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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346966/factor-xii-contact-activation
#1
Clément Naudin, Elena Burillo, Stefan Blankenberg, Lynn Butler, Thomas Renné
Contact activation is the surface-induced conversion of factor XII (FXII) zymogen to the serine protease FXIIa. Blood-circulating FXII binds to negatively charged surfaces and this contact to surfaces triggers a conformational change in the zymogen inducing autoactivation. Several surfaces that have the capacity for initiating FXII contact activation have been identified, including misfolded protein aggregates, collagen, nucleic acids, and platelet and microbial polyphosphate. Activated FXII initiates the proinflammatory kallikrein-kinin system and the intrinsic coagulation pathway, leading to formation of bradykinin and thrombin, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346728/nubpl-a-novel-metastasis-related-gene-promotes-colorectal-carcinoma-cell-motility-by-inducing-emt
#2
Yuhui Wang, Nan Wu, Donglin Sun, Haiming Sun, Dandan Tong, Duo Liu, Bo Pang, Su Li, Jia Wei, Jialin Dai, Yang Liu, Jing Bai, Jingshu Geng, Songbin Fu, Yan Jin
NUBPL is an assembly factor for human mitochondrial complex I, which is the biggest member of mitochondrial respiratory chain. However, the relationship between NUBPL and carcinoma progression remains unknown. In this study, NUBPL was characterized for its role in colorectal cancer (CRC) and the underlying molecular mechanisms. Data (n=197) from Oncomine database revealed that mRNA levels of NUBPL were remarkably overexpressed in CRC tissues compared with normal tissues. In addition, immunohistochemical analysis of 75 pairs of CRC and nontumorous tissues demonstrated that expression level of NUBPL was significantly higher in CRC tissues, and its expression level was positively associated with lymph node metastasis (P=0...
March 27, 2017: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346552/incorporation-of-vanadium-into-the-framework-of-hydroxyapatites-importance-of-the-vanadium-content-and-ph-conditions-during-the-precipitation-step
#3
Sarah Petit, Thrimurthulu Gode, Cyril Thomas, Stanislaw Dzwigaj, Yannick Millot, Dalil Brouri, Jean-Marc Krafft, Gwenaelle Rousse, Christel Laberty-Robert, Guylène Costentin
Even though vanadium-modified hydroxyapatite (V-HAp) samples are very promising systems for oxidative dehydrogenation of propane, the incorporation of vanadium into the hydroxyapatite framework was reported to be limited and to lead to over-stoichiometric compounds. Here, the synthesis of a Ca10(PO4)6-x(VO4)x(OH)2 stoichiometric solid solution using a co-precipitation method is monitored in the whole composition range (0 ≤ x ≤ 6) by controlling the pH of the precipitation medium, with continuous (the first series of samples) or periodic (the second series of samples) addition of NH4OH during the precipitation step or during the maturation step, respectively...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346431/real-time-impedance-monitoring-of-oxygen-reduction-during-surface-modification-of-thin%C3%A2-film%C3%A2-cathodes
#4
Ghislain M Rupp, Alexander K Opitz, Andreas Nenning, Andreas Limbeck, Jürgen Fleig
Improvement of solid oxide fuel cells strongly relies on the development of cathode materials with high catalytic activity for the oxygen reduction reaction. Excellent activity was found for perovskite-type oxides such as La1-xSrxCoO3-δ (LSC), but performance degradation, probably caused by surface composition changes, hinders exploitation of the full potential of LSC. This study reveals that the potentially very high activity of the LSC surface can be traced back to few very active sites. Already tiny amounts of SrO, for example, 4% of a monolayer, deposited on an LSC surface, lead to severe deactivation...
