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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938452/dose-specific-effects-of-di-isononyl-phthalate-on-the-endocannabinoid-system-and-on-liver-of-female-zebrafish
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Isabel Forner-Piquer, Francesca Maradonna, Giorgia Gioacchini, Stefania Santangeli, Marco Allarà, Fabiana Piscitelli, Hamid R Habibi, Vincenzo Di Marzo, Oliana Carnevali
Phthalates, used as plasticizers, have become a ubiquitous contaminant and have been reported for their potential to induce toxicity in living organisms. Among them, the Di-isononyl phthalate (DiNP) has been recently used to replace the bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP). Nowadays, there is evidence that DiNP is an Endocrine Disrupting Chemical (EDC), however little is known about its effects on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and lipid metabolism. Hence, the aim of our study was to investigate the effects of DiNP on the ECS in zebrafish liver and brain and on hepatic lipid storage...
August 14, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938446/vitamin-d-and-testosterone-in-healthy-men-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#2
Elisabeth Lerchbaum, Stefan Pilz, Christian Trummer, Verena Schwetz, Oliver Pachernegg, Annemieke C Heijboer, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch
Context: Available evidence shows an association of vitamin D with androgen levels in men. However, results from preliminary randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are conflicting. Objective: To evaluate whether vitamin D supplementation increases total testosterone (TT) levels in healthy men. Design: The Graz Vitamin D&TT-RCT is a single-center, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial conducted between December 2012 and January 2017...
August 29, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938170/aromatic-hydrazones-derived-from-nicotinic-acid-hydrazide-as-fluorimetric-ph-sensing-molecules-structural-analysis-by-computational-and-spectroscopic-methods-in-solid-phase-and-in-solution
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T Benković, A Kenđel, J Parlov-Vuković, D Kontrec, V Chiş, S Miljanić, N Galić
Structural analyses of aroylhydrazones were performed by computational and spectroscopic methods (solid state NMR, 1 and 2D NMR spectroscopy, FT-IR (ATR) spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Vis spectrometry and spectrofluorimetry) in solid state and in solution. The studied compounds were N'-(2,3-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (1), N'-(2,5-dihydroxyphenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (2), N'-(3-chloro-2-hydroxy-phenylmethylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (3), and N'-(2-hydroxy-4-methoxyphenyl-methylidene)-3-pyridinecarbohydrazide (4)...
September 15, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938169/effect-of-nitrogen-plasma-afterglow-on-the-1000-1800-cm-1-band-in-ft-ir-spectra-of-amorphous-carbon-nitride-thin-films
#4
Kamal Kayed
The aim of this paper is to develop the understanding of the mechanism which explains the formation of the (1000-1800) cm(-1) band in FT-IR spectra of amorphous carbon nitride thin films prepared by laser ablation method. The study results show that the bonds C(sp(3))N is have significant role in the formation of the (1000-1800) cm(-1) band, and it is necessary to provide a minimum amount of these bonds to be able to contribute in breaking the symmetry of the sp(2) carbon bonds.
September 14, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937649/synthesis-and-enhanced-ethanol-gas-sensing-properties-of-the-g-c%C3%A2-n%C3%A2-nanosheets-decorated-tin-oxide-flower-like-nanorods-composite
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Yan Wang, Jianliang Cao, Cong Qin, Bo Zhang, Guang Sun, Zhanying Zhang
Flower-like SnO₂/g-C₃N₄ nanocomposites were synthesized via a facile hydrothermal method by using SnCl₄·5H₂O and urea as the precursor. The structure and morphology of the as-synthesized samples were characterized by using the X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), electron microscopy (FESEM and TEM), and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FT-IR) techniques. SnO₂ displays the unique 3D flower-like microstructure assembled with many uniform nanorods with the lengths and diameters of about 400-600 nm and 50-100 nm, respectively...
