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Gordon K C Leung, Dingge Ying, Christopher C Y Mak, Xin-Ying Chen, Weiyi Xu, Kit-San Yeung, Wai-Lap Wong, Yoyo W Y Chu, Gary T K Mok, Christy S K Chau, Jenna McLuskey, Winnie P T Ong, Huey-Yin Leong, Kelvin Y K Chan, Wanling Yang, Jeng-Haur Chen, Albert M Li, Pak C Sham, Yu-Lung Lau, Brian H Y Chung, So-Lun Lee
BACKGROUND: Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a rare condition in Asians. Since 1985, only about 30 Chinese patients have been reported with molecular confirmation. METHOD: Using our in-house next-generation sequencing (NGS) pipeline for childhood bronchiectasis, we identified disease-causing CFTR mutations in CF patients in Hong Kong. After identifying p.I1023R in multiple patients, haplotype analysis was performed with genome-wide microarray to ascertain the likelihood of this being a founder mutation...
January 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Hiroyuki Hayashi, Shota Katayama, Takahiro Komura, Yoyo Hinuma, Tomoyasu Yokoyama, Ko Mibu, Fumiyasu Oba, Isao Tanaka
Daylight-driven photocatalysts have attracted much attention in the context of "green" technology. Although various active materials have been reported and their applications are rapidly increasing, many are discovered after enormous experimental efforts. Herein the discovery of a novel oxide photocatalyst, β-SnMoO4, is demonstrated via a rational search of 3483 known and hypothetical compounds with various compositions and structures over the whole range of SnO-MO q/2 (M: Ti, Zr, and Hf (q = 4); V, Nb, and Ta (q = 5); Cr, Mo, and W (q = 6)) pseudobinary systems...
January 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Sulistiawati Sudarso, Gandes Retno Rahayu, Yoyo Suhoyo
Objective: This study was aimed to explore students' learning response toward feedback during mini-CEX encounter. Methods: This study used a phenomenological approach to identify the students' experiences toward feedback during mini-CEX encounter. Data was collected using Focus Group Discussion (FGD) for all students who were in their final week of clerkship in the internal medicine rotation. There were 4 FGD groups (6 students for each group). All FGD were audio-taped and transcribed verbatim...
December 19, 2016: International Journal of Medical Education
Brigitte Bruijns, Roald Tiggelaar, Han Gardeniers
This article describes data related to a research article entitled "Fluorescent cyanine dyes for the quantification of low amounts of dsDNA" (B. Bruijns, R. Tiggelaar, J. Gardeniers, 2016) [1]. Six cyanine dsDNA dyes - EvaGreen, SYBR Green, PicoGreen, AccuClear, AccuBlue NextGen and YOYO-1 - are investigated and in this article the absorption spectra, as well as excitation and emission spectra, for all six researched cyanine dyes are given, all recorded under exactly identical experimental conditions. The intensity graphs, with the relative fluorescence in the presence of low amounts of dsDNA, are also provided...
February 2017: Data in Brief
Nicholas D McIntosh, Thomas D Love, Jillian Haszard, Hamish Osborne, Katherine E Black
Pre-season is characterized by high training volumes with short recovery periods β-hydroxy β-methylbutyrate (HMB) has been postulated to assist with recovery. HMB has been shown to improve strength and body composition amongst untrained groups the benefits of HMB amongst trained populations are unclear due to the methodologies employed. This randomized control trail determined the effects of 11 weeks HMB supplementation on body mass and performance measures in 27 elite rugby players. HMB group (n=13) mean±SD age 20...
October 27, 2016: Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research
N Rostami, R C Shields, S A Yassin, A R Hawkins, L Bowen, T L Luo, A H Rickard, R Holliday, P M Preshaw, N S Jakubovics
Extracellular DNA (eDNA) has been identified in the matrix of many different monospecies biofilms in vitro, including some of those produced by oral bacteria. In many cases, eDNA stabilizes the structure of monospecies biofilms. Here, the authors aimed to determine whether eDNA is an important component of natural, mixed-species oral biofilms, such as plaque on natural teeth or dental implants. To visualize eDNA in oral biofilms, approaches for fluorescently stained eDNA with either anti-DNA antibodies or an ultrasensitive cell-impermeant dye, YOYO-1, were first developed using Enterococcus faecalis, an organism that has previously been shown to produce extensive eDNA structures within biofilms...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Dental Research
Gil Henkin, Daniel Berard, Francis Stabile, Marjan Shayegan, Jason S Leith, Sabrina R Leslie
We present a dynamically adjustable nanofluidic platform for formatting the conformations of and visualizing the interaction kinetics between biomolecules in solution, offering new time resolution and control of the reaction processes. This platform extends convex lens-induced confinement (CLiC), a technique for imaging molecules under confinement, by introducing a system for in situ modification of the chemical environment; this system uses a deep microchannel to diffusively exchange reagents within the nanoscale imaging region, whose height is fixed by a nanopost array...
