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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926596/bifurcation-kinetics-of-drug-uptake-by-gram-negative-bacteria
#1
David A Westfall, Ganesh Krishnamoorthy, David Wolloscheck, Rupa Sarkar, Helen I Zgurskaya, Valentin V Rybenkov
Cell envelopes of many bacteria consist of two membranes studded with efflux transporters. Such organization protects bacteria from the environment and gives rise to multidrug resistance. We report a kinetic model that accurately describes the permeation properties of this system. The model predicts complex non-linear patterns of drug uptake complete with a bifurcation, which recapitulate the known experimental anomalies. We introduce two kinetic parameters, the efflux and barrier constants, which replace those of Michaelis and Menten for trans-envelope transport...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926278/planar-optical-nano-antennas-resolve-cholesterol-dependent-nanoscale-heterogeneities-in-the-plasma-membrane-of-living-cells
#2
Raju Regmi, Pamina Martina Winkler, Valentin Flauraud, Kyra Borgman, Carlo Manzo, Juergen Brugger, Herve Rigneault, Jerome Wenger, Maria F Garcia-Parajo
Optical nano-antennas can efficiently confine light into nanoscopic hotspots enabling single-molecule detection sensitivity at biological relevant conditions. This innovative approach to breach the diffraction limit offers a versatile platform to investigate the dynamics of individual biomolecules in living cell membranes and their partitioning into cholesterol-dependent lipid nanodomains. Here, we present optical nano-antenna arrays with accessible surface hotspots to study the characteristic diffusion dynamics of phosphoethanolamine (PE) and sphingomyelin (SM) in the plasma membrane of living cells at the nanoscale...
September 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925946/development-and-biocompatibility-evaluation-of-photocatalytic-tio%C3%A2-reduced-graphene-oxide-based-nanoparticles-designed-for-self-cleaning-purposes
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Ionela Cristina Nica, Miruna S Stan, Marcela Popa, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Gratiela G Pircalabioru, Veronica Lazar, Iuliana Dumitrescu, Lucian Diamandescu, Marcel Feder, Mihaela Baibarac, Marin Cernea, Valentin Adrian Maraloiu, Traian Popescu, Anca Dinischiotu
Graphene is widely used in nanotechnologies to amplify the photocatalytic activity of TiO₂, but the development of TiO₂/graphene composites imposes the assessment of their risk to human and environmental health. Therefore, reduced graphene oxide was decorated with two types of TiO₂ particles co-doped with 1% iron and nitrogen, one of them being obtained by a simultaneous precipitation of Ti(3+) and Fe(3+) ions to achieve their uniform distribution, and the other one after a sequential precipitation of these two cations for a higher concentration of iron on the surface...
September 19, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924658/two-photon-sted-microscopy-for-nanoscale-imaging-of-neural-morphology-in-vivo
#4
Mirelle J T Ter Veer, Thomas Pfeiffer, U Valentin Nägerl
The advent of super-resolution microscopy offers to bridge the gap between electron and light microscopy. It has opened up the possibility of visualizing cellular structures and dynamic signaling events on the "mesoscale" well below the classic diffraction barrier of light microscopy (10-200 nm), while essentially retaining the advantages of fluorescence microscopy concerning multicolor labeling, detection sensitivity, signal contrast, live-cell imaging, and temporal resolution.From among the new super-resolution techniques, STED microscopy stands out as a laser-scanning imaging modality, which enables nanoscale volume-metric imaging of cellular morphology...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922790/the-balance-between-cytotoxic-t-cell-lymphocytes-and-immune-checkpoint-expression-in-the-prognosis-of-colon-tumors
#5
Laetitia Marisa, Magali Svrcek, Ada Collura, Etienne Becht, Pascale Cervera, Kristell Wanherdrick, Olivier Buhard, Anastasia Goloudina, Vincent Jonchère, Janick Selves, Gerard Milano, Dominique Guenot, Romain Cohen, Chrystelle Colas, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Sylviane Olschwang, Jérémie H Lefèvre, Yann Parc, Valérie Boige, Côme Lepage, Thierry André, Jean-François Fléjou, Valentin Dérangère, François Ghiringhelli, Aurélien de Reynies, Alex Duval
