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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2018-08-18
    Description: Realizing industrial-scale, large-area photovoltaic modules without any considerable performance losses compared with the performance of laboratory-scale, small-area perovskite solar cells (PSCs) has been a challenge for practical applications of PSCs. Highly sophisticated patterning processes for achieving series connections, typically fabricated using printing or laser-scribing techniques, cause unexpected efficiency drops and require complicated manufacturing processes. We successfully fabricated high-efficiency, large-area PSC modules using a new electrochemical patterning process. The intrinsic ion-conducting features of perovskites enabled us to create metal-filamentary nanoelectrodes to facilitate the monolithic serial interconnections of PSC modules. By fabricating planar-type PSC modules through low-temperature annealing and all-solution processing, we demonstrated a notably high module efficiency of 14.0% for a total area of 9.06 cm 2 with a high geometric fill factor of 94.1%.
    Electronic ISSN: 2375-2548
    Topics: Natural Sciences in General
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    Publication Date: 2018-11-01
    Description: Hydrocephalus is a common and costly neurological condition caused by the overproduction and/or impaired resorption of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The current standard of care, ventricular catheters (shunts), is prone to failure, which can result in nonspecific symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, and nausea. Current diagnostic tools for shunt failure such as computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radionuclide shunt patency studies (RSPSs), and ice pack–mediated thermodilution have disadvantages including high cost, poor accuracy, inconvenience, and safety concerns. Here, we developed and tested a noninvasive, skin-mounted, wearable measurement platform that incorporates arrays of thermal sensors and actuators for precise, continuous, or intermittent measurements of flow through subdermal shunts, without the drawbacks of other methods. Systematic theoretical and experimental benchtop studies demonstrate high performance across a range of practical operating conditions. Advanced electronics designs serve as the basis of a wireless embodiment for continuous monitoring based on rechargeable batteries and data transmission using Bluetooth protocols. Clinical studies involving five patients validate the sensor’s ability to detect the presence of CSF flow ( P = 0.012) and further distinguish between baseline flow, diminished flow, and distal shunt failure. Last, we demonstrate processing algorithms to translate measured data into quantitative flow rate. The sensor designs, fabrication schemes, wireless architectures, and patient trials reported here represent an advance in hydrocephalus diagnostics with ability to visualize flow in a simple, user-friendly mode, accessible to the physician and patient alike.
    Print ISSN: 1946-6234
    Electronic ISSN: 1946-6242
    Topics: Medicine
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  • 3
    Publication Date: 2018-01-12
    Description: Analytical Chemistry DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b03431
    Print ISSN: 0003-2700
    Electronic ISSN: 1520-6882
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology
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    Publication Date: 2012-09-08
    Description: DNase I hypersensitive sites (DHSs) are markers of regulatory DNA and have underpinned the discovery of all classes of cis-regulatory elements including enhancers, promoters, insulators, silencers and locus control regions. Here we present the first extensive map of human DHSs identified through genome-wide profiling in 125 diverse cell and tissue types. We identify approximately 2.9 million DHSs that encompass virtually all known experimentally validated cis-regulatory sequences and expose a vast trove of novel elements, most with highly cell-selective regulation. Annotating these elements using ENCODE data reveals novel relationships between chromatin accessibility, transcription, DNA methylation and regulatory factor occupancy patterns. We connect approximately 580,000 distal DHSs with their target promoters, revealing systematic pairing of different classes of distal DHSs and specific promoter types. Patterning of chromatin accessibility at many regulatory regions is organized with dozens to hundreds of co-activated elements, and the transcellular DNase I sensitivity pattern at a given region can predict cell-type-specific functional behaviours. The DHS landscape shows signatures of recent functional evolutionary constraint. However, the DHS compartment in pluripotent and immortalized cells exhibits higher mutation rates than that in highly differentiated cells, exposing an unexpected link between chromatin accessibility, proliferative potential and patterns of human variation.