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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813778/the-bactericidal-effect-of-high-temperature-is-an-essential-resistance-mechanism-of-chicken-macrophage-against-brucella-abortus-infection
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Lauren Togonon Arayan, Alisha Wehdnesday Bernardo Reyes, Huynh Tan Hop, Huy Tran Xuan, Eun Jin Baek, Wongi Min, Suk Kim
Knowledge of avian host responses to brucellosis is critical to understanding how avian resists this infection however this mechanism is not well established. On the other hand, temperature has a major involvement in the physiology of living organisms and cell death induced by heat is attributed to protein denaturation. This study demonstrates the direct bactericidal effect of a higher temperature (41ºC) to Brucella (B.) abortus that resulted in the gradual reduction of intracellular bacteria that inhibits bacterial growth within avian macrophage HD11 along an increasing period of time...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812892/designer-extracts-as-tools-to-balance-estrogenic-and-chemopreventive-activities-of-botanicals-for-women-s-health
#2
Birgit M Dietz, Shao-Nong Chen, René F Ramos Alvarenga, Huali Dong, Dejan Nikolić, Martin Biendl, Richard B van Breemen, Judy L Bolton, Guido F Pauli
Botanical dietary supplements contain multiple bioactive compounds that target numerous biological pathways. The lack of uniform standardization requirements is one reason that inconsistent clinical effects are reported frequently. The multifaceted biological interactions of active principles can be disentangled by a coupled pharmacological/phytochemical approach using specialized ("knock-out") extracts. This is demonstrated for hops, a botanical for menopausal symptom management. Employing targeted, adsorbent-free countercurrent separation, Humulus lupulus extracts were designed for pre- and postmenopausal women by containing various amounts of the phytoestrogen 8-prenylnaringenin (8-PN) and the chemopreventive constituent xanthohumol (XH)...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Natural Products
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812343/xanthohumol-suppresses-mylip-idol-gene-expression-and-modulates-ldlr-abundance-and-activity-in-hepg2-cells
#3
Shih-Fen Chen, Pei-Yi Chen, Hao-Jen Hsu, Ming-Jiuan Wu, Jui-Hung Yen
Xanthohumol, a prenylated flavonoid found in hops (Humulus lupulus L.), exhibits multiple biological activities such as anti-atherosclerosis and hypolipidemic activities. In this study, we aim to investigate the hypocholesterolemic effects and molecular mechanisms of xanthohumol in hepatic cells. We found that xanthohumol (10 and 20 μM) increased the amount of cell-surface low-density lipoprotein receptor (LDLR) from 100.0 ± 2.1% to 115.0±1.3% and 135.2±2.7%, and enhanced the LDL uptake activity from 100...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811154/theoretical-study-on-electron-structure-and-charge-transport-properties-of-tetraazapentacene-derivatives
#4
Xiao-Dan Tang
By Means of Marcus electron transfer theory, the charge transport properties of tetraazapentacene (4N-PEN) derivatives were systematically explored. The reorganization energies were studied by both adiabatic potential-energy surfaces and normal mode analysis. The charge diffusion constants were evaluated from the random walk simulation. From the perspective of homology modeling, a selected 4N-PEN derivative without experimental crystal structure was built into three kinds of possible packing modes with reference to its relative analogues and then fully optimized...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810799/spin-dependent-charge-recombination-along-para-phenylene-molecular-wires
#5
Thomas P Fay, Alan M Lewis, David E Manolopoulos
We have used an efficient new quantum mechanical method for radical pair recombination reactions to study the spin-dependent charge recombination along PTZ(•+)-Phn-PDI(•-) molecular wires. By comparing our results with the experimental data of Weiss et al. [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 126, 5577 (2004)], we are able to extract the spin-dependent (singlet and triplet) charge recombination rate constants for wires with n = 2-5. These spin-dependent rate constants have not been extracted previously from the experimental data because they require fitting its magnetic field-dependence to the results of quantum spin dynamics simulations...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805190/driving-force-of-the-orbital-relevant-electronic-nematicity-in-fe-based-superconductors
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Tao Li, Yuehua Su
The electronic nematic responses in Fe-based superconductors have been observed ubiquitously in various experimental probes. One novel nematic character is the d-wave {\it bond} orbital-relevant nematic charge order which was firstly proposed by symmetry analysis and then conformed by angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. In this paper, we present a mechanism that the driving force of the orbital-relevant nematic charge order is the reduction of the large Hubbard energy in the particle-hole charge channel by virtual hopping processes...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804728/relationships-of-muscle-function-and-subjective-knee-function-in-patients-after-acl-reconstruction
#7
Stephan Bodkin, John Goetschius, Jay Hertel, Joe Hart
BACKGROUND: After anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR), relationships between objective measures of muscle function and patient-reported outcomes may change over time. Examining these measures at different time frames after surgery may help develop individualized approaches to improve post-ALCR analysis. PURPOSE: To examine the associations between subjective knee function and lower-extremity muscle function in individual patients at various time points after ACLR...
