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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644007/cyclotides-as-tools-in-chemical-biology
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Simon J de Veer, Joachim Weidmann, David J Craik
Among the various molecules that plants produce for defense against pests and pathogens, cyclotides stand out as exceptionally stable and structurally unique. These ribosomally synthesized peptides are around 30 amino acids in size, and are stabilized by a head-to-tail cyclic peptide backbone and three disulfide bonds that form a cystine knot. They occur in certain plants of the Rubiaceae, Violaceae, Cucurbitaceae, Fabaceae, and Solanaceae families, with an individual plant producing up to hundreds of different cyclotides...
June 23, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643934/comprehensive-insights-into-the-thermal-stability-biodegradability-and-combustion-chemistry-of-pyrrolidinium-based-ionic-liquids
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Gebrekidan Gebreselassie Eshetu, Sangsik Jeong, Pascal Pandard, Amandine Lecocq, Guy Marlair, Stefano Passerini
The use of ionic liquids (ILs) as advanced electrolytes components in electrochemical energy storage devices is one of the most appealing and emerging options. However, though ILs are hailed as safer and eco-friendly electrolytes, overcoming the limitations imposed by the highly volatile/combustible carbonate based electrolytes, the full scale and precise appraisal of their overall safety levels under abuse conditions still need to be fully addressed. With the aim of providing the entreated level of information on the thermal and chemical stabilities as well as actual fire hazards, we embarked on a detailed investigation of the short - and long - term thermal stabilities, bio-degradability and combustion behaviour of various pyrrolidinium ([Pyr1A] +)-based ILs, enlisting different alkyl chain lengths, [Pyr1A] + (A=3-10), counter-anions ([TFSI]-/[FSI]-/[BETI]-), cations (Pyr14+/Pyr12O1+) and the effect of doping with Li salts (e...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643475/tailoring-of-physicochemical-properties-of-nanocarriers-for-effective-anti-cancer-applications
#3
REVIEW
Swaroop Chakraborty, Geethanjali S Dhakshinamurthy, Superb K Misra
Nanotechnology has emerged strongly as a viable option to overcome the challenge of early diagnosis and effective drug delivery, for cancer treatment. Emerging research articles have expounded the advantages of using a specific type of nanomaterial-based system called as "nanocarriers," for anti-cancer therapy. The nanocarrier system is used as a transport unit for targeted drug delivery of the therapeutic drug moiety. In order for the nanocarriers to be effective for anticancer therapy, their physicochemical parameter needs to be tuned so that bio-functionalisation can be achieved to a) allow drugs being attached to the substrate and for their controlled release, b) ensure the stability of the nanocarrier up to the point of delivery, and c) clearance of the nanocarrier after the delivery...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643300/-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-minimally-invasive-surgery-in-colorectal-cancer-surgery
#4
Minhua Zheng, Junjun Ma
Since the emergence of minimally invasive technology twenty years ago, as a surgical concept and surgical technique for colorectal cancer surgery, its obvious advantages have been recognized. Laparoscopic technology, as one of the most important technology platform, has got a lot of evidence-based support for the oncological safety and effectiveness in colorectal cancer surgery Laparoscopic technique has advantages in terms of identification of anatomic plane and autonomic nerve, protection of pelvic structure, and fine dissection of vessels...