Background: Immune checkpoint (ICK) expression might represent a surrogate measure of tumor-infiltrating T cell (CTL) exhaustion and therefore be a more accurate prognostic biomarker for colorectal cancer (CRC) patients than CTL enumeration as measured by the Immunoscore. Methods: The expression of ICKs, Th1, CTLs, cytotoxicity-related genes, and metagenes, including Immunoscore-like metagenes, were evaluated in three independent cohorts of CRC samples (260 microsatellite instable [MSI], 971 non-MSI)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of the National Cancer Institute
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921005/barriers-and-solutions-to-conducting-large-international-interdisciplinary-research-projects
#6
Erin C Pischke, Jessie L Knowlton, Colin C Phifer, Jose Gutierrez Lopez, Tamara S Propato, Amarella Eastmond, Tatiana Martins de Souza, Mark Kuhlberg, Valentin Picasso Risso, Santiago R Veron, Carlos Garcia, Marta Chiappe, Kathleen E Halvorsen
Global environmental problems such as climate change are not bounded by national borders or scientific disciplines, and therefore require international, interdisciplinary teamwork to develop understandings of their causes and solutions. Interdisciplinary scientific work is difficult enough, but these challenges are often magnified when teams also work across national boundaries. The literature on the challenges of interdisciplinary research is extensive. However, research on international, interdisciplinary teams is nearly non-existent...
September 18, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919997/increased-infiltration-and-tolerised-antigen-specific-cd8-tem-cells-in-tumor-but-not-peripheral-blood-have-no-impact-on-survival-of-hcmv-glioblastoma-patients
#7
M Bahador, A Gras Navarro, M A Rahman, M Dominguez-Valentin, S Sarowar, E Ulvestad, G Njølstad, S A Lie, E K Kristoffersen, E Bratland, M Chekenya
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) antigens in glioblastoma (GBM) present opportunities for personalised immunotherapy. However, their presence in GBM tissue is still under debate, and evidence of their impact on functional immune responses and prognosis is sparse. Here, we investigated the presence of pp65 (UL83) and immediate early 1 (IE-1) HCMV antigens in a cohort of Norwegian GBM patients (n = 177), using qPCR, immunohistochemistry, and serology. HCMV status was then used to investigate whether viral antigens influenced immune cell phenotype, infiltration, activation and patient survival...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918391/genetic-polymorphisms-associated-with-the-risk-of-concussion-in-1056-college-athletes-a-multicentre-prospective-cohort-study
#8
Thomas Roland Terrell, Ruth Abramson, Jeffery T Barth, Ellen Bennett, Robert C Cantu, Richard Sloane, Daniel T Laskowitz, David M Erlanger, Douglas McKeag, Gregory Nichols, Verle Valentine, Leslie Galloway
BACKGROUND/AIM: To evaluate the association of genetic polymorphisms APOE, APOE G-219T promoter, microtubule associated protein(MAPT)/tau exon 6 Ser(53)Pro, MAPT/tau Hist(47)Tyr, IL-6572 G/C and IL-6R(Asp)358(Ala) with the risk of concussion in college athletes. METHODS: A 23-centre prospective cohort study of 1056 college athletes with genotyping was completed between August 2003 and December 2012. All athletes completed baseline medical and concussion questionnaires, and post-concussion data were collected for athletes with a documented concussion...
September 16, 2017: British Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916829/tricritical-wings-and-modulated-magnetic-phases-in-lacrge3-under-pressure
#9
Udhara S Kaluarachchi, Sergey L Bud'ko, Paul C Canfield, Valentin Taufour
Experimental and theoretical investigations on itinerant ferromagnetic systems under pressure have shown that ferromagnetic quantum criticality is avoided either by a change of the transition order, becoming of the first order at a tricritical point, or by the appearance of modulated magnetic phases. In the first case, the application of a magnetic field reveals a wing-structure phase diagram as seen in itinerant ferromagnets such as ZrZn2 and UGe2. In the second case, no tricritical wings have been observed so far...
