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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544401/induced-fit-recognition-of-ccg-trinucleotide-repeats-by-a-nickel-chromomycin-complex-results-in-large-scale-dna-deformation
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Wen-Hsuan Tseng, Chung-Ke Chang, Pei-Ching Wu, Nien-Jen Hu, Gene-Hsiang Lee, Ching-Cherng Tzeng, Stephen Neidle, Ming-Hon Hou
Small-molecule compounds targeting trinucleotide repeats in DNA have considerable potential as therapeutic or diagnostic agents against many neurological diseases. NiII(Chro)2 (Chro = chromomycin A3) was found to bind specifically to the minor groove of (CCG)n repeats in duplex DNA, with unique fluorescence features that may serve as a probe for disease detection. Crystallographic studies have revealed that the specificity originates from the large-scale spatial rearrangement of the DNA structure, including extrusion of consecutive bases and backbone distortions, with a sharp bending of the duplex accompanied by conformational changes in the Ni(II) chelate itself...
May 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543845/noninnocent-%C3%AE-diiminate-ligands-redox-activity-of-a-bis-alkylimidazole-methane-ligand-in-cobalt-and-zinc-complexes
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Pradip Ghosh, Richard Naastepad, Charl F Riemersma, Martin Lutz, Marc-Etienne Moret, Robertus Johannes Klein Gebbink
A new β-diiminate ligand (the bis(1-methyl-4,5-diphenyl-1H-imidazol-2-yl)methane anion, L-) is introduced, in which the ligand framework bears an extended imidazole-based π-system in conjugation with a formal NacNac backbone. Bis-ligated transition metal complexes (Co, Zn) featuring this anionic ligand undergo a series of four consecutive single-electron oxidations that are all ligand based. The singly and doubly oxidized complexes can be synthesized on a preparative scale and have been fully characterized by various spectroscopic techniques...
May 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543059/natural-pathology-of-the-captive-chimpanzee-pan-troglodytes-a-35-year-review
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Shyamesh Kumar, Hannah Laurence, Michael A Owston, R Mark Sharp, Priscilla Williams, Robert E Lanford, Gene B Hubbard, Edward J Dick
We present the spontaneous pathological lesions identified as a result of necropsy or biopsy for 245 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) over a 35-year period. A review of the pathology database was performed for all diagnoses on chimpanzees from 1980 to 2014. All morphologic diagnoses, associated system, organ, etiology, and demographic information were reviewed and analyzed. Cardiomyopathy was the most frequent lesion observed followed by hemosiderosis, hyperplasia, nematodiasis, edema, and hemorrhage. The most frequently affected systems were the gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, urogenital, respiratory, and lymphatic/hematopoietic systems...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Primatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542616/regulation-of-acetyl-coa-synthetase-transcription-by-the-crbs-r-two-component-system-is-conserved-in-genetically-diverse-environmental-pathogens
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Kristin Jacob, Anna Rasmussen, Paul Tyler, Mariah M Servos, Mariame Sylla, Cecilia Prado, Elizabeth Daniele, Josh S Sharp, Alexandra E Purdy
The CrbS/R two-component signal transduction system is a conserved regulatory mechanism through which specific Gram-negative bacteria control acetate flux into primary metabolic pathways. CrbS/R governs expression of acetyl-CoA synthase (acsA), an enzyme that converts acetate to acetyl-CoA, a metabolite at the nexus of the cell's most important energy-harvesting and biosynthetic reactions. During infection, bacteria can utilize this system to hijack host acetate metabolism and alter the course of colonization and pathogenesis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542437/cp5-system-for-simple-and-highly-efficient-protein-purification-with-a-c-terminal-designed-mini-tag
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Hiroyuki Takeda, Wei Zhou, Kohki Kido, Ryoji Suno, Takahiro Iwasaki, Takuya Kobayashi, Tatsuya Sawasaki
There are many strategies to purify recombinant proteins of interest, and affinity purification utilizing monoclonal antibody that targets a linear epitope sequence is one of the essential techniques used in current biochemistry and structural biology. Here we introduce a new protein purification system using a very short CP5 tag. First, we selected anti-dopamine receptor D1 (DRD1) rabbit monoclonal antibody clone Ra62 (Ra62 antibody) as capture antibody, and identified its minimal epitope sequence as a 5-amino-acid sequence at C-terminal of DRD1 (GQHPT-COOH, D1CE sequence)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541662/in-operando-quantification-of-three-dimensional-water-distribution-in-nanoporous-carbon-based-layers-in-polymer-electrolyte-membrane-fuel-cells
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Saad Alrwashdeh, Ingo Manke, Henning Markötter, Merle Klages, Martin Göbel, Jan Haußmann, Joachim Scholta, John Banhart
Understanding the function of nanoporous materials employed in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) is crucial to improve their performance, durability and cost efficiency. Up to now, the water distribution in the nm-sized pore structures was hardly accessible during operation of the cells. Here we demonstrate that phase contrast synchrotron X-ray tomography allows for an in-operando quantification of the three-dimensional water distribution within the nm-sized pores of carbon-based micro porous layers (MPLs)...
