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Si Chen, Xiaoting Wen, Jing Li, Yuan Li, Liubing Li, Xinping Tian, Hui Yuan, Fengchun Zhang, Yongzhe Li
Takayasu arteritis (TA) is a chronic large-vessel vasculitis of unclear pathogenesis. A recent genome-wide association study (GWAS) has revealed that the FCGR2A/FCGR3A, EEFSEC, RPS9/LILRB3, RIPPLY2 and MLX genes confer susceptibility to TA. We investigated the linkage between presumptive TA-related genes (FCGR2A/FCGR3A, EEFSEC, RPS9/LILRB3, RIPPLY2 and MLX) and TA in the Han Chinese population. We performed a large case-control multi-center study of 412 Han Chinese TA patients and 597 ethnically matched healthy controls...
October 18, 2016: Oncotarget
Phillip J Summers, Isabelle A Struve, Michael S Wilkes, Vaughan W Rees
BACKGROUND: Injection-site vein loss and skin abscesses impose significant morbidity on people who inject drugs (PWID). The two common forms of street heroin available in the USA include black tar and powder heroin. Little research has investigated these different forms of heroin and their potential implications for health outcomes. METHODS: A multiple-choice survey was administered to a sample of 145 participants seeking services at reduction facilities in both Sacramento, CA and greater Boston, MA, USA...
October 18, 2016: International Journal on Drug Policy
Isabel P G Fernandes, Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett
Calmodulin (CaM) is an essential protein present in all eukaryote cells, ranging from vertebrates to unicellular organisms. CaM is the most important Ca(2+) signalling protein, composed of two domains, N- and C-terminal domains, linked by a flexible central α-helix, and is responsible for the regulation of numerous calcium-mediated signalling pathways. Four calcium ions bind to CaM, changing its conformation and determining how it recognizes and regulates its cellular targets. The oxidation mechanism of native and denatured CaM, at a glassy carbon electrode, was investigated using differential pulse voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
October 7, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
K Raafat, M Wurglics, M Schubert-Zsilavecz
Prunella vulgaris L. (Lamiaceae) (PV) is a herbaceous plant traditionally utilized in management of diabetes and it has immunomodulatory activity. In this study, acute and subchronic antidiabetic, in-vivo antioxidant and antinociceptive effects of PV were evaluated in alloxan-induced type 1 diabetes (T1D) in a mouse model. Bio-guided fractionation, isolation, RP-HPLC, and (1)H and (13)C NMR identification of the active components responsible for PV effects were determined. RP-HPLC analysis showed that PV contained rosmarinic acid (RA) 4...
October 18, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Kirilka Mladenova, Svetla D Petrova, Tonya D Andreeva, Veselina Moskova-Doumanova, Tanya Topouzova-Hristova, Yuri Kalvachev, Konstantin Balashev, Shomi S Bhattacharya, Christina Chakarova, Zdravko Lalchev, Jordan A Doumanov
Human bestrophin-1 (hBest1) is a transmembrane calcium-activated chloride channel protein - member of the bestrophin family of anion channels, predominantly expressed in the membrane of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells. Mutations in the protein cause ocular diseases, named Bestrophinopathies. Here, we present the first Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) study of the secondary structure elements of hBest1, π/A isotherms and hysteresis, Brewster angle microscopy (BAM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) visualization of the aggregation state of protein molecules dispersed as Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett films...
October 13, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Lasse van Wijlick, René Geissen, Jessica S Hilbig, Quentin Lagadec, Pilar D Cantero, Eugen Pfeifer, Mateusz Juchimiuk, Sven Kluge, Stephan Wickert, Paula Alepuz, Joachim F Ernst
In eukaryotes, Dom34 upregulates translation by securing levels of activatable ribosomal subunits. We found that in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the human fungal pathogen Candida albicans, Dom34 interacts genetically with Pmt1, a major isoform of protein O-mannosyltransferase. In C. albicans, lack of Dom34 exacerbated defective phenotypes of pmt1 mutants, while they were ameliorated by Dom34 overproduction that enhanced Pmt1 protein but not PMT1 transcript levels. Translational effects of Dom34 required the 5'-UTR of the PMT1 transcript, which bound recombinant Dom34 directly at a CA/AC-rich sequence and regulated in vitro translation...
