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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925743/subhalo-abundance-matching-in-f-r-gravity
#1
Jian-Hua He, Baojiu Li, Carlton M Baugh
Using the liminality N-body simulations of Shi et al., we present the first predictions for galaxy clustering in f(R) gravity using subhalo abundance matching. We find that, for a given galaxy density, even for an f(R) model with f_{R0}=-10^{-6}, for which the cold dark matter clustering is very similar to the cold dark matter model with a cosmological constant (ΛCDM), the predicted clustering of galaxies in the f(R) model is very different from ΛCDM. The deviation can be as large as 40% for samples with mean densities close to that of L_{*} galaxies...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925194/sv40-infection-of-mesenchymal-stromal-cells-from-wharton-s-jelly-drives-the-production-of-inflammatory-and-tumoral-mediators
#2
Carolina Cason, Giuseppina Campisciano, Nunzia Zanotta, Erica Valencic, Serena Delbue, Ramona Bella, Manola Comar
The Mesenchymal Stromal Cells from umbilical cord Wharton's jelly (WJSCs) are a source of cells with high potentiality for the treatment of human immunological disorders. Footprints of the oncogenic viruses Simian Virus 40 (SV40) and JC Virus (JCPyV) have been recently detected in human WJSCs specimens. The aim of this study is to evaluate if WJSCs can be efficiently infected by these Polyomaviruses and if they can potentially exert tumoral activity. Cell culture experiments indicated that WJSCs could sustain both SV40 and JCPyV infections...
December 7, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924973/selection-of-aptamers-based-on-a-protein-microarray-integrated-with-a-microfluidic-chip
#3
Xiaohui Liu, Hui Li, Wenchao Jia, Zhu Chen, Danke Xu
We developed an efficient and fast method based on a protein microarray integrated with a microfluidic chip for the process of SELEX (systematic evolution of ligands by exponential enrichment). Lactoferrin from bovine milk was used as a target protein, while bovine serum albumin (BSA), α-lactalbumin, β-lactoglobulin and casein were used as negative proteins. They were separately dotted and immobilized to prepare the protein microarray and the resulting microarray was further integrated into a microfluidic chip for the SELEX (PMM-SELEX) process...
December 7, 2016: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924780/activity-of-ergoferon-against-lethal-influenza-a-h3n2-virus-infection-in-mice
#4
Maria A Skarnovich, Alexandra G Emelyanova, Nataliia V Petrova, Alena A Borshcheva, Evgeniy A Gorbunov, Oleg Yu Mazurkov, Maksim O Skarnovich, Sergey A Tarasov, Larisa N Shishkina, Oleg I Epstein
BACKGROUND: The Influenza A virus accounts for serious annual viral upper respiratory tract infections. It is constantly able to modify its antigenic structure, thus evading host defence mechanisms. Moreover, currently available anti-influenza agents have a rather limited application, emphasising the further need for new effective treatments. One of them is Ergoferon, a drug, containing combined polyclonal antibodies - anti-interferon gamma, anti-CD4 receptor, and anti-histamine - in released-active form...
December 7, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924627/expression-of-a-drosophila-glutathione-transferase-in-arabidopsis-confers-the-ability-to-detoxify-the-environmental-pollutant-and-explosive-2-4-6-trinitrotoluene
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Kyriakos Tzafestas, Maria M Razalan, Ivan Gyulev, Aslam M A Mazari, Bengt Mannervik, Elizabeth L Rylott, Neil C Bruce
The explosive 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (TNT) is a significant, global environmental pollutant that is both toxic and recalcitrant to degradation. Given the sheer scale and inaccessible nature of contaminated areas, phytoremediation may be a viable clean-up approach. Here, we have characterized a Drosophila melanogaster glutathione transferase (DmGSTE6) which has activity towards TNT. Recombinantly expressed, purified DmGSTE6 produces predominantly 2-glutathionyl-4,6-dinitrotoluene, and has a 2.5-fold higher Maximal Velocity (Vmax ), and five-fold lower Michaelis Constant (Km ) than previously characterized TNT-active Arabidopsis thaliana (Arabidopsis) GSTs...
