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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109185/folding-of-intrinsically-disordered-plant-lea-proteins-is-driven-by-glycerol-induced-crowding-and-the-presence-of-membranes
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Anne Bremer, Martin Wolff, Anja Thalhammer, Dirk K Hincha
Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are related to cellular dehydration tolerance. Most LEA proteins are predicted to have no stable secondary structure in solution, i.e. to be intrinsically disordered proteins (IDPs), but they may acquire α-helical structure upon drying. In the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana the LEA proteins COR15A and COR15B are highly induced upon cold treatment and are necessary for the plants to attain full freezing tolerance. Freezing leads to increased intracellular crowding due to dehydration by extracellular ice crystals...
January 21, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108865/transition-from-exponential-to-linear-photoautotrophic-growth-changes-the-physiology-of-synechocystis-sp-pcc-6803
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R M Schuurmans, J C P Matthijs, K J Hellingwerf
Phototrophic microorganisms like cyanobacteria show growth curves in batch culture that differ from the corresponding growth curves of chemotrophic bacteria. Instead of the usual three phases, i.e., lag-, log-, and stationary phase, phototrophs display four distinct phases. The extra growth phase is a phase of linear, light-limited growth that follows the exponential phase and is often ignored as being different. Results of this study demonstrate marked growth phase-dependent alterations in the photophysiology of the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp...
January 20, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108852/missing-the-target-the-neural-processing-underlying-the-omission-error
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Rinaldo Livio Perri, Donatella Spinelli, Francesco Di Russo
The omissions are infrequent errors consisting in missing responses to the target stimuli. This is the first study aimed at investigating the brain activities associated with omissions in a decision-making task. We recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) in 12 subjects which reported a suitable number of omissions in a visual go/no-go task. We investigated both the pre- and post-stimulus brain activities associated with correct and omitted trials. The electrical neuroimaging technique (BESA) was adopted to extract the anterior insula (aIns) activity associated with the prefrontal P2 component (pP2) peaking about 300 ms after the stimulus and reflecting the stimulus-response mapping process...
January 20, 2017: Brain Topography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108738/spect-and-pet-radiopharmaceuticals-for-molecular-imaging-of-apoptosis-from-bench-to-clinic
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Xiaobo Wang, Han Feng, Shichao Zhao, Junling Xu, Xinyu Wu, Jing Cui, Ying Zhang, Yuhua Qin, Zhiguo Liu, Tang Gao, Yongju Gao, Wenbin Zeng
Owing to the central role of apoptosis in many human diseases and the wide-spread application of apoptosis-based therapeutics, molecular imaging of apoptosis in clinical practice is of great interest for clinicians, and holds great promises. Based on the well-defined biochemical changes for apoptosis, a rich assortment of probes and approaches have been developed for molecular imaging of apoptosis with various imaging modalities. Among these imaging techniques, nuclear imaging (including single photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography) remains the premier clinical method owing to their high specificity and sensitivity...
January 18, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108227/cerebral-blood-flow-autoregulation-is-impaired-in-schizophrenia-a-pilot-study
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Hsiao-Lun Ku, Jiunn-Kae Wang, Hsin-Chien Lee, Timothy Joseph Lane, I-Chao Liu, Yung-Chan Chen, Yao-Tung Lee, I-Cheng Lin, Chia-Pei Lin, Chaur-Jong Hu, Nai-Fang Chi
Patients with schizophrenia have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases and higher mortality from them than does the general population; however, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Impaired cerebral autoregulation is associated with cerebrovascular diseases and their mortality. Increased or decreased cerebral blood flow in different brain regions has been reported in patients with schizophrenia, which implies impaired cerebral autoregulation. This study investigated the cerebral autoregulation in 21 patients with schizophrenia and 23 age- and sex-matched healthy controls...
