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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107005/kinetic-analysis-and-mechanism-of-the-hydrolytic-degradation-of-squaramides-and-squaramic-acids
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Marta Ximenis, Emilio Bustelo, Andrés G Algarra, Manel Vega, Carmen Rotger, Manuel G Basallote, Antonio Costa
The hydrolytic degradation of squaramides and squaramic acids, the product of partial hydrolysis of squaramides, has been evaluated by UV spectroscopy at 37°C in the pH range 3-10. Under these conditions, the compounds are kinetically stable over long time periods (>100 d). At pH > 10, the hydrolysis of the squaramate anions shows first-order dependence on both squaramate and OH-. At the same temperature and [OH-], the hydrolysis of squaramides usually displays biphasic spectral changes (A → B → C kinetic model) with formation of squaramates as detectable reaction intermediates...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106517/traditional-invasive-and-synchrotron-based-non-invasive-assessments-of-3d-printed-hybrid-cartilage-constructs
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Adeola Deborah Olubamiji, Ning Zhu, Tuanjie Chang, Chijioke Nwankwo, Zohreh Izadifar, Ali Honaramooz, Daniel Chen, B Frank Eames
Three-dimensional (3D)-printed constructs made of polycaprolactone (PCL) and chondrocyte-impregnated alginate hydrogel (hybrid cartilage constructs) mimic the biphasic nature of articular cartilage, offering promise for cartilage tissue engineering (CTE) applications. However, the regulatory pathway for medical device development requires validation of such constructs through in vitro bench tests and in vivo preclinical examinations premarket approval. Furthermore, non-invasive imaging techniques are required for effective evaluation of the progress of these cartilage constructs, especially when implanted in animal models or human subjects...
January 20, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106164/diverse-strategies-of-o2-usage-for-preventing-photo-oxidative-damage-under-co2-limitation-during-algal-photosynthesis
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Ginga Shimakawa, Yusuke Matsuda, Kensuke Nakajima, Masahiro Tamoi, Shigeru Shigeoka, Chikahiro Miyake
Photosynthesis produces chemical energy from photon energy in the photosynthetic electron transport and assimilates CO2 using the chemical energy. Thus, CO2 limitation causes an accumulation of excess energy, resulting in reactive oxygen species (ROS) which can cause oxidative damage to cells. O2 can be used as an alternative energy sink when oxygenic phototrophs are exposed to high light. Here, we examined the responses to CO2 limitation and O2 dependency of two secondary algae, Euglena gracilis and Phaeodactylum tricornutum...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105611/huge-mediastinal-liposarcoma-resected-by-clamshell-thoracotomy-a-case-report
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Michihito Toda, Nobuhiro Izumi, Takuma Tsukioka, Hiroaki Komatsu, Satoshi Okada, Kantaro Hara, Ryuichi Ito, Toshihiko Shibata, Noritoshi Nishiyama
BACKGROUND: Liposarcoma is the single most common soft tissue sarcoma. Because mediastinal liposarcomas often grow rapidly and frequently recur locally despite adjuvant chemotherapy and radiotherapy, they require complete excision. Therefore, the feasibility of achieving complete surgical excision must be carefully considered. We here report a case of a huge mediastinal liposarcoma resected via clamshell thoracotomy. CASE PRESENTATION: A 64-year-old man presented with dyspnea on effort...
December 2017: Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105159/small-bowel-metastasis-from-pancreatic-cancer-in-a-long-term-survival-patient-with-synchronous-advanced-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Morena Fasano, Carminia Maria Della Corte, Giovanni Vicidomini, Valerio Scotti, Pier Francesco Rambaldi, Alfonso Fiorelli, Marina Accardo, Ferdinando De Vita, Mario Santini, Fortunato Ciardiello, Floriana Morgillo
Diffuse malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) is an aggressive tumor that originates from the surface of the pleura. Approximately 70% of cases are associated with chronic asbestos exposure. MPM is regarded as an incurable disease, with a median survival of ~2 years following intensive multimodality treatment. Pancreatic cancer is a malignancy also associated with a poor prognosis, with only 2% of patients surviving for 5 years. The majority of patients with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed with an advanced stage of disease and experience a poor response to therapy...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103823/stepwise-addition-of-genetic-changes-correlated-with-histological-change-from-well-differentiated-to-sarcomatoid-phenotypes-a-case-report
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Taichiro Goto, Yosuke Hirotsu, Hitoshi Mochizuki, Takahiro Nakagomi, Toshio Oyama, Kenji Amemiya, Masao Omata
BACKGROUND: Sarcomatoid cancer is defined by the World Health Organization as a category of non-small cell lung cancers with sarcoma or sarcoma-like differentiation. They are characterized by poor prognosis and resistance to conventional chemotherapy. However, the mutational profile of sarcomatoid cancer remains yet to be elucidated. Sarcomatoid cancers are usually biphasic tumors composed of carcinomatous and sarcomatous components, but the evolutional development of sarcomatoid cancer is controversial...
