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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938435/the-role-of-sequential-bmp-signaling-in-directing-human-embryonic-stem-cells-to-bipotential-gonadal-cells
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Kirsi Sepponen, Karolina Lundin, Katri Knuus, Pia Väyrynen, Taneli Raivio, Juha S Tapanainen, Timo Tuuri
Context: Human gonads arise as a pair of epithelial ridges on the surface of intermediate mesoderm (IM)-derived mesonephros. Toxic environmental factors and mutations in various genes are known to disturb normal gonadal development, but due to a lack of suitable in vitro models, detailed studies characterizing the molecular basis of the observed defects have not been performed. Objective: Our objective was to establish an in vitro method for studying differentiation of bipotential gonadal progenitors using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs), and to investigate the role of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) in gonadal differentiation...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938203/green-synthesis-biological-and-spectroscopic-study-on-the-interaction-of-multi-component-mannich-bases-of-imidazo-2-1-b-benzothiazoles-with-human-serum-albumin
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Swetha K Maddili, Leela Prasad Yandrati, Shakuntala Siddam, Vijaya Kumar Kannekanti, Himabindu Gandham
A series of Mannich bases of imidazo[2, l-b]benzothiazoles were prepared through one-pot multi-component reaction in the presence of water as an eco-friendly solvent. All the synthesized compounds were confirmed from IR, (1)HNMR, (13)CNMR, and Mass spectroscopy. Evaluation of in vitro anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial activities of all the synthesized derivatives was further accomplished. These results clearly displayed that compound 6d exhibited outstanding anti-inflammatory activity with a percentage inhibition of 70...
August 19, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938188/induction-of-heme-oxygenas-1-attenuates-nlrp3-inflammasome-activation-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-mastitis-in-mice
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Hu Xiaoyu, Hongbin Si, Shumin Li, Wenqing Wang, Jian Guo, Yanyi Li, Yongguo Cao, Yunhe Fu, Naisheng Zhang
Mastitis is one of most prevalent production disease in dairy herds worldwide, and is responsible for enormous economic losses. Heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) is a cytoprotective enzyme, which is involved in the response to oxidative stress and inflammatory response. The purpose of this study was to detect the protective effect of HO-1 on LPS-induced mastitis in mice. BALB/c mice were pretreated with hemin (HO-1 inducer) and zinc protoporphyrin (ZnPP; HO-1 inhibitor) at 2h before LPS stimulation. The results showed that the mammary gland damage, production of inflammatory cytokines IL-1β, and MPO activity in mammary gland tissues were significantly reduced after pretreated with hemin compared with the group of LPS stimulation only...
September 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938145/six-scalemic-mixtures-of-6-monosubstituted-dihydrobenzophenanthridine-alkaloids-from-chelidonium-majus-and-optically-active-structures-of-enantiomers
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An-Jun Deng, Hai-Jing Zhang, Qian Li, Zhi-Hong Li, Zhi-Hui Zhang, Lian-Qiu Wu, Li Li, Hai-Lin Qin
Six pairs of previously undescribed 6-monosubstituted dihydrobenzophenanthridine alkaloids were separated as corresponding six scalemic mixtures from the aerial part of Chelidonium majus. The elucidation for the 2D structures of these alkaloids was achieved using regular spectroscopic and chemical methods. The assignment of scalemic-mixture nature was achieved using combined examinations of their NMR data, CD spectra, calculation of specific rotations, and chiral HPLC profiles. The identification for the relative configurations of alkaloids possessing two asymmetric carbons directly connected up by a rotatable sp(3)-sp(3) carbon-carbon single bond was significantly facilitated by discussing the erythro and threo relative configurations defined by the mutuality of the orders of decreasing steric hindrances between the two sets of ligands linked to the two chiral centers...
