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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102965/isotope-probing-of-the-udp-apiose-udp-xylose-synthase-reaction-evidence-of-a-mechanism-via-a-coupled-oxidation-and-aldol-cleavage
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Thomas Eixelsberger, Doroteja Horvat, Alexander Gutmann, Hansjörg Weber, Bernd Nidetzky
The C-branched sugar d-apiose (Api) is essential for plant cell-wall development. An enzyme-catalyzed decarboxylation/pyranoside ring-contraction reaction leads from UDP-α-d-glucuronic acid (UDP-GlcA) to the Api precursor UDP-α-d-apiose (UDP-Api). We examined the mechanism of UDP-Api/UDP-α-d-xylose synthase (UAXS) with site-selectively (2) H-labeled and deoxygenated substrates. The analogue UDP-2-deoxy-GlcA, which prevents C-2/C-3 aldol cleavage as the plausible initiating step of pyranoside-to-furanoside conversion, did not give the corresponding Api product...
January 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102949/simultaneous-pet-mr-imaging-with-a-radio-frequency-penetrable-pet-insert
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Alexander M Grant, Brian J Lee, Chen-Ming Chang, Craig S Levin
PURPOSE: A brain sized radio frequency (RF)-penetrable PET insert has been designed for simultaneous operation with MRI systems. This system takes advantage of electro-optical coupling and battery power to electrically float the PET insert relative to the MRI ground, permitting RF signals to be transmitted through small gaps between the modules that form the PET ring. This design facilitates the use of the built-in body coil for RF transmission and thus could be inserted into any existing MR site wishing to achieve simultaneous PET/MR imaging...
January 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102941/synthesis-of-primaquine-glyco-conjugates-as-potential-tissue-schizontocidal-antimalarial-agents
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Chandra S Azad, Mridula Saxena, Arif J Siddiqui, Jyoti Bhardwaj, Sunil K Puri, Guru P Dutta, Nity Anand, Anil K Saxena
Primaquine (PQ) is the only drug used to prevent relapse of malaria due to P. vivax and P. ovale, by eradicating the dormant liver form of the parasite (hypnozoites). The side effects associated with PQ limits is uses in treatment of malaria. To overcome the premature oxidative deamination and to increase the life span of drug in the biological system the novel glyco-conjugates of PQ were synthesized by coupling of primaquine with hexoses in phosphate buffer. The saccharide part of the hybrid molecules thought to be direct the drug to the liver, where hypnozoites resides...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102934/crosstalk-between-angiotensin-and-the-non-amyloidogenic-pathway-of-alzheimer-s-amyloid-precursor-protein
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Anna Maria Kanarek, Annika Wagner, Jim Küppers, Michael Gütschow, Rolf Postina, Elzbieta Kojro
The association between hypertension and an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD) and dementia is well established. Many data suggest that modulation of the renin-angiotensin system may be meaningful for the prevention and therapy of neurodegenerative disorders, in particular AD. Proteolytic cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by α-secretase precludes formation of neurotoxic Aβ peptides and is expected to counteract the development of AD. An established approach for the up-regulation of α-secretase cleavage is activation of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs)...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102672/coupled-cluster-studies-of-ionization-potentials-and-electron-affinities-of-single-walled-carbon-nanotubes
#5
Bo Peng, Niranjan Govind, Edoardo Aprà, Michael Klemm, Jeff R Hammond, Karol Kowalski
In this paper we apply the equation-of-motion coupled cluster (EOM-CC) methods in the studies of the vertical ionization potentials (IPs) and electron affinities (EAs) for a series of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNT). The EOM-CC formulations for IPs and EAs employing excitation manifolds spanned by single and double excitations (IP/EA-EOM-CCSD) are used to study the IPs and EAs of the SWCNTs as a func- tion of the nanotube length. Several armchair nanotubes corresponding to C20nH20 models with n = 2 - 6 have been used in benchmark calculations...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102671/structural-analysis-of-glycosylated-intact-hiv-1-gp120-b12-antibody-complex-using-hydroxyl-radical-protein-footprinting
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Xiaoyan Li, Oliver C Grant, Keigo Ito, Aaron Wallace, Shixia Wang, Peng Zhao, Lance Wells, Shan Lu, Robert J Woods, Joshua S Sharp
Glycoprotein gp120 is a surface antigen and virulence factor of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1). Broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that are reactive to gp120 from a variety of HIV isolates offer hope for the development of broadly effective immunogens for vaccination purposes, if the interactions between gp120 and bNAbs can be understood. From a structural perspective, gp120 is a particularly difficult system due to its size, the presence of multiple flexible regions, and the large amount of glycosylation, all of which are important in gp120-bNAb interactions...
