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Xinyi Ding, Yuxiang Sun, Yanming Chen, Wanchuan Ding, Steven Emory, Tianhao Li, Zixing Xu, Ning Han, Jun Wang, Gang Ruan
Micellar nanocrystals (micelles with encapsulated nanocrystals) have become an emerging major class of nanobiomaterials. We describe a method of fabricating micellar nanocrystals based on combining top-down electrospray, bottom-up self-assembly, and solvent-based structure control. This method involves first using electrospray to generate uniform ultrafine liquid droplets, each of which functions as a micro-reactor in which self-assembly reaction occurs forming micellar nanocrystals, with the structures (micelle shape and nanocrystal encapsulation) controlled by the organic solvent used...
February 11, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Wei-Wei Yang, Lei Li, Jing-Sheng Zhao, Xiao-Xiong Liu, Jian-Bo Deng, Xianru Hu
By doing calculations based on density functional theory (DFT), we predict that the two-dimensional anti-ferromagnetic (AFM) NiOsCl$_6$ as a Chern insulator can realize the quantum anomalous Hall (QAH) effect. We investigate the magnetocrystalline anisotropy (MAC) energies in different magnetic configurations and the N\'{e}el AFM configuration is proved to be ground state. When considering spin-orbit coupling (SOC), this layered material with spins perpendicular to the plane shows properties as a Chern insulator characterized by an inversion band structure and a nonzero Chern number...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Abeer A Nasir, Razan Salah, Abla Sayyed Ahmad, Samah Abu Hijleh, Sa'eed Abu Kattab, Alia Al Kurd, Rawan Al Sharif, Raed Amro, Ahmad Khatib, Hana' Mousa, Walaa Shamasnah, Khammisa Shqerat, Rita Giacaman
BACKGROUND: Hamm is an Arabic word that is used to express suffering. Idioms of distress are communicated differently in different contexts and cultures. Understanding idioms of distress and symptoms can help in diagnosis and lead to socioculturally sensitive health care. METHODS: In this qualitative study, we did semi-structured interviews with men and women of all age groups. Questions focused on the definition, causes, and consequences of Hamm. Responses were analysed by reading and re-reading interview transcripts until themes and subthemes emerged...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Dennis D Spencer, Jason L Gerrard, Hitten P Zaveri
Intracranial electrophysiological recording in patients with refractory focal epilepsy is the gold standard for defining epileptogenic tissue. Although the concordance of intracranial electrophysiology, structural MRI, and pathology can identify brain regions for resection, complete seizure control after surgery is not achieved in all patients with focal epilepsy. Repetitive identical behavioural seizures suggest one onset area, but epileptogenesis might be distributed and connected by functional and structural brain networks outside the seizure onset area, which could explain poor postsurgical outcomes in some patients...
April 2018: Lancet Neurology
Oscar Gutierrez-Sanz, Enrico Forbrig, Ana P Batista, Manuela M Pereira, Johannes Salewski, Maria Andrea Mroginski, Robert Goetz, Antonio L De Lacey, Jacek Kozuch, Ingo Zebger
Respiratory Complex I (CpI) is a key player in the way organisms obtain energy, being an energy transducer, which couples NADH:quinone oxidoreduction with proton translocation by a mechanism that remains elusive so far. In this work, we monitored the function of CpI in a biomimetic supported lipid membrane (SLM) system assembled on a 4-aminothiophenol (4-ATP) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) by surface-enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS). 4-ATP serves not only as linker molecule to a nanostructured gold-surface but also as pH sensor, as indicated by concomitant density functional theory (DFT) calculations...
March 19, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Jeanine F Amacher, Fangfang Zhong, George P Lisi, Michael Q Zhu, Stephanie L Alden, Kevin R Hoke, Dean R Madden, Ekaterina V Pletneva
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March 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Henry H Wilson, Connor A Koellner, Zain M Hannan, Caroline B Endy, Mark W Bezpalko, Nicholas A Piro, W Scott Kassel, Matthew D Sonntag, Christopher R Graves
The synthesis and full characterization of a series of neutral ligand α-diimine complexes of aluminum are reported. The compounds [Al(LAr )2 Cl2 )][AlCl4 ] [LAr = N, N'-bis(4-R-C6 H4 )-2,3-dimethyl-1,4-diazabutadiene] are structurally analogous, as determined by multinuclear NMR spectroscopy and solid-state X-ray diffraction, across a range of electron-donating [R = Me (2),t Bu (3), OMe (4), and NMe2 (5)] and electron-withdrawing [R = Cl (6), CF3 (7), and NO2 (8)] substituents in the aryl side arm of the ligand...