September 19, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938074/native-electron-capture-dissociation-maps-to-iron-binding-channels-in-horse-spleen-ferritin
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Owen S Skinner, Michael O McAnally, Richard P Van Duyne, George C Schatz, Kathrin Breuker, Philip D Compton, Neil L Kelleher
Native electron capture dissociation (NECD) is a process during which proteins undergo fragmentation similar to that from radical dissociation methods, but without the addition of exogenous electrons. However, after three initial reports of NECD from the cytochrome c dimer complex, no further evidence of the effect has been published. Here, we report NECD behavior from horse spleen ferritin, a ~490 kDa protein complex ~20-fold larger than the previously studied cytochrome c dimer. Application of front-end infrared excitation (FIRE) in conjunction with low- and high-m/z quadrupole isolation and collisionally activated dissociation (CAD) provides new insights into the NECD mechanism...
September 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938067/a-single-chain-photoswitchable-crispr-cas9-architecture-for-light-inducible-gene-editing-and-transcription
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Xin X Zhou, Xinzhi Zou, Hokyung K Chung, Yuchen Gao, Yanxia Liu, Lei S Qi, Michael Z Lin
Optical control of CRISPR-Cas9-derived proteins would be useful for restricting gene editing or transcriptional regulation to desired times and places. Optical control of Cas9 functions has been achieved with photouncageable unnatural amino acids or by using light-induced protein interactions to reconstitute Cas9-mediated functions from two polypeptides. However, these methods have only been applied to one Cas9 species and have not been used for optical control of different perturbations at two genes. Here, we use photodissociable dimeric fluorescent protein domains to engineer single-chain photoswitchable Cas9 (ps-Cas9) proteins in which the DNA-binding cleft is occluded at baseline and opened upon illumination...
September 22, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937972/a-risk-factor-analysis-of-cognitive-impairment-in-elderly-patients-with-chronic-diseases-in-a-chinese-population
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Ye Li, Xiang Fang, Wei-Gang Zhao, Yan Chen, Shi-Lian Hu
BACKGROUND This study analyzed the risk factors of cognitive impairment (CI) in elderly patients with chronic diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS In total of 385 elderly patients with chronic diseases were selected and assigned into CI and normal groups. The activities of daily living (ADL), global deterioration scale (GDS), Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Montreal Cognitive Assessment Scale (MoCA), patient-generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA), and mini nutritional assessment (MNA) were performed to analyze the differences between the 2 groups...
September 22, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937963/ki67-and-lymphocytes-in-the-pretherapeutic-core-biopsy-of-primary-invasive-breast-cancer-positive-markers-of-therapy-response-prediction-and-superior-survival
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Claus M Schlotter, Lothar Tietze, Ulf Vogt, Carlos Villena Heinsen, Antje Hahn
Background Core needle biopsy plays a crucial role as diagnostic tool for BC. Both Ki67 and likely tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in the near future are determining the kind of systemic therapy. The role of TILs in BC is still an issue for clinical research, albeit preliminary results of neoadjuvant and adjuvant clinical studies already now highlight the crucial impact of TILs on therapy response and survival. Methods Evaluation of related publications (pubmed) and meeting abstracts (ASCO, SABCS). Results The monoclonal antibody Ki67 recognizing a nuclear antigene in proliferating cells is a positive marker of therapy response and superior survival...
