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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040915/a-novel-three-dimensional-carbonized-pani1600-cnts-network-for-enhanced-enzymatic-biofuel-cell
#1
Zepeng Kang, Kailong Jiao, Jin Cheng, Ruiyun Peng, Shuqiang Jiao, Zongqian Hu
A novel three-dimensional (3D) carbon composite of PANI1600@CNTs with rhizobium-like structure is prepared by in-situ polymerization of aniline monomers around and along the functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and then carbonized at 1600°C for enzymatic biofuel cells (EBFCs). The SEM and TEM images clearly show that the carbonized PANI grew seamlessly on the surface of CNTs and presented the rhizobium-like structure. The carbonized PANI acts like conductive "glue" and connects the adjacent tubes together, which can assemble the CNTs into a 3D network...
October 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040895/economic-analysis-of-prenatal-screening-strategies-for-down-syndrome-in-singleton-pregnancies-in-turkey
#2
Zeynep Güldem Ökem, Gökçen Örgül, Berna Tari Kasnakoglu, Mehmet Çakar, M Sinan Beksaç
OBJECTIVES: To examine the costs and outcomes of different screening strategies for Down Syndrome (DS) in singleton pregnancies. STUDY DESIGN: A decision-analytic model was developed to compare the costs and the outcomes of different prenatal screening strategies. Five strategies were compared for women under 35-year of age: 1A) triple test (TT), 2A); combined test (CT), 3A) Non-invasive Prenatal Screening Test by using cell free fetal DNA (NIPT), 4A) and 5A) NIPT as a second-step screening for high-risk patients detected by either TT, or CT respectively...
October 5, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040859/the-fks-family-genes-cause-changes-in-cell-wall-morphology-resulted-in-regulation-of-anti-autolytic-ability-in-saccharomyces-cerevisiae
#3
Jinjing Wang, Jiangchuan Mao, Ge Yang, Feiyun Zheng, Chengtuo Niu, Yongxian Li, Chunfeng Liu, Qi Li
The aim of this study was to discuss the functions of FKS family genes which encode β-1, 3-glucan synthase regarding the viability and autolysis of yeast strain. Loss of FKS1 gene severely influences the viability and anti-autolytic ability of yeast. Mutation of FKS1 and FKS2 genes led to cell reconstruction, resulting in a sharp shrinkage of cell volume and decreased stress resistance, viability, and anti-autolytic ability. Deletion of FKS3 gene did not clearly influence the synthesis of β-1, 3-glucan of yeast but increased the strain's stress resistance, viability, and anti-autolytic ability...
September 21, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040774/assessing-the-between-background-stability-of-metabolic-effects-arising-from-lignin-related-transgenic-modifications-in-two-populus-hybrids-using-non-targeted-metabolomics
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Andrew R Robinson, Rebecca Dauwe, Shawn D Mansfield
The advances in 'high-throughput' biology have significantly expanded our fundamental understanding of complex biological processes inherent to tree growth and development. Relative to the significant achievements attained with whole genome re-sequencing and transcriptomics efforts, the development and power of post-transcriptional tools such as proteomics and metabolomics continue to lag behind in tree biology. However, the inclusion of these powerful functional genomics platforms should substantially enable systems biology assessments of tree development, physiology and response(s) to biotic and abiotic stresses...
October 10, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040650/interferon-alpha-reduces-human-hippocampal-neurogenesis-and-increases-apoptosis-via-activation-of-distinct-stat1-dependent-mechanisms
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Alessandra Borsini, Annamaria Cattaneo, Chiara Malpighi, Sandrine Thuret, Neil A Harrison, Patricia A Zunszain, Carmine M Pariante
Background: In humans, interferon-α treatment for chronic viral hepatitis is a well-recognized clinical model for inflammation-induced depression, but the molecular mechanisms underlying these effects are not clear. Following peripheral administration in rodents, interferon-α induces signal transducer and activator of transcription-1 (STAT1) within the hippocampus and disrupts hippocampal neurogenesis. Methods: We used the human hippocampal progenitor cell line HPC0A07/03C to evaluate the effects of 2 concentrations of interferon-α, similar to those observed in human serum during its therapeutic use (500 pg/mL and 5000 pg/mL), on neurogenesis and apoptosis...
