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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340447/fronto-limbic-disconnection-in-depressed-patients-with-suicidal-ideation-a-resting-state-functional-connectivity-study
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Lian Du, Jinkun Zeng, Huan Liu, Dejian Tang, Huaqing Meng, Yongmei Li, Yixiao Fu
BACKGROUND: Suicidal ideation (SI) is highly prevalent and a known symptom of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), but its underlying biological mechanisms are relatively unknown. Several studies linked suicidal ideation to dysfunctional brain circuits, specifically fronto-limbic connections. The purpose of this work was to investigate fronto-limbic disconnection in MDD patients with or without SI. METHODS: MDD patients with SI (SI, n=28) or without SI (NSI, n=20), identified by the Scale for Suicide Ideation and healthy controls (HCs, n=30) underwent resting-state functional MRI scanning...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340368/synthesis-molecular-docking-antimycobacterial-and-antimicrobial-evaluation-of-new-pyrrolo-3-2-c-pyridine-mannich-bases
#2
Gilish Jose, Tholappanavara H Suresha Kumara, Haliwana B V Sowmya, Dharmarajan Sriram, Tayur N Guru Row, Amar A Hosamani, Sunil S More, Bhavya Janardhan, B G Harish, Sandeep Telkar, Yalegara Siddappa Ravikumar
In this report, we describe the synthesis and biological evaluation of a new series of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine Mannich bases (7a-v). The Mannich bases were obtained in good yields by one-pot three component condensation of pyrrolo[3,2-c]pyridine scaffold (6a-c) with secondary amines and excess of formaldehyde solution in AcOH. The chemical structures of the compounds were characterized by (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR, LC/MS and elemental analysis. Single crystal X-ray diffraction has been recorded for compound 7k ([C23H29ClN4](+2), H2O)...
March 16, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339833/vdac1-is-a-molecular-target-in-glioblastoma-with-its-depletion-leading-to-reprogrammed-metabolism-and-reversed-oncogenic-properties
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Tasleem Arif, Yakov Kerlin, Itay Nakdimon, Daniel Benharroch, Avijit Paul, Daniela Dadon-Klein, Varda Shoshan-Barmatz
Background.: Glioblastoma (GBM), an aggressive brain tumor with frequent relapses and a high mortality, still awaits an effective treatment. Like many cancers, GBM cells acquire oncogenic properties, including metabolic reprogramming, vital for growth. As such, tumor metabolism is an emerging avenue for cancer therapy. One relevant target is the voltage-dependent anion channel 1 (VDAC1), a mitochondrial protein controlling cell energy and metabolic homeostasis. Methods...
February 28, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339792/interference-of-age-and-supplementation-of-direct-fed-microbial-and-essential-oil-in-the-activity-of-digestive-enzymes-and-expression-of-genes-related-to-transport-and-digestion-of-carbohydrates-and-proteins-in-the-small-intestine-of-broilers
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M F Fernandez-Alarcon, N Trottier, J P Steibel, R Lunedo, D M B Campos, A M Santana, J M Pizauro, R L Furlan, L R Furlan
The objectives of this study were to describe alterations that age and dietary inclusion of direct-fed microbial (DFM) Bacillus subtilis (BS) and a specific essential oil (EO) blend (carvacrol, cinnamaldehyde, cineol, and pepper extract) causes in the activity of digestive enzymes (maltase: MALT; aminopeptidase-N: APN; intestinal alkaline phosphate: IAP) and expression patterns of genes related to transport (oligopeptide transporter gene: SLC15A1; Na+-dependent glucose and galactose transporter gene: SLC5A1; Na+-independent glucose, galactose, and fructose transporter gene: SLC2A2; ATPase, Na+/K+ transporting gene: ATP1A1) and digestion (aminopeptidase-N gene: ANPEP; maltase-glucoamylase gene: MGAM; Sucrase-isomaltase gene: SI) of carbohydrates and proteins in the small intestine of broilers...
