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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214897/mir-125b-regulates-the-osteogenic-differentiation-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-targeting-bmpr1b
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Huaqing Wang, Zhao Xie, Tianyong Hou, Zhiqiang Li, Ke Huang, Jicheng Gong, Wei Zhou, Kanglai Tang, Jianzhong Xu, Shiwu Dong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) plays a crucial role in bone regeneration and bone reparation. This complex process is regulated precisely and firmly by specific factors. Recent studies have demonstrated that miR-125b regulates osteogenic differentiation, but little is known about the molecular mechanisms of this regulation. Furthermore, how miR-125b regulates the osteogenic differentiation of MSCs still needs elucidation. METHODS: In the present study, human bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hBMSCs) were isolated and induced to osteoblasts with miR-125b inhibition or overexpression...
January 31, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214350/upregulation-of-microrna-15a-contributes-to-pathogenesis-of-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-by-modulating-the-expression-of-cyclin-dependent-kinase-inhibitor-2b-cdkn2b
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Peng Gao, Jiyuan Si, Bin Yang, Jixiang Yu
BACKGROUND The objective of the present study was to identify the association between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B, and their roles in regulating the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). MATERIAL AND METHODS We searched the miRNA database online (www.mirdb.org) and used a luciferase reporter assay system to study the regulatory relationship between miR-15a-5p and CDKN2B. We also conducted real-time PCR and Western blot analysis to study the mRNA and protein expression level of CDKN2B among different patient groups (participants with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and normal controls) or cells treated with scramble control, miR-15a-5p mimics, CDKN2B siRNA, and miR-15a-5p inhibitors...
February 18, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213807/in-liver-metastases-from-small-intestinal-neuroendocrine-tumors-sstr2a-expression-is-heterogeneous
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Mongkon Charoenpitakchai, Eric Liu, Zhiguo Zhao, Tatsuki Koyama, Won Jae Huh, Jordan Berlin, Kenneth Hande, Ronald Walker, Chanjuan Shi
We examined somatostatin receptor type 2A (SSTR2A) expression in primary and metastatic small intestinal neuroendocrine tumors (SI-NETs). We retrieved 156 liver metastases from 26 patients (10 males, 16 females) who had two or more liver lesions resected. A representative formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded section of tumor tissue from each liver metastasis and from the primary tumor, when available, were immunohistochemically stained for SSTR2A. SSTR2A expression was evaluated by the Her2/neu-scoring system and the scoring system proposed by Volante et al...
February 17, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213286/investigation-of-silicon-carbon-nitride-nanocomposite-films-as-a-wear-resistant-layer-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-for-joint-replacement-applications
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Y Liang, D G Liu, W Q Bai, J P Tu
Silicon-contained CNx nanocomposite films were prepared using the ion beam assisted magnetron sputtering under different nitrogen gas pressure. With increase of the nitrogen pressure, silicon and nitrogen content of the CNx films drastically increase, and is saturated as the PN2 reach about 40%. Surface roughness and the contact angle are increase, while the friction coefficient decreased. The CNx film with 5.7at.% Si content possess the lowest friction coefficient of only 0.07, and exhibited the best tribological properties...
February 10, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212911/the-effect-of-instructional-supervision-by-an-operating-room-assistant-on-first-case-starts
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Xiaohua Pan, Jun Zhang, Chen Dai, Yibing Si
BACKGROUND: Delays in starting first cases of the day are a common topic associated with high economic costs. PURPOSE: This study aimed to determine if an operating room (OR) assistant using an instructional supervision program could reduce the tardiness of first-case starts. DESIGN: A prospective study was conducted. Data from four ORs were used to compare the effectiveness of an instructional intervention to reduce delays in starting first cases of the day...
February 2017: Journal of Perianesthesia Nursing: Official Journal of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212856/probis-tools-algorithm-database-and-web-servers-for-predicting-and-modeling-of-biologically-interesting-proteins
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Janez Konc, Dušanka Janežič
ProBiS (Protein Binding Sites) Tools consist of algorithm, database, and web servers for prediction of binding sites and protein ligands based on the detection of structurally similar binding sites in the Protein Data Bank. In this article, we review the operations that ProBiS Tools perform, provide comments on the evolution of the tools, and give some implementation details. We review some of its applications to biologically interesting proteins. ProBiS Tools are freely available at http://probis.cmm.ki.si and http://probis...
