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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156771/novel-post-transcriptional-and-post-translational-regulation-of-pro-apoptotic-protein-bok-and-anti-apoptotic-protein-mcl-1-determine-the-fate-of-breast-cancer-cells-to-survive-or-die
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Benjamin Onyeagucha, Panneerdoss Subbarayalu, Nourhan Abdelfattah, Subapriya Rajamanickam, Santosh Timilsina, Rosa Guzman, Carla Zeballos, Vijay Eedunuri, Sanjay Bansal, Tabrez Mohammad, Yidong Chen, Ratna K Vadlamudi, Manjeet K Rao
Deregulation of apoptosis is central to cancer progression and a major obstacle to effective treatment. The Bcl-2 gene family members play important roles in the regulation of apoptosis and are frequently altered in cancers. One such member is pro-apoptotic protein Bcl-2-related Ovarian Killer (BOK). Despite its critical role in apoptosis, the regulation of BOK expression is poorly understood in cancers. Here, we discovered that miR-296-5p regulates BOK expression by binding to its 3'-UTR in breast cancers...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156636/structural-electrical-magnetic-and-resistive-switching-properties-of-the-multiferroic-ferroelectric-bilayer-thin-films
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Ming-Cheng Kao, Hone-Zern Chen, San-Lin Young, Kai-Huang Chen, Jung-Lung Chiang, Jen-Bin Shi
Bi0.8Pr0.2Fe0.95Mn0.05O₃/Bi3.96Gd0.04Ti2.95W0.05O12 (BPFMO/BGTWO) bilayer thin films with Multiferroic/Ferroelectric (MF/FE) structures were deposited onto Pt(111)/Ti/SiO₂/Si(100) substrates by using the sol-gel method with rapid thermal annealing. The BPFMO/BGTWO thin films exhibited well-saturated ferromagnetic and ferroelectric hysteresis loops because of the electro-magnetic coupling induced by the MF/FE structure. The remnant magnetization (2Mr) and remnant polarization (2Pr) were 4.6 emu/cm³ and 62 μC/cm², respectively...
November 20, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156614/a-loop-all-fiber-current-sensor-based-on-single-polarization-single-mode-couplers
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Hao Zhang, Junzhen Jiang, Yu Zhang, Huaixi Chen, Na Zhao, Lingyan Lin, Yishen Qiu
Low current sensitivity and insufficient system stability are two key problems in all-fiber current sensor (AFCS) studies. In order to solve the two problems, a novel AFCS combining single-polarization single-mode (SPSM) couplers and a loop structure is presented in this paper with a design that incorporates the advantages of both SPSM couplers and a loop structure. SPSM couplers are shown to simplify the AFCS system and reduce the risk of interference, and the loop structure can enhance the current sensitivity...
November 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156581/an-enhanced-non-coherent-pre-filter-design-for-tracking-error-estimation-in-gnss-receivers
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Zhibin Luo, Jicheng Ding, Lin Zhao, Mouyan Wu
Tracking error estimation is of great importance in global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers. Any inaccurate estimation for tracking error will decrease the signal tracking ability of signal tracking loops and the accuracies of position fixing, velocity determination, and timing. Tracking error estimation can be done by traditional discriminator, or Kalman filter-based pre-filter. The pre-filter can be divided into two categories: coherent and non-coherent. This paper focuses on the performance improvements of non-coherent pre-filter...
November 18, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156412/a-system-level-mathematical-model-of-basal-ganglia-motor-circuit-for-kinematic-planning-of-arm-movements
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Armin Salimi-Badr, Mohammad Mehdi Ebadzadeh, Christian Darlot
In this paper, a novel system-level mathematical model of the Basal Ganglia (BG) for kinematic planning, is proposed. An arm composed of several segments presents a geometric redundancy. Thus, selecting one trajectory among an infinite number of possible ones requires overcoming redundancy, according to some kinds of optimization. Solving this optimization is assumed to be the function of BG in planning. In the proposed model, first, a mathematical solution of kinematic planning is proposed for movements of a redundant arm in a plane, based on minimizing energy consumption...