December 6, 2016: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924277/model-simulation-of-the-spoc-wave-in-a-bundle-of-striated-myofibrils
#6
Koutaro Nakagome, Katsuhiko Sato, Seine A Shintani, Shin'ichi Ishiwata
SPOC (spontaneous oscillatory contraction) is a phenomenon observed in striated muscle under intermediate activation conditions. Recently, we constructed a theoretical model of SPOC for a sarcomere, a unit sarcomere model, which explains the behavior of SPOC at each sarcomere level. We also constructed a single myofibril model, which visco-elastically connects the unit model in series, and explains the behaviors of SPOC at the myofibril level. In the present study, to understand the SPOC properties in a bundle of myofibrils, we extended the single myofibril model to a two-dimensional (2D) model and a three-dimensional (3D) model, in which myofibrils were elastically connected side-by-side through cross-linkers between the Z-lines and M-lines...
2016: Biophysics and Physicobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923742/neuronal-adaptation-in-the-somatosensory-system-of-rodents
#7
REVIEW
I Lampl, Y Katz
The sensory systems in animals constantly monitor the environment and process salient and relevant features while subtracting background activity. This process requires continuous recalibration of neuronal gain based on recent history. Adaptation has been postulated to be the key mechanism by which neurons rapidly tune their response curves to represent the entire dynamic range of external inputs. Rodents heavily rely on their vibrissa system while gathering information about their surroundings using whisking...
December 3, 2016: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923481/regulation-of-step-frequency-in-transtibial-amputee-endurance-athletes-using-a-running-specific-prosthesis
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Laura M Oudenhoven, Judith M Boes, Laura Hak, Gert S Faber, Han Houdijk
Running specific prostheses (RSP) are designed to replicate the spring-like behaviour of the human leg during running, by incorporating a real physical spring in the prosthesis. Leg stiffness is an important parameter in running as it is strongly related to step frequency and running economy. To be able to select a prosthesis that contributes to the required leg stiffness of the athlete, it needs to be known to what extent the behaviour of the prosthetic leg during running is dominated by the stiffness of the prosthesis or whether it can be regulated by adaptations of the residual joints...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923408/pharmacokinetic-and-pharmacodynamic-characterization-of-a-novel-formulation-containing-co-formulated-interferons-alpha-2b-and-gamma-in-healthy-male-volunteers
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Idrian García-García, Ignacio Hernández-González, Alina Díaz-Machado, Carlos A González-Delgado, Sonia Pérez-Rodríguez, Yanelda García-Vega, Rosario Campos-Mojena, Ángela D Tuero-Iglesias, Carmen M Valenzuela-Silva, Alieski Cruz-Ramírez, Alis Martín-Trujillo, Héctor Santana-Milián, Pedro A López-Saura, Iraldo Bello-Rivero
BACKGROUND: More potent antitumor activity is desired in Interferon (IFN)-treated cancer patients. This could be achieved by combining IFN alpha and IFN gamma. The aim of this work was to characterize the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of a novel formulation containing a co-formulated combination of IFNs alpha-2b and gamma (CIGB-128-A). METHODS: A group of nine healthy male subjects received intramuscularly 24.5 × 10(6) IU of CIGB-128-A. IFN concentrations were evaluated for 48 h...
December 7, 2016: BMC Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922206/towards-understanding-the-solvent-dynamic-control-of-the-transport-and-heterogeneous-electron-transfer-processes-in-ionic-liquids
#10
Mohsin Ahmad Bhat, Pravin P Ingole, Hyacinthe Randriamahazaka
Impact of temperature induced solvent dynamic changes on the diffusion coefficient and standard rate constant (k0) for heterogeneous electron transfer (ET) of ethylferrocene (EFc) in 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([BMIM][PF6]), was investigated. The results were analyzed to understand the impact of the solvent dynamic control, solute-solvent interactions, and solvent friction on the transport of redox probes and k0. Concentration dependency of diffusion coefficient for EFc in [BMIM][PF6] was observed...