January 17, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108094/metabolic-profiling-identification-of-metabolites-formed-in-mediterranean-mussels-mytilus-galloprovincialis-after-diclofenac-exposure
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Bénilde Bonnefille, Lauren Arpin-Pont, Elena Gomez, Hélène Fenet, Frédérique Courant
Despite the growing concern on the presence of pharmaceutically active compounds in the environment, few studies have been conducted on their metabolism in marine organisms. In this study, a non-targeted strategy based on the generation of chemical profiles generated by liquid chromatography combined with high resolution mass spectrometry was used to highlight metabolite production by the Mediterranean mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) after diclofenac exposure. This method allowed revealing the production of 13 metabolites in mussel tissues...
January 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108081/retention-modeling-and-retention-time-prediction-in-gas-chromatography-and-flow-modulation-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-the-contribution-of-pressure-on-solute-partition
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Antoine Burel, Marie Vaccaro, Yohann Cartigny, Séverine Tisse, Gérard Coquerel, Pascal Cardinael
This study aims at modelling and predicting solute retention in capillary Gas Chromatography (GC) and Flow Modulation comprehensive GC (FM-GCxGC). A new thermodynamic model, taking into account the effects of temperature and pressure, is proposed to describe the variation of the equilibrium partition constant of a solute during its elution. This retention model was challenged with the classical one, and both were applied to: (i) stationary phase film thickness indirect estimation; (ii) retention time (RT) prediction of a set of 11 model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) on the SLB-IL60 and DB-35MS columns, in temperature-programmed mode...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107190/radiosynthesis-and-validation-of-%C3%A2-18f-3-fluoro-2-hydroxypropionate-18f-flac-as-a-pet-tracer-of-lactate-to-monitor-mct1-dependent-lactate-uptake-in-tumors
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Vincent F Van Hée, Daniel Labar, Gwenaël Dehon, Debora Grasso, Vincent Grégoire, Giulio G Muccioli, Raphaël Frédérick, Pierre Sonveaux
Cancers develop metabolic strategies to cope with their microenvironment often characterized by hypoxia, limited nutrient bioavailability and exposure to anticancer treatments. Among these strategies, the metabolic symbiosis based on the exchange of lactate between hypoxic/glycolytic cancer cells that convert glucose to lactate and oxidative cancer cells that preferentially use lactate as an oxidative fuel optimizes the bioavailability of glucose to hypoxic cancer cells. This metabolic cooperation has been described in various human cancers and can provide resistance to anti-angiogenic therapies...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107182/the-nitrobenzoxadiazole-derivative-mc3181-blocks-melanoma-invasion-and-metastasis
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Anastasia De Luca, Debora Carpanese, Maria Cristina Rapanotti, Tara Mayte Suarez Viguria, Maria Antonietta Forgione, Dante Rotili, Chiara Fulci, Egidio Iorio, Luigi Quintieri, Sergio Chimenti, Luca Bianchi, Antonio Rosato, Anna Maria Caccuri
The novel nitrobenzoxadiazole (NBD) derivative MC3181 is endowed with remarkable therapeutic activity in mice bearing both sensitive and vemurafenib-resistant human melanoma xenografts. Here, we report that subtoxic concentrations of this compound significantly reduced invasiveness of BRAF-V600D mutated WM115 and WM266.4 melanoma cell lines derived from the primary lesion and related skin metastasis of the same patient, respectively. The strong antimetastatic activity of MC3181 was observed in both 2D monolayer cultures and 3D multicellular tumor spheroids, and confirmed in vivo by the significant decrease in the number of B16-F10 melanoma lung metastases in drug-treated mice...
January 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107105/optimised-deconjugation-of-androgenic-steroid-conjugates-in-bovine-urine
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Mikael Pedersen, Henrik L Frandsen, Jens H Andersen
After administration of steroids to animals the steroids are partially metabolised in the liver and kidney to phase 2 metabolites, i.e., glucuronic acid or sulphate conjugates. During analysis these conjugated metabolites are normally deconjugated enzymatically with aryl sulphatase and glucuronidase resulting in free steroids in the extract. It is well known that some sulphates are not deconjugated using aryl sulphatase; instead, for example, solvolysis can be used for deconjugation of these aliphatic sulphates...