October 2016: PLoS Genetics
Ji-Feng Yang, Li-Ming Yang, Guang-Guo Ying, Cheng-Bin Liu, Li-Ying Zheng, Sheng-Lian Luo
Sulfonamide antibiotics are often detected in terrestrial and aquatic environment, but little is known about abiotic degradation of these antibiotics. In the present study, the degradation of the sulfonamide antibiotic sulfadiazine by a synthesized δ-MnO2 was investigated. The initial reaction rate of sulfadiazine oxidized by manganese dioxide increased as the solution pH decreased by weakening electrostatic attraction between sulfadiazine and MnO2 and enhancing the reduction potential of MnO2. The presence of metal ions (Mn(2+), Na(+) and Ca(2+)), especially Mn(2+), decreased the initial reaction rate by competitively adsorbing and reacting with MnO2...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Jino George, Thibault Chervy, Atef Shalabney, Eloïse Devaux, Hidefumi Hiura, Cyriaque Genet, Thomas W Ebbesen
From the high vibrational dipolar strength offered by molecular liquids, we demonstrate that a molecular vibration can be ultrastrongly coupled to multiple IR cavity modes, with Rabi splittings reaching 24% of the vibration frequencies. As a proof of the ultrastrong coupling regime, our experimental data unambiguously reveal the contributions to the polaritonic dynamics coming from the antiresonant terms in the interaction energy and from the dipolar self-energy of the molecular vibrations themselves. In particular, we measure the opening of a genuine vibrational polaritonic band gap of ca...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Dongliang Chao, Pei Liang, Zhen Chen, Linyi Bai, He Shen, Xiaoxu Liu, Xinhui Xia, Yanli Zhao, Serguei V Savilov, Jianyi Lin, Ze Xiang Shen
The abundant reservation and low cost of sodium have provoked tremendous evolution of Na-ion batteries (SIBs) in the past few years, but their performances were still limited either by the specific capacity or rate capability. Attempts to pursuit high-rate ability with maintained high-capacity in a single electrode remains even more challenging. Here, an elaborate self-branched 2D SnS2 (B-SnS2) nanoarrays electrode is designed by a facile hot bath method for Na storage. This interesting electrode exhibits areal reversible capacity of ca...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Yuheng Wang, Konstantin von Gunten, Barbora Bartova, Nicolas Meisser, Markus Astner, Mario Burger, Rizlan Bernier-Latmani
Hundreds of tons of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition were used in previous armed conflicts in Iraq, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia/Kosovo. The majority (>90%) of DU penetrators miss their target and, if left in the environment, corrode in these post-conflict zones. Thus, the best way to understand the fate of bulk DU material in the environment is to characterize the corrosion products of intact DU penetrators under field conditions for extended periods of time. However, such studies are scarce. To fill this knowledge gap, we characterized corrosion products formed from two intact DU penetrators that remained in soils in Bosnia and Herzegovina for over seven years...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Science & Technology
Sk Imran Ali, Reinhard K Kremer, Mats Johnsson
The new quaternary layered oxide CoMo2Sb2O10 was synthesized by hydrothermal synthesis techniques, and its structure was determined from single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. CoMo2Sb2O10 crystallizes in the monoclinic space group C2/c with one Sb(3+), Mo(6+), and Co(2+) atom site per unit cell, respectively. The crystal structure contains building units consisting of [Co2O8]n, [Mo2O8]n, and [SbO2]n chains. These are connected through corner sharing to form charge-neutral [CoMo2Sb2O10]n layers. Thermal decomposition of CoMo2Sb2O10 starts at 550 °C...
October 21, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Simon Felz, Salah Al-Zuhairy, Olav Andreas Aarstad, Mark C M van Loosdrecht, Yue Mei Lin
To evaluate and develop methodologies for the extraction of gel-forming extracellular polymeric substances (EPS), EPS from aerobic granular sludge (AGS) was extracted using six different methods (centrifugation, sonication, ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), formamide with sodium hydroxide (NaOH), formaldehyde with NaOH and sodium carbonate (Na2CO3) with heat and constant mixing). AGS was collected from a pilot wastewater treatment reactor. The ionic gel-forming property of the extracted EPS of the six different extraction methods was tested with calcium ions (Ca(2+))...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
A Priezzhev, K Lee
Laser trapping and manipulation of blood cells without mechanical contact have become feasible with implication of laser tweezers. They open up new horizons for the hemorheologic researches, offer new possibilities for studying live cells interactions on individual cell level under the influence of different endogenous and exogenous factors. The operation principle of laser tweezers is based on the property of strongly focused laser beam to act on a dielectric microparticle located in the vicinity of the beam waist with a force that drives the particle to the equilibrium location and holds it there...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Shan Wang, Changmin Hou, Long Yuan, Mingyang Qu, Bo Zou, Dayong Lu
Perovskite structured rare-earth chromites are one of the most promising families of functional materials in solid oxide fuel cells, multiferroic materials, and sensors. Here, we report a mild hydrothermal method to synthesize DyCrO3 and HoCrO3 monodispersed single crystals. The synthesis conditions, crystal structure, Raman spectra and temperature- and field-dependent magnetic properties were studied. The two samples are indexed to the Pbnm space group. The shapes of the crystals are plates with a narrow particle size distribution in the range of 4-5 μm...