September 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915096/dietary-supplement-use-perceptions-and-associated-lifestyle-behaviors-in-undergraduate-college-students-student-athletes-and-rotc-cadets
#10
Arthur A Valentine, Julie Raeder Schumacher, Jan Murphy, Yoon Jin Ma
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September 15, 2017: Journal of American College Health: J of ACH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914235/jump-stabilization-and-landing-control-by-wing-spreading-of-a-locust-inspired-jumper
#11
Avishai Beck, Valentin Zaytsev, Uri Ben-Hanan, Gabor Kosa, Amir Ayali, Avi Weiss
Bio-inspired robotics is a promising design strategy for mobile robots. Jumping is an energy efficient locomotion gait for traversing difficult terrain. Inspired by the jumping and flying behavior of the desert locust, we have recently developed a miniature jumping robot that can jump over 3.5 m high. However, much like the non-adult locust, it rotates while in the air and lands uncontrollably. Inspired by the winged adult locust, we have added spreading wings and a tail to the jumper. After the robot leaps, at the apex of the trajectory, the wings unfold and it glides to the ground...
September 15, 2017: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912422/children-and-adults-with-attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder-cannot-move-to-the-beat
#12
Frédéric Puyjarinet, Valentin Bégel, Régis Lopez, Delphine Dellacherie, Simone Dalla Bella
Children and adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) fail in simple tasks like telling whether two sounds have different durations, or in reproducing single durations. The deficit is linked to poor reading, attention, and language skills. Here we demonstrate that these timing distortions emerge also when tracking the beat of rhythmic sounds in perceptual and sensorimotor tasks. This contrasts with the common observation that durations are better perceived and produced when embedded in rhythmic stimuli...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911034/planktonic-free-living-amoebae-susceptibility-to-dental-unit-waterlines-disinfectants
#13
Damien Costa, Valentin Bossard, Kévin Brunet, Benjamin Fradin, Christine Imbert
A high diversity of microorganisms is encountered inside dental unit waterlines (DUWL). Among those the presence of free-living amoebae (FLA) appears currently underestimated, although human infections may occur due to contact with FLA-contaminated water during dental cares. In order to limit microbial DUWL contamination, disinfectants are provided by dental unit manufacturer, however, with limited documentation on their activities against FLA. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficiency of three commercial DUWL disinfectants: the Calbenium© (Airel, Champigny-sur-Marne, France), the Oxygenal 6© (Kavo, Biberach, Germany) and the Sterispray© (Gammasonic, Billom, France), against two FLA species, i...
November 30, 2017: Pathogens and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910529/metal-ion-distribution-and-oxygen-vacancies-determine-activity-of-magnetically-recoverable-catalysts-in-methanol-synthesis
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Troy Oracko, Rigel Jaquish, Yaroslav B Losovyj, David Gene Morgan, Maren Pink, Barry D Stein, Valentin Yu Doluda, Olga P Tkachenko, Zinaida B Shifrina, Maxim E Grigoriev, Alexander I Sidorov, Esther M Sulman, Lyudmila M Bronstein
Here, we report on the development of novel Zn-, Zn-Cr-, and Zn-Cu-containing catalysts using magnetic silica (Fe3O4-SiO2) as support. Transmission electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy showed that the iron oxide nanoparticles (NPs) are located in mesoporous silica pores and the magnetite (spinel) structure remains virtually unchanged despite the incorporation of Zn and Cr. According to X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy data, the Zn and Cr species are intermixed within the magnetite structure...
September 14, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906525/stereolithographic-printing-of-ionically-crosslinked-alginate-hydrogels-for-degradable-biomaterials-and-microfluidics
#15
Thomas M Valentin, Susan E Leggett, Po-Yen Chen, Jaskiranjeet K Sodhi, Lauren H Stephens, Hayley D McClintock, Jea Yun Sim, Ian Y Wong
3D printed biomaterials with spatial and temporal functionality could enable interfacial manipulation of fluid flows and motile cells. However, such dynamic biomaterials are challenging to implement since they must be responsive to multiple, biocompatible stimuli. Here, we show stereolithographic printing of hydrogels using noncovalent (ionic) crosslinking, which enables reversible patterning with controlled degradation. We demonstrate this approach using sodium alginate, photoacid generators and various combinations of divalent cation salts, which can be used to tune the hydrogel degradation kinetics, pattern fidelity, and mechanical properties...