October 10, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040522/behavioral-and-transcriptomic-analysis-of-trem2-null-mice-not-all-knockout-mice-are-created-equal
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Silvia S Kang, Aishe Kurti, Kelsey E Baker, Chia-Chen Liu, Marco Colonna, Jason D Ulrich, David M Holtzman, Guojun Bu, John D Fryer
It is clear that innate immune system status is altered in numerous neurodegenerative diseases. Human genetic studies have demonstrated that Triggering Receptor Expressed in Myeloid cells 2 (TREM2) coding variants have a strong association with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases. To more thoroughly understand the impact of TREM2 in vivo, we studied the behavioral and cognitive functions of wild-type (WT) and Trem2-/- (KO) mice during basal conditions and brain function in the context of innate immune stimulation with peripherally administered lipopolysaccharide (LPS)...
October 11, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040278/pg-metrics-a-chemometric-based-approach-for-classifying-bacterial-peptidoglycan-data-sets-and-uncovering-their-subjacent-chemical-variability
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Keshav Kumar, Akbar Espaillat, Felipe Cava
Bacteria cells are protected from osmotic and environmental stresses by an exoskeleton-like polymeric structure called peptidoglycan (PG) or murein sacculus. This structure is fundamental for bacteria's viability and thus, the mechanisms underlying cell wall assembly and how it is modulated serve as targets for many of our most successful antibiotics. Therefore, it is now more important than ever to understand the genetics and structural chemistry of the bacterial cell walls in order to find new and effective methods of blocking it for the treatment of disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040270/analysis-of-the-interaction-of-plexin-b1-and-plexin-b2-with-rnd-family-proteins
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Thomas Wylie, Ritu Garg, Anne J Ridley, Maria R Conte
The Rnd family of proteins, Rnd1, Rnd2 and Rnd3, are atypical Rho family GTPases, which bind to but do not hydrolyse GTP. They interact with plexins, which are receptors for semaphorins, and are hypothesised to regulate plexin signalling. We recently showed that each Rnd protein has a distinct profile of interaction with three plexins, Plexin-B1, Plexin-B2 and Plexin-B3, in mammalian cells, although it is unclear which region(s) of these plexins contribute to this specificity. Here we characterise the binary interactions of the Rnd proteins with the Rho-binding domain (RBD) of Plexin-B1 and Plexin-B2 using biophysical approaches...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040267/protecting-cows-in-small-holder-farms-in-east-africa-from-tsetse-flies-by-mimicking-the-odor-profile-of-a-non-host-bovid
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Rajinder K Saini, Benedict O Orindi, Norber Mbahin, John A Andoke, Peter N Muasa, David M Mbuvi, Caroline M Muya, John A Pickett, Christian W Borgemeister
BACKGROUND: For the first time, differential attraction of pathogen vectors to vertebrate animals is investigated for novel repellents which when applied to preferred host animals turn them into non-hosts thereby providing a new paradigm for innovative vector control. For effectively controlling tsetse flies (Glossina spp.), vectors of African trypanosomosis, causing nagana, repellents more powerful than plant derived, from a non-host animal the waterbuck, Kobus ellipsiprymnus defassa, have recently been identified...
October 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040187/palliative-radiation-therapy-for-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-efficacy-and-predictors-of-clinical-response
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Ginger Jiang, Tracy Balboni, Allison Taylor, Joyce Liu, Larissa J Lee
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to report response rates and predictors of response to palliative radiotherapy (RT) for recurrent ovarian cancer. METHODS/MATERIALS: Database review identified 64 patients with symptomatic ovarian cancer recurrence who received a total of 76 courses of RT for 103 indications from March 2003 to August 2014. Radiotherapy indications were pain (44%), bleeding (32%), obstruction (15%), and other (9%). Responses were categorized as complete, partial, or none; all response (AR) was the sum of complete and partial responses...
