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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530708/engineering-rgb-color-vision-into-escherichia-coli
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Jesus Fernandez-Rodriguez, Felix Moser, Miryoung Song, Christopher A Voigt
Optogenetic tools use colored light to rapidly control gene expression in space and time. We designed a genetically encoded system that gives Escherichia coli the ability to distinguish between red, green, and blue (RGB) light and respond by changing gene expression. We use this system to produce 'color photographs' on bacterial culture plates by controlling pigment production and to redirect metabolic flux by expressing CRISPRi guide RNAs.
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530602/bioactive-compound-and-antioxidant-activity-distribution-in-roller-milled-and-pearled-fractions-of-conventional-and-pigmented-wheat-varieties
#2
Debora Giordano, Monica Locatelli, Fabiano Travaglia, Matteo Bordiga, Amedeo Reyneri, Jean Daniel Coïsson, Massimo Blandino
In this study, the chemical composition of pigmented wheats (yellow, purple and blue types), and the distribution of the bioactive compounds in their roller-milled and pearled fractions, were compared with conventional wheats (red and white types). Roller-milling promoted the recovery of total dietary fiber, β-glucans, phenolic acids and anthocyanins in the bran fraction, which resulted also in a higher total antioxidant activity than the refined flour. Conversely, lutein resulted mainly concentrated in the refined flour...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530599/a-saliva-molecular-imprinted-localized-surface-plasmon-resonance-biosensor-for-wine-astringency-estimation
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J Rafaela L Guerreiro, Natércia Teixeira, Victor De Freitas, M Goreti F Sales, Duncan S Sutherland
Wine astringency was evaluated based on the interaction of two complex matrices (red wine and saliva) by combining localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) and molecular imprinted polymers (MIP) at gold nanodisks as an alternative to sensorial analysis. The main objective of the work was to simulate wine astringency inside the mouth by mimicking this biological system. The LSPR/MIP sensor provided a linear response for astringency expressed in pentagalloyl glucose (PGG) units in concentrations ranging from 1 to 140μmol/L...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530575/effects-of-ergothioneine-rich-mushroom-extracts-on-lipid-oxidation-and-discoloration-in-salmon-muscle-stored-at-low-temperatures
#4
Jade Pahila, Hisayuki Kaneda, Reiko Nagasaka, Tomoyuki Koyama, Toshiaki Ohshima
The effects of supplementing ergothioneine-rich mushroom extracts (ME) on discoloration and lipid oxidation in astaxanthin-pigmented salmon muscles were evaluated. ME (Flammulina velutipes) were added (in vitro) to minced Oncorhynchus mykiss muscles and stored at -10°C. During several weeks of storage, the ME-treated group showed lower lipid hydroperoxide (HPO) accumulation and higher retained astaxanthin levels than in the control group. The effects of adding concentrated ME (Pleurotus cornucopiae) to Oncorhynchus kisutch diets were also tested over a 2-month feeding trial...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530189/marinobacter-lipolyticus-from-red-sea-for-lipase-production-and-modulation-of-silver-nanomaterials-for-anti-candidal-activities
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Mohammad Oves, Huda A Qari, Nadeen M Felemban, Mohammad Z Khan, Zulfiqar A Rehan, Iqbal M I Ismail
In this study, the bacterial strain CEES 33 was isolated from the coastal area of the Red Sea, Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The bacterium isolate was identified and characterized by using biochemical and molecular methods. The isolate CEES 33 has been identified as Gram-negative rod shaped and cream pigmented spherical colonies. It also demonstrated a positive result for nitrate reduction, oxidase, catalase, citrate utilization, lipase and exopolysaccharide production. Strain CEES 33 was characterized at the molecular level by partial 16S rRNA sequencing and it has been identified as Marinobacter lipolyticus (EMBL|LN835275...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530061/-purpuric-mycosis-fungoides
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Boaz Amichai, Boaz Gabay, Mario Cordoba, Deborah Kidron, Marcelo Grunwald
A 26-year-old female presented with 4-years duration of asymptomatic spots on her left leg. She was otherwise healthy. On examination several purpuric patches up to 3 cm. in diameter were found on the flexure aspect of her left leg. Histological examination revealed lymphocytic infiltrate, with mild atypia, with red blood cell extravasation and hemosiderin deposition in the papillary dermis. The clinical and histological findings were compatible with the diagnosis of early stage purpuric mycosis fungoides (MF)...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530050/-modern-over-the-good-and-old
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Sharon Baum, Aviv Barzilai
Modern dermatology is a reflection of the advances achieved in the general medical world. Thus, in recent years, dermatology encompasses many different fields and consequently, various subspecialties were created. In addition to dermatopathology and dermatosurgery, which are formal subspecialties, other fields of expertise include: autoimmune diseases, especially bullous diseases, hair and nail disorders, allergic diseases, infectious diseases and pigmented lesion clinics and oncodermatology. This current issue of "Harefuah" incorporates research and review articles from experts of the different subspecialties mentioned...
