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  • 1
    Publication Date: 2018-04-07
    Description: In all known fermionic superfluids, Cooper pairs are composed of spin-1/2 quasi-particles that pair to form either spin-singlet or spin-triplet bound states. The "spin" of a Bloch electron, however, is fixed by the symmetries of the crystal and the atomic orbitals from which it is derived and, in some cases, can behave as if it were a spin-3/2 particle. The superconducting state of such a system allows pairing beyond spin-triplet, with higher spin quasi-particles combining to form quintet or septet pairs. We report evidence of unconventional superconductivity emerging from a spin-3/2 quasi-particle electronic structure in the half-Heusler semimetal YPtBi, a low-carrier density noncentrosymmetric cubic material with a high symmetry that preserves the p -like j = 3/2 manifold in the Bi-based 8 band in the presence of strong spin-orbit coupling. With a striking linear temperature dependence of the London penetration depth, the existence of line nodes in the superconducting order parameter is directly explained by a mixed-parity Cooper pairing model with high total angular momentum, consistent with a high-spin fermionic superfluid state. We propose a k ⋅ p model of the j = 3/2 fermions to explain how a dominant J = 3 septet pairing state is the simplest solution that naturally produces nodes in the mixed even-odd parity gap. Together with the underlying topologically nontrivial band structure, the unconventional pairing in this system represents a truly novel form of superfluidity that has strong potential for leading the development of a new series of topological superconductors.
    Electronic ISSN: 2375-2548
    Topics: Natural Sciences in General
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    Publication Date: 2011-04-08
    Description: Regulatory mechanisms governing the sequence from progenitor cell proliferation to neuronal migration during corticogenesis are poorly understood. Here we report that phosphorylation of DISC1, a major susceptibility factor for several mental disorders, acts as a molecular switch from maintaining proliferation of mitotic progenitor cells to activating migration of postmitotic neurons in mice. Unphosphorylated DISC1 regulates canonical Wnt signalling via an interaction with GSK3beta, whereas specific phosphorylation at serine 710 (S710) triggers the recruitment of Bardet-Biedl syndrome (BBS) proteins to the centrosome. In support of this model, loss of BBS1 leads to defects in migration, but not proliferation, whereas DISC1 knockdown leads to deficits in both. A phospho-dead mutant can only rescue proliferation, whereas a phospho-mimic mutant rescues exclusively migration defects. These data highlight a dual role for DISC1 in corticogenesis and indicate that phosphorylation of this protein at S710 activates a key developmental switch.〈br /〉〈br /〉〈a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3088774/" target="_blank"〉〈img src="https://static.pubmed.gov/portal/portal3rc.fcgi/4089621/img/3977009" border="0"〉〈/a〉   〈a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3088774/" target="_blank"〉This paper as free author manuscript - peer-reviewed and accepted for publication〈/a〉〈br /〉〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Notes: 〈/span〉Ishizuka, Koko -- Kamiya, Atsushi -- Oh, Edwin C -- Kanki, Hiroaki -- Seshadri, Saurav -- Robinson, Jon F -- Murdoch, Hannah -- Dunlop, Allan J -- Kubo, Ken-ichiro -- Furukori, Keiko -- Huang, Beverly -- Zeledon, Mariela -- Hayashi-Takagi, Akiko -- Okano, Hideyuki -- Nakajima, Kazunori -- Houslay, Miles D -- Katsanis, Nicholas -- Sawa, Akira -- DK-072301/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- DK-075972/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- G0600765/Medical Research Council/United Kingdom -- HD-04260/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/ -- MH-069853/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- MH-084018/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- MH-085226/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- MH-088753/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- MH-091230/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- R01 DK072301/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- R01 DK075972/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- R01 DK075972-06/DK/NIDDK NIH HHS/ -- R01 HD042601/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/ -- R01 HD042601-10/HD/NICHD NIH HHS/ -- R01 MH091230/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- R01 MH092443/MH/NIMH NIH HHS/ -- England -- Nature. 2011 May 5;473(7345):92-6. doi: 10.1038/nature09859. Epub 2011 Apr 6.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Author address: 〈/span〉Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland 21287, USA.〈br /〉〈span class="detail_caption"〉Record origin:〈/span〉 〈a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21471969" target="_blank"〉PubMed〈/a〉
    Keywords: Animals ; COS Cells ; Cell Movement/genetics ; Cell Proliferation ; Cercopithecus aethiops ; Cerebral Cortex/cytology/*embryology/physiology ; Gene Knockdown Techniques ; Glycogen Synthase Kinase 3/metabolism ; HEK293 Cells ; Humans ; Mice ; Microtubule-Associated Proteins/genetics/metabolism ; *Nerve Tissue Proteins/genetics/metabolism ; Neurons/*cytology/metabolism/*physiology ; PC12 Cells ; Phosphorylation ; Protein Binding ; Rats ; Signal Transduction ; Stem Cells/*cytology ; Wnt Proteins/metabolism ; beta Catenin/metabolism
    Print ISSN: 0028-0836
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4687
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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  • 3
    Publication Date: 2018-09-01
    Description: We study a Boolean network model such that rules governing the time evolution of states are not given a priori but emerge from the maximization process of local information transfer and are stabilized if possible. We mathematically derive the class of rules that can be stabilized. With the presence of small noise, those stabilized are such that their output depends on a unique input. We confirm the prediction of the theory by numerical simulation. We argue that the stabilized rules have generic properties of real-world gene regulatory networks, being both critical and highly canalized.