January 19, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102538/comparing-early-liver-graft-function-from-heart-beating-and-living-donors-a-pilot-study-aiming-to-identify-new-biomarkers-of-liver-injury
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Qi Joy Yang, Michael Kluger, Krzysztof Goryński, Janusz Pawliszyn, Barbara Bojko, Ai-Ming Yu, Keumhan Noh, Markus Selzner, Angela Jerath, Stuart McCluskey, K Sandy Pang, Marcin Wąsowicz
: Liver and kidney functions among recipients of liver transplantation (LT) surgery with heart beating (HBD, n = 13) or living donors (LD, n = 9) with different cold ischemic times were examined during the neohepatic phase for clearing rocuronium bromide (ROC, cleared by liver and kidney) and tranexamic acid (TXA, cleared by kidney). Solid phase micro-extraction and LC-MS/MS was applied to determine the plasma concentrations of ROC and TXA, and creatinine was determined by standard laboratory methods...
January 19, 2017: Biopharmaceutics & Drug Disposition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102407/introducing-tetramethylurea-as-a-new-methylene-precursor-a-microwave-assisted-rucl3-catalyzed-cross-dehydrogenative-coupling-approach-to-bis-indolyl-methanes
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Mohit L Deb, Paran J Borpatra, Prakash J Saikia, Pranjal K Baruah
Herein we report a microwave assisted Ru(iii)/TBHP-mediated reaction of indoles with tetramethylurea (TMU) synthesizing symmetrical as well as unsymmetrical bis(indolyl)methanes, where TMU acts as a methylenating agent. This is the first report where TMU is used as a methylene source. Moreover, the synthesis of unsymmetrical bis(indolyl)methanes by using a carbon precursor is also reported herein for the first time. Various substituted indoles are used for the reaction. The reaction is high yielding and takes a much shorter time to accomplish compared to the existing methods...
January 19, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102384/predicting-point-defect-equilibria-across-oxide-hetero-interfaces-model-system-of-zro2-cr2o3
#9
Jing Yang, Mostafa Youssef, Bilge Yildiz
We present a multi-scale approach to predict equilibrium defect concentrations across oxide/oxide hetero-interfaces. There are three factors that need to be taken into account simultaneously for computing defect redistribution around the hetero-interfaces: the variation of local bonding environment at the interface as epitomized in defect segregation energies, the band offset at the interface, and the equilibration of the chemical potentials of species and electrons via ionic and electronic drift-diffusion fluxes...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102380/novel-high-temperature-ferroelectric-domain-morphology-in-pbtio3-ultrathin-films
#10
Jacob B J Chapman, Anna V Kimmel, Dorothy M Duffy
Exotic domain morphologies in ferroic materials are an exciting avenue for the development of novel nanoelectronics. In this work we have used large scale molecular dynamics to construct a strain-temperature phase diagram of the domain morphology of PbTiO3 ultrathin films. Sampling a wide interval of strain values over a temperature range up to the Curie temperature Tc, we found that epitaxial strain induces the formation of a variety of closure- and in-plane domain morphologies. The local strain and ferroelectric-antiferrodistortive coupling at the film surface vary for the strain mediated transition sequence and this could offer a route for experimental observation of the morphologies...
