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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735350/inflammatory-joint-disorders-and-neutrophilic-dermatoses-a-comprehensive-review
#1
REVIEW
Massimo Cugno, Roberta Gualtierotti, Pier Luigi Meroni, Angelo Valerio Marzano
Rheumatoid arthritis and spondyloarthritis are inflammatory joint disorders with an autoimmune pathogenesis and systemic involvement. The skin is one of the most frequently affected extraarticular sites with a number of manifestations or distinct diseases, including common conditions, such as rheumatoid nodules and psoriasis, and rare diseases like neutrophilic dermatoses. The latter are clinically characterised by polymorphic lesions, including pustules, bullae, abscesses, papules, nodules, plaques and ulcers, and histologically by neutrophil-rich inflammatory infiltrates...
July 22, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735028/protein-only-antimicrobial-peptide-containing-recombinant-nanoparticles-with-inherent-built-in-antibacterial-activity
#2
Naroa Serna, Laura Sánchez-García, Alejandro Sánchez-Chardi, Ugutz Unzueta, Mónica Roldán, Ramón Mangues, Esther Vázquez, Antonio Villaverde
The emergence of bacterial antibiotic resistances is a serious concern in human and animal health. In this context, naturally occurring cationic antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) might play a main role in a next generation of drugs against bacterial infections. Taking an innovative approach to design self-organizing functional proteins, we have generated here protein-only nanoparticles with intrinsic AMP microbicide activity. Using a recombinant version of the GWH1 antimicrobial peptide as building block, these materials show a wide antibacterial activity spectrum in absence of detectable toxicity on mammalian cells...
July 19, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734609/reinforcements-in-avian-wing-bones-experiments-analysis-and-modeling
#3
E Novitskaya, C J Ruestes, M M Porter, V A Lubarda, M A Meyers, J McKittrick
Almost all species of modern birds are capable of flight; the mechanical competency of their wings and the rigidity of their skeletal system evolved to enable this outstanding feat. One of the most interesting examples of structural adaptation in birds is the internal structure of their wing bones. In flying birds, bones need to be sufficiently strong and stiff to withstand forces during takeoff, flight, and landing, with a minimum of weight. The cross-sectional morphology and presence of reinforcing structures (struts and ridges) found within bird wing bones vary from species to species, depending on how the wings are utilized...
July 14, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734298/excited-state-absorption-spectra-of-dissolved-and-aggregated-distyrylbenzene-a-td-dft-state-and-vibronic-analysis
#4
Eliezer Fernando Oliveira, Junqing Shi, Francisco Carlos Lavarda, Larry Lüer, Begoña Milián-Medina, Johannes Gierschner
A time-dependent density functional theory study is performed to reveal the excited state absorption (ESA) features of distyrylbenzene (DSB), a prototype π-conjugated organic oligomer. Starting with a didactic insight to ESA based on simple molecular orbital and configuration considerations, the performance of various density functional theory functionals is tested to reveal the full vibronic ESA features of DSB at short and long probe delay times.
July 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733769/communication-for-coordination-gesture-kinematics-and-conventionality-affect-synchronization-success-in-piano-duos
#5
Laura Bishop, Werner Goebl
Ensemble musicians often exchange visual cues in the form of body gestures (e.g., rhythmic head nods) to help coordinate piece entrances. These cues must communicate beats clearly, especially if the piece requires interperformer synchronization of the first chord. This study aimed to (1) replicate prior findings suggesting that points of peak acceleration in head gestures communicate beat position and (2) identify the kinematic features of head gestures that encourage successful synchronization. It was expected that increased precision of the alignment between leaders' head gestures and first note onsets, increased gesture smoothness, magnitude, and prototypicality, and increased leader ensemble/conducting experience would improve gesture synchronizability...