June 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642880/longitudinal-patterns-of-stability-and-change-in-tenacious-goal-pursuit-and-flexible-goal-adjustment-among-older-people-over-a-9-year-period
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Guillaume Martinent, Nathalie Bailly, Claude Ferrand, Kamel Gana, Caroline Giraudeau, Michèle Joulain
Using the dual-process model of assimilative-tenacity (TGP) and accommodative-flexibility (FGA), the study aims to identify trajectories of TGP and FGA over five time points within a 9-year period, explore the relationships between the trajectories of TGP and FGA, and explore if participants from distinct TGP and FGA trajectories differed in indicators of well-being and depression. Latent class growth analysis was used in a five-wave longitudinal design among an older population of 747 participants over 65 years...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641581/thyrotoxic-and-pheochromocytoma-multisystem-crisis-a-case-report
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Kodai Suzuki, Takahito Miyake, Hideshi Okada, Fuminori Yamaji, Yuichiro Kitagawa, Tetsuya Fukuta, Ryu Yasuda, Yoshihito Tanaka, Haruka Okamoto, Sho Nachi, Tomoaki Doi, Takahiro Yoshida, Keisuke Kumada, Shozo Yoshida, Hiroaki Ushikoshi, Izumi Toyoda, Shinji Ogura
BACKGROUND: Thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis are rare, life-threatening, emergency endocrine diseases with various clinical manifestations. Here we report a case of a patient who simultaneously developed thyrotoxic crisis and pheochromocytoma multisystem crisis and required intensive cardiovascular management. CASE PRESENTATION: A 60-year-old Asian man experienced nausea and vomiting, and subsequently developed dyspnea and cold sweats while farming...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641528/drug-design-synthesis-and-in-vitro-evaluation-of-substituted-benzofurans-as-hsp90-inhibitors
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Sundeep Kadasi, Thadeu E M M Costa, Neha Arukala, Mallika Toshakani, Chaitanya Duggineti, Sreekanth Thota, Sayan Dutta Gupta, Shiva Raj, Carmen Penido, Maria G Henriques, Nulgumnalli Manjunathaiah Raghavendra
BACKGROUND: Heat shock protein 90 is a molecular chaperone required for the stability and function of several client proteins that promote cancer cell growth and/or survival. Discovery of Hsp90 inhibitors has emerged as an attractive target of research in cancer therapeutics. Natural products like geldanamycin and radicicol are established Hsp90 inhibitors, but face limitations with toxicity and inactivity, by in vivo studies respectively. However, they lay the logical starting point for the design of novel synthetic or semi-synthetic congeners as Hsp90 inhibitors...
June 22, 2017: Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640191/phenotypic-plasticity-and-cell-fate-decisions-in-cancer-insights-from-dynamical-systems-theory
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REVIEW
Dongya Jia, Mohit Kumar Jolly, Prakash Kulkarni, Herbert Levine
Waddington's epigenetic landscape, a famous metaphor in developmental biology, depicts how a stem cell progresses from an undifferentiated phenotype to a differentiated one. The concept of "landscape" in the context of dynamical systems theory represents a high-dimensional space, in which each cell phenotype is considered as an "attractor" that is determined by interactions between multiple molecular players, and is buffered against environmental fluctuations. In addition, biological noise is thought to play an important role during these cell-fate decisions and in fact controls transitions between different phenotypes...
June 22, 2017: Cancers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639413/fully-inorganic-trihalide-perovskite-nanocrystals-a-new-research-frontier-of-optoelectronic-materials
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REVIEW
Xianghong He, Yongcai Qiu, Shihe Yang
All-inorganic trihalide perovskite nanocrystals (NCs) are emerging as a new class of superstar semiconductors with excellent optoelectronic properties and great potential for a broad range of applications in lighting, lasing, photon detection, and photovoltaics. This article provides an up-to-date review on the developments of fully-inorganic trihalide perovskite NCs by emphasizing their controllable solution fabrication strategies, structural phase transformation, tunable optoelectronic properties, stability, as well as their photovoltaic and optoelectronic applications...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638937/anti-gitr-antibody-treatment-increases-tcr-repertoire-diversity-of-regulatory-but-not-effector-t-cells-engaged-in-the-immune-response-against-b16-melanoma
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Bozena Scirka, Edyta Szurek, Maciej Pietrzak, Grzegorz Rempala, Pawel Kisielow, Leszek Ignatowicz, Arkadiusz Miazek
Crosslinking of glucocorticoid-induced TNF family-related receptor (GITR) with agonist antibodies restores cancer immunity by enhancing effector T cell (Teff) responses while interfering with intra-tumor regulatory T cell (Treg) stability and/or accumulation. However, how anti-GITR antibody infusion changes T cell receptor (TCR) repertoire of Teffs and Tregs engaged in anti-tumor immune response is unclear. Here, we used a transgenic mouse model (TCRmini) where T cells express naturally generated but limited TCR repertoire to trace the fate of individual T cells recognizing B16 melanoma in tumor-bearing mice, treated or non-treated with an anti-GITR monoclonal antibody DTA-1...
