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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449545/structural-variety-and-adsorptive-properties-of-mesoporous-silicas-with-immobilized-oligosaccharide-groups
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Iryna Trofymchuk, Nadiia Roik, Lyudmila Belyakova
In this research, we report on the synthesis of mesoporous silicas with various quantities of immobilized oligosaccharide groups and different pore ordering degree. The hydrothermal co-condensation of tetraethyl orthosilicate and β-cyclodextrin-containing organosilane in the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide template was employed. The purpose of this investigation was to show the opportunity of increasing β-cyclodextrin content in silica matrix by changing the molar ratio of initial reagents during organosilane synthesis and to determine whether the enhancing of immobilized groups on the surface influences on model aromatic compound adsorption from water...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449310/rational-design-of-nanobody80-loop-peptidomimetics-towards-biased-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-ligands
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Charlotte Martin, Samuel Moors, Mia Danielsen, Cecilia Betti, Cecilia Fabris, Daniel Sejer Pedersen, Els Pardon, Marion Peyressatre, Krisztina Fehér, Jose C Martins, Jesper Mosolff Mathiesen, May Morris, Nick Devoogdt, Vicky Caveliers, Frank De Proft, Jan Steyaert, Steven Ballet
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) play an important role for many cellular responses, and as such their mechanism of action is of utmost interest. To gain insight into the active conformation of GPCRs, the X-ray crystal structures of Nanobody(Nb)-stabilized β2-adrenergic receptor (β2AR) have been reported. Nb80 in particular is able to bind the intracellular G protein binding site of β2AR and stabilize the receptors in an active conformation. Within Nb80, the complementarity-determining region 3 (CDR3) is responsible for most of the binding interactions...
April 27, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449279/review-of-the-strengths-and-difficulties-questionnaire-translated-into-languages-spoken-by-children-and-adolescents-of-refugee-background
#3
Yvonne Stolk, Ida Kaplan, Josef Szwarc
The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ), routinely used to screen for children's and adolescents' emotional and behavioural problems, has been translated into at least 80 languages. As children of refugee background are particularly vulnerable to mental health problems resulting from their refugee experiences, this review examines whether SDQs translated into languages spoken by major refugee groups are validated and culturally equivalent to the original SDQ and sensitive to change following interventions...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449235/psychometric-properties-of-the-mental-health-and-social-inadaptation-assessment-for-adolescents-mia-in-a-population-based-sample
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Sylvana M Côté, Massimiliano Orri, Mara Brendgen, Frank Vitaro, Michel Boivin, Christa Japel, Jean R Séguin, Marie-Claude Geoffroy, Alexandra Rouquette, Bruno Falissard, Richard E Tremblay
We report on the psychometric properties of the Mental Health and Social Inadaptation Assessment for Adolescents (MIA), a self-report instrument for quantifying the frequency of mental health and psychosocial adaptation problems using a dimensional approach and based on the DSM-5. The instrument includes 113 questions, takes 20-25 minutes to answer, and covers the past 12 months. A population-based cohort of adolescents (n = 1443, age = 15 years; 48% males) rated the frequency at which they experienced symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Eating Disorders (i...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449198/systematic-review-of-sex-work-interventions-in-sub-saharan-africa-examining-combination-prevention-approaches
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George Awungafac, Therese Delvaux, Bea Vuylsteke
OBJECTIVE: The incidence of HIV and sexually transmitted infections is disproportionately high among sex workers (SW). We aimed to update the evidence on the effectiveness of SW interventions in sub-Saharan Africa and to provide more insights into combination prevention. METHODS: Systematic review following PRISMA guidelines in a search of PUBMED and POPLINE for peer-reviewed literature published between January 1, 2000 and July 22, 2016 (registration number on PROSPERO: CRD42016042529)...
April 27, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449121/tri-directional-anaphases-as-a-novel-chromosome-segregation-defect-in-human-oocytes
#6
Jenna Haverfield, Nicola L Dean, Diana Nöel, Gaudeline Rémillard-Labrosse, Veronique Paradis, Isaac-Jacques Kadoch, Greg FitzHarris
STUDY QUESTION: What are the chromosome segregation errors in human oocyte meiosis-I that may underlie oocyte aneuploidy? SUMMARY ANSWER: Multiple modes of chromosome segregation error were observed, including tri-directional anaphases, which we attribute to loss of bipolar spindle structure at anaphase-I. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Oocyte aneuploidy is common and associated with infertility, but mechanistic information on the chromosome segregation errors underlying these defects is scarce...
April 25, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449085/guanine-quadruplex-monoclonal-antibody-1h6-cross-reacts-with-restrained-thymidine-rich-single-stranded-dna
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Hinke G Kazemier, Katrin Paeschke, Peter M Lansdorp
Previously we reported the production and characterization of monoclonal antibody 1H6 raised against (T4G4)2 intermolecular guanine quadruplex (G4) DNA structures (Henderson A. et al. (2014) Nucleic Acids Res., 42, 860-869; Hoffmann R.F. et al. (2016) Nucleic Acids Res., 44, 152-163). It was shown that 1H6 strongly stains nuclei and has exquisite specificity for heterochromatin by immuno-electron microscopy. Here we extend our studies of 1H6 reactivity using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and microscale thermophoresis (MST)...
