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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823121/characterization-of-the-porcine-nanog-5-flanking-region
#1
Azra Memon, Ki-Duk Song, Woon Kyu Lee
Objective: Nanog, a homeodomain protein, has been investigated in humans and mice using ESCs. Because of the limited availability of ESCs, few studies have reported the function and role of Nanog in porcine ESCs. Therefore, in this study, we investigated the location of the porcine Nanog chromosome and its basal promoter activity, which might have potential applications in development of ESs specific marker as well as understanding its operating systems in the porcine. Methods: To characterize the porcine Nanog promoter, the 5'-flanking region of Nanog was isolated from cells of mini-pig ears...
August 16, 2017: Asian-Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823113/dual-mode-endomicroscopy-for-detection-of-epithelial-dysplasia-in-the-mouth-a-descriptive-pilot-study
#2
Nico Bodenschatz, Catherine F Poh, Sylvia Lam, Pierre Lane, Martial Guillaud, Calum E MacAulay
Dual-mode endomicroscopy is a diagnostic tool for early cancer detection. It combines the high-resolution nuclear tissue contrast of fluorescence endomicroscopy with quantified depth-dependent epithelial backscattering as obtained by diffuse optical microscopy. In an in vivo pilot imaging study of 27 oral lesions from 21 patients, we demonstrate the complementary diagnostic value of both modalities and show correlations between grade of epithelial dysplasia and relative depth-dependent shifts in light backscattering...
August 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823089/study-of-photophysical-properties-on-newly-synthesized-coumarin-derivatives
#3
Ashok H Sidarai, Vani R Desai, Shirajahammad M Hunagund, Mahantesha Basanagouda, Jagadish S Kadadevarmath
Herein, we have studied the photophysical properties for three newly synthesized coumarin derivatives; 4-((2,6-dibromo-4-methylphenoxy)methyl)-2H-benzo[h]chromen-2-one (DMB), 4-((3,4-dihydro-6,7-dimethoxyisoquinolin-1-yl)methyl)-6-methyl-2H-chromen-2-one (DIM) and 4-((p-tolyloxy)methyl)-6-methoxy-2H-chromen-2-one (TMC). The absorption and emission spectra for above said molecules were recorded in different solvents at room temperature in order to calculate their ground and excited state dipole moments. The ground (μ g ) and excited state dipole (μ e ) moments of these coumarin derivatives were calculated using Lippert's, Bakshiev's and Kawski-Chamma-Viallet's equations by the solvatochromic shift method, which involves a variation of Stokes shift with the solvent dielectric constant and refractive index...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823075/refractive-corneal-and-ocular-residual-astigmatism-distribution-in-a-german-population-and-age-dependency-the-gutenberg-health-study
#4
Alexander Karl-Georg Schuster, Norbert Pfeiffer, Andreas Schulz, René Hoehn, Katharina A Ponto, Philipp S Wild, Maria Blettner, Manfred E Beutel, Karl J Lackner, Thomas Münzel, Alireza Mirshahi
PURPOSE: Worldwide, the most frequent cause of visual impairment is uncorrected refractive error. This analysis focused on the distribution and associations of refractive, corneal and ocular residual astigmatism. METHODS: As part of the Gutenberg Health study, a population-based cross-sectional study was conducted in the general population of Germany. A comprehensive ophthalmological examination including refraction, tonometry, and Scheimpflug imaging of the anterior cornea (Pachycam) was performed...
August 19, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823037/female-sex-is-associated-with-greater-rotatory-knee-laxity-in-collegiate-athletes
#5
Thomas R Pfeiffer, Ajay C Kanakamedala, Elmar Herbst, Kanto Nagai, Conor Murphy, Jeremy M Burnham, Adam Popchak, Richard E Debski, Volker Musahl
PURPOSE/HYPOTHESIS: The purpose of this observational study was to determine which factors, including sex, are associated with increased rotatory knee laxity in collegiate athletes with no history of knee injuries. It was hypothesized that increased rotatory knee laxity, measured by a quantitative pivot shift test, would correlate with female sex, increased anterior translation during the Lachman test, generalized ligamentous laxity, and knee hyperextension. METHODS: Ninety-eight collegiate athletes with a median age of 20 (range 18-25) years with no history of knee injuries were tested...
