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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821866/detection-of-magnetized-quark-nuggets-a-candidate-for-dark-matter
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J Pace VanDevender, Aaron P VanDevender, T Sloan, Criss Swaim, Peter Wilson, Robert G Schmitt, Rinat Zakirov, Josh Blum, James L Cross, Niall McGinley
Quark nuggets are theoretical objects composed of approximately equal numbers of up, down, and strange quarks and are also called strangelets and nuclearites. They have been proposed as a candidate for dark matter, which constitutes ~85% of the universe's mass and which has been a mystery for decades. Previous efforts to detect quark nuggets assumed that the nuclear-density core interacts directly with the surrounding matter so the stopping power is minimal. Tatsumi found that quark nuggets could well exist as a ferromagnetic liquid with a ~10(12)-T magnetic field...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819369/in-vitro-cytotoxic-activities-of-the-oral-platinum-iv-prodrug-oxoplatin-and-hsp90-inhibitor-ganetespib-against-a-panel-of-gastric-cancer-cell-lines
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Lukas Klameth, Barbara Rath, Gerhard Hamilton
Gastric cancer exhibits a poor prognosis and is the third most common cause of cancer death worldwide. Chemotherapy of metastatic gastric cancer is based on combinations of platinum drugs and fluoropyrimidines, with added agents. Oxoplatin is a stable oral platinum(IV) prodrug which is converted to a highly active tetrachlorido(IV) complex under acidic conditions. In the present work, we studied the cytotoxic effects of oxoplatin against a panel of four gastric cancer cell lines in vitro. Furthermore, the role of HSP90 in chemoresistance of these lines was investigated using the specific inhibitor ganetespib...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819265/the-chemical-signatures-underlying-host-plant-discrimination-by-aphids
#3
David P Hopkins, Duncan D Cameron, Roger K Butlin
The diversity of phytophagous insects is largely attributable to speciation involving shifts between host plants. These shifts are mediated by the close interaction between insects and plant metabolites. However, there has been limited progress in understanding the chemical signatures that underlie host preferences. We use the pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum) to address this problem. Host-associated races of pea aphid discriminate between plant species in race-specific ways. We combined metabolomic profiling of multiple plant species with behavioural tests on two A...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819263/children-chimpanzees-and-bonobos-adjust-the-visibility-of-their-actions-for-cooperators-and-competitors
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Sebastian Grueneisen, Shona Duguid, Heiko Saur, Michael Tomasello
Chimpanzees and bonobos are highly capable of tracking other's mental states. It has been proposed, however, that in contrast to humans, chimpanzees are only able to do this in competitive interactions but this has rarely been directly tested. Here, pairs of chimpanzees or bonobos (Study 1) and 4-year-old children (Study 2) were presented with two almost identical tasks differing only regarding the social context. In the cooperation condition, players' interests were matched: they had to make corresponding choices to be mutually rewarded...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819150/the-g%C3%AE-i-giv-binding-interface-is-a-druggable-protein-protein-interaction
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Vincent DiGiacomo, Alain Ibáñez de Opakua, Maria P Papakonstantinou, Lien T Nguyen, Nekane Merino, Juan B Blanco-Canosa, Francisco J Blanco, Mikel Garcia-Marcos
Heterotrimeric G proteins are usually activated by the guanine-nucleotide exchange factor (GEF) activity of GPCRs. However, some non-receptor proteins are also GEFs. GIV (a.k.a Girdin) was the first non-receptor protein for which the GEF activity was ascribed to a well-defined protein sequence that directly binds Gαi. GIV expression promotes metastasis and disruption of its binding to Gαi blunts the pro-metastatic behavior of cancer cells. Although this suggests that inhibition of the Gαi-GIV interaction is a promising therapeutic strategy, protein-protein interactions (PPIs) are considered poorly "druggable" targets requiring case-by-case validation...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818799/an-ultrafiltration-and-high-performance-liquid-chromatography-coupled-with-diode-array-detector-and-mass-spectrometry-approach-for-screening-and-characterizing-thrombin-inhibitors-from-rhizoma-chuanxiong
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Qian Zhang, Yu-Xiu Yang, Su-Ying Li, Ya-Li Wang, Feng-Qing Yang, Hua Chen, Zhi-Ning Xia
Thrombin (THR) plays a significant role in thromboembolic diseases, direct THR inhibitors are a class of important clinical anticoagulant drugs. This study established a THR in-solution based biospecific extraction combined with ultrafiltration and high performance liquid chromatography coupled with diode array detector and mass spectrometry analysis (TUA) method to screen and identify ligands for THR in Rhizoma Chuanxiong. After evaluating the reliability of the present TUA method using positive (argatroban) and negative (adenosine, tirofiban, ticagrelor) control drugs, this method was successfully applied to detect eight potential active compounds in Rhizoma Chuanxiong...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818434/adjusting-for-covariates-in-evaluating-markers-for-selecting-treatment-with-application-to-guiding-chemotherapy-for-treating-estrogen-receptor-positive-node-positive-breast-cancer
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Holly Janes, Marshall D Brown, Michael R Crager, Dave P Miller, William E Barlow
In many clinical contexts, biomarkers that predict treatment efficacy are highly sought after. Such treatment selection or predictive biomarkers have the potential to identify subgroups most likely to benefit from the treatment, and may therefore be used to improve clinical outcomes and reduce medical costs. A methodological challenge in evaluating these biomarkers is determining how to take into account other variables that predict clinical outcomes, or that influence the biomarker distribution, generically termed covariates...