May 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541434/rapid-cold-hardening-capacity-and-its-impact-on-performance-of-russian-wheat-aphid-hemiptera-aphididae
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Fatemeh Saeidi, Saeid Moharramipour, Azam Mikani
The Russian wheat aphid, Diuraphis noxia (Kurdjumov), is one of the most important pests of wheat and barley in most wheat-producing countries. Rapid cold hardiness (RCH) is a capacity of insects to develop, within hours, protection against subfreezing temperatures that plays an important role in aphid survival in response to sudden decreases in air temperature. In this research, we investigated the duration and rate of cooling on the induction of RCH of D. noxia and the costs of RCH on aphid development and fecundity...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541350/ultrasensitive-and-reproducible-sers-platform-of-coupled-ag-grating-with-multibranched-au-nanoparticles
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Yevgeniya Kalachyova, David Mares, Vitezslav Jerabek, Pavel Ulbrich, Ladislav Lapcak, Vaclav Svorcik, Oleksiy Lyutakov
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) spectroscopy is an extremely sensitive analytical technique that is capable of identifying the vibration signatures of target molecules up to single-molecule sensitivity. In this work, the ultrahigh sensitivity of SERS has been achieved through the immobilization of sharp-edges specific nanoparticles - so-called gold multibranched NPs (AuMs) on the silver grating surface through the biphenyl dithiol. This approach allows combining the extremely high SERS enhancement factor (better than that in the case of AuMs immobilized on the flat Ag film) with perfect reproducibility of Raman signals...
May 25, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541248/switch-effect-of-the-nonquantized-intrinsic-spin-hall-conductivity-in-monolayered-monoclinic-transition-metal-dichalcogenides
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Xianqing Lin, Jun Ni
First-principles calculations have been performed to study the intrinsic spin Hall effect (SHE) and its behavior under vertical electric field in monoclinic transition metal dichalcogenide monolayers (1T$'$-MX$_2$ with M = Mo, W and X = S, Se, Te). We find that the pristine systems exhibit nonquantized intrinsic spin Hall conductivity (SHC) due to the unconserved spin around the direct band gaps though they have nontrivial band topology. The unconserved spin is attributed to the band crossings at Fermi levels for systems without SOC and the distinct composition of the band states around the crossings...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541155/characterization-of-aminoaciduria-and-hypoaminoacidemia-in-dogs-with-hepatocutaneous-syndrome
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John P Loftus, Sharon A Center, John M Lucy, Julie A Stanton, Sean P McDonough, Jeanine Peters-Kennedy, Kenneth A Arceneaux, Molly A Bechtold, Courtney L Bennett, Christina A Bradbury, Martha G Cline, Deborah L Hall-Fonte, Julie F Hammer-Landrum, Janice L Huntingford, Jennifer Marshall, Kristopher S Sharpe, Jessica L Redin, Samuel T Selva, Tomasina A Lucia
OBJECTIVE To characterize aminoaciduria and plasma amino acid concentrations in dogs with hepatocutaneous syndrome (HCS). ANIMALS 20 client-owned dogs of various breeds and ages. PROCEDURES HCS was definitively diagnosed on the basis of liver biopsy specimens (n = 12), gross and histologic appearance of skin lesions (4), and examination of skin and liver biopsy specimens (2) and presumptively diagnosed on the basis of cutaneous lesions with compatible clinicopathologic and hepatic ultrasonographic (honeycomb or Swiss cheese pattern) findings (2)...
