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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098791/development-of-high-throughput-method-for-measurement-of-vascular-nitric-oxide-generation-in-microplate-reader
#1
Soad S Abd El-Hay, Christa L Colyer
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of nitric oxide (NO) in vascular physiology and pathology, a high-throughput method for the quantification of its vascular generation is lacking. OBJECTIVE: By using the fluorescent probe 4-amino-5-methylamino-2',7'-difluorofluorescein (DAF-FM), we have optimized a simple method for the determination of the generation of endothelial nitric oxide in a microplate format. METHODS: A nitric oxide donor was used (3-morpholinosydnonimine hydrochloride, SIN-1)...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098277/tuning-of-intrinsic-antiferromagnetic-to-ferromagnetic-ordering-in-microporous-%C3%AE-mno2-by-inducing-tensile-strain
#2
G Kruthika, J Karthikeyan, P Murugan
By employing first principles density functional calculations, we investigated an α-MnO2 compound with a tunnel framework, which provides an eminent platform to alter the intrinsic antiferromagnetic (AFM) to ferromagnetic (FM) ordering, through the introduction of chemical or mechanical tensile strain. Our calculations further showed that the strength of FM ordering increases until 10% triaxial tensile strain. Since long range FM ordering is induced, it is realized to be superior as compared to the experimentally observed short-range FM ordering in oxygen-deficient compound...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096665/gender-differences-in-partners-of-patients-with-copd-and-their-perceptions-about-the-patients
#3
Nienke Nakken, Daisy Ja Janssen, Monique van Vliet, Geeuwke J de Vries, Giny Al Clappers-Gielen, Arent Jan Michels, Jean Wm Muris, Jan H Vercoulen, Emiel Fm Wouters, Martijn A Spruit
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) not only affects patients but also their partners. Gender-related differences in patients with COPD are known, for instance regarding symptoms and quality of life. Yet, research regarding gender differences in partners of patients with COPD has been conducted to a lesser extent, and most research focused on female partners. We aimed to investigate differences between male and female partners of patients with COPD regarding their own characteristics and their perceptions of patients' characteristics...
2017: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096189/suppressor-of-overexpression-of-co-1-negatively-regulates-dark-induced-leaf-degreening-and-senescence-by-directly-repressing-pheophytinase-and-other-senescence-associated-genes-in-arabidopsis
#4
Junyi Chen, Xiaoyu Zhu, Jun Ren, Kai Qiu, Zhongpeng Li, Zuokun Xie, Jiong Gao, Xin Zhou, Benke Kuai
Although the biochemical pathway of chlorophyll (Chl) degradation has been largely elucidated, how Chl is rapidly yet coordinatedly degraded during leaf senescence still remains elusive. Pheophytinase (PPH) is the enzyme for catalyzing the removal of phytol group from Phein a, and PPH expression is significantly induced during leaf senescence. To elucidate the transcriptional regulation of PPH, we used yeast one-hybrid system to screen for its trans-regulators. SUPPRESSOR OF OVEREXPRESSION OF CO 1 (SOC1), a key flowering pathway integrator, was initially identified as one of the putative trans-regulators of PPH...
January 17, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094528/noncontact-viscoelastic-measurement-of-polymer-thin-films-in-a-liquid-medium-using-a-long-needle-afm
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Dongshi Guan, Chloé Barraud, Elisabeth Charlaix, Penger Tong
We report noncontact measurement of the viscoelastic property of polymer thin films in a liquid medium using frequency-modulation atomic force microscopy (FM-AFM) with a newly developed long-needle probe. The probe contains a long vertical glass fiber with one end adhered to a cantilever beam and the other end with a sharp tip placed near the liquid-film interface. The nanoscale flow generated by the resonant oscillation of the needle tip provides a precise hydrodynamic force acting on the soft surface of the thin film...