July 2017: Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802828/photolyase-dynamics-and-electron-transfer-mechanisms-of-dna-repair
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Meng Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Dongping Zhong
Photolyase, a flavoenzyme containing flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) molecule as a catalytic cofactor, repairs UV-induced DNA damage of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) and pyrimidine-pyrimidone (6-4) photoproduct using blue light. The FAD cofactor, conserved in the whole protein superfamily of photolyase/cryptochromes, adopts a unique folded configuration at the active site that plays a critical functional role in DNA repair. Here, we review our comprehensive characterization of the dynamics of flavin cofactor and its repair photocycles by different classes of photolyases on the most fundamental level...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798385/evidence-of-robust-2d-transport-and-efros-shklovskii-variable-range-hopping-in-disordered-topological-insulator-bi2se3-nanowires
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Biplab Bhattacharyya, Alka Sharma, Bhavesh Sinha, Kunjal Shah, Suhas Jejurikar, T D Senguttuvan, Sudhir Husale
We report the experimental observation of variable range hopping conduction in focused-ion-beam (FIB) fabricated ultra-narrow nanowires of topological insulator (Bi2Se3). The value of the exponent (d + 1)(-1) in the hopping equation was extracted as [Formula: see text]for different widths of nanowires, which is the proof of the presence of Efros-Shklovskii hopping transport mechanism in a strongly disordered system. High localization lengths (0.5 nm, 20 nm) were calculated for the devices. A careful analysis of the temperature dependent fluctuations present in the magnetoresistance curves, using the standard Universal Conductance Fluctuation theory, indicates the presence of 2D topological surface states...
August 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797084/the-endogenous-transposable-element-tgm9-is-suitable-for-generating-knockout-mutants-for-functional-analyses-of-soybean-genes-and-genetic-improvement-in-soybean
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Devinder Sandhu, Jayadri Ghosh, Callie Johnson, Jordan Baumbach, Eric Baumert, Tyler Cina, David Grant, Reid G Palmer, Madan K Bhattacharyya
In soybean, variegated flowers can be caused by somatic excision of the CACTA-type transposable element Tgm9 from Intron 2 of the DFR2 gene encoding dihydroflavonol-4-reductase of the anthocyanin pigment biosynthetic pathway. DFR2 was mapped to the W4 locus, where the allele containing Tgm9 was termed w4-m. In this study we have demonstrated that previously identified morphological mutants (three chlorophyll deficient mutants, one male sterile-female fertile mutant, and three partial female sterile mutants) were caused by insertion of Tgm9 following its excision from DFR2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792217/kinase-crystal-miner-a-powerful-approach-to-repurposing-3d-hinge-binding-fragments-and-its-application-to-finding-novel-bruton-tyrosine-kinase-inhibitors
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Prasenjit Mukherjee, Joerg Bentzien, Todd Bosanac, Wang Mao, Michael Burke, Ingo Muegge
Protein kinases represent an important target class for drug discovery because of their role in signaling pathways involved in disease areas such as oncology and immunology. A key element of many ATP-competitive kinase inhibitors is their hinge-binding motif. Here we describe Kinase Crystal Miner (KCM) - a new approach developed at Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) that harvests the existing crystallographic information of kinase-inhibitor co-crystal structures from internal and external databases. About one thousand unique three-dimensional kinase inhibitor hinge binding motifs have been extracted from structures covering more than 180 different protein kinases...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792039/using-an-artificial-tryptophan-wire-in-cytochrome-c-peroxidase-for-oxidation-of-organic-substrates
#12
Mackenzie J Field, Rajneesh K Bains, Jeffrey J Warren
Lignolytic peroxidases use an electron transfer (ET) pathway that involves amino acid-mediated substrate oxidation at the surface of the protein rather than at an embedded heme site. In many of these peroxidases, redox catalysis takes place at a substrate accessible tyrosine or tryptophan (Trp) amino acid. Here, we describe new mutants of cytochrome c peroxidase (CcP) that were designed to incorporate a Trp-based "wire" that can move oxidizing equivalents from the heme to the protein surface. Three mutant CcP proteins were expressed and characterized: A193W, Y229W, and A193W/Y229W...
August 9, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790373/metastable-exohedrally-decorated-borospherene-b40
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Santanu Saha, Luigi Genovese, Stefan Goedecker
The experimental discovery of borospherene, the only non-carbon fullerene observed in nature, has generated a lot of interest in the scientific community and led to the theoretical prediction of various endohedrally and exohedrally decorated borospherene. We apply Minima Hopping Method (MHM), a global geometry optimization algorithm at the density functional level to check the stability of recently proposed exohedrally decorated borospherenes M6@B40 for (M = Li, Na, K, Rb, Be, Mg, Ca, Sr, Sc and Ti). By performing short MHM runs, we find that the proposed fullerene structures are not global minima...