September 14, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906437/developing-fine-grained-actigraphies-for-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-from-a-single-accelerometer-using-machine-learning
#16
Javier Andreu-Perez, Luis Garcia-Gancedo, Jonathan McKinnell, Anniek Van der Drift, Adam Powell, Valentin Hamy, Thomas Keller, Guang-Zhong Yang
In addition to routine clinical examination, unobtrusive and physical monitoring of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) patients provides an important source of information to enable understanding the impact of the disease on quality of life. Besides an increase in sedentary behaviour, pain in RA can negatively impact simple physical activities such as getting out of bed and standing up from a chair. The objective of this work is to develop a method that can generate fine-grained actigraphies to capture the impact of the disease on the daily activities of patients...
September 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906255/echinococcus-multilocularis-vesicular-fluid-inhibits-activation-and-proliferation-of-natural-killer-cells
#17
Anne-Pauline Bellanger, Valentine Mougey, Jean-Rene Pallandre, Houssein Gbaguidi-Haore, Yann Godet, Laurence Millon
Alveolar echinococcosis is a severe chronic helminthic disease that mimics slow-growing liver cancer. The immune evasion strategy of Echinococcus multilocularis Leuckart, 1863 remains poorly understood. The aim of this study was to investigate in vitro the impact of E. multilocularis vesicular fluid (Em-VF) on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and on natural killer (NK) cells. PBMC and NK cells were exposed to Em-VF (1 µg/ml) during six days. The effect of Em-VF was assessed on CD69, viability and proliferation, and on and transforming growth factor β (TGF-β), interferon γ (IFN-γ), interleukin 17 (IL-17) and interleukin 10, using flow cytometry and ELISA, respectively...
August 25, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905878/detecting-splicing-patterns-in-genes-involved-in-hereditary-breast-and-ovarian-cancer
#18
Grégoire Davy, Antoine Rousselin, Nicolas Goardon, Laurent Castéra, Valentin Harter, Angelina Legros, Etienne Muller, Robin Fouillet, Baptiste Brault, Anna S Smirnova, Fréderic Lemoine, Pierre de la Grange, Marine Guillaud-Bataille, Virginie Caux-Moncoutier, Claude Houdayer, Françoise Bonnet, Cécile Blanc-Fournier, Pascaline Gaildrat, Thierry Frebourg, Alexandra Martins, Dominique Vaur, Sophie Krieger
Interpretation of variants of unknown significance (VUS) is a major challenge for laboratories performing molecular diagnosis of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer (HBOC), especially considering that many genes are now known to be involved in this syndrome. One important way these VUS can have a functional impact is through their effects on RNA splicing. Here we present a custom RNA-Seq assay plus bioinformatics and biostatistics pipeline to analyse specifically alternative and abnormal splicing junctions in 11 targeted HBOC genes...
October 2017: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905177/readability-assessment-of-online-patient-education-materials-provided-by-the-european-association-of-urology
#19
Patrick Betschart, Valentin Zumstein, Maico Bentivoglio, Daniel Engeler, Hans-Peter Schmid, Dominik Abt
PURPOSE: To assess the readability of the web-based patient education material provided by the European Association of Urology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: English patient education materials (PEM) as available in May 2017 were obtained from the EAU website. Each topic was analyzed separately using six well-established readability assessment tools, including Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level (FKGL), SMOG Grade Level (SMOG), Coleman-Liau Index (CLI), Gunning Fog Index (GFI), Flesch Reading Ease Formula (FRE) and Fry Readability Graph (FRG)...
September 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28905112/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-spina-bifida-and-h1n1-induced-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome
#20
Oliver Jansen, Oliver Kamp, Christian Waydhas, Valentin Rausch, Thomas Armin Schildhauer, Justus Strauch, Dirk Buchwald, Uwe Hamsen
Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is characterized as an acute hypoxemic and/or hypercapnic respiratory failure seen in critically ill patients and is still, although decreased over the past few years, associated with high mortality. Furthermore, ARDS may be a life-threatening complication of H1N1 pneumonia. We report on a 45-year-old spina bifida patient with confirmed H1N1 influenza virus infection causing acute respiratory failure, who was successfully weaned from 42-day veno-venous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (vv-ECMO) treatment with an excellent outcome...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
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