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Petra Žádníková, Krzysztof Wabnik, Anas Abuzeineh, Marҫal Gallemí, Dominique Van Der Straeten, Richard S Smith, Dirk Inzé, Jiří Friml, Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz, Eva Benkova
Differential cell growth enables flexible organ bending in the presence of environmental signals such as light or gravity. A prominent example of the developmental processes based on differential cell growth is the formation of the apical hook that protects the fragile shoot apical meristem when it breaks through the soil during germination. Here, we combined in silico and in vivo approaches to identify a minimal mechanism producing auxin gradient-guided differential growth during the establishment of the apical hook in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana...
October 17, 2016: Plant Cell
Jiawei Guan, Qian Zhao, Weifeng Mao
PTEN is a tumor suppressor gene characterized as a phosphatase that antagonizes the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase signaling pathway in the cytoplasm. Nuclear PTEN plays roles in chromosomal stability, in which the double-strand breaks (DSB) repair mediated by homologous recombination (HR) and non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) is critical. Herein, the role of nuclear PTEN in DSB repair and the underlying molecular mechanism was investigated in this study. Using human breast cancer BT549 and MDA-MB-231 cell lines, we reveal a specific feature of PTEN that controls poly(ADP-ribosyl)ation of Ku70 and interferes with binding of Ku70 at DSB...
October 11, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
A Heratizadeh, T Werfel
The pathogenesis of atopic dermatitis (AD) is multi-factorial and complex. Consequently, clinical signs and symptoms vary strongly depending on individually relevant trigger factors and the stage of the disease. So far, treatment of AD was commonly limited to topical treatment or, in more severe cases, to systemic drugs mostly approved for other indications than AD. However, emerging data on new anti-inflammatory agents have been published in the recent years. As these new substances specifically focus on immune responses in AD, these are partially considered as possible "break-through" in the treatment of AD...
October 13, 2016: Allergy
Mousumi Chatterjee, Bhavya Srivastava, Milan K Barman, Bhabatosh Mandal
A time-cost effective, chemically stable mesoporous resin (FSG-PAN), simultaneous binder of two different metal centers (both high (Cd(II)) and low (Tl(I)) oxidation states), has been synthesized by immobilizing azo-dye (1-(2-pyridylazo)-2-napthol: PAN) on functionalized silica gel (FSG). Its corresponding synthesized nano material possesses good luminescent properties, and has been utilized in fluoride sensing at trace levels (1.8 × 10(-6) - 7.2 × 10(-6) M). The composition ({Si[OSi]p=4[H2O]x=0.81}12[-Si(CH3)2-NH-C6H4-N=N-PAN]4...
2016: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
Joo Hwan Oh, Badreddine Assouar
Metamaterials realizing stop bands have attracted much attentions recently since they can break-through the well-known mass law. However, achieving the stop band at extremely low frequency has been still a big challenge in the fields of elastic metamaterials. In this paper, we propose a new metamaterial based on the idea of the zero rotational stiffness, to achieve extremely low frequency stop band for flexural elastic waves. Unlike the previous ways to achieve the stop band, we found that the zero rotational stiffness can provide a broad stop band at extremely low frequency, which starts from even almost zero frequency...
2016: Scientific Reports
Mohammad Abdelghani, Patrick W Serruys
The earliest evidence supporting transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) was derived from its comparison with conservative therapy in inoperable patients and with surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) in extremely high risk patients. TAVI had a relative advantage in these situations being less invasive and hence less prone to the classic early postoperative devastating complications. To prove as effective in less fragile and less morbid patients, the long-term durability of the haemodynamic and clinical gains from TAVI needs to be confirmed...