〈br /〉〈br /〉〈a href="" target="_blank"〉〈img src="" border="0"〉〈/a〉   〈a href="" target="_blank"〉This paper as free author manuscript - peer-reviewed and accepted for publication〈/a〉〈br /〉〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Thurman, Robert E -- Rynes, Eric -- Humbert, Richard -- Vierstra, Jeff -- Maurano, Matthew T -- Haugen, Eric -- Sheffield, Nathan C -- Stergachis, Andrew B -- Wang, Hao -- Vernot, Benjamin -- Garg, Kavita -- John, Sam -- Sandstrom, Richard -- Bates, Daniel -- Boatman, Lisa -- Canfield, Theresa K -- Diegel, Morgan -- Dunn, Douglas -- Ebersol, Abigail K -- Frum, Tristan -- Giste, Erika -- Johnson, Audra K -- Johnson, Ericka M -- Kutyavin, Tanya -- Lajoie, Bryan -- Lee, Bum-Kyu -- Lee, Kristen -- London, Darin -- Lotakis, Dimitra -- Neph, Shane -- Neri, Fidencio -- Nguyen, Eric D -- Qu, Hongzhu -- Reynolds, Alex P -- Roach, Vaughn -- Safi, Alexias -- Sanchez, Minerva E -- Sanyal, Amartya -- Shafer, Anthony -- Simon, Jeremy M -- Song, Lingyun -- Vong, Shinny -- Weaver, Molly -- Yan, Yongqi -- Zhang, Zhancheng -- Zhang, Zhuzhu -- Lenhard, Boris -- Tewari, Muneesh -- Dorschner, Michael O -- Hansen, R Scott -- Navas, Patrick A -- Stamatoyannopoulos, George -- Iyer, Vishwanath R -- Lieb, Jason D -- Sunyaev, Shamil R -- Akey, Joshua M -- Sabo, Peter J -- Kaul, Rajinder -- Furey, Terrence S -- Dekker, Job -- Crawford, Gregory E -- Stamatoyannopoulos, John A -- F30 DK095678/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- GM076036/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/ -- HG004563/HG/NHGRI NIH HHS/ -- HG004592/HG/NHGRI NIH HHS/ -- HHSN261200800001E/PHS HHS/ -- MC_UP_1102/1/Medical Research Council/United Kingdom -- P30 CA016086/CA/NCI NIH HHS/ -- R01 GM076036/GM/NIGMS NIH HHS/ -- R01 HG003143/HG/NHGRI NIH HHS/ -- R01 MH084676/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- R01MH084676/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- U54 HG004563/HG/NHGRI NIH HHS/ -- U54 HG004592/HG/NHGRI NIH HHS/ -- England -- Nature. 2012 Sep 6;489(7414):75-82. doi: 10.1038/nature11232.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Department of Genome Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington 98195, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Chromatin/*genetics/*metabolism ; DNA/*genetics ; DNA Footprinting ; DNA Methylation ; DNA-Binding Proteins/metabolism ; Deoxyribonuclease I/metabolism ; *Encyclopedias as Topic ; Evolution, Molecular ; Genome, Human/*genetics ; Genomics ; Humans ; *Molecular Sequence Annotation ; Mutation Rate ; Promoter Regions, Genetic/genetics ; Regulatory Sequences, Nucleic Acid/*genetics ; Transcription Factors/metabolism ; Transcription Initiation Site ; Transcription, Genetic
    Print ISSN: 0028-0836
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4687
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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    Publication Date: 2018-03-06
    Description: High-grade glioma (HGG) is highly angiogenic, but antiangiogenic therapy has transient clinical benefit in only a fraction of patients. Vascular regulators of these heterogeneous responses remain undetermined. We found up-regulation of Sox7 and down-regulation of Sox17 in tumor endothelial cells (tECs) in mouse HGG. Sox7 deletion suppressed VEGFR2 expression, vascular abnormality, hypoxia-driven invasion, regulatory T cell infiltration, and tumor growth. Conversely, Sox17 deletion exacerbated these phenotypes by up-regulating Sox7 in tECs. Anti-VEGFR2 antibody treatment delayed tumor growth by normalizing Sox17 -deficient abnormal vessels with high Sox7 levels but promoted it by regressing Sox7 -deficient vessels, recapitulating variable therapeutic responses to antiangiogenic therapy in HGG patients. Our findings establish that Sox7 promotes tumor growth via vessel abnormalization, and its level determines the therapeutic outcome of VEGFR2 inhibition in HGG. In 189 HGG patients, Sox7 expression was heterogeneous in tumor vessels, and high Sox7 levels correlated with poor survival, early recurrence, and impaired vascular function, emphasizing the clinical relevance of Sox7 in HGG.