January 20, 2017: Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A, Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107018/structure-wettability-and-thermal-stability-of-organic-thin-films-on-gold-generated-from-the-molecular-self-assembly-of-unsymmetrical-oligo-ethylene-glycol-spiroalkanedithiols
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Pawilai Chinwangso, Han Ju Lee, Andrew C Jamison, Maria D Marquez, Chul Soon Park, T Randall Lee
Organic thin-films on gold were prepared from a set of new, custom-designed bidentate alkanethiols possessing a mixture of normal alkane and methoxy-terminated tri(ethyleneglycol) chains. The new unsymmetrical spiroalkanedithiol adsorbates were of the form [CH3O(CH2CH2O)3(CH2)5]-[CH3(CH2)n+1]C[CH2SH]2 where n = 3 and 14; designated EG3C7-C7 and EG3C7-C18, respectively. Their corresponding self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold were characterized and compared with monothiol SAMs derived from an analogous normal alkanethiol (C18SH) and an alkanethiol terminated with an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) moiety (i...
January 20, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106990/bioconcentration-and-biotransformation-of-amitriptyline-in-gilt-head-bream
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Haizea Ziarrusta, Leire Mijangos, Urtzi Izagirre, Merle M Plassmann, Jonathan P Benskin, Eneritz Anakabe, Maitane Olivares, Olatz Zuloaga
Extensive global use of the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor Amitriptyline (AMI) for treatment of depression has led to its ubiquitous occurrence in the aquatic environment. To assess AMI bioconcentration factors, tissue distribution, and metabolite formation in fish, we exposed gilt-head bream (Spaurus aurata) to AMI in seawater for 7 days at two concentrations (0.2 µg/L and 10 µg/L). Day 7 proportional bioconcentration factors (BCFs) ranged from 6 (10 µg/L dose, muscle) to 127 (0.2 µg/L dose, brain) and were consistently larger at the low dose level...
January 20, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106788/comparison-of-gastric-versus-gastrointestinal-pbet-extractions-for-estimating-oral-bioaccessibility-of-metals-in-house-dust
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Kristina Boros, Danielle Fortin, Innocent Jayawardene, Marc Chénier, Christine Levesque, Pat E Rasmussen
Oral bioaccessibility estimates for six metals which are prevalent as contaminants in Canada (zinc, lead, cadmium, copper, nickel, and chromium) are investigated for house dust using the simple gastric phase versus the two-phase physiologically-based extraction technique (PBET). The purpose is to determine whether a complete gastrointestinal (GI) assay yields a more conservative (i.e., higher) estimate of metal bioaccessibility in house dust than the gastric phase alone (G-alone). The study samples include household vacuum dust collected from 33 homes in Montreal, Canada, plus four certified reference materials (NIST 2583, NIST 2584, NIST 2710 and NIST 2710a)...
January 18, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106433/global-symmetries-volume-independence-and-continuity-in-quantum-field-theories
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Tin Sulejmanpasic
We discuss quantum field theories with global SU(N) and O(N) symmetries for which temporal direction is compactified on a circle of size L with periodicity of fields up to a global symmetry transformation, i.e., twisted boundary conditions. Such boundary conditions correspond to an insertion of the global symmetry operator in the partition function. We argue in general and prove in particular for CP(N-1) and O(N) nonlinear sigma models that large-N volume independence holds. Further we show that the CP(N-1) theory is free from the Affleck phase transition confirming the Ünsal-Dunne continuity conjecture...
January 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106356/accuracy-of-non-invasive-hemoglobin-monitoring-by-pulse-co-oximeter-during-liver-transplantation
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Gulay Erdogan Kayhan, Yusuf Z Colak, Mukadder Sanli, Muharrem Ucar, Huseyin I Toprak
BACKGROUND: Hemoglobin level monitoring is essential during liver transplantation (LT) due to substantial blood loss. We evaluated the accuracy of noninvasive and continuous hemoglobin monitoring (SpHb) obtained by a transcutaneous spectrophotometry-based technology (Masimo Corporation, Irvine, CA) compared with conventional laboratory Hb measurement (HbL) during LT. Additionally, we made subgroup analyses for distinct surgical phases that have special features and hemodynamic problems and thus may affect the accuracy of SpHb...
