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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449373/biophysical-analysis-of-the-dynamics-of-calmodulin-interactions-with-neurogranin-and-ca2-calmodulin-dependent-kinase-ii
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Christian Seeger, Vladimir O Talibov, U Helena Danielson
Calmodulin (CaM) functions depend on interactions with CaM-binding proteins, regulated by Ca2+. Induced structural changes influence the affinity, kinetics, and specificities of the interactions. The dynamics of CaM interactions with neurogranin (Ng) and the CaM-binding region of Ca2+/calmodulin-dependent kinase II (CaMKII290-309 ) have been studied using biophysical methods. These proteins have opposite Ca2+ dependencies for CaM binding. Surface plasmon resonance biosensor analysis confirmed that Ca2+ and CaM interact very rapidly, and with moderate affinity ( KDSPR=3μM)...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Molecular Recognition: JMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449298/all-silicon-switchable-magnetoelectric-effect-via-interlayer-exchange-coupling
#2
Hang Liu, Jia Tao Sun, Huixia Fu, Peijie Sun, Yuanping Feng, Sheng Meng
The magnetoelectric (ME) effect originating from the effective coupling between electric field and magnetism is an exciting frontier in nanoscale science such as magnetic tunneling junction (MTJ), ferroelectric/piezoelectric heterojunctions etc. The realization of switchable ME effect under external electric field in d^0 semiconducting materials of single composition is needed especially for all-silicon spintronics applications because of its natural compatibility with current industry. We employ the density functional theory (DFT) to reveal that the pristine Si(111)-√3×√3R30º (Si√3 hereafter) reconstructed surfaces of thin films with thickness smaller than eleven bilayers support sizeable linear ME effect with switchable direction of magnetic moment under external electric field...
April 27, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449235/psychometric-properties-of-the-mental-health-and-social-inadaptation-assessment-for-adolescents-mia-in-a-population-based-sample
#3
Sylvana M Côté, Massimiliano Orri, Mara Brendgen, Frank Vitaro, Michel Boivin, Christa Japel, Jean R Séguin, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Alexandra Rouquette, Bruno Falissard, Richard E Tremblay
We report on the psychometric properties of the Mental Health and Social Inadaptation Assessment for Adolescents (MIA), a self-report instrument for quantifying the frequency of mental health and psychosocial adaptation problems using a dimensional approach and based on the DSM-5. The instrument includes 113 questions, takes 20-25 minutes to answer, and covers the past 12 months. A population-based cohort of adolescents (n = 1443, age = 15 years; 48% males) rated the frequency at which they experienced symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Eating Disorders (i...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449123/capturing-a-mammalian-dna-polymerase-extending-from-an-oxidized-nucleotide
#4
Amy M Whitaker, Mallory R Smith, Matthew A Schaich, Bret D Freudenthal
The oxidized nucleotide, 8-oxo-7,8-dihydro-2΄-deoxyguanosine (8-oxoG), is one of the most abundant DNA lesions. 8-oxoG plays a major role in tumorigenesis and human disease. Biological consequences of 8-oxoG are mediated in part by its insertion into the genome, making it essential to understand how DNA polymerases handle 8-oxoG. Insertion of 8-oxoG is mutagenic when opposite adenine but not when opposite cytosine. However, either result leads to DNA damage at the primer terminus (3΄-end) during the succeeding insertion event...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449087/methyl-cpg-binding-domain-protein-1-regulates-localization-and-activity-of-tet1-in-a-cxxc3-domain-dependent-manner
#5
Peng Zhang, Cathia Rausch, Florian D Hastert, Boyana Boneva, Alina Filatova, Sujit J Patil, Ulrike A Nuber, Yu Gao, Xinyu Zhao, M Cristina Cardoso
Cytosine modifications diversify and structure the genome thereby controlling proper development and differentiation. Here, we focus on the interplay of the 5-methylcytosine reader Mbd1 and modifier Tet1 by analyzing their dynamic subcellular localization and the formation of the Tet oxidation product 5-hydroxymethylcytosine in mammalian cells. Our results demonstrate that Mbd1 enhances Tet1-mediated 5-methylcytosine oxidation. We show that this is due to enhancing the localization of Tet1, but not of Tet2 and Tet3 at heterochromatic DNA...