September 22, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937169/asymmetrically-substituted-triazenes-as-poor-electron-donor-ligands-in-the-precursor-chemistry-of-iron-ii-for-iron-based-metallic-and-intermetallic-nanocrystals
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Khaled Soussi, Shashank Mishra, Erwann Jeanneau, Jean-Marc M Millet, Stéphane Daniele
Triazene ligands are introduced, for the first time, in the precursor chemistry for their ability to afford oxygen-free molecular precursors of Fe(0) nanoparticles. For this purpose, we synthesized new asymmetric triazene ligands t-BuN[double bond, length as m-dash]N-NHR (R = Et, i-Pr, n-Bu) featuring different alkyl substituents at 1,3-N centers, as well as a symmetric ligand t-BuN[double bond, length as m-dash]N-NHt-Bu and used them to develop novel heteroleptic monomeric Fe(II) triazenide derivatives [Fe(t-BuN3R)2(TMEDA)] (where TMEDA = tetramethylethylenediamine)...
September 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936796/biosurfactants-produced-by-bacillus-subtilis-a1-and-pseudomonas-stutzeri-na3-reduce-longevity-and-fecundity-of-anopheles-stephensi-and-show-high-toxicity-against-young-instars
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Punniyakotti Parthipan, Raja Kumaresan Sarankumar, Anitha Jaganathan, Pandian Amuthavalli, Ranganathan Babujanarthanam, Pattanathu K S M Rahman, Kadarkarai Murugan, Akon Higuchi, Giovanni Benelli, Aruliah Rajasekar
Anopheles stephensi acts as vector of Plasmodium parasites, which are responsible for malaria in tropical and subtropical areas worldwide. Currently, malaria management is a big challenge due to the presence of insecticide-resistant strains as well as to the development of Plasmodium species highly resistant to major antimalarial drugs. Therefore, the present study focused on biosurfactant produced by two bacteria Bacillus subtilis A1 and Pseudomonas stutzeri NA3, evaluating them for insecticidal applications against malaria mosquitoes...
September 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935356/repeated-measures-of-urinary-polycyclic-aromatic-hydrocarbon-metabolites-in-relation-to-altered-reproductive-hormones-a-cross-sectional-study-in-china
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Pan Yang, Huan Sun, Ya-Jie Gong, Yi-Xin Wang, Chong Liu, Ying-Jun Chen, Li Sun, Li-Li Huang, Song-Hua Ai, Wen-Qing Lu, Qiang Zeng
BACKGROUND: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are a group of ubiquitous environmental pollutants. In vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated that PAHs can alter endocrine function, yet evidence from human studies is limited. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate whether environmental exposure to PAHs was associated with altered reproductive hormone levels, using repeated measures of urinary OH-PAHs as biomarkers. METHODS: We measured 10 monohydroxylated PAHs (OH-PAHs) in repeated urine samples from 371 men in an infertility clinic in Wuhan, China...
September 12, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935254/design-of-gefitinib-loaded-poly-l-lactic-acid-microspheres-via-a-supercritical-anti-solvent-process-for-dry-powder-inhalation
#9
Qing Lin, Guijin Liu, Ziyi Zhao, Dongwei Wei, Jiafeng Pang, Yanbin Jiang
To develop a safer, more stable and potent formulation of gefitinib (GFB), micro-spheres of GFB encapsulated into poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) have been prepared by supercritical anti-solvent (SAS) technology in this study. Operating factors were optimized using a selected OA16 (4(5)) orthogonal array design, and the properties of the raw material and SAS processed samples were characterized by different methods The results show that the GFB-loaded PLLA particles prepared were spherical, having a smaller and narrower particle size compared with raw GFB...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934701/hydrothermal-synthesis-of-4zno%C3%A2-b2o3%C3%A2-h2o-ln-3-ln-eu-tb-phosphors-morphology-tunable-and-luminescence-properties
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Shiwei Cao, Yang Jiao, Weifang Han, Chunhua Ge, Bo Song, Jie Wang, Xiangdong Zhang
4ZnO·B2O3·H2O:Ln(3+) (Ln=Eu, Tb) phosphors with different morphologies have been successfully synthesized via one-step hydrothermal method through regulating the molar amount of Eu(3+) and Tb(3+). Comprehensive scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) Fourier transform infrared spectrum (FT-IR) and inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES) characterizations all confirm that obtained products are 4ZnO·B2O3·H2O:Ln(3+) (Ln=Eu, Tb). The experimental results displayed that the morphology and photoluminescence of compounds is regularly changed with increased the molar amount of rare earth ions...