January 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103458/-uterine-carcinosarcoma-clinicopathological-features-and-prognostic-factors
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Rita Luz, Joana Ferreira, Mara Rocha, Ana Francisca Jorge, Ana Félix
INTRODUCTION: Uterine carcinosarcoma is a rare and aggressive biphasic malignancy and is currently included in the high risk endometrial carcinoma group. The aims of this study were to determine the clinicopathological profile, treatment, recurrence/progression patterns, survival and prognostic factors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective study of 42 patients, surgically staged and followed-up at a cancer centre, between 2005 and 2013. Clinical data was retrieved from records and pathological characteristics were reviewed for this study...
October 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103428/aqueous-biphasic-systems-for-the-synthesis-of-formates-via-catalytic-co2-hydrogenation-integrated-reaction-and-catalyst-separation-for-co2-scrubbing-solutions
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Martin Scott, Beatriz Blas Molinos, Christian Westhues, Giancarlo Franciò, Walter Leitner
Aqueous biphasic systems were investigated for the production of formate-amine-adducts via metal-catalyzed CO2-hydrogenation. Different hydrophobic organic solvents and ionic liquids could be employed as the stationary phase for cis-Ru(dppm)2Cl2 as prototypical catalyst without any modification or tagging of the complex. The solvent pair methyl-isobutylcarbinol (MIBC) and water led to the most practical and productive system and repetitive use of the catalyst phase was demonstrated achieving high endurance with a total TON 150...
January 19, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100741/control-of-spike-transfer-at-hippocampal-mossy-fiber-synapses-in-vivo-by-gabaa-and-gabab-receptor-mediated-inhibition
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Stefano Zucca, Marilena Griguoli, Meryl Malézieux, Noëlle Grosjean, Mario Carta, Christophe Mulle
: Despite extensive studies in hippocampal slices and incentive from computational theories, the synaptic mechanisms underlying information transfer at mossy fiber (mf) connections between the dentate gyrus (DG) and CA3 neurons in vivo are still elusive. Here we used an optogenetic approach in mice to selectively target and control the activity of DG granule cells (GCs) while performing whole-cell and juxtacellular recordings of CA3 neurons in vivo In CA3 pyramidal cells (PCs), mf-CA3 synaptic responses consisted predominantly of an IPSP at low stimulation frequency (0...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100021/identifying-the-biphasic-role-of-calcineurin-nfat-signaling-enables-replacement-of-sox2-in-somatic-cell-reprogramming
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Sherif Khodeer, Takumi Era
Induction of pluripotency with defined factors (Oct4, Sox2, Klf4, c-Myc) raises hopes for successful clinical trials. Despite considerable efforts, the molecular mechanism of reprogramming remains poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to identify the role of calcineurin/nuclear factor of activated T cells (NFAT) in reprogramming. Our results demonstrated a biphasic role for calcineurin/NFAT signaling during reprogramming. In the early phase of reprogramming, calcineurin activity is required to maintain proper cell cycle division and for mesenchymal-epithelial transition...