June 21, 2017: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638402/dna-methylation-nuclear-organization-and-cancer
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REVIEW
Bhavani P Madakashira, Kirsten C Sadler
The dramatic re-organization of the cancer cell nucleus creates telltale morphological features critical for pathological staging of tumors. In addition, the changes to the mutational and epigenetic landscape in cancer cells alter the structure and stability of the genome and directly contribute to malignancy. DNA methylation is one of the best studied epigenetic changes in cancer, as nearly every type of cancer studied shows a loss of DNA methylation spread across most of the genome. This global hypomethylation is accompanied by hypermethylation at distinct loci, and much of the work on DNA methylation in cancer has focused on how local changes contribute to gene expression...
2017: Frontiers in Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637928/the-long-noncoding-rna-wisper-controls-cardiac-fibrosis-and-remodeling
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Rudi Micheletti, Isabelle Plaisance, Brian J Abraham, Alexandre Sarre, Ching-Chia Ting, Michael Alexanian, Daniel Maric, Damien Maison, Mohamed Nemir, Richard A Young, Blanche Schroen, Arantxa González, Samir Ounzain, Thierry Pedrazzini
Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as powerful regulators of cardiac development and disease. However, our understanding of the importance of these molecules in cardiac fibrosis is limited. Using an integrated genomic screen, we identified Wisper (Wisp2 super-enhancer-associated RNA) as a cardiac fibroblast-enriched lncRNA that regulates cardiac fibrosis after injury. Wisper expression was correlated with cardiac fibrosis both in a murine model of myocardial infarction (MI) and in heart tissue from human patients suffering from aortic stenosis...
June 21, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636819/superelastic-pseudocapacitors-from-freestanding-mno2-decorated-graphene-coated-carbon-nanotube-aerogels
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Yepin Zhao, Maxwell Patrick Li, Siyuan Liu, Mohammad F Islam
In recent years, the demand for emerging electronic devices has driven efforts to develop electrochemical capacitors with high power and energy densities that can preserve capacitance under and after recovery from mechanical deformation. We have developed superelastic pseudocapacitors using ≈ 1.5 mm thick graphene-coated single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) aerogels decorated with manganese oxide (MnO2) as freestanding electrodes that retain high volumetric capacitance and electrochemical stability before, under, and after recovery from 50% compression...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636597/phase-separation-drives-heterochromatin-domain-formation
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Amy R Strom, Alexander V Emelyanov, Mustafa Mir, Dmitry V Fyodorov, Xavier Darzacq, Gary H Karpen
Constitutive heterochromatin is an important component of eukaryotic genomes that has essential roles in nuclear architecture, DNA repair and genome stability, and silencing of transposon and gene expression. Heterochromatin is highly enriched for repetitive sequences, and is defined epigenetically by methylation of histone H3 at lysine 9 and recruitment of its binding partner heterochromatin protein 1 (HP1). A prevalent view of heterochromatic silencing is that these and associated factors lead to chromatin compaction, resulting in steric exclusion of regulatory proteins such as RNA polymerase from the underlying DNA...
June 21, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636539/chromatin-remodeling-protein-morc2-promotes-breast-cancer-invasion-and-metastasis-through-a-prd-domain-mediated-interaction-with-ctnnd1
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Xiao-Hong Liao, Ye Zhang, Wen-Jie Dong, Zhi-Min Shao, Da-Qiang Li
MORC family CW-type zinc finger 2 (MORC2) is a newly identified chromatin remodeling protein with emerging roles in the regulation of DNA damage response and gene transcription, but its mechanistic role in breast cancer development and progression remains unexplored. Here, we show that MORC2 promoted breast cancer invasion and metastasis and these effects depended on a proline-rich domain (PRD) within its carboxy-terminal region spanning residues 601-734. Induced expression of wild-type MORC2 did not significantly affect cell proliferation and cell-cycle progression, but promoted breast cancer cell migration and invasion in vitro and metastatic lung colonization in vivo...