March 19, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Po-Chia Chen, Pawel Masiewicz, Vladimir Rybin, Dmitri I Svergun, Janosch Hennig
We present a screening protocol utilizing small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) to obtain structural information of biomolecular interactions independent of prior knowledge, so as to complement affinity-based screening and provide leads for further exploration. This protocol categorizes ligand titrations by computing pair-wise agreement between curves, and separately estimates affinities by quantifying complex formation as a departure from the linear sum properties of solution SAXS. The protocol is validated by sparse sequence search around the native poly-uridine RNA motifs of the two-RRM domain Sex-lethal protein (Sxl)...
March 19, 2018: ACS Combinatorial Science
Keke Fu, Rongbin Wang, Takayoshi Katase, Hiromichi Ohta, Norbert Koch, Steffen Duhm
Using photoemission spectroscopy, we show that the surface electronic structure of VO2 is determined by the temperature-dependent metal-insulator phase transition and the density of oxygen vacancies, which depends on the temperature and ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions. The atomically clean and stoichiometric VO2 surface is insulating at room temperature and features an ultrahigh work function of up to 6.7 eV. Heating in UHV just above the phase transition temperature induces the expected metallic phase, which goes in hand with the formation of oxygen defects (up to 6% in this study), but a high work function >6 eV is maintained...
March 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
István Pócsi, Gábor Király, Gáspár Bánfalvi
Fungal toxins are secondary metabolites, in which many of them were mycotoxins, affecting eukaryotic cells with a broad range of structural and functional variety contributing to the multitude of their classification. This refers to the harmful genotoxic (mutagenic, teratogenic, and carcinogenic) effects of mycotoxins on the one hand, and their cytocidic and antineoplastic properties on the other hand. This "double edged sword" effect could be utilized against the spread of tumors in older patients when the survival is much more important than the mutagenic side effects...
March 19, 2018: Acta Microbiologica et Immunologica Hungarica
Huanyu Jin, Chunxian Guo, Xin Liu, Jinlong Liu, Anthony Vasileff, Yan Jiao, Yao Zheng, Shi-Zhang Qiao
Over the past few decades, the design and development of advanced electrocatalysts for efficient energy conversion technologies have been subjects of extensive study. With the discovery of graphene, two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials have emerged as some of the most promising candidates for heterogeneous electrocatalysts due to their unique physical, chemical, and electronic properties. Here, we review 2D-nanomaterial-based electrocatalysts for selected electrocatalytic processes. We first discuss the unique advances in 2D electrocatalysts based on different compositions and functions followed by specific design principles...
March 19, 2018: Chemical Reviews
Wei-Wei Tao, Jin-Gao Yu, Yan-Yan Chen, Dong Xiao, Jian-Ming Guo, Pei Liu, Jin-Ao Duan
The study was based on the toxic characteristics of the compatibility between "Zaojisuiyuan" and Gancao, with intestinal tract and intestinal bacteria as subject. From the angle of intestinal barrier function, motor function, steady state of intestinal flora and metabolism genes, the toxic and side effects of the compatibility between Qianjinzi and Gancao with similar properties, bases and chemical composition and types were further explored. The results showed that the combined application of Qianjinzi and Gancao enhanced intestinal mucosa damage, and led to abnormal changes in intestinal bacteria structure and metabolic function...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Fushen Yang
PURPOSE: To investigate the expression of sirtuin type 1 (Sirt1) and adenosine 5'-monophosphate (AMP)-activated protein kinase (AMPK) in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and to explore the mechanism of their functions in NSCLC. METHODS: Cancer tissues (NSCLC group) and the adjacent normal healthy tissues (control group) of 50 patients with NSCLC were selected, and H&E staining was performed to identify the histopathological differences. Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR), immunofluorescence staining and Western blot were performed to detect the expression of Sirt1 and AMPK in tissues of NSCLC group and control group...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Jianying Shen, Jian Zhou, Yong Lin, Zhen Liu, Ping Chen, Xianchun Wang
Plasma membrane (PM) and mitochondrial membrane (MM) proteins of rat hippocampal neurons were identified and comparatively characterized on the basis of a sequential digestion-centered combinative strategy for sample treatment. A total of 478 membrane proteins were identified, of which 240 had PM localization, 170 had MM localization, and 33 had both of the two subcellular localizations. Compared with the PM proteome, the MM proteome not only was smaller, more basic, and more hydrophobic, but also had a narrower protein molecular mass distribution range and a higher proportion of transmembrane proteins...
