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Wei Liu, Guanghui Han, Yalin Yin, Shuai Jiang, Guojun Yu, Qing Yang, Wenhui Yu, Xiangdong Ye, Yanting Su, Yajun Yang, Gerald W Hart, Hui Sun
O-linked N-acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAcylation) is an important post-translational modification on serine or threonine of proteins, mainly observed in nucleus or cytoplasm. O-GlcNAcylation regulates many cell processes, including transcription, cell cycle, neural development, and nascent polypeptide chains stabilization. However, the facile identification of O-GlcNAc is a major bottleneck in O-GlcNAcylation research. Herein, we report that a lectin, AANL (Agrocybe aegerita GlcNAc specific lectin), also reported as AAL2, can be used as a powerful probe for O-GlcNAc identification...
March 19, 2018: Glycobiology
Dorota Gugała-Fekner
The paper presents the thermodynamic analysis of adenine adsorption on a mercury electrode in an acetate buffer at pH 3 and pH 4. Adsorption energy and constants were determined using the Frumkin isotherm and the virial isotherm. Stronger adsorption in the buffer at pH 3 was observed in comparison to the buffer at pH 4. Using cyclic voltammetry and Faraday impedance measurement, an inhibitory effect of adenine on the kinetics of Zn (II) ion electro-reduction was observed.
March 2018: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Kate R Weinberger, Kipruto Kirwa, Melissa N Eliot, Julia Gold, Helen H Suh, Gregory A Wellenius
BACKGROUND: Climate change is expected to result in more heat-related, but potentially fewer cold-related, emergency department visits and deaths. The net effect of projected changes in temperature on morbidity and mortality remain incompletely understood. We estimated the change in temperature-related morbidity and mortality at two sites in southern New England, USA through the end of the 21st century. METHODS: We used distributed lag Poisson regression models to estimate the present-day associations between daily mean temperature and all-cause emergency department visits and deaths in Rhode Island and in Boston, Massachusetts...
March 16, 2018: Epidemiology
Dnyandeo Pawar, B V Bhaskara Rao, S N Kale
A porous graphene-coated optical fiber Fabry-Perot interferometer (G-FPI) and Fe3O4-graphene nanocomposite coated Fabry-Perot interferometer (FG-FPI) have been investigated and compared for the detection of ammonia gas at room temperature. The sensor probes were subjected to ammonia concentrations varying from 1.5 ppm to 150 ppm. An increased sensitivity was observed for FG-FPI (36 pm ppm-1) when compared with that of G-FPI (25 pm ppm-1). The observed sensor detection limits for FG-FPI and G-FPI were around 7 and 10 ppb, respectively...
March 21, 2018: Analyst
Alexander Pastukhov, Johanna Prasch, Claus-Christian Carbon
Our brain constantly tries to anticipate the future by using a variety of memory mechanisms. Interestingly, studies using the intermittent presentation of multistable displays have shown little perceptual persistence for interruptions longer than a few hundred milliseconds. Here we examined whether we can facilitate the perceptual stability of bistable displays following a period of invisibility by employing a physically plausible and ecologically valid occlusion event sequence, as opposed to the typical intermittent presentation, with sudden onsets and offsets...
March 20, 2018: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
Annette L Mazzone, Robert A Baker, Kym McNicholas, Richard J Woodman, Michael Z Michael, Jonathan M Gleadle
A pilot study to measure and compare blood and urine microRNAs miR-210 and miR-16 in patients undergoing cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) and off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Frequent serial blood and urine samples were taken from patients undergoing cardiac surgery with CPB (n = 10) and undergoing off-pump cardiac surgery (n = 5) before, during, and after surgery. Circulating miR-210 and miR-16 levels were determined by relative quantification real-time polymerase chain reaction...
March 2018: Journal of Extra-corporeal Technology
Yanwen Jiang, Yun Zhao, Shuxiong Chen, Lu Chen, Chunjin Li, Xu Zhou
BACKGROUND: Ovarian retinoid homeostasis plays an important role in the physiological function of the ovary. Retinol-binding protein 4 (RBP4) acts as the mediator for the systemic and intercellular transport of retinol and is heavily involved in cellular retinol influx, efflux, and exchange. However, the expression patterns and regulatory mechanisms of Rbp4 in the ovary remain unclear. METHODS: The expression pattern of ovarian Rbp4 was examined in immature mice during different developmental stages and in adult mice during different stages of the estrous cycle...