    Electronic ISSN: 1367-2630
    Topics: Physics
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    Publication Date: 2018-01-16
    Description: Liquid-like thermal conduction in intercalated layered crystalline solids Liquid-like thermal conduction in intercalated layered crystalline solids, Published online: 15 January 2018; doi:10.1038/s41563-017-0004-2 Investigation of the thermal transport properties of AgCrSe2 reveals complete suppression of the transverse acoustic phonons by ultrafast dynamic disorder with only the longitudinal acoustic mode surviving, resembling the thermal conduction of liquids.
    Print ISSN: 1476-1122
    Electronic ISSN: 1476-4660
    Topics: Chemistry and Pharmacology , Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science, Production Engineering, Mining and Metallurgy, Traffic Engineering, Precision Mechanics , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
    Published by Springer Nature
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  • 5
    Publication Date: 2018-01-31
    Description: Ferrets and mice are frequently used as animal models for influenza research. However, ferrets are demanding in terms of housing space and handling, whereas mice are not naturally susceptible to infection with human influenza A or B viruses. Therefore, prior adaptation of human viruses is required for their use in mice. In addition, there are no mouse-adapted variants of the recent H3N2 viruses, because these viruses do not replicate well in mice. In this study, we investigated the susceptibility of Syrian hamsters to influenza viruses with a view to using the hamster model as an alternative to the mouse model. We found that hamsters are sensitive to influenza viruses, including the recent H3N2 viruses, without adaptation. Although the hamsters did not show weight loss or clinical signs of H3N2 virus infection, we observed pathogenic effects in the respiratory tracts of the infected animals. All of the H3N2 viruses tested replicated in the respiratory organs of the hamsters, and some of them were detected in the nasal washes of infected animals. Moreover, a 2009 pandemic (pdm09) virus and a seasonal H1N1 virus, as well as one of the two H3N2 viruses, but not a type B virus, were transmissible by the airborne route in these hamsters. Hamsters thus have the potential to be a small-animal model for the study of influenza virus infection, including studies of the pathogenicity of H3N2 viruses and other strains, as well as for use in H1N1 virus transmission studies. IMPORTANCE We found that Syrian hamsters are susceptible to human influenza viruses, including the recent H3N2 viruses, without adaptation. We also found that a pdm09 virus and a seasonal H1N1 virus, as well as one of the H3N2 viruses, but not a type B virus tested, are transmitted by the airborne route in these hamsters. Syrian hamsters thus have the potential to be used as a small-animal model for the study of human influenza viruses.
    Print ISSN: 0022-538X
    Electronic ISSN: 1098-5514
    Topics: Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2018-01-03
    Description: Inhibiting specific gene expression with siRNA provides a new therapeutic strategy to tackle many diseases at the molecular level. Recent strategies called high-density lipoprotein (HDL)-mimicking peptide-phospholipid nanoscaffold (HPPS) nanoparticles have been used to induce siRNAs-targeted delivery to scavenger receptor class B type I receptor (SCARB1) -expressing cancer cells with high efficiency. Here, eight ideal therapeutic target genes were identified for advanced lung cancer throughout the screenings using endobronchial ultrasonography–guided transbronchial needle aspiration (EBUS-TBNA) and the establishment of a personalized siRNA-nanoparticle therapy. The relevance of these genes was evaluated by means of siRNA experiments in cancer cell growth. To establish a therapeutic model, kinesin family member-11 (KIF11) was selected as a target gene. A total of 356 lung cancers were analyzed immunohistochemically for its clinicopathologic significance. The antitumor effect of HPPS-conjugated siRNA was evaluated in vivo using xenograft tumor models. Inhibition of gene expression for these targets effectively suppressed lung cancer cell growth. SCARB1 was highly expressed in a subset of tumors from the lung large-cell carcinoma (LCC) and small-cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients. High-level KIF11 expression was identified as an independent prognostic factor in LCC and squamous cell carcinoma (SqCC) patients. Finally, a conjugate of siRNA against KIF11 and HPPS nanoparticles induced downregulation of KIF11 expression and mediated dramatic inhibition of tumor growth in vivo . Implications: This approach showed delivering personalized cancer-specific siRNAs via the appropriate nanocarrier may be a novel therapeutic option for patients with advanced lung cancer. Mol Cancer Res; 16(1); 47–57. ©2017 AACR .
