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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731588/human-leukocyte-antigen-distribution-and-genomic-ancestry-in-brazilian-patients-with-sickle-cell-disease
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M C F da Silva-Malta, P S Rodrigues, L W Zuccherato, F C B de Souza, E M F L Domingues, V R Souza, E Tarazona-Santos, M L Martins
Hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) is currently the only established curative treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), but is limited by donor availability. Ethnicity is thought to have an impact on the complications experienced by patients that undergo HSCT and on the likelihood of identifying an HLA matched donor. In the present study, we investigated the genomic ancestry and the distribution of HLA allele groups in Brazilian patients with SCD, compared these HLA profiles to worldwide populations and evaluate the availability of HLA-matched donors...
July 21, 2017: HLA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729872/plc-mediated-signaling-pathway-in-pollen-tubes-regulates-the-gametophytic-self-incompatibility-of-pyrus-species
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Haiyong Qu, Yaqin Guan, Yongzhang Wang, Shaolin Zhang
Among the Rosaceae species, the gametophytic self-incompatibility (GSI) is controlled by a single multi-allelic S locus, which is composed of the pistil-S and pollen-S genes. The pistil-S gene encodes a polymorphic ribonuclease (S-RNase), which is essential for identifying self-pollen. However, the S-RNase system has not been fully characterized. In this study, the self-S-RNase inhibited the Ca(2+)-permeable channel activity at pollen tube apices and the selectively decreased phospholipase C (PLC) activity in the plasma membrane of Pyrus pyrifolia pollen tubes...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729522/site-controlled-and-advanced-epitaxial-ge-si-quantum-dots-fabrication-properties-and-applications
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Moritz Brehm, Martyna Grydlik
In this review, we report on fabrication paths, challenges, and emerging solutions to integrate group-IV epitaxial quantum dots (QDs) as active light emitters into the existing standard Si technology. Their potential as laser gain material for the use of optical intra- and inter-chip interconnects as well as possibilities to combine a single-photon-source-based quantum cryptographic means with Si technology will be discussed. We propose that the mandatory addressability of the light emitters can be achieved by a combination of organized QD growth assisted by templated self-assembly, and advanced inter-QD defect engineering to boost the optical emissivity of group-IV QDs at room-temperature...
July 21, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722132/evolution-of-the-selfing-syndrome-anther-orientation-and-herkogamy-together-determine-reproductive-assurance-in-a-self-compatible-plant
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Per Toräng, Linus Vikström, Jörg Wunder, Stefan Wötzel, George Coupland, Jon Ågren
Capacity for autonomous self-fertilization provides reproductive assurance, has evolved repeatedly in the plant kingdom, and typically involves several changes in flower morphology and development (the selfing syndrome). Yet, the relative importance of different traits and trait combinations for efficient selfing and reproductive success in pollinator-poor environments is poorly known. In a series of experiments, we tested the importance of anther-stigma distance and the less studied trait anther orientation for efficiency of selfing in the perennial herb Arabis alpina...
July 19, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716401/research-on-the-parallel-load-sharing-principle-of-a-novel-self-decoupled-piezoelectric-six-dimensional-force-sensor
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Ying-Jun Li, Cong Yang, Gui-Cong Wang, Hui Zhang, Huan-Yong Cui, Yong-Liang Zhang
This paper presents a novel integrated piezoelectric six-dimensional force sensor which can realize dynamic measurement of multi-dimensional space load. Firstly, the composition of the sensor, the spatial layout of force-sensitive components, and measurement principle are analyzed and designed. There is no interference of piezoelectric six-dimensional force sensor in theoretical analysis. Based on the principle of actual work and deformation compatibility coherence, this paper deduces the parallel load sharing principle of the piezoelectric six-dimensional force sensor...
