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Chiara Giulia Fontanella, Emanuele Luigi Carniel, Alessandro Frigo, Veronica Macchi, Andrea Porzionato, Gloria Sarasin, Marco Rossato, Raffaele De Caro, Arturo N Natali
The infrapatellar adipose body (Hoffa's fat pad, IFP) is situated between the patellar tendon, the femoral condyle and the tibial plateau. The IFP consists of lobules of white adipose tissue delimited by thin connective septa. The actual structural functionality of the IFP is debated and should pertain to a cushioning role in the knee joint, providing to distribute and to damp mechanical stresses during articular activity. The present study is aimed to analyze the correlation between histological configuration and mechanical properties of the IFP, compared to other adipose tissues, partially differentiated by composition and conformation...
December 1, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
Cherie Armour, Eiko I Fried, Marie K Deserno, Jack Tsai, Robert H Pietrzak
OBJECTIVE: Recent developments in psychometrics enable the application of network models to analyze psychological disorders, such as PTSD. Instead of understanding symptoms as indicators of an underlying common cause, this approach suggests symptoms co-occur in syndromes due to causal interactions. The current study has two goals: (1) examine the network structure among the 20 DSM-5 PTSD symptoms, and (2) incorporate clinically relevant variables to the network to investigate whether PTSD symptoms exhibit differential relationships with suicidal ideation, depression, anxiety, physical functioning/quality of life (QoL), mental functioning/QoL, age, and sex...
November 27, 2016: Journal of Anxiety Disorders
Yiran Huang, Cheng Zhong, Hai Xiang Lin, Jing Huang
Metabolic pathway alignment has been widely used to find one-to-one and/or one-to-many reaction mappings to identify the alternative pathways that have similar functions through different sets of reactions, which has important applications in reconstructing phylogeny and understanding metabolic functions. The existing alignment methods exhaustively search reaction sets, which may become infeasible for large pathways. To address this problem, we present an effective alignment method for accurately extracting reaction mappings between two metabolic pathways...
2016: PloS One
Karolina Dżaman, Mariola Zagor, Elżbieta Sarnowska, Antoni Krzeski, Ireneusz Kantor
BACKGROUND: Bitter taste receptors (T2Rs), especially T2R38s appear as innovative regulators of innate immunity in the respiratory system. The single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in TAS2R38 gene may contribute to individual differences in susceptibility to respiratory infections especially chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS). TAS2R38 genotypes distribution varies by geographic region, race and ethnicity. The aim of the preliminary study was the identification of SNPs in TAS2R38 encoding genes in Polish patients with CRS and finding potential correlation with CRS phenotypes...
October 31, 2016: Otolaryngologia Polska. the Polish Otolaryngology
Micheli U Bevilacqua, Linda Turnbull, Sushila Saunders, Lee Er, Helen Chiu, Penny Hill, Rajinder S Singh, Adeera Levin, Michael A Copland, Abeed Jamal, Catherine Brumby, Orla Dunne, Paul A Taylor
♦ Background: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is challenging for patients with functional limitations, and assisted PD can support these patients, but previous reports of assisted PD have not examined the role of temporary assisted PD and had difficulty identifying adequate comparator cohorts. ♦ Methods: Peritoneal Dialysis Assist (PDA), a 12-month pilot of long-term and temporary assisted PD was completed in multiple PD centers in British Columbia, Canada. Continuous cycler PD (CCPD) patients were identified for PDA by standardized criteria, and service could be long-term or temporary/respite...
December 1, 2016: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Matias I Kinzurik, Kien Ly, Karine M David, Richard C Gardner, Bruno Fedrizzi
During glycolysis, yeast generates methylglyoxal (MG), a toxic metabolite that affects growth. Detoxification can occur when glyoxylase I (GLO1) and glyoxylase II (GLO2) convert MG to lactic acid. We have identified an additional, previously unrecognized role for GLO1 in sulfur assimilation in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. During a screening for putative carbon-sulfur lyases, the glo1 deletion strain showed significant production of H2S during fermentation. The glo1 strain also assimilated sulfate inefficiently, but grew normally on cysteine...
December 9, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
Patrick Eisner, Martin Klasen, Dhana Wolf, Klaus Zerres, Thomas Eggermann, Albrecht Eisert, Mikhail Zvyagintsev, Pegah Sarkheil, Krystyna A Mathiak, Florian Zepf, Klaus Mathiak
INTRODUCTION: A gene-environment interaction between expression genotypes of the monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) and adverse childhood experience increases the risk of antisocial behavior. However, the neural underpinnings of this interaction remain uninvestigated. A cortico-limbic circuit involving the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and the amygdala is central to the suppression of aggressive impulses and is modulated by serotonin (5-HT). MAOA genotypes may modulate the vulnerability of this circuit and increase the risk for emotion regulation deficits after specific life events...
