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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346226/a-tlr9-dependent-checkpoint-governs-b-cell-responses-to-dna-containing-antigens
#1
Vishal J Sindhava, Michael A Oropallo, Krishna Moody, Martin Naradikian, Lauren E Higdon, Lin Zhou, Arpita Myles, Nathaniel Green, Kerstin Nündel, William Stohl, Amanda M Schmidt, Wei Cao, Stephanie Dorta-Estremera, Taku Kambayashi, Ann Marshak-Rothstein, Michael P Cancro
Mature B cell pools retain a substantial proportion of polyreactive and self-reactive clonotypes, suggesting that activation checkpoints exist to reduce the initiation of autoreactive B cell responses. Here, we have described a relationship among the B cell receptor (BCR), TLR9, and cytokine signals that regulate B cell responses to DNA-containing antigens. In both mouse and human B cells, BCR ligands that deliver a TLR9 agonist induce an initial proliferative burst that is followed by apoptotic death. The latter mechanism involves p38-dependent G1 cell-cycle arrest and subsequent intrinsic mitochondrial apoptosis and is shared by all preimmune murine B cell subsets and CD27- human B cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345925/metal-insertion-in-a-methylamine-functionalized-zirconium-metal-organic-framework-for-enhanced-carbon-dioxide-capture
#2
A Paulina Gómora-Figueroa, Jarad A Mason, Miguel I Gonzalez, Eric D Bloch, Katie R Meihaus
The reaction of ZrCl4 with 2',3',5',6'-tetramethylamino-p-terphenyl-4,4″-dicarboxylic acid (H2tpdc-4CH2NH2·3HCl) in the presence of NaF affords Zr6O4(OH)2.1F1.9(tpdc-4CH2NH2·3HCl)6 (1), which is a new member of the Zr6O4(OH)4(dicarboxylate linker)12 or UiO-68 family, and exhibits high porosity with BET and Langmuir surface areas of 1910 m(2)/g and 2220 m(2)/g, respectively. Remarkably, fluoride ion incorporation in the zirconium clusters results in increased thermal stability, marking the first example of enhancement in the stability of a UiO framework by this defect-restoration approach...
March 27, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344212/age-dependent-effects-of-prenatal-dexamethasone-exposure-on-immune-responses-in-male-rats
#3
Ming-Yi Chou, Li-Tung Huang, You-Lin Tain, Ho-Chang Kuo, Mao-Meng Tiao, Jiunn-Ming Sheen, Chih-Cheng Chen, Pi-Lien Hung, Kai-Sheng Hsieh, Hong-Ren Yu
Prenatal glucocorticoid therapy is indicated in preterm delivery to prevent respiratory distress. This study was designed to evaluate the age-dependent effects of prenatal dexamethasone (DEX) therapy on the immune system using a rat model. Pregnant Sprague-Dawley rats received an intraperitoneal injection of DEX (0.1 mg/kg/day) or saline (VEH) over gestational days 14-20. Male offspring were sacrificed at postnatal day 7 (D7; infant stage), D120 (young adult stage), and D180 (adult stage) for evaluation of leukocyte subsets and isolation of splenocytes...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343050/photocatalytic-efficiency-of-fe2o3-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-typical-dyes-in-textile-industries-effects-of-calcination-temperature-and-uv-assisted-thermal-synthesis
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Mohsen Nasirian, Ciro Fernando Bustillo-Lecompte, Mehrab Mehrvar
The inadequate management practices in industrial textile effluents have a considerable negative impact on the environment and human health due to the indiscriminate release of dyes. Photocatalysis is one of the diverse advance oxidation processes (AOPs) and titanium dioxide (TiO2) is recognized for its high oxidation and reduction power. A composite photocatalyst of Fe2O3/TiO2 is synthesized using different mass ratios of Fe:TiO2 to improve its photoactivity. The composite photocatalyst is calcined at 300-900 °C...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342341/evaluation-of-heavy-crude-oil-from-a-water-oil-model-system-as-starting-material-for-the-preparation-of-adsorbents-type-nay-zeolite-templated-carbon
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Cindy J Elles-Pérez, Amner Muñoz-Acevedo, Andrés Guzmán, Hernando Camargo, José Henao
