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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812991/the-retinoblastoma-rb-tumor-suppressor-pushing-back-against-genome-instability-on-multiple-fronts
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REVIEW
Renier Vélez-Cruz, David G Johnson
The retinoblastoma (RB) tumor suppressor is known as a master regulator of the cell cycle. RB is mutated or functionally inactivated in the majority of human cancers. This transcriptional regulator exerts its function in cell cycle control through its interaction with the E2F family of transcription factors and with chromatin remodelers and modifiers that contribute to the repression of genes important for cell cycle progression. Over the years, studies have shown that RB participates in multiple processes in addition to cell cycle control...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812877/scru2b3-and-sc2rub6-borides-featuring-a-2d-infinite-boron-clustering
#2
Leonid P Salamakha, Oksana Sologub, Berthold Stöger, Peter Franz Rogl, Monika Waas, Volodymyr B Kapustianyk, Ernst Bauer
Two borides, ScRu2B3 and Sc2RuB6, were obtained by argon-arc melting of the elements followed by annealing at 800 °C. ScRu2B3 exhibits a new structure type with the space group Cmcm (a = 3.0195(2) Å, b = 15.4056(8) Å, c = 5.4492(3) Å; single crystal X-ray data; RF(2) = 0.0105). Sc2RuB6 adopts the Y2ReB6-type structure (space group Pbam; a = 8.8545(2) Å, b = 11.1620(3) Å, c = 3.4760(1) Å; single crystal X-ray data; RF(2) = 0.0185). ScRu2B3 displays an unusual intergrowth of CeCo3B2- and AlB2-related slabs; a striking feature is a boat configuration of puckered boron hexagons within infinite graphite like boron layers (6(3) nets)...
August 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812758/a-metalloporphyrin-based-porous-organic-polymer-as-an-efficient-catalyst-for-the-catalytic-oxidation-of-olefins-and-arylalkanes
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Zheng-Dong Ding, Wei Zhu, Tao Li, Rui Shen, Yunxing Li, Zaijun Li, Xuehong Ren, Zhi-Guo Gu
A metalloporphyrin-based porous organic polymer, Mn-PPOP-1, was constructed in high yield via the ketoenamine condensation of robust porphyrin tetraamines (TBPP) with 1,3,5-triformylphloroglucinol. The stable keto-enamine form in the synthesized polymer was unambiguously confirmed by (13)C CP-MAS solid state NMR. Noticeably, besides the high thermal and chemical stability, this material contains both micropores and mesopores, which are favorable for mass transfer in the catalytic application. Mn-PPOP-1 exhibits significantly high catalytic oxidation of olefins and arylalkanes at room temperature...
August 16, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812363/influence-of-oxygen-vacancies-on-the-frictional-properties-of-nanocrystalline-zinc-oxide-thin-films-in-ambient-conditions
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Huan-Pu Chang, En-De Chu, Yu-Ting Yeh, Yueh-Chun Wu, Fang-Yuh Lo, Wei-Hua Wang, Ming-Yau Chern, Hsiang-Chih Chiu
Oxygen vacancy is the most studied point defect and has been found to significantly influence the physical properties of zinc oxide (ZnO). By using atomic force microscopy (AFM), we show that the frictional properties on the ZnO surface at the nanoscale greatly depend on the amount of oxygen vacancies present in the surface layer and the ambient humidity. The photocatalytic effect (PCE) is used to qualitatively control the amount of oxygen vacancies in the surface layer of ZnO and reversibly switch the surface wettability between hydrophobic and superhydrophilic states...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812307/the-development-of-perceptual-averaging-learning-what-to-do-not-just-how-to-do-it
#5
Pete R Jones, Tessa M Dekker
The mature visual system condenses complex scenes into simple summary statistics (e.g., average size, location, orientation, etc.). However, children, often perform poorly on perceptual averaging tasks. Children's difficulties are typically thought to represent the suboptimal implementation of an adult-like strategy. This paper examines another possibility: that children actually make decisions in a qualitatively different way to adults (optimal implementation of a non-ideal strategy). Ninety children (6-7, 8-9, 10-11 years) and 30 adults were asked to locate the middle of randomly generated dot-clouds...
August 15, 2017: Developmental Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812194/amorphous-silica-promoted-lysine-dimerization-a-thermodynamic-prediction
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Norio Kitadai, Kumiko Nishiuchi, Akari Nishii, Keisuke Fukushi
It has long been suggested that mineral surfaces played a crucial role in the abiotic polymerization of amino acids that preceded the origin of life. Nevertheless, it remains unclear where the prebiotic process took place on the primitive Earth, because the amino acid-mineral interaction and its dependence on environmental conditions have yet to be understood adequately. Here we examined experimentally the adsorption of L-lysine (Lys) and its dimer (LysLys) on amorphous silica over a wide range of pH, ionic strength, adsorbate concentration, and the solid/water ratio, and determined the reaction stoichiometries and the equilibrium constants based on the extended triple-layer model (ETLM)...