December 9, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Anil M Tuladhar, Andrew Lawrence, David G Norris, Thomas R Barrick, Hugh S Markus, Frank-Erik de Leeuw
Cerebral small vessel disease (SVD) is an important cause of vascular cognitive impairment. Recent studies have demonstrated that structural connectivity of brain networks in SVD is disrupted. However, little is known about the extent and location of the reduced connectivity in SVD. Here they investigate the rich club organisation-a set of highly connected and interconnected regions-and investigate whether there is preferential rich club disruption in SVD. Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and cognitive assessment were performed in a discovery sample of SVD patients (n = 115) and healthy control subjects (n = 50)...
December 9, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
Patrick Kia Ming Lee, Wilson Wen Bin Goh, Judy Chia Ghee Sng
The brain adapts to dynamic environmental conditions by altering its epigenetic state, thereby influencing neuronal transcriptional programs. An example of an epigenetic modification is protein methylation, catalyzed by protein arginine methyltransferases (PRMT). One member, Prmt8, is selectively expressed in the central nervous system during a crucial phase of early development, but little else is known regarding its function. We hypothesize Prmt8 plays a role in synaptic maturation during development. To evaluate this, we used a proteome-wide approach to characterize the synaptic proteome of Prmt8 knockout versus wildtype mice...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Neurochemistry
Xianglong Tang, Jing Liu, Xingxing Hao
Research concerning cascading failures in complex networks has become a hot topic. However, most of the existing studies have focused on modelling the cascading phenomenon on networks and analysing network robustness from a theoretical point of view, which considers only the damage incurred by the failure of one or several nodes. However, such a theoretical approach may not be useful in practical situation. Thus, we first design a much more practical measure to evaluate the robustness of networks against cascading failures, termed Rcf...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
Zhuo Wen, Geng Chen, Sibo Zhu, Jinhang Zhu, Bin Li, Yunjie Song, Suqing Li, Leming Shi, Yuanting Zheng, Menglong Li
Accumulating evidence suggests that noncoding RNAs (ncRNAs) have important regulatory functions. However, lacking of functional annotations for ncRNAs hampered us from carrying out the subsequent functional or predictive research. Here we dissected the expression profiles of 3,458 rat noncoding genes using rat bodymap RNA-sequencing data consisting of 11 solid organs over four developmental stages (juvenile, adolescent, adult and aged) from both sexes, and conducted a comprehensive analysis of differentially expressed noncoding genes (DEnGs) between various conditions...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
Vijay Wardhan, Aarti Pandey, Subhra Chakraborty, Niranjan Chakraborty
Tubby and Tubby-like proteins (TLPs), in mammals, play critical roles in neural development, while its function in plants is largely unknown. We previously demonstrated that the chickpea TLP, CaTLP1, participates in osmotic stress response and might be associated with ABA-dependent network. However, how CaTLP1 is connected to ABA signaling remains unclear. The CaTLP1 was found to be engaged in ABA-mediated gene expression and stomatal closure. Complementation of the yeast yap1 mutant with CaTLP1 revealed its role in ROS scavenging...
December 9, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aaron Torres-Huerta, Jorge Cruz-Huerta, Herbert Höpfl, Luis G Hernández-Vázquez, Jaime Escalante-García, Arturo Jiménez-Sánchez, Rosa Santillan, Irán F Hernández-Ahuactzi, Mario Sánchez
A homologous series of dithiocarbamate ligands derived from N-substituted amino acids was reacted with different diorganotin dichlorides to give 18 diorganotin complexes. Spectroscopic and mass spectrometric analysis evidenced the formation of assemblies with six-coordinate tin atoms embedded in skewed-trapezoidal bipyramidal coordination environments of composition C2SnS2O2. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis for three of the compounds revealed a one-dimensional polymeric structure for the complex with the ligand derived from 5-aminopentanoic acid, which through further intermolecular Sn···O interactions generated an overall two-dimensional coordination polymer containing 40-membered hexanuclear tin macrocycles...
