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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527389/dynamics-of-dissolved-organic-matter-in-riverine-sediments-affected-by-weir-impoundments-production-benthic-flux-and-environmental-implications
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Meilian Chen, Sung-Han Kim, Heon-Jae Jung, Jung-Ho Hyun, Jung Hyun Choi, Hyo-Jin Lee, In-Ae Huh, Jin Hur
In order to understand the characteristics and dynamics of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in the sediment of rivers affected by impoundments, we examined the vertical profiles and the benthic fluxes of DOM in four different core sediments located at upstream sites of weirs in major rivers of South Korea. In three out of four sites, exponential accumulation of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) with depth was observed with the signature of seasonal variability. Except for the site displaying a below-detection limit of Fe(II), the general accumulation trends of DOC with depth was concurrent with the increases of Fe(II) and NH4(+) and the decrease of PO4(3-), signifying a close linkage of the DOM dynamics with anaerobic respiration via iron reduction, an important early diagenesis pathway...
May 12, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527321/short-term-exposure-to-gold-nanoparticle-suspension-impairs-swimming-behavior-in-a-widespread-calanoid-copepod
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François-Gaël Michalec, Markus Holzner, Alexandre Barras, Anne-Sophie Lacoste, Loïc Brunet, Jae-Seong Lee, Christian Slomianny, Rabah Boukherroub, Sami Souissi
Calanoid copepods play an important role in the functioning of marine and brackish ecosystems. Information is scarce on the behavioral toxicity of engineered nanoparticles to these abundant planktonic organisms. We assessed the effects of short-term exposure to nonfunctionalized gold nanoparticles on the swimming behavior of the widespread estuarine copepod Eurytemora affinis. By means of three-dimensional particle tracking velocimetry, we reconstructed the trajectories of males, ovigerous and non-ovigerous females...
May 17, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527217/protein-phosphorylation-is-a-key-mechanism-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Joana Oliveira, Márcio Costa, Maria Soares Cachide de Almeida, Odete A B da Cruz E Silva, Ana Gabriela Henriques
Altered protein phosphorylation states of several proteins are closely associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). Among these are the amyloid-β precursor protein (AβPP) and the tau protein. In fact, altered protein phosphorylation states already provide strong biomarkers for AD diagnosis, as is the case with hyperphosphorylated tau. It follows that modulating signaling cascades provides an attractive avenue for exploring novel therapeutic strategies. This review focuses on some of the major protein kinases and protein phosphatases relevant to AD...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526790/post-epizootic-persistence-of-asymptomatic-mycoplasma-conjunctivae-infection-in-iberian-ibex
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Xavier Fernández-Aguilar, Oscar Cabezón, José Enrique Granados, Joachim Frey, Emmanuel Serrano, Roser Velarde, Francisco Javier Cano-Manuel, Gregorio Mentaberre, Arián Ráez-Bravo, Paulino Fandos, Jorge Ramón López-Olvera
The susceptibility of Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) to Mycoplasma conjunctivae ocular infection and the changes in their interaction over time were studied in terms of clinical outcome, molecular detection and IgG immune response in a captive population that underwent a severe infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC) outbreak. Mycoplasma conjunctivae was detected for the first time in the Iberian ibexes coinciding with the IKC outbreak. Its prevalence had a decreasing trend in 2013 that was consistent with the clinical resolution (August 35...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526627/dynamic-fatigue-measurement-of-human-erythrocytes-using-dielectrophoresis
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Yuhao Qiang, Jia Liu, E Du
Erythrocytes must undergo severe deformation to pass through narrow capillaries and submicronic splenic slits for several hundred thousand times in their normal lifespan. Studies of erythrocyte biomechanics have been mainly focused on cell deformability and rheology measured from a single application of stress and mostly under a static or quasi-static state using classical biomechanical techniques, such as optical tweezers and micropipette aspiration. Dynamic behavior of erythrocytes in response to cyclic stresses that contributes to the membrane failure in blood circulation is not fully understood...
May 16, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526563/live-cell-imaging-and-analysis-of-lipid-droplets-biogenesis-in-hcv-infected-cells
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Inbar Nevo-Yassaf, Marcos Lovelle, Yaacov Nahmias, Koret Hirschberg, Ella H Sklan
Lipid droplets (LDs) are regulated neutral lipid storage organelles having a central role in numerous cellular processes as well as in various pathologies such as metabolic disorders, immune responses and during pathogen infection. Several viruses were found to use the interface between the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) and LDs as the site for replication and assembly. Due to the growing significance of LDs, extensive efforts are made to study the mechanism and the dynamics of their formation and life history and how are these diverted or modified by pathogens...
May 16, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526561/mitochondrial-contact-site-and-cristae-organizing-system-a-central-player-in-membrane-shaping-and-crosstalk
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Florian Wollweber, Karina von der Malsburg, Martin van der Laan
Mitochondria are multifunctional metabolic factories and integrative signaling organelles of eukaryotic cells. The structural basis for their numerous functions is a complex and dynamic double-membrane architecture. The outer membrane connects mitochondria to the cytosol and other organelles. The inner membrane is composed of a boundary region and highly folded cristae membranes. The evolutionarily conserved mitochondrial contact site and cristae organizing system (MICOS) connects the two inner membrane domains via formation and stabilization of crista junction structures...
