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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053920/turn-on-fluorene-push-pull-probes-with-high-brightness-and-photostability-for-visualizing-lipid-order-in-biomembranes
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Janah Shaya, Mayeul Collot, Frédéric Benailly, Najiba Mahmoud, Yves Mély, Benoît Y Michel, Andrey S Klymchenko, Alain Burger
The rational design of environment-sensitive dyes with superior properties is critical for elucidating the fundamental biological processes and understanding the biophysical behavior of cell membranes. In this study, a novel group of fluorene-based push-pull probes was developed for imaging membrane lipids. The design of these fluorogenic conjugates is based on a propioloyl linker to preserve the required spectroscopic features of the core dye. This versatile linker allowed the introduction of a polar deoxyribosyl head, a lipophilic chain, and an amphiphilic/anchoring group to tune the cell membrane binding and internalization...
October 20, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053686/empirical-metagenomic-and-computational-techniques-illuminate-the-mechanisms-by-which-fungicides-compromise-bee-health
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Shawn A Steffan, Prarthana S Dharampal, Luis Diaz-Garcia, Cameron R Currie, Juan Zalapa, Chris Todd Hittinger
Growers often use fungicide sprays during bloom to protect crops against disease, which exposes bees to fungicide residues. Although considered "bee-safe," there is mounting evidence that fungicide residues in pollen are associated with bee declines (for both honey and bumble bee species). While the mechanisms remain relatively unknown, researchers have speculated that bee-microbe symbioses are involved. Microbes play a pivotal role in the preservation and/or processing of pollen, which serves as nutrition for larval bees...
October 9, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053630/rapid-classification-and-identification-of-chemical-components-of-schisandra-chinensis-by-uplc-q-tof-ms-combined-with-data-post-processing
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Shenshen Yang, Lanlan Shan, Houmin Luo, Xue Sheng, Jun Du, Yubo Li
Schisandra chinensis (known in Chinese as WuWeiZi, WWZ) has observable effects such as astringing the lung to stop coughs, arresting sweating, preserving semen and preventing diarrhea. The major components of WWZ include lignans, triterpenoids, organic acids and fatty acids. In this paper, a reliable method for the rapid identification of multiple components in WWZ by their characteristic fragments and neutral losses using UPLC-Q-TOF/MS technology was developed. After review of the literature and some reference experiments, the fragmentation pattern of several compounds were studied and summarized...
October 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053293/new-constraints-on-light-vectors-coupled-to-anomalous-currents
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Jeff A Dror, Robert Lasenby, Maxim Pospelov
We derive new constraints on light vectors coupled to standard model (SM) fermions, when the corresponding SM current is broken by the chiral anomaly. The cancellation of the anomaly by heavy fermions results, in the low-energy theory, in Wess-Zumino-type interactions between the new vector and the SM gauge bosons. These interactions are determined by the requirement that the heavy sector preserves the SM gauge groups and lead to (energy/vector mass)^{2} enhanced rates for processes involving the longitudinal mode of the new vector...
October 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053284/structure-of-the-resource-theory-of-quantum-coherence
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Alexander Streltsov, Swapan Rana, Paul Boes, Jens Eisert
Quantum coherence is an essential feature of quantum mechanics which is responsible for the departure between the classical and quantum world. The recently established resource theory of quantum coherence studies possible quantum technological applications of quantum coherence, and limitations that arise if one is lacking the ability to establish superpositions. An important open problem in this context is a simple characterization for incoherent operations, constituted by all possible transformations allowed within the resource theory of coherence...
