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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438011/electrical-and-optical-properties-of-au-catalyzed-gaas-nanowires-grown-on-si-111-substrate-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Chiu-Yen Wang, Yu-Chen Hong, Zong-Jie Ko, Ya-Wen Su, Jin-Hua Huang
In this study, defect-free zinc blende GaAs nanowires on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth are systematically studied through Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. The morphology, density, and crystal structure of GaAs nanowires were investigated as a function of substrate temperature, growth time, and As/Ga flux ratio during MBE growth, as well as the thickness, annealing time, and annealing temperature of Au film using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437437/use-of-short-interfering-rna-delivered-by-cationic-liposomes-to-enable-efficient-down-regulation-of-ptpn22-gene-in-human-t-lymphocytes
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Valentina Perri, Marsha Pellegrino, Francesca Ceccacci, Anita Scipioni, Stefania Petrini, Elena Gianchecchi, Anna Lo Russo, Serena De Santis, Giovanna Mancini, Alessandra Fierabracci
Type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease are T cell-dependent autoimmune endocrinopathies. The standard substitutive administration of the deficient hormones does not halt the autoimmune process; therefore, development of immunotherapies aiming to preserve the residual hormonal cells, is of crucial importance. PTPN22 C1858T mutation encoding for the R620W lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase variant, plays a potential pathophysiological role in autoimmunity. The PTPN22 encoded protein Lyp is a negative regulator of T cell antigen receptor signaling; R620W variant, leading to a gain of function with paradoxical reduced T cell activation, may represent a valid therapeutic target...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437167/the-fgvps39-fgvam7-fgsso1-complex-mediates-vesicle-trafficking-and-is-important-for-the-development-and-virulence-of-fusarium-graminearum
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Bing Li, Luping Liu, Ying Li, Xin Dong, Haifeng Zhang, Huaigu Chen, Xiaobo Zheng, Zhengguang Zhang
Vesicle trafficking is an important event in eukaryotic organisms. Many proteins and lipids transported between different organelles or compartments are essential for survival. These processes are mediated by soluble N-ethylmaleimide-sensitive factor attachment protein receptor (SNARE) proteins, Rab-GTPases, and multisubunit tethering complexes such as class C core vacuole or endosome tethering and homotypic fusion or vacuole protein sorting (HOPS). Our previous study has demonstrated that FgVam7, which encodes a SNARE protein involving in vesicle trafficking, plays crucial roles in growth, asexual or sexual development, deoxynivalenol production, and pathogenicity in Fusarium graminearum...
April 24, 2017: Molecular Plant-microbe Interactions: MPMI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436482/pathospotter-k-a-computational-tool-for-the-automatic-identification-of-glomerular-lesions-in-histological-images-of-kidneys
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George O Barros, Brenda Navarro, Angelo Duarte, Washington L C Dos-Santos
PathoSpotter is a computational system designed to assist pathologists in teaching about and researching kidney diseases. PathoSpotter-K is the version that was developed to detect nephrological lesions in digital images of kidneys. Here, we present the results obtained using the first version of PathoSpotter-K, which uses classical image processing and pattern recognition methods to detect proliferative glomerular lesions with an accuracy of 88.3 ± 3.6%. Such performance is only achieved by similar systems if they use images of cell in contexts that are much less complex than the glomerular structure...
April 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436227/it-takes-two-to-tango-double-layer-selective-contacts-in-perovskite-solar-cells-for-improved-device-performance-and-reduced-hysteresis
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Lukas Kegelmann, Christian M Wolff, Celline Awino Omondi, Felix Lang, Eva Lisa Unger, Lars Korte, Thomas Dittrich, Dieter Neher, Bernd Rech, Steve Albrecht
Solar cells made from inorganic-organic perovskites gradually approach market requirements as efficiency and stability improved tremendously in recent years. Planar low-temperature processed perovskite solar cells are advantageous for a possible large-scale production but are more prone to exhibit photocurrent hysteresis, especially in the regular n-i-p structure. Here, a systematic characterization of different electron selective contacts with a variety of chemical and electrical properties in planar n-i-p devices processed below 180 °C is presented...
