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Paolo Dell'Oglio, Armando Stabile, Giorgio Gandaglia, Alberto Briganti
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October 25, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
Jakarwan Yostawonkul, Suvimol Surassmo, Tawin Iempridee, Wittaya Pimtong, Kunat Suktham, Warayuth Sajomsang, Pattarapond Gonil, Uracha Rungsardthong Ruktanonchai
A nanostructure lipid carrier (NLC) composed of solid, and liquid lipid as a core has been developed as a delivery system for hydrophobic drug molecules. The aim of this research was to fabricate an oleoyl-quaternized-chitosan (CS)-coated NLC, where the mucoadhesive property of nanoparticles is enhanced for more efficient drug delivery. NLC loaded with alpha-mangostin (AP), a model hydrophobic drug, were fabricated using a high pressure homogenization process and subsequently coated with CS. The fabricated nanoparticles showed particle sizes in the range of 200-400nm, with low polydispersity, high physical stability and excellent encapsulation efficiency (EE>90%)...
September 29, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Nicholas J Strausfeld, Xiaoya Ma, Gregory D Edgecombe
The discovery of fossilized brains and ventral nerve cords in lower and mid-Cambrian arthropods has led to crucial insights about the evolution of their central nervous system, the segmental identity of head appendages and the early evolution of eyes and their underlying visual systems. Fundamental ground patterns of lower Cambrian arthropod brains and nervous systems correspond to the ground patterns of brains and nervous systems belonging to three of four major extant panarthropod lineages. These findings demonstrate the evolutionary stability of early neural arrangements over an immense time span...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Ben J Hardcastle, Holger G Krapp
The use of vision to coordinate behavior requires an efficient control design that stabilizes the world on the retina or directs the gaze towards salient features in the surroundings. With a level gaze, visual processing tasks are simplified and behaviorally relevant features from the visual environment can be extracted. No matter how simple or sophisticated the eye design, mechanisms have evolved across phyla to stabilize gaze. In this review, we describe functional similarities in eyes and gaze stabilization reflexes, emphasizing their fundamental role in transforming sensory information into motor commands that support postural and locomotor control...
October 24, 2016: Current Biology: CB
Magnus Wallquist Pousette, Riccardo Lo Martire, Jan Linder, Mats Kristoffersson, Björn O Äng
INTRODUCTION: Flight-induced neck pain is common in high performance jet pilots, with incidents frequently attributed to high Gz flight maneuvers. The additional load of helmet-mounted night vision goggles (NVG) is believed to increase the risk, possibly from neck muscle strain in counteracting muscles. Hence, the aim was to investigate the effect of NVG on neck muscle strain as well as on the activity level distribution through a simulated flight session in air force pilots. METHODS: In this post hoc randomized crossover trial, four senior air force pilots each completed two identical 1...
2016: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
Sean James Fallon, Marieke E van der Schaaf, Niels Ter Huurne, Roshan Cools
A balance has to be struck between supporting distractor-resistant representations in working memory and allowing those representations to be updated. Catecholamine, particularly dopamine, transmission has been proposed to modulate the balance between the stability and flexibility of working memory representations. However, it is unclear whether drugs that increase catecholamine transmission, such as methylphenidate, optimize this balance in a task-dependent manner or bias the system toward stability at the expense of flexibility (or vice versa)...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
Romana Baltic, Marina Pivetta, Fabio Donati, Christian Wäckerlin, Aparajita Singha, Jan Dreiser, Stefano Rusponi, Harald Brune
Regular arrays of single atoms with stable magnetization represent the ultimate limit of ultra-high density storage media. Here we report a self-assembled superlattice of individual and non-interacting Dy atoms on graphene grown on Ir(111), with magnetic hysteresis up to 5.6 T and spin lifetime of 1000 s at 2.5 K. The observed magnetic stability is a consequence of the intrinsic low electron and phonon densities of graphene and the six-fold symmetry of the adsorption site. Our single atom magnet array has a density of 115 Tbit/inch(2)...
