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EDITORIAL
F R Rosendaal, P H Reitsma
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 18, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150427/delayed-encounter-of-parental-genomes-can-lead-to-aneuploidy-in-saccharomyces%C3%A2-cerevisiae
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Alan Michael Tartakoff, David Dulce, Elizabeth Landis
We have investigated an extreme deviation from the norm of genome unification that occurs during mating in the yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae This deviation is encountered when yeast that carry a mutation of the spindle pole body protein, Kar1, are mated with wildtype cells. In this case, nuclear fusion is delayed and the genotypes of a fraction of zygotic progeny suggest that chromosomes have "transferred" between the parental nuclei in zygotes. This classic yet bizarre occurrence is routinely used to generate aneuploid (disomic) yeast...
November 17, 2017: Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150271/xenohormesis-in-early-life-new-avenues-of-research-to-explore-anti-aging-strategies-through-the-maternal-diet
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Philippe de Medina
Aging is a progressive internal physiological deterioration of the organism, leading to the occurrence of age-related lethal diseases. It has become a major societal challenge to understand the processes that drive aging and to develop rational pharmacological agents and dietary approaches to fight against age-related deterioration and diseases. Interestingly, several lines of evidence highlight an influence of the developmental period on the risk of age-related diseases later in life. This field is known as the developmental origins of health and disease...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150000/towards-a-unitary-approach-to-human-action-control
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REVIEW
Bernhard Hommel, Reinout W Wiers
From its academic beginnings the theory of human action control has distinguished between endogenously driven, intentional action and exogenously driven, habitual, or automatic action. We challenge this dual-route model and argue that attempts to provide clear-cut and straightforward criteria to distinguish between intentional and automatic action have systematically failed. Specifically, we show that there is no evidence for intention-independent action, and that attempts to use the criterion of reward sensitivity and rationality to differentiate between intentional and automatic action are conceptually unsound...
December 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149998/computational-complexity-and-human-decision-making
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REVIEW
Peter Bossaerts, Carsten Murawski
The rationality principle postulates that decision-makers always choose the best action available to them. It underlies most modern theories of decision-making. The principle does not take into account the difficulty of finding the best option. Here, we propose that computational complexity theory (CCT) provides a framework for defining and quantifying the difficulty of decisions. We review evidence showing that human decision-making is affected by computational complexity. Building on this evidence, we argue that most models of decision-making, and metacognition, are intractable from a computational perspective...
December 2017: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149937/personalizing-sepsis-care
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REVIEW
Mervyn Singer
Sepsis describes a broad-based syndrome covering many infectious agents, affecting various sites in patients of differing age, gender, and comorbidity and resulting in varying degrees and combinations of organ dysfunction. Protocolized care with rigid goals may suit populations, assuming the evidence-lite recommendations are beneficial, but not necessarily individual patients. A personalized approach to management is rational and preferable. Other than clinical heterogeneity, a range of biological signatures exist in sepsis, and these fluctuate over the disease course...
January 2018: Critical Care Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149918/oxygen-transfer-in-moving-bed-biofilm-reactor-and-integrated-fixed-film-activated-sludge-processes
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A demonstrated approach to design the, so-called, medium-bubble air diffusion network for oxygen transfer into the aerobic zone(s) of moving bed biofilm reactor (MBBR) and integrated fixed-film activated sludge (IFAS) processes is described in this paper. Operational full-scale biological water resource recovery systems treating municipal sewerage demonstrate that medium-bubble air diffusion networks designed using the method presented here provide reliable service. Further improvement is possible, however, as knowledge gaps prevent more rational process designs...
November 17, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149875/prevalence-of-antibiotic-prescription-in-pediatric-outpatients-in-italy-the-role-of-local-health-districts-and-primary-care-physicians-in-determining-variation-a-multilevel-design-for-healthcare-decision-support
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Mirko Di Martino, Adele Lallo, Ursula Kirchmayer, Marina Davoli, Danilo Fusco
BACKGROUND: According to scientific literature, antibacterials are prescribed for common pediatric conditions that do not benefit from antibiotic therapy. The link between antibiotic use and bacterial resistance is well known. Antibiotic overprescribing generates high social costs and severe consequences for children. Our objectives were to analyze antibiotic prescription patterns in pediatric outpatients residing in the Lazio region (Italy), to identify physicians' characteristics associated with increased propensity for prescription, to identify the priority axes for action to improve the rational use of antibiotics...