November 10, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155943/logical-engineering-of-d-arm-and-t-stem-of-trna-that-enhances-d-amino-acid-incorporation
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Takayuki Katoh, Yoshihiko Iwane, Hiroaki Suga
A bacterial translation factor EF-P alleviates ribosomal stalling caused by polyproline sequence by accelerating Pro-Pro formation. EF-P recognizes a specific D-arm motif found in tRNAPro isoacceptors, 9-nt D-loop closed by a stable D-stem sequence, for Pro-selective peptidyl-transfer acceleration. It is also known that the T-stem sequence on aminoacyl-tRNAs modulates strength of the interaction with EF-Tu, giving enhanced incorporation of non-proteinogenic amino acids such as some N-methyl amino acids. Based on the above knowledge, we logically engineered tRNA's D-arm and T-stem sequences to investigate a series of tRNAs for the improvement of consecutive incorporation of d-amino acids and an α, α-disubstituted amino acid...
November 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155796/optimized-setup-and-protocol-for-magnetic-domain-imaging-with-in-situ-hysteresis-measurement
#7
Jun Liu, John Wilson, Claire Davis, Anthony Peyton
This paper elaborates the sample preparation protocols required to obtain optimal domain patterns using the Bitter method, focusing on the extra steps compared to standard metallographic sample preparation procedures. The paper proposes a novel bespoke rig for dynamic domain imaging with in situ BH (magnetic hysteresis) measurements and elaborates the protocols for the sensor preparation and the use of the rig to ensure accurate BH measurement. The protocols for static and ordinary dynamic domain imaging (without in situ BH measurements) are also presented...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155774/operation-of-a-25-kwth-calcium-looping-pilot-plant-with-high-oxygen-concentrations-in-the-calciner
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María Erans, Michal Jeremias, Vasilije Manovic, Edward J Anthony
Calcium looping (CaL) is a post-combustion CO2 capture technology that is suitable for retrofitting existing power plants. The CaL process uses limestone as a cheap and readily available CO2 sorbent. While the technology has been widely studied, there are a few available options that could be applied to make it more economically viable. One of these is to increase the oxygen concentration in the calciner to reduce or eliminate the amount of recycled gas (CO2, H2O and impurities); therefore, decreasing or removing the energy necessary to heat the recycled gas stream...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155754/a-method-for-growing-bio-memristors-from-slime-mold
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Eduardo Reck Miranda, Edward Braund
Our research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the electronic properties of organisms in order to engineer novel bioelectronic systems and computing architectures based on biology. This specific paper focuses on harnessing the unicellular slime mold Physarum polycephalum to develop bio-memristors (or biological memristors) and bio-computing devices. The memristor is a resistor that possesses memory. It is the 4th fundamental passive circuit element (the other three are the resistor, the capacitor, and the inductor), which is paving the way for the design of new kinds of computing systems; e...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155733/the-modular-design-and-production-of-an-intelligent-robot-based-on-a-closed-loop-control-strategy
#10
Libo Zhang, Junjie Zhu, Hao Ren, Dongdong Liu, Dan Meng, Yanjun Wu, Tiejian Luo
Intelligent robots are part of a new generation of robots that are able to sense the surrounding environment, plan their own actions and eventually reach their targets. In recent years, reliance upon robots in both daily life and industry has increased. The protocol proposed in this paper describes the design and production of a handling robot with an intelligent search algorithm and an autonomous identification function. First, the various working modules are mechanically assembled to complete the construction of the work platform and the installation of the robotic manipulator...