In this work, NaY zeolite is explored as a possible "template" to obtain porous materials type ZTC from the adsorption of heavy crude oil in a water-oil model system (emulsion). In order to produce the adsorbents, a cationic surfactant is selected to facilitate the adsorption of the crude oil into the pores of the zeolite and to get the composite, which was activated with controlled thermal treatments (T: 700-800 °C and t: 0.5-1 h) in inert conditions (N2 gaseous). The starting materials, composite and porous carbons were characterized using structural/surface analysis techniques (API Gravity, SARA, IR, XRD, XRF, TGA, Langmuir isotherms, BET and SEM)...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342010/aridity-promotes-bet-hedging-via-delayed-hatching-a-case-study-with-two-temporary-pond-crustaceans-along-a-latitudinal-gradient
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Tom Pinceel, Bram Vanschoenwinkel, Wouter Hawinkel, Karen Tuytens, Luc Brendonck
Climate change does affect not only average rainfall and temperature but also their variation, which can reduce the predictability of suitable conditions for growth and reproduction. This situation is problematic for inhabitants of temporary waters whose reproductive success depends on rainfall and evaporation that determine the length of the aquatic phase. For organisms with long-lived dormant life stages, bet hedging models suggest that a fraction of these should stay dormant during each growing season to buffer against the probability of total reproductive failure in variable environments...
March 24, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341795/bet-2-laser-therapy-in-the-treatment-of-acute-hamstring-muscle-injuries
#7
Tom Hughes, Michael Callaghan
Local laser therapy has been suggested as a promising treatment for acute hamstring muscle tears. We carried out a shortcut systematic review to establish whether therapeutic lasers are beneficial for patients with acute hamstring tears. Despite a comprehensive literature search, no studies that were directly relevant to the question could be identified. The clinical bottom line is therefore that there is currently no evidence for the use of any form of laser therapy in the treatment of acute hamstring muscle tears...
April 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341793/bet-1-in-patients-with-suspected-acute-coronary-syndrome-does-wellens-sign-on-the-electrocardiograph-identify-critical-left-anterior-descending-artery-stenosis
#8
Niall Morris, Laura Howard
Wellens' syndrome consists of a history suggestive of an acute coronary syndrome and biphasic or deeply inverted T waves in ECG leads V2-V3. A shortcut review was carried out to establish whether this ECG pattern identifies patients with a critical left anterior descending artery stenosis. Six relevant papers were found. The clinical bottom line is that biphasic T-wave inversion in lead V2-V3 should alert the clinician to a probable critical stenosis of the left anterior descending artery.
April 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339399/early-huntington-s-disease-impulse-control-deficits-but-correct-judgment-regarding-risky-situations
#9
Victor Galvez, Juan Fernandez-Ruiz, Leo Bayliss, Adriana Ochoa-Morales, Carlos R Hernandez-Castillo, Rosalinda Díaz, Aurelio Campos-Romo
BACKGROUND: Huntington's disease (HD) patients show alterations in decision making tasks. However, it is still uncertain if these deficits are due to poor judgment regarding risky situations, or to impulse control deficits. OBJECTIVE: To elucidate whether decision-making in patients is related to genuine risk behavior or to impulse control deficits. METHODS: To test between these two alternative possibilities, we evaluated the performance of 19 prodromal HD patients and 19 matched healthy controls in the Cambridge Gambling Task (CGT)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Huntington's Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339196/discovery-of-a-small-molecule-degrader-of-bromodomain-and-extra-terminal-bet-proteins-with-picomolar-cellular-potencies-and-capable-of-achieving-tumor-regression
#10
Bing Zhou, Jiantao Hu, Fuming Xu, Zhuo Chen, Longchuan Bai, Ester Fernandez-Salas, Mei Lin, Liu Liu, Chao-Yie Yang, Yujun Zhao, Donna McEachern, Sally Przybranowski, Bo Wen, Duxin Sun, Shaomeng Wang
The bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) family proteins, consisting of BRD2, BRD3, BRD4, and testis-specific BRDT members, are epigenetic "readers" and play a key role in the regulation of gene transcription. BET proteins are considered to be attractive therapeutic targets for cancer and other human diseases. Recently, heterobifunctional small-molecule BET degraders have been designed based upon the proteolysis targeting chimera (PROTAC) concept to induce BET protein degradation. Herein, we present our design, synthesis, and evaluation of a new class of PROTAC BET degraders...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339183/tunable-porosity-of-crosslinked-polyhedral-oligomeric-silsesquioxane-poss-supports-for-palladium-catalyzed-aerobic-alcohol-oxidation-in-water
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Preeyanuch Sangtrirutnugul, Thanawat Chaiprasert, Warodom Hunsiri, Thanudkit Jitjaroendee, Patsaya Songkhum, Kritapas Laohhasurayotin, Tanakorn Osotchan, Vuthichai Ervithayasuporn
Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS)-based materials, poly-POSS-Tn [n = 8 (1), 10 (2), 12 (3), and mix (4)], were prepared in high yields via free radical polymerization of corresponding pure forms of methacrylate-functionalized POSS monomers, MMA-POSS-Tn (n = 8, 10, 12), and the mixture form, MMA-POSS-Tmix. Powder X-ray diffraction (XRD) spectra and BET analysis indicate that 1-4 are amorphous materials with high surface areas (683-839 m2•g-1). The surface areas and total pore volumes follow the trend: poly-POSS-T12 > poly-POSS-T10 > poly-POSS-Tmix > poly-POSS-T8...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337626/application-of-a-novel-magnetic-carbon-nanotube-adsorbent-for-removal-of-mercury-from-aqueous-solutions
#12
Farshid Homayoon, Hossein Faghihian, Firoozeh Torki
In this research, multiwall carbon nanotube was magnetized and subsequently functionalized by thiosemicarbazide. After characterization by FTIR, BET, SEM, EDAX, and VSM techniques, the magnetized adsorbent (multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs)/Fe3O4) was used for removal of Hg(2+) from aqueous solutions and the experimental conditions were optimized. The adsorption capacity of 172.83 mg g(-1) was obtained at 25 °C and pH = 3 which was superior to the value obtained for initial multiwall carbon nanotube, magnetized sample, and many previously reported values...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336897/three-dimensional-bioi-biox-x-cl-or-br-nanohybrids-for-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-activity
#13
Yazi Liu, Jian Xu, Liqiong Wang, Huayang Zhang, Ping Xu, Xiaoguang Duan, Hongqi Sun, Shaobin Wang
Three-dimensional flower-like BiOI/BiOX (X = Br or Cl) hybrids were synthesized via a facile one-pot solvothermal approach. With systematic characterizations by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET)specific surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), the BiOI/BiOCl composites showed a fluffy and porous 3-D architecture with a large specific surface area (SSA) and high capability for light absorption...
March 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336808/potent-dual-bet-bromodomain-kinase-inhibitors-as-value-added-multi-targeted-chemical-probes-and-cancer-therapeutics
#14
Stuart W Ember, Que T Lambert, Norbert Berndt, Steven Gunawan, Muhammad Ayaz, Marilena Tauro, Jin-Yi Zhu, Paula J Cranfill, Patricia Greninger, Conor C Lynch, Cyril H Benes, Harshani R Lawrence, Gary W Reuther, Nicholas J Lawrence, Ernst Schonbrunn
Synergistic action of kinase and BET bromodomain inhibitors in cell killing has been reported for a variety of cancers. Using the chemical scaffold of the JAK2 inhibitor TG101348 we developed and characterized single agents which potently and simultaneously inhibit BRD4 and a specific set of oncogenic tyrosine kinases including JAK2, FLT3, RET, and ROS1. Lead compounds showed on-target inhibition in several blood cancer cell lines and were highly efficacious at inhibiting the growth of hematopoietic progenitor cells from myeloproliferative neoplasm (MPN) patients...