November 15, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Yoyo Suhoyo, Gandes R Rahayu, Nani Cahyani
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November 2016: Medical Education
Ying Wang, Andy Sischka, Volker Walhorn, Katja Tönsing, Dario Anselmetti
Fluorescent DNA dyes are broadly used in many biotechnological applications for detecting and imaging DNA in cells and gels. Their binding alters the structural and nanomechanical properties of DNA and affects the biological processes that are associated with it. Although interaction modes like intercalation and minor groove binding already have been identified, associated mechanic effects like local elongation, unwinding, and softening of the DNA often remain in question. We used magnetic tweezers to quantitatively investigate the impact of three DNA-binding dyes (YOYO-1, DAPI, and DRAQ5) in a concentration-dependent manner...
October 18, 2016: Biophysical Journal
Shirley S M Fong, Joanne W Y Chung, Yoyo T Y Cheng, Timothy T T Yam, Hsiu-Ching Chiu, Daniel Y T Fong, C Y Cheung, Lily Yuen, Esther Y T Yu, Yeung Sam Hung, Duncan J Macfarlane, Shamay S M Ng
This cross-sectional and exploratory study aimed to compare motor performance and electroencephalographic (EEG) attention levels in children with developmental coordination disorder (DCD) and those with typical development, and determine the relationship between motor performance and the real-time EEG attention level in children with DCD.Eighty-six children with DCD [DCD: n = 57; DCD and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): n = 29] and 99 children with typical development were recruited...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Dipak Giri, Zi Li, Kayesh M Ashraf, Maryanne M Collinson, Daniel A Higgins
Surface wettability gradients were used to elongate and align double stranded λ-DNA. Gradients were prepared by vapor phase deposition of octyltrichlorosilane (C8-silane) and fluorinated octyltrichlorosilane (F-silane) precursors. Gradient formation was confirmed by water contact angle and ellipsometric film thickness measurements. Placement of a droplet of aqueous DNA solution on the hydrophobic end of each gradient led to spontaneous motion of the droplet toward the hydrophilic end and deposition of the DNA...
September 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shirley S M Fong, Shamay S M Ng, Yoyo T Y Cheng, Janet Y H Wong, Esther Y T Yu, Gary C C Chow, Yvonne T C Chak, Ivy K Y Chan, Joni Zhang, Duncan Macfarlane, Louisa M Y Chung
Objectives. To evaluate the effects of Ving Tsun (VT) martial art training on the upper extremity muscle strength and eye-hand coordination of middle-aged and older adults. Methods. This study used a nonequivalent pretest-posttest control group design. Forty-two community-dwelling healthy adults participated in the study; 24 (mean age ± SD = 68.5 ± 6.7 years) underwent VT training for 4 weeks (a supervised VT session twice a week, plus daily home practice), and 18 (mean age ± SD = 72.0 ± 6.7 years) received no VT training and acted as controls...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
B B Bruijns, R M Tiggelaar, J G E Gardeniers
In this research six cyanine fluorophores for the quantification of dsDNA in the pg-ng range, without amplification, are compared under exactly identical conditions: EvaGreen, SYBR Green, PicoGreen, AccuClear, AccuBlue NextGen and YOYO-1. The fluorescence intensity as a function of the amount of dsDNA is measured at the optimal wavelengths for excitation and emission and for each dye the limit of detection and the response linearity at low levels of dsDNA are determined. No linear range was found for SYBR Green and YOYO-1 for pg-ng quantities of dsDNA...
October 15, 2016: Analytical Biochemistry
Yoyo Hinuma, Taisuke Hatakeyama, Yu Kumagai, Lee A Burton, Hikaru Sato, Yoshinori Muraba, Soshi Iimura, Hidenori Hiramatsu, Isao Tanaka, Hideo Hosono, Fumiyasu Oba
Nitride semiconductors are attractive because they can be environmentally benign, comprised of abundant elements and possess favourable electronic properties. However, those currently commercialized are mostly limited to gallium nitride and its alloys, despite the rich composition space of nitrides. Here we report the screening of ternary zinc nitride semiconductors using first-principles calculations of electronic structure, stability and dopability. This approach identifies as-yet-unreported CaZn2N2 that has earth-abundant components, smaller carrier effective masses than gallium nitride and a tunable direct bandgap suited for light emission and harvesting...