June 2017: American Journal of Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540719/one-step-toward-a-new-generation-of-c-mos-compatible-oxide-p-n-junctions-structure-of-the-lsmo-zno-interface-elucidated-by-an-experimental-and-theoretical-synergic-work
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Daniele Pullini, Mauro Francesco Sgroi, Agnes Nora Mahmoud, Nicolas Gauquelin, Lorenzo Maschio, Anna Maria Ferrari, Rik Groenen, Cas Damen, Guus Rijnders, Karel H W van den Bos, Sandra Van Aert, Johan Verbeeck
Heterostructures formed by La0.7Sr0.3MnO3/ZnO (LSMO/ZnO) interfaces exhibit extremely interesting electronic properties making them promising candidatea for novel oxide p-n junctions with multifunctional features. In this work, the structure of the interface is studied through a combined experimental/theoretical approach, . Hetero-structures were grown epitaxially and homogeneously on 4" silicon wafers, characterized by advanced electron microscopy imaging and spectroscopy, and simulated by ab-initio DFT calculations...
May 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540576/cervical-length-dynamics-in-triplet-pregnancies-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Sophie Pils, Stephanie Springer, Verena Wehrmann, Kinga Chalubinski, Johannes Ott
PURPOSE: To review our experience with a screening program that included sequential cervical length measurements in our large population of triplet pregnancies. METHODS: Seventy-eight triplet pregnancies were retrospectively included. Cervical length measurements were performed by transvaginal ultrasound in 2-week intervals from week 16 + 0 onwards in a tertiary-care center in Vienna. The main outcome measurement was preterm delivery prior to 32 + 0 weeks of gestation...
May 24, 2017: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539717/caspase-mediated-apoptotic-effects-of-ebenus-boissieri-barbey-extracts-on-human-cervical-cancer-cell-line-hela
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Ece Simsek, Nilufer Imir, Esra Arslan Aydemir, Ramazan Suleyman Gokturk, Erdem Yesilada, Kayahan Fiskin
BACKGROUND: Ebenus boissieri Barbey is an Antalya, Turkey-endemic plant belonging to Fabaceae family. The aerial parts and the roots of E. boissieri Barbey were used in this study. OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we have examined the apoptotic effects of hydroalcoholic extracts of E. boissieri Barbey in human cervical cancer cell line HeLa. MATERIALS AND METHODS: To determine the cytotoxic effect, cells were treated with various concentrations of extracts for 24, 48, and 72 h incubation periods...
April 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539538/exhausting-physicians-employed-in-hospitals-in-japan-assessed-by-a-health-questionnaire
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Shosuke Suzuki
OBJECTIVE: Japanese physicians employed and working in general hospitals have become busier since 2005, as they had to teach and guide the increased number of medical residents graduated from medical schools. Working hours and chronic fatigue of employed physicians were surveyed compared with independent physicians working in their own out-patient clinics and with usual employed men in Japan, and their mental health was assessed. METHODS: (1) 75 employed physicians in hospitals were surveyed of their working hours a week and compared with (2) 48 independent general practitioners (GP) who work in their own out-patient clinics...