December 5, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
George Rajendra Kumar, Pakkirisamy Thilagar
A new series of luminescent cyclometalated platinum complexes with triarylborane-functionalized acetylacetonate ligands is reported. The complexes exhibit solid state luminescence and phosphorescence under ambient conditions. The luminescence color can be tuned from green to red by varying the cyclometalating ligand [2-phenylpyridine (for 1 and 2), 2-thiophenylpyridine (for 3 and 4), 2-thianapthenylpyridine (for 5 and 6)]. The luminescence originates from mixed (3)MLCT/(3)IL [MLCT, metal to ligand charge transfer; IL, intraligand] states of square planar platinum and borane moieties...
December 5, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Li-Jian Chen, Shao-Kai Sun, Yong Wang, Cheng-Xiong Yang, Shu-Qi Wu, Xiu-Ping Yan
Multifunctional nanoprobes that provide diagnosis and treatment features have attracted great interest in precision medicine. Near-infrared (NIR) persistent luminescence nanoparticles (PLNPs) are optimal materials due to no in situ excitation needed, deep tissue penetration, and high signal-to-noise ratio, while activatable optical probes can further enhance signal-to-noise ratio for the signal turn-on nature. Here, we show the design of an activatable multifunctional PLNP/copper sulfide (CuS)-based nanoprobe for luminescence imaging-guided photothermal therapy in vivo...
December 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Zhequan Yan, Liang Chen, Mina Yoon, Satish Kumar
We investigate the role of interfacial electronic properties on the phonon transport in two-dimensional MoS2 adsorbed on metal substrates (Au and Sc) using first-principles density functional theory and the atomistic Green's function method. Our study reveals that the different degree of orbital hybridization and electronic charge distribution between MoS2 and metal substrates play a significant role in determining the overall phonon-phonon coupling and phonon transmission. The charge transfer caused by the adsorption of MoS2 on Sc substrate can significantly weaken the Mo-S bond strength and change the phonon properties of MoS2, which result in a significant change in thermal boundary conductance (TBC) from one lattice-stacking configuration to another for same metallic substrate...
December 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Marco Malferrari, Anton Savitsky, Wolfgang Lubitz, Klaus Möbius, Giovanni Venturoli
Disaccharide glasses are increasingly used to immobilize proteins at room temperature for structural/functional studies and long-term preservation. To unravel the molecular basis of protein immobilization, we studied the effect of sugar/protein concentration ratios in trehalose or sucrose matrixes, in which the bacterial photosynthetic reaction center (RC) was embedded as a model protein. The structural, dynamical, and H-bonding characteristics of the sugar-protein systems were probed by high-field W-band EPR of a matrix-dissolved nitroxide radical...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Stefan A P Lenz, Johnathan D Kohout, Stacey D Wetmore
Despite the inherent stability of glycosidic linkages in nucleic acids that connect the nucleobases to sugar-phosphate backbones, cleavage of these bonds is often essential for organism survival. The current study uses DFT (B3LYP) to provide a fundamental understanding of the hydrolytic deglycosylation of the natural RNA nucleosides (A, C, G, and U), offers a comparison to DNA hydrolysis, and examines the effects of acid, base, or simultaneous acid-base catalysis on RNA deglycosylation. By initially examining HCOO(-)···H2O mediated deglycosylation, the barriers for RNA hydrolysis were determined to be 30-38 kJ mol(-1) higher than the corresponding DNA barriers, indicating that the 2'-OH group stabilizes the glycosidic bond...
December 9, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Max Chavarría, Ángel Goñi-Moreno, Víctor de Lorenzo, Pablo I Nikel
Fructose uptake in the soil bacterium Pseudomonas putida occurs through a canonical phosphoenolpyruvate (PEP)-dependent sugar transport system (PTS(Fru)). The logic of the genetic circuit that rules its functioning is puzzling: the transcription of the fruBKA operon, encoding all the components of PTS(Fru), can escape the repression exerted by the catabolite repressor/activator protein Cra solely in the presence of intracellular fructose-1-P, an agonist formed only when fructose has been already transported...
November 2016: MSystems
Xinggao Li, Dajun Yuan, Yuhai Guo, Zhiyong Cai
INTRODUCTION: Beijing subway line 14 includes four stations and approximately 2.8 km of tunnels between the Dongfengbeiqiao and Jingshunlu areas of the city. Due to the surface and underground space limitations of this section, a double-track running tunnel instead of two single-track running tunnels was adopted to connect the two stations. The double-track tunnels were excavated by a 10.22 m diameter earth pressure balance (EPB) shield. It was the first time that an EPB shield more than 10 m in diameter was used in Beijing subway construction...
2016: SpringerPlus
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