena Lindgren, Gurram K Bharath, Anders Sjöstedt
Francisella tularensis is an intracellular bacterium and as such is expected to encounter a continuous attack by reactive oxygen species (ROS) in its intracellular habitat and efficiently coping with oxidative stress is therefore essential for its survival. The oxidative stress response system of F. tularensis is complex and includes multiple antioxidant enzymes and pathways, including the transcriptional regulator OxyR and the H2O2-decomposing enzyme catalase, encoded by katG. The latter is regulated by OxyR...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28173788/real-time-optimized-biofeedback-utilizing-sport-techniques-robust-a-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#19
Jeffrey B Taylor, Anh-Dung Nguyen, Mark V Paterno, Bin Huang, Kevin R Ford
BACKGROUND: Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries in female athletes lead to a variety of short- and long-term physical, financial, and psychosocial ramifications. While dedicated injury prevention training programs have shown promise, ACL injury rates remain high as implementation has not become widespread. Conventional prevention programs use a combination of resistance, plyometric, balance and agility training to improve high-risk biomechanics and reduce the risk of injury. While many of these programs focus on reducing knee abduction load and posture during dynamic activity, targeting hip extensor strength and utilization may be more efficacious, as it is theorized to be an underlying mechanism of injury in adolescent female athletes...
February 7, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163785/efficient-estimation-of-the-maximum-metabolic-productivity-of-batch-systems
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Peter C St John, Michael F Crowley, Yannick J Bomble
BACKGROUND: Production of chemicals from engineered organisms in a batch culture involves an inherent trade-off between productivity, yield, and titer. Existing strategies for strain design typically focus on designing mutations that achieve the highest yield possible while maintaining growth viability. While these methods are computationally tractable, an optimum productivity could be achieved by a dynamic strategy in which the intracellular division of resources is permitted to change with time...
2017: Biotechnology for Biofuels
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