March 20, 2018: Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology: RB&E
Edwing Grajales-González, Manuel Monge-Palacios, S Mani Sarathy
The need for renewable and cleaner sources of energy has made biofuels an interesting alternative to fossil fuels, especially in the case of butanol isomers, with its favorable blend properties and low hygroscopicity. Although C4 alcohols are prospective fuels, some key reactions governing their pyrolysis and combustion have not been adequately studied, leading to incomplete kinetic models. Enols are important intermediates in the combustion of C4 alcohols, as well as in atmospheric processes. Butanol reactions kinetics is poorly understood...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Bradley Fawver, Jaimie A Roper, Carolina Sarmento, Chris J Hass
We investigated the impact of initial body position on the displacement and velocity of center of pressure adjustments made during gait initiation. Twenty-nine healthy adults (21 ± 1y) initiated forward gait following six seconds of sustained forward posture based on percentage of their forward maximum voluntary lean (0, 5, 10, 20, 50%). Final center of pressure positions for each trial were back-calculated, as a percentage of maximum voluntary lean, using average anteroposterior constant error to the target during the last second of feedback...
March 17, 2018: Human Movement Science
Brittney Ann Klein, Béla Reiz, Ian Michael Robertson, Malcolm Irving, Liang Li, Yin-Biao Sun, Brian D Sykes
The development of calcium sensitizers for the treatment of systolic heart failure presents difficulties including judging the optimal efficacy and the specificity to target cardiac muscle. The thin filament is an attractive target since cardiac troponin-C (cTnC) is the site of calcium binding and the trigger for subsequent contraction. One widely studied calcium sensitizer is levosimendan. We have recently shown that when a covalent cTnC-levosimendan analog is exchanged into cardiac muscle cells, they become constitutively active, demonstrating the potency of a covalent complex...
March 20, 2018: Biochemistry
A Gupta, H J H Clercx, F Toschi
Particle-laden turbulent flows occur in a variety of industrial applications as well as in naturally occurring flows. While the numerical simulation of such flows has seen significant advances in recent years, it still remains a challenging problem. Many studies investigated the rheology of dense suspensions in laminar flows as well as the dynamics of point-particles in turbulence. Here we employ a fully-resolved numerical simulation based on a lattice Boltzmann scheme, to investigate turbulent flow with large neutrally buoyant particles in a pipe flow at low Reynolds number and in dilute regimes...
March 21, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Xin Zhang, Xiaoli Wang, Qinglin Wang, Xinjun Ma, Chunming Liu, Peifang Li, Cailong Liu, Yonghao Han, Yanzhang Ma, Chunxiao Gao
Hydride ions (H-) have an appropriate size for fast transport, which makes the conduction of H- attractive. In this work, the H- transport properties of BaH2 have been investigated under pressure using in situ impedance spectroscopy measurements up to 11.2 GPa and density functional theoretical calculations. The H- transport properties, including ionic migration resistance, relaxation frequency, and relative permittivity, change significantly with pressure around 2.3 GPa, which can be attributed to the structural phase transition of BaH2...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Yen-Chen Shih, Leeyih Wang, Hsiao-Chi Hsieh, King-Fu Lin
Ion accumulation of organometal halide perovskite (OHP) induced by electrode polarization of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) under illumination has been intensely studied and associated with widely observed current-voltage hysteresis behavior. This work dedicates to the investigation of charged species' behavior at the compact TiO2/OHP interface with respect to electrode polarization in PSC devices. By providing a comprehensive discussion of open-circuit voltage (VOC) buildup and VOC decay under illumination and in the dark for the PSCs modified with [6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) at the TiO2/OHP interface and their corresponding electrochemical impedance spectroscopies (EIS), a justified mechanism is proposed attempting to elucidate the dynamics of interfacial species with respect to the time and frequency domains...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Philip L Richardson, Ewan D Wakefield, Richard A Phillips
Background: Albatrosses and other large seabirds use dynamic soaring to gain sufficient energy from the wind to travel large distances rapidly and with little apparent effort. The recent development of miniature bird-borne tracking devices now makes it possible to explore the physical and biological implications of this means of locomotion in detail. Here we use GPS tracking and concurrent reanalyzed wind speed data to model the flight performance of wandering albatrosses Diomedea exulans soaring over the Southern Ocean...