April 25, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449034/parental-break-ups-and-stress-roles-of-age-family-structure-in-44-509-pre-adolescent-children
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Agnete S Dissing, Nadya Dich, Anne-Marie Nybo Andersen, Rikke Lund, Naja H Rod
Parental break-up is wide spread, and the effects of parental break-up on children's well-being are known. The evidence regarding child age at break-up and subsequent family arrangements is inconclusive. Aim: to estimate the effects of parental break-up on stress in pre-adolescent children with a specific focus on age at break-up and post-breakup family arrangements. We used data from the Danish National Birth Cohort. Participants included 44 509 children followed from birth to age 11. Stress was self-reported by children at age 11, when the children also reported on parental break-up and post break-up family arrangements...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448914/reconciling-agriculture-and-stream-restoration-in-europe-a-review-relating-to-the-eu-water-framework-directive
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REVIEW
H M Flávio, P Ferreira, N Formigo, J C Svendsen
Agriculture is widespread across the EU and has caused considerable impacts on freshwater ecosystems. To revert the degradation caused to streams and rivers, research and restoration efforts have been developed to recover ecosystem functions and services, with the European Water Framework Directive (WFD) playing a significant role in strengthening the progress. Analysing recent peer-reviewed European literature (2009-2016), this review explores 1) the conflicts and difficulties faced when restoring agriculturally impacted streams, 2) the aspects relevant to effectively reconcile agricultural land uses and healthy riverine ecosystems and 3) the effects and potential shortcomings of the first WFD management cycle...
April 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448799/isolation-of-antioxidant-phenolics-from-schinopsis-brasiliensis-based-on-a-preliminary-lc-ms-profiling
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Clisiane Carla de Souza Santos, Milena Masullo, Antonietta Cerulli, Angela Mari, Charles Dos Santos Estevam, Cosimo Pizza, Sonia Piacente
The phenolic content of the ethanol extract of the stem bark of the Brazilian plant Schinopsis brasiliensis Engl. (Anacardiaceae) has been evaluated together with the antioxidant activity. The good antioxidant activity exhibited in the Trolox Equivalent Antioxidant Capacity (TEAC) assay (TEAC value = 3.04 mg/mL) encouraged us to investigate its constituents. An analytical approach based on LC-ESIMS(n) was applied to rapidly obtain a metabolite profile of the ethanol extract of the stem bark of S. brasiliensis...
April 24, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448717/insight-on-structure-of-water-and-ice-next-to-graphene-using-surface-sensitive-spectroscopy
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Saranshu Singla, Emmanuel Anim-Danso, Ahmad E Islam, Yen Ngo, Steve S Kim, Rajesh R Naik, Ali Dhinojwala
The graphene/water interface has received considerable attention in the past decade due to its relevance in various potential applications including energy storage, sensing, desalination, and catalysis. Most of our knowledge about the interfacial water structure next to graphene stems from simulations, which use experimentally measured water contact angle (WCA) on graphene (or graphite) to estimate the water-graphene interaction strength. However, the existence of a wide spectrum of reported WCAs on supported graphene and graphitic surfaces makes it difficult to interpret the water-graphene interactions...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448680/22q11-2-deletion-syndrome-lowers-seizure-threshold-in-adult-patients-without-epilepsy
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Robert G Wither, Felippe Borlot, Alex MacDonald, Nancy J Butcher, Eva W C Chow, Anne S Bassett, Danielle M Andrade
OBJECTIVE: Previous studies examining seizures in patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22q11.2DS) have focused primarily on children and adolescents. In this study we investigated the prevalence and characteristics of seizures and epilepsy in an adult 22q11.2DS population. METHODS: The medical records of 202 adult patients with 22q11.2DS were retrospectively reviewed for documentation of seizures, electroencephalography (EEG) reports, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings...
April 27, 2017: Epilepsia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448625/structural-and-functional-studies-of-ferredoxin-and-oxygenase-components-of-3-nitrotoluene-dioxygenase-from-diaphorobacter-sp-strain-ds2
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Archana Kumari, Deepak Singh, S Ramaswamy, Gurunath Ramanathan
3-nitrotoluene dioxygenase (3NTDO) from Diaphorobacter sp. strain DS2 catalyses the conversion of 3-nitrotoluene (3NT) into a mixture of 3- and 4-methylcatechols with release of nitrite. We report here, X-ray crystal structures of oxygenase and ferredoxin components of 3NTDO at 2.9 Å and 2.4 Å, respectively. The residues responsible for nitrite release in 3NTDO were further probed by four single and two double mutations in the catalytic site of α-subunit of the dioxygenase. Modification of Val 350 to Phe, Ile 204 to Ala, and Asn258 to Val by site directed mutagenesis resulted in inactive enzymes revealing the importance of these residues in catalysis...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448508/a-longitudinal-cline-characterizes-the-genetic-structure-of-human-populations-in-the-tibetan-plateau
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Choongwon Jeong, Benjamin M Peter, Buddha Basnyat, Maniraj Neupane, Cynthia M Beall, Geoff Childs, Sienna R Craig, John Novembre, Anna Di Rienzo
Indigenous populations of the Tibetan plateau have attracted much attention for their good performance at extreme high altitude. Most genetic studies of Tibetan adaptations have used genetic variation data at the genome scale, while genetic inferences about their demography and population structure are largely based on uniparental markers. To provide genome-wide information on population structure, we analyzed new and published data of 338 individuals from indigenous populations across the plateau in conjunction with worldwide genetic variation data...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448316/regenerative-medicine-and-stem-cells-in-dermatology
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Eduardo K Moioli, Diana Bolotin, Murad Alam
BACKGROUND: Clinically relevant regenerative medicine is still in its early stages of development. Difficulties in regenerating large-scale and complex structures, the lack of safety data, and the paucity of clinical trials have slowed the process of technological advance. OBJECTIVE: To familiarize the clinician with techniques available in the laboratory and experimental approaches being tested clinically. In addition, a layout is discussed for how dermatologists can lead the way in bringing regenerative medicine to clinical reality...