December 6, 2016: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921130/-does-the-certification-according-to-endocert-lead-to-a%C3%A2-better-quality-of-treatment
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P Weber, A C Paulus, D Hallmen, A Steinbrück, F Schmidutz, V Jansson
BACKGROUND: Certification according to EndoCert in the field of arthroplasty in Germany aims at standardization of treatment and with this optimization of its quality. However, huge capital investment and efforts are necessary. There are currently more than 400 certified centres in Germany. Our Department of Orthopaedics at a German medical school was certified in the pilot phase. The aim of this study was to analyse whether there was a difference in the quality in the year after the certification...
December 5, 2016: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921094/fetal-cerebellar-vermis-circumference-measured-by-2-dimensional-ultrasound-scan-reference-range-feasibility-and-reproducibility
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M Spinelli, C Sica, L D Meglio, D Bolla, L Raio, D Surbek
Purpose: To provide 2-dimensional ultrasonographic (2D-US) normograms of cerebellar vermis biometry, as well as to evaluate the feasibility and the reproducibility of these measurements in clinical practice. Materials and Methods: A prospective cross-sectional study of 328 normal singleton pregnancies between 18 and 33 weeks of gestation. Measurements of the fetal cerebellar vermis circumference (VC) in the mid-sagittal plane were performed by both a senior and a junior operator using 2D-US. VC as a function of gestational age (GA) was expressed by regression equations...
November 2016: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919940/vitamin-d-and-myofibroblasts-in-fibrosis-and-cancer-at-cross-purposes-with-tgf-%C3%AE-smad-signaling
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REVIEW
Shraga Shany, Ina Sigal-Batikoff, Sergio Lamprecht
The multifaceted involvement of the active vitamin D metabolite 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (henceforth referred to by the synonyms 1,25(OH)2D3, calcitriol or vitamin D) in blunting the growth of cancer cells is amply recognized. In this review we focused our attention on the cross-talk between 1,25 (OH)2D3 and the tumor microenvironment (TME), signaling out stromal cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs), the most abundant TME population, as a target for calcitriol anticancer action. In view of the commonality of the phenotypic signature in myofibroblasts, resident in the cancer stroma and in non-neoplastic fibrotic loci, we examined modes of action of vitamin D in non-neoplastic chronic diseases and in cancer to assess mechanistic similarities and divergences...
December 2016: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918627/exploring-dynamic-surface-processes-during-silicate-mineral-wollastonite-dissolution-with-liquid-cell-tem
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D N Leonard, R Hellmann
Most liquid cell transmission electron microscopy (LC TEM) studies focus on nanoparticles or nanowires, in large part because the preparation and study of materials in this size range is straightforward. By contrast, this is not true for samples in the micrometre size range, in large part because of the difficulties associated with sample preparation starting from a 'bulk' material. There are also many advantages inherent to the study of micrometre-sized samples compared to their nanometre-sized counterparts...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918617/thermodynamic-insights-on-a-bistable-acid-base-switchable-molecular-shuttle-with-strongly-shifted-co-conformational-equilibria
#15
Giulio Ragazzon, Alberto Credi, Benoit Colasson
Bistable [2]rotaxanes in which the affinities of the two stations can be reversed form the basis of molecular shuttles. Gaining quantitative information on such rotaxanes in which the ring distribution between the two stations is largely nonsymmetric has proven to be very challenging. Here we report on two independent experimental methodologies - based on luminescence lifetime measurement and acid-base titrations - to determine the relative populations of the two co-conformations of a [2]rotaxane. The assays yield convergent results and are sensitive enough to measure an equilibrium constant (K ~ 4000) out of reach for NMR spectroscopy...