August 15, 2017: Origins of Life and Evolution of the Biosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812073/controllable-access-to-multi-substituted-imidazoles-via-palladium-ii-catalyzed-c-c-coupling-and-c-n-condensation-cascade-reactions
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Haihua Yu, Li Xiao, Xicheng Yang, Liming Shao
A novel and efficient protocol for the synthesis of various 2,4-disubstituted, 1,2,4-trisubstituted and 1,2,4,5-tetra-substituted imidazoles via cascade palladium catalyzed C-C coupling followed by intramolecular C-N bond formation was developed. Readily accessible boronic acids and N-substituted-2-aminoacetonitriles were firstly reported as starting materials to construct di-, tri-, and tetra-substituted imidazoles in good to excellent yield.
August 16, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811484/sea-of-majorana-fermions-from-pseudo-scalar-superconducting-order-in-three-dimensional-dirac-materials
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Morteza Salehi, S A Jafari
We suggest that spin-singlet pseudo-scalar s-wave superconducting pairing creates a two dimensional sea of Majorana fermions on the surface of three dimensional Dirac superconductors (3DDS). This pseudo-scalar superconducting order parameter Δ5, in competition with scalar Dirac mass m, leads to a topological phase transition due to band inversion. We find that a perfect Andreev-Klein reflection is guaranteed by presence of anomalous Andreev reflection along with the conventional one. This effect manifests itself in a resonant peak of the differential conductance...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811465/lorentz-violating-type-ii-dirac-fermions-in-transition-metal-dichalcogenide-ptte2
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Mingzhe Yan, Huaqing Huang, Kenan Zhang, Eryin Wang, Wei Yao, Ke Deng, Guoliang Wan, Hongyun Zhang, Masashi Arita, Haitao Yang, Zhe Sun, Hong Yao, Yang Wu, Shoushan Fan, Wenhui Duan, Shuyun Zhou
Topological semimetals have recently attracted extensive research interests as host materials to condensed matter physics counterparts of Dirac and Weyl fermions originally proposed in high energy physics. Although Lorentz invariance is required in high energy physics, it is not necessarily obeyed in condensed matter physics, and thus Lorentz-violating type-II Weyl/Dirac fermions could be realized in topological semimetals. The recent realization of type-II Weyl fermions raises the question whether their spin-degenerate counterpart-type-II Dirac fermions-can be experimentally realized too...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811152/how-does-media-coverage-effect-the-consumption-of-antidepressants-a-study-of-the-media-coverage-of-antidepressants-in-danish-online-newspapers-2010-2011
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Michael Green Lauridsen, Sofia Kälvemark Sporrong
BACKGROUND: The news media has become a major source of health information for the public, and hence vital in the individuals' opinions and decisions about health topics. The first decrease in the usage of antidepressants in Denmark in over a decade happened alongside an intensive period of media coverage about antidepressants. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the Danish media's coverage of antidepressants during 2010-2011 in order to explore what influence it could have had on the change in the use of antidepressants...
August 2, 2017: Research in Social & Administrative Pharmacy: RSAP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810732/tracking-radionuclide-fractionation-in-the-first-atomic-explosion-using-stable-elements
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Chloe E Bonamici, Richard L Hervig, William S Kinman
Compositional analysis of post-detonation fallout is a tool for forensic identification of nuclear devices. However, the relationship between device composition and fallout composition is difficult to interpret because of the complex combination of physical mixing, nuclear reactions, and chemical fractionations that occur in the chaotic nuclear fireball. Using a combination of in situ microanalytical techniques - electron microprobe analysis and secondary ion mass spectrometry - we show that some heavy stable elements (Rb, Sr, Zr, Ba, Cs, Ba, La, Ce, Nd, Sm, Dy, Lu, U, Th) in glassy fallout from the first nuclear test, Trinity, are reliable chemical proxies for radionuclides generated during the explosion...
August 16, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810688/exhaled-breath-condensate-a-novel-matrix-for-biological-monitoring-to-assess-occupational-exposure-to-respirable-crystalline-silica
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Elizabeth Leese, James F Staff, Vikki A Carolan, Jackie Morton
Biological monitoring (BM) is a useful way of determining overall exposures to chemical substances; however, in the case of respirable crystalline silica (RCS), this has not been analytically feasible in conventional biological matrices. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) as a potential biological matrix in which to determine exposure to RCS. A small pilot study was undertaken collecting EBC from six quarry workers and six occupationally unexposed persons; the samples were analysed using both single particle inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (spICP-MS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809830/overexpression-and-purification-of-human-cis-prenyltransferase-in-escherichia-coli
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Ilan Edri, Michal Goldenberg, Michal Lisnyansky, Roi Strulovich, Hadas Newman, Anat Loewenstein, Daniel Khananshvili, Moshe Giladi, Yoni Haitin
Prenyltransferases (PT) are a group of enzymes that catalyze chain elongation of allylic diphosphate using isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP) via multiple condensation reactions. DHDDS (dehydrodolichyl diphosphate synthase) is a eukaryotic long-chain cis-PT (forming cis double bonds from the condensation reaction) that catalyzes chain elongation of farnesyl diphosphate (FPP, an allylic diphosphate) via multiple condensations with isopentenyl diphosphate (IPP). DHDDS is of biomedical importance, as a non-conservative mutation (K42E) in the enzyme results in retinitis pigmentosa, ultimately leading to blindness...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809427/advances-in-chemoselective-intermolecular-cross-benzoin-type-condensation-reactions
#14
REVIEW
Nicoletta Gaggero, Stefano Pandini
The intermolecular cross-benzoin and acyloin condensation reactions are powerful approaches to α-hydroxy carbonyls in a single step. However, their potentiality suffers from the occurrence of side reactions including self-condensation and the formation of the undesired cross-acyloin. The broad range of azolium salt precatalysts available confers high tunability to NHC mediated benzoin condensation, assuring a good level of selectivity to the direct coupling between two non-equivalent aldehydes. Many efforts have also been devoted to the design of strategies that expand the range of suitable reaction partners beyond the traditional aldehydes and to the discovery of novel umpolung catalytic systems...