February 23, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339489/human-subtilisin-kexin-isozyme-1-ski-1-site-1-protease-s1p-regulates-cytoplasmic-lipid-droplet-abundance-a-potential-target-for-indirect-acting-anti-dengue-virus-agents
#5
Anastasia Hyrina, Fanrui Meng, Steven J McArthur, Sharlene Eivemark, Ivan R Nabi, François Jean
Viral hijacking and manipulation of host-cell biosynthetic pathways by human enveloped viruses are shared molecular events essential for the viral lifecycle. For Flaviviridae members such as hepatitis C virus and dengue virus (DENV), one of the key subsets of cellular pathways that undergo manipulation is the lipid metabolic pathways, underlining the importance of cellular lipids and, in particular, lipid droplets (LDs) in viral infection. Here, we hypothesize that targeting cellular enzymes that act as key regulators of lipid homeostasis and LD formation could represent a powerful approach to developing a novel class of broad-spectrum antivirals against infection associated with all DENV serotypes (1-4) circulating around the world...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339072/hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-increases-microrna%C3%A2-21-expression-and-accelerates-the-development-of-hepatoma-via-the-phosphatase-and-tensin-homolog-phosphoinositide-3%C3%A2-kinase-protein-kinase-b-signaling-pathway
#6
Zhouhua Hou, Jun Quan
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) X protein (HBx) is a key regulatory protein that is involved in HBV infection, replication and carcinogenesis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). The aim of the present study was to investigate the role of HBx in the progression and metastasis of liver cancer cells and to determine the underlying molecular mechanism of HBx in metastatic liver cancer cells. HBx protein expression was detected by western blot analysis, and microRNA (miR)‑21 levels were determined by reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction in the highly metastatic MHCC‑97H low metastatic MHCC‑97L and SMMC‑7721 liver cancer cell lines...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339052/ahr%C3%A2-e2f1%C3%A2-kgfr-signaling-is-involved-in-kgf%C3%A2-induced-intestinal-epithelial-cell-proliferation
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Kunqiu Yang, Jiuheng Yin, Baifa Sheng, Qimeng Wang, Bin Han, Aimin Pu, Min Yu, Lihua Sun, Weidong Xiao, Hua Yang
Keratinocyte growth factor (KGF) stimulates intestinal epithelial cell proliferation upon binding to the KGF receptor (KGFR). The activated aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) serves an important role in the development of tissues by promoting the expression of AhR receptors, which can regulate cell proliferation. In the present study, the signaling pathway between AhR and KGFR in investigated with regards to KGF‑induced intestinal epithelial cell proliferation. Male C57BL/6J wild type and AhR‑/‑ mice, were randomized into four groups: Control, KGF, AhR‑/‑ + KGF and AhR‑/‑ (n=6 per group)...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338313/ultimate-control-of-rate-dependent-adhesion-for-reversible-transfer-process-via-thin-elastomeric-layer
#8
Chan Kim, Min-Ah Yoon, Bongkyun Jang, Jae-Hyun Kim, Hak-Joo Lee, Kwang-Seop Kim
Adhesion between a stamp with an elastomeric layer and various devices or substrates is crucial to successfully fabricate flexible electronics using a transfer process. Although various transfer processes using stamps with different adhesion strengths have been suggested, the controllable range of adhesion is still limited to a narrow range. To precisely transfer devices onto selected substrates, however, the difference in adhesion between the picking and placing processes should be large enough to achieve a high yield...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338190/the-role-of-mir-146a-in-modulating-traf6-induced-inflammation-during-lupus-nephritis
#9
C-Z Zheng, Y-B Shu, Y-L Luo, J Luo
OBJECTIVE: Lupus nephritis (LN) is a major complication of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). A previous study showed decreased expression level of microRNA (miR)-146a in LN patients, indicating its possible role in LN pathogenesis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 98 LN patients were recruited, for the collection of renal tissue samples during biopsy or surgery. Another cohort of 15 patients who had renal tumor resection was recruited as the control group, for the further comparison of expression levels of miR-146a, TRAF6 and p-p65 in tissues...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338131/structural-formation-and-charge-storage-mechanisms-for-intercalated-two-dimensional-carbides-mxenes
#10
Jing Wen, Xitian Zhang, Hong Gao
Although many studies have been focused on the characterization of MXenes, surface structures and formation mechanisms in terms of their experimental processes still remain controversial. Herein, we systematically investigated the structures formed from MX intercalated with different atoms from group IA to VIIA (A = H, Li, Na, K, Mg, Al, Si, P, O, S, F, and Cl) at different sites. An effective procedure based on first-principles calculations was developed to reveal the formation mechanisms of MAX, MXA2, MXTx, and MXTxAx' structures...