November 17, 2017: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149606/chronic-stress-alters-striosome-circuit-dynamics-leading-to-aberrant-decision-making
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Alexander Friedman, Daigo Homma, Bernard Bloem, Leif G Gibb, Ken-Ichi Amemori, Dan Hu, Sebastien Delcasso, Timothy F Truong, Joyce Yang, Adam S Hood, Katrina A Mikofalvy, Dirk W Beck, Norah Nguyen, Erik D Nelson, Sebastian E Toro Arana, Ruth H Vorder Bruegge, Ki A Goosens, Ann M Graybiel
Effective evaluation of costs and benefits is a core survival capacity that in humans is considered as optimal, "rational" decision-making. This capacity is vulnerable in neuropsychiatric disorders and in the aftermath of chronic stress, in which aberrant choices and high-risk behaviors occur. We report that chronic stress exposure in rodents produces abnormal evaluation of costs and benefits resembling non-optimal decision-making in which choices of high-cost/high-reward options are sharply increased...
November 16, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149596/rational-design-of-evolutionarily-stable-microbial-kill-switches
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Finn Stirling, Lisa Bitzan, Samuel O'Keefe, Elizabeth Redfield, John W K Oliver, Jeffrey Way, Pamela A Silver
The evolutionary stability of synthetic genetic circuits is key to both the understanding and application of genetic control elements. One useful but challenging situation is a switch between life and death depending on environment. Here are presented "essentializer" and "cryodeath" circuits, which act as kill switches in Escherichia coli. The essentializer element induces cell death upon the loss of a bi-stable cI/Cro memory switch. Cryodeath makes use of a cold-inducible promoter to express a toxin. We employ rational design and a toxin/antitoxin titering approach to produce and screen a small library of potential constructs, in order to select for constructs that are evolutionarily stable...
November 16, 2017: Molecular Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149552/predicting-nano-bio-interactions-by-integrating-nanoparticle-libraries-and-quantitative-nanostructure-activity-relationship-modeling
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Wenyi Wang, Alexander Sedykh, Hainan Sun, Linlin Zhao, Daniel P Russo, Hongyu Zhou, Bing Yan, Hao Zhu
The discovery of biocompatible or bioactive nanoparticles for medicinal applications is an expensive and time-consuming process that may be significantly facilitated by incorporating more rational approaches combining both experimental and computational methods. However, it is currently hindered by two limitations: 1) the lack of high quality comprehensive data for computational modeling, and 2) the lack of an effective modeling method for the complex nanomaterial structures. In this study, we tackled both issues by first synthesizing a large library of nanoparticles and obtained comprehensive data on their characterizations and bioactivities...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149545/mechanical-properties-in-metal-organic-frameworks-emerging-opportunities-and-challenges-for-device-functionality-and-technological-applications
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REVIEW
Nicholas C Burtch, Jurn Heinen, Thomas D Bennett, David Dubbeldam, Mark D Allendorf
Some of the most remarkable recent developments in metal-organic framework (MOF) performance properties can only be rationalized by the mechanical properties endowed by their hybrid inorganic-organic nanoporous structures. While these characteristics create intriguing application prospects, the same attributes also present challenges that will need to be overcome to enable the integration of MOFs with technologies where these promising traits can be exploited. In this review, emerging opportunities and challenges are identified for MOF-enabled device functionality and technological applications that arise from their fascinating mechanical properties...
November 17, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149529/scalable-fabrication-of-highly-active-and-durable-membrane-electrodes-toward-water-oxidation
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Yu Li, Shuangming Chen, Dawei Xi, Yanan Bo, Ran Long, Chengming Wang, Li Song, Yujie Xiong
The electrocatalytic oxygen evolution reaction (OER) is a highly important reaction that requires a relatively high overpotential and determines the rate of water splitting-a process for producing hydrogen. The overall OER performance is often largely limited by uncontrollable interface when active catalysts are loaded on conductive supports, for which polymer binders are widely used, but inevitably block species transportation channels. Here, a scalable fabrication approach to freestanding graphitized carbon nanofiber networks is reported, which provides abundant sites for in situ growing Fe/Ni catalysts with the improved interface...
November 17, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149501/the-weakly-coordinating-tris-trichlorosilyl-silyl-anion
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Marian Olaru, Maxie F Hesse, Elena Rychagova, Sergey Ketkov, Stefan Mebs, Jens Beckmann
Closely following the procedure for the preparation of the base-stabilized dichlorosilylene complex NHCDipp∙SiCl2 by Roesky and Stalke et al. (Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2009, 48, 5683-5686), besides the reported by-product [NHCDipp-H+∙∙∙Cl-], few crystals of the salt [NHCDipp-H∙∙∙Cl∙∙∙H-NHCDipp]Si(SiCl3)3 were isolated and characterized by X-ray crystallography (NHCDipp = N,N-di(2,6-isopropylphenyl)-imidazo-2-ylidene). They feature the weakly-coordinating anion Si(SiCl3)3-, which was more rationally obtained in high yields upon deprotonation of conjugate Brønsted acid HSi(SiCl3)3 with NHCDipp or PMP (PMP = 1,2,2,6,6-pentamethylpiperidine)...