April 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436005/fast-and-reliable-strain-characterization-of-streptomyces-lividans-through-micro-scale-cultivation
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Joachim Koepff, Matthias Keller, C Konstantinos Tsolis, Tobias Busche, Christian Rückert, Mohamed B Hamed, Jozef Anné, Joern Kalinowski, Wolfgang Wiechert, Anastassios Economou, Marco Oldiges
Filamentous organisms of the genus Streptomyces play an important role in industrial production processes, due to their extensive secondary metabolism variability, as well as their ability to secrete efficiently large amounts of (heterologous) proteins. While genetic engineering tools are available to rapidly build up large strain libraries, the subsequent strain screening and bioprocess development still constitutes a bottleneck. This is due to the lack of reliable parallelized and accelerated cultivation techniques for morphologically challenging organisms...
April 24, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435268/biocompatible-nanoemulsions-based-on-hemp-oil-and-less-surfactants-for-oral-delivery-of-baicalein-with-enhanced-bioavailability
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Juntao Yin, Cuiyu Xiang, Peiqing Wang, Yuyun Yin, Yantao Hou
Baicalein (BCL) possesses high pharmacological activities but low solubility and stability in the intestinal tract. This study aimed to probe the potential of nanoemulsions (NEs) consisting of hemp oil and less surfactants in ameliorating the oral bioavailability of BCL. BCL-loaded NEs (BCL-NEs) were prepared by high-pressure homogenization technique to reduce the amount of surfactants. BCL-NEs were characterized by particle size, entrapment efficiency (EE), in vitro drug release, and morphology. Bioavailability was studied in Sprague-Dawley rats following oral administration of BCL suspensions, BCL conventional emulsions, and BCL-NEs...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434778/live-birth-potential-of-good-morphology-and-vitrified-blastocysts-presenting-abnormal-cell-divisions
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Antonino Azzarello, Thomas Hoest, Anders Hay-Schmidt, Anne Lis Mikkelsen
This study included 238 good morphology blastocysts, which were transferred after vitrification-warming to 152 women by single blastocyst transfer in Holbæk Fertility Clinic, Denmark. Time-lapse recordings of transferred good morphology blastocysts were reassessed to recognize every abnormal cell division (ACD) from the 1st to the 4th cell cycle. ACDs were distinguished as failed cell divisions and multi-cell divisions. ACDs were recognized in 37.0% (no. 88/238) of good morphology blastocysts that were vitrified-warmed and transferred in our clinic...
April 20, 2017: Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434692/immune-hyperreactivity-of-a%C3%AE-plaque-associated-microglia-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Zhuoran Yin, Divya Raj, Nasrin Saiepour, Debby Van Dam, Nieske Brouwer, Inge R Holtman, Bart J L Eggen, Thomas Möller, Joseph A Tamm, Aicha Abdourahman, Elly M Hol, Willem Kamphuis, Thomas A Bayer, Peter P De Deyn, Erik Boddeke
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is strongly associated with microglia-induced neuroinflammation. Particularly, Aβ plaque-associated microglia take on an "activated" morphology. However, the function and phenotype of these Aβ plaque-associated microglia are not well understood. We show hyperreactivity of Aβ plaque-associated microglia upon systemic inflammation in transgenic AD mouse models (i.e., 5XFAD and APP23). Gene expression profiling of Aβ plaque-associated microglia (major histocompatibility complex II(+) microglia) isolated from 5XFAD mice revealed a proinflammatory phenotype...
March 27, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434542/the-neandertal-vertebral-column-2-the-lumbar-spine
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Asier Gómez-Olivencia, Mikel Arlegi, Alon Barash, Jay T Stock, Ella Been
Here we provide the most extensive metric and morphological analysis performed to date on the Neandertal lumbar spine. Neandertal lumbar vertebrae show differences from modern humans in both the vertebral body and in the neural arch, although not all Neandertal lumbar vertebrae differ from modern humans in the same way. Differences in the vertebral foramen are restricted to the lowermost lumbar vertebrae (L4 and L5), differences in the orientation of the upper articular facets appear in the uppermost lumbar vertebrae (probably in L1 and L2-L3), and differences in the horizontal angle of the transverse process appear in L2-L4...