March 23, 2017: Molecular Cancer Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335366/nano-copper-oxide-modified-carbon-cloth-as-cathode-for-a-two-chamber-microbial-fuel-cell
#15
Feng Dong, Peng Zhang, Kexun Li, Xianhua Liu, Pingping Zhang
In this work, Cu₂O nanoparticles were deposited on a carbon cloth cathode using a facile electrochemical method. The morphology of the modified cathode, which was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) tests, showed that the porosity and specific surface area of the cathode improved with longer deposition times. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV) results showed that cupric oxide and cuprous oxide coexisted on the carbon cloth, which improved the electrochemical activity of cathode...
December 9, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335331/the-use-of-spray-dried-mn%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-c-composites-as-electrocatalysts-for-li-o%C3%A2-batteries
#16
Hong-Kai Yang, Chih-Chun Chin, Jenn-Shing Chen
The electrocatalytic activities of Mn₃O₄/C composites are studied in lithium-oxygen (Li-O₂) batteries as cathode catalysts. The Mn₃O₄/C composites are fabricated using ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP) with organic surfactants as the carbon sources. The physical and electrochemical performance of the composites is characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, particle size analysis, Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements, elemental analysis, galvanostatic charge-discharge methods and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) measurements...
November 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329241/lipoprotein-a-the-revenant
#17
Baris Gencer, Florian Kronenberg, Erik S Stroes, François Mach
In the mid-1990s, the days of lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] were numbered and many people would not have placed a bet on this lipid particle making it to the next century. However, genetic studies brought Lp(a) back to the front-stage after a Mendelian randomization approach used for the first time provided strong support for a causal role of high Lp(a) concentrations in cardiovascular disease and later also for aortic valve stenosis. This encouraged the use of therapeutic interventions to lower Lp(a) as well numerous drug developments, although these approaches mainly targeted LDL cholesterol, while the Lp(a)-lowering effect was only a 'side-effect'...
February 17, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329007/highly-efficient-photocatalytic-degradation-of-methylene-blue-by-popd-tio2-nanocomposite
#18
Chuanxi Yang, Ming Zhang, Wenping Dong, Guanwei Cui, Zongming Ren, Weiliang Wang
The poly-o-phenylenediamine (PoPD)/TiO2 nanocomposite was successfully synthesized via 'in situ' oxidative polymerization method. The modified photocatalysts were characterized by BET, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier-transform infrarad spectra (FT-IR), thermogravimrtic analysis (TGA), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectrum (UV-Vis DRS) and Photocurrent Test. The results showed that the PoPD exists on the surface of TiO2, the presence of PoPD does not impact on the lattice structure and grain size of TiO2, and the presence of PoPD enhances the visible response and photoelectric property...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329006/dimorphic-cocoons-of-the-cecropia-moth-hyalophora-cecropia-morphological-behavioral-and-biophysical-differences
#19
Patrick A Guerra, Steven M Reppert
The larvae of the giant silk moth (Hyalophora cecropia) spin strikingly dimorphic, multilayered cocoons that are either large and fluffy (baggy) or significantly smaller and tightly woven (compact). Although these cocoon-morphs share the same function (i.e., housing for pupal to adult development during overwintering), previous work has been unable to determine why cocoon dimorphism exists. We addressed this issue in cecropia moth cocoons collected along power line right-of-way habitats in Massachusetts. We first characterized the architectural differences between cocoon-morphs for all three cocoon sections (outer and inner envelopes, and the intermediate layer separating the two)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328163/chemoselective-hydrazine-mediated-transfer-hydrogenation-of-nitroarenes-by-co3-o4-nanoparticles-immobilized-on-an-al-si-mixed-oxide-support
#20
P Linga Reddy, Mohit Tripathi, R Arundhathi, Diwan S Rawat
Cobalt oxide nanoparticles (size 2 to 3.5 nm) were successfully impregnated on an alumina-silica (mixed oxide) support through an experimentally viable and easily reproducible protocol. The prepared material was well characterized by XRD, HR-TEM, BET surface area, EDX and XPS analyses. Porous alumina-silica having a high surface area served as a protective heterogeneous support on which the well-dispersed Co3 O4 nanoparticles served as an active catalytic species for the hydrazine-mediated transfer hydrogenation of nitroarenes...
March 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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