    Keywords: Solid Tumors
    Print ISSN: 0022-1007
    Electronic ISSN: 1540-9538
    Topics: Medicine
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    Abstract: Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. To date, 22 common breast cancer susceptibility loci have been identified accounting for similar to 8% of the heritability of the disease. We attempted to replicate 72 promising associations from two independent genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in similar to 70,000 cases and similar to 68,000 controls from 41 case-control studies and 9 breast cancer GWAS. We identified three new breast cancer risk loci at 12p11 (rs10771399; P = 2.7 x 10(-35)), 12q24 (rs1292011; P = 4.3 x 10(-19)) and 21q21 (rs2823093; P = 1.1 x 10(-12)). rs10771399 was associated with similar relative risks for both estrogen receptor (ER)-negative and ER-positive breast cancer, whereas the other two loci were associated only with ER-positive disease. Two of the loci lie in regions that contain strong plausible candidate genes: PTHLH (12p11) has a crucial role in mammary gland development and the establishment of bone metastasis in breast cancer, and NRIP1 (21q21) encodes an ER cofactor and has a role in the regulation of breast cancer cell growth
    Type of Publication: Journal article published
    PubMed ID: 22267197
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    ISSN: 1365-2842
    Source: Blackwell Publishing Journal Backfiles 1879-2005
    Topics: Medicine
    Notes: The purpose of this study was to investigate the influences of anterior disc displacement on TMJ loading during maximum clenching by use of finite-element analysis. Based on a young human dry skull, an analytic model of the mandible including the TMJ was developed. In addition to the standard model with normal disc–condyle relation, two models were designed to simulate various degrees of anterior disc displacement. In the standard model, compressive stresses were induced in the anterior, middle and lateral areas on the condyle and glenoid fossa, whereas tensile stresses were observed in the posterior and medial regions. In the models with anterior disc displacement, compressive stresses were recognized in all the areas of TMJ components excluding the bilaminar zone. Shear stresses in the articular disc and bilaminar zone significantly increased in most areas. In conclusion, stress distributions in the TMJ with a normal disc position was substantially different from those with anterior disc displacement, suggesting that the progress in disc displacement may have some association with the nature of stress distributions in the TMJ, in the articular disc in particular.
    Type of Medium: Electronic Resource
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    Publication Date: 2018-07-02
    Description: Elevated hepatic ceramide levels have been implicated in both insulin resistance (IR) and hepatic steatosis. To understand the factors contributing to hepatic ceramide levels in mice of both sexes, we have quantitated ceramides in a reference population of mice, the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel that has been previously characterized for a variety of metabolic syndrome traits. We observed significant positive correlations between Cer(d18:1/16:0) and IR/hepatic steatosis, consistent with previous findings, although the relationship broke down between sexes, as females were less insulin resistant, but had higher Cer(d18:1/16:0) levels than males. The sex difference was due in part to testosterone-mediated repression of ceramide synthase 6. One ceramide species, Cer(d18:1/20:0), was present at higher levels in males and was associated with IR only in males. Clear evidence of gene-by-sex and gene-by-diet interactions was observed, including sex-specific genome-wide association study results. Thus, our studies show clear differences in how hepatic ceramides are regulated between the sexes, which again suggests that the physiological roles of certain hepatic ceramides differ between the sexes.
    Print ISSN: 0022-2275
    Electronic ISSN: 1539-7262
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2018-07-28
    Description: Comment on structural basis of DUX4/IGH-driven transactivation Comment on structural basis of DUX4/IGH-driven transactivation, Published online: 27 July 2018; doi:10.1038/s41375-018-0217-7 Comment on structural basis of DUX4/IGH-driven transactivation
    Print ISSN: 0887-6924
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-5551
    Topics: Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2018-07-03
    Description: Emerging evidence demonstrates that autophagy and apoptosis are interconnected and their interplay greatly affects cell death. However, the key regulators in this crosstalk remain elusive. Therefore, the role of N-terminal arginylated BiP (R-BiP)/Beclin-1/p62 complex was examined in the crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy during combination chemotherapy with mitomycin C and bortezomib using immunoblot, immunoprecipitation, and cellular imaging assays in wild-type (WT) and genetically engineered colorectal cancer cells. In addition, the tumoricidal efficacy of the combinatorial treatment in a nude mouse tumor xenograft model of colorectal cancer was assessed. Bortezomib combined with mitomycin C synergistically induced cytotoxicity and apoptosis rather than autophagy. Mechanistically, this combination inactivated Akt and subsequently induced Beclin-1 ( BECN1 ) dephosphorylation at Ser 234/295. Dephosphorylation of Beclin-1 resulted in increased cleavage of Beclin-1 and disruption of the R-BiP/Beclin-1/p62 complex, which led to switching autophagy to the synergistic induction of apoptosis. Importantly, the combination significantly suppressed LS174T intraperitoneal xenograft tumor growth, induced Akt inactivation and Beclin-1 cleavage, and decreased autophagy in vivo . Moreover, the tumoricidal efficacy of the combinatorial treatment was less effective, in vitro and in vivo , in HCT116 tumors harboring a Beclin-1 caspase 8 cleavage site mutant knock-in. Implications: This study uncovers that the R-BiP/Beclin-1/p62 complex has an important role in the crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy. The results also propose how mono-drug resistance can be overcome using potent combinations to improve anticancer therapy. Mol Cancer Res; 16(7); 1077–91. ©2018 AACR .
    Print ISSN: 1541-7786
    Electronic ISSN: 1557-3125
    Topics: Medicine
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