September 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934700/copper-ii-complex-with-6-methylpyridine-2-carboxyclic-acid-experimental-and-computational-study-on-the-xrd-ft-ir-and-uv-vis-spectra-refractive-index-band-gap-and-nlo-parameters
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Sümeyye Altürk, Davut Avcı, Adil Başoğlu, Ömer Tamer, Yusuf Atalay, Necmi Dege
Crystal structure of the synthesized copper(II) complex with 6-methylpyridine-2-carboxylic acid, [Cu(6-Mepic)2·H2O]·H2O, was determined by XRD, FT-IR and UV-Vis spectroscopic techniques. Furthermore, the geometry optimization, harmonic vibration frequencies for the Cu(II) complex were carried out by using Density Functional Theory calculations with HSEh1PBE/6-311G(d,p)/LanL2DZ level. Electronic absorption wavelengths were obtained by using TD-DFT/HSEh1PBE/6-311G(d,p)/LanL2DZ level with CPCM model and major contributions were determined via Swizard/Chemissian program...
September 18, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934545/antimicrobial-3d-porous-scaffolds-prepared-by-additive-manufacturing-and-breath-figures
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Nelson Vargas Alfredo, Ane Dorronsoro, Aitziber L Cortajarena, Juan Rodriguez-Hernandez
We describe herein a novel strategy for the fabrication of efficient 3D printed antibacterial scaffolds. For this purpose, both the surface topography as well as the chemical composition of 3D scaffolds fabricated by additive manufacturing were modified. The scaffolds were fabricated by fused deposition modeling (FDM) using high impact polystyrene (HIPS) filaments. The surface of the objects was then topographically modified providing materials with porous surfaces by means of the Breath Figures approach. The strategy involves the immersion of the scaffold in a polymer solution during a precise period of time...
September 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934372/antibacterial-effects-of-the-artificial-surface-of-nanoimprinted-moth-eye-film
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Kiyoshi Minoura, Miho Yamada, Takashi Mizoguchi, Toshihiro Kaneko, Kyoko Nishiyama, Mari Ozminskyj, Tetsuo Koshizuka, Ikuo Wada, Tatsuo Suzutani
The antibacterial effect of a nanostructured film, known as "moth-eye film," was investigated. The moth-eye film has artificially formed nano-pillars, consisting of hydrophilic resin with urethane acrylate and polyethylene glycol (PEG) derivatives, all over its surface that replicates a moth's eye. Experiments were performed to compare the moth-eye film with a flat-surfaced film produced from the same materials. The JIS Z2801 film-covering method revealed that the two films produced a decrease in Staphylococcus aureus and Esherichia coli titers of over 5 and 3 logs, respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934145/spectroscopic-electrochemical-and-dft-studies-of-phosphorescent-homoleptic-cyclometalated-iridium-iii-complexes-based-on-substituted-4-fluorophenylvinyl-and-4-methoxyphenylvinylquinolines
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Adewale O Adeloye, Malose J Mphahlele, Abolanle S Adekunle, Lydia Rhyman, Ponnadurai Ramasami
This study reports the synthesis and comparative investigation of the substituent effects of a new series of highly luminescent homoleptic tris-cyclometalated iridium(III) complexes of the type [Ir(N(˄)C)₃]. These are based on two ligand type derivatives comprising of 4-fluorophenylvinylquinolines and 4-methoxyphenylvinylquinolines with electron-donating and/or electron-withdrawing groups as aryl substituents at 2-position. The structures of the ligands and their complexes were characterized by means of FT-IR, UV-Vis and NMR spectrometry complemented with photoluminescence and cyclic voltammetry...
September 21, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934117/new-zno-cardanol-porphyrin-composite-nanomaterials-with-enhanced-photocatalytic-capability-under-solar-light-irradiation
#15
Viviane Gomes Pereira Ribeiro, Ana Maria Pereira Marcelo, Kássia Teixeira da Silva, Fernando Luiz Firmino da Silva, João Paulo Ferreira Mota, João Paulo Costa do Nascimento, Antonio Sérgio Bezerra Sombra, Claudenilson da Silva Clemente, Giuseppe Mele, Luigi Carbone, Selma Elaine Mazzetto
This work describes the synthesis, characterization, and photocatalytic activity of new composite nanomaterials based on ZnO nanostructures impregnated by lipophlilic porphyrins derived from cashew nut shell liquid (CNSL). The obtained nanomaterials were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and steady-state photoluminescence spectra (PL). The results confirm nanostructures showing average diameter of 55 nm and an improved absorption in the visible region...