August 19, 2017: Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy: Official Journal of the ESSKA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823032/luminescent-benzothiazole-based-fluorophore-of-anisidine-scaffoldings-a-turn-on-fluorescent-probe-for-al-3-and-hg-2-ions
#6
Gargi Dhaka, Navneet Kaur, Jasvinder Singh
A new anisidine possessing benzothiaozle-based chemosensor (1) has been designed and synthesized. The chemosensor 1 was designed to provide hard base environment for ratiometric detection of comparatively less studied Al(3+) ions. In CH3CN, the fluorescence spectra of chemosensor 1 red shifted from 368 to 430 nm with addition of Al(3+) and Hg(2+) ions; while Cu(2+) ions caused quenching of emission intensity of 1. These differential changes observed with Al(3+) and Cu(2+) ions addition enabled chemosensor 1 to construct "NOR" and "TRANSFER" logic gates...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28823028/backbone-resonance-assignments-of-complexes-of-human-voltage-dependent-sodium-channel-nav1-2-iq-motif-peptide-bound-to-apo-calmodulin-and-to-the-c-domain-fragment-of-apo-calmodulin
#7
Ryan Mahling, Adina M Kilpatrick, Madeline A Shea
Human voltage-gated sodium channel NaV1.2 has a single pore-forming α-subunit and two transmembrane β-subunits. Expressed primarily in the brain, NaV1.2 is critical for initiation and propagation of action potentials. Milliseconds after the pore opens, sodium influx is terminated by inactivation processes mediated by regulatory proteins including calmodulin (CaM). Both calcium-free (apo) CaM and calcium-saturated CaM bind tightly to an IQ motif in the C-terminal tail of the α-subunit. Our thermodynamic studies and solution structure (2KXW) of a C-domain fragment of apo (13)C,(15)N- CaM (CaMC) bound to an unlabeled peptide with the sequence of rat NaV1...
August 19, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822960/loss-of-perilipin-2-in-cultured-myotubes-enhances-lipolysis-and-redirects-the-metabolic-energy-balance-from-glucose-oxidation-towards-fatty-acid-oxidation
#8
Yuan Z Feng, Jenny Lund, Yuchuan Li, Irlin K Knabenes, Siril S Bakke, Eili Tranheim Kase, Yun K Lee, Alan R Kimmel, G Hege Thoresen, Arild Christian Rustan, Knut Tomas Dalen
Lipid droplet (LD) coating proteins are essential for the formation and stability of intracellular LDs. Plin2 is an abundant LD coating protein in skeletal muscle, but its importance for muscle function is unclear. We show that myotubes established from Plin2-/- mice contain reduced content of LDs and accumulate less oleic acid in triacylglycerol (TAG), due to elevated LD hydrolysis compared to Plin2+/+ myotubes. The reduced ability to store TAG in LDs in Plin2-/- myotubes is accompanied by a shift in energy metabolism...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822859/a-facile-method-to-prepare-green-nano-phosphors-with-a-large-stokes-shift-and-solid-state-enhanced-photophysical-properties-based-on-surface-modified-gold-nanoclusters
#9
C H Cheng, H Y Huang, M J Talite, W C Chou, J M Yeh, C T Yuan
Colloidal nano-materials, such as quantum dots (QDs) have been applied to light-conversion nano-phosphors due to their unique tunable emission. However, most of the QDs involve toxic elements and are synthesized in a hazardous solvent. In addition, conventional QD nano-phosphors with a small Stokes shift suffered from reabsorption losses and aggregation-induced quenching in the solid state. Here, we demonstrate a facile, matrix-free method to prepare eco-friendly nano-phosphors with a large Stokes shift based on aqueous thiolate-stabilized gold nanoclusters (GSH-AuNCs) with simple surface modifications...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822800/amelogenin-induces-m2-macrophage-polarisation-via-pge2-camp-signalling-pathway
#10
Kensuke Yamamichi, Takao Fukuda, Terukazu Sanui, Kyosuke Toyoda, Urara Tanaka, Yuki Nakao, Karen Yotsumoto, Hiroaki Yamato, Takaharu Taketomi, Takeshi Uchiumi, Fusanori Nishimura
OBJECTIVES: Amelogenin, the major component of the enamel matrix derivative (EMD), has been suggested as a bioactive candidate for periodontal regeneration. Apart from producing a regenerative effect on periodontal tissues, amelogenin has also been reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect. However, the precise molecular mechanisms underlying these effects remain unclear. In the present study, we examined the immunomodulatory effects of amelogenin on macrophages. DESIGN: Human phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-differentiated U937 macrophages and CD14+ peripheral blood-derived monocytes (PBMC)-derived macrophages were stimulated with recombinant amelogenin (rM180)...
