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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933749/black-magic-in-gray-titania-noble-metal-free-photocatalytic-h2-evolution-from-hydrogenated-anatase
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Ning Liu, Xuemei Zhou, Nhat Truong Nguyen, Kristina Peters, Florian Zoller, Imgon Hwang, Christopher Schneider, Matthias E Miehlich, Detlef Freitag, Karsten Meyer, Dina Fattakhova-Rohlfing, Patrik Schmuki
'Black' TiO2 -in the widest sense, TiO2 reduced by various treatments-has attracted tremendous scientific interest in recent years because of some outstanding properties; most remarkably in photocatalysis. While the material effects visible light absorption (the blacker, the better), black titania produced by high pressure hydrogenation was recently reported to show another highly interesting feature; noble-metal-free photocatalytic H2 generation. In a systematic investigation of high-temperature hydrogen treatments of anatase nanoparticles, TEM, XRD, EPR, XPS, and photoelectrochemistry are used to characterize different degrees of surface hydrogenation, surface termination, electrical conductivity, and structural defects in the differently treated materials...
December 9, 2016: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933724/comparative-analysis-reveals-amino-acids-critical-for-anticancer-activity-of-peptide-cigb-552
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Soledad Astrada, Yolanda Gomez, Exequiel Barrera, Gonzalo Obal, Otto Pritsch, Sergio Pantano, Maribel G Vallespí, Mariela Bollati-Fogolín
Because of resistance development by cancer cells against current anticancer drugs, there is a considerable interest in developing novel antitumor agents. We have previously demonstrated that CIGB-552, a novel cell-penetrating synthetic peptide, was effective in reducing tumor size and increasing lifespan in tumor-bearing mice. Studies of protein-peptide interactions have shown that COMMD1 protein is a major mediator of CIGB-552 antitumor activity. Furthermore, a typical serine-protease degradation pattern for CIGB-552 in BALB/c mice serum was identified, yielding peptides which differ from CIGB-552 in size and physical properties...
November 2016: Journal of Peptide Science: An Official Publication of the European Peptide Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933723/comfa-topomer-comfa-and-hqsar-studies-on-a-series-of-novel-hiv-1-protease-inhibitors
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Afsane Heidari, Mohammad H Fatemi
Comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA), topomer CoMFA and hologram QSAR (HQSAR) as three efficient methods of QSAR have been performed on 40 newly synthesized inhibitors against HIV-1 protease. Molecular alignment was done by aid of crystallographic structure of template inhibitor (indirectly alignment) and also by the molecular mechanic (MM) minimized structure. Both alignment methods produced satisfactory statistics for training set, but indirectly alignment had more predictive power. Generated counter maps, especially by topomer CoMFA, give comprehensive information about structural features affecting the inhibitory activities of studied chemicals...
December 9, 2016: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933712/the-importance-of-mrna-structure-in-determining-the-pathogenicity-of-synonymous-and-non-synonymous-mutations-in-haemophilia
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N Hamasaki-Katagiri, B C Lin, J Simon, R C Hunt, T Schiller, E Russek-Cohen, A A Komar, H Bar, C Kimchi-Sarfaty
INTRODUCTION: Mutational analysis is commonly used to support the diagnosis and management of haemophilia. This has allowed for the generation of large mutation databases which provide unparalleled insight into genotype-phenotype relationships. Haemophilia is associated with inversions, deletions, insertions, nonsense and missense mutations. Both synonymous and non-synonymous mutations influence the base pairing of messenger RNA (mRNA), which can alter mRNA structure, cellular half-life and ribosome processivity/elongation...
December 9, 2016: Haemophilia: the Official Journal of the World Federation of Hemophilia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933668/the-role-of-the-hippocampus-in-generalizing-configural-relationships
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Sam C Berens, Chris M Bird
The hippocampus has been implicated in integrating information across separate events in support of mnemonic generalizations. These generalizations may be underpinned by processes at both encoding (linking similar information across events) and retrieval ("on-the-fly" generalization). However, the relative contribution of the hippocampus to encoding- and retrieval-based generalizations is poorly understood. Using fMRI in humans, we investigated the hippocampal role in gradually learning a set of spatial discriminations and subsequently generalizing them in an acquired equivalence task...
December 9, 2016: Hippocampus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933557/atypical-presentation-and-treatment-response-in-a-child-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-having-a-novel-ldlr-mutation
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S Varma, A D McIntyre, R A Hegele
Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal codominantly inherited disease. The severity of clinical presentation depends on the zygosity of the mutations in the LDLR, APOB, or PCSK9 genes. The homozygous form (HoFH) is associated with high mortality rate by third decade of life, while individuals with HeFH begin to suffer from premature cardiovascular disease in fourth or fifth decade of life. Statin drugs have helped to improve the biochemical profile and life expectancy in HeFH, while they are only minimally effective in HoFH...