October 14, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155704/experimental-system-of-solar-adsorption-refrigeration-with-concentrated-collector
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Z X Yuan, Y X Li, C X Du
To improve the performance of solar adsorption refrigeration, an experimental system with a solar concentration collector was set up and investigated. The main components of the system were the adsorbent bed, the condenser, the evaporator, the cooling sub-system, and the solar collector. In the first step of the experiment, the vapor-saturated bed was heated by the solar radiation under closed conditions, which caused the bed temperature and pressure to increase. When the bed pressure became high enough, the bed was switched to connect to the condenser, thus water vapor flowed continually from the bed to the condenser to be liquefied...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155589/the-reaction-mechanism-of-isopentenyl-phosphate-kinase-a-qm-mm-study
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James McClory, David J Timson, Warispreet Singh, Jian Zhang, Meilan Huang
Isopentenyl phosphate kinase (IPK) catalyzes the Mg2+-ATP dependent phosphorylation reactions to produce isopentenyl diphosphate, an important precursor in the synthesis of isopentenols. However, the position of the divalent metal ion in the crystal structures of IPK in complex with ATP and its native substrate IP has not been definitively resolved, and as a result ambiguity surrounds the catalytic mechanism of IP, limiting its exploitation as a biofuel and in drug design. Here we report the conformational change caused by substrate binding and the catalytically competent structure in complex with the metal ion Mg2+ using molecular dynamic simulations and density functional theory-based quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics calculations (B97d/AMBER99)...
November 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155548/site-selective-rna-splicing-nanozyme-dnazyme-and-rtcb-conjugates-on-a-gold-nanoparticle
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Jessica R Petree, Kevin Yehl, Kornelia Galior, Roxanne Glazier, Brendan Deal, Khalid Salaita
Modifying RNA through either splicing or editing is a fundamental biological process for creating protein diversity from the same genetic code. Developing novel chemical biology tools for RNA editing has potential to transiently edit genes and to provide a better understanding of RNA biochemistry. Current techniques used to modify RNA include the use of ribozymes, adenosine deaminase and tRNA endonucleases. Herein, we report a nanozyme that is capable of splicing of virtually any RNA stem-loop. This nanozyme is comprised of a gold nanoparticle functionalized with three enzymes: two catalytic DNA strands with ribonuclease function and an RNA ligase...
November 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155305/hey1-and-hey2-are-differently-expressed-during-mouse-tooth-development
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Kotono Kibe, Mitsushiro Nakatomi, Shinji Kataoka, Takashi Toyono, Yuji Seta
The Hey family (also known as Chf, Herp, Hesr, and Hrt) is a set of Hairy/Enhancer of Split-related basic helix-loop-helix type transcription factors. Hey1, Hey2, and HeyL have been identified in mammals. Although Hey proteins are known to regulate cardiovascular development, muscle homeostasis, osteogenesis, neurogenesis, and oncogenesis, their roles in tooth development have been largely obscure. Therefore, this study aimed to clarify detailed spatiotemporal expression patterns of Hey1 and Hey2 in developing molars and incisors of mice by section in situ hybridization...
November 16, 2017: Gene Expression Patterns: GEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155196/insights-into-the-structural-characteristics-and-substrate-binding-analysis-of-chondroitin-ac-lyase-pspl8a-from-pedobacter-saltans
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Aruna Rani, Arun Dhillon, Kedar Sharma, Arun Goyal
The structure of chondroitin AC lyase (PsPL8A) of family 8 polysaccharide lyase was characterized. Modeled PsPL8A structure showed, it contains N-terminal (α/α)6 incomplete toroidal fold and a layered β sandwich structure at C-terminal. Ramchandran plot displayed 98.5% residues in favoured and 1.2% in generously allowed region. Secondary structure of PsPL8A by CD revealed 27.31% α helices 22.7% β sheets and 49.9% random coils. Protein melting study showed, PsPL8A completely unfolds at 60°C. SAXS analysis showed, PsPL8A is fully folded in solution form...