July 14, 2017: ISA Transactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715014/amyloid-scaffolds-as-alternative-chlorosomes
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REVIEW
Rolando F Rengifo, Noel X Li, Anthony Sementilli, David G Lynn
Living systems contain remarkable functional capability built within sophisticated self-organizing frameworks. Defining the assembly codes that coordinate these systems could greatly extend nanobiotechnology. To that end, we have highlighted the self-assembling architecture of the chlorosome antenna arrays and report the emulation and extension of their features for the development of cell-compatible photoredox materials. We specifically review work on amyloid peptide scaffolds able to (1) organize light-harvesting chromophores, (2) break peptide bilayer symmetry for directional energy and electron transfer, and (3) incorporate redox active metal ions at high density for energy storage...
July 17, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708450/a-comparison-of-kenyan-biomphalaria-pfeifferi-and-b-sudanica-as-vectors-for-schistosoma-mansoni-including-a-discussion-of-the-need-to-better-understand-the-effects-of-snail-breeding-systems-on-transmission
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Martin Mutuku, Lijun Lu, Fredrick Otiato, Ibrahim Ndungu Mwangi, Joseph Mutonga Kinuthia, Geoffrey Murai Maina, Martina Rose Laidemitt, Eric Agola Lelo, Horace Ochanda, Eric Samuel Loker, Gerald Mwandori Mkoji
In Kenya, schistosomes infect an estimated 6 million people with >30 million people at risk of infection. We compared compatibility with, and ability to support and perpetuate, Schistosoma mansoni of Biomphalaria pfeifferi and Biomphalaria sudanica, 2 prominent freshwater snail species involved in schistosomiasis transmission in Kenya. Field-derived B. pfeifferi (from a stream in Mwea, central Kenya) and B. sudanica (from Nawa, Lake Victoria, in western Kenya) were exposed to S. mansoni miracidia isolated from fecal samples of naturally infected humans from Mwea or Nawa...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708005/taurine-protects-lens-epithelial-cells-against-ultraviolet-b-induced-apoptosis
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Wu Dayang, Pang Dongbo
BACKGROUND: The massive uptake of compatible osmolytes is a self-protective response shared by lens exposed to hypertonic stress and ultraviolet stress. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the protective effects of taurine against ultraviolet B-induced cytotoxicity in the lens epithelial cells. METHODS: Real-time PCR was used to measure osmolytes transport. Radioimmunoassay was used to measure osmolytes uptake. Cell counting kit-8 assays were used to measure cellular viability...
July 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689418/an-assay-based-on-samdi-mass-spectrometry-for-profiling-protein-interaction-domains
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Patrick T O'Kane, Milan Mrksich
This paper describes an assay that can profile the binding of a protein to ligands and can rank the affinities of a library of ligands. The method is based on the enhanced rate of an enzyme-mediated reaction that follows from colocalization of the enzyme and substrate by a protein-ligand interaction. This assay uses a self-assembled monolayer that presents a candidate peptide ligand for a receptor and a peptide substrate for an enzyme. The receptor is prepared as a fusion to the relevant enzyme so that binding of the receptor to the immobilized ligand brings the enzyme to the surface, where it can more rapidly modify its substrate...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685014/breeding-system-and-pollination-of-two-closely-related-bamboo-species
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Ling-Na Chen, Yong-Zhong Cui, Khoon-Meng Wong, De-Zhu Li, Han-Qi Yang
An understanding of the breeding systems and pollination of agriculturally important plants is critical to germplasm improvement. Breeding system characteristics greatly influence the amount and spatial distribution of genetic variation within and amongst populations and influence the rarity and extinction vulnerability of plant species. Many woody bamboos have a long vegetative period (20-150 years) followed by gregarious monocarpy. Relatively, little is known about their pollination and breeding systems...