August 12, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822783/the-expression-induction-and-pharmacological-activity-of-cyp1a2-are-post-transcriptionally-regulated-by-microrna-hsa-mir-132-5p
#11
Yinting Chen, Linjuan Zeng, Yong Wang, William H Tolleson, Bridgett Knox, Si Chen, Zhen Ren, Lei Guo, Nan Mei, Feng Qian, Kaihong Huang, David Liu, Weida Tong, Dianke Yu, Baitang Ning
Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) is one of the most abundant and important drug metabolizing enzymes in human liver. However, little is known about the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2, especially the mechanisms involving microRNAs (miRNAs). This study applied a systematic approach to investigate the post-transcriptional regulation of CYP1A2 by miRNAs. Candidate miRNAs targeting the 3'-untranslated region (3'-UTR) of CYP1A2 were screened in silico, resulting in the selection of sixty-two potential miRNAs for further analysis...
August 16, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822742/strategy-set-shifting-and-response-inhibition-in-adult-rats-exposed-to-an-environmental-polychlorinated-biphenyl-mixture-during-adolescence
#12
Supida Monaikul, Paul Eubig, Stan Floresco, Susan Schantz
Converging evidence from studies with animal models and humans suggests that early developmental exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) leads to deficits in cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. These processes are mediated to a large extent by the prefrontal cortex, thus we examined the effects of PCB exposure during adolescence-a period of robust prefrontal cortical development-on both processes. Specifically, we used operant set-shifting and differential reinforcement of low rates of responding (DRL) tasks to assess cognitive flexibility and response inhibition, respectively...
August 16, 2017: Neurotoxicology and Teratology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822737/printing-nature-unraveling-the-role-of-nacre-s-mineral-bridges
#13
Grace X Gu, Flavia Libonati, Susan D Wettermark, Markus J Buehler
Creating materials with strength and toughness has been a long-sought goal. Conventional engineering materials often face a trade-off between strength and toughness, prompting researchers seeking to overcome these limitations to explore more sophisticated materials, such as composites. This paradigm shift in material design is spurred by nature, which exhibits a plethora of heterogeneous materials that offer outstanding material properties, and many natural materials are widely regarded as examples of high-performing hybrid materials...
May 4, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822635/radiographic-tibial-tunnel-assessment-after-anterior-cruciate-ligament-reconstruction-using-hamstring-tendon-autografts-and-biocomposite-screws-a-prospective-study-with-5-year-follow-up
#14
Ioannis Karikis, Lars Ejerhed, Ninni Sernert, Lars Rostgård-Christensen, Jüri Kartus
PURPOSE: To radiographically assess the tibial tunnel up to 5 years after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction using hamstring tendon autografts and biocomposite interference screws. METHODS: Fifty-one patients underwent anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction with metal interference screws in the femur and biocomposite interference screws in the tibia. Standardized digital radiographs with weight-bearing anteroposterior and lateral views of the index knee were taken in the early postoperative period and at 2 and 5 years postoperatively...
August 16, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822492/rapid-adaptation-of-invertebrate-pests-to-climatic-stress
#15
REVIEW
Ary A Hoffmann
There is surprisingly little information on adaptive responses of pests and disease vectors to climatic stresses even though the short generation times and large population sizes associated with pests make rapid adaptation likely. Most evidence of adaptive differentiation has been obtained from geographic comparisons and these can directly or indirectly indicate rates of adaptation where historical data on invasions are available. There is very little information on adaptive shifts in pests detected through molecular comparisons even though the genomes of many pests are now available and can help to identify markers underlying adaptation...