August 14, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816369/in-vitro-study-of-five-herbs-used-against-microbial-infections-in-burundi
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Jérémie Ngezahayo, Sofia Oliveira Ribeiro, Véronique Fontaine, Léonard Hari, Caroline Stévigny, Pierre Duez
The emergence of antimicrobial resistant infectious diseases remains a major threat to worldwide public health, in developed and in developing countries. Therefore, new antimicrobial agents acting by new mechanisms of action are urgently needed. As plants used in traditional medicine may help to overcome these problems, Justicia subsessilis, Platostoma rotundifolium, Pavetta ternifolia, Stomatanthes africanus, and Virectaria major (plants highly cited to be used against microbial infections in traditional Burundian medicine) were studied to assess their traditional use efficacy...
August 17, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816042/rapid-and-reliable-detection-of-alkaline-phosphatase-by-a-hot-spots-amplification-strategy-based-on-well-controlled-assembly-on-single-nanoparticle
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Yi Zeng, Jia-Qiang Ren, Shaokai Wang, Jiaming Mai, Bing Qu, Yan Zhang, Ai-Guo Shen, Jiming Hu
The first appeal of clinical assay is always accurate and rapid. For alkaline phosphatase (ALP) monitoring in medical treatment, a rapid, reliable surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) test kit is designed based on a "hot spots" amplification strategy. Consisting of alkyne-tagged Au nanoparticles (NPs), Ag+, and enzyme substrate, the packaged test kit can achieve one-step clinical assay of ALP in human serum within several minutes, while the operation is simple as it directly inputs the sample into the test kit...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815630/caregiver-child-interaction-caregiver-transitions-and-group-size-as-mediators-between-intervention-condition-and-attachment-and-physical-growth-outcomes-in-institutionalized-children
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Hilary A Warner, Robert B McCall, Christina J Groark, Kevin H Kim, Rifkat J Muhamedrahimov, Oleg I Palmov, Natalia V Nikiforova
This report describes a secondary analysis of data from a comprehensive intervention project which included training and structural changes in three Baby Homes in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation. Multiple mediator models were tested according to the R.M. Baron and D.A. Kenny () causal-steps approach to examine whether caregiver-child interaction quality, number of caregiver transitions, and group size mediated the effects of the intervention on children's attachment behaviors and physical growth. The study utilized a subsample of 163 children from the original Russian Baby Home project, who were between 11 and 19 months at the time of assessment...
August 16, 2017: Infant Mental Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815585/mammal-induced-trophic-cascades-in-invertebrate-food-webs-are-modulated-by-grazing-intensity-in-subalpine-grassland
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Martijn L Vandegehuchte, Martin Schütz, Frederic de Schaetzen, Anita C Risch
1. Even though mammalian herbivores can exert strong indirect effects on other animals by altering the vegetation, the study of trophic cascades retains a focus on apex predators and their top-down forces. Bottom-up trophic interaction chains induced by mammalian herbivores, particularly in invertebrate food webs, remain largely unexplored. 2. We tested whether effects of mammalian herbivores on the vegetation ricochet back up several trophic levels of the invertebrate food web. We further tested two alternative hypotheses: the strength of herbivore-induced indirect interactions either increases with plant productivity because of a concurrent higher grazing intensity, or it decreases because of a higher plant tolerance to grazing...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814175/exploring-the-effects-of-visual-frame-and-matching-direction-on-the-vertical-horizontal-illusion
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José M Gavilán, Daniel Rivera, Marc Guasch, Josep Demestre, José E García-Albea
The work presented here uses an adjustment method to test the vertical-horizontal illusion across four different configurations: a cross-shape, an L-shape, an inverted-T and a rotated-T. We examine the modulatory role of the variables visual frame and direction of the adjustment on the illusory effect. Two experiments were performed, one with rectangular and one with curvilinear visual frames. Our data show that in both experiments, the size of the expected illusion increases from the cross-shape to the L-shape and from the L-shape to the inverted-T, where it reaches its maximum...
