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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645085/extending-the-functionality-of-the-slurry-ferrihydrite-dgt-method-performance-evaluation-for-the-measurement-of-vanadate-arsenate-antimonate-and-molybdate-in-water
#1
Shu Zhang, Paul N Williams, Chun-Yang Zhou, Lena Q Ma, Jun Luo
The monitoring of oxyanions in waters, presents significant challenges due to their relatively low concentrations, and a characteristically changeable/unstable/reactive geochemistry with high spatial and temporal turnover. This results in a very heterogeneous pattern of mobility and bioavailability, which is difficult to capture reliably and in a cost effective manner. The diffusive gradients in thin-films (DGT) technique is a popular analytical tool for testing water quality, primarily because it provides a time-integrated measurement...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644125/exploiting-crispr-cas-to-manipulate-enterococcus-faecalis-populations
#2
Karthik Hullahalli, Marinelle Rodrigues, Kelli L Palmer
CRISPR-Cas provides a barrier to horizontal gene transfer in prokaryotes. It was previously observed that functional CRISPR-Cas systems are absent from multidrug-resistant (MDR) Enterococcus faecalis, which only possess an orphan CRISPR locus, termed CRISPR2, lacking cas genes. It was of interest to investigate how the interplay between CRISPR-Cas genome defense and antibiotic selection for mobile genetic elements shapes E. faecalis populations. Here, we demonstrate that CRISPR2 can be reactivated for genome defense in MDR strains...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644010/atomic-layer-deposition-of-indium-gallium-oxide-thin-film-for-thin-film-transistor-applications
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Jiazhen Sheng, Eun Jung Park, Bonggeun Shong, Jin-Seong Park
Indium gallium oxide (IGO) thin films were deposited via atomic layer deposition (ALD) using [1,1,1-trimethyl-N-(trimethylsilyl)silanaminato]indium (InCA-1) and trimethylgallium (TMGa) as indium and gallium precursors, respectively, and hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as the reactant. In order to clearly understand the mechanism of multicomponent ALD growth of oxide semiconductor materials, several variations in the precursor-reactant deposition cycles were evaluated. Gallium could be doped into oxide film at 200°C when accompanied by an InCA-1 pulse, and no growth of gallium oxide was observed without the simultaneous deposition of indium oxide...
June 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643571/adaptation-of-the-activity-measure-post-acute-care-am-pac-from-english-to-mandarin-using-the-dual-panel-translation-approach
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Feng-Hang Chang, Tsan-Hon Liou, John Brodersen, Jonathan D Comins
PURPOSE: The aims of this study were to translate and adapt the Activity Measure Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) from US English to Mandarin using the dual-panel method, and to assess its psychometric properties in an outpatient rehabilitation setting. METHODS: The AM-PAC outpatient short forms were translated using the dual-panel method. The translated AM-PAC was tested in 550 Chinese-speaking rehabilitation outpatients. Floor and ceiling effects were evaluated and internal consistency was assessed using Cronbach's alpha...
June 23, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642284/excitation-of-gabaergic-neurons-in-the-bed-nucleus-of-the-stria-terminalis-triggers-immediate-transition-from-non-rapid-eye-movement-sleep-to-wakefulness-in-mice
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Shota Kodani, Shingo Soya, Takeshi Sakurai
Emotionally salient situations usually trigger arousal along with autonomic and neuroendocrine reactions. To examine whether the extended amygdala plays a role in sleep/wakefulness regulation, we examined the effects of optogenetic and pharmacogenetic excitation of GABAergic neurons in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (GABA(BNST) neurons). Acute optogenetic excitation of these cells during non-rapid eye movement (NREM) sleep resulted in immediate state transition to wakefulness, while stimulation during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep showed no effect on sleep/wakefulness states in male mice...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience: the Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642246/modulation-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-controls-cd4-t-cell-activation-and-anti-tumor-function
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Jessica E Thaxton, Caroline Wallace, Brian Riesenberg, Yongliang Zhang, Chrystal Paulos, Craig Beeson, Bei Liu, Zihai Li
The endoplasmic reticulum (ER) is an energy-sensing organelle with intimate ties to programming cell activation and metabolic fate. T-cell receptor (TCR) activation represents a form of acute cell stress and induces mobilization of ER Ca(2+) stores. The role of the ER in programming T-cell activation and metabolic fate remains largely undefined. Gp96 is an ER protein with functions as a molecular chaperone and Ca(2+) buffering protein. We hypothesized that the ER stress response may be important for CD4(+) T-cell activation and that gp96 may be integral to this process...
