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Paula Nahuelhual, Carolina Giaconi, M Alejandra Machuca
INTRODUCTION: According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), participation is defined as "the involvement of the subject in situations of life" and is fun damental in the development of children and adolescents. In case of children with disabilities, participation allows a better understanding of the possible impact of deficiencies in daily life. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate measurement scales of participation in children and adolescents with and without disabilities...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Harmanpreet Singh, Chateshwar Kumar, Narpinder Singh, Surinder Paul, Subheet Kumar Jain
Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is a vital structural component of neuronal tissue, which is critically required during pre- and post-natal brain development. Its liquid nature, fishy odor, poor bioavailability and oxidative stability are the major challenges in the development of a pharmaceutically elegant and stable formulation. In the present study, nanocapsules of DHA from microalgae oil were prepared using different combinations of wall materials (carbohydrates, polymers, gum and proteins). The encapsulation using spray drying was done to prepare a pharmaceutically stable DHA formulation...
March 16, 2018: Food & Function
Jacquelyn O Russell, Sungjin Ko, Harvinder S Saggi, Sucha Singh, Minakshi Poddar, Donghun Shin, Satdarshan P Monga
Bromodomain and extraterminal (BET) proteins recruit key components of basic transcriptional machinery to promote gene expression. Aberrant expression and mutations in BET genes have been identified in many malignancies. Small molecule inhibitors of BET proteins like JQ1 have shown efficacy in preclinical cancer models including affecting growth of hepatocellular carcinoma. BET proteins also regulate cell proliferation in nontumor settings. We recently showed that BET proteins regulate cholangiocyte-driven liver regeneration...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Caio M Moreira, Max Rollwage, Kristin Kaduk, Melanie Wilke, Igor Kagan
Humans and other animals constantly evaluate their decisions in order to learn and behave adaptively. Experimentally, such evaluation processes are accessed using metacognitive reports made after decisions, typically using verbally formulated confidence scales. When subjects report high confidence, it reflects a high certainty of being correct, but a low confidence might signify either low certainty about the outcome, or a high certainty of being incorrect. Hence, metacognitive reports might reflect not only different levels of decision certainty, but also two certainty directions (certainty of being correct and certainty of being incorrect)...
March 12, 2018: Cognition
A S Vikulina, N A Feoktistova, N G Balabushevich, A G Skirtach, D Volodkin
Porous vaterite CaCO3 crystals are nowadays extensively used as high-capacity bio-friendly sacrificial templates for the fabrication of such protein-containing nano- and micro-particles as capsules and beads. The first step in the protein encapsulation is performed through loading of the protein molecules into the crystals. Co-synthesis is one of the most useful and simple methods proven to effectively load crystals with proteins; however, the loading mechanism is still unknown. To understand the mechanism, in this study, we focus on the loading of a model protein catalase into the crystals by means of adsorption into pre-formed crystals (ADS) and co-synthesis (COS)...
March 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Liancheng Bing, Aixiu Tian, Fang Wang, Kaifeng Yi, Xingyuan Sun, Guangjian Wang
Hierarchical SSZ-13 microspheres with abundant mesoporous channels have been successfully synthesized by addition of calcined SSZ-13 crystals in the starting gel in the absence of any organic templates. This strategy not only remarkably reduces the production cost and environmental pollution but also significantly decreases the crystallization time as well as evidently reducing the zeolite crystal sizes in many cases. The synthesized sample was characterized by XRD, BET, ICP, SEM, TEM, TG, and NH3-TPD, which indicates that the organic template free synthesized SSZ-13 exhibits high crystallinity, textural properties, and acidity...
March 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
Anna-Lena Heins, Dirk Weuster-Botz
Population heterogeneity is omnipresent in all bioprocesses even in homogenous environments. Its origin, however, is only so well understood that potential strategies like bet-hedging, noise in gene expression and division of labour that lead to population heterogeneity can be derived from experimental studies simulating the dynamics in industrial scale bioprocesses. This review aims at summarizing the current state of the different parts of single cell studies in bioprocesses. This includes setups to visualize different phenotypes of single cells, computational approaches connecting single cell physiology with environmental influence and special cultivation setups like scale-down reactors that have been proven to be useful to simulate large-scale conditions...