April 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448937/assessment-of-n2o-emissions-from-a-fertilised-vegetable-cropping-soil-under-different-plant-residue-management-strategies-using-15-n-tracing-techniques
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M Rezaei Rashti, W J Wang, C R Chen, S H Reeves, C Scheer
Combined application of plant residues and N fertilisers strongly affect soil mineral N dynamics and N2O emissions depending on the quality of the plant residues, their application methods and other management strategies. We investigated the effect of combined application of two vegetable plant residues (cauliflower and sweet corn) and (15)N fertiliser on N dynamics and N2O emission in a glasshouse pot study. The experiment was conducted under two residue management practices (soil incorporation vs surface mulching) over 98days with growing basil (Ocimum basilicum) plants...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448911/adsorption-of-polar-organic-molecules-on-sediments-case-study-on-callovian-oxfordian-claystone
#7
S Rasamimanana, G Lefèvre, R V H Dagnelie
The release and transport of anthropogenic organic matter through the geosphere is often an environmental criterion of safety. Sedimentary rocks are widely studied in this context as geological barriers for waste management. It is the case of Callovian-Oxfordian claystone (COx), for which several studies report adsorption of anthropogenic organic molecules. In this study, we evaluated and reviewed adsorption data of polar organic molecules on COx claystone. Experiments were performed on raw claystone, decarbonated and clay fractions...
April 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448761/sleeping-cupid-by-caravaggio-what-diagnosis
#8
Paolo Pozzilli, Marco Cappa
The Sleeping Cupid, by Italian painter Caravaggio is a masterpiece painted in 1608. Signs of an endocrine disease are hidden among the shadows of the painting. We decided to conduct a survey among endocrinologists practicing in Italy and asked them if they could identify a specific disease condition in Caravaggio's Sleeping Cupid. A total of 86 members from two Italian endocrine societies completed the survey, 67 from the Society of Endocrinology and 19 from the Society of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetology...
April 27, 2017: Endocrine Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448437/sulfiredoxin-may-promote-cervical-cancer-metastasis-via-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway
#9
Kangyun Lan, Yuni Zhao, Yue Fan, Binbin Ma, Shanshan Yang, Qin Liu, Hua Linghu, Hui Wang
The abnormal elevation of sulfiredoxin (Srx/SRXN1)-an antioxidant enzyme whose main function is to protect against oxidative stress-has been shown to be closely correlated with the progression of several types of cancer, including human cervical cancer. However, the molecular mechanism by which Srx promotes tumor progression, especially cancer metastasis in cervical cancer, has not been elucidated. Here, we show that Srx expression gradually increases during the progression of human cervical cancer and its expression level is closely correlated with lymph node metastasis...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448273/magnetic-induction-spectroscopy-mis-probe-design-for-cervical-tissue-measurements
#10
Jau-Yi Wang, Timothy Healey, Anthony Barker, Brian Brown, Chris Monk, Dilly Anumba
OBJECTIVE: Gradiometers have the advantage of increasing measuring sensitivity, which is particularly useful in magnetic induction spectroscopy (MIS) for bio-impedance measurements. Traditional gradiometers use a pair of field sensing coils equally distant and on opposite sides of a drive coil, which provides high immunity to interference. In this paper, a ferrite-cored coaxial gradiometer probe of 29 mm diameter has been developed for measuring the impedance spectra of cervical tissues in vivo...
April 27, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448159/the-centrality-of-the-response-process-in-construct-validity-an-illustration-via-the-rorschach-space-response
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Joni L Mihura, Nicolae Dumitrascu, Manali Roy, Gregory J Meyer
Recently, psychologists have emphasized the response process-that is, the psychological operations and behaviors that lead to test scores-when designing psychological tests, interpreting their results, and refining their validity. To illustrate the centrality of the response process in construct validity and test interpretation, we provide a historical, conceptual, and empirical review of the main uses of the background white space of the Rorschach cards, called space reversal (SR) and space integration (SI) in the Rorschach Performance Assessment System...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Personality Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447795/chemisorbed-and-physisorbed-water-at-the-tio2-water-interface
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Saman Hosseinpour, Fujie Tang, Fenglong Wang, Ruth Ackerman Livingstone, Simon J Schlegel, Tatsuhiko Ohto, Mischa Bonn, Yuki Nagata, Ellen H G Backus
The interfacial structure of water in contact with TiO2 is the key to understand the mechanism of photocatalytic water dissociation as well as photoinduced superhydrophilicity. We investigate the interfacial molecular structure of water at the surface of anatase TiO2, using phase sensitive sum frequency generation spectroscopy together with spectra simulation using ab-initio molecular dynamic trajectories. We identify two oppositely oriented, weakly and strongly hydrogen-bonded sub-ensembles of O-H groups at the superhydrophilic UV-irradiated TiO2 surface...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447787/designing-dual-emissions-via-co-doping-or-physical-mixing-of-individually-doped-zno-and-their-implications-in-optical-thermometry
#13
Subrata Senapati, Karuna Kar Nanda
Here, we report on the novel design of dual emission via defect state engineering in co-doped oxide microstructures and its implication in fluorescence intensity ratio (FIR) based optical temperature sensing. Eu and Er co-dped ZnO (EuEr:ZnO) microrods prepared by hydrothermal method. The emission peaks corresponding to Eu3+ and Er3+ are observed suggesting dual emission from co-doped ZnO. Interestingly, Er3+ peak intensity decreases and that of Eu3+ increases with increase of temperature as is the case of individual doped cases and dual emission is also achieved via phyical mixing of the individual doped ZnO...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447701/structural-and-morphological-transitions-in-extension-induced-crystallization-of-poly-1-butene-melt
#14
Zhen Wang, Jianzhu Ju, Lingpu Meng, Nan Tian, Jiarui Chang, Haoran Yang, Youxin Ji, Fengmei Su, Liangbin Li
Structural and morphological transitions of flow-induced crystallization (FIC) in poly(1-butene) (PB-1) melt have been studied by combining extensional rheology and in situ synchrotron radiation ultrafast wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering (WAXD/SAXS) measurements. Unexpectedly, metastable Form III is crystallized directly from the PB-1 melt by high-speed extension, which has a short lifetime of several tens of milliseconds and manifests the thermodynamic and kinetic competition among Form III, Form II and melt under flow...