May 2017: AoB Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681888/gemcitabine-camptothecin-conjugates-a-hybrid-prodrug-for-controlled-drug-release-and-synergistic-therapeutics
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Meili Hou, Peng Xue, Yong-E Gao, Xiaoqian Ma, Shuang Bai, Yuejun Kang, Zhigang Xu
Drug self-delivery systems represent an important approach to enhance the therapeutic efficacy for cancer therapy. We report the design, synthesis and characterization of a new amphiphilic small molecule prodrug based on two types of anticancer drugs, the hydrophilic gemcitabine and hydrophobic camptothecin, linked by a disulfide bond and abbreviated as GT-CPT. The obtained amphiphilic prodrug conjugates self-assembled into nanoparticles in water and showed strong micellar stability and excellent blood compatibility in vivo...
July 6, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680414/multiple-group-membership-and-well-being-is-there-always-strength-in-numbers
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Anders L Sønderlund, Thomas A Morton, Michelle K Ryan
A growing body of research points to the value of multiple group memberships for individual well-being. However, much of this work considers group memberships very broadly and in terms of number alone. We conducted two correlational studies exploring how the relationship between multiple group membership and well-being is shaped by (a) the complexity of those groups within the overall self-concept (i.e., social identity complexity: SIC), and (b) the perceived value and visibility of individual group memberships to others (i...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678905/epidemiological-surveillance-of-tegumentary-leishmaniasis-local-territorial-analysis
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Valdenir Bandeira Soares, Andréa Sobral de Almeida, Paulo Chagastelles Sabroza, Waldemir Paixão Vargas
OBJECTIVE: To propose a new operational unit in the locality scale capable of subsidizing the construction of an information system to control the transmission of tegumentary leishmaniasis at this scale, in a region of high endemicity of the Atlantic Forest. METHODS: We examined the adequacy of data and instruments in an area of high endemicity in the Atlantic Forest located in the South of the State of Rio de Janeiro from 1990 to 2012. The study proposed an operational unit called Local Surveillance Unit to make all used databases compatible by adjusting census sectors...
June 26, 2017: Revista de Saúde Pública
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670307/synthetic-microbial-ecology-engineering-habitats-for-modular-consortia
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Sami Ben Said, Dani Or
The metabolic diversity present in microbial communities enables cooperation toward accomplishing more complex tasks than possible by a single organism. Members of a consortium communicate by exchanging metabolites or signals that allow them to coordinate their activity through division of labor. In contrast with monocultures, evidence suggests that microbial consortia self-organize to form spatial patterns, such as observed in biofilms or in soil aggregates, that enable them to respond to gradient, to improve resource interception and to exchange metabolites more effectively...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650458/duplicated-pollen-pistil-recognition-loci-control-intraspecific-unilateral-incompatibility-in-brassica-rapa
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Yoshinobu Takada, Kohji Murase, Hiroko Shimosato-Asano, Takahiro Sato, Honoka Nakanishi, Keita Suwabe, Kentaro K Shimizu, Yong Pyo Lim, Seiji Takayama, Go Suzuki, Masao Watanabe
In plants, cell-cell recognition is a crucial step in the selection of optimal pairs of gametes to achieve successful propagation of progeny. Flowering plants have evolved various genetic mechanisms, mediated by cell-cell recognition, to enable their pistils to reject self-pollen, thus preventing inbreeding and the consequent reduced fitness of progeny (self-incompatibility, SI), and to reject foreign pollen from other species, thus maintaining species identity (interspecific incompatibility)(1). In the genus Brassica, the SI system is regulated by an S-haplotype-specific interaction between a stigma-expressed female receptor (S receptor kinase, SRK) and a tapetum cell-expressed male ligand (S locus protein 11, SP11), encoded by their respective polymorphic genes at the S locus(2-6)...
June 26, 2017: Nature Plants
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650140/dual-physically-cross-linked-nanocomposite-hydrogels-reinforced-by-tunicate-cellulose-nanocrystals-with-high-toughness-and-good-self-recoverability
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Tiantian Zhang, Tao Zuo, Danning Hu, Chunyu Chang
The weak mechanical properties of hydrogels usually limited their application in biomedical and industrial fields. Herein, we reported a nanocomposite network of poly(acrylic acid-co-acrylamide) (PAAAM) sequentially cross-linked by quaternized tunicate cellulose nanocrystals (Q-TCNCs) and Fe(3+). Q-TCNCs acted as both interfacial compatible reinforcements and cross-linkers in the nanocomposite hydrogels to form loose cross-linking, whereas compact cross-linking was built by ionic coordination between Fe(3+) and -COO(-) of PAAAM...