June 22, 2017: Cancer Immunology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642217/an-interactive-mobile-based-tool-for-personal-social-network-data-collection-and-visualization-among-a-geographically-isolated-and-socioeconomically-disadvantaged-population-early-stage-feasibility-study-with-qualitative-user-feedback
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Katherine S Eddens, Jesse M Fagan, Tom Collins
BACKGROUND: Personal social networks have a profound impact on our health, yet collecting personal network data for use in health communication, behavior change, or translation and dissemination interventions has proved challenging. Recent advances in social network data collection software have reduced the burden of network studies on researchers and respondents alike, yet little testing has occurred to discover whether these methods are: (1) acceptable to a variety of target populations, including those who may have limited experience with technology or limited literacy; and (2) practical in the field, specifically in areas that are geographically and technologically disconnected, such as rural Appalachian Kentucky...
June 22, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641225/investigation-of-dissociation-constants-for-individual-and-total-naphthenic-acids-species-using-ultra-performance-liquid-chromatography-ion-mobility-time-of-flight-mass-spectrometry-analysis
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Rongfu Huang, Pamela Chelme-Ayala, Yanyan Zhang, Mohamed Changalov, Mohamed Gamal El-Din
Ultra-performance liquid chromatography ion mobility time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-IM-TOFMS) was utilized for the analysis of naphthenic acids (NAs) in fractions of pH-dependent sequential liquid-liquid extractions from oil sands process-affected water. Ion-mobility separation technique allowed the differentiation of OyS-NAs (2 ≤ y ≤ 4) from Ox-NAs (2 ≤ x ≤ 5) via drift time versus retention time separations. The results indicated that the addition of S atom to the O2-NA molecule led to a lower increase in the dissociation constant (pKa) compared to that caused by the addition of O atom...
June 18, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640992/crystalline-organic-pigment-based-field-effect-transistors
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Haichang Zhang, Ruonan Deng, Jing Wang, Xiang Li, Yu-Ming Chen, Kewei Liu, Clinton J Taubert, Stephen Z D Cheng, Yu Zhu
Three conjugated pigment molecules with fused hydrogen bonds, 3,7-diphenylpyrrolo[2,3-f]indole-2,6(1H,5H)-dione (BDP), (E)-6,6'-dibromo-[3,3'-biindolinylidene]-2,2'-dione (IIDG), and 3,6-di(thiophen-2-yl)-2,5-dihydropyrrolo-[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (TDPP), were studied in this work. The insoluble pigment molecules were functionalized with tert-butoxylcarbonyl (t-Boc) groups to form soluble pigment precursors (BDP-Boc, IIDG-Boc, and TDPP-Boc) with latent hydrogen bonding. The single crystals of soluble pigment precursors were obtained...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640982/mechanisms-of-sphingosine-1-phosphate-mediated-vasoconstriction-of-rat-afferent-arterioles
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Zhengrong Guan, Fuchenchu Wang, Xiangqin Cui, Edward W Inscho
AIM: Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) influences resistance vessel function and is implicated in renal pathological processes. Previous studies revealed that S1P evoked potent vasoconstriction of the preglomerular microvasculature, but the underlying mechanisms remain incompletely defined. We postulated that S1P-mediated preglomerular microvascular vasoconstriction involves activation of voltage-dependent L-type calcium channels (L-VDCC) and the rho/rho kinase pathway. METHODS: Afferent arteriolar reactivity was assessed in vitro using the blood-perfused rat juxtamedullary nephron preparation and diameter was measured during exposure to physiological and pharmacological agents...