September 22, 2017: Hormone Molecular Biology and Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937913/dietary-euphorbia-hirta-extract-improved-the-resistance-of-african-catfish-clarias-gariepinus-to-aeromonas-hydrophila
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Atefeh Sheikhlar, Goh Yong Meng, Razak Alimon, Nicholas Romano, Mahdi Ebrahimi
Aqueous and methanol extracts of lemon (Citrus lemon) peel, Euphorbia hirta (aerial parts) and fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) seeds were tested for their in vitro antimicrobial activities against the bacterium Aeromonas hydrophila. A swab paper disk method showed the methanol extract of E. hirta (EHE) had the largest inhibition zone and the lowest minimal inhibitory concentration compared to all other herbal extracts. Based on these results, EHE was included in the diets of African catfish (Clarias gariepinus) at 0 (control), 2, 5 or 7 g/kg diet (experiment 1)...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Aquatic Animal Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937889/clinical-evaluation-of-ozone-on-dentinal-lesions-in-young-permanent-molars-using-the-stepwise-excavation
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Osama Safwat, Mona Elkateb, Karin Dowidar, Omar El Meligy
AIM: To evaluate the clinical changes in dentin of deep carious lesions in young permanent molars, following ozone application with and without the use of a remineralizing solution, using the stepwise excavation. STUDY DESIGN: The sample included 162 first permanent immature molars, showing deep occlusal carious cavities that were indicated for indirect pulp capping. Teeth were divided into 2 main groups according to the method of ozone treatment. Each group was further subdivided equally into test and control subgroups...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937834/a-child-centered-method-of-interviewing-children-with-movement-impairments
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Parimala S Kanagasabai, Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Leigh A Hale, Hilda Mulligan
AIMS: Children are increasingly included in qualitative research and new methods for interviewing children are emerging. The aim of this article is to describe and discuss the strategies of a child-centered method of data collection for interviewing children with movement impairments to explore their leisure participation experiences. METHODS: A study was conducted using an Interpretative Phenomenological Approach (IPA) to explore leisure participation experiences of children with movement impairments aged 6 to 12 years...
September 22, 2017: Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937648/separation-and-enrichment-of-lectin-from-zihua-snap-bean-phaseolus-vulgaris-seeds-by-peg-600-ammonium-sulfate-aqueous-two-phase-system
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Bin Jiang, Yongqiang Yuan, Xiaoqing Zhang, Zhibiao Feng, Chunhong Liu
A fast and efficient method based on a polyethylene glycol (PEG) 600/(NH₄)₂SO₄ aqueous two-phase system for extracting lectin from Zihua snap-bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) seeds was established. According to a Box-Behnken design (BBD), involving four factors at three levels each subjected to analysis of variance (ANOVA) and response surface analysis, the protein recovery and the purification factor of lectin in the top phase were used as the response values of the variance analysis to acquire the multivariate quadratic regression model...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937647/identification-of-dna-binding-proteins-using-mixed-feature-representation-methods
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Kaiyang Qu, Ke Han, Song Wu, Guohua Wang, Leyi Wei
DNA-binding proteins play vital roles in cellular processes, such as DNA packaging, replication, transcription, regulation, and other DNA-associated activities. The current main prediction method is based on machine learning, and its accuracy mainly depends on the features extraction method. Therefore, using an efficient feature representation method is important to enhance the classification accuracy. However, existing feature representation methods cannot efficiently distinguish DNA-binding proteins from non-DNA-binding proteins...
September 22, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937636/enhanced-photocatalytic-activity-of-nabh%C3%A2-reduced-bifeo%C3%A2-nanoparticles-for-rhodamine-b-decolorization
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Lijing Di, Hua Yang, Tao Xian, Xiujuan Chen
In this work, oxygen vacancies were introduced onto the surface of BiFeO₃ nanoparticles by NaBH₄ reduction method to yield oxygen-deficient BiFeO3-x samples. Comprehensive analysis on the basis of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) observation and X-ray photoelectron spectrum (XPS) confirms the existence of surface oxygen vacancies on the BiFeO3-x nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activity of as-prepared BiFeO3-x samples was evaluated by the decolorization of rhodamine B (RhB) under simulated sunlight irradiation...
September 22, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937285/assessment-of-automatic-segmentation%C3%A2-of-teeth-using%C3%A2-a-watershed-based-method
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Antoine Galibourg, Jean Dumoncel, Norbert Telmon, Adèle Calvet, Jérôme Michetti, Delphine Maret
OBJECTIVES: Tooth 3D automatic segmentation (AS) is being actively developed in research and clinical fields. Here, we assess the effect of automatic segmentation using a watershed-based method on the accuracy and reproducibility of 3D reconstructions in volumetric measurements by comparing it with a semi-automatic (SAS) method that has already been validated. METHODS: The study sample comprised 52 teeth, scanned with micro computed tomography (micro CT) (41µm voxel size) and cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) (76 ; 200 and 300 µm voxel size)...