January 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102372/structure-transport-and-photoconductance-of-pbs-quantum-dot-monolayers-functionalized-with-a-copper-phthalocyanine-derivative
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A André, C Theurer, J Lauth, S Maiti, M Hodas, M Samadi Khoshkhoo, S Kinge, A J Meixner, F Schreiber, L D A Siebbeles, K Braun, M Scheele
We simultaneously surface-functionalize PbS nanocrystals with Cu 4,4',4'',4'''-tetraaminophthalocyanine and assemble this hybrid material into macroscopic monolayers. Electron microscopy and X-ray scattering reveal a granular mesocrystalline structure with strong coherence between the atomic lattice and the superlattice of nanocrystals within each domain. Terahertz spectroscopy and field-effect transistor measurements indicate efficient coupling of holes throughout the hybrid thin film, in conjunction with a pronounced photoresponse...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102368/novel-electron-phonon-relaxation-pathway-in-graphite-revealed-by-time-resolved-raman-scattering-and-angle-resolved-photoemission-spectroscopy
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Jhih-An Yang, Stephen Parham, Daniel Dessau, Dmitry Reznik
Time dynamics of photoexcited electron-hole pairs is important for a number of technologies, in particular solar cells. We combined ultrafast pump-probe Raman scattering and photoemission to directly follow electron-hole excitations as well as the G-phonon in graphite after an excitation by an intense laser pulse. This phonon is known to couple relatively strongly to electrons. Cross-correlating effective electronic and phonon temperatures places new constraints on model-based fits. The accepted two-temperature model predicts that G-phonon population should start to increase as soon as excited electron-hole pairs are created and that the rate of increase should not depend strongly on the pump fluence...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102353/cofilin-regulates-nuclear-architecture-through-a-myosin-ii-dependent-mechanotransduction-module
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O'Neil Wiggan, Bryce Schroder, Diego Krapf, James R Bamburg, Jennifer G DeLuca
Structural features of the nucleus including shape, size and deformability impact its function affecting normal cellular processes such as cell differentiation and pathological conditions such as tumor cell migration. Despite the fact that abnormal nuclear morphology has long been a defining characteristic for diseases such as cancer relatively little is known about the mechanisms that control normal nuclear architecture. Mounting evidence suggests close coupling between F-actin cytoskeletal organization and nuclear morphology however, mechanisms regulating this coupling are lacking...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102320/polarization-conversion-in-plasmonic-nanoantennas-for-metasurfaces-using-structural-asymmetry-and-mode-hybridization
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Peter R Wiecha, Leo-Jay Black, Yudong Wang, Vincent Paillard, Christian Girard, Otto L Muskens, Arnaud Arbouet
Polarization control using single plasmonic nanoantennas is of interest for subwavelength optical components in nano-optical circuits and metasurfaces. Here, we investigate the role of two mechanisms for polarization conversion by plasmonic antennas: Structural asymmetry and plasmon hybridization through strong coupling. As a model system we investigate L-shaped antennas consisting of two orthogonal nanorods which lengths and coupling strength can be independently controlled. An analytical model based on field susceptibilities is developed to extract key parameters and to address the influence of antenna morphology and excitation wavelength on polarization conversion efficiency and scattering intensities...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102315/methyl-cytosine-driven-structural-changes-enhance-adduction-kinetics-of-an-exon-7-fragment-of-the-p53-gene
#15
Spundana Malla, Karteek Kadimisetty, You-Jun Fu, Dharamainder Choudhary, John B Schenkman, James F Rusling
Methylation of cytosine (C) at C-phosphate-guanine (CpG) sites enhances reactivity of DNA towards electrophiles. Mutations at CpG sites on the p53 tumor suppressor gene that can result from these adductions are in turn correlated with specific cancers. Here we describe the first restriction-enzyme-assisted LC-MS/MS sequencing study of the influence of methyl cytosines (MeC) on kinetics of p53 gene adduction by model metabolite benzo[a]pyrene-7,8-dihydrodiol-9,10-epoxide (BPDE), using methodology applicable to correlate gene damage sites for drug and pollutant metabolites with mutation sites...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102296/surface-reconstructions-and-related-local-properties-of-a-bifeo3-thin-film
#16
L Jin, P X Xu, Y Zeng, L Lu, J Barthel, T Schulthess, R E Dunin-Borkowski, H Wang, C L Jia
Coupling between lattice and order parameters, such as polarization in ferroelectrics and/or polarity in polar structures, has a strong impact on surface relaxation and reconstruction. However, up to now, surface structures that involve the termination of both matrix polarization and polar atomic planes have received little attention, particularly on the atomic scale. Here, we study surface structures on a BiFeO3 thin film using atomic-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy and spectroscopy. Two types of surface structure are found, depending on the polarization of the underlying ferroelectric domain...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102267/a-theoretical-foundation-for-multi-scale-regular-vegetation-patterns
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Corina E Tarnita, Juan A Bonachela, Efrat Sheffer, Jennifer A Guyton, Tyler C Coverdale, Ryan A Long, Robert M Pringle
Self-organized regular vegetation patterns are widespread and thought to mediate ecosystem functions such as productivity and robustness, but the mechanisms underlying their origin and maintenance remain disputed. Particularly controversial are landscapes of overdispersed (evenly spaced) elements, such as North American Mima mounds, Brazilian murundus, South African heuweltjies, and, famously, Namibian fairy circles. Two competing hypotheses are currently debated. On the one hand, models of scale-dependent feedbacks, whereby plants facilitate neighbours while competing with distant individuals, can reproduce various regular patterns identified in satellite imagery...
