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Sheila Cardeña-Núñez, Luis Óscar Sánchez-Guardado, Rubén Corral-San-Miguel, Lucía Rodríguez-Gallardo, Faustino Marín, Luis Puelles, Pilar Aroca, Matías Hidalgo-Sánchez
The vertebrate inner ear is a complex three-dimensional sensorial structure with auditory and vestibular functions. The molecular patterning of the developing otic epithelium creates various positional identities, consequently leading to the stereotyped specification of each neurosensory and non-sensory element of the membranous labyrinth. The Iroquois (Iro/Irx) genes, clustered in two groups (A: Irx1, Irx2, and Irx4; and B: Irx3, Irx5, and Irx6), encode for transcriptional factors involved directly in numerous patterning processes of embryonic tissues in many phyla...
October 25, 2016: Brain Structure & Function
Andrew F Auld, Tefera Agizew, Sherri Pals, Alyssa Finlay, Ndwapi Ndwapi, Rosanna Boyd, Heather Alexander, Anikie Mathoma, Joyce Basotli, Sambayawo Gwebe-Nyirenda, James Shepherd, Tedd V Ellerbrock, Anand Date
BACKGROUND: In 2012, as a pilot for Botswana's national Xpert MTB/RIF (Xpert) rollout plans, intensified tuberculosis (TB) case finding (ICF) activities were strengthened at 22 HIV treatment clinics prior to phased activation of 13 Xpert instruments. Together, the strengthened ICF intervention and Xpert activation are referred to as the "Xpert package". METHODS: The evaluation, called the Xpert Package Rollout Evaluation using a Stepped-wedge design (XPRES), has two key objectives: (1) to compare sensitivity of microscopy-based and Xpert-based pulmonary TB diagnostic algorithms in diagnosing sputum culture-positive TB; and (2) to evaluate impact of the "Xpert package" on all-cause, 6-month, adult antiretroviral therapy (ART) mortality...
October 26, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Lydiane Gaborieau, Gregory G Brown
BACKGROUND: The plant trait of cytoplasmically-inherited male sterility (CMS) and its suppression by nuclear restorer-of-fertility (Rf) genes can be viewed as a genetic arms race between the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes. Most nuclear Rf genes have been shown to encode P-type pentatricopeptide repeat proteins (PPRs). Phylogenetic analysis of P-class PPRs from sequenced plants genomes has shown that Rf-proteins cluster in a distinct clade of P-class PPRs, RFL-PPRs, that display hallmarks of positive evolutionary selection...
October 26, 2016: BMC Genomics
S M A Cruz, J M C Marques, F B Pereira
We propose improvements to our evolutionary algorithm (EA) [J. M. C. Marques and F. B. Pereira, J. Mol. Liq. 210, 51 (2015)] in order to avoid dissociative solutions in the global optimization of clusters with competing attractive and repulsive interactions. The improved EA outperforms the original version of the method for charged colloidal clusters in the size range 3 ≤ N ≤ 25, which is a very stringent test for global optimization algorithms. While the Bernal spiral is the global minimum for clusters in the interval 13 ≤ N ≤ 18, the lowest-energy structure is a peculiar, so-called beaded-necklace, motif for 19 ≤ N ≤ 25...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Bradley M Dickson, Parker W de Waal, Zachary H Ramjan, H Eric Xu, Scott B Rothbart
In this communication we introduce an efficient implementation of adaptive biasing that greatly improves the speed of free energy computation in molecular dynamics simulations. We investigated the use of accelerated simulations to inform on compound design using a recently reported and clinically relevant inhibitor of the chromatin regulator BRD4 (bromodomain-containing protein 4). Benchmarking on our local compute cluster, our implementation achieves up to 2.5 times more force calls per day than plumed2. Results of five 1 μs-long simulations are presented, which reveal a conformational switch in the BRD4 inhibitor between a binding competent and incompetent state...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Olga Gorlova, Joseph W DePalma, Conrad T Wolke, Antonio Brathwaite, Tuguldur T Odbadrakh, Kenneth D Jordan, Anne B McCoy, Mark A Johnson
We report the isotope-dependent vibrational predissociation spectra of the H2-tagged OH(-) ⋅ (H2O)n=2,3 clusters, from which we determine the strongly coordination-dependent energies of the fundamentals due to the OH groups bound to the ion and the intramolecular bending modes of the water molecules. The HOH bending fundamental is completely missing in the delocalized OH(-) ⋅ (H2O) binary complex but is recovered upon adding the second water molecule, thereby establishing that the dihydrate behaves as a hydroxide ion solvated by two essentially intact water molecules...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Berhane Ghebrehiwet, Allen P Kaplan, Kusumam Joseph, Ellinor I B Peerschke
The blood plasma contains four biologically important proteolytic cascades, which probably evolved from the same ancestral gene. This in part may explain why each cascade has very similar "initiating trigger" followed by sequential and cascade-like downstream enzymatic activation pattern. The four cascades are: the complement system, the blood clotting cascade, the fibrinolytic system, and the kallikrein-kinin system. Although much has been written about the interplay between all these enzymatic cascades, the cross-talk between the complement and the kinin generating systems has become particularly relevant as this interaction results in the generation of nascent molecules that have significant impact in various inflammatory diseases including angioedema and cancer...