December 9, 2016: JIMD Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933531/using-baseline-transcriptional-connectomes-in-rat-to-identify-genetic-pathways-associated-with-predisposition-to-complex-traits
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Laura Saba, Paula Hoffman, Boris Tabakoff
Although rat is a critical model organism in preclinical medications development, its use in systems genetics studies remains sparse. The PhenoGen database and website contain detailed information on the qualitative and quantitative aspects of the rat brain, liver, heart, and brown adipose transcriptome. This database has been generated using the HXB/BXH recombinant inbred panel and is being expanded to a hybrid rat diversity panel that includes many common inbred strains as well. By using such a panel, the PhenoGen project has created a renewable and cumulative resource for the rat genomics community...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933525/expression-qtls-mapping-and-analysis-a-bayesian-perspective
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Martha Imprialou, Enrico Petretto, Leonardo Bottolo
The aim of expression Quantitative Trait Locus (eQTL) mapping is the identification of DNA sequence variants that explain variation in gene expression. Given the recent yield of trait-associated genetic variants identified by large-scale genome-wide association analyses (GWAS), eQTL mapping has become a useful tool to understand the functional context where these variants operate and eventually narrow down functional gene targets for disease. Despite its extensive application to complex (polygenic) traits and disease, the majority of eQTL studies still rely on univariate data modeling strategies, i...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933465/nano-mechanical-characterization-of-ataxia-telangiectasia-cells-treated-with-dexamethasone
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Michele Menotta, Sara Biagiotti, Giulia Bartolini, Bianchi Marzia, Sara Orazi, Aldo Germani, Luciana Chessa, Mauro Magnani
Ataxia telangiectasia is a rare genetic disease and no therapy is currently available. Glucocorticoid analogues have been shown to improve the neurological symptoms of treated patients. In the present study ataxia telangiectasia and wild type cells were used as a cellular model and treated with dexamethasone. The cells were subsequently investigated for membrane and whole cell mechanical properties by atomic force microscopy. In addition, cytoskeleton protein dynamics and nuclear shapes were assayed by fluorescence microscopy, while western blots were used to assess actin and tubulin content...
December 8, 2016: Cell Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933440/modern-role-of-clinical-ultrasound-in-liver-abscess-and-echinococcosis
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REVIEW
Rita Barosa, João Pinto, Ana Caldeira, Eduardo Pereira
In the Western world, liver abscesses are predominantly of pyogenic origin and can present a wide range of ultrasonographic features, from a solid mass to a cystic cavity. Amoebic abscesses are endemic in tropical areas and typically round single lesions. Echinococcal cyst is diagnosed by ultrasound (US). Serology is particularly useful when pathognomonic US features are absent. Treatment is determined based on the WHO ultrasonographic classification, and puncture, aspiration, injection, re-aspiration (PAIR) is a US-guided therapeutic option...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Medical Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933426/characterization-of-the-first-fully-human-anti-tem1-scfv-in-models-of-solid-tumor-imaging-and-immunotoxin-based-therapy
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Xiaopeng Yuan, Mingjuan Yang, Xiang Chen, Xuhua Zhang, Shrey Sukhadia, Najia Musolino, Huijing Bao, Tingtao Chen, Chen Xu, Qirui Wang, Stephen Santoro, Daniel Ricklin, Jia Hu, Ruihe Lin, Wei Yang, Zhijun Li, Weijun Qin, Aizhi Zhao
Tumor endothelial marker 1 (TEM1) has been identified as a novel surface marker upregulated on the blood vessels and stroma in many solid tumors. We previously isolated a novel single-chain variable fragment (scFv) 78 against TEM1 from a yeast display scFv library. Here, we evaluated the potential applications of scFv78 as a tool for tumor molecular imaging, immunotoxin-based therapy and nanotherapy. Epitope mapping, three-dimensional structure docking and affinity measurements indicated that scFv78 could bind to both human and murine TEM1, with equivalent affinity, at a well-conserved conformational epitope...
December 8, 2016: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933392/leishmania-infection-painful-or-painless
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REVIEW
Sergio M Borghi, Victor Fattori, Ivete Conchon-Costa, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Wander R Pavanelli, Waldiceu A Verri
The complex life cycle and immunopathological features underpinning the interaction of Leishmania parasites and their mammalian hosts poses frequent poorly explored and inconclusively resolved questions. The altered nociceptive signals over the course of leishmaniasis remain an intriguing issue for nociceptive and parasitology researchers. Experimental investigations have utilized behavioral, morphological, and neuro-immune approaches in the study of experimental cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL). The data generated indicates new venues for the study of the pathological characteristics of nociceptive processing in this parasitic disease...
December 9, 2016: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933384/thyroid-autoimmunity-is-really-associated-with-papillary-thyroid-carcinoma
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Alev Selek, Berrin Cetinarslan, Ilhan Tarkun, Zeynep Canturk, Berna Ustuner, Zeynep Akyay
The incidence of thyroid cancer has been greatly increasing. Several studies aimed to investigate biomarkers for prediction of thyroid cancer. Some of these studies have suggested that thyroid autoantibodies (TAb) could be used as predictors of thyroid cancer risk, but the correlation between TAb and PTC is still a matter of debate. The aim of this study is to evaluate thyroid autoimmunity and TAbs in patients with PTC and benign multinodular goiter (MNG) to investigate if TAbs and autoimmune thyroid disease (ATD) could predict thyroid malignancy...