May 2017: Journal of Human Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434000/apolipoprotein-a1-inhibits-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
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Juling Feng, Jingjing Zhang, Ampadu O Jackson, Xiao Zhu, Hainan Chen, Wen Chen, Qingjun Gui, Kai Yin
OBJECTIVE: Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is the major cytokine for stimulating endothelial cells (ECs) to transdifferentiate to mesenchymal cells (MCs) in the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Recently, TGF-β1-induced EndMT has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). It has been identified that apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA-I) obstructs TGF-β1-induced endothelial dysfunction, providing a protective effect for ECs and also anti-AS activity...
April 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433921/a-contribution-to-the-phylogeny-of-agglutinating-arcellinida-amoebozoa-based-on-ssu-rrna-gene-sequences
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Fatma Gomaa, Daniel J G Lahr, Milcho Todorov, Jingchun Li, Enrique Lara
Arcellinid testate amoebae include a wide variety of amoeboid organisms whose test (shell) varies in shape, composition and size. A decade ago, we initiated molecular phylogenetic analyses based on SSU rRNA gene sequences and a taxonomic revision of Arcellinida. However, many lineages within Arcellinida still lack molecular data, and the phylogeny of this group is largely incomplete. In this study, we obtained SSU rRNA gene sequences from seven taxa, of which six have agglutinated shell (Difflugia oblonga, D...
April 3, 2017: European Journal of Protistology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433741/loss-of-the-neurodevelopmental-gene-zswim6-alters-striatal-morphology-and-motor-regulation
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David J Tischfield, Dave K Saraswat, Andrew Furash, Stephen C Fowler, Marc V Fuccillo, Stewart A Anderson
The zinc-finger SWIM domain-containing protein 6 (ZSWIM6) is a protein of unknown function that has been associated with schizophrenia and limited educational attainment by three independent genome-wide association studies. Additionally, a putatively causal point mutation in ZSWIM6 has been identified in several cases of acromelic frontonasal dysostosis with severe intellectual disability. Despite the growing number of studies implicating ZSWIM6 as an important regulator of brain development, its role in this process has never been examined...
April 19, 2017: Neurobiology of Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433463/actin-regulation-by-tropomodulin-and-tropomyosin-in-neuronal-morphogenesis-and-function
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Kevin T Gray, Alla S Kostyukova, Thomas Fath
Actin is a profoundly influential protein; it impacts, among other processes, membrane morphology, cellular motility, and vesicle transport. Actin can polymerize into long filaments that push on membranes and provide support for intracellular transport. Actin filaments have polar ends: the fast-growing (barbed) end and the slow-growing (pointed) end. Depolymerization from the pointed end supplies monomers for further polymerization at the barbed end. Tropomodulins (Tmods) cap pointed ends by binding onto actin and tropomyosins (Tpms)...
April 19, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432936/the-immunosuppressive-characteristics-of-fb1-by-inhibition-of-maturation-and-function-of-bmdcs
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Yinhuan Li, Yanhong Fan, Bingbing Xia, Qiuping Xiao, Qingqing Wang, Weidong Sun, Haibin Zhang, Chenghua He
Fumonisin B1 (FB1) is one kind of mycotoxins that has the neurotoxicity, carcinogenicity, hepatotoxicity and immunotoxicity produced by the fungus Fusarium verticillioides, which commonly infects corn and other crops and is harmful to animal and human health upon consumption of FB1-contaminated feed or food. However, the mechanism of immunotoxicity, especially the immunosuppression induced by FB1 is still unclear. The most pivotal cells in the induction of immune responses are dendritic cells (DCs). In this study, we used murine bone marrow-derived dendritic cells (BMDCs) as a model system to elucidate the effect of FB1 on the function of BMDCs through biological methods...
