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Computational Identification of Amino-Acid Mutations that Further Improve the Activity of a Chalcone-Flavonone Isomerase from Glycine max

Description: This article discusses a computational approach that combines multiple sequence alignment, positive selection detection, and molecular docking to identify and design beneficial amino-acid mutations that further improve the intramolecular-cyclization activity of a chalcone-flavonone isomerase from Glycine max (GmCHI).
Date: February 24, 2017
Creator: Yuan, Hui; Wu, Jiaqi; Wang, Xiaoqiang; Chen, Jiakuan; Zhong, Yang; Huang, Qiang et al.

Phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic NEET proteins uncovers a link between a key gene duplication event and the evolution of vertebrates

Description: This article describes the use of three members of the human NEET protein family (CISD1, mitoNEET; CISD2, NAF-1 or Miner 1; and CISD3, Miner2) as guides to conduct a phylogenetic analysis of eukaryotic NEET proteins and their evolution.
Date: February 16, 2017
Creator: Inupakutika, Madhuri A.; Sengupta, Soham; Nechushtai, Rachel; Jennings, Patricia A.; Onuchic, José N.; Azad, Rajeev K. et al.

Commentary on "Effect of β-alanine and the solvent composition on the solubility of solvate of calcium D-pantothenate containing four molecules of methanol and one molecule of water (D-PC·4MeOH·1H₂O)"

Description: This article points out problems associated with two of the mathematical treatments used by authors Han et al. (2017) for the solubility behavior of calcium D-panthenate solvate as the mole fraction concentration β-alanine approaches zero.
Date: February 7, 2017
Creator: Acree, William E. (William Eugene)

Lophozonia tree cavities used for nesting by Slender-billed Parakeets (Enicognathus leptorhynchus) in the central valley of southern Chile: a potentially vanishing keystone resource

Description: This article describes and quantifies characteristics of southern beech (Lophoonia obliqua) trees and their associated cavities used for nesting by Slender-billed Parakeets in the central valley of southern Chile.
Date: February 6, 2017
Creator: White Jr., Thomas H. & Jiménez, Jaime E.

A Dual-Modality System for Both Multi-Color Ultrasound-Switchable Fluorescence and Ultrasound Imaging

Description: This article discusses the development of a dual-modality imaging system by combining recently developed ultrasound-switchable fluorescence (USF) imaging technology with the conventional ultrasound (US) B-mode imaging.
Date: February 4, 2017
Creator: Kandukuri, Jayanth; Yu, Shuai; Cheng, Bingbing; Bandi, Venugopal; D'Souza, Francis; Nguyen, Kytai T. et al.

A chemical genetic screen uncovers a small molecule enhancer of the N-acylethanolamine degrading enzyme, fatty acid amide hydrolase, in Arabidopsis

Description: This article demonstrates the feasibility of using an unbiased chemical genetic approach to identify new pharmacological tools for manipulating FAAH- and NAE-mediated physiological processes in plants.
Date: January 23, 2017
Creator: Khan, Bibi Rafeiza; Faure, Lionel; Chapman, Kent D. & Blancaflor, Elison B.

Commentary on "Solubility and solution thermodynamics of cetilistat in water and (acetone, isopropyl alcohol, acetonitrile) binary solvent mixtures"

Description: This article reanalyzes experimental solubility data reported in the recent paper "Solubility and solution thermodynamics of cetilistat in water and (acetone, isopropyl alcohol, acetonitrile) binary solvent mixtures" in the Journal of Molecular Liquids.
Date: January 17, 2017
Creator: Acree, William E. (William Eugene)

Enthalpies of solution and enthalpies of solvation of organic solutes in ethylene glycol at 298.15 K: prediction and analysis of intermolecular interaction contributions

Description: This article studies thermochemistry of solvation of inert gases and organic solutes in ethylene glycol was thoroughly studied using solution calorimetry technique.
Date: December 24, 2016
Creator: Stolov, Mikhail; Zaitseva, Ksenia V.; Varfolomeev, Mikhail A. & Acree, William E. (William Eugene)

Generalized parameter-free duality models in discrete minmax fractional programming based on second-order optimality conditions

Description: This article discusses the construction of six generalized second-order parameter-free duality models, and proves several weak, strong, and strict converse duality theorems for a discrete minmax fractional programming problem using two partitioning schemes and various types of generalized second-order (ℱ, β, ɸ, 𝜌, θ, 𝑚)-univexity assumptions.
Date: November 8, 2016
Creator: Zalmai, G. J. & Verma, Ram U.

Being an Informed Consumer of Health Information and Assessment of Electronic Health Literacy in a National Sample of Internet Users: Validity and Reliability of the e-HLS Instrument

Description: This article examines psychometric properties of a new electronic health literacy measure in a national sample of Internet users with specific attention to older users.
Date: November 7, 2016
Creator: Seçkin, Gül; Yeatts, Dale E.; Hughes, Susan; Hudson, Cassie & Bell, Valerie

Effects of light on the resistivity of chemical vapor deposited graphene films

Description: This article reports that the resistance of a chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown graphene film transferred onto an SiO₂ substrate increases to higher saturation values upon exposure to light of decreasing wavelength from the visible to ultraviolet.
Date: October 24, 2016
Creator: Mo, Yudong; Pérez, José M.; Ye, Zhou; Zhao, Lei; Yang, Shizhong; Tan, Liuxi et al.

Interspecific Differences in Metabolic Rate and Metabolic Temperature Sensitivity Create Distinct Thermal Ecological Niches in Lizards (Plestiodon)

Description: This article examines three congeneric lizards from the southeastern United States (Plestiodon fasciatus, P. inexpectatus, and P. laticeps) and hypothesizes that interspecific differences in metabolic temperature sensitivity locally segregates them across their total range.
Date: October 19, 2016
Creator: Watson, Charles M. & Burggren, Warren W.

A novel statistical method for rare-variant association studies in general pedigrees

Description: In this paper, the authors discuss a novel statistical method for rare-variant association studies in general pedigrees for quantitative traits. This method uses a retrospective view that treats the traits as fixed and the genotypes as random, which accounts for complex and undefined ascertainment of families.
Date: October 18, 2016
Creator: Zhu, Huanhuan; Wang, Zhenchuan; Wang, Xuexia & Sha, Qiuying

More comprehensive forensic genetic marker analyses for accurate human remains identification using massively parallel DNA sequencing

Description: This paper uses massively parallel sequencing (MPS) to characterize 140-year-old human skeletal remains discovered at a historical site in Deadwood, South Dakota, United States.
Date: October 17, 2016
Creator: Ambers, Angie D.; Churchill, Jennifer D.; King, Jonathan L.; Stoljarova, Monika; Gill-King, Harrell; Assidi, Mourad et al.