October 17, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29037027/refining-prognostic-stratification-of-human-papillomavirus-related-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-different-prognosis-between-t1-and-t2
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Sumin Lee, Sang-Wook Lee, Sunmin Park, Sang Min Yoon, Jin-Hong Park, Si Yeol Song, Seung Do Ahn, Jong Hoon Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Su Ssan Kim, Jinhong Jung, Young Seok Kim
PURPOSE: To validate the 8th edition of the American Joint Committee on Cancer/Union for International Cancer Control (AJCC/UICC) TNM staging system for human papillomavirus (HPV)-related oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (OPSCC) and investigate whether a modified classification better reflects the prognosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of patients diagnosed with non-metastatic HPV-related OPSCC between 2010 and 2016 at a single institution were retrospectively reviewed...
September 2017: Radiation Oncology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036803/extracellular-atp-activates-enos-and-increases-intracellular-no-generation-in-red-blood-cells
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Pinar Ulker, Nur Özen, Günel Abdullayeva, Sadi Köksoy, Nazmi Yaraş, Filiz Basrali
BACKGROUND: It has been well documented that ATP activates NOS enzymes and causes increased NO production in several cell types. Although RBC known to possesses eNOS enzyme activity, it has not been investigated whether RBC eNOS could be induced by extracellular ATP. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the present study is to evaluate extracellular ATP mediated eNOS activation and NO production in RBC. METHODS: RBC packed were isolated from healthy volunteers and re-suspended in Hepes solution at a hematocrit of 0...
October 7, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036563/loss-of-cd15-expression-in-clear-cell-renal-cell-carcinoma-is-correlated-with-worse-prognosis-in-chinese-patients
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Chen-Yan Wu, Jian-Ping Huo, Xin-Ke Zhang, Yi-Jun Zhang, Wan-Ming Hu, Ping Yang, Jia-Bin Lu, Zhi-Ling Zhang, Yun Cao
Purpose: To explore the role of CD15 expression in the prognosis of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) in Chinese patients. Methods: The study included 301 patients who had undergone surgery for localized ccRCC. All paraffin-embedded tumor sections were collected to make a set of tissue microarrays. CD15 expression was assessed by immunohistochemistry. The relationship between CD15 expression and survival parameters, clinicopathology features was assessed. Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards model were utilized to determine the correlation between CD15 expression and overall survival (OS)...
September 21, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036360/subcellular-localization-and-interactions-among-rubber-particle-proteins-from-hevea-brasiliensis
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Daniel Brown, Mistianne Feeney, Mathin Ahmadi, Chiara Lonoce, Roslinda Sajari, Alessandra Di Cola, Lorenzo Frigerio
Natural rubber (polyisoprene) from the rubber tree Hevea brasiliensis is synthesized by specialized cells called laticifers. It is not clear how rubber particles arise, although one hypothesis is that they derive from the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane. Here we cloned the genes encoding four key proteins found in association with rubber particles and studied their intracellular localization by transient expression in Nicotiana benthamiana leaves. We show that, while the cis-prenyltransferase (CPT), responsible for the synthesis of long polyisoprene chains, is a soluble, cytosolic protein, other rubber particle proteins such as rubber elongation factor (REF), small rubber particle protein (SRPP) and Hevea rubber transferase 1-REF bridging protein (HRBP) are associated with the endoplasmic reticulum (ER)...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036218/crystallographic-and-thermodynamic-characterization-of-phenylaminopyridine-bisphosphonates-binding-to-human-farnesyl-pyrophosphate-synthase
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Jaeok Park, Dmitry Rodionov, Joris W De Schutter, Yih-Shyan Lin, Youla S Tsantrizos, Albert M Berghuis
Human farnesyl pyrophosphate synthase (hFPPS) catalyzes the production of the 15-carbon isoprenoid farnesyl pyrophosphate. The enzyme is a key regulator of the mevalonate pathway and a well-established drug target. Notably, it was elucidated as the molecular target of nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, a class of drugs that have been widely successful against bone resorption disorders. More recently, research has focused on the anticancer effects of these inhibitors. In order to achieve increased non-skeletal tissue exposure, we created phenylaminopyridine bisphosphonates (PNP-BPs) that have bulky hydrophobic side chains through a structure-based approach...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035907/relationship-between-pd-l1-expression-and-cd8-t-cell-immune-responses-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#16