October 25, 2016: Nano Letters
Masahiko Horiba, Takao Yamaguchi, Satoshi Obika
We previously reported the synthesis and evaluation of 2'-O,4'-C-spirocyclopropylene-bridged nucleic acid (scpBNA) bearing a thymine (T) nucleobase. Oligonucleotides (ONs) modified with scpBNA-T exhibited strong binding affinity to complementary single-stranded RNA (ssRNA) and high enzymatic stability. These biophysical properties suggest that scpBNAs are well suited for use in antisense strategies. Herein we describe the synthesis of scpBNA monomers bearing 5-methylcytosine (mC), adenine (A), and guanine (G) nucleobases for use in a variety of sequences...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
Hyunho Noh, Yuexing Cui, Aaron W Peters, Dale R Pahls, Manuel A Ortuño, Nicolaas A Vermeulen, Christopher J Cramer, Laura Gagliardi, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha
Molybdenum(VI) oxide was deposited on the Zr6 node of the mesoporous metal-organic framework NU-1000 via condensed-phase deposition where the MOF is simply submerged in the precursor solution, a process named solvothermal deposition in MOFs (SIM). Exposure to oxygen leads to a monodisperse, porous heterogeneous catalyst, named Mo-SIM, and its structure on the node was elucidated both computationally and spectroscopically. The catalytic activity of Mo-SIM was tested for the epoxidation of cyclohexene. Near-quantitative yields of cyclohexene oxide and the ring-opened 1,2-cyclohexanediol were observed, indicating activity significantly higher than that of molybdenum(VI) oxide powder and comparable to that of a zirconia-supported analogue (Mo-ZrO2) prepared in a similar fashion...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Zhen Liu, Tian Zeng, Kin S Yang, Keary M Engle
A palladium(II)-catalyzed 1,2-dicarbofunctionalization reaction of unactivated alkenes has been developed, wherein a cleavable bidentate directing group is used to control regioselectivity and stabilize the putative alkylpalladium(II) intermediate. Under the optimized reaction conditions, a broad range of nucleophiles and electrophiles were found to participate in this transformation, providing moderate to high yields. 3-Butenoic acid derivatives containing internal alkenes and α-substituents were reactive substrates, offering a powerful platform for preparing β,γ-substituted carbonyl compounds with multiple stereocenters...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Otmar M Ten Kate, Rong-Jun Xie, Chun-Yun Wang, Shiro Funahashi, Naoto Hirosaki
Novel Sr2-yEuyB2-2xSi2+3xAl2-xN8+x phosphors were investigated as a function of the boron and aluminum over silicon ratio and as a function of the Eu(2+) concentration. Samples were prepared via solid-state reaction synthesis by carefully controlling the synthesis conditions and composition. At high boron and aluminum content, that is, x = 0, a Eu(2+) 5d-4f emission is observed of which the maximum shifts from 595 nm for low Eu concentrations (y = 0.005) toward 623 nm for high Eu concentrations (y = 0.5). The samples can be excited by UV or blue light up to ∼475 nm...
October 25, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Samuel L Esarey, Joel C Holland, Bart M Bartlett
We analyze the stability of the non-heme water oxidation catalyst (WOC), Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 toward oxygen and illumination under nonaqueous and acidic conditions. Fe(bpmcn)Cl2 has been previously used as a C-H activation catalyst, a homogeneous WOC, and as a cocatalyst anchored to WO3 for photoelectrochemical water oxidation. This paper reports that the ligand dissociates at pH 1 with a rate constant k = 19.8(2) × 10(-3) min(-1), resulting in loss of catalytic activity. The combination of UV-vis experiments, (1)H NMR spectroscopy, and cyclic voltammetry confirm free bpmcn and Fe(2+) present in solution under acidic conditions...
October 25, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
John F Ouyang, Ryan P A Bettens
Many-body effects are required for an accurate description of both structure and dynamics of large chemical systems. However, there are numerous such interactions to consider and it is not obvious which ones are significant. We provide a general and fast method for establishing which small set of three- and four-body interactions are important. This is achieved by estimating the maximum many-body effects, $\epsilon_\mathrm{max}$, that can arise in a given arrangement of bodies. Through careful analysis of $\epsilon_\mathrm{max}$ we find two overall causes for significant many-body interactions...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Fumiaki Shima, Hirokazu Narita, Ayami Hiura, Hiroshi Shimoda, Mitsuru Akashi
There is considerable global demand for three-dimensional (3D) functional tissues which mimic our native organs and tissues for use as in vitro drug screening systems and in regenerative medicine. In particular, there has been an increasing number of patients who suffer from arterial diseases such as arteriosclerosis. As such, in vitro 3D arterial wall models that can evaluate the effects of novel medicines and a novel artificial graft for the treatment are required. In our previous study, we reported the rapid construction of 3D tissues by employing a Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technique and revealed their potential applications in the pharmaceutical fields and tissue engineering...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
Niloufar Eskandarpour, Hassan Sereshti, Hamid Najarzadekan, Hamid Gaikani
A novel electrospun composite nanofiber-based adsorbent (polyurethane/polystyrene-silica) was fabricated, characterized and used in the headspace solid-phase microextraction of the acetylated derivatives of chlorophenols in water samples before gas chromatography with micro electron capture detection. The surface morphology, chemical composition, thermal stability and structure of the fibers were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis, and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller and Barrett-Joyner-Halenda techniques...