March 27, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346425/chip-stub1-regulates-the-warburg-effect-by-promoting-degradation-of-pkm2-in-ovarian-carcinoma
#5
Y Shang, J He, Y Wang, Q Feng, Y Zhang, J Guo, J Li, S Li, Y Wang, G Yan, F Ren, Y Shi, J Xu, N Zeps, Y Zhai, D He, Z Chang
Tumor cells preferentially adopt aerobic glycolysis for their energy supply, a phenomenon known as the Warburg effect. It remains a matter of debate as to how the Warburg effect is regulated during tumor progression. Here, we show that CHIP (carboxyl terminus of Hsc70-interacting protein), a U-box E3 ligase, suppresses tumor progression in ovarian carcinomas by inhibiting aerobic glycolysis. While CHIP is downregulated in ovarian carcinoma, induced expression of CHIP results in significant inhibition of the tumor growth examined by in vitro and in vivo experiments...
March 27, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346355/characterization-of-active-anthocyanin-degradation-in-the-petals-of-rosa-chinensis-and-brunfelsia-calycina-reveals-the-effect-of-gallated-catechins-on-pigment-maintenance
#6
Honghui Luo, Shuangfan Deng, Wei Fu, Xin Zhang, Xuelian Zhang, Zhaoqi Zhang, Xuequn Pang
Anthocyanin degradation decreases ornamental or nutritional values of horticultural products. To investigate factors that may influence colour change in flower development, anthocyanin degradation was compared between the flowers of Brunfelsia calycina and Rosa chinensis, which show rapid and slow degradation, respectively. In-gel activity assays, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of tannins, enzyme kinetics measurement and immune-detection of anthocyanin degradation related-perioxidases (PODs) were carried out for the comparison...
March 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346332/venom-profiling-of-a-population-of-the-theraphosid-spider-phlogius-crassipes-reveals-continuous-ontogenetic-changes-from-juveniles-through-adulthood
#7
Renan C Santana, David Perez, James Dobson, Nadya Panagides, Robert J Raven, Amanda Nouwens, Alun Jones, Glenn F King, Bryan G Fry
Theraphosid spiders (tarantulas) are venomous arthropods found in most tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Tarantula venoms are a complex cocktail of toxins with potential use as pharmacological tools, drugs and bioinsecticides. Although numerous toxins have been isolated from tarantula venoms, little research has been carried out on the venom of Australian tarantulas. We therefore investigated the venom profile of the Australian theraphosid spider Phlogius crassipes and examined whether there are ontogenetic changes in venom composition...
March 25, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346222/sign-determination-methods-for-the-respiratory-signal-in-data-driven-pet-gating
#8
Ottavia Bertolli, Simon Arridge, Scott D Wollenweber, Charles W Stearns, Brian F Hutton, Kris Thielemans
Patient respiratory motion during PET image acquisition leads to blurring in the reconstructed images and may cause significant artifacts, resulting in decreased lesion detectability, inaccurate standard uptake value calculation and incorrect treatment planning in radiation therapy. To reduce these effects data can be regrouped into (nearly) 'motion-free' gates prior to reconstruction by selecting the events with respect to the breathing phase. This gating procedure therefore needs a respiratory signal: on current scanners it is obtained from an external device, whereas with data driven (DD) methods it can be directly obtained from the raw PET data...
March 27, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346139/oncometabolite-d-2-hydroxyglutarate-enhances-gene-silencing-through-inhibition-of-specific-h3k36-histone-demethylases
#9
Ryan Janke, Anthony Iavarone, Jasper Rine
Certain mutations affecting central metabolism cause accumulation of the oncometabolite D-2-hydroxyglutarate which promotes progression of certain tumors. High levels of D-2-hydroxyglutarate inhibit the TET family of DNA demethylases and Jumonji family of histone demethylases and cause epigenetic changes that lead to altered gene expression. The link between inhibition of DNA demethylation and changes in expression is strong in some cancers, but not in others. To determine whether D-2-hydroxyglutarate can affect gene expression through inhibiting histone demethylases, orthologous mutations to those known to cause accumulation of D-2-hydroxyglutarate in tumors were generated in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which has histone demethylases but not DNA methylases or demethylases...