July 21, 2017: Psychological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733625/electronic-structure-of-polyethylene-role-of-chemical-morphological-and-interfacial-complexity
#6
Lihua Chen, Tran Doan Huan, Rampi Ramprasad
The electronic structure of an insulator encodes essential signatures of its short-term electrical performance and long-term reliability. A critical long-standing challenge though is that key features of the electronic structure of an insulator (and its evolution) under realistic conditions have not been entirely accessible, either via experimental or computational approaches, due to the inherent complexities involved. In this comprehensive study, we reveal the role of chemical and morphological imperfections that inevitably exist within the technologically important prototypical and pervasive insulator, polyethylene (PE), and at electrode/PE interfaces...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733194/breast-cancer-molecular-stratification-from-intrinsic-subtypes-to-integrative-clusters
#7
REVIEW
Hege G Russnes, Ole Christian Lingjærde, Anne-Lise Børresen-Dale, Carlos Caldas
Breast carcinomas can be stratified into different entities based on clinical behavior, histological features and/or by biological properties. A classification of breast cancer should be based on underlying biology, which we know must be determined by the somatic genomic landscape of mutations. Moreover, as the latest generations of anti-cancer agents are founded on biological mechanisms, a detailed molecular stratification is a requirement for appropriate clinical management. Such stratification, based on genomic drivers, will be important for selecting patients for clinical trials...
July 18, 2017: American Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732111/characterization-of-metabolic-pathways-and-absorption-of-sea-cucumber-saponins-holothurin-a-and-echinoside-a-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#8
Shanshan Song, Lingyu Zhang, Jian Cao, Gao Xiang, Peixu Cong, Ping Dong, Zhaojie Li, Changhu Xue, Yong Xue, Yuming Wang
Sea cucumber saponins (SCSs) exhibit a wide spectrum of bioactivities, but their metabolic characteristics are not well elucidated. In this study, the metabolism of holothurin A (HA) and echinoside A (EA), 2 major saponins in sea cucumber, by gut microflora were investigated. First, we conducted an in vitro study, where in the SCSs were incubated with intestinal microflora and the metabolites were detected by high pressure liquid chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry. We also conducted an in vivo study on rats, where in the intestinal contents, serum, urine, and feces were collected and evaluated after oral administration of SCSs...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731566/heterogeneity-in-kinesin-function
#9
Babu J N Reddy, Suvranta Tripathy, Michael Vershinin, Marvin Tanenbaum, Jing Xu, Michelle Mattson-Hoss, Karim Arabi, Dail Chapman, Tory Doolin, Changbong Hyeon, Steven P Gross
The kinesin family proteins are often studied as prototypical molecular motors; a deeper understanding of them can illuminate regulation of intracellular transport. It is typically assumed that they function identically. Here we find that this assumption of homogeneous function appears incorrect: variation among motors' velocities in vivo and in vitro is larger than the stochastic variation expected for an ensemble of 'identical" motors. When moving on microtubules, slow and fast motors are persistently slow, and fast, respectively...
July 21, 2017: Traffic
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731368/computerized-planning-of-prostate-cryosurgery-and-shape-considerations
#10
Purva Joshi, Anjali Sehrawat, Yoed Rabin
The current study aims to explore possible relationships between various prostate shapes and the difficulty in creating a computer-based plan for cryosurgery. This research effort is a part of an ongoing study to develop computational means in order to improve cryosurgery training and education. This study uses a computerized planner-a key building block of a recently developed prototype for cryosurgery training. The quality of planning is measured by the overall defect volume, a proprietary concept which refers to undercooled areas internal to the target region and overcooled areas external to it...
January 1, 2017: Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731327/donor-acceptor-properties-of-a-single-molecule-altered-by-on-surface-complex-formation
#11
Tobias Meier, Rémy Pawlak, Shigeki Kawai, Yan Geng, Xunshan Liu, Silvio Decurtins, Prokop Hapala, Alexis Baratoff, Shi-Xia Liu, Pavel Jelinek, Ernst Meyer, Thilo Glatzel
Electron donor-acceptor molecules are of outstanding interest in molecular electronics and organic solar cells for their intramolecular charge transfer controlled via electrical or optical excitation. The preservation of their electronic character in the ground state upon adsorption on a surface is cardinal for their implementation in such single-molecule devices. Here, we investigate by atomic force microscopy and scanning tunneling microscopy a prototypical system consisting of a π-conjugated tetrathiafulvalene-fused dipyridophenazine molecule adsorbed on thin NaCl films on Cu(111)...