July 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649845/multifunctional-nanostructured-conductive-polymer-gels-synthesis-properties-and-applications
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Fei Zhao, Ye Shi, Lijia Pan, Guihua Yu
Conductive polymers have attracted significant interest over the past few decades because they synergize the advantageous features of conventional polymeric materials and organic conductors. With rationally designed nanostructures, conductive polymers can further exhibit exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties because of their confined dimensions at the nanoscale level. Among various nanostructured conductive polymers, conductive polymer gels (CPGs) with synthetically tunable hierarchical 3D network structures show great potential for a wide range of applications, such as bioelectronics, and energy storage/conversion devices owing to their structural features...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649685/templated-and-self-limiting-calcite-formation-directed-by-coccolith-organic-macromolecules
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Assaf Gal, Richard Wirth, Zahava Barkay, Noam Eliaz, André Scheffel, Damien Faivre
The formation of intricately shaped crystalline minerals by organisms is orchestrated by specialized biomacromolecules. The macromolecules associated with coccoliths, nanometer-sized calcite crystal arrays produced by marine microalgae, can form a distinct calcium-rich phase via macromolecular recognition. Here, we show that this calcium-rich phase can be mineralized into a thin film of single-crystalline calcite by the balanced addition of carbonate ions. Such a crystallization process provides a strategy to direct crystalline products via local interactions between soluble macromolecules and compatible templates...
July 6, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635956/self-assembled-three-dimensional-network-designs-for-soft-electronics
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Kyung-In Jang, Kan Li, Ha Uk Chung, Sheng Xu, Han Na Jung, Yiyuan Yang, Jean Won Kwak, Han Hee Jung, Juwon Song, Ce Yang, Ao Wang, Zhuangjian Liu, Jong Yoon Lee, Bong Hoon Kim, Jae-Hwan Kim, Jungyup Lee, Yongjoon Yu, Bum Jun Kim, Hokyung Jang, Ki Jun Yu, Jeonghyun Kim, Jung Woo Lee, Jae-Woong Jeong, Young Min Song, Yonggang Huang, Yihui Zhang, John A Rogers
Low modulus, compliant systems of sensors, circuits and radios designed to intimately interface with the soft tissues of the human body are of growing interest, due to their emerging applications in continuous, clinical-quality health monitors and advanced, bioelectronic therapeutics. Although recent research establishes various materials and mechanics concepts for such technologies, all existing approaches involve simple, two-dimensional (2D) layouts in the constituent micro-components and interconnects. Here we introduce concepts in three-dimensional (3D) architectures that bypass important engineering constraints and performance limitations set by traditional, 2D designs...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635174/flash-light-millisecond-self-assembly-of-high-%C3%AF-block-copolymers-for-wafer-scale-sub-10-nm-nanopatterning
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Hyeong Min Jin, Dae Yong Park, Seong-Jun Jeong, Gil Yong Lee, Ju Young Kim, Jeong Ho Mun, Seung Keun Cha, Joonwon Lim, Jun Soo Kim, Kwang Ho Kim, Keon Jae Lee, Sang Ouk Kim
One of the fundamental challenges encountered in successful incorporation of directed self-assembly in sub-10 nm scale practical nanolithography is the process compatibility of block copolymers with a high Flory-Huggins interaction parameter (χ). Herein, reliable, fab-compatible, and ultrafast directed self-assembly of high-χ block copolymers is achieved with intense flash light. The instantaneous heating/quenching process over an extremely high temperature (over 600 °C) by flash light irradiation enables large grain growth of sub-10 nm scale self-assembled nanopatterns without thermal degradation or dewetting in a millisecond time scale...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
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