March 27, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345955/smoking-dependent-distal-to-proximal-repatterning-of-the-adult-human-small-airway-epithelium
#10
Jing Yang, Wu-Lin Zuo, Tomoya Fukui, IonWa Chao, Kazunori Gomi, Busub Lee, Michelle R Staudt, Robert J Kaner, Yael Strulovici-Barel, Jacqueline Salit, Ronald G Crystal, Renat Shaykhiev
RATIONALE: Small airways are the primary site of pathologic changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the major smoking-induced lung disorder. OBJECTIVES: Based on the concept of proximal-distal patterning that determines regional specialization of the airway epithelium during lung development, we hypothesized that a similar program operates in the adult human lung being altered by smoking leading to decreased regional identity of the small airway epithelium (SAE)...
March 27, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345932/formation-of-turmeric-based-thin-films-universal-and-transparent-coating
#11
Do Kyoung Yeon, So Hyun Ki, Jeanne Choi, Sung Min Kang, Woo Kyung Cho
Curry stains on clothes and dishes in daily life inspired us to investigate the potential use of a turmeric powder, major ingredient of curry, as a universal-coating material. After condition optimization, the coating solution was made by boiling and filtering a turmeric slurry, and the coating was performed at pH 3, leading to the formation of ultrathin and transparent films. Various inorganic and polymeric substrates were successfully coated with turmeric-based materials, including gold, TiO2, SiO2, glass, stainless steel, indium tin oxide, nylon, polyethylene, polycarbonate, polypropylene, acryl, and polyethylene terephthalate...
March 27, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345857/self-cleaning-membranes-from-comb-shaped-copolymers-with-photoresponsive-side-groups
#12
Papatya Kaner, Xiaoran Hu, Samuel W Thomas, Ayse Asatekin
In this study, we present a novel self-cleaning, photoresponsive membrane that is capable of removing pre-deposited foulant layers upon changes in surface morphology in response to UV or visible light irradiation while maintaining stable pore size and water permeance. These membranes were prepared by creating thin film composite (TFC) membranes by coating a porous support membrane with a thin layer of novel comb-shaped graft copolymers at two side-chain lengths featuring polyacrylonitrile (PAN) backbones and photoreactive side-chains, synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP)...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345688/a-vacuum-ultraviolet-laser-pulsed-field-ionization-photoion-study-of-methane-ch4-determination-of-the-appearance-energy-of-methylium-from-methane-with-unprecedented-precision-and-the-resulting-impact-on-the-bond-dissociation-energies-of-ch4-and-ch4
#13
Yih-Chung Chang, Bo Xiong, David H Bross, Branko Ruscic, C Y Ng
We report on the successful implementation of a high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) detection method for the study of unimolecular dissociation of quantum-state- or energy-selected molecular ions. As a test case, we have determined the 0 K appearance energy (AE0) for the formation of methylium, CH3(+), from methane, CH4, as AE0(CH3(+)/CH4) = 14.32271 ± 0.00013 eV. This value has a significantly smaller error limit, but is otherwise consistent with previous laboratory and/or synchrotron-based studies of this dissociative photoionization onset...
March 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345685/-carbon-nanotubes-characteristic-of-the-substance-biological-effects-and-occupational-exposure-levels
#14
REVIEW
Anna Maria Świdwińska-Gajewska, Sławomir Czerczak
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a diverse group of nano-objects in terms of structure, size (length, diameter), shape and characteristics. The growing interest in these structures is due to the increasing number of people working in exposure to CNTs. Occupational exposure to carbon nanotubes may occur in research laboratories, as well as in plants producing CNTs and their nanocomposites. Carbon nanotubes concentration at the emission source may reach 107 particles/cm<sup>3</sup>. These values, however, are considerably reduced after the application of adequate ventilation...
