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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341616/stochasticity-of-pores-interconnectivity-in-li-o2-batteries-and-its-impact-on-the-variations-in-electrochemical-performance
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Amangeldi Torayev, José Alexis Rucci, Pieter M Magusin, Arnaud Demortiere, Vincent De Andrade, Clare P Grey, Céline Merlet, Alejandro A Franco
While large dispersions in electrochemical performance have been reported for lithium oxygen batteries in the literature, they have not been investigated in any depth. The variability in the results is often assumed to arise from differences in cell design, electrode structure, handling and cell preparation at different times. An accurate theoretical framework turns out to be needed to get a better insight into the mechanisms underneath and to interpreting experimental results. Here, we develop and use a pore network model to simulate the electrochemical performance of three-dimensionally resolved lithium-oxygen cathode mesostructures obtained from TXM nano-computed tomography images...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340432/capture-of-colloidal-particles-by-a-moving-microfluidic-bubble
#2
Irma Liascukiene, Gabriel Amselem, Deniz Z Gunes, Charles N Baroud
Foams can be stabilized for long periods by the adsorption of solid particles on the liquid-gas interfaces. Although such long-term observations are common, mechanistic descriptions of the particle adsorption process are scarce, especially in confined flows, in part due to the difficulty of observing the particles in the complex gas-liquid dispersion of a foam. Here, we characterise the adsorption of micron-scale particles onto the interface of a bubble flowing in a colloidal aqueous suspension within a microfluidic channel...
January 17, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340117/the-regulation-of-pre-metastatic-niche-formation-by-neutrophils
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REVIEW
Jadwiga Jablonska, Stephan Lang, Ronit Vogt Sionov, Zvi Granot
Metastasis is a multistep process requiring tumor cell detachment from the primary tumor and migration to target organs through the lymphatic or blood circulatory systems. Specific organs are predisposed to metastases in certain cancers and the formation of supportive metastatic microenvironment determines tumor cell homing. Such an environment is provided by a pre-metastatic niche that is formed through the recruitment of bone marrow-derived myeloid cells, however the mechanisms of its formation are not fully understood...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336905/getting-a-good-night-sleep-the-importance-of-recognizing-and-treating-nocturnal-hypokinesia-in-parkinson-s-disease
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REVIEW
Roongroj Bhidayasiri, Claudia Trenkwalder
When Parkinson's disease (PD) patients are asked about the quality of their sleep, their answers are dominated by difficulties associated with impaired mobility in bed, medically referred to as nocturnal hypokinesia. Nocturnal hypokinesia is symptomatic from the mid-stage of the disease, affecting up to 70% of PD patients, and contributes to poor sleep quality, and increased carer burden. Here we explore four areas of nocturnal hypokinesia that are relevant to clinical practice, namely: manifestations and definition; clinical assessment and objective monitoring; etiologies and contributing factors; and evidence-based therapeutic approaches...
January 5, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336193/enhancement-of-iodinin-solubility-by-encapsulation-into-cyclodextrin-nanoparticles
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Anthony Prandina, Lars Herfindal, Sylvie Radix, Pål Rongved, Stein O Døskeland, Marc Le Borgne, Florent Perret
Phenazine is known to regroup planar nitrogen-containing heterocyclic compounds. It was used here to enhance the bioavailability of the biologically important compound iodinin, which is near insoluble in aqueous solutions. Its water solubility has led to the development of new formulations using diverse amphiphilic α-cyclodextrins (CDs). With the per-[6-desoxy-6-(3-perfluorohexylpropanethio)-2,3-di-O-methyl]-α-CD, we succeeded to get iodinin-loaded nanoformulations with good parameters such as a size of 97...
December 2018: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335415/usp48-restrains-resection-by-site-specific-cleavage-of-the-brca1-ubiquitin-mark-from-h2a
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Michael Uckelmann, Ruth M Densham, Roy Baas, Herrie H K Winterwerp, Alexander Fish, Titia K Sixma, Joanna R Morris
BRCA1-BARD1-catalyzed ubiquitination of histone H2A is an important regulator of the DNA damage response, priming chromatin for repair by homologous recombination. However, no specific deubiquitinating enzymes (DUBs) are known to antagonize this function. Here we identify ubiquitin specific protease-48 (USP48) as a H2A DUB, specific for the C-terminal BRCA1 ubiquitination site. Detailed biochemical analysis shows that an auxiliary ubiquitin, an additional ubiquitin that itself does not get cleaved, modulates USP48 activity, which has possible implications for its regulation in vivo...
January 15, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330958/do-muscles-constrain-skull-shape-evolution-in-strepsirrhines
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Anne-Claire Fabre, Jonathan M G Perry, Adam Hartstone-Rose, AuróLien Lowie, Andy Boens, MaÏtena Dumont
Despite great interest and decades of research, the musculoskeletal relationships of the masticatory system in primates are still not fully understood. However, without a clear understanding of the interplay between muscles and bones it remains difficult to understand the functional significance of morphological traits of the skeleton. Here, we aim to study the impacts of the masticatory muscles on the shape of the cranium and the mandible as well as their co-variation in strepsirrhine primates. To do so, we use 3D geometric morphometric approaches to assess the shape of each bone of the skull of 20 species for which muscle data are available in the literature...