February 14, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212620/clinical-manifestations-of-severe-enterovirus-71-infection-and-early-assessment-in-a-southern-china-population
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Si-da Yang, Pei-Qing Li, Yi-Min Li, Wei Li, Wen-Ying Lai, Cui-Ping Zhu, Jian-Ping Tao, Li Deng, Hong-Sheng Liu, Wen-Cheng Ma, Jia-Ming Lu, Yan Hong, Yu-Ting Liang, Jun Shen, Dan-Dan Hu, Yuan-Yuan Gao, Yi Zhou, Min-Xiong Situ, Yan-Ling Chen
BACKGROUND: Enterovirus 71 (EV-A71) shows a potential of rapid death, but the natural history of the infection is poorly known. This study aimed to examine the natural history of EV-A71 infection. METHODS: This was a prospective longitudinal observational study performed between January 1(st) and October 31(st), 2012, at three hospitals in Guangdong, China. Subjects with positive EV-A71 RNA laboratory test results were included. Disease progression was documented with MRI, autopsies, and follow-up...
February 17, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212615/molecular-pathways-underlying-inhibitory-effect-of-antimicrobial-peptide-nal-p-113-on-bacteria-biofilms-formation-of-porphyromonas-gingivalis-w83-by-dna-microarray
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Hong-Yan Wang, Li Lin, Li-Si Tan, Hui-Yuan Yu, Jya-Wei Cheng, Ya-Ping Pan
BACKGROUND: Wound-related infection remains a major challenge for health professionals. One disadvantage in conventional antibiotics is their inability to penetrate biofilms, the main protective strategy for bacteria to evade irradiation. Previously, we have shown that synthetic antimicrobial peptides could inhibit bacterial biofilms formation. RESULTS: In this study, we first delineated how Nal-P-113, a novel antimicrobial peptide, exerted its inhibitory effects on Porphyromonas gingivalis W83 biofilms formation at a low concentration...
February 17, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212579/suicidal-ideation-among-chinese-cancer-inpatients-of-general-hospitals-prevalence-and-correlates
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Bao-Liang Zhong, Si-Heng Li, Shu-Yan Lv, Shun-Li Tian, Zhi-Dong Liu, Xu-Bin Li, Hong-Qing Zhuang, Ran Tao, Wei Zhang, Chuan-Jun Zhuo
Cancer patients are at high risk for suicide, particularly when they are informed about the cancer diagnosis or hospitalized for cancer treatment. Therefore, oncology healthcare settings such as large general hospitals in China, may represent an ideal setting to identify and treat suicidality in cancer patients. However, the clinical epidemiology of suicidality of Chinese cancer patients remains largely unknown. This study examined the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese cancer inpatients of large general hospitals...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212259/robotic-rectal-resection-with-a-single-docking-technique-thanks-to-the-rotation-of-the-r3-arm
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Benedetta Pesi, Mario Annecchiarico, Stefano Amore Bonapasta, Alessandro Nerini, Federico Perna, Lapo Bencini, Michele Di Marino, Andrea Coratti
BACKGROUND: Robotic surgery for rectal resection presents some advantages compared with the traditional technique; however, it also presents some limitations, especially due to the multiple changes of surgical fields. We describe a new technique to perform low-anterior resection using single docking with the rotation of the third arm and our perioperative results. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 31 patients who underwent low-anterior rectal robotic resection with single-docking technique using robotic daVinci SI (Surgical Intuitive System) were included in the study...