March 24, 2017: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345655/large-electrocaloric-effect-in-relaxor-ferroelectric-and-antiferroelectric-lanthanum-doped-lead-zirconate-titanate-ceramics
#15
Biao Lu, Peilian Li, Zhenhua Tang, Yingbang Yao, Xingsen Gao, Wolfgang Kleemann, Sheng-Guo Lu
Both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric materials can individually demonstrate large electrocaloric effects (ECE). However, in order to further enhance the ECE it is crucial to find a material system, which can exhibit simultaneously both relaxor ferroelectric and antiferroelectric properties, or easily convert from one into another in terms of the compositional tailoring. Here we report on a system, in which the structure can readily change from antiferroelectric into relaxor ferroelectric and vice versa...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345597/post-traumatic-osteoarthritis-in-mice-following-mechanical-injury-to-the-synovial-joint
#16
Muhammad Farooq Rai, Xin Duan, James D Quirk, Nilsson Holguin, Eric J Schmidt, Nobuaki Chinzei, Matthew J Silva, Linda J Sandell
We investigated the spectrum of lesions characteristic of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) across the knee joint in response to mechanical injury. We hypothesized that alteration in knee joint stability in mice reproduces molecular and structural features of PTOA that would suggest potential therapeutic targets in humans. The right knees of eight-week old male mice from two recombinant inbred lines (LGXSM-6 and LGXSM-33) were subjected to axial tibial compression. Three separate loading magnitudes were applied: 6N, 9N, and 12N...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345589/rational-design-of-1-d-co3o4-nanofibers-low-content-graphene-composite-anode-for-high-performance-li-ion-batteries
#17
Su-Ho Cho, Ji-Won Jung, Chanhoon Kim, Il-Doo Kim
Cobalt oxide that has high energy density, is the next-generation candidate as the anode material for LIBs. However, the practical use of Co3O4 as anode material has been hindered by limitations, especially, low electrical conductivity and pulverization from large volume change upon cycling. These features lead to hindrance to its electrochemical properties for lithium-ion batteries. To improve electrochemical properties, we synthesized one-dimensional (1-D) Co3O4 nanofibers (NFs) overed with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets by electrostatic self-assembly (Co3O4 NFs@rGO)...
March 27, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345372/screening-of-intestinal-crypt-organoids
#18
Svenja Ley, Olaf Galuba, Adrian Salathe, Nicolas Melin, Alexandra Aebi, Monika Pikiolek, Judith Knehr, Walter Carbone, Martin Beibel, Florian Nigsch, Guglielmo Roma, Giovanni d'Ario, Susan Kirkland, Laure C Bouchez, Caroline Gubser Keller, Tewis Bouwmeester, Christian N Parker, Heinz Ruffner
Oral and intestinal mucositis is a debilitating side effect of radiation treatment. A mouse model of radiation-induced mucositis leads to weight loss and tissue damage, reflecting the human ailment as it responds to keratinocyte growth factor (KGF), the standard-of-care treatment. Cultured intestinal crypt organoids allowed the development of an assay monitoring the effect of treatments of intestinal epithelium to radiation-induced damage. This in vitro assay resembles the mouse model as KGF and roof plate-specific spondin-1 (RSPO1) enhanced crypt organoid recovery following radiation...
January 1, 2017: SLAS Discov
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345303/arterial-ageing-from-endothelial-dysfunction-to-vascular-calcification
#19
M Tesauro, A Mauriello, V Rovella, M Annicchiarico-Petruzzelli, C Cardillo, G Melino, N Di Daniele
Complex structural and functional changes occur in the arterial system with advancing age. The aged artery is characterized by changes in microRNA expression patterns, autophagy, smooth muscle cell migration and proliferation, and arterial calcification with progressively increased mechanical vessel rigidity and stiffness. With age the vascular smooth muscle cells modify their phenotype from contractile to 'synthetic' determining the development of intimal thickening as early as the second decade of life as an adaptive response to forces acting on the arterial wall...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345254/direct-functionalization-of-poly-spirophosphazene-s-via-the-regioselective-lithiation-of-the-aromatic-rings-using-a-cooperative-superbase
#20
Raquel de la Campa, Diego García, Sandra Rodríguez, Gabino A Carriedo, Alejandro Presa Soto
The direct chemical functionalization of poly(spirophosphazene) [NP(O2 C12 H8 )]n (1) can be performed by the lithiation of the aromatic rings at low temperature using Schlosser's base (Li(t) Bu/KO(t) Bu or "superbase"), and the subsequent reaction with various electrophiles such as ClSiMe3 , ClPPh2 , or MeOB(O2 C6 H12 ) (MeOBpin). The functionalized polymers, isolated in very high yields (>90%) and without degradation of the polymeric chains, have an average degree of substitution per repeat unit ranging from 0...
March 27, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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