March 14, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Qiuping Xiang, Yan Zhang, Jiaguo Li, Xiaoqian Xue, Chao Wang, Ming Song, Cheng Zhang, Rui Wang, Chenchang Li, Chun Wu, Yulai Zhou, Xiaohong Yang, Guohui Li, Ke Ding, Yong Xu
Prostate cancer is a commonly diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of cancer-related deaths. The bromodomain and extra terminal domain (BET) family proteins have emerged as potential therapeutic targets for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer. A series of 2,2-dimethyl-2 H -benzo[ b ][1,4]oxazin-3(4 H )-one derivatives were designed and synthesized as selective bromodomain containing protein 4 (BRD4) inhibitors. The compounds potently inhibit BRD4(1) with nanomolar IC50 values and exhibit high selectivity over most non-BET subfamily members...
March 8, 2018: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Lucas Bet da Rosa Orssatto, Bruno Monteiro de Moura, Ewertton de Souza Bezerra, Lars Louis Andersen, Silas Nery de Oliveira, Fernando Diefenthaeler
Understanding the influence of strength training intensity on subsequent recovery in elderly is important to avoid reductions in physical function during the days following training. Twenty-two elderly were randomized in two groups: G70 (65.9 ± 4.8 years, n = 11) and G95 (66.9 ± 5.1, n = 11). Baseline tests included maximum voluntary isometric contraction (peak torque and rate of torque development - RTD), countermovement jump, and functional capacity (timed up and go, stairs ascent and descent)...
March 11, 2018: Experimental Gerontology
Laura Aragoneses-Fenoll, Gloria Ojeda, María Montes-Casado, Yeny Acosta-Ampudia, Umberto Dianzani, Pilar Portolés, José M Rojo
Class IA phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) catalytic subunits p110α and p110δ are targets in cancer therapy expressed at high levels in T lymphocytes. The role of p110δ PI3K in normal or pathological immune responses is well established, yet the importance of p110α subunits in T cell-dependent immune responses is not clear. To address this problem, mice with p110α conditionally deleted in CD4+ and CD8+ T lymphocytes (p110α-/- ΔT) were used. p110α-/- ΔT mice show normal development of T cell subsets, but slightly reduced numbers of CD4+ T cells in the spleen...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Miguel Fontecha-Barriuso, Diego Martin-Sanchez, Olga Ruiz-Andres, Jonay Poveda, Maria Dolores Sanchez-Niño, Lara Valiño-Rivas, Marta Ruiz-Ortega, Alberto Ortiz, Ana Belén Sanz
Epigenetics refers to heritable changes in gene expression patterns not caused by an altered nucleotide sequence, and includes non-coding RNAs and covalent modifications of DNA and histones. This review focuses on functional evidence for the involvement of DNA and histone epigenetic modifications in the pathogenesis of kidney disease and the potential therapeutic implications. There is evidence of activation of epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in acute kidney injury (AKI), chronic kidney disease (CKD) and the AKI-to-CKD transition of diverse aetiologies, including ischaemia-reperfusion injury, nephrotoxicity, ureteral obstruction, diabetes, glomerulonephritis and polycystic kidney disease...
March 9, 2018: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
Saviz Zarrin, Felora Heshmatpour
In this study, highly active titanium dioxide modified by niobium oxide (Nb2 O5 ), polymer (PANI) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO) were successfully prepared. The morphology, structure, surface area and light absorption properties of the present nanocomposites for removal of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) were investigated and compared with those of TiO2 /Nb2 O5 and TiO2 nanoparticles. The characterization techniques such as XRD, FT-IR, UV-vis, SEM, EDX, BET and TEM were employed in order to identify the nanocomposites...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Yong Liu, Qing Fan, Yanlan Liu, Jianlong Wang
In this paper, a zinc-iron-carbon nanotubes (Zn-Fe-CNTs) composite was prepared, characterized and used to develop a Fenton-like system of Zn-Fe-CNTs/O2 for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP), in which H2 O2 was generated in situ from zinc-carbon galvanic cells and oxygen in aqueous solution was activated by iron attached on the surface of CNTs to produce ·OH radicals for the oxidation of 4-CP. The experimental results showed that the particles of Zn and Fe in Zn-Fe-CNTs composite were adhered to the surface of CNTs, which accelerated the electron transfer process...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Jaclyn Andricovich, Stephanie Perkail, Yan Kai, Nicole Casasanta, Weiqun Peng, Alexandros Tzatsos
KDM6A, an X chromosome-encoded histone demethylase and member of the COMPASS-like complex, is frequently mutated in a broad spectrum of malignancies and contributes to oncogenesis with poorly characterized mechanisms. We found that KDM6A loss induced squamous-like, metastatic pancreatic cancer selectively in females through deregulation of the COMPASS-like complex and aberrant activation of super-enhancers regulating ΔNp63, MYC, and RUNX3 oncogenes. This subtype of tumor developed in males had concomitant loss of UTY and KDM6A, suggesting overlapping roles, and points to largely demethylase independent tumor suppressor functions...