September 18, 2016: EuroIntervention
Shen Xu, Runfeng Chen, Chao Zheng, Wei Huang
Organic afterglow materials, developed recently by breaking through the difficulties in modulating ultrafast-decayed excited states, exhibit ultralong-lived emission for persistent luminescence with lifetimes of several orders of magnitude longer than traditional fluorescent and phosphorescent emissions at room temperature. Their exceptional properties, namely ultralong luminescent lifetime, large Stokes shifts, facile excited state transformation, and environmentally sensitive emission, have led to a diverse range of advanced optoelectronic applications...
September 16, 2016: Advanced Materials
Christoph Flückiger, Hansjörg Znoj, Andreea Vîslă
Since the programmatic Rosenhan study, there is a broad discussion of how to actively construct clinical realities on both "insane" and "sane" perspectives. To inform patients about the output of the psychometric questionnaires assessed at intake is a required task in many clinical routines. Information processing bias toward psychopathology may impact many clinical communications and thus lead to clinical errors. Based on an output of the commonly used Symptom Check List 90, case examples demonstrate various grades of balanced and unbalanced alternatives of how to consider the psychopathological as well as the unproblematic poles of Likert scales in discussing psychometric questionnaires at Session 1...
September 2016: Psychotherapy
Jennifer M Black, Mengyang Zhu, Pengfei Zhang, Raymond R Unocic, Daqiang Guo, M Baris Okatan, Sheng Dai, Peter T Cummings, Sergei V Kalinin, Guang Feng, Nina Balke
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) force-distance measurements are used to investigate the layered ion structure of Ionic Liquids (ILs) at the mica surface. The effects of various tip properties on the measured force profiles are examined and reveal that the measured ion position is independent of tip properties, while the tip radius affects the forces required to break through the ion layers as well as the adhesion force. Force data is collected for different ILs and directly compared with interfacial ion density profiles predicted by molecular dynamics...
2016: Scientific Reports
Marc Somssich, Ghazanfar Abbas Khan, Staffan Persson
Plant cell walls provide stability and protection to plant cells. During growth and development the composition of cell walls changes, but provides enough strength to withstand the turgor of the cells. Hence, cell walls are highly flexible and diverse in nature. These characteristics are important during root growth, as plant roots consist of radial patterns of cells that have diverse functions and that are at different developmental stages along the growth axis. Young stem cell daughters undergo a series of rapid cell divisions, during which new cell walls are formed that are highly dynamic, and that support rapid anisotropic cell expansion...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
Jing Nie, Fujiang Chen, Zhiyu Song, Caixia Sun, Zuguang Li, Wenhan Liu, Mawrong Lee
A novel method of large volume of water samples directly introduced in dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction was developed, which is based on ultrasound/manual shaking-synergy-assisted emulsification and self-generating carbon dioxide gas (CO2) breaking down the emulsion for the determination of 15 triazole fungicides by gas chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. This technique makes low-density extraction solvent toluene (180 μL) dissolve in 200 mL of samples containing 0.05 mol L(-1) of HCl and 5 % of NaCl (w/v) to form a well emulsion by synergy of ultrasound and manual shaking, and injects NaHCO3 solution (1...
October 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Qiao Zhang, Jiazhong Shi, Fang Yuan, Huanhuan Wang, Weihua Fu, Jinhong Pan, Yaqin Huang, Jin Yu, Jin Yang, Zhiwen Chen
Human renal cancer is extremely resistant to chemotherapy and radiation therapy. This clinical characteristic reduces the efficacy of chemotherapeutic agents in the treatment of recurrence or metastasis following surgical resection. Understanding the mechanism of chemotherapy resistance in renal cell carcinoma remains a significant challenge. In this study, we have shown that varied level of XPF expression was organ-tissue specific by comparing human renal cancer, bladder cancer, testicular cancer and their normal tissue counterparts, respectively...