January 18, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102227/singular-location-and-signaling-profile-of-adenosine-a2a-cannabinoid-cb1-receptor-heteromers-in-the-dorsal-striatum
#18
Estefanía Moreno, Anna Chiarlone, Mireia Medrano, Mar Puigdellívol, Lucka Bibic, Lesley A Howell, Eva Resel, Nagore Puente, María J Casarejos, Juan Perucho, Joaquín Botta, Nuria Suelves, Francisco Ciruela, Silvia Ginés, Ismael Galve-Roperh, Vicent Casadó, Pedro Grandes, Beat Lutz, Krisztina Monory, Enric I Canela, Carmen Lluís, Peter J McCormick, Manuel Guzmán
The dorsal striatum is a key node for many neurobiological processes such as motor activity, cognitive functions, and affective processes. The proper functioning of striatal neurons relies critically on metabotropic receptors. Specifically, the main adenosine and endocannabinoid receptors present in the striatum, ie, adenosine A2A receptor (A2AR) and cannabinoid CB1 receptor (CB1R), are of pivotal importance in the control of neuronal excitability. Facilitatory and inhibitory functional interactions between striatal A2AR and CB1R have been reported, and evidence supports that this cross-talk may rely, at least in part, on the formation of A2AR-CB1R heteromeric complexes...
January 19, 2017: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102195/positive-association-between-kcnj5-rs2604204-a-c-polymorphism-and-plasma-aldosterone-levels-but-also-plasma-renin-and-angiotensin-i-and-ii-levels-in-newly-diagnosed-hypertensive-chinese-a-case-control-study
#19
H Wang, C Weng, H Chen
Variants in G protein-coupled inward rectifier K(+) channels 4 (GIRK4 also known as KCNJ5) gene are associated with primary aldosteronism, which is the most common cause of secondary hypertension. The KCNJ5 rs2604204 variant was shown to be common (minor allele frequency=32.5%) in Chinese patients with essential hypertension (EH). The relationship between KCNJ5 variant and plasma aldosterone (ALD) levels in EH patients has not been reported. We collected 229 patients with newly diagnosed EH without any antihypertensive agents...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102194/%C3%AE-3-chains-of-type-v-collagen-regulate-breast-tumour-growth-via-glypican-1
#20
Guorui Huang, Gaoxiang Ge, Valerio Izzi, Daniel S Greenspan
Pericellular α3(V) collagen can affect the functioning of cells, such as adipocytes and pancreatic β cells. Here we show that α3(V) chains are an abundant product of normal mammary gland basal cells, and that α3(V) ablation in a mouse mammary tumour model inhibits mammary tumour progression by reducing the proliferative potential of tumour cells. These effects are shown to be primarily cell autonomous, from loss of α3(V) chains normally produced by tumour cells, in which they affect growth by enhancing the ability of cell surface proteoglycan glypican-1 to act as a co-receptor for FGF2...
January 19, 2017: Nature Communications
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