December 5, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918567/topologically-protected-bound-states-in-photonic-parity-time-symmetric-crystals
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S Weimann, M Kremer, Y Plotnik, Y Lumer, S Nolte, K G Makris, M Segev, M C Rechtsman, A Szameit
Parity-time (PT)-symmetric crystals are a class of non-Hermitian systems that allow, for example, the existence of modes with real propagation constants, for self-orthogonality of propagating modes, and for uni-directional invisibility at defects. Photonic PT-symmetric systems that also support topological states could be useful for shaping and routing light waves. However, it is currently debated whether topological interface states can exist at all in PT-symmetric systems. Here, we show theoretically and demonstrate experimentally the existence of such states: states that are localized at the interface between two topologically distinct PT-symmetric photonic lattices...
December 5, 2016: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917540/interaction-of-procarbazine-with-calf-thymus-dna-a-biophysical-and-molecular-docking-study
#17
Razique Anwer, Nazia Ahmad, Khalid I Al Qumaizi, Osama A Al Khamees, Waleed Mohammed Al Shaqha, Tasneem Fatma
Interaction of procarbazine (PCZ) with calf thymus DNA was studied using biophysical and molecular docking studies. Procarbazine was to interact with DNA with a binding constant of 6.52 × 10(3)  M(-1) as calculated using ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. To find out the binding mode, molecular docking was performed that predicted PCZ to interact with DNA through groove binding mode with binding affinity of -6.7 kcal/mole. To confirm the groove binding nature, different experiments were performed. Dye displacement assays confirmed the non-intercalative binding mode...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917308/history-of-botulinum-toxin-treatment-in-movement-disorders
#18
REVIEW
Bahman Jabbari
BACKGROUND: The frontiers of clinical medicine constantly expand as a result of the innovative efforts of visionary researchers and keen observations of seasoned clinicians. In medicine, rarely has a therapeutic agent been found efficacious in the management of so many symptoms and in such a relatively short time as botulinum toxin. One of the most notable contributions of botulinum toxin therapy in clinical medicine is in the field of movement disorders. METHODS: The English literature was searched using the Yale search engine including but not limited to PubMed and Ovid...
2016: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916966/alpha-and-beta-cyclodextrin-inclusion-complexes-with-5-fluorouracil-characterization-and-cytotoxic-activity-evaluation
#19
Cristina Di Donato, Margherita Lavorgna, Roberto Fattorusso, Carla Isernia, Marina Isidori, Gaetano Malgieri, Concetta Piscitelli, Chiara Russo, Luigi Russo, Rosa Iacovino
Cyclodextrins are natural macrocyclic oligosaccharides able to form inclusion complexes with a wide variety of guests, affecting their physicochemical and pharmaceutical properties. In order to obtain an improvement of the bioavailability and solubility of 5-fluorouracil, a pyrimidine analogue used as chemotherapeutic agent in the treatment of the colon, liver, and stomac cancers, the drug was complexed with alpha- and beta-cyclodextrin. The inclusion complexes were prepared in the solid state by kneading method and characterized by Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffractometry...
December 1, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916403/stability-of-synthetic-cathinones-in-oral-fluid-samples
#20
Briana Miller, Jiyoung Kim, Marta Concheiro
Synthetic cathinones are new stimulant drugs derived from cathinone that have been sold as "legal highs" worldwide. These compounds can elicit powerful effects such as delusions, hallucinations as well as other potentially dangerous behavior. New analogs with varying effects and potencies are constantly introduced in the market to evade legislation, and they are not detected by routine screening and confirmation methods. Oral fluid is an alternative matrix of increasing interest in forensic toxicology. Its collection is non-invasive and easily supervised, and positive drug findings typically reflect recent drug exposure...
December 1, 2016: Forensic Science International
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