January 20, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106329/multi-layered-particle-packed-column-evaluation-and-comparison-with-monolithic-and-core-shell-particle-columns-for-the-determination-of-red-azo-dyes-in-sequential-injection-chromatography
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Petr Chocholouš, Renato Gil, Carolina C Acebal, Viktor Kubala, Dalibor Šatínský, Petr Solich
A recently presented new type of "multi-layered" organic-inorganic hybrid silica particle packed column YMC-Triart C18 (50 mm × 4.6 mm, 5 μm) was used for the development of a sequential injection chromatography method for determination of five azo dyes (Sudan I, Sudan II, Sudan III, Sudan orange G and para red) in selected food seasonings. The use of a novel sorbent brings attractive features, reduced backpressure, and broader chemical stability together with high separation performance, which are discussed and compared with that of three types of columns typically used in medium-pressure flow chromatography techniques (classic monolithic, narrow monolithic and core-shell particle columns)...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106253/massive-plasmablast-response-elicited-in-the-acute-phase-of-hantavirus-pulmonary-syndrome
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Marina García, Ayelén Iglesias, Verónica I Landoni, Carla Bellomo, Agostina Bruno, María Teresa Córdoba, Luciana Balboa, Gabriela C Fernández, María Del Carmen Sasiain, Valeria P Martínez, Pablo Schierloh
Beside its key diagnostic value, the humoral immune response is thought to play a protective role in Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome (HPS). However, little is known about the cell source of these antibodies during ongoing human infection. Herein we characterized B cell subsets circulating in Andes virus-infected patients. A notable potent plasmablast (PB) response that increased 100-fold over the baseline levels was observed around one week after the onset of symptoms. These PB present a CD3(neg) CD19(low) CD20(neg) CD38(hi) CD27(hi) CD138(+/-) IgA(+/-) surface phenotype together with the presence of cytoplasmic functional immunoglobulins...
January 20, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106191/the-frequency-dependent-response-of-single-aerosol-particles-to-vapour-phase-oscillations-and-its-application-in-measuring-diffusion-coefficients
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Thomas C Preston, James F Davies, Kevin R Wilson
A new method for measuring diffusion in the condensed phase of single aerosol particles is proposed and demonstrated. The technique is based on the frequency-dependent response of a binary particle to oscillations in the vapour phase of one of its chemical components. We discuss how this physical situation allows for what would typically be a non-linear boundary value problem to be approximately reduced to a linear boundary value problem. For the case of aqueous aerosol particles, we investigate the accuracy of the closed-form analytical solution to this linear problem through a comparison with the numerical solution of the full problem...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106131/hif-1%C3%AE-induction-during-reperfusion-avoids-maladaptive-repair-after-renal-ischemia-reperfusion-involving-mir127-3p
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Elisa Conde, Sara Giménez-Moyano, Laura Martín-Gómez, Macarena Rodríguez, M Edurne Ramos, Elia Aguado-Fraile, Ignacio Blanco-Sanchez, Ana Saiz, María Laura García-Bermejo
Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) leads to Acute Kidney Injury. HIF-1α is a key factor during organ response to I/R. We previously demonstrated that HIF-1α is induced during renal reperfusion, after ischemia. Here we investigate the role of HIF-1α and the HIF-1α dependent mechanisms in renal repair after ischemia. By interference of HIF-1α in a rat model of renal I/R, we observed loss of expression and mis-localization of e-cadherin and induction of α-SMA, MMP-13, TGFβ, and collagen I. Moreover, we demonstrate that HIF-1α inhibition promotes renal cell infiltrates by inducing IL-1β, TNF-α, MCP-1 and VCAM-1, through NFkB activity...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
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