October 6, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053272/cardiotoxins-functional-role-of-local-conformational-changes
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Anastasia G Konshina, Nikolay A Krylov, Roman G Efremov
Cardiotoxins (CTs) from snake venoms are a family of homologous highly basic proteins that have extended hydrophobic patterns on their molecular surfaces. CTs are folded into three β-structured loops stabilized by four disulfide bridges. Being well-structured in aqueous solution, most of these proteins are membrane-active, although the exact molecular mechanisms of CT-induced cell damage are still poorly understood. To elucidate the structure-function relationships in CTs, a detailed knowledge of their spatial organization and local conformational dynamics is required...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053259/muconic-acid-production-via-alternative-pathways-and-a-synthetic-metabolic-funnel
#7
Brian Thompson, Shawn Pugh, Michael Machas, David R Nielsen
Muconic acid is a promising platform biochemical and precursor to adipic acid, which can be used to synthesize various plastics and polymers. In this study, the systematic construction and comparative evaluation of a modular network of non-natural pathways for muconic acid biosynthesis was investigated in Escherichia coli, including via three distinct and novel pathways proceeding via phenol as a common intermediate. However, poor recombinant activity and high promiscuity of phenol hydroxylase ultimately limited 'phenol-dependent' muconic acid production...
October 20, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053076/protective-effect-of-biodegradable-nerve-conduit-against-peripheral-nerve-adhesion-after-neurolysis
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Kosuke Shintani, Takuya Uemura, Kiyohito Takamatsu, Takuya Yokoi, Ema Onode, Mitsuhiro Okada, Hiroaki Nakamura
OBJECTIVE Peripheral nerve adhesion caused by extraneural and intraneural scar formation after neurolysis leads to nerve dysfunction. The authors previously developed a novel very flexible biodegradable nerve conduit composed of poly(L-lactide) and poly(ε-caprolactone) for use in peripheral nerve regeneration. In the present study, they investigated the effect of protective nerve wrapping on preventing adhesion in a rat sciatic nerve adhesion model. METHODS Rat sciatic nerves were randomly assigned to one of the following four groups: a no-adhesion group, which involved neurolysis alone without an adhesion procedure; an adhesion group, in which the adhesion procedure was performed after neurolysis, but no treatment was subsequently administered; a nerve wrap group, in which the adhesion procedure was performed after neurolysis and protective nerve wrapping was then performed with the nerve conduit; and a hyaluronic acid (HA) group, in which the adhesion procedure was performed after neurolysis and nerve wrapping was then performed with a 1% sodium HA viscous solution...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053074/clinical-improvement-associated-with-targeted-interruption-of-the-cerebellothalamic-tract-following-mr-guided-focused-ultrasound-for-essential-tremor
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J Levi Chazen, Harini Sarva, Philip E Stieg, Robert J Min, Douglas J Ballon, Kane O Pryor, Paul M Riegelhaupt, Michael G Kaplitt
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to evaluate the utility of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) tractography-based targeting of the dentatorubrothalamic tract (DRT) for magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) thalamotomy in patients with essential tremor (ET) and correlate postprocedural tract disruption with clinical outcomes. METHODS Four patients received preprocedural and immediate postprocedural DTI in addition to traditional anatomical MRI sequences for MRgFUS thalamotomy. Optimal ablation sites were selected based on the patient-specific location of the DRT as demonstrated by DTI (direct targeting) and correlated with traditional atlas-based measurements for thalamic ventral intermediate nucleus (Vim) lesioning (indirect targeting)...
October 20, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052801/coronary-flow-response-to-remote-ischemic-preconditioning-is-preserved-in-old-cardiac-patients
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Elpidio Santillo, Monica Migale, Fabrizio Balestrini, Demetrio Postacchini, Silvia Bustacchini, Fabrizia Lattanzio, Raffaele Antonelli-Incalzi
BACKGROUND: The effect of remote ischemic preconditioning (RIPC) on coronary flow in elderly cardiac patients has not been investigated yet. Thus, we aimed to study the change of coronary flow subsequent to RIPC in old patients with heart diseases and to identify its main correlates. METHODS: Ninety-five elderly patients (aged ≥ 65 years) accessing cardiac rehabilitation ward underwent transthoracic ultrasound evaluation of peak diastolic flow velocity of left anterior descending artery...