April 12, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448192/epidemiology-of-newly-diagnosed-hypertensives-in-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-a-developing-country
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Udaya Ralapanawa, Samath D Dharmaratne, KushaleePoornima Jayawickreme, Madhushanka Ekanayake
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular diseases are the main cause of death in most countries and the past two decades have shown a global increase. Hypertension (HTN) was found to be the leading risk factor in 2010 as qualified by Disability Adjusted Life Years. Epidemiological studies in this regard in Sri Lanka are scarce. Thus, describing epidemiological patterns of HTN in the Sri Lankan population will help policy makers in planning preventive healthcare programs and aid in preparing strategies to cope with the increasing demand for healthcare facilities...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448138/idp-specific-force-field-ff14idpsff-improves-the-conformer-sampling-of-intrinsically-disordered-proteins
#17
Dong Song, Ray Luo, Hai-Feng Chen
Intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs) or intrinsically disordered regions have not fixed tertiary structure, but play key roles in signal regulation, molecule recognition, and drug target. However it is difficult to study the structure and function of IDPs by traditional experimental methods because of their diverse conformations. Limitations of current generic protein force fields and solvent models were reported in the previous simulations of IDPs. We have also explored to overcome these limitations by developing ff99IDPs and ff14IDPs force fields to correct the dihedral distribution for eight disordered promoting residues often observed in IDPs and found encouraging improvements...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448136/cucurbitane-glucosides-from-the-crude-extract-of-siraitia-grosvenorii-with-moderate-effects-on-pgc-1%C3%AE-promoter-activity
#18
Biao Niu, Chang-Qiang Ke, Bo-Han Li, Yuanyuan Li, Yongji Yi, Yongwei Luo, Lin Shuai, Sheng Yao, Li-Gen Lin, Jia Li, Yang Ye
Seven new cucurbitane glucosides, 11-oxomogrosides III E and IV (1 and 2), 11-oxoisomogroside V (3), 7-oxomogrosides III E and IV (4 and 5), and mogrosides VI A and VI B (6 and 7), were separated from the crude extract of Siraitia grosvenorii. The new structures were defined by analysis of their (1)H and (13)C NMR, 2D NMR, and HRESIMS data. Especially, the band-selective constant time HSQC and band-selective constant time HMBC techniques were recuited to elucidate the structures of the complex glucoside moieties...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448133/design-of-novel-exendin-based-dual-glucagon-like-peptide-1-glp-1-glucagon-receptor-agonists
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Andreas Evers, Torsten Haack, Martin Lorenz, Martin Bossart, Ralf Elvert, Bernd Henkel, Siegfried Stengelin, Michael Kurz, Maike Glien, Angela Dudda, Katrin Lorenz, Dieter Kadereit, Michael Wagner
Dual activation of the glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1) and glucagon receptor has the potential to lead to a novel therapy principle for the treatment of diabesity. Here, we report a series of novel peptides with dual activity on these receptors that were discovered by rational design. Based on sequence analysis and structure-based design, structural elements of glucagon were engineered into the selective GLP-1 receptor agonist exendin-4, resulting in hybrid peptides with potent dual GLP-1/glucagon receptor activity...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448132/eu-iii-chiral-coordination-polymer-with-a-structural-transformation-system
#20
Naoyuki Koiso, Yuichi Kitagawa, Takayuki Nakanishi, Koji Fushimi, Yasuchika Hasegawa
A luminescent Eu(III) chiral coordination polymer with a structural transformation system, [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n (hfa: haxafluoroacetylacetonato, (R)-bidp: (R)-1,1'-binaphthyl-2,2'-bis(diphenylphosphinate), is reported. Single-crystal X-ray analysis revealed a characteristic helical polymer structure of [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n with hydrogen-fluorine/π interactions. [Eu(hfa)3((R)-bidp)]n shows high thermostability (decomposition temperature = 320 °C) and strong luminescence properties (the 4f-4f emission quantum yield = 76%) in the solid state due to its tight packing and asymmetric structure...
April 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
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