March 19, 2018: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Bhavana V Mohite, Sunil H Koli, Satish V Patil
Currently, the heavy metal pollution is of grave concern, and the part of microorganism for metal bioremediation should take into account as an efficient and economic strategy. On this framework, the heavy metal stress consequences on exopolysaccharide (EPS)-producing agricultural isolate, Pantoea agglomerans, were studied. The EPS production is a protective response to stress to survive and grow in the metal-contaminated environment. P. agglomerans show tolerance and mucoid growth in the presence of heavy metals, i...
March 19, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Dario Spigolon, D Travis Gallagher, Adrian Velazquez-Campoy, Donatella Bulone, Jatin Narang, Pier Luigi San Biagio, Francesco Cappello, Alberto J L Macario, Everly Conway de Macario, Frank T Robb
The human chaperonin complex is a ~ 1 MDa nanomachine composed of two octameric rings formed from eight similar but non-identical subunits called CCT. Here, we are elucidating the mechanism of a heritable CCT5 subunit mutation that causes profound neuropathy in humans. In previous work, we introduced an equivalent mutation in an archaeal chaperonin that assembles into two octameric rings like in humans but in which all subunits are identical. We reported that the hexadecamer formed by the mutant subunit is unstable with impaired chaperoning functions...
December 2017: Biochemistry and Biophysics Reports
Joselle M McCracken, Sheng Xu, Adina Badea, Kyung-In Jang, Zheng Yan, David J Wetzel, Kewang Nan, Qing Lin, Mengdi Han, Mikayla A Anderson, Jung Woo Lee, Zijun Wei, Matt Pharr, Renhan Wang, Jessica Su, Stanislav S Rubakhin, Jonathan V Sweedler, John A Rogers, Ralph G Nuzzo
Complex 3D organizations of materials represent ubiquitous structural motifs found in the most sophisticated forms of matter, the most notable of which are in life-sustaining hierarchical structures found in biology, but where simpler examples also exist as dense multilayered constructs in high-performance electronics. Each class of system evinces specific enabling forms of assembly to establish their functional organization at length scales not dissimilar to tissue-level constructs. This study describes materials and means of assembly that extend and join these disparate systems-schemes for the functional integration of soft and biological materials with synthetic 3D microscale, open frameworks that can leverage the most advanced forms of multilayer electronic technologies, including device-grade semiconductors such as monocrystalline silicon...
September 2017: Advanced Biosystems
Alexandra K Eicher, H Matthew Berns, James M Wells
Gastric diseases, including peptic ulcer disease and gastric cancer, are highly prevalent in human beings. Despite this, the cellular biology of the stomach remains poorly understood relative to other gastrointestinal organs such as the liver, intestine, and colon. In particular, little is known about the molecular basis of stomach development and the differentiation of gastric lineages. Although animal models are useful for studying gastric development, function, and disease, there are major structural and physiological differences in human stomachs that render these models insufficient...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Yuta Kasagi, Prasanna M Chandramouleeswaran, Kelly A Whelan, Koji Tanaka, Veronique Giroux, Medha Sharma, Joshua Wang, Alain J Benitez, Maureen DeMarshall, John W Tobias, Kathryn E Hamilton, Gary W Falk, Jonathan M Spergel, Andres J Klein-Szanto, Anil K Rustgi, Amanda B Muir, Hiroshi Nakagawa
Background & Aims: Aberrations in the esophageal proliferation-differentiation gradient are histologic hallmarks in eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. A reliable protocol to grow 3-dimensional (3D) esophageal organoids is needed to study esophageal epithelial homeostasis under physiological and pathologic conditions. Methods: We modified keratinocyte-serum free medium to grow 3D organoids from endoscopic esophageal biopsies, immortalized human esophageal epithelial cells, and murine esophagi...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
Laurence Britton, Lesley-Anne Jaskowski, Kim Bridle, Eriza Secondes, Daniel Wallace, Nishreen Santrampurwala, Janske Reiling, Gregory Miller, Salvatore Mangiafico, Sofianos Andrikopoulos, V Nathan Subramaniam, Darrell Crawford
Background & Aims: Iron has an increasingly recognized role in the regulation of adipose tissue function, including the expression of adipokines involved in the pathogenesis of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. The cellular iron exporter, ferroportin, has been proposed as being a key determinant of adipocyte iron homeostasis. Methods: We studied an adipocyte-specific ferroportin ( Fpn1 ) knockout mouse model, using an Adipoq -Cre recombinase driven Fpn1 deletion and fed mice according to the fast food diet model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis...
March 2018: Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology
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