March 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338015/simultaneously-measuring-multiple-protein-interactions-and-their-correlations-in-a-cell-by-protein-interactome-footprinting
#11
Si-Wei Luo, Zhi Liang, Jia-Rui Wu
Quantitatively detecting correlations of multiple protein-protein interactions (PPIs) in vivo is a big challenge. Here we introduce a novel method, termed Protein-interactome Footprinting (PiF), to simultaneously measure multiple PPIs in one cell. The principle of PiF is that each target physical PPI in the interactome is simultaneously transcoded into a specific DNA sequence based on dimerization of the target proteins fused with DNA-binding domains. The interaction intensity of each target protein is quantified as the copy number of the specific DNA sequences bound by each fusion protein dimers...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337972/silicon-hollow-sphere-anode-with-enhanced-cycling-stability-by-a-template-free-method
#12
Song Chen, Zhuo Chen, Yunjun Luo, Min Xia, Chuanbao Cao
Silicon is a promising alternative anode material since it has a ten times higher theoretical specific capacity than that of a traditional graphite anode. However, the poor cycling stability due to the huge volume change of Si during charge/discharge processes has seriously hampered its widespread application. To address this challenge, we design a silicon hollow sphere nanostructure by selective etching and a subsequent magnesiothermic reduction. The Si hollow spheres exhibit enhanced electrochemical properties compared to the commercial Si nanoparticles...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337959/microrna-940-targets-inpp4a-or-gsk3%C3%AE-and-activates-the-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-pathway-to-regulate-the-malignant-behavior-of-bladder-cancer-cells
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Rong Wang, Yunfeng Wu, Weihua Huang, Weijun Chen
We aimed to explore the roles and regulatory mechanism of microRNA-940 (miR-940) in bladder cancer development. The expressions of miR-940 in bladder cancer tissues and cells were measured. Then miR-940 mimics, miR-940 inhibitor mall interference RNA against INPP4A (si-INPP4A) and GSK3β (si-GSK3β) and their corresponding controls were transfected into cells. We then investigated that the effects of miR-940, INPP4A or GSK3β on cell proliferation, migration, invasion and apoptosis. Additionally, target prediction and luciferase reporter assay were performed to investigate the targets of miR-940...
March 23, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337916/ag-incorporated-organic-inorganic-perovskite-films-and-planar-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Qi Chen, Lei Chen, Fengye Ye, Ting Zhao, Feng Tang, Adharsh Rajagopal, Zheng Jiang, Shenlong Jiang, Alex K-Y Jen, Yi Xie, Jinhua Cai, Liwei Chen
Controlled doping for adjustable material polarity and charge carrier concentration is the basis of semiconductor materials and devices, and it is much more difficult to achieve in ionic semiconductors (e.g. ZnO and GaN) than in covalent semiconductors (e.g. Si and Ge), due to the high intrinsic defect density in ionic semiconductors. The organic-inorganic perovskite material, which is frenetically being researched for applications in solar cells and beyond, is also an ionic semiconductor. Here we present the Ag-incorporated organic-inorganic perovskite films and planar heterojunction solar cells...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337620/date-palm-waste-derived-biochar-composites-with-silica-and-zeolite-synthesis-characterization-and-implication-for-carbon-stability-and-recalcitrant-potential
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Munir Ahmad, Mahtab Ahmad, Adel R A Usman, Abdullah S Al-Faraj, Adel Abduljabbar, Yong Sik Ok, Mohammad I Al-Wabel
Engineered organo-mineral composites were synthesized from date palm waste biochar and silica or zeolite via mechanochemical treatments. Date palm tree rachis (leaves) waste biomass was pre-treated with silica or zeolite minerals via ball milling and sonication prior to pyrolysis at 600 °C. The resultant organo-mineral composites and pristine materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric-differential thermal (TG-DTA), Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscope analyses and surface area and porosity analyzer to investigate the variations in physiochemical and structural characteristics...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Geochemistry and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337307/effects-of-microrna-29a-on-retinopathy-of-prematurity-by-targeting-agt-in-a-mouse-model