2018: Movement Ecology
Jongbok Choi, Mingcan Cui, Yonghyeon Lee, Jeonggwan Kim, Yeomin Yoon, Min Jang, Jeehyeong Khim
In order to enhance sonocatalytic oxidation of a recalcitrant organic pollutant, rhodamine B (RhB), it is necessary to study the fundamental aspects of sonocatalysis. In this study, TiO2 -incorporated nano-structured carbon (i.e., carbon nanotubes (CNTs) or graphene (GR)) composites were synthesized by coating TiO2 on CNTs or GR of different mass percentages (0.5, 1, 5, and 10 wt%) by a facile hydrothermal method. The sonocatalytic degradation rates of RhB were examined for the effect of ultrasound (US) frequency and calcination temperature by using the prepared TiO2 -NSC composites...
May 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Lorenzo Merlini, Matthew Yalizis, Yannick Carrillon, Hugo Bothorel, Mo Saffarini, Arnaud Godenèche
BACKGROUND: A rare form of rotator cuff tear (RCT) is observed secondary to glenohumeral dislocation, followed by immediate repositioning, as well as formation of scar tissue between tendons and tuberosities. Radiographic diagnosis of such "degloving" tears is problematic because they are obscured by scar tissue. We aimed to describe characteristics of degloving tears and report outcomes following their arthroscopic repair. METHODS: Among 67 patients who underwent arthroscopic repair of RCTs secondary to shoulder dislocation, we identified 8 patients (12%) (7 anterior dislocations and 1 posterior dislocation), aged 54...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Xiaozhen Yang, Genyong Huang, Min-Jie Xu, Cong Zhang, Yongxu Cheng, Zhigang Yang
Dopamine (DA) plays a modulatory role in numerous physiological processes such as light adaptation and food intake, and exerts these functions through DA receptors (DARs). This study presents, for the first time, isolation and characterization of the dopamine receptor 2(DA2 receptor) cDNA from the intestinal tissue of Eriocheir sinensis, an economically important freshwater aquaculture species in China. The DA2 receptor cDNA sequence, which was obtained by rapid amplification of cDNA ends, is 2369bp long, encode peptide of 589 amino acid, and is highly homologous to related sequences in crustaceans...
2018: PloS One
Lisa A Ostrin, Auzita Sajjadi, Julia S Benoit
SIGNIFICANCE: Significant differences in light exposure were observed between school and summer in children, whereas activity and sleep were similar. Associations between parent and child behaviors suggest a potential mechanism for how myopia is transmitted from parents to children through patterns of environmental exposure, in addition to genetic factors. PURPOSE: Objectively measured time outdoors, light exposure, activity, and sleep were examined in children during school and summer and assessed with eye growth...
March 16, 2018: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
Stephanie Portillo-Ledesma, Lía M Randall, Derek Parsonage, Joaquín Dalla Rizza, P Andrew Karplus, Leslie B Poole, Ana Denicola, Gerardo Ferrer-Sueta
Two-cysteine peroxiredoxins (Prx) have a three-step catalytic cycle consisting of (1) reduction of peroxide and formation of sulfenic acid on the enzyme, (2) condensation of the sulfenic acid with a thiol to form disulfide, also known as resolution, and (3) reduction of the disulfide by a reductant protein. By following changes in protein fluorescence, we have studied the pH dependence of reaction 2 in human peroxiredoxins 1, 2 and 5, and in Salmonella typhimurium AhpC and obtained rate constants for the reaction and p Ka values of the thiol and sulfenic acid involved for each system...
March 19, 2018: Biochemistry
Arieh Zaritsky, Avinoam Rabinovitch, Chenli Liu, Conrad L Woldringh
Cell size of bacteria M is related to 3 temporal parameters: chromosome replication time C , period from replication-termination to subsequent division D , and doubling time τ . Steady-state, bacillary cells grow exponentially by extending length L only, but their constant width W is larger at shorter τ 's or longer C 's, in proportion to the number of chromosome replication positions n (= C / τ ), at least in Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium . Extending C by thymine limitation of fast-growing thyA mutants result in continuous increase of M , associated with rising W , up to a limit before branching...
December 2017: Synthetic and Systems Biotechnology
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