November 16, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155187/when-chemotherapy-is-not-enough-management-of-prostatic-embryonal-rhabdomyosarcoma-in-an-infant
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Christina Carpenter, Joseph M Gleason
A baby boy was diagnosed with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma causing left hydroureteronephrosis. A loop ureterostomy was performed, and he was treated per the RMS13 protocol. After three months of chemotherapy, his tumor burden increased, and he underwent radical cystoprostatectomy and right-to-left transureteroureterostomy (end-to-end fashion utilizing the distal limb of his ureterostomy). This innovative method was utilized because the child's tumor burden was too large to be treated effectively and safely with radiation...
November 16, 2017: Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155139/the-generation-and-characterisation-of-neutralising-antibodies-against-the-theiler-s-murine-encephalomyelitis-virus-tmev-gdvii-capsid-reveals-the-potential-binding-site-of-the-host-cell-co-receptor-heparan-sulfate
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Nicole Upfold, Caroline Ross, Özlem Tastan Bishop, Garry A Luke, Caroline Knox
The early stages of picornavirus capsid assembly and the host factors involved are poorly understood. Since the localisation of viral proteins in infected cells can provide information on their function, antibodies against purified Theiler's murine encephalomyelitis virus (TMEV) GDVII capsids were generated by immunisation of rabbits. The resultant anti-TMEV capsid antibodies recognised a C-terminal region of VP1 but not VP2 or VP3 by Western analysis. Examination of the sites of TMEV capsid assembly by indirect immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy showed that at 5hours post infection, capsid signal was diffusely cytoplasmic with strong perinuclear staining and moved into large punctate structures from 6 to 8hours post infection...
November 16, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155107/structural-insights-of-rmxyn10a-a-prebiotic-producing-gh10-xylanase-with-a-non-conserved-aglycone-binding-region
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Anna Aronsson, Fatma Güler, Maxim V Petoukhov, Susan J Crennell, Dmitri I Svergun, Javier A Linares-Pastén, Eva Nordberg Karlsson
Hydrolysis of arabinoxylan (AX) by glycoside hydrolase family 10 (GH10) xylanases produces xylo- and arabinoxylo-oligosaccharides ((A)XOS) which have shown prebiotic effects. The thermostable GH10 xylanase RmXyn10A has shown great potential to produce (A)XOS. In this study, the structure of RmXyn10A was investigated, the catalytic module by homology modelling and site-directed mutagenesis and the arrangement of its five domains by small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS). Substrate specificity was explored in silico by manual docking and molecular dynamic simulations...
November 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154780/the-feedback-loop-of-emmprin-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-worsens-atherosclerotic-plaque-via-suppressing-autophagy-in-macrophage
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Xing Liang, Xianhua Hou, Yang Yang, Hong Liu, Ruiwei Guo, Zhihua Yang, Lixia Yang
This study examined the significance of macrophage autophagy in extracellular matrix metalloproteinase inducer (EMMPRIN)-mediated atherosclerosis (AS). Apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/-) mice were fed a western diet to establish an AS model. EMMPRIN and p62/Sequestosome-1(SQSTM1) expression were evaluated in plaque macrophages from the AS mice using immunofluorescence. The EMMPRIN and p62/SQSTM1 protein expression levels in macrophages increased with the increasing vulnerability of the atherosclerotic plaques...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154517/a-proposal-for-a-tailored-approach-to-diverting-ostomy-for-colorectal-anastomosis
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Lisa Manzenreiter, Georg Spaun, Michael Weitzendorfer, Rosalia Luketina, Stavros A Antoniou, Helwig Wundsam, Oliver O Koch, Klaus Emmanuel
BACKGROUND: The use of a protective stoma represents an important issue in colorectal surgery. Although evidence suggests that loop ileostomy may be superior, the optimal method for temporary decompression of colorectal anastomosis still remains controversial. Aim of this study was to make an evidence-based proposal for a tailored approach to the use of diverting colostomy or ileostomy. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of all patients subjected to creation and closure of a diverting loop colostomy or loop ileostomy between May 2007 and November 2014 in our institution was performed...
November 20, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
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