February 2018: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330039/age-as-a-prognostic-indicator-for-adjuvant-therapy-in-patients-who-underwent-pancreatic-resections-for-cancer
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Alicia Eubanks, Julie Pepe, Paula Veldhuis, Sebastian G de la Fuente
PURPOSE: In pancreatic cancer, the greatest increase in survival is attained by surgical resection followed by adjuvant chemotherapy. Although surgical complications and functional status are recognized as independent factors for halting adjuvant therapy in patients that undergo pancreatic resections, other elements may play a role in deciding which patients get treated postoperatively. Here we determined demographic and clinical characteristics of patients receiving adjuvant chemotherapy, with the primary intent to investigate if age alone affects rates of adjuvant therapy...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324227/getting-the-kill-into-shock-and-kill-strategies-to-eliminate-latent-hiv
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REVIEW
Youry Kim, Jenny L Anderson, Sharon R Lewin
Despite the success of antiretroviral therapy (ART), there is currently no HIV cure and treatment is life long. HIV persists during ART due to long-lived and proliferating latently infected CD4+ T cells. One strategy to eliminate latency is to activate virus production using latency reversing agents (LRAs) with the goal of triggering cell death through virus-induced cytolysis or immune-mediated clearance. However, multiple studies have demonstrated that activation of viral transcription alone is insufficient to induce cell death and some LRAs may counteract cell death by promoting cell survival...
January 10, 2018: Cell Host & Microbe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323204/calcium-phosphate-complex-increased-during-subchondral-bone-remodeling-affects-earlystage-osteoarthritis
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Youn-Kwan Jung, Min-Su Han, Hye-Ri Park, Eun-Ju Lee, Ji-Ae Jang, Gun-Woo Kim, Sun-Young Lee, DaeWon Moon, Seungwoo Han
An activation of osteoclasts and subchondral bone remodeling is a major histologic feature of early-stage osteoarthritis (OA), which can be accompanied by an increase of calcium (Ca) and phosphate (Pi) level in the subchondral milieu. Considering articular cartilage gets most of nutrition from subchondral bone by diffusion, these micro-environmental changes in subchondral bone can affect the physiology of articular chondrocytes. Here, we have shown that Ca is increased and co-localized with Pi in articular cartilage of early-stage OA...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321475/intraskeletal-histovariability-allometric-growth-patterns-and-their-functional-implications-in-bird-like-dinosaurs
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Edina Prondvai, Pascal Godefroit, Dominique Adriaens, Dong-Yu Hu
With their elongated forelimbs and variable aerial skills, paravian dinosaurs, a clade also comprising modern birds, are in the hotspot of vertebrate evolutionary research. Inferences on the early evolution of flight largely rely on bone and feather morphology, while osteohistological traits are usually studied to explore life-history characteristics. By sampling and comparing multiple homologous fore- and hind limb elements, we integrate for the first time qualitative and quantitative osteohistological approaches to get insight into the intraskeletal growth dynamics and their functional implications in five paravian dinosaur taxa, Anchiornis, Aurornis, Eosinopteryx, Serikornis, and Jeholornis...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315378/assessing-the-effect-of-d-xylose-on-the-sugar-signaling-pathways-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-in-strains-engineered-for-xylose-transport-and-assimilation
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Karen O Osiro, Daniel P Brink, Celina Borgström, Lisa Wasserstrom, Magnus Carlquist, Marie F Gorwa-Grauslund
One of the challenges of establishing an industrially competitive process to ferment lignocellulose to value-added products using Saccharomyces cerevisiae is to get efficient mixed sugar fermentations. Despite successful metabolic engineering strategies, the xylose assimilation rates of recombinant S. cerevisiae remain significantly lower than for the preferred carbon source, glucose. Previously we established a panel of in vivo biosensor strains (TMB371X) where different promoters (HXT1/2/4p; SUC2p, CAT8p; TPS1p/2p, TEF4p) from the main sugar signaling pathways were coupled with the yEGFP3 gene, and observed that wild type S...
January 5, 2018: FEMS Yeast Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29307078/summary-of-the-italian-inter-society-recommendations-for-radiation-protection-optimization-in-interventional-radiology
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Gaetano Compagnone, Renato Padovani, Maria Antonietta D'Avanzo, Sveva Grande, Francesco Campanella, Antonella Rosi
OBJECTIVES: A Working Group coordinated by the Italian National Institute of Health (Istituto Superiore di Sanità) and the National Workers Compensation Authority (Istituto Nazionale per l'Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro, INAIL) and consisting of 11 Italian scientific/professional societies involved in the fluoroscopically guided interventional practices has been established to define recommendations for the optimization of patients and staff radiation protection in interventional radiology...