2016: Nature Communications
Shirley S M Fong, Shamay S M Ng, Yoyo T Y Cheng, Joni Zhang, Louisa M Y Chung, Gary C C Chow, Yvonne T C Chak, Ivy K Y Chan, Duncan J Macfarlane
[Purpose] The effectiveness of a smartphone pedometer application was compared with that of a traditional pedometer for improving the physical activity and weight status of community-dwelling older adults. [Subjects and Methods] This study had a nonequivalent pretest-posttest control group design. Ninety-seven older adults (mean age ± SD, 60.1 ± 5.5 years) joined the smartphone pedometer group and underwent a 2-week walking intervention based on a smartphone pedometer application. Fifty-four older adults (mean age ± SD, 65...
May 2016: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Gary T K Mok, Sharon S Chan, Yoyo W Y Chu, Sau Man Chan, Wilfred H S Wong, Brian H Y Chung
Normal growth is essential to a developing child. Most syndromes with dysmorphic features demonstrate recognizable patterns of disproportionate growth, thus physical measurements are an important aspect of patient evaluation. Delineating the abnormal growth pattern depends greatly on the accuracy of the normal range. However, the currently available reference data are restricted in terms of ethnicity and geographical location, hence may not be applicable to all children worldwide. In Hong Kong, reference data are limited only to the neonatal period...
August 2016: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
Farhan Chowdhury, Isaac T S Li, Thuy T M Ngo, Benjamin J Leslie, Byoung Choul Kim, Joshua E Sokoloski, Elizabeth Weiland, Xuefeng Wang, Yann R Chemla, Timothy M Lohman, Taekjip Ha
Notch signaling, involved in development and tissue homeostasis, is activated at the cell-cell interface through ligand-receptor interactions. Previous studies have implicated mechanical forces in the activation of Notch receptor upon binding to its ligand. Here we aimed to determine the single molecular force required for Notch activation by developing a novel low tension gauge tether (LTGT). LTGT utilizes the low unbinding force between single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and Escherichia coli ssDNA binding protein (SSB) (∼4 pN dissociation force at 500 nm/s pulling rate)...
June 8, 2016: Nano Letters
Maedeh Roushan, Zubair Azad, Shuang Fang Lim, Hong Wang, Robert Riehn
Intercalating fluorescent probes are widely used to visualize DNA in studies on DNA-protein interactions. Some require the presence of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). We have investigated the mechanical properties of DNA stained with the fluorescent intercalating dyes YOYO-1 and YOYO-3 as a function of ATP concentrations (up to 2 mM) by stretching single molecules in nanofluidic channels with a channel cross-section as small as roughly 100×100 nm(2). The presence of ATP reduces the length of the DNA by up to 11 %...
June 1, 2015: Mikrochimica Acta
Laura B Dickson, Maria V Sharakhova, Vladimir A Timoshevskiy, Karen L Fleming, Alex Caspary, Massamba Sylla, William C Black
Aedes aegypti, the primary vector of dengue, yellow fever and Zika flaviviruses, consists of at least two subspecies. Aedes aegypti (Aaa) is light in color, has pale scales on the first abdominal tergite, oviposits in artificial containers, and preferentially feeds on humans. Aedes aegypti formosus (Aaf), has a dark cuticle, is restricted to sub-Saharan Africa, has no pale scales on the first abdominal tergite and frequently oviposits in natural containers. Scale patterns correlate with cuticle color in East Africa but not in Senegal, West Africa where black cuticle mosquitoes display a continuum of scaling patterns and breed domestically indoors...
April 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Yeh-Hsing Lao, Chun-Wei Chi, Sarah M Friedrich, Konan Peck, Tza-Huei Wang, Kam W Leong, Lin-Chi Chen
A unique interaction between the cyanine dye and negatively charged quantum dot is used to construct a signal-on biaptameric quantum dot (QD) Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) beacon for protein detection and distinct aptamer characterization. The beacon comprises a pair of aptamers, one intercalated with the cyanine dye (YOYO-3) and the other conjugated to a negatively charged, carboxyl-QD. When the target protein is present, structural folding and sandwich association of the two aptamers take place...
May 18, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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