August 8, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777065/possible-role-of-antioxidative-capacity-of-epigallocatechin-3-gallate-treatment-in-morphological-and-neurobehavioral-recovery-after-sciatic-nerve-crush-injury
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Waleed M Renno, Ludmil Benov, Khalid M Khan
OBJECTIVE This study examined the capacity of the major polyphenolic green tea extract (-)-epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) to suppress oxidative stress and stimulate the recovery and prompt the regeneration of sciatic nerve after crush injury. METHODS Adult male Wistar rats were randomly assigned to one of 4 groups: 1) Naïve, 2) Sham (sham injury, surgical control group), 3) Crush (sciatic nerve crush injury treated with saline), and 4) Crush+EGCG (sciatic nerve crush injury treated with intraperitoneally administered EGCG, 50 mg/kg)...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776037/heteroatom-assisted-olefin-polymerization-by-rare-earth-metal-catalysts
#15
Chunxiang Wang, Gen Luo, Masayoshi Nishiura, Guoyong Song, Atsushi Yamamoto, Yi Luo, Zhaomin Hou
Heteroatom-functionalized polyolefins are of fundamental interest and practical importance. This has spurred investigations of the copolymerization of polar and nonpolar olefins. We report the first syndiospecific polymerization of a series of heteroatom-containing α-olefins and their copolymerization with ethylene catalyzed by half-sandwich rare-earth complexes. We have found that the interaction between a heteroatom in a functional α-olefin monomer and a rare-earth metal catalyst can significantly raise the olefin polymerization activity and thereby promote its copolymerization with ethylene...
July 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28775069/the-effect-of-a-pre-hop-on-the-muscle-tendon-interaction-during-vertical-jumps
#16
Jeroen Aeles, Glen A Lichtwark, Dries Peeters, Christophe Delecluse, Ilse Jonkers, Benedicte Vanwanseele
Many movements use stretch-shortening cycles of a muscle-tendon unit (MTU) for storing and releasing elastic energy. The required stretching of medial gastrocnemius (MG) tendinous tissue during jumps, however, requires large length changes of the muscle fascicles, due to the lack of MTU length changes. This has a negative impact on the force generating capacity of the muscle fascicles. The purpose of this study was to induce a MG MTU stretch prior to shortening by adding a pre-hop to the squat jump. Eleven well-trained athletes specialized in jumping performed a pre-hop squat jump (PHSJ) and a standard squat jump (SSJ)...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774710/chlorine-and-bromine-isotope-fractionation-of-halogenated-organic-pollutants-on-gas-chromatography-columns
#17
Caiming Tang, Jianhua Tan, Songsong Xiong, Jun Liu, Yujuan Fan, Xianzhi Peng
Compound-specific chlorine/bromine isotope analysis (CSIA-Cl/Br) has become a powerful approach to investigate degradation pathways and apportion sources of halogenated organic pollutants (HOPs) in the environment. CSIA-Cl/Br is usually conducted by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), which could be negatively impacted by isotope fractionation on GC columns. In this study, on-column Cl/Br isotope fractionation of 31 organochlorines and 4 organobromines was explored using GC-double focus magnetic-sector high resolution MS (GC-DFS-HRMS)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28774468/knee-joint-kinematics-and-kinetics-during-the-hop-and-cut-after-soft-tissue-artifact-suppression-time-to-reconsider-acl-injury-mechanisms
#18
Kenneth B Smale, Brigitte M Potvin, Mohammad S Shourijeh, Daniel L Benoit
The recent development of a soft tissue artifact (STA) suppression method allows us to re-evaluate the tibiofemoral kinematics currently linked to non-contact knee injuries. The purpose of this study was therefore to evaluate knee joint kinematics and kinetics in six degrees of freedom (DoF) during the loading phases of a jump lunge and side cut using this in silico method. Thirty-five healthy adults completed these movements and their surface marker trajectories were then scaled and processed with OpenSim's inverse kinematics (IK) and inverse dynamics tools...
July 8, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28773008/anderson-insulators-in-self-assembled-gold-nanoparticles-thin-films-single-electron-hopping-between-charge-puddles-originated-from-disorder
#19
Cheng-Wei Jiang, I-Chih Ni, Yun-Lien Hsieh, Shien-Der Tzeng, Cen-Shawn Wu, Watson Kuo
The Anderson insulating states in Au nanoparticle assembly are identified and studied under the application of magnetic fields and gate voltages. When the inter-nanoparticle tunneling resistance is smaller than the quantum resistance, the system showing zero Mott gap can be insulating at very low temperature. In contrast to Mott insulators, Anderson insulators exhibit great negative magnetoresistance, inferring charge delocalization in a strong magnetic field. When probed by the electrodes spaced by ~200 nm, they also exhibit interesting gate-modulated current similar to the multi-dot single electron transistors...
June 12, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772856/photoactive-nanomaterials-inspired-by-nature-ltl-zeolite-doped-with-laser-dyes-as-artificial-light-harvesting-systems
#20
Leire Gartzia-Rivero, Jorge Bañuelos, Iñigo López-Arbeloa
The herein reported work describes the development of hierarchically-organized fluorescent nanomaterials inspired by plant antenna systems. These hybrid materials are based on nanostructured zeolitic materials (LTL zeolite) doped with laser dyes, which implies a synergism between organic and inorganic moieties. The non-interconnected channeled structure and pore dimensions (7.1 Å) of the inorganic host are ideal to order and align the allocated fluorophores inside, inferring also high thermal and chemical stability...
May 4, 2017: Materials
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