November 2016: Immunological Reviews
Laura M Pidgeon, Madeleine Grealy, Alex H B Duffy, Laura Hay, Chris McTeague, Tijana Vuletic, Damien Coyle, Sam J Gilbert
INTRODUCTION: The generation of creative visual imagery contributes to technological and scientific innovation and production of visual art. The underlying cognitive and neural processes are, however, poorly understood. METHODS: This review synthesizes functional neuroimaging studies of visual creativity. Seven functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and 19 electroencephalography (EEG) studies were included, comprising 27 experiments and around 800 participants...
October 2016: Brain and Behavior
Yingshi Ouyang, Avraham Bayer, Tianjiao Chu, Vladimir A Tyurin, Valerian E Kagan, Adrian E Morelli, Carolyn B Coyne, Yoel Sadovsky
INTRODUCTION: Primary human trophoblasts release a repertoire of extracellular vesicles (EVs). Among them are nano-sized exosomes, which we found to suppress the replication of a wide range of diverse viruses. These exosomes contain trophoblastic microRNAs (miRNAs) that are expressed from the chromosome 19 miRNA cluster and exhibit antiviral properties. Here, we report our investigation of the cargo of placental EVs, focusing on the composition and the antiviral properties of exosomes, microvesicles, and apoptotic blebs...
November 2016: Placenta
Nathália Azevedo Portilho, Priscila Tavares Guedes, B Anne Croy, Marcelo Pelajo-Machado
Previous studies have shown that human and mouse placentas have hematopoietic potential during mid-gestation. In this investigation, we used histological and immunohistological approaches to visualize hematopoietic cells in mouse placenta between 9.5 and 12.5 days of gestation (gd), identifying their topography and niche. Putative hematopoietic foci were present on 10.5 and 11.5 gd but not 9.5 or 12.5 gd and was restricted to the placental labyrinth. Two major niches each with distinctive hematopoietic cell clusters were present...
November 2016: Placenta
Steven M Grodsky, Christopher E Moorman, Sarah R Fritts, Steven B Castleberry, T Bently Wigley
Forest regeneration following timber harvest is a principal source of habitat for early-successional birds and characterized by influxes of early-successional vegetation and residual downed woody material. Early-successional birds may use harvest residues for communication, cover, foraging, and nesting. Yet, increased market viability of woody biomass as bioenergy feedstock may intensify harvest residue removal. Our objectives were to: 1) evaluate effects of varying intensities of woody biomass harvest on the early-successional bird community; and (2) document early-successional bird use of harvest residues in regenerating stands...
2016: PloS One
Sandeep Kandregula, Amey R Savardekar, B N Nandeesh, A Arivazhagan, Malla Bhaskar Rao
Giant hypothalamic hamartomas (GHH) are extremely rare lesions in infants and usually intrinsically epileptogenic. We present the case of a 10-month-old girl child presenting with drug-resistant seizures and a giant hypothalamic lesion that was confirmed as hamartoma on histopathology. Surgical decompression and disconnection from the hypothalamus was performed with the intent of controlling her seizures. Unfortunately, the patient developed right middle cerebral artery and posterior cerebral artery territory infarction, possibly due to vasospasm or thrombosis of the vessels...
October 26, 2016: Pediatric Neurosurgery
G E B Wright, B Carleton, M R Hayden, C J D Ross
Differences in response to medications have a strong genetic component. By leveraging publically available data, the spectrum of such genomic variation can be investigated extensively. Pharmacogenomic variation was extracted from the 1000 Genomes Project Phase 3 data (2504 individuals, 26 global populations). A total of 12 084 genetic variants were found in 120 pharmacogenes, with the majority (90.0%) classified as rare variants (global minor allele frequency <0.5%), with 52.9% being singletons. Common variation clustered individuals into continental super-populations and 23 pharmacogenes contained highly differentiated variants (FST>0...
October 25, 2016: Pharmacogenomics Journal
Alexander M Polgar, Chhatra B Khadka, Mahmood Azizpoor Fard, Brian Nikkel, Terrence O'Donnell, Tobias Neumann, Kiana Lahring, Kyle Thompson, Carolyn Cadogan, Florian Weigend, John F Corrigan
The first examples of gold(I) trimethylsilylchalcogenolate complexes were synthesized and their reactivity showcased in the preparation of a novel gold-copper-sulfur cluster [Au4Cu4S4(dppm)2] (dppm = bis(diphenylphosphino)methane). The unprecedented structural chemistry of this compound gives rise to interesting optoelectronic properties, including long-lived luminescence in the solid state. Through time-dependent density functional theory calculations, the emission is shown to originate from a charge transfer process facilitated by Au∙∙∙Cu metallophilic bonding...