September 21, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933278/an-insight-into-biophysical-characterization-and-genotoxicity-assessment-of-concanavalin-a-immobilized-on-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles
#16
Aabgeena Naeem, Taqi Khan, Tauqir Alam, Qayyum Husain
Concanavalin A (Con A) immobilized on the hexagonal zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles, using various techniques like atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction showed changes in morphology of Con A and ZnO nanoparticles. FT-IR spectroscopy confirmed the linking of Con A amino groups with ZnO nanoparticles. Con A immobilized nanoparticles in contrast to native lectin showed visible changes in hemagglutination activity as confirmed by pH dependence studies using fluorimetry. The Con A coated ZnO nanoparticles did not induce any significant damage to whole cell DNA as revealed from comet assay or plasmid DNA...
September 19, 2017: Protein and Peptide Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932951/structure-elucidation-and-in-silico-docking-studies-of-a-novel-furopyrimidine-antibiotics-synthesized-by-endolithic-bacterium-actinomadura-sp-al2
#17
Kaushik Bhattacharjee, Shakti Kumar, Narasinga Rao Palepu, Pradeep Kumar Patra, Kollipara Mohan Rao, Santa Ram Joshi
On screening of endolithic actinobacteria from a granite rock sample of Meghalaya for antibacterial compound, a novel antibacterial compound CCp1 was isolated from the fermentation broth of Actinomadura sp. AL2. On purification of the compound based on chromatographic techniques followed by characterization with FT-IR, UV-visible, (1)H NMR, (13)C NMR and mass spectrometry, the molecular formula of the compound was generated as C20H17N3O2, a furopyrimidine derivative. In vitro antibacterial activity of the compound was evaluated against both Gram positive and negative bacteria by agar well diffusion assay...
September 20, 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932707/neisseria-gonorrhoeae-challenge-increases-matrix-metalloproteinase-8-expression-in-fallopian-tube-explants
#18
Natalia E Juica, Paula I Rodas, Paula Solar, Paula Borda, Renato Vargas, Cristobal Muñoz, Rodolfo Paredes, Myron Christodoulides, Luis A Velasquez
Background:Neisseria gonorrhoeae (Ngo) is the etiological agent of gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted infection that initially infects the female lower genital tract. In untreated women, the bacteria can ascend to the upper genital reproductive tract and infect the fallopian tube (FTs), which is associated with salpingitis and can lead to impaired FT function and infertility. The extracellular matrix (ECM) plays an important role in cell migration and differentiation in the female genital tract, and some pathogens modify the ECM to establish successful infections...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932236/quantitative-evaluation-of-temporal-regularizers-in-compressed-sensing-dynamic-contrast-enhanced-mri-of-the-breast
#19
Dong Wang, Lori R Arlinghaus, Thomas E Yankeelov, Xiaoping Yang, David S Smith
PURPOSE: Dynamic contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (DCE-MRI) is used in cancer imaging to probe tumor vascular properties. Compressed sensing (CS) theory makes it possible to recover MR images from randomly undersampled k-space data using nonlinear recovery schemes. The purpose of this paper is to quantitatively evaluate common temporal sparsity-promoting regularizers for CS DCE-MRI of the breast. METHODS: We considered five ubiquitous temporal regularizers on 4...
2017: International Journal of Biomedical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931488/carboxylate-cross-linked-cyclodextrin-a-nanoporous-scaffold-for-enhancement-of-rosuvastatin-oral-bioavailability
#20
Mai Mahmoud Gabr, Sana Mohamed Mortada, Marwa Ahmed Sallam
Cyclodextrins play an important role in supramolecular chemistry acting as building blocks than can be cross-linked by various linker molecules forming nano-porous structures called nanosponges (NS). NS have the ability to enhance the stability, solubility and bioavailability of various actives. This work aimed at elaborating rosuvastatin (ROS) loaded NS to improve its oral bioavailability. Carboxylate-linked NS were synthesized by reacting β-CD with pyromellitic dianhydride (PDA) at different molar ratios under specific conditions...
September 17, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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