April 27, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447621/direct-involvement-of-androgen-receptor-in-oxytocin-gene-expression-possible-relevance-for-mood-disorders
#15
Dan Dai, Qiao-Chu Li, Qiong-Bin Zhu, Shao-Hua Hu, Rawien Balesar, Dick Swaab, Ai-Min Bao
Oxytocin (OXT), synthesized in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) and then released into different brain areas, may play a crucial role in various behaviors and neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression. Testosterone has been proposed by clinical studies to have the opposite effect of oxytocin in these disorders. We began by studying, in the postmortem hypothalamus of fifteen patients with mood disorders and fifteen matched controls, the expression of OXT in the PVN by means of immunocytochemistry (ICC) and the co-localization of OXT and androgen receptor (AR) by means of double labeling ICC...
April 27, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447340/marginal-deficiencies-of-dietary-arginine-and-methionine-could-suppress-growth-performance-and-immunological-responses-in-broiler-chickens
#16
R Jahanian, M Khalifeh-Gholi
The present study was conducted to investigate the effects of different levels of dietary arginine (Arg) and methionine (Met) on performance, immune responses, and carcass characteristics of broiler chickens. A total of 540 day-old Ross 308 broiler chicks were randomly assigned into the nine experimental diets, consisting five replicates of 12 birds each. Dietary treatments included three different levels (90%, 100%, and 110% of National Research Council [NRC] specifications) of either dietary Arg or Met, which were fed to the birds according to a 3 × 3 factorial arrangement of treatments during a 42 days feeding trial...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447335/positive-alcohol-expectancies-mediate-associations-between-adhd-behaviors-and-alcohol-related-problems-among-college-students
#17
Alexis Elmore, Molly Nikolas, Will Canu
An increasing percentage of college students report being affected by ADHD behaviors, and this population is at increased risk of experiencing negative consequences associated with alcohol consumption. However, specific factors motivating alcohol consumption and contributing to negative outcomes among these individuals are not well understood. Recent work suggests alcohol expectancies may interact with ADHD behaviors to influence negative drinking-related outcomes among those with elevated inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity...
April 26, 2017: Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447291/investigation-of-contact-characteristics-and-frictional-properties-of-natural-articular-cartilage-at-two-different-surface-configurations
#18
Shanhua Qian, Liyong Zhang, Zi Feng Ni, Chuanhui Huang, Dekun Zhang
Natural cartilage surfaces were macroscopically curved with multi-porous viscoelastic biologic materials with extremely high water, but whether curved surface configuration could play an important role on the contact and frictional properties of natural cartilages fails to be completely understood up to now. In this current study, cartilage samples came from the 18-24 month-old bovine femora. Contact characteristic and frictional properties at two cartilage configurations were investigated using the UMT-2 testing rig and the five-point sliding average method would be adopted to analyze these tested data...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446694/social-learning-and-the-demise-of-costly-cooperation-in-humans
#19
Maxwell N Burton-Chellew, Claire El Mouden, Stuart A West
Humans have a sophisticated ability to learn from others, termed social learning, which has allowed us to spread over the planet, construct complex societies, and travel to the moon. It has been hypothesized that social learning has played a pivotal role in making human societies cooperative, by favouring cooperation even when it is not favoured by genetical selection. However, this hypothesis lacks direct experimental testing, and the opposite prediction has also been made, that social learning disfavours cooperation...
April 26, 2017: Proceedings. Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446610/conformational-changes-at-cytoplasmic-inter-subunit-interactions-control-kir-channel-gating
#20
Shizhen Wang, William F Borschel, Sarah Heyman, Phillip Hsu, Colin G Nichols
The defining structural feature of inward-rectifier potassium (Kir) channels is the unique Kir cytoplasmic domain. Recently, we have shown that salt bridges located at the cytoplasmic domain subunit interfaces (CD-Is) of eukaryotic Kir channels control channel gating via stability of a novel inactivated closed state. The cytoplasmic domains of prokaryotic and eukaryotic Kir channels show similar conformational rearrangements to the common gating ligand, phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate (PIP2), although this exhibits opposite coupling to opening and closing transitions...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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