April 19, 2017: International Immunopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432755/mitochondria-and-ageing-role-in-heart-skeletal-muscle-and-adipose-tissue
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REVIEW
Kerstin Boengler, Maik Kosiol, Manuel Mayr, Rainer Schulz, Susanne Rohrbach
Age is the most important risk factor for most diseases. Mitochondria play a central role in bioenergetics and metabolism. In addition, several lines of evidence indicate the impact of mitochondria in lifespan determination and ageing. The best-known hypothesis to explain ageing is the free radical theory, which proposes that cells, organs, and organisms age because they accumulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) damage over time. Mitochondria play a central role as the principle source of intracellular ROS, which are mainly formed at the level of complex I and III of the respiratory chain...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432565/parapharyngodon-hugoi-n-sp-a-new-nematode-oxyuroidea-pharyngodonidae-of-the-tree-frog-trachycephalus-typhonius-linnaeus-from-the-brazilian-pantanal-including-a-key-to-the-congeners-from-amphibians-of-the-american-continent
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Felipe B Pereira, Karla M Campião, José L Luque, Luiz E R Tavares
A new nematode Parapharyngodon hugoi n. sp. (Oxyuroidea: Pharyngodonidae) is described parasitising the large intestine of the tree frog Trachycephalus typhonius (Linnaeus) (Anura: Hylidae) from the wetlands of Pantanal, State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. The new species exhibits a unique structure of the posterior cloacal lip in males, which is supported by a rigid V-shaped structure. Parapharyngodon hylidae parasitic in hylid frogs, including T. typhonius, from Mexico, is the most similar congener to P...
April 21, 2017: Systematic Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432311/enteric-innervation-combined-with-proteomics-for-the-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-chronic-fluoride-exposure-on-the-duodenum-of-rats
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Carina Guimarães de Souza Melo, Juliana Vanessa Colombo Martins Perles, Jacqueline Nelisis Zanoni, Sara Raquel Garcia de Souza, Erika Xavier Santos, Aline de Lima Leite, Alessandro Domingues Heubel, Camila Oliveira E Souza, Juliana Gadelha de Souza, Marília Afonso Rabelo Buzalaf
Ingested fluoride (F) is absorbed mainly in the small intestine, which is controlled by the Enteric Nervous System (ENS). Although important intestinal symptomatology has been described after excessive F exposure, there have been no studies reporting the effects of F on the ENS. In this study, the effects of chronic F exposure were evaluated on the duodenums of rats through proteomic and morphological analyses. Concentrations of 0, 10, or 50 ppm of F were applied to the drinking water for 30 days. Immunofluorescence techniques were performed in the myenteric plexus of the duodenum to detect HuC/D, neuronal nitric oxide (nNOS), vasoactive intestinal peptide (VIP), calcitonin gene related peptide (CGRP), and substance P (SP)...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432218/dynamics-of-growth-zone-patterning-in-the-milkweed-bug-oncopeltus-fasciatus
#19
Tzach Auman, Barbara M I Vreede, Aryeh Weiss, Susan D Hester, Terri A Williams, Lisa M Nagy, Ariel D Chipman
We describe the dynamic process of abdominal segment generation in the milkweed bug Oncopeltus fasciatus We present detailed morphological measurements of the growing germband throughout segmentation. Our data are complemented by cell division profiles and expression patterns of key genes, including invected and even-skipped as markers for different stages of segment formation. We describe morphological and mechanistic changes in the growth zone and in nascent segments during generation of individual segments and throughout segmentation, and examine the relative contribution of newly formed versus existing tissue to segment formation...
April 21, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432198/folate-dependent-methylation-of-septins-governs-ciliogenesis-during-neural-tube-closure
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Manami Toriyama, Michinori Toriyama, John B Wallingford, Richard H Finnell
Periconception maternal folic acid (vitamin B9) supplementation can reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects (NTDs), although just how folates benefit the developing embryo and promote closing of the neural tube and other morphologic processes during development remains unknown. Folate contributes to a 1-carbon metabolism, which is essential for purine biosynthesis and methionine recycling and affects methylation of DNA, histones, and nonhistone proteins. Herein, we used animal models and cultured mammalian cells to demonstrate that disruption of the methylation pathway mediated by folate compromises normal neural tube closure (NTC) and ciliogenesis...
April 21, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
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