January 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094365/adsorbing-the-3d-transition-metal-atoms-to-effectively-modulate-the-electronic-and-magnetic-behaviors-of-zigzag-sic-nanoribbons
#6
Hui Li, Wei Chen, Xiaopeng Shen, Jingwei Liu, Xuri Huang, Guangtao Yu
On the basis of first-principles computations, we propose a simple and effective strategy through surface-adsorbing 3d-transition metal (TM) atoms, including Ti, Cr, Mn, Fe and Co, to modulate the electronic and magnetic behaviors of zigzag SiC nanoribbons (zSiCNRs), in view of the unique d electronic structures and intrinsic magnetic moments of TM atoms. It is revealed that like applying an electric field, the adsorption of these transition metal atoms can induce an evident change in the electrostatic potential of the substrate zSiCNRs owing to the electron transfer from the TM atom to the substrate...
January 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092850/tomato-slggp-like-gene-participates-in-plant-responses-to-chilling-stress-and-pathogenic-infection
#7
Dong-Yue Yang, Meng Li, Na-Na Ma, Xing-Hong Yang, Qing-Wei Meng
Plants are always exposed to abiotic and biotic stresses which can adversely affect their growth and development. As an important antioxidant, AsA plays a vital role in plant defence against damage caused by stresses. In this study, we cloned a tomato GDP-L-galactose phosphorylase-like (SlGGP-LIKE) gene and investigated its role in resistance to abiotic and biotic stresses by using antisense transgenic (AS) tomato lines. The AsA content in AS plants was lower than that in WT plants. Under chilling stress, the growth of AS plants was inhibited significantly, and they yielded higher levels of ROS, REC and MDA but demonstrated weaker APX activity than that shown by WT plants...
January 9, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091892/bariatric-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-surgery-adipocyte-proteins-involved-in-increased-bone-remodeling-in-humans
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Maria Fernanda G Biagioni, Adriana L Mendes, Célia Regina Nogueira, Celso V Leite, Loraine Gollino, Gláucia Mfs Mazeto
PURPOSE: Bariatric surgery has been associated with bone remodeling changes. The action of adipokines on the expression of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa β ligand (RANKL) and osteoprotegerin (OPG) and on an increase in sclerostin could be related to these changes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study aimed to assess the repercussions of weight loss, fat mass (FM), and fat-free mass (FFM) loss and biochemical and hormonal changes on bone remodeling markers after Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB)...
January 13, 2017: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089715/ameliorating-effects-of-herbal-formula-hemomine-on-experimental-subacute-hemorrhagic-anemia-in-rats
#9
Sae Kwang Ku, Hyemee Kim, Joo Wan Kim, Ki Sung Kang, Hae-Jeung Lee
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Hemomine (HM) is an herbal mixture consisting of 5 varieties of the hematopoietic herbal extracts (Angelica gigas Nakai, Cnidium officinale Makino, Paeonia lactiflora Pall., Rehmannia glutinosa Liboschitz ex Stueudel, Glycyrrhiza uralensis Fischer). AIM OF THE STUDY: Anemia has been treated with iron supplements, whereas it could cause adverse side effects such as digestive discomfort. In the present study, HM was applied to SHA rats to test for several activities so as to verify its therapeutic potentials on anemia and digestive discomfort...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089686/simulations-of-cytochrome-p450-3a4-mediated-drug-drug-interactions-by-simple-two-compartment-model-assisted-static-method
#10
Katsumi Iga, Akiko Kiriyama
In order to predict cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4)-mediated drug-drug interactions (DDIs), a simple two-compartment model assisted, overall inhibition-activity (Ai, overall) method was derived based upon two concepts. One concept was that the increase in blood victim-level and fold increase in the area under the blood victim-level curve (AUCR) produced by DDI are determined entirely by Ai, overall, the hepatic availability of the victim and fraction of urinary excreted unchanged victim, where Ai, overall is determined by the perpetrator-specific CYP isoform inhibition activities (Ai,CYPs, DDI predictor-1) and victim-specific fractional CYP isoform contributions (fm,CYPs, predictor-2)...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089508/a-reply-to-douze-and-delagnes-s-the-pattern-of-emergence-of-a-middle-stone-age-tradition-at-gademotta-and-kulluletti-ethiopia-through-convergent-tool-and-point-technologies-j-hum-evol-91-2016-93-121
#11