    Print ISSN: 1541-7786
    Electronic ISSN: 1557-3125
    Topics: Medicine
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  • 7
    Publication Date: 2018-05-26
    Description: A total of 46 clinical isolates of Candida guilliermondii and Candida famata were reidentified genetically, resulting in 27 C. guilliermondii and 12 Candida fermentati strains. The majority of C. guilliermondii strains, but not C. fermentati strains, were isolated from blood cultures. C. fermentati was more sensitive to antifungals, hydrogen peroxide, and killing by murine macrophages than was C. guilliermondii . The C. guilliermondii isolates were echinocandin susceptible in vitro but resistant to micafungin in a murine model of invasive candidiasis.
    Print ISSN: 0066-4804
    Electronic ISSN: 1098-6596
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
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    Publication Date: 2018-07-03
    Description: 123 I-metaiodobenzylguanidine ( 123 I-MIBG) has independent prognostic value for risk stratification among heart failure patients, but the use of concomitant medication should not affect its quantitative information. We evaluated whether the 4 classes of antidepressants currently most prescribed as first-line treatment for major depressive disorder (MDD) have the potential to alter 123 I-MIBG imaging results. Methods: The inhibition effect of desipramine, escitalopram, venlafaxine, and bupropion on 131 I-MIBG uptake was assessed by in vitro uptake assays using human neuroblastoma SK-N-SH cells. The half-maximal inhibitory concentration of tracer uptake was determined from dose–response curves. To evaluate the effect of intravenous pretreatment with desipramine (1.5 mg/kg) and escitalopram (2.5 or 15 mg/kg) on 123 I-MIBG cardiac uptake, in vivo planar 123 I-MIBG scanning of healthy New Zealand White rabbits was performed. Results: The half-maximal inhibitory concentrations of desipramine, escitalopram, venlafaxine, and bupropion on 131 I-MIBG cellular uptake were 11.9 nM, 7.5 μM, 4.92 μM, and 12.9 μM, respectively. At the maximum serum concentration (as derived by previous clinical trials), the inhibition rates of 131 I-MIBG uptake were 90.6% for desipramine, 25.5% for venlafaxine, 11.7% for bupropion, and 0.72% for escitalopram. A low inhibition rate for escitalopram in the cell uptake study triggered investigation of an in vivo rabbit model: with a dosage considerably higher than used in clinical practice, the noninhibitory effect of escitalopram was confirmed. Furthermore, pretreatment with desipramine markedly reduced cardiac 123 I-MIBG uptake. Conclusion: In the present in vitro binding assay and in vivo rabbit study, the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor escitalopram had no major impact on neuronal cardiac 123 I-MIBG uptake within therapeutic dose ranges, whereas other types of first-line antidepressants for MDD treatment led to a significant decrease. These preliminary results warrant further confirmatory clinical trials regarding the reliability of cardiac 123 I-MIBG imaging, in particular, if the patient’s neuropsychiatric status would not tolerate withdrawal of a potentially norepinephrine-interfering antidepressant.
    Print ISSN: 0022-3123
    Topics: Medicine
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  • 9
    Publication Date: 2018-11-09
    Print ISSN: 0036-8075
    Electronic ISSN: 1095-9203
    Topics: Biology , Chemistry and Pharmacology , Geosciences , Computer Science , Medicine , Natural Sciences in General , Physics
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  • 10
    Publication Date: 2018-02-09
    Description: CRISPR/Cas9, which generates DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs) at target loci, is a powerful tool for editing genomes when codelivered with a donor DNA template. However, DSBs, which are the most deleterious type of DNA damage, often result in unintended nucleotide insertions/deletions (indels) via mutagenic nonhomologous end joining. We developed a strategy for precise gene editing that does not generate DSBs. We show that a combination of single nicks in the target gene and donor plasmid (SNGD) using Cas9D10A nickase promotes efficient nucleotide substitution by gene editing. Nicking the target gene alone did not facilitate efficient gene editing. However, an additional nick in the donor plasmid backbone markedly improved the gene-editing efficiency. SNGD-mediated gene editing led to a markedly lower indel frequency than that by the DSB-mediated approach. We also show that SNGD promotes gene editing at endogenous loci in human cells. Mechanistically, SNGD-mediated gene editing requires long-sequence homology between the target gene and repair template, but does not require CtIP, RAD51, or RAD52. Thus, it is considered that noncanonical homology-directed repair regulates the SNGD-mediated gene editing. In summary, SNGD promotes precise and efficient gene editing and may be a promising strategy for the development of a novel gene therapy approach.
    Electronic ISSN: 1549-5469
    Topics: Biology , Medicine
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