October 25, 2016: Journal of Separation Science
Ryan A Devenyi, Francis A Ortega, Willemijn Groenendaal, Trine Krogh-Madsen, David J Christini, Eric A Sobie
Imbalances of ionic currents can destabilize the cardiac action potential and potentially trigger lethal cardiac arrhythmias. Here we combined mathematical modeling with information-rich dynamic-clamp experiments to elucidate regulation of action potential morphology in guinea pig ventricular myocytes. Parameter sensitivity analysis was used to predict how changes in ionic currents alter action potential duration, and these were tested experimentally using dynamic clamp, a technique that allows for multiple perturbations to be tested in each cell...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physiology
Xian-Jun Yu, Qun Zhao, Xuan-Bin Wang, Jing-Xuan Zhang, Xiao-Bo Wang
Cancerous inhibitor of protein phosphatase 2A (CIP2A) is an oncoprotein that is overexpressed in many human malignancies. It regulates phosphorylated AKT and stabilizes c‑Myc in cell proliferation and tumor formation, suggesting that CIP2A plays an essential role in the development of cancer. In the present study, we report that a natural compound, gambogenic acid (GEA), induced the degradation of CIP2A via the ubiquitin‑proteasome pathway. Interestingly, the combination of GEA and proteasome inhibitors potentiated the accumulation of ubiquitinated CIP2A and aggresome formation...
October 20, 2016: Oncology Reports
Edgar Teddy Quispe-Soto, Gloria M Calaf
Global cancer burden increased to 14.1 million new cases in 2012; and breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide, with nearly 1.7 million new cases diagnosed in 2012. Curcumin is the major bioactive ingredient extracted from the rhizome of the plant Curcuma longa (turmeric). Paclitaxel is a microtubule-stabilizing agent originally isolated from the bark of Taxus brevifolia. Curcumin and paclitaxel were evaluated with two human breast cancer cell lines as the luminal MCF-7 and the basal-like MDA-MB-231 that are either positive or negative for hormonal receptors estrogen receptor, progesterone receptor and HER2, respectively...
October 19, 2016: International Journal of Oncology
Maxime Wc Rousseaux, Maria de Haro, Cristian A Lasagna-Reeves, Antonia De Maio, Jeehye Park, Paymaan Jafar-Nejad, Ismael Al-Ramahi, Ajay Sharma, Lauren See, Nan Lu, Luis Vilanova-Velez, Tiemo J Klisch, Thomas F Westbrook, Juan C Troncoso, Juan Botas, Huda Y Zoghbi
Several neurodegenerative diseases are driven by the toxic gain-of-function of specific proteins within the brain. Elevated levels of alpha-synuclein (α-Syn) appear to drive neurotoxicity in Parkinson's disease (PD); neuronal accumulation of tau is a hallmark of Alzheimer's disease (AD); and their increased levels cause neurodegeneration in humans and model organisms. Despite the clinical differences between AD and PD, several lines of evidence suggest that α-Syn and tau overlap pathologically. The connections between α-Syn and tau led us to ask whether these proteins might be regulated through a shared pathway...
October 25, 2016: ELife
Xinying Shi, Simpson Joseph
Release factors 1 and 2 (RF1 and RF2) bind to ribosomes that have a stop codon in the A site and catalyze the release of the newly synthesized protein. Following peptide release, the dissociation of RF1 and RF2 from the ribosome is accelerated by release factor 3 (RF3). The mechanism for RF3-promoted dissociation of RF1/RF2 is unclear. It was previously proposed that RF3 hydrolyzes GTP and dissociates from the ribosome after RF1 dissociation. Here we monitored directly the dissociation kinetics of RF1 and RF3 using Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) based assays...
October 25, 2016: Biochemistry
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