January 18, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098409/trpv4-contributes-to-resting-membrane-potential-in-retinal-m%C3%A3-ller-cells-implications-in-cell-volume-regulation
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Vanina Netti, Juan Fernández, Maia Kalstein, Alejandro Pizzoni, Gisela Di Giusto, Valeria Rivarola, Paula Ford, Claudia Capurro
Neural activity alters osmotic gradients favoring cell swelling in retinal Müller cells. This swelling is followed by a regulatory volume decrease (RVD), partially mediated by an efflux of KCl and water. The transient receptor potential channel 4 (TRPV4), a nonselective calcium channel, has been proposed as a candidate for mediating intracellular Ca(2+) elevation induced by swelling. We previously demonstrated in a human Müller cell line (MIO-M1) that RVD strongly depends on ion channel activation and, consequently, on membrane potential (Vm )...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096460/occupancy-of-the-zinc-binding-site-by-transition-metals-decreases-the-substrate-affinity-of-the-human-dopamine-transporter-by-an-allosteric-mechanism
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Yang Li, Felix P Mayer, Peter S Hasenhuetl, Verena Burtscher, Klaus Schicker, Harald H Sitte, Michael Freissmuth, Walter Sandtner
The human dopamine transporter (DAT) has a tetrahedral Zn(2+)-binding site. Zn(2+)-binding sites are also recognized by other first row transition metals. Excessive accumulation of manganese or of copper can lead to Parkinsonism due to dopamine deficiency. Accordingly, we examined the effect of Mn(2+), Co(2+), Ni(2+) and Cu(2+)on transport-associated currents through DAT and DAT-H193K, a mutant with a disrupted Zn(2+)-binding site. All transition metals - but Mn(2+) - modulated the transport cycle of wild type DAT with affinities in the low µM range...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095304/adaptive-significance-of-critical-weight-for-metamorphosis-in-holometabolous-insects
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Ken-Ichi Hironaka, Yoshihiro Morishita
Holometabolous insect larvae become committed to metamorphosis when they reach a critical weight. Although the physiological mechanisms involved in this process have been well-studied, the adaptive significance of the critical weight remains unclear. Here, we developed a life history model for holometabolous insects and evaluated it from the viewpoint of optimal energy allocation. We found that, without a priori assumptions about critical weight, the optimal growth schedule is always biphasic: larval tissues grow predominately until they reach a certain threshold, after which the imaginal tissues begin rapid growth, suggesting that the emergence of a critical weight as a phase-transition point is a natural consequence of optimal growth scheduling...
January 14, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094246/development-of-sr-incorporated-biphasic-calcium-phosphate-bone-cement
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Hui Zhu, Dagang Guo, Wenli Qi, Kewei Xu
To follow the design strategy of traditional biphasic calcium phosphate (BCP) ceramic, in the present study, strontium-doped biphasic calcium phosphate bone cement (Sr-BCPC) composites comprising Sr-β-tricalcium phosphate (TCP)/Sr-hydroxyapatite (HAP) had been prepared for the first time using Sr x -β-TCP/tetracalcium phosphate (TTCP) as a cement powder and diluted phosphoric acid as a cement liquid. The phase composition, setting time, compressive strength, washout resistance, in vitro degradation rate, microstructure evolutions, hydration dynamics and cytotoxicity of Sr-BCPC at various Sr contents were intensively investigated...
January 17, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093238/a-model-of-the-mitochondrial-basis-of-bipolar-disorder
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Gerwyn Morris, Ken Walder, Sean L McGee, Olivia M Dean, Susannah J Tye, Michael Maes, Michael Berk
BACKGROUND: Bipolar disorder phenomenologically is a biphasic disorder of energy availability; increased in mania and decreased in depression. In consort, there is accumulating evidence indicating increased mitochondrial respiration and ATP production in bipolar mania which contrasts with decreased mitochondrial function in patients in the euthymic or depressive phase of the illness. Consequently, the central thesis of this paper is that bipolar disorder is due to a phasic dysregulation of mitochondrial biogenergetics...
January 14, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092733/enzymatic-synthesis-of-an-ezetimibe-intermediate-using-carbonyl-reductase-coupled-with-glucose-dehydrogenase-in-an-aqueous-organic-solvent-system
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Zhi-Qiang Liu, Si-Chuan Dong, Huan-Huan Yin, Ya-Ping Xue, Xiao-Ling Tang, Xiao-Jian Zhang, Jun-Yao He, Yu-Guo Zheng
(4S)-3-[(5S)-5-(4-Fluorophenyl)-5-hydroxypentanoyl]-4-phenyl-1,3-oxazolidin-2-one ((S)-ET-5) is an important chiral intermediate in the synthesis of chiral side chain of ezetimibe. Recombinant Escherichia coli expressing carbonyl reductase (CBR) was successfully constructed in this study. The total E. coli biomass and the specific activity of recombinant CBR in 5L fermenter culture were 10.9gDCWL(-1) and 14900.3Ug(-1)DCW, respectively. The dual-enzyme coupled biocatalytic process in an aqueous-organic biphasic solvent system was first constructed using p-xylene as the optimal organic phase under optimized reaction conditions, and 150gL(-1) (4S)-3-[5-(4-fluorophenyl)-1,5-dioxophentyl]-4-phenyl-1,3-oxazolidin-2-one (ET-4) was successfully converted to (S)-ET-5 with a conversion of 99...