February 16, 2017: Surgical Laparoscopy, Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212030/revisiting-silicalite-1-nucleation-in-clear-solution-by-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy
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Gert Brabants, Maxim Hubin, Erwin Konrad Reichel, Bernhard Jakoby, Eric Breynaert, Francis Taulelle, Johan A Martens, Christine E A Kirschhock
EIS was used to detect and investigate nucleation in silicalite-1 clear solutions. Whereas zeolite nucleation was previously assumed to be a step event, inducing a sharp discontinuity around a Si/OH ratio of 1, complex bulk conductivity measurements at elevated temperatures reveal a gradual decay of the conductivity with increased silicon concentrations. Inverse Laplace transformation of the complex conductivity allows to observe the chemical exchange phenomena governing nano-aggregate formation. At low temperatures, the fast exchange between dissociated ions and ion pairs leads to a gradual decay of the conductivity with increasing silicon content...
February 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212004/fluorescence-regulation-of-poly-thymine-templated-copper-nanoparticles-via-an-enzyme-triggered-reaction-towards-sensitive-and-selective-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase
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Junyao Li, Ling Si, Jianchun Bao, Zhaoyin Wang, Zhihui Dai
The activity of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is a crucial index of blood routine examinations, since the concentration of ALP is highly associated with various human diseases. To address the demands of clinical tests, efforts should be made to develop more approaches that can sense ALP in real samples. Recently, we find that fluorescence of poly(30T)-templated copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) can be directly and effectively quenched by pyrophosphate ion (PPi), provid-ing new perspective in designing sensitive biosensors based on DNA-templated CuNPs...
February 17, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211997/highly-conformal-ni-micromesh-as-a-current-collecting-front-electrode-for-reduced-cost-si-solar-cell
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Nikita Gupta, K D Mallikharjuna Rao, Ritu Gupta, Frederik C Krebs, Giridhar U Kulkarni
Despite relatively high manufacturing cost, crystalline-Si solar cell continues to hold promising future due to its high energy conversion efficiency and long life. As regards cost, one pertinent issue is the top electrode metallization of textured cell surface, which typically involves screen printing of silver paste. The associated disadvantages call for alternative methods that can lower the cost without compromising the solar cell efficiency. In the present work, a highly interconnected one dimensional (1D) metal wire network has been employed as front electrode on conventional Si wafers...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211995/far-uv-annealed-inkjet-printed-in2o3-semiconductor-layers-for-tfts-on-flexible-pen-substrate
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Jaakko Henrik Leppäniemi, Kim Eiroma, Himadri Majumdar, Ari Alastalo
The inkjet-printing process of precursor solutions containing In-nitrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol is optimized using ethylene glycol as a co-solvent that allows the stabilization of the droplet formation, leading to a robust, repeatable printing process. The inkjet-printed precursor films are then converted to In2O3 semiconductors at flexible-substrate-compatible low-temperatures (150 - 200 °C) using combined far ultraviolet (FUV) exposure at ~160 nm and thermal treatment. The compositional nature of the precursor-to-metal oxide conversion is studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy that indicate that amorphous, high density (up to 5...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211934/a-computational-assessment-of-the-electronic-thermoelectric-and-defect-properties-of-bournonite-cupbsbs3-and-related-substitutions
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Alireza Faghaninia, Guodong Yu, Umut Aydemir, Max Wood, Wei Chen, Gian-Marco Rignanese, G Jeffrey Snyder, Geoffroy Hautier, Anubhav Jain
Bournonite (CuPbSbS3) is an earth-abundant mineral with potential thermoelectric applications. This material has a complex crystal structure (space group Pmn21 #31) and has previously been measured to exhibit a very low thermal conductivity (κ < 1 W m(-1) K(-1) at T ≥ 300 K). In this study, we employ high-throughput density functional theory calculations to investigate how the properties of the bournonite crystal structure change with elemental substitutions. Specifically, we compute the stability and electronic properties of 320 structures generated via substitutions {Na-K-Cu-Ag}{Si-Ge-Sn-Pb}{N-P-As-Sb-Bi}{O-S-Se-Te} in the ABCD3 formula...