June 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632748/trimetazidine-therapy-for-diabetic-mouse-hearts-subjected-to-ex-vivo-acute-heart-failure
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Emilene Breedt, Lydia Lacerda, M Faadiel Essop
Acute heart failure (AHF) is the most common primary diagnosis for hospitalized heart diseases in Africa. As increased fatty acid β-oxidation (FAO) during heart failure triggers detrimental effects on the myocardium, we hypothesized that trimetazidine (TMZ) (partial FAO inhibitor) offers cardioprotection under normal and obese-related diabetic conditions. Hearts were isolated from 12-14-week-old obese male and female diabetic (db/db) mice versus lean non-diabetic littermates (db/+) controls. The Langendorff retrograde isolated heart perfusion system was employed to establish an ex vivo AHF model: a) Stabilization phase-Krebs Henseleit buffer (10 mM glucose) at 100 mmHg (25 min); b) Critical Acute Heart Failure (CAHF) phase-(1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631828/development-of-a-colloidal-gold-immunochromatographic-assay-gica-for-the-rapid-detection-of-spiroplasma-eriocheiris-in-commercially-exploited-crustaceans-from-china
#17
H Liu, Y Xiu, Y Xu, M Tang, S Li, W Gu, Q Meng, W Wang
Spiroplasma eriocheiris is an emerging pathogen in freshwater crustaceans. In recent years, Eriocheir sinensis, Procambarus clarkii, Litopenaeus vannamei, Macrobrachium rosenbergii and Macrobrachium nipponense had been infected by this pathogen in China. An immunochromatographic strip test using gold nanoparticles was developed for rapidly detecting this pathogen. The strip test based on the principle of sandwich immunoassay by the specific combination between the pathogen and polyclonal antibody on a nitrocellulose membrane...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Fish Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630705/physiological-effects-of-stress-related-to-helicopter-travel-in-federal-emergency-management-agency-search-and-rescue-canines
#18
E Perry, N Gulson, T-W Liu Cross, K S Swanson
Working canines are deployed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as part of a National Disaster Response Plan. Stress associated with helicopter flight and the resulting physical effects on the dog are unknown. Our objective was to test the hypotheses that (1) helicopter travel affects the physiology and faecal microbiota of working canines, but that (2) physiological consequences of helicopter travel will not negatively affect their work performance. A total of nine FEMA canines were loaded onto helicopters and flown for 30 min in July 2015...
2017: Journal of Nutritional Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629105/indispensable-role-of-biochar-inherent-mineral-constituents-in-its-environmental-applications-a-review
#19
Xiaoyun Xu, Yinghao Zhao, Jingke Sima, Ling Zhao, Ondřej Mašek, Xinde Cao
Biochar typically consists of both carbon and mineral fractions, and the carbon fraction has been generally considered to determine its properties and applications. Recently, an increasing body of research has demonstrated that mineral components inherent in biochar, such as alkali or alkaline earth metals in the form of carbonates, phosphates, or oxides, could also influence the properties and thus the applications. The review articles published thus far have mainly focused on multiple environmental and agronomic applications of biochar, including carbon sequestration, soil improvement, environmental remediation, etc...
June 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629074/tunable-green-graphene-silk-biomaterials-mechanism-of-protein-based-nanocomposites
#20
Fang Wang, S S Jyothirmayee Aravind, Hao Wu, Joseph Forys, Venkat Venkataraman, Kandalam Ramanujachary, Xiao Hu
Green graphene materials prepared by photoreduction of graphite oxide were first time blended with aqueous-based silk fibroin proteins to improve the mechanical and thermal properties of silk biomaterials, and their nanocomposite interaction mechanism was illustrated. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis confirmed the complete exfoliation of graphite oxide to graphene in presence of focused pulses of solar radiation. By varying the concentration of graphene (0.1wt% to 10wt%), a series of free standing graphene-silk films were prepared and were systematically characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and nanoindentation measurements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
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