May 25, 2017: Sangyō Eiseigaku Zasshi, Journal of Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538729/cryo-em-structure-of-the-activated-glp-1-receptor-in-complex-with-a-g-protein
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Yan Zhang, Bingfa Sun, Dan Feng, Hongli Hu, Matthew Chu, Qianhui Qu, Jeffrey T Tarrasch, Shane Li, Tong Sun Kobilka, Brian K Kobilka, Georgios Skiniotis
Glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) is a hormone with essential roles in regulating insulin secretion, carbohydrate metabolism and appetite. GLP-1 effects are mediated through binding to the GLP-1 receptor (GLP-1R), a class B G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that signals primarily through the stimulatory G protein Gs. Class B GPCRs are important therapeutic targets; however, our understanding of their mechanism of action is limited by the lack of structural information on activated and full-length receptors. Here we report the cryo-electron microscopy structure of the peptide-activated GLP-1R-Gs complex at near atomic resolution...
May 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538042/counterbalanced-comparison-of-the-bsid-ii-and-bayley-iii-at-eighteen-to-twenty-two-months-corrected-age
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Meghan Sharp, Sara B DeMauro
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in developmental assessments using the current version of the Bayley Scales of Infant Development (Bayley-III) as compared to the older BSID-II. Previous studies suggest that average scores on the Bayley-III may be significantly higher than scores on the previous version, but the magnitude and potential impact of differences between these 2 assessments are uncertain. METHODS: We enrolled 77 former preterm infants (born <32 wk gestation and ≤2000 g) at 18 to 22 months corrected age in this randomized crossover study...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics: JDBP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537011/looking-sharp-becoming-a-search-template-boosts-precision-and-stability-in-visual-working-memory
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Jason Rajsic, Natasha E Ouslis, Daryl E Wilson, Jay Pratt
Visual working memory (VWM) plays a central role in visual cognition, and current work suggests that there is a special state in VWM for items that are the goal of visual searches. However, whether the quality of memory for target templates differs from memory for other items in VWM is currently unknown. In this study, we measured the precision and stability of memory for search templates and accessory items to determine whether search templates receive representational priority in VWM. Memory for search templates exhibited increased precision and probability of recall, whereas accessory items were remembered less often...
May 23, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536556/optimization-of-reduced-glutathione-production-by-a-lactobacillus-plantarum-isolate-using-plackett-burman-and-box-behnken-designs
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Lamiaa A Al-Madboly, Eman G Khedr, Safaa M Ali
In this work, we aim to optimize the production of reduced glutathione (GSH) synthesized intracellularly by a food-grade microorganism through a statistical approach. Using a colorimetric method, 25 Lactobacillus plantarum isolates were screened in an attempt to find a GSH-producing strain. It was found that 36% of the tested isolates showed positive result. Isolate (L7) was found to produce 152.61 μM glutathione per gram which was the highest amount produced intracellularly. Accordingly, the later isolate was selected for the optimization process using Plackett-Burman and Box-Behnken designs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536386/recombinant-poxvirus-and-the-tumor-microenvironment-oncolysis-immune-regulation-and-immunization
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REVIEW
Daniel W Sharp, Edmund C Lattime
Oncolytic viruses (OVs) are being extensively studied for their potential roles in the development of cancer therapy regimens. In addition to their direct lytic effects, OVs can initiate and drive systemic antitumor immunity indirectly via release of tumor antigen, as well as by encoding and delivering immunostimulatory molecules. This combination makes them an effective platform for the development of immunotherapeutic strategies beyond their primary lytic function. Engineering the viruses to also express tumor-associated antigens (TAAs) allows them to simultaneously serve as therapeutic vaccines, targeting and amplifying an immune response to TAAs...
August 12, 2016: Biomedicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536218/backpack-palsy-with-horner-s-syndrome
#20
Olivia Sharp, Kai Yuen Wong, Paul Stephens
Traumatic injuries to the brachial plexus are typically high impact and can be debilitating, life-changing injuries. Backpack palsy is a rare but well-established cause of brachial plexus injury, arising as a result of heavy backpack use. We present an unusual case of backpack palsy with Horner's syndrome.
May 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
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