May 16, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526560/limb-flexion-induced-axial-compression-and-bending-in-human-femoropopliteal-artery-segments
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William Poulson, Alexey Kamenskiy, Andreas Seas, Paul Deegan, Carol Lomneth, Jason MacTaggart
BACKGROUND: High failure rates of femoropopliteal artery (FPA) interventions are often attributed in part to severe mechanical deformations that occur with limb movement. Axial compression and bending of the FPA likely play significant roles in FPA disease development and reconstruction failure, but these deformations are poorly characterized. The goal of this study was to quantify axial compression and bending of human FPAs that are placed in positions commonly assumed during the normal course of daily activities...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526536/trastuzumab-emtansine-versus-capecitabine-plus-lapatinib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-her2-positive-advanced-breast-cancer-emilia-a-descriptive-analysis-of-final-overall-survival-results-from-a-randomised-open-label-phase-3-trial
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Véronique Diéras, David Miles, Sunil Verma, Mark Pegram, Manfred Welslau, José Baselga, Ian E Krop, Kim Blackwell, Silke Hoersch, Jin Xu, Marjorie Green, Luca Gianni
BACKGROUND: The antibody-drug conjugate trastuzumab emtansine is indicated for the treatment of patients with HER2-positive metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane. Approval of this drug was based on progression-free survival and interim overall survival data from the phase 3 EMILIA study. In this report, we present a descriptive analysis of the final overall survival data from that trial. METHODS: EMILIA was a randomised, international, open-label, phase 3 study of men and women aged 18 years or older with HER2-positive unresectable, locally advanced or metastatic breast cancer previously treated with trastuzumab and a taxane...
May 16, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526435/the-bidirectional-gut-brain-microbiota-axis-as-a-potential-nexus-between-traumatic-brain-injury-inflammation-and-disease
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Mark H Sundman, Nan-Kuei Chen, Vignesh Subbian, Ying-Hui Chou
As head injuries and their sequelae have become an increasingly salient matter of public health, experts in the field have made great progress elucidating the biological processes occurring within the brain at the moment of injury and throughout the recovery thereafter. Given the extraordinary rate at which our collective knowledge of neurotrauma has grown, new insights may be revealed by examining the existing literature across disciplines with a new perspective. This article will aim to expand the scope of this rapidly evolving field of research beyond the confines of the central nervous system (CNS)...
May 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526279/an-emerging-role-for-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-schizophrenia
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Kyle H Flippo, Stefan Strack
Abnormal brain development has long been thought to contribute to the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Impaired dendritic arborization, synaptogenesis, and long term potentiation and memory have been demonstrated in animal models of schizophrenia. In addition to aberrant nervous system development, altered brain metabolism and mitochondrial function has long been observed in schizophrenic patients. Single nucleotide polymorphisms in the mitochondrial genome as well as impaired mitochondrial function have both been associated with increased risk for developing schizophrenia...
May 16, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526134/molecular-biology-digest-of-cell-mitophagy
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I Matic, D Strobbe, F Di Guglielmo, M Campanella
The homeostasis of eukaryotic cells relies on efficient mitochondrial function. The control of mitochondrial quality is framed by the combination of distinct but interdependent mechanisms spanning biogenesis, regulation of dynamic network, and finely tuned degradation either through ubiquitin-proteasome system or autophagy (mitophagy). There is continuous evolution on the pathways orchestrating the mitochondrial response to stress signals and the organelle adaptation to quality control during acute and subtle dysfunctions...
2017: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526122/uptake-of-dissolved-inorganic-and-organic-nitrogen-by-the-benthic-toxic-dinoflagellate-ostreopsis-cf-ovata
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Cécile Jauzein, Douglas Couet, Thierry Blasco, Rodolphe Lemée
Environmental factors that shape dynamics of benthic toxic blooms are largely unknown. In particular, for the toxic dinoflagellate Ostreopsis cf. ovata, the importance of the availability of nutrients and the contribution of the inorganic and organic pools to growth need to be quantified in marine coastal environments. The present study aimed at characterizing N-uptake of dissolved inorganic and organic sources by O. cf. ovata cells, using the (15)N-labelling technique. Experiments were conducted taking into account potential interactions between nutrient uptake systems as well as variations with the diel cycle...