July 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731326/oxygen-partial-pressure-during-pulsed-laser-deposition-deterministic-role-on-thermodynamic-stability-of-atomic-termination-sequence-at-srruo3-batio3-interface
#12
Yeong Jae Shin, Lingfei Wang, Yoonkoo Kim, Ho-Hyun Nahm, Daesu Lee, Jeong Rae Kim, Sang Mo Yang, Jong-Gul Yoon, Jin-Seok Chung, Miyoung Kim, Seo Hyoung Chang, Tae Won Noh
With recent trends on miniaturizing oxide-based devices, the need for atomic-scale control of surface/interface structures by pulsed laser deposition (PLD) has increased. In particular, realizing uniform atomic termination at the surface/interface is highly desirable. However, a lack of understanding on the surface formation mechanism in PLD has limited a deliberate control of surface/interface atomic stacking sequences. Here, taking the prototypical SrRuO3/BaTiO3/SrRuO3 (SRO/BTO/SRO) heterostructure as a model system, we investigated the formation of different interfacial termination sequences (BaO-RuO2 or TiO2-SrO) with oxygen partial pressure (PO2) during PLD...
July 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731096/a-cu-i-cu-iii-prototypical-organometallic-mechanism-for-the-deactivation-of-an-active-pincer-like-cu-i-catalyst-in-ullmann-type-couplings
#13
Mireia Rovira, Lucie Jašíková, Erik Andris, Ferran Acuña-Parés, Marta Soler, Imma Güell, Ming-Zheng Wang, Laura Gómez, Josep M Luis, Jana Roithová, Xavi Ribas
Unraveling the mechanistic details of copper-catalyzed arylation of nucleophiles (Ullmann-type couplings) is a very challenging task. It is a matter of intense debate whether it is a radical-based process or an organometallic redox-based process. The ancillary ligand choice in Ullmann-type couplings plays a key role in such transformations and can strongly influence the catalytic efficiency as well as the mechanism. Here, we show how a predesigned tridentate pincer-like catalyst undergoes a deactivation pathway through a Cu(I)/Cu(III) prototypical mechanism as demonstrated by helium-tagging infrared photodissociation (IRPD) spectroscopy and DFT studies, lending a strong support to the existence of an aryl-Cu(III) species in the Ullmann couplings using this tridentate ligand...
July 21, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730964/ccl2-is-modulated-by-cytokines-and-ppar-g-in-anaplastic-thyroid-cancer
#14
Silvia Martina Ferrari, Giusy Elia, Simona Piaggi, Enke Baldini, Salvatore Ulisse, Mario Miccoli, Gabriele Materazzi, Alessandro Antonelli, Poupak Fallahi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Chemokine (C-C motif) ligand (CCL)2, the prototype Th2 chemokine, is secreted by tumor cells, and has growth promoting effects. Whether CCL2 protumorigenic activities will be validated, then CCL2 and its receptor CCR2 may be therapeutic targets in cancer. METHODS: We tested in "primary human anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) cells" (ANA) versus "normal thyroid follicular cells" (TFC): a) CCL2 secretion basally, after IFN-g and/or TNF-a stimulation; b) PPARg activation by thiazolidinediones (TZDs), rosiglitazone or pioglitazone, on CCL2 secretion, and on proliferation and apoptosis in ANA...