June 22, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640815/an-autonomous-metabolic-role-for-spen
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Kelsey E Hazegh, Travis Nemkov, Angelo D'Alessandro, John D Diller, Jenifer Monks, James L McManaman, Kenneth L Jones, Kirk C Hansen, Tânia Reis
Preventing obesity requires a precise balance between deposition into and mobilization from fat stores, but regulatory mechanisms are incompletely understood. Drosophila Split ends (Spen) is the founding member of a conserved family of RNA-binding proteins involved in transcriptional regulation and frequently mutated in human cancers. We find that manipulating Spen expression alters larval fat levels in a cell-autonomous manner. Spen-depleted larvae had defects in energy liberation from stores, including starvation sensitivity and major changes in the levels of metabolic enzymes and metabolites, particularly those involved in β-oxidation...
June 22, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640742/identification-of-amino-acids-within-norovirus-polymerase-involved-in-rna-binding-and-viral-replication
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Kang Rok Han, Bader Y Alhatlani, Sunyoung Cho, Ji-Hye Lee, Myra Hosmillo, Ian G Goodfellow, Kyung Hyun Kim, Jai Myung Yang
Until recently, molecular studies on human norovirus (HuNoV), a major causative agent of gastroenteritis, have been hampered by the lack of an efficient cell culture system. Murine norovirus-1 (MNV-1) has served as a surrogate model system for norovirus research, due to the availability of robust cell culture systems and reverse genetics. To identify amino acids involved in RNA synthesis by the viral RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (NS7), we constructed NS7 mutants in which basic amino acids surrounding the catalytic site were substituted with alanine...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640620/using-complementary-nmr-data-sets-to-detect-inconsistencies-and-model-flaws-in-the-structure-determination-of-human-interleukin-4
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Lorna J Smith, Wilfred F van Gunsteren, Niels Hansen
The derivation of protein structure from values of observable quantities measured in NMR experiments is a rather non-trivial task due to (i) the limited number of data compared to degrees of freedom of a protein, (ii) the uncertainty inherent to the function connecting an observable quantity to molecular structure, (iii) the finite quality of biomolecular models and force fields used in structure refinement, and (iv) the conformational freedom of a protein in aqueous solution, which requires extensive conformational sampling and appropriate conformational averaging when calculating or restraining to sets of NMR data...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640597/positive-charge-functionalized-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-as-nanocarriers-for-controlled-2-4-dichlorophenoxy-acetic-acid-sodium-salt-release
#14
Lidong Cao, Zhaolu Zhou, Shujun Niu, Chong Cao, Xiuhuan Li, Yongpan Shan, Qiliang Huang
Due to its relatively high water solubility and mobility, 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D) has a high leaching potential threatening the surface water and groundwater. Controlled release formulations of 2,4-D could alleviate the adverse effects on the environment. In the present study, positive-charge functionalized mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) were facilely synthesized by incorporating trimethylammonium (TA) groups onto MSNs via a post-grafting method. 2,4-D sodium salt, the anionic form of 2,4-D, was effectively loaded into these positively charged MSN-TA nanoparticles...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640594/biomedical-diagnostics-enabled-by-integrated-organic-and-printed-electronics
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Termeh Ahmadraji, Laura Gonzalez-Macia, Tapio Ritvonen, Andreas Willert, Saara Tuurala, Satu Ylimaula, David Donaghy, Mika Suhonen, Dave Smart, Vitaly Efremov, Aoife Morrin, Reinhard R Baumann, Munira Raja, Antti Kemppainen, Anthony J Killard
Organic and printed electronics integration has the potential to revolutionise many technologies, including biomedical diag-nostics. This work demonstrates the successful integration of multiple printed electronic functionalities into a single device capable of the measurement of hydrogen peroxide, and total cholesterol. The single-use device employed printed electrochemical sen-sors for hydrogen peroxide electroreduction integrated with printed electrochromic display and battery. The system was driven by a conventional electronic circuit designed to illustrate the complete integration of silicon ICs via pick and place, or using organic electronic circuits...