Yonatan Sahle, David R Braun
Douze and Delagnes (2016) revisit Middle Stone Age (MSA) lithic assemblages from the Gademotta Formation (Fm.), Ethiopia. Their analysis of selected assemblages from three of the 1972 excavations expands the original typo-technological interpretations by Wendorf and Schild (1974). We particularly welcome their evaluation of our recent inferences about the function of pointed artifacts and technological patterns in the Gademotta Fm. (Sahle et al., 2013, 2014). However, we find several arguments and conclusions in Douze and Delagnes (2016) to be rather unconvincing and irreconcilable with results from analyses of whole assemblages (Wendorf and Schild, 1974; Sahle et al...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088581/a-stepwise-algorithm-using-a-at-a-glance-first-line-test-for-the-non-invasive-diagnosis-of-advanced-liver-fibrosis-and-cirrhosis
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Jérôme Boursier, Victor de Ledinghen, Vincent Leroy, Rodolphe Anty, Sven Francque, Dominique Salmon, Adrien Lannes, Sandrine Bertrais, Frederic Oberti, Isabelle Fouchard-Hubert, Paul Calès
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Chronic liver diseases (CLD) are highly frequent and thus mainly managed by non-hepatologists. Because they lack access to the best non-invasive tests of liver fibrosis, these physicians cannot accurately determine the disease severity and the need for referral to a hepatologist. We aimed to implement an algorithm, comprising a new first-line test usable by all physicians, for the detection of advanced liver fibrosis in all CLD patients. METHODS: Diagnostic study: 3,754 CLD patients with liver biopsy were 2:1 randomized into derivation and validation sets...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087266/assessment-of-sex-differences-in-body-composition-among-adolescents-with-anorexia-nervosa
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Jason M Nagata, Neville H Golden, Rebecka Peebles, Jin Long, Stuart B Murray, Mary B Leonard, Jennifer L Carlson
PURPOSE: To compare deficits in fat mass (FM) and lean body mass (LM) among male and female adolescents with anorexia nervosa (AN) and to identify other covariates associated with body composition. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed electronic medical records of all subjects aged 9-20 years with a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition diagnosis of AN and dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry scans after initial evaluation at Stanford between March 1997 and February 2011...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Adolescent Health: Official Publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081236/a-key-marine-diazotroph-in-a-changing-ocean-the-interacting-effects-of-temperature-co2-and-light-on-the-growth-of-trichodesmium-erythraeum-ims101
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Tobias G Boatman, Tracy Lawson, Richard J Geider
Trichodesmium is a globally important marine diazotroph that accounts for approximately 60 - 80% of marine biological N2 fixation and as such plays a key role in marine N and C cycles. We undertook a comprehensive assessment of how the growth rate of Trichodesmium erythraeum IMS101 was directly affected by the combined interactions of temperature, pCO2 and light intensity. Our key findings were: low pCO2 affected the lower temperature tolerance limit (Tmin) but had no effect on the optimum temperature (Topt) at which growth was maximal or the maximum temperature tolerance limit (Tmax); low pCO2 had a greater effect on the thermal niche width than low-light; the effect of pCO2 on growth rate was more pronounced at suboptimal temperatures than at supraoptimal temperatures; temperature and light had a stronger effect on the photosynthetic efficiency (Fv/Fm) than did CO2; and at Topt, the maximum growth rate increased with increasing CO2, but the initial slope of the growth-irradiance curve was not affected by CO2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077805/spin-exciton-interaction-and-related-micro-photoluminescence-spectra-of-znse-mn-dms-nanoribbon
#15
Lipeng Hou, Weichang Zhou, Bingsuo Zou, Yu Zhang, Junbo Han, Xinxin Yang, Zhihong Gong, Jingbo Li, Sishen Xie, Lijie Shi
For their spintronic applications the magnetic and optical properties of diluted magnetic semiconductors (DMS) have been studied widely. However, the exact relationships between their magnetic interactions and optical emission behaviors in DMS are not well understood yet due to their complicated microstructural and compositional characters from different growth and preparation techniques. Manganese (Mn) doped ZnSe nanoribbons with high quality were obtained by using the chemical vapor deposition (CVD) method...