March 12, 2018: Cancer Cell
Christian Manera, Andrezza Piroli Tonello, Daniele Perondi, Marcelo Godinho
In this work, the adsorption of Acid Black 210 (AB210) and Acid Red 357 (AR357) onto activated carbon prepared from leather shaving wastes (ACLW) was investigated. The activated carbon presented a surface area of 800.4 m²/g with an average pore size of 1.27 nm. The kinetic study showed that the adsorption of both dyes followed the Elovich kinetic model while the AB210 and AR357 isotherm data were well described by the Langmuir and BET models, respectively. Furthermore, the Boyd plot revealed that the adsorption of the leather dyes on activated carbon was mainly governed by film diffusion...
March 13, 2018: Environmental Technology
Ivan V Vlassiouk, Yijing Stehle, Pushpa Raj Pudasaini, Raymond R Unocic, Philip D Rack, Arthur P Baddorf, Ilia N Ivanov, Nickolay V Lavrik, Frederick List, Nitant Gupta, Ksenia V Bets, Boris I Yakobson, Sergei N Smirnov
There is a demand for the manufacture of two-dimensional (2D) materials with high-quality single crystals of large size. Usually, epitaxial growth is considered the method of choice1 in preparing single-crystalline thin films, but it requires single-crystal substrates for deposition. Here we present a different approach and report the synthesis of single-crystal-like monolayer graphene films on polycrystalline substrates. The technological realization of the proposed method resembles the Czochralski process and is based on the evolutionary selection2 approach, which is now realized in 2D geometry...
March 12, 2018: Nature Materials
Asif Elahi, Subrata Sabui, Nell N Narasappa, Sudhanshu Agrawal, Nils W Lambrecht, Anshu Agrawal, Hamid M Said
Biotin (vitamin B7) is essential for human health because of its involvement, as a cofactor, in a variety of critical cellular metabolic reactions. Previous studies have shown that biotin deficiency enhances inflammation, and certain chronic inflammatory diseases are associated with biotin deficiency; however, the mechanisms that mediate the association between biotin status and inflammation are not well understood. In this study, we examined the effect of biotin deficiency on human CD4+ T cell responses to determine their role in biotin deficiency-associated inflammation...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
Yunfei Gao, Jiaoping Mi, Fenghong Chen, Zhenpeng Liao, Xiaoshan Feng, Minghui Lv, Haixin He, Yujie Cao, Yan Yan, Zhe Zhu, Yunping Fan, Haiyu Hong
PURPOSE: Chronic tonsillitis (TC) is among the most common bacterial diseases in pediatric otolaryngology. We aimed to evaluate the expression of glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK-3β) in a cohort of children with chronic tonsillitis (TC), and the correlation between GSK-3β activity index and inflammatory profiles of TC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The expression of GSK-3β was comparably evaluated between children with TC (n = 26) and tonsillar hypertrophy (TH, n = 26)...
March 3, 2018: American Journal of Otolaryngology
M Polačik, M Reichard, M Vrtílek
Extreme asynchrony in embryo development, a typical feature of annual killifish living in temporary pools, represents a bet-hedging strategy to cope with unpredictable rainfall. African annual killifish are distributed across a large precipitation gradient, raising the potential for local adaptation in the degree of developmental asynchrony (e.g. higher in arid areas, lower in humid areas). Eight populations of two sister species, Nothobranchius furzeri and Nothobranchius kadleci, from sites along the rainfall gradient were tested and compared for asynchrony and duration of embryo development...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Fish Biology
Ramin Mohammadi-Aloucheh, Aziz Habibi-Yangjeh, Abolfazl Bayrami, Saeid Latifi-Navid, Asadollah Asadi
A green synthesis route was developed for preparation of the ZnO nanoparticles and ZnO/CuO nanocomposites by using Vaccinium arctostaphylos L. fruit extract, and their anti-bacterial activities against two pathogenic bacteria, Escherichia coli (Gram negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive), were investigated. The fabricated nanomaterials were characterized by XRD, EDX, FESEM, TEM, TGA, FT-IR, UV-vis DRS and BET instruments. The results showed that the sizes of ZnO and CuO nanoparticles in the ZnO/CuO (10%) nanocomposite were 12 and 8 nm, respectively...
March 11, 2018: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
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