January 1, 2017: Perception
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813953/bridge-behavioural-reaching-interfaces-during-daily-antigravity-activities-through-upper-limb-exoskeleton-preliminary-results
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Marta Gandolla, Andrea Costa, Lorenzo Aquilante, Margit Gfoehler, Markus Puchinger, Francesco Braghin, Alessandra Pedrocchi
People with neuromuscular diseases such as muscular dystrophy experience a distributed and evolutive weakness in the whole body. Recent technological developments have changed the daily life of disabled people strongly improving the perceived quality of life, mostly concentrating on powered wheelchairs, so to assure autonomous mobility and respiratory assistance, essential for survival. The key concept of the BRIDGE project is to contrast the everyday experience of losing functions by providing them of a system able to exploit the best their own residual capabilities in arm movements so to keep them functional and autonomous as much as possible...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813879/interaction-force-and-motion-estimators-facilitating-impedance-control-of-the-upper-limb-rehabilitation-robot
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Aitziber Mancisidor, Asier Zubizarreta, Itziar Cabanes, Pablo Bengoa, Je Hyung Jung
In order to enhance the performance of rehabilitation robots, it is imperative to know both force and motion caused by the interaction between user and robot. However, common direct measurement of both signals through force and motion sensors not only increases the complexity of the system but also impedes affordability of the system. As an alternative of the direct measurement, in this work, we present new force and motion estimators for the proper control of the upper-limb rehabilitation Universal Haptic Pantograph (UHP) robot...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813812/characterization-of-surface-electromyography-patterns-of-healthy-and-incomplete-spinal-cord-injury-subjects-interacting-with-an-upper-extremity-exoskeleton
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Craig G McDonald, Troy A Dennis, Marcia K O'Malley
Rehabilitation exoskeletons may make use of myoelectric control to restore in patients with significant motor impairment following a spinal cord injury (SCI) a sense of volitional control over their limb - a crucial component for recovery of movement. Little investigation has been done into the feasibility of using surface electromyography (sEMG) as an exoskeleton control interface for SCI patients, whose impairment manifests in a highly variable way across the patient population. We have demonstrated that by using only a small subset of features extracted from eight bipolar electrodes recording on the upper arm and forearm muscles, we can achieve high predictive accuracy for the intended direction of motion...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813625/detection-of-first-line-drug-resistance-mutations-and-drug-protein-interaction-dynamics-from-tuberculosis-patients-in-south-india
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Somanna Ajjamada Nachappa, Sumana M Neelambike, Chokkanna Amruthavalli, Nallur B Ramachandra
Diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis predominantly relies on culture-based drug susceptibility testing, which take weeks to produce a result and a more time-efficient alternative method is multiplex allele-specific PCR (MAS-PCR). Also, understanding the role of mutations in causing resistance helps better drug designing. AIMS: To evaluate the ability of MAS-PCR in the detection of drug resistance and to understand the mechanism of interaction of drugs with mutant proteins in Mycobacterium tuberculosis...
August 16, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812633/diversity-begets-diversity-in-competition-for-space
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Daniel S Maynard, Mark A Bradford, Daniel L Lindner, Linda T A van Diepen, Serita D Frey, Jessie A Glaeser, Thomas W Crowther
Competition can profoundly affect biodiversity patterns by determining whether similar species are likely to coexist. When species compete directly for space, competitive ability differences should theoretically promote trait and phylogenetic clustering, provided that niche differences are otherwise minimal. Yet many sessile communities exhibit high biodiversity despite minimal reliance on niche differentiation. A potential explanation is that intransitive competition ('rock-paper-scissors' competition) not only promotes species richness but also fosters coexistence among highly dissimilar species with different competitive strategies...
May 15, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812421/right-hemispatial-ipsilesional-neglect-with-chronic-right-hemisphere-strokes
#18
John B Williamson, Damon G Lamb, D Brandon Burtis, Salsabil Haque, Eduardo M Zilli, Tigran Kesayan, Michal Harciarek, Kenneth M Heilman
BACKGROUND: Patients who present with spatial neglect after stroke often perform normally on tests for neglect after a few weeks. Whereas tests for neglect are often performed directly in front of a patient, in their actual environments many important stimuli may be present within their left or right hemispace. The presence and severity of neglect often depends on the hemisphere injured. It is possible, in chronic stroke, for spatial judgments to be influenced by an interaction of stroke laterality and the spatial location of stimuli...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811548/ligand-binding-modes-from-low-resolution-gpcr-models-and-mutagenesis-chicken-bitter-taste-receptor-as-a-test-case
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Antonella Di Pizio, Louisa-Marie Kruetzfeldt, Shira Cheled-Shoval, Wolfgang Meyerhof, Maik Behrens, Masha Y Niv
Bitter taste is one of the basic taste modalities, warning against consuming potential poisons. Bitter compounds activate members of the bitter taste receptor (Tas2r) subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs). The number of functional Tas2rs is species-dependent. Chickens represent an intriguing minimalistic model, because they detect the bitter taste of structurally different molecules with merely three bitter taste receptor subtypes. We investigated the binding modes of several known agonists of a representative chicken bitter taste receptor, ggTas2r1...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810930/sex-differences-in-microrna-mrna-networks-examination-of-novel-epigenetic-programming-mechanisms-in-the-sexually-dimorphic-neonatal-hypothalamus
#20
Christopher P Morgan, Tracy L Bale
BACKGROUND: Sexual differentiation of the male brain, and specifically the stress circuitry in the hypothalamus, is primarily driven by estrogen exposure during the perinatal period. Surprisingly, this single hormone promotes diverse programs of sex-specific development that vary widely between different cell types and across the developing male brain. The complexity of this phenomenon suggests that additional layers of gene regulation, including microRNAs (miRNAs), must act downstream of estrogen to mediate this specificity...
August 15, 2017: Biology of Sex Differences
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