January 6, 2018: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29305498/end-of-life-care-in-the-western-world-where-are-we-now-and-how-did-we-get-here
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REVIEW
Catherine Guilbeau
OBJECTIVES: Recent movements in end-of-life care emphasise community care for the dying; however, integrating community with medical care continues to be a work in progress. Historically tracing brain hemispheric dominance, Ian McGilchrist believes we are overemphasising functionality, domination and categorisation to the detriment of symbolism, empathy and connectedness with others. The aim of this historical review is to bring McGilchrist's sociobiological narrative into dialogue with the history and most recent trends in end-of-life care...
January 4, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29300491/-clicking-gene-therapeutics-a-successful-union-of-chemistry-and-biomedicine-for-new-solutions
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Kira Astakova, Roslyn Ray, Maria Taskova, Jesper Uhd, Annika Carstens, Kevin Morris
The use of nucleic acid, DNA and RNA, based strategies to disrupt gene expression as a therapeutic is quickly emerging. Indeed, synthetic oligonucleotides represent a major component of emerging gene therapeutics. However, the efficiency and specificity of intracellular uptake for non-modified oligonucleotides is rather poor. Utilizing RNA based oligonucleotides as therapeutics is even more challenging to deliver, due to extremely fast enzymatic degradation of the RNAs. Similar to unmodified oligonucleotides, RNAs also get rapidly degraded in vivo and show large off-target binding even when they are able to reach and enter the desired target cells...
January 4, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29299873/single-cell-expression-profiling-and-proteomics-of-primordial-germ-cells-spermatogonial-stem-cells-adult-germ-stem-cells-and-oocytes
#16
Sabine Conrad, Hossein Azizi, Thomas Skutella
The mammalian germ cells, cell assemblies, tissues, and organs during development and maturation have been extensively studied at the tissue level. However, to investigate and understand the fundamental insights at the molecular basis of germ and stem cells, their cell fate plasticity, and determination, it is of most importance to analyze at the large scale on the single-cell level through different biological windows. Here, modern molecular techniques optimized for single-cell analysis, including single fluorescence-activated cell sorting (FACS) and single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq) or microfluidic high-throughput quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) for single-cell gene expression and liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MSMS) for protein profiling, have been established and are still getting optimized...
January 4, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297287/scaling-bioinformatics-applications-on-hpc
#17
Mike Mikailov, Fu-Jyh Luo, Stuart Barkley, Lohit Valleru, Stephen Whitney, Zhichao Liu, Shraddha Thakkar, Weida Tong, Nicholas Petrick
BACKGROUND: Recent breakthroughs in molecular biology and next generation sequencing technologies have led to the expenential growh of the sequence databases. Researchrs use BLAST for processing these sequences. However traditional software parallelization techniques (threads, message passing interface) applied in newer versios of BLAST are not adequate for processing these sequences in timely manner. METHODS: A new method for array job parallelization has been developed which offers O(T) theoretical speed-up in comparison to multi-threading and MPI techniques...
December 28, 2017: BMC Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286462/repeated-blood-collection-from-tail-vein-of-non-anesthetized-rats-with-a-vacuum-blood-collection-system
#18
Wusong Zou, Yanqun Yang, Ye Gu, Pengfei Zhu, Mingjing Zhang, Zhong Cheng, Xiaoyan Liu, Yijun Yu, Xiaohong Peng
Blood can be collected from rats in a number of sampling locations. For instance, the tail vein is a superior location for blood sampling. However, the tail vein is thin so that it is sometimes hard to puncture. In addition, the tail vein has low blood flow and requires a long sampling time to get sufficient blood. The present report describes a simple blood sampling method, the vacuum blood collection method, which is usually used to obtain blood samples from patients, here used for non-anesthetized rats. The 22 G butterfly needle tip was inserted into one of the lateral tail veins approximately 2-3 cm from the tip of the tail at an angle of approximately 20°, and blood was collected in the vacuum collection tube by inserting the rubber end of the butterfly needle into the vacuum blood collection tube...
December 10, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283187/cell-size-control-via-an-unstable-accumulating-activator-and-the-phenomenon-of-excess-mitotic-delay
#19
Nicholas Rhind
Unstable Accumulating Activator models for cellular size control propose an activator that accumulates in a size-dependent manner and triggers cell cycle progression once it has reached a certain threshold. Having a short half life makes such an activator responsive to changes in cell size and makes specific predictions for how cells respond to perturbation. In particular, it explains the curious phenomenon of excess mitotic delay. Excess mitotic delay, first observed in Tetrahymena in the '50s, is a phenomenon in which a pulse of protein synthesis inhibition causes a delay in mitotic entry that is longer than the pulse and that gets longer the later in the cell cycle the pulse is delivered...
December 28, 2017: BioEssays: News and Reviews in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29277602/a-circuit-preserving-mapping-from-multilevel-to-boolean-dynamics
#20
Adrien Fauré, Shizuo Kaji
Many discrete models of biological networks rely exclusively on Boolean variables and many tools and theorems are available for analysis of strictly Boolean models. However, multilevel variables are often required to account for threshold effects, in which knowledge of the Boolean case does not generalise straightforwardly. This motivated the development of conversion methods for multilevel to Boolean models. In particular, Van Ham's method has been shown to yield a one-to-one, neighbour and regulation preserving dynamics, making it the de facto standard approach to the problem...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
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