December 15, 2016: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
Haijie Ma, Xuepeng Sun, Mingshuang Wang, Yunpeng Gai, Kuang-Ren Chung, Hongye Li
The postharvest pathogen Penicillium digitatum causes green mold decay on citrus fruit, resulting in severe economic losses. To explore possible factors involved in fungal pathogenesis, phenotypic characterization of the budding yeast Fus3/Kiss1 mitogen-activated protein (MAP) kinase homolog was carried out. The P. digitatum MAP kinase B coding gene, designated PdMpkB, was functionally inactivated via homologous recombination. The fungal strain (∆PdMpkB) carrying a PdMpkBdeletion demonstrated altered gene expression profiles, reduced growth and conidiogenesis, elevated resistance to osmotic stress, and failed to induce green mold decay on citrus fruit...
November 7, 2016: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Russell F Doolittle
The conversion of fibrinogen to fibrin is a process that has long fascinated an army of researchers. In this brief review some early break-through observations are noted and a few later unexpected results described.
August 9, 2016: Matrix Biology: Journal of the International Society for Matrix Biology
B Dang, X Zhang, Y Z Chen, C X Chen, H T Wang, F Liu
Al-Si-based casting alloys have a great potential in various industrial applications. Common strengthening strategies on these alloys are accompanied inevitably by sacrifice of ductility, known as strength-ductility trade-off dilemma. Here, we report a simple route by combining rapid solidification (RS) with a post-solidification heat treatment (PHT), i.e. a RS + PHT route, to break through this dilemma using a commercial Al-Si-based casting alloy (A356 alloy) as an example. It is shown that yield strength and elongation to failure of the RS + PHT processed alloy are elevated simultaneously by increasing the cooling rate upon RS, which are not influenced by subsequent T6 heat treatment...
2016: Scientific Reports
D Y Shangguan
Influenced by the research on history of disease abroad, the research on the history of plague in modern China began in 1989. For the recent 25 years, the related researches on plague mainly took place in Guangzhou, Hong Kong, the Northeast and Shanxi, supplemented by other places, showing its clear regional characteristic, with diversified research views, methods and application of materials. As an important content of research on disease history, the research of history of plague in modern China revealed obvious defects, viz...
May 2016: Zhonghua Yi Shi za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Medical History
R I M Dunbar
I argue that speech and language evolved through a series of stages individually designed to break through successive glass ceilings on group size. Language was simply the last of these (and hence evolved late in hominin evolution), but its precursors (laughter and singing) each played a crucial role in preparing the way for speech production.
July 26, 2016: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Weina Zhu, Jan Drewes, David Melcher
Visual processing is not instantaneous, but instead our conscious perception depends on the integration of sensory input over time. In the case of Continuous Flash Suppression (CFS), masks are flashed to one eye, suppressing awareness of stimuli presented to the other eye. One potential explanation of CFS is that it depends, at least in part, on the flashing mask continually interrupting visual processing before the stimulus reaches awareness. We investigated the temporal features of masks in two ways. First, we measured the suppression effectiveness of a wide range of masking frequencies (0-32Hz), using both complex (faces/houses) and simple (closed/open geometric shapes) stimuli...
2016: PloS One
Suqin Gong, Yunsheng Xia
By magnetic separation and subsequent plasmon enhanced fluorescence, an assay platform with a signal output from completely "zero" background to fluorescence amplification is achieved, using quantum dots as reporters. So, it well breaks through the conventional "turn-on" strategy in both lower and upper limits. The sensitivity for hyaluronidase sensing is enhanced 10(4)-10(6) times as compared with previous fluorescence methods.
August 11, 2016: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Yan-Qun Liu, Xi-Xi Zheng, Hong-Fang Ma, Run-Xi Xia, Yu-Ping Li, Qi-Rui Zhang
While wild silkworms have served humans for several thousand years, little attention on cold hardiness has been paid to these economically important species. In the present study, supercooling capacity and low temperature tolerance of Chinese oak silkworm, Antheraea pernyi (Guérin-Méneville) (Lepidoptera: Saturniidae), an economic insect reared both for silk production as well as human food, were examined under laboratory conditions. The supercooling points (SCPs) of pupae dropped significantly from a mean of -15...
August 2016: Journal of Economic Entomology
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