June 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639997/parent-education-is-changing-a-review-of-smartphone-apps
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Deborah Winders Davis, M Cynthia Logsdon, Krista Vogt, Jeff Rushton, John Myers, Adrian Lauf, Felicia Hogan
PURPOSE: The purpose was to critique existing parenting apps using established criteria and health literacy guidelines. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive methodology was used. METHODS: The Apple App Store was searched using the terms parenting, child health, and infant health. To be included, the apps had to have relevant content (parenting, child health, or infant health), be in English, and contain parent education. After eliminating apps that failed to meet inclusion criteria from the original 203 apps, 46 apps were reviewed...
June 20, 2017: MCN. the American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639401/van-der-waals-epitaxial-growth-of-atomic-layered-hfs2-crystals-for-ultrasensitive-near-infrared-phototransistors
#17
Lei Fu, Feng Wang, Bin Wu, Nian Wu, Wei Huang, Hanlin Wang, Chuanhong Jin, Lin Zhuang, Jun He, Lei Fu, Yunqi Liu
As a member of the group IVB transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) family, hafnium disulfide (HfS2 ) is recently predicted to exhibit higher carrier mobility and higher tunneling current density than group VIB (Mo and W) TMDs. However, the synthesis of high-quality HfS2 crystals, sparsely reported, has greatly hindered the development of this new field. Here, a facile strategy for controlled synthesis of high-quality atomic layered HfS2 crystals by van der Waals epitaxy is reported. Density functional theory calculations are applied to elucidate the systematic epitaxial growth process of the S-edge and Hf-edge...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639375/challenges-in-regenerating-the-diabetic-heart-a-comprehensive-review
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Venkata R Satthenapalli, Regis R Lamberts, Rajesh Katare
Stem cell therapy is one of the promising regenerative strategies developed to improve cardiac function in patients with ischemic heart diseases (IHD). However, this approach is limited in IHD patients with diabetes due to a progressive decline in the regenerative capacity of stem cells. This decline is mainly attributed to the metabolic memory incurred by diabetes on stem cell niche and their systemic cues. Understanding the molecular pathways involved in the diabetes-induced deterioration of stem cell function will be critical for developing new cardiac regeneration therapies...
June 22, 2017: Stem Cells
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639331/top-down-integration-of-molybdenum-disulfide-transistors-with-wafer-scale-uniformity-and-layer-controllability
#19
Mao-Lin Shi, Lin Chen, Tian-Bao Zhang, Jing Xu, Hao Zhu, Qing-Qing Sun, David Wei Zhang
The lack of stable and efficient techniques to synthesize high-quality large-area thin films is one of the major bottlenecks for the real-world application of the 2D transition metal dichalcogenides. In this work, the growth of molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) on sapphire substrates by sulfurizing the MoO3 film deposited by atomic layer deposition (ALD) is reported. The advantages of the ALD method can be well inherited, and the synthesized MoS2 films exhibit excellent layer controllability, wafer-scale uniformity, and homogeneity...
June 22, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639247/p2y1-receptors-properties-and-functional-activities
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Jolanta Barańska, Rafał Czajkowski, Paweł Pomorski
In this chapter we try to show a comprehensive image of current knowledge of structure, activity and physiological role of the P2Y1 purinergic receptor. The structure, distribution and changes in the expression of this receptor are summarized, as well as the mechanism of its signaling activity by the intracellular calcium mobilization. We try to show the connection between the components of its G protein activation and cellular or physiological effects, starting from changes in protein phosphorylation patterns and ending with such remote effects as receptor-mediated apoptosis...
June 22, 2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
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