May 2017: Harmful Algae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526091/a-pre-therapeutic-coating-for-medical-devices-that-prevents-the-attachment-of-candida-albicans
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Diego Vargas-Blanco, Aung Lynn, Jonah Rosch, Rony Noreldin, Anthony Salerni, Christopher Lambert, Reeta P Rao
BACKGROUND: Hospital acquired fungal infections are defined as "never events"-medical errors that should never have happened. Systemic Candida albicans infections results in 30-50% mortality rates. Typically, adhesion to abiotic medical devices and implants initiates such infections. Efficient adhesion initiates formation of aggressive biofilms that are difficult to treat. Therefore, inhibitors of adhesion are important for drug development and likely to have a broad spectrum efficacy against many fungal pathogens...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525957/determining-dominant-driving-forces-affecting-controlled-protein-release-from-polymeric-nanoparticles
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Josh Smith, Kayla G Sprenger, Rick Liao, Andrea Joseph, Elizabeth Nance, Jim Pfaendtner
Enzymes play a critical role in many applications in biology and medicine as potential therapeutics. One specific area of interest is enzyme encapsulation in polymer nanostructures, which have applications in drug delivery and catalysis. A detailed understanding of the mechanisms governing protein/polymer interactions is crucial for optimizing the performance of these complex systems for different applications. Using a combined computational and experimental approach, this study aims to quantify the relative importance of molecular and mesoscale driving forces to protein release from polymeric nanoparticles...
May 19, 2017: Biointerphases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525956/aggregation-induced-emission-fluorogens-light-cells-via-microtubules-accessing-the-mechanisms-of-intracellular-trafficking-of-ionic-substances
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Shixin Zhou, Yijun Xia, Yinan Liu, Qihua He, Bo Song
Understanding the enrichment and intracellular trafficking of substances is centrally important to the biological systems. Here, employing an amphiphilic molecule (denoted by TPE-11) bearing tetraphenylethene moiety, known for aggregation induced emission property, we demonstrated its localization shifting in Hela cells after prolonged incubation. Through a set of delicately designed experiments, we found that one type of cytoskeleton, i.e. microtubule, is responsible for the intracellular transportation regardless of the sources of fluorogens, via endocytosis pathways or not...
May 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525849/novel-photoelectrochemical-immunosensor-for-disease-related-protein-assisted-by-hemin-g-quadruplex-based-dnazyme-on-gold-nanoparticles-to-enhance-cathodic-photocurrent-on-p-cubi2o4-semiconductor
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Shuzhen Lv, Kangyao Zhang, Zhenzhen Lin, Dianping Tang
A novel p-type semiconductor material (p-CuBi2O4) is designed for the construction of split-type photoelectrochemical (PEC) immunosensor for alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) with the hemin assistant to enhance the cathodic photocurrent. Initially, the photocathode of PEC immunosensor is fabricated by p-CuBi2O4 on a layer of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs, as a front contact of p-CuBi2O4) to enhance the efficiency of charge separation. In the presence of target AFP, a sandwich-type immunoreaction was carried out in capture antibody-coated microplate by using detection antibody and hemin-based G-quadruplex (labeled on the AuNP) as the signal probe...
May 13, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525642/dynamics-of-sequestration-based-gene-regulatory-cascades
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Tatenda Shopera, William R Henson, Tae Seok Moon
Gene regulatory cascades are ubiquitous in biology. Because regulatory cascades are integrated within complex networks, their quantitative analysis is challenging in native systems. Synthetic biologists have gained quantitative insights into the properties of regulatory cascades by building simple circuits, but sequestration-based regulatory cascades remain relatively unexplored. Particularly, it remains unclear how the cascade components collectively control the output dynamics. Here, we report the construction and quantitative analysis of the longest sequestration-based cascade in Escherichia coli...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525396/gold-nanoparticle-mediated-graphene-plasmon-for-broadband-enhanced-infrared-spectroscopy
#19
Lilan Peng, Lei Zhang, Jian Yuan, Chen Chen, Qiaoliang Bao, Chengwei Qiu, Kai Zhang, Zeping Peng
Graphene plasmonics, with dynamic tunable resonance wavelength, has been successfully used in broadband plasmon-enhanced infrared spectroscopy. However, the requirement for external voltage loading makes the practical application sophisticated. In this work, the hybrid structure of graphene nanodot array (GNA) and gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) has been proposed as a passive platform for broadband infrared absorption enhancement. Numerical simulations show that the plasmon resonance peak of GNA becomes stiffer and broader when introducing AuNPs, and this is also proved by experimental results that the vibrational modes of PEO molecule in a broad spectral range can be simultaneously enhanced...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525260/three-dimensional-visualization-and-characterization-of-polymeric-self-assemblies-by-transmission-electron-microtomography
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Hiroshi Jinnai, Takeshi Higuchi, Xiaodong Zhuge, Akihito Kumamoto, Kees Joost Batenburg, Yuichi Ikuhara
Self-assembling structures and their dynamical processes in polymeric systems have been investigated using three-dimensional transmission electron microscopy (3D-TEM). Block copolymers (BCPs) self-assemble into nanoscale periodic structures called microphase-separated structures, a deep understanding of which is important for creating nanomaterials with superior physical properties, such as high-performance membranes with well-defined pore size and high-density data storage media. Because microphase-separated structures have become increasingly complicated with advances in precision polymerization, characterizing these complex morphologies is becoming increasingly difficult...
May 19, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
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