July 19, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729843/is-a-transdisciplinary-theory-of-engagement-in-organized-settings-possible-a-concept-analysis-of-the-literature-on-employee-engagement-consumer-engagement-and-patient-engagement
#15
REVIEW
Guendalina Graffigna
Organizations are experiencing increased competition, disruptive innovation, and continuous changes in their social and economic context. Furthermore, the decrease of resources (economic and human) in such a demanding context make it imperative for organizations to find new models and strategies to make their service delivery more sustainable at the economic, environmental and psychological levels. In such a complex scenario the concept of engagement of the individuals involved in organized settings (either as service providers or as final receivers) is a promising lever for innovation...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729424/molecular-determinants-of-acidic-ph-dependent-transport-of-human-equilibrative-nucleoside-transporter-3
#16
Md Fazlur Rahman, Candice Askwith, Rajgopal Govindarajan
Equilibrative nucleoside transporters (ENTs) translocate hydrophilic nucleosides across cellular membranes and are essential for salvage nucleotide synthesis and purinergic signaling. Unlike the prototypic human ENT members hENT1 and hENT2, which mediate plasma membrane nucleoside transport at pH 7.4, hENT3 is an acidic pH-activated lysosomal transporter partially localized to mitochondria. Recent studies demonstrate that hENT3 is indispensable for lysosomal homeostasis, and that mutations in hENT3 can result in a spectrum of lysosomal storage-like disorders...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729373/the-importance-of-managing-the-patient-and-not-the-gene-expanded-phenotype-of-gle1-associated-arthrogryposis
#17
Queenie K-G Tan, Allyn McConkie-Rosell, Jane Juusola, Kathryn E Gustafson, Carolyn E Pizoli, Anne F Buckley, Yong-Hui Jiang
GLE1 encodes a protein important for mRNA export and appears to play roles in translation initiation and termination as well. Pathogenic variants in GLE1 mutations have been associated with lethal contracture syndrome (LCCS1) and Lethal Arthrogryposis with Anterior Horn Cell Disease (LAAHD); phenotypes reported in individuals include fetal akinesia and a severe form of motor neuron disease, typically presenting with prenatal symptoms and perinatal lethality. In this paper, we identified bi-allelic missense mutations in GLE1 by trio whole exome sequencing (WES) in an individual affected with congenital motor weakness and contractures as well as feeding and respiratory difficulties...
July 20, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729300/rapamycin-is-highly-effective-in-murine-models-of-immune-mediated-bone-marrow-failure
#18
Xingmin Feng, Zenghua Lin, Wanling Sun, Maile K Hollinger, Marie J Desierto, Keyvan Keyvanfar, Daniela Malide, Pawel Muranski, Jichun Chen, Neal S Young
Acquired aplastic anemia, the prototypical bone marrow failure disease, is characterized by pancytopenia and marrow hypoplasia. Most aplastic anemia patients respond to immunosuppressive therapy, usually as anti-thymocyte globulin and cyclosporine, but some relapse on cyclosporine withdrawal or require long-term administration of cyclosporine to maintain blood counts. In the current study, we tested efficacy of rapamycin as a new or alternative treatment in mouse models of immune-mediated bone marrow failure...
July 20, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728816/in-touch-with-the-mechanosensitive-piezo-channels-structure-ion-permeation-and-mechanotransduction
#19
J Geng, Q Zhao, T Zhang, B Xiao
Mechanotransduction, the conversion of mechanical forces into biological signals, plays critical roles in various physiological and pathophysiological processes in mammals, such as conscious sensing of touch, pain, and sound, as well as unconscious sensing of blood flow-associated shear stress, urine flow, and bladder distention. Among the various molecules involved in mechanotransduction, mechanosensitive (MS) cation channels have long been postulated to represent one critical class of mechanotransducers that directly and rapidly converts mechanical force into electrochemical signals...
2017: Current Topics in Membranes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728770/don-t-push-your-luck-educational-family-board-not-bored-game-for-school-age-children-living-with-chronic-conditions
#20
Andrea Kennedy, Lisa Semple, Kerri Alderson, Vanessa Bouskill, Janice Karasevich, Brenda Riske, Sheri van Gunst
PURPOSE: Children who are living with chronic conditions may be supported in self-care through enjoyable active learning and family social processes. This research focused on development and evaluation of "Don't Push Your Luck!", an educational board game designed to inspire family discussion about chronic conditions, and help affected children learn about self-care choices and consequences. DESIGN AND METHODS: Mixed-method research was conducted with families from one outpatient Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and four Hemophilia Treatment Centres in Canada and United States (N=72)...
July 2017: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
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