November 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149405/current-understanding-of-the-tctp-interactome
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Siting Li, Feng Ge
Evolutionarily conserved and pleiotropic, the translationally controlled tumor protein (TCTP) is a housekeeping protein present in eukaryotic organisms. It plays an important role in regulating many fundamental processes, such as cell proliferation, cell death, immune responses, and apoptosis. As a result of the pioneer work by Adam Telerman and Robert Amson, the critical role of TCTP in tumor reversion was revealed. Moreover, TCTP has emerged as a regulator of cell fate determination and a promising therapeutic target for cancers...
2017: Results and Problems in Cell Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149075/a-game-theoretic-approach-for-balancing-energy-consumption-in-clustered-wireless-sensor-networks
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Liu Yang, Yinzhi Lu, Lian Xiong, Yang Tao, Yuanchang Zhong
Clustering is an effective topology control method in wireless sensor networks (WSNs), since it can enhance the network lifetime and scalability. To prolong the network lifetime in clustered WSNs, an efficient cluster head (CH) optimization policy is essential to distribute the energy among sensor nodes. Recently, game theory has been introduced to model clustering. Each sensor node is considered as a rational and selfish player which will play a clustering game with an equilibrium strategy. Then it decides whether to act as the CH according to this strategy for a tradeoff between providing required services and energy conservation...
November 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148852/sildenafil-citrate-improves-the-delivery-and-anticancer-activity-of-doxorubicin-formulations-in-a-mouse-model-of-breast-cancer
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Khaled Greish, Maryam Fateel, Sara Abdelghany, Nanitha Rachel, Houman Alimoradi, Moiz Bakhiet, Ahmed Alsaie
Sildenafil is an approved drug for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The drug exerts its action through the relaxation of smooth muscles and the modulation of vascular endothelial permeability. In this work, we tested whether the aforementioned effects of Sildenafil on tumor vasculatures could result in an improvement of anticancer drug concentration in tumor tissues, and hence improve its anticancer effect. Sildenafil when added to doxorubicin showed synergistic anticancer activity against 4T1 breast cancer cells in vitro...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148817/specific-recognition-of-g-quadruplexes-over-duplex-dna-by-a-macromolecular-nir-two-photon-fluorescent-probe
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Marco Deiana, Bastien Mettra, Lara Martinez-Fernandez, Leszek Mateusz Mazur, Krzysztof Pawlik, Chantal Andraud, Marek Samoc, Roberto Improta, Cyrille Monnereau, Katarzyna Matczyszyn
The implication of guanine-rich DNA sequences in biologically important roles such as telomerase dysfunction and the regulation of gene expression has prompted the search for structure-specific G-quadruplex agents for targeted diagnostic and therapeutic applications. To date, the number of two-photon absorbing fluorogenic dyes with intrinsically large two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section (σ2) and quantum yield (φf), capable of specific detection of G-motifs over duplex DNAs is still limited. Herein, we report on a NIR two-photon poly(cationic) anthracene-based macromolecule able to selectively target G-quadruplexes (G4s) over genomic double-stranded DNA...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148804/a-nanobionic-light-emitting-plant
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Seon-Yeong Kwak, Juan Pablo Giraldo, Min Hao Wong, Volodymyr Koman, Tedrick Lew, Jon Ell, Mark Weidman, Rosalie Sinclair, Markita P Landry, William A Tisdale, Michael S Strano
The engineering of living plants for visible light emission and sustainable illumination is compelling because plants possess independent energy generation and storage mechanisms and autonomous self-repair. Herein, we demonstrate a plant nanobionic approach that enables exceptional luminosity and lifetime utilizing four chemically-interacting nanoparticles, including firefly luciferase conjugated silica (SNP-Luc), D-luciferin releasing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA-LH2), coenzyme A functionalized chitosan (CS-CoA) and semiconductor nanocrystal phosphors for longer wavelength modulation...
November 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148771/an-qm-mm-study-of-the-reaction-catalyzed-by-alkyladenine-dna-glycosylase-examination-of-the-substrate-specificity-of-a-dna-repair-enzyme
#20
Stefan A P Lenz, Stacey D Wetmore
Human alkyladenine DNA glycosylase (AAG) functions as part of the base excision repair pathway to excise structurally diverse oxidized and alkylated DNA purines. Specifically, AAG uses a water molecule activated by a general base and a non-specific active site lined with aromatic residues to cleave the N-glycosidic bond. Despite broad substrate specificity, AAG does not target the natural purines (adenine (A) and guanine (G)). Using the ONIOM(QM:MM) methodology, we provide fundamental atomic level details of AAG bound to DNA-containing a neutral substrate (hypoxanthine (Hx)), a non-substrate (G), or a cationic substrate (7-methylguanine (7MeG)), and probe changes in the reaction pathway that occur when AAG targets different nucleotides...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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