#16
Xin-Ke Chen, Li-Juan Ouyang, Zheng-Qin Yin, Yuan-You Xia, Xiu-Rong Chen, Hui Shi, Yan Xiong, Lian-Hong Pi
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore the effects of microRNA-29a (miR-29a) on retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) by targeting angiotensinogen (AGT) expression in a mouse model. METHODS: Ninety-six C57BL/6J mice were selected and divided into the normal control group (n = 12) and the oxygen-induced retinopathy (OIR) group (n = 84). All the mice in the OIR group were assigned to the following seven groups (12 mice in each group): the blank, miR-29a mimics, miR-29a inhibitors, empty plasmid, miR-29a mimics + si-AGT, miR-29a inhibitors + si-AGT and si-AGT groups...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337303/the-involvement-and-possible-mechanism-of-nr4a1-in-chondrocyte-apoptosis-during-osteoarthritis
#17
Xinge Shi, Hui Ye, Xuedong Yao, Yanzheng Gao
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease caused by the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone, and places great burdens to daily life of patients. Nuclear orphan receptor nuclear receptor subfamily 4, group A, member 1 (NR4A1) is vital for cell apoptosis, but little is known about its role in OA. This study aims to reveal the expression and function of NR4A1 during OA chondrocyte apoptosis. NR4A1 expression by qRT-PCR and western blot, and chondrocyte apoptosis by TUNEL assay were detected in normal and OA joint cartilage...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337279/agr2-promotes-the-proliferation-migration-and-regulates-epithelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-salivary-adenoid-cystic-carcinoma
#18
Si-Rui Ma, Liang Mao, Wei-Wei Deng, Yi-Cun Li, Lin-Lin Bu, Guang-Tao Yu, Wen-Feng Zhang, Zhi-Jun Sun
Salivary adenoid cystic carcinoma (AdCC) is a common head and neck cancer with the propensity for local spread and distant metastasis. In our previous study, elevated expression of Anterior gradient 2 (AGR2) was detected in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC), associated with epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and cancer stemness. However, to date, the expression and function of AGR2 in AdCC has yet to be elucidated. In the present study, human AdCC tissue microarrays including 18 cases of normal salivary gland (NSG), 12 cases of pleomorphic adenoma (PMA) and 72 cases of AdCC were employed for immunohistochemical staining analysis...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337143/anti-adipogenic-effects-and-mechanisms-of-ginsenoside-rg3-in-pre-adipocytes-and-obese-mice
#19
Longyun Zhang, Lijuan Zhang, Xiaoyong Wang, Hongwei Si
Red or black ginseng has been reported more powerful than white/fresh ginseng in dealing with various diseases/conditions including obesity. The major reason is that heating/steaming, the process of making red or black ginseng, produces large amount of bioactive compounds including ginsenoside Rg3 (Rg3), which are trace in fresh or white ginseng. In the present study, Rg3 was applied both in pre-adipocytes and obese mice to investigate the anti-adipogenic effects and relevant mechanisms. Our results show that Rg3 dose-dependently inhibited cell differentiation both in 3T3-L1 cells (30, 50, and 100 μM) and human primary pre-adipocytes (10, 20, and 30 μM)...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336851/nano-photonic-structures-for-light-trapping-in-ultra-thin-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells
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Prathap Pathi, Akshit Peer, Rana Biswas
Thick wafer-silicon is the dominant solar cell technology. It is of great interest to develop ultra-thin solar cells that can reduce materials usage, but still achieve acceptable performance and high solar absorption. Accordingly, we developed a highly absorbing ultra-thin crystalline Si based solar cell architecture using periodically patterned front and rear dielectric nanocone arrays which provide enhanced light trapping. The rear nanocones are embedded in a silver back reflector. In contrast to previous approaches, we utilize dielectric photonic crystals with a completely flat silicon absorber layer, providing expected high electronic quality and low carrier recombination...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
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