January 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092675/unbalancing-p53-mdm2-igf-1r-axis-by-mdm2-activation-restrains-the-igf-1-dependent-invasive-phenotype-of-skin-melanoma
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C Worrall, N Suleymanova, C Crudden, I Trocoli Drakensjö, E Candrea, D Nedelcu, S-I Takahashi, L Girnita, A Girnita
Melanoma tumors usually retain wild-type p53; however, its tumor-suppressor activity is functionally disabled, most commonly through an inactivating interaction with mouse double-minute 2 homolog (Mdm2), indicating p53 release from this complex as a potential therapeutic approach. P53 and the tumor-promoter insulin-like growth factor type 1 receptor (IGF-1R) compete as substrates for the E3 ubiquitin ligase Mdm2, making their relative abundance intricately linked. Hence we investigated the effects of pharmacological Mdm2 release from the Mdm2/p53 complex on the expression and function of the IGF-1R...
January 16, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092496/the-effect-of-contrast-material-on-radiation-dose-at-ct-part-i-incorporation-of-contrast-material-dynamics-in-anthropomorphic-phantoms
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Pooyan Sahbaee, W Paul Segars, Daniele Marin, Rendon C Nelson, Ehsan Samei
Purpose To develop a method to incorporate the propagation of contrast material into computational anthropomorphic phantoms for estimation of organ dose at computed tomography (CT). Materials and Methods A patient-specific physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) model of the human cardiovascular system was incorporated into 58 extended cardiac-torso (XCAT) patient phantoms. The PBPK model comprised compartmental models of vessels and organs unique to each XCAT model. For typical injection protocols, the dynamics of the contrast material in the body were described according to a series of patient-specific iodine mass-balance differential equations, the solutions to which provided the contrast material concentration time curves for each compartment...
January 13, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089918/cardiovascular-and-respiratory-activity-of-pk20-opioid-and-neurotensin-hybrid-peptide-in-anesthetized-and-awake-rats
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Katarzyna Kaczyńska, Piotr Wojciechowski, Monika Jampolska, Andrzej W Lipkowski, Patrycja Kleczkowska
AIM: Chimeric compound - PK20 despite its therapeutic activity on nociceptive and inflammatory processes may affect respiration and blood pressure. Our objective was to evaluate influence of the hybrid composed of endomorphin-2 and neurotensin fragments on ventilation, heart rate and blood pressure in anesthetized and awake rats. METHODS: The effects of PK20 (1mg/kg) were studied either after its intravenous administration in anesthetized rats or intraperitoneal injection in awake state...
January 12, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089683/coupling-of-homologous-recombination-and-the-checkpoint-by-atr
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Rémi Buisson, Joshi Niraj, Amélie Rodrigue, Chu Kwen Ho, Johannes Kreuzer, Tzeh Keong Foo, Emilie J-L Hardy, Graham Dellaire, Wilhelm Haas, Bing Xia, Jean-Yves Masson, Lee Zou
ATR is a key regulator of cell-cycle checkpoints and homologous recombination (HR). Paradoxically, ATR inhibits CDKs during checkpoint responses, but CDK activity is required for efficient HR. Here, we show that ATR promotes HR after CDK-driven DNA end resection. ATR stimulates the BRCA1-PALB2 interaction after DNA damage and promotes PALB2 localization to DNA damage sites. ATR enhances BRCA1-PALB2 binding at least in part by inhibiting CDKs. The optimal interaction of BRCA1 and PALB2 requires phosphorylation of PALB2 at S59, an ATR site, and hypo-phosphorylation of S64, a CDK site...
January 19, 2017: Molecular Cell
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