February 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211533/integration-of-microrna-and-mrna-expression-profiles-in-the-skin-of-systemic-sclerosis-patients
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Bin Zhou, Xiao Xia Zuo, Yi Sha Li, Si Ming Gao, Xiao Dan Dai, Hong Lin Zhu, Hui Luo
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) play important roles in the fibrosis of systemic sclerosis (SSc). However, the underlying miRNA-mRNA regulatory network is not fully understood. A systemic investigation of the role of miRNAs would be very valuable for increasing our knowledge of the pathogenesis of SSc. Here, we combined miRNA and mRNA expression profiles and bioinformatics analyses and then performed validation experiments. we identified 21 miRNAs and 2698 mRNAs that were differentially expressed in SSc. Among these, 17 miRNAs and their 33 target mRNAs (55 miRNA-mRNA pairs) were involved in Toll-like receptor, transforming growth factor β and Wnt signalling pathways...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211528/a-new-model-for-in-situ-nitrogen-incorporation-into-4h-sic-during-epitaxy
#17
Gabriel Ferro, Didier Chaussende
Nitrogen doping of 4H-SiC during vapor phase epitaxy is still lacking of a general model explaining the apparently contradictory trends obtained by different teams. In this paper, the evolutions of nitrogen incorporation (on both polar Si and C faces) as a function of the main growth parameters (C/Si ratio, temperature, pressure and growth rate) are reviewed and explained using a model based on surface exchanges between the gas phase and the uppermost 4H-SiC atomic layers. In this model, N incorporation is driven mainly by the transient formation of C vacancies, due to H2 etching, at the surface or near the surface...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211510/broadband-gradient-impedance-matching-using-an-acoustic-metamaterial-for-ultrasonic-transducers
#18
Zheng Li, Dan-Qing Yang, Shi-Lei Liu, Si-Yuan Yu, Ming-Hui Lu, Jie Zhu, Shan-Tao Zhang, Ming-Wei Zhu, Xia-Sheng Guo, Hao-Dong Wu, Xin-Long Wang, Yan-Feng Chen
High-quality broadband ultrasound transducers yield superior imaging performance in biomedical ultrasonography. However, proper design to perfectly bridge the energy between the active piezoelectric material and the target medium over the operating spectrum is still lacking. Here, we demonstrate a new anisotropic cone-structured acoustic metamaterial matching layer that acts as an inhomogeneous material with gradient acoustic impedance along the ultrasound propagation direction. When sandwiched between the piezoelectric material unit and the target medium, the acoustic metamaterial matching layer provides a broadband window to support extraordinary transmission of ultrasound over a wide frequency range...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211469/soil-wettability-can-be-explained-by-the-chemical-composition-of-particle-interfaces-an-xps-study
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Susanne K Woche, Marc-O Goebel, Robert Mikutta, Christian Schurig, Matthias Kaestner, Georg Guggenberger, Jörg Bachmann
Soil wettability (quantified in terms of contact angle, CA) is crucial for physical, chemical, and biological soil functioning. As the CA is determined by components present within the outmost nanometer of particles, this study applied X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) with a maximum analysis depth of 10 nm to test the relationship between CA and surface elemental composition, using soil samples from a chronosequence where CA increased from 0° (0 yrs) to about 98° (120 yrs). Concurrently, as seen by XPS, C and N content increased and the content of O and the mineral-derived cations (Si, Al, K, Na, Ca, Mg, Fe) decreased...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211262/superlight-and-superflexible-three-dimensional-semiconductor-frameworks-a-x%C3%A2-y-4-a-si-ge-x-y-c-b-n-with-tunable-optoelectronic-and-mechanical-properties-from-first-principles
#20
Xinrui Cao, Xiao-Fei Li, Zi-Zhong Zhu
Silicon carbide materials as the leading wide-bandgap semiconductor holds significant importance in semiconductor technologies. Here, diamond-like three-dimensional (3D) materials with low density but high elasticity properties have been designed from first-principles calculations. They are porous single-crystalline materials composed of sp3-hybridized Si (or Ge) and sp-type C≡C (or B≡N) linear moieties, while their stabilities are found to be comparable to the recently prepared SiC4 materials. Moreover, we find that such wide-bandgap semiconductors have strong absorption in a wide range of UV region and exhibit superlight, superflexible, and incompressible mechanical properties, and their optoelectronic and mechanical properties can be well tuned via structural modifications...
February 17, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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