September 21, 2017: Dento Maxillo Facial Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937247/amino-acid-concentrations-and-protein-metabolism-of-two-types-of-rat-skeletal-muscle-in-postprandial-state-and-after-brief-starvation
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M Holeček, S Mičuda
We have investigated amino acid concentrations and protein metabolism in musculus extensor digitorum longus (EDL, fast-twitch, white muscle) and musculus soleus (SOL, slow-twitch, red muscle) of rats sacrificed in the fed state or after one day of starvation. Fractional protein synthesis rates (FRPS) were measured using the flooding dose method (L-[3,4,5-3H]phenylalanine). Activities of two major proteolytic systems in muscle (the ubiquitin-proteasome and lysosomal) were examined by measurement of chymotrypsin like activity of proteasome (CTLA), expression of ubiquitin ligases atrogin-1 and muscle-ring-finger-1 (MuRF-1), and cathepsin B and L activities...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937241/preejection-period-as-a-sympathetic-activity-index-a-role-of-confounding-factors
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J Krohova, B Czippelova, Z Turianikova, Z Lazarova, I Tonhajzerova, M Javorka
In previous studies, one of the systolic time intervals - preejection period (PEP) - was used as an index of sympathetic activity reflecting the cardiac contractility. However, PEP could be also influenced by several other cardiovascular variables including preload, afterload and diastolic blood pressure (DBP). The aim of this study was to assess the behavior of the PEP together with other potentially confounding cardiovascular system characteristics in healthy humans during mental and orthostatic stress (head-up tilt test - HUT)...
September 22, 2017: Physiological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937217/visible-light-mediated-aerobic-oxidation-of-n-alkylpyridinium-salts-under-organic-photocatalysis
#18
Yunhe Jin, Lunyu Ou, Haijun Yang, Hua Fu
Quinolones and isoquinolones exhibit diverse biological and pharmaceutical activities, and their synthesis is highly desirable under mild conditions. Here, a highly efficient and environmentally friendly visible light-mediated aerobic oxidation of readily available N-alkylpyridinium salts has been developed with Eosin Y as the organic photocatalyst and air as the terminal oxidant, and the reaction provided quinolones and isoquinolones in good yields. The method shows numerous advantages including mild and environmentally friendly conditions, high efficiency, tolerance of wide functional groups and low cost...
September 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937207/a-facile-and-sensitive-method-for-protein-kinase-a-activity-assay-based-on-fluorescent-off-on-polyu-peptide-assembly
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Yanhui Xu, Wen Shi, Xinyuan He, Xiaofeng Wu, Xiaohua Li, Huimin Ma
Phosphorylation mediated by protein kinases plays a pivotal role in metabolic and cell-signaling processes, and the dysfunction of protein kinases such as protein kinase A (PKA) may induce several human diseases. Therefore it is of great significance to develop a facile and effective method for PKA activity assay and high-throughput screening of inhibitors. Herein, we develop a new fluorescent off-on method for PKA assay based on the assembly of anionic polyuridylic acid (polyU) and cationic fluorescent peptide...
September 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937161/cold-sprayed-wo3-and-tio2-electrodes-for-photoelectrochemical-water-and-methanol-oxidation-in-renewable-energy-applications
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Christoph Haisch, Jenny Schneider, Manuel Fleisch, Henning Gutzmann, Thomas Klassen, Detlef W Bahnemann
Films prepared by cold spray have potential applications as photoanodes in electrochemical water splitting and waste water purification. In the present study cold sprayed photoelectrodes produced with WO3 (active under visible light illumination) and TiO2 (active under UV illumination) on titanium metal substrates were investigated as photoanodes for the oxidation of water and methanol, respectively. Methanol was chosen as organic model pollutant in acidic electrolytes. Main advantages of the cold sprayed photoelectrodes are the improved metal-semiconductor junctions and the superior mechanical stability...
September 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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