October 20, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052784/exercise-and-bone-health-across-the-lifespan
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Lívia Santos, Kirsty Jayne Elliott-Sale, Craig Sale
With ageing, bone tissue undergoes significant compositional, architectural and metabolic alterations potentially leading to osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is the most prevalent bone disorder, which is characterised by progressive bone weakening and an increased risk of fragility fractures. Although this metabolic disease is conventionally associated with ageing and menopause, the predisposing factors are thought to be established during childhood and adolescence. In light of this, exercise interventions implemented during maturation are likely to be highly beneficial as part of a long-term strategy to maximise peak bone mass and hence delay the onset of age- or menopause-related osteoporosis...
October 20, 2017: Biogerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052783/anatomical-study-of-the-left-superior-mediastinal-lymphatics-for-tracheal-branches-of-left-recurrent-laryngeal-nerve-preserving-mediastinoscope-assisted-surgery-in-esophageal-cancer
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Yutaka Nakajima, Yutaka Tokairin, Yasuaki Nakajima, Kenro Kawada, Kagami Nagai, Kumiko Yamaguchi, Keiichi Akita, Tatsuyuki Kawano
PURPOSE: Curative treatment of esophageal cancer requires meticulous superior mediastinal lymphadenectomy, in addition to esophagectomy, because superior mediastinal lymph node metastases are common in esophageal cancer. When preserving the tracheal branches of the left recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN), good anatomical understanding is required for confirmation of the positional relationships between the courses of lymphatic vessels, lymph node distribution, and the left RLN and its tracheal branches...
October 20, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052781/absolute-lymphocyte-counts-at-end-of-induction-correlate-with-distinct-immune-cell-compartments-in-pediatric-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Nina Rolf, Kinga K Smolen, Amina Kariminia, Adam Velenosi, Mario Fidanza, Caron Strahlendorf, Alix E Seif, Gregor S D Reid
Several retrospective studies in children with B cell precursor (BCP) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) provided clinical evidence that higher absolute lymphocyte counts (ALC) early into treatment significantly correlated with improved relapse-free and overall survival. It still remains unknown, however, whether the predictive role of higher ALCs reflects general bone marrow recovery or a more specific attribute of immune function. To investigate this question, we implemented a prospective observational cohort study in 20 children with BCP ALL on day 29 (D29) of induction chemotherapy and immunophenotyped their lymphoid (T, B and natural killer cells) and myeloid (neutrophils, monocytes, dendritic cells) compartments...
October 20, 2017: Cancer Immunology, Immunotherapy: CII
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052754/development-of-a-method-for-the-detection-of-polystyrene-microplastics-in-paraffin-embedded-histological-sections
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Cátia Gonçalves, Marta Martins, Maria H Costa, Pedro M Costa
The concerns about the presence of microplastics (MPs) in marine ecosystems have widely increased in the past years. This is reflected in a growing number of studies addressing the effects of exposure to these materials in indigenous, farmed and even laboratory marine animals subjected to toxicity-oriented bioassays. There have been, however, many constraints in the detection of MPs in biological tissues, as routine histological techniques tend to degrade these materials, which are especially sensitive to organic solvents...
October 20, 2017: Histochemistry and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052600/ultrasensitive-automated-rna-in-situ-hybridization-for-kappa-and-lambda-light-chain-mrna-detects-b-cell-clonality-in-tissue-biopsies-with-performance-comparable-or-superior-to-flow-cytometry
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Ling Guo, Zhen Wang, Courtney M Anderson, Emerald Doolittle, Siobhan Kernag, Claudiu V Cotta, Sarah L Ondrejka, Xiao-Jun Ma, James R Cook
The assessment of B-cell clonality is a critical component of the evaluation of suspected lymphoproliferative disorders, but analysis from formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues can be challenging if fresh tissue is not available for flow cytometry. Immunohistochemical and conventional bright field in situ hybridization stains for kappa and lambda are effective for evaluation of plasma cells but are often insufficiently sensitive to detect the much lower abundance of light chains present in B-cells. We describe an ultrasensitive RNA in situ hybridization assay that has been adapted for use on an automated immunohistochemistry platform and compare results with flow cytometry in 203 consecutive tissues and 104 consecutive bone marrows...