December 8, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933377/radiofrequency-ablation-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-with-a-nodule-in-nodule-appearance-long-term-follow-up-and-clinical-implications
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Tae Wook Kang, Hyunchul Rhim, Kyoung Doo Song, Min Woo Lee, Dong Ik Cha, Sang Yun Ha, Joong Hyun Ahn
PURPOSE: Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with a "nodule-in-nodule" (NIN) appearance has unique histological characteristics as an early HCC. We assessed long-term therapeutic outcomes of radiofrequency ablation (RFA) in HCC patients considering this appearance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our Institutional Review Board approved this retrospective study, and the requirement for written informed consent was waived. Between May 2006 and April 2012, a total of 572 patients underwent RFA for single HCC as a first-line treatment...
December 8, 2016: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933369/imaging-mass-spectrometry-in-drug-development-and-toxicology
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REVIEW
Oskar Karlsson, Jörg Hanrieder
During the last decades, imaging mass spectrometry has gained significant relevance in biomedical research. Recent advances in imaging mass spectrometry have paved the way for in situ studies on drug development, metabolism and toxicology. In contrast to whole-body autoradiography that images the localization of radiolabeled compounds, imaging mass spectrometry provides the possibility to simultaneously determine the discrete tissue distribution of the parent compound and its metabolites. In addition, imaging mass spectrometry features high molecular specificity and allows comprehensive, multiplexed detection and localization of hundreds of proteins, peptides and lipids directly in tissues...
December 8, 2016: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933362/coordination-induced-decomposition-of-luminescent-gold-nanoparticles-sensitive-detection-of-h2o2-and-glucose
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Xiaoqi Lai, Fengxian Luo, Yaping Wang, Xuxian Su, Jinbin Liu
The surface inert of luminescent gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) toward biomolecules set a challenge to further exploit their bioanalytical applications using the direct luminescence response. Herein, we report a novel approach to induce significant luminescence quenching of the AuNPs upon the interaction with a metal coordination ligand tris(2-carboxyethyl)phosphine (TCEP), providing a strategy for the detection of H2O2 with a limit of detection (LOD) of 14 nM through the reaction between H2O2 and TCEP to protect the luminescence quenching of the AuNPs...
December 8, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933338/progress-in-research-and-application-of-hiv-1-tat-derived-cell-penetrating-peptide
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REVIEW
Le Zou, Qilin Peng, Ping Wang, Boting Zhou
Human immunodeficiency virus type I (HIV-1) transactivator of transcription (TAT) is encoded by HIV-1. It is a peptide rich in basic amino acids and belongs to the protein transduction domain family. It has been found that HIV-1 TAT and its core peptide segment TAT47-57 play an important role in promoting the cellular uptake of coupled bioactive macromolecules, such as peptides, proteins, oligonucleotides, and drug molecules. HIV-1 TAT can also significantly increase the soluble expression of extrinsic proteins...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Membrane Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933319/a-metabolic-widget-adjusts-the-phosphoenolpyruvate-dependent-fructose-influx-in-pseudomonas-putida
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Max Chavarría, Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Víctor de Lorenzo, Pablo I Nikel
Fructose uptake in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida occurs through a canonical phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent sugar transport system (PTS(Fru)). The logic of the genetic circuit that rules its functioning is puzzling: the transcription of the fruBKA operon, encoding all the components of PTS(Fru), can escape the repression exerted by the catabolite repressor/activator protein Cra solely in the presence of intracellular fructose-1-P, an agonist formed only when fructose has been already transported...
November 2016: MSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933298/non-targeted-plasma-metabolome-of-early-and-late-lactation-gilts
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Lea A Rempel, Jeremy R Miles, William T Oliver, Corey D Broeckling
Female pigs nursing their first litter (first-parity gilts) have increased energy requirements not only to support their piglets, but they themselves are still maturing. Non-targeted plasma metabolomics were used to investigate the differences between (1) post-farrowing and weaning (early or late lactation), (2) degree of body condition loss after lactation (extreme or minimal), and (3) interactions; to potentially identify compounds or pathways that could aide in alleviating energetic demands of lactation in gilts...
2016: Frontiers in Molecular Biosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933282/myocardial-perfusion-scintigraphy-dosimetry-optimal-use-of-spect-and-spect-ct-technologies-in-stress-first-imaging-protocol
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REVIEW
M Lecchi, S Malaspina, C Scabbio, V Gaudieri, A Del Sole
PURPOSE: Over the past decade, nuclear medicine experts have been seeking to minimize patient exposure to radiation in myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS). This review describes the latest technological innovations in MPS, particularly with regard to dose reduction. METHODS: We searched in PubMed for original clinical papers in English, published after 2008, using the following research criteria: (dose) and ((reduction) or (reducing)) and ((myocardial) or (cardiac) or (heart)) and ((nuclear medicine) or (nuclear imaging) or (radionuclide) or (scintigraphy) or (SPET) or (SPECT))...
2016: Clinical and Translational Imaging: Reviews in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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