August 15, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809095/isocyanate-free-uv-crosslinked-poly-hydroxyurethane-networks-a-sustainable-approach-toward-highly-functional-antibacterial-gels
#15
Geng Hua, Karin Odelius
An increased sustainabile awarness has inspired the development of new polymeric networks in a remarkable way and this strive should be combined with environmentally concerned end-uses. Therefore, a UV-crosslinked polyhydroxyurethane film with antibacterial properties is developed. First, a hydroxyurethane precursor is synthesized using aminolysis condensation, circumventing the use of isocyanates. The films are subsequently crosslinked under solvent-free conditions through a UV-triggered thiol-ene mechanism...
August 15, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808683/in-situ-generation-of-n-unsubstituted-imines-from-alkyl-azides-and-their-applications-for-imine-transfer-via-copper-catalysis
#16
Lu Hu, Yahu A Liu, Xuebin Liao
Although azides have been widely used in nitrene transfer reactions, in situ generation of N-H imines from azides for downstream transformations has rarely been explored. We report copper-mediated formation of N-unsubstituted aliphatic imines from easily available aliphatic azides using a customized phenanthroline-based ligand (L1*). Through trapping in situ-generated N-H imines, multisubstituted pyridines or indoles were readily synthesized. (13)C-labeled azide was used as part of an isotope labeling study, which suggests that the construction of pyridine derivatives involves a three-component dehydrogenative condensation...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808460/the-effect-of-intracanal-medicaments-on-microleakage-of-mineral-trioxide-aggregate-apical-plugs
#17
Mohammadreza Nabavizadeh, Fariborz Moazzami, Mohsen Bahmani, Hossein Mirhadi
INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of calcium hydroxide, double and triple antibiotic paste on the sealing ability of mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) apical plugs. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A total of 90 extracted teeth with single canals were prepared and randomly divided into four experimental groups (n=20). Intra-canal medicaments were applied for 3 weeks. MTA was placed through the access opening and condensed to the apical area and then fluid filtration technique was utilized to evaluate sealing ability after 1, 7, 14 and 30 days...
2017: Iranian Endodontic Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808251/continuous-production-of-macroporous-films-an-alternative-to-breath-figure-assembly
#18
Nazia Noor, Joachim Koll, Clarissa Abetz, Heiko Notzke, Volker Abetz
Despite the need for sophisticated instrumentation, breath figure assembly (BFA) methods are restricted to produce macroporous films on a tiny scale so far. The current study narrates the fabrication of macroporous films in hollow fiber geometry which extends to adopt the method for continuous production of isoporous surfaces from commercially available low-priced polymer materials. The fabrication of the films in the hollow fiber geometry is carried out by a co-centric quadruple orifice spinneret through which four different liquids are co-extruded simultaneously: bore fluid (to fill the lumen of the fiber), support layer solution, glycerol, and an isoporous film forming solution through the outer most orifice...
August 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808178/metabolomic-profiles-of-plasma-exhaled-breath-condensate-and-saliva-are-correlated-with-potential-for-air-toxics-detection
#19
Chandresh Nanji Ladva, Rachel Golan, Roby Greenwald, Tianwei Yu, Stefanie Ebelt Sarnat, W Dana Flanders, Karan Uppal, Douglas I Walker, ViLinh Tran, Donghai Liang, Dean P Jones, Jeremy Sarnat
Advances in the development of high-resolution metabolomics (HRM) have provided new opportunities for their use in characterizing exposures to environmental air pollutants and air pollution-related disease etiologies. Exposure assessment studies have considered blood, breath, and saliva as biological matrices suitable for measuring responses to air pollution exposures. The current study examines comparability among these three matrices using HRM and explored their potential for measuring mobile source air toxics...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808090/the-wisdom-of-crowds-regulating-cell-function-through-condensed-states-of-living-matter
#20
REVIEW
Simon Alberti
Our understanding of cells has progressed rapidly in recent years, mainly because of technological advances. Modern technology now allows us to observe molecular processes in living cells with high spatial and temporal resolution. At the same time, we are beginning to compile the molecular parts list of cells. However, how all these parts work together to yield complex cellular behavior is still unclear. In addition, the established paradigm of molecular biology, which sees proteins as well-folded enzymes that undergo specific lock-and-key type interactions, is increasingly being challenged...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
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