October 20, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052382/-research-progresses-and-formulation-development-of-natural-anti-mildew-agents-based-on-chinese-herbal-medicines
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Hai-Wei Wang, Guang-Yao Ying, Zhi-Xin Yang, Mei-Hua Yang, Jia-Jia Liu, Zhuo-Wen Fan, Wei-Jun Kong
Owing to the intrinsic factors and some extrinsic environmental conditions, many foods, agricultural products and Chinese materia medicas (CMMs), if not handled properly in the processes of growth, harvesting, processing and storage, can be easily contaminated by all kinds of molds to produce mycotoxins of serious toxicity, which will not only affect the quality, safety and effectiveness of CMMs, but also result in potential threatens to human and animal's health and life. Therefore, in recent decades, it has become the focus on how to prevent and control the foods, agricultural products and CMMs from being moldy and producing toxicity for scientific preservation...
April 2017: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052321/coenzyme-q10-supplementation-during-in-vitro-maturation-of-bovine-oocytes-bos-taurus-helps-to-preserve-oocyte-integrity-after-vitrification
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M Ruiz-Conca, M Vendrell, M Sabés-Alsina, T Mogas, M Lopez-Bejar
Oocyte vitrification causes less cell stress than slow cooling, but cytoskeletal and spindle alterations may occur affecting the oocyte competence. In vitro maturation (IVM) supplementation with different antioxidant molecules has been performed to attenuate this harmful stress. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10 ) supplementation has previously shown to have positive effects in bovine and mouse in vitro embryo development. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of CoQ10 during bovine oocyte IVM and vitrification...
October 2017: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052278/carnosine-and-n-acetyl-cysteine-protect-against-sodium-nitrite-induced-oxidative-stress-in-rat-blood
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Fariheen Aisha Ansari, Riaz Mahmood
Sodium nitrite (NaNO2 ) is widely used in the food industry as a preservative and colorant in meat and fish products. Industrialization and improper agricultural practices have greatly increased human exposure to high nitrite levels, mainly through contaminated drinking water, causing various health disorders. We have investigated the protective effect of carnosine (CAR) and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) on NaNO2 -induced toxicity in rat blood. CAR is a bioactive dipeptide found in mammalian muscle while NAC is a synthetic sulfhydryl amino acid and an important precursor of glutathione...
October 20, 2017: Cell Biology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052214/quantitative-3d-analysis-of-nuclear-morphology-and-heterochromatin-organization-from-whole-mount-plant-tissue-using-nucleusj
#19
Sophie Desset, Axel Poulet, Christophe Tatout
Image analysis is a classical way to study nuclear organization. While nuclear organization used to be investigated by colorimetric or fluorescent labeling of DNA or specific nuclear compartments, new methods in microscopy imaging now enable qualitative and quantitative analyses of chromatin pattern, and nuclear size and shape. Several procedures have been developed to prepare samples in order to collect 3D images for the analysis of spatial chromatin organization, but only few preserve the positional information of the cell within its tissue context...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29052208/fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization-fish-and-immunolabeling-on-3d-preserved-nuclei
#20
Till David Bey, Maria Koini, Paul Fransz
The spatial distribution of genes in the nucleus emerges as an important factor in gene regulation and epigenetics. The position of loci relative to each other, to nuclear landmarks such as the nucleolus and chromocenters, as well as to chromatin proteins is therefore highly interesting. With fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) specific DNA sequences can be stained and antibodies allow the detection of specific proteins. Here, we present two protocols that preserve the 3D structure of nuclei. With whole-mount FISH, specific sequences can be stained in intact tissues and, secondly, a combined immunolabeling and FISH protocol on acrylamide-embedded nuclei makes it possible to stain DNA sequences and proteins simultaneously...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
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