June 2017: Current Opinion in Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822433/-molecular-biological-and-clinical-characteristics-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-in-children-with-bronchiolitis
#16
T H Zhang, J Deng, Y Qian, R N Zhu, Y Sun, F Wang, R Tian, L Q Zhao
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics of respiratory syncytial virus(RSV)bronchiolitis and molecular biological characteristics of RSV in children in Beijing. Method: In a systematic retrospective study, 2 296 nasopharyngeal aspirates (NPA) were collected from children diagnosed with bronchiolitis from July 2006 to June 2016 for respiratory virus screening using direct immunofluorescence assay (DFA). For specimens positive for RSV, subgroup A or B was confirmed by real time RT-PCR and genotype of RSV was determined by amplifying the full G glycoprotein gene and sequencing...
August 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822342/responses-of-trophic-structure-and-zooplankton-community-to-salinity-and-temperature-in-tibetan-lakes-implication-for-the-effect-of-climate-warming
#17
Qiuqi Lin, Lei Xu, Juzhi Hou, Zhengwen Liu, Erik Jeppesen, Bo-Ping Han
Warming has pronounced effects on lake ecosystems, either directly by increased temperatures or indirectly by a change in salinity. We investigated the current status of zooplankton communities and trophic structure in 45 Tibetan lakes along a 2300 m altitude and a 76 g/l salinity gradient. Freshwater to hyposaline lakes mainly had three trophic levels: phytoplankton, small zooplankton and fish/Gammarus, while mesosaline to hypersaline lakes only had two: phytoplankton and large zooplankton. Zooplankton species richness declined significantly with salinity, but did not relate with temperature...
August 1, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822244/new-insights-into-the-enhanced-performance-of-high-solid-anaerobic-digestion-with-dewatered-sludge-by-thermal-hydrolysis-organic-matter-degradation-and-methanogenic-pathways
#18
Sisi Chen, Ning Li, Bin Dong, Wentao Zhao, Lingling Dai, Xiaohu Dai
Two lab-scale high solid anaerobic digesters fed with untreated sludge (R1) and thermally hydrolyzed sludge (R2) were operated to investigate the influence of thermal hydrolysis pretreatment (THP) on the degradation of individual macromolecular organic components (MOCs), as well as the functional and metabolic responses of microbes during anaerobic digestion (AD). The degradation of MOCs was improved by THP at different rates, in which improved degradation of proteins (by 49.0%) and hemicelluloses (by 25.0%) were the main factors contributing to the increase in volatile solids (VS) reduction...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822119/five-questions-answered-a-review-of-autologous-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-the-treatment-of-multiple-sclerosis
#19
REVIEW
Harold L Atkins, Mark S Freedman
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is thought to be an autoimmune disease targeting the central nervous system leading to demyelination, and axonal and neuronal damage, resulting in progressive disability. More intensive therapies such as immunodepletion with hematopoietic stem-cell rescue are being used at a time prior to patients becoming irreversibly disabled. Over the last 15 years, there has been a shift away from using autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplants (aHSCT) to treat patients with progressive MS, towards treating those with active inflammation and relapses...
August 18, 2017: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822070/chemical-shift-assignments-for-the-apo-form-of-the-catalytic-domain-the-linker-region-and-the-carbohydrate-binding-domain-of-the-cellulose-active-lytic-polysaccharide-monooxygenase-sclpmo10c
#20
Gaston Courtade, Zarah Forsberg, Gustav Vaaje-Kolstad, Vincent G H Eijsink, Finn L Aachmann
The apo-form of the 21.4 kDa catalytic domain and the 10.7 kDa carbohydrate binding domain of the AA10 family lytic polysaccharide monooxygenase ScLPMO10C from Streptomyces coelicolor have been isotopically labeled and recombinantly expressed in Escherichia coli. In this paper, we report the (1)H, (13)C, and (15)N chemical shift assignments of each individual domain as well as an ensemble of the assignment for the full-length protein, including its approximately 30-amino acid long linker.
August 18, 2017: Biomolecular NMR Assignments
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