January 12, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077692/reference-curves-for-the-australian-canadian-hand-osteoarthritis-index-in-the-middle-aged-dutch-population
#16
Féline P B Kroon, Sofia Ramiro, Patrick Royston, Saskia Le Cessie, Frits R Rosendaal, Margreet Kloppenburg
OBJECTIVE: The aim was to establish reference curves of the Australian/Canadian Hand Osteoarthritis Index (AUSCAN), a widely used questionnaire assessing hand complaints. METHODS: Analyses were performed in a population-based sample, The Netherlands Epidemiology of Obesity study (n = 6671, aged 45-65 years). Factors associated with AUSCAN scores were analysed with ordered logistic regression, because AUSCAN data were zero inflated, dividing AUSCAN into three categories (0 vs 1-5 vs >5)...
January 11, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077562/sensitive-and-inexpensive-digital-dna-analysis-by-microfluidic-enrichment-of-rolling-circle-amplified-single-molecules
#17
Malte Kühnemund, Iván Hernández-Neuta, Mohd Istiaq Sharif, Matteo Cornaglia, Martin A M Gijs, Mats Nilsson
Single molecule quantification assays provide the ultimate sensitivity and precision for molecular analysis. However, most digital analysis techniques, i.e. droplet PCR, require sophisticated and expensive instrumentation for molecule compartmentalization, amplification and analysis. Rolling circle amplification (RCA) provides a simpler means for digital analysis. Nevertheless, the sensitivity of RCA assays has until now been limited by inefficient detection methods. We have developed a simple microfluidic strategy for enrichment of RCA products into a single field of view of a low magnification fluorescent sensor, enabling ultra-sensitive digital quantification of nucleic acids over a dynamic range from 1...
January 10, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077370/preoperative-aqueous-humour-flare-values-do-not-predict-proliferative-vitreoretinopathy-in-patients-with-rhegmatogenous-retinal-detachment
#18
Verena C Mulder, Jan Tode, Elon Hc van Dijk, Konstantine Purtskhvanidze, Johann Roider, Jan C van Meurs, Felix Treumer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Patients with rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD) who develop postoperative proliferative vitreoretinopathy (PVR) have been found to have higher preoperative laser flare values than patients with RRD who do not develop this complication. Measurement of laser flare has therefore been proposed as an objective, rapid and non-invasive method for identifying high-risk patients. The purpose of our study was to validate the use of preoperative flare values as a predictor of PVR risk in two additional patient cohorts, and to confirm the sensitivity and specificity of this method for identifying high-risk patients...
January 11, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28075425/management-of-fibromyalgia-practical-guides-from-recent-evidence-based-guidelines
#19
Winfried Häuser, Jacob Ablin, Serge Perrot, Mary-Ann Fitzcharles
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a prevalent and costly condition worldwide, affecting approximately 2% of the general population. Recent evidence- and consensus-based guidelines from Canada, Germany, Israel and the European League Against Rheumatism aim to support physicians in achieving a comprehensive diagnostic work-up of patients with chronic widespread pain (CWP) and to assist patients and physicians in shared decision making on treament options. Every patient with CWP requires at the first medical evaluation a complete history, medical examination and some laboratory tests (complete blood count, C-reactive protein, serum calcium, creatine phosphokinase, thyroid stimulating hormone, 25-OH vitamin D) to screen for metabolic or inflammatory causes of CWP...
January 4, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070084/a-label-free-and-turn-on-fluorescence-strategy-for-dna-detection-with-a-wide-detection-range-based-on-exonuclease-iii-aided-target-recycling-amplification
#20
Hualin Yang, Xiaoda Song, Baomiao Ding, Zhenshun Li, Xingping Zhang
In the present work, a simple and sensitive turn-on fluorescence method for DNA detection was developed. It was explored based on the N-methyl mesoporphyrin IX (NMM)/G-quadruplex DNA system as a reporter and exonuclease III (Exo III)-aided target recycling amplification to ensure sensitivity. Our method showed an ultra-wide detection range from 10 fM to 100 nM with a low linear detection limit of 0.76 nM. It also had excellent selectivity in a selectivity experiment.
2017: Analytical Sciences: the International Journal of the Japan Society for Analytical Chemistry
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