October 24, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Mariete B Moreira, Camila F N Da Silva, Rafaela B P Pesci, Victor M Deflon, Sofia Nikolaou
We synthesized and characterized a series of oxo-centered carbonyl-triruthenium complexes with the general formula [Ru3O(CH3COO)6(L)2(CO)], where L = 2,6-dimethylpyrazine (dmpz) (1), isonicotinamide (adpy) (2), 4-acetylpyridine (acpy) (3), 3-methylpyridine (3-pic) (4), 4-methylpyridine (4-pic) (5), 4-tert-butylpyridine (4-tbpy) (6), 4-(dimethyl)aminopyridine (dmap) (7), or 4-aminopyridine (ampy) (8); we also investigated the photoreactivity of these complexes. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction helped to elucidate the structures of 1·H2O, 7·C2H4Cl2, and 8...
October 25, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Changjun Yin, Sarajo Kumar Mohanta, Prasad Srikakulapu, Christian Weber, Andreas J R Habenicht
Artery tertiary lymphoid organs (ATLOs) are atherosclerosis-associated lymphoid aggregates with varying degrees of complexity ranging from small T/B-cell clusters to well-structured lymph node-like though unencapsulated lymphoid tissues. ATLOs arise in the connective tissue that surrounds diseased arteries, i.e., the adventitia. ATLOs have been identified in aged atherosclerosis-prone hyperlipidemic apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice: they are organized into distinct immune cell compartments, including separate T-cell areas, activated B-cell follicles, and plasma cell niches...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Sheng-Teng Huang, Chao-Chun Huang, Jer-Ming Sheen, Tsu-Kung Lin, Pei-Lin Liao, Wen-Liang Huang, Pei-Wen Wang, Chia-Wei Liou, Jiin-Haur Chuang
Osteosarcoma is an aggressive bone cancer arising from primitive transformed cells of mesenchymal origin to form malignant osteoid. Phyllanthus urinaria [Formula: see text]P. urinaria[Formula: see text] is a widely used folk medicine in cancer treatment, however the mechanism of P. urinaria inhibited human osteosarcoma is unclear. The present study was aimed at investigating the antitumoral effects of an aqueous P. urinaria on human osteosarcoma in vivo and the related underlying mechanisms, mainly focusing on mitochondrial dynamic dysfunction...
October 25, 2016: American Journal of Chinese Medicine
Christine Gross, Veit Wiesmann, Sebastian Millen, Martina Kalmer, Thomas Wittenberg, Jan Gettemans, Andrea K Thoma-Kress
The delta-retrovirus Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1) preferentially infects CD4+ T-cells via cell-to-cell transmission. Viruses are transmitted by polarized budding and by transfer of viral biofilms at the virological synapse (VS). Formation of the VS requires the viral Tax protein and polarization of the host cytoskeleton, however, molecular mechanisms of HTLV-1 cell-to-cell transmission remain incompletely understood. Recently, we could show Tax-dependent upregulation of the actin-bundling protein Fascin (FSCN-1) in HTLV-1-infected T-cells...
October 2016: PLoS Pathogens
Jiabo Chen, Fayun Li, Zhiping Fan, Yanjie Wang
Source apportionment of river water pollution is critical in water resource management and aquatic conservation. Comprehensive application of various GIS-based multivariate statistical methods was performed to analyze datasets (2009-2011) on water quality in the Liao River system (China). Cluster analysis (CA) classified the 12 months of the year into three groups (May-October, February-April and November-January) and the 66 sampling sites into three groups (groups A, B and C) based on similarities in water quality characteristics...
October 21, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Athanassios Panagiotopoulos, Antonios M Douvas, Panagiotis Argitis, Athanassios G Coutsolelos
Hydrogen evolution using photocatalytic systems based on artificial photosynthesis is a major approach toward solar energy conversion and storage. In the polyoxometalate-based photocatalytic systems proposed in the past, middle/near UV light irradiation and noble-metal catalysts were mainly used. Although recently polyoxometalates were sensitized in visible light, photosensitizers or catalysts based on noble metals, and/or poor activity of polyoxometalates were generally obtained. Here we show the highly efficient [turnover number (TON)=215] hydrogen evolution induced by the zinc(II) mesotetrakis(N-methyl-pyridinium-4-yl)porphyrin (ZnTMPyP(4+) ) sensitization of a series of polyoxometalate catalysts (two Dawson type, P2 Mo18 O62(6-) and P2 W18 O62(6-) anions, and one Keplerate {Mo132 } cluster) in a visible-light-driven, noble-metal-free, and fully water-soluble system...
October 24, 2016: ChemSusChem
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