Chun-Yu Huang, Ying Wang, Guang-Yu Luo, Feng Han, Yong-Qiang Li, Zhong-Guo Zhou, Guo-Liang Xu
As PD-1/PD-L1 immune checkpoint inhibitors exhibited promising clinical outcomes in various types of solid tumors, PD-1/PD-L1 blockades have been explored for the treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the association of PD-L1 with antitumor immunoregulation is not clearly defined in HCC. Here, we evaluated the characteristics of PD-L1 expression, CD8 T-cell infiltration and their relationship in HCC. A total of 411 resected tumor specimens from HCC patients were immunostained for PD-L1 and CD8...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035500/reliable-multi-state-data-storage-with-low-power-consumption-by-selective-oxidation-of-pyramid-structured-resistive-memory
#17
Youngjin Kim, Hanhyeong Choi, Hyun S Park, Moon Sung Kang, Keun-Young Shin, Sang-Soo Lee, Jong Hyuk Park
Multilevel data storage using resistive random access memory (RRAM) has attracted significant attention for addressing the challenges associated with the rapid advances in information technologies. However, it is still difficult to secure reliable multilevel resistive switching of RRAM due to the stochastic and multiple formation of conductive filaments (CFs). Herein, we demonstrate that a single CF, derived from selective oxidation by a structured Cu active electrode, can solve the reliability issue. High-quality pyramidal Cu electrodes with a sharp tip are prepared via the template-stripping method...
October 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035148/treatment-of-pulmonary-fibrosis-with-sirna-against-a-collagen-specific-chaperone-hsp47-in-vitamin-a-coupled-liposomes
#18
Mitsuo Otsuka, Masanori Shiratori, Hirofumi Chiba, Koji Kuronuma, Yasushi Sato, Yoshiro Niitsu, Hiroki Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary fibrosis is a life-threatening pathological state of progressive interstitial lung diseases, such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Myofibroblasts are known to play a critical role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary fibrosis. This study aimed to evaluate the inhibitory effect of a small interfering RNA (siRNA) on a collagen-specific chaperone heat shock protein 47 (HSP47). The siRNA was preferentially delivered to myofibroblasts in a bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis rat model using siRNA against HSP47, encapsulated in a vitamin A-coupled liposome (VA-lip-siRNA HSP47)...
October 16, 2017: Experimental Lung Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034890/derivation-of-a-disease-specific-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-line-from-a-biliary-atresia-patient
#19
Lipeng Tian, Lindsey Eldridge, Pooja Chaudhari, Linyi Zhang, Robert A Anders, Kathleen B Schwarz, Zhaohui Ye, Yoon-Young Jang
Biliary atresia (BA) is a common cause of pediatric end-stage liver disease. While its etiology is not yet clear, evidence has suggested that BA results from interactions between genetic susceptibility and environmental factors. Disease relevant human cellular models of BA will facilitate identification of both genetic and environmental factors that are important for disease prevention and treatment. Here we report the generation of a human induced pluripotent stem cell line from a BA patient using episomal vectors...
October 2017: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034805/in-vitro-investigation-of-the-effect-of-matrix-molecules-on-the-behavior-of-colon-cancer-cells-under-the-effect-of-geldanamycin-derivative
#20
Kamil Vural, Funda Kosova, Feyzan Özdal Kurt, İbrahim Tuğlu
The chaperone-binding drug, 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin, has recently come into clinical use. It is a derivative of geldanamycin, an ansamycin benzoquinone antibiotic with anti-carcinogenic effect. Understanding the effect of this drug on the cancer cells and their niche is important for treatment. We applied 17-allylamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin to colon cancer cell line (Colo 205) on matrix molecules to investigate the relationship of apoptosis with terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase dUTP nick end labeling immunocytochemistry and related gene expression...
October 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
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