October 21, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Chiranjit Ghosh, Santanu Mandal, Gourab D Banik, Abhijit Maity, Prabuddha Mukhopadhyay, Shibendu Ghosh, Manik Pradhan
The inability to envisage the acute onset and progression of type 1 diabetes (T1D) has been a major clinical stumbling block and an important area of biomedical research over the last few decades. Therefore there is a pressing need to develop a new and an effective strategy for early detection of T1D and to precisely distinguish T1D from type 2 diabetes (T2D). Here we describe the precise role of the enzymatic activity of carbonic anhydrase (CA) in erythrocytes in the pathogenesis of T1D and T2D. We show that CA activities are markedly altered during metabolism of T1D and T2D and this facilitates to the oxygen-18 ((18)O) isotopic fractionations of breath CO2...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gaigai Yu, Hiroyuki Onodera, Yuki Aono, Fuun Kawano, Yoshibumi Ueda, Akihiro Furuya, Hideyuki Suzuki, Moritoshi Sato
Alpha subunits of heterotrimeric G proteins (Gα) are involved in a variety of cellular functions. Here we report an optogenetic strategy to spatially and temporally manipulate Gα in living cells. More specifically, we applied the blue light-induced dimerization system, known as the Magnet system, and an alternative red light-induced dimerization system consisting of Arabidopsis thaliana phytochrome B (PhyB) and phytochrome-interacting factor 6 (PIF6) to optically control the activation of two different classes of Gα (Gαq and Gαs)...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Xingxing Wu, Binbin Yu, Wei Xu, Zheng Fan, Zucheng Wu, Huimin Zhang
As the main greenhouse gas, CO2 is considered as a threat in the context of global warming. Many available technologies to reduce CO2 emission was about CO2 separation from coal combustion and geological sequestration. However, how to deal with the cost-effective storage of CO2 has become a new challenge. Moreover, chromium pollution, the treatment of which requires huge energy consumption, has attracted people's widespread attention. This study is aimed to develop the sequestration of CO2 via chromium slag...
October 21, 2016: Environmental Technology
Daria M Monti, Giuseppina De Simone, Emma Langella, Claudiu T Supuran, Anna Di Fiore, Simona M Monti
Carbonic anhydrases (CAs) III and VII are two cytosolic isoforms of the α-CA family which catalyze the physiological reaction of carbon dioxide hydration to bicarbonate and proton. Despite these two enzymes share a 49% sequence identity and present a very similar three-dimensional structure, they show profound differences when comparing the specific activity for CO2 hydration reaction, with CA VII being much more active than CA III. Recently, CA III and CA VII have been proposed to play a new role as scavenger enzymes in cells where oxidative damage occurs...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
Floriana Foarta, Clark R Landis
A novel strategy, free of coupling reagents and protection/deprotection steps, for the synthesis of oligo(2-hydroxyacid)s containing up to four monomer units with atom economy, sequence specificity, and control of stereocenter configuration is described. The strategy comprises an iterative application of the sequence asymmetric hydroformylation / oxidation / alkyne hydroacyloxylation that features catalytic, atom-economical C-C and C-O bond forming reactions. Asymmetric hydroformylation with Rh-bisdiazaphospholane catalyst introduces each stereocenter with high enantio- (ca...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Organic Chemistry
David Snipelisky, Yogesh N V Reddy, Kevin Manocha, Aalok Patel, Shannon M Dunlay, Paul A Friedman, Thomas M Munger, Samuel J Asirvatham, Douglas L Packer, Yong-Mei Cha, Suraj Kapa, Peter A Brady, Peter A Noseworthy, Joseph J Maleszewski, Siva K Mulpuru
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced heart failure (HF) are predisposed to ventricular arrhythmias (VA), particularly following implantation of an LVAD. There is minimal evidence for appropriate management strategies. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the burden of VA and response to ablation performed either before or following left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation. METHODS: We created a retrospective cohort of patients who underwent both VA ablation and HeartMate II (Thoratec, CA) LVAD implantation at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
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