October 2016: Harefuah
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529701/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-dry-age-related-macular-degeneration-a-review
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Francesco Bandello, Riccardo Sacconi, Lea Querques, Eleonora Corbelli, Maria Vittoria Cicinelli, Giuseppe Querques
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most important cause of vision loss in elderly people, is a degenerative disorder of the central retina with a multifactorial etiopathology. AMD is classified in dry AMD (d-AMD) or neovascular AMD depending on the presence of choroidal neovascularization. Currently, no therapy is approved for geographic atrophy, the late form of d-AMD, because no treatment can restore the damage of retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) or photoreceptors. For this reason, all treatment approaches in d-AMD are only likely to prevent and slow down the progression of existing atrophy...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529062/quantitative-targeted-bile-acid-profiling-as-new-markers-for-dili-in-a-model-of-methapyrilene-induced-liver-injury-in-rats
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Markus Slopianka, Anne Herrmann, Mira Pavkovic, Heidrun Ellinger-Ziegelbauer, Rainer Ernst, Angela Mally, Matthias Keck, Bjoern Riefke
Recently, bile acids (BAs) were reported as promising markers for drug-induced liver injury (DILI). BAs have been suggested to correlate with hepatocellular and hepatobiliary damage; however a clear connection of BA patterns with different types of DILI remains to be established. To investigate if BAs can improve the assessment of liver injury, 20 specific BAs were quantitatively profiled via LC-MS/MS in plasma and liver tissue in a model of methapyrilene-induced liver injury in rats. Methapyrilene, a known hepatotoxin was dosed daily over 14-days at doses of 30 and 80mg/kg, followed by a recovery phase of 10 days...
May 18, 2017: Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528734/-human-pigmentation-and-evolution
#10
J Revuz, A Froment
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May 18, 2017: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528704/from-neuro-pigments-to-neural-efficiency-the-relationship-between-retinal-carotenoids-and-behavioral-and-neuroelectric-indices-of-cognitive-control-in-childhood
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Anne M Walk, Naiman A Khan, Sasha M Barnett, Lauren B Raine, Arthur F Kramer, Neal J Cohen, Christopher J Moulton, Lisa M Renzi-Hammond, Billy R Hammond, Charles H Hillman
Lutein and zeaxanthin are plant pigments known to preferentially accumulate in neural tissue. Macular Pigment Optical Density (MPOD), a non-invasive measure of retinal carotenoids and surrogate measure of brain carotenoid concentration, has been associated with disease prevention and cognitive health. Superior MPOD status in later adulthood has been shown to provide neuroprotective effects on cognition. Given that childhood signifies a critical period for carotenoid accumulation in brain, it is likely that the beneficial impact would be evident during development, though this relationship has not been directly investigated...
May 18, 2017: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528606/vitiligo-not-simply-a-skin-disease
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REVIEW
Jusleen Ahluwalia, Lilia M Correa-Selm, Babar K Rao
Melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin pigmentation, are present in other parts of the body, such as the ocular, auditory, nervous, and cardiac systems. Within these systems, their roles serve a different purpose than their classical counterparts in skin as pigment cells. Such roles include cell turnover in retinal pigment epithelium, maintenance of balance and prevention of environmental damage in the auditory neuroepithelium, role-playing as dendritic cells within the leptomeninges, and prevention of oxidative damage in adipose tissue...
2017: Skinmed
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528167/cxcl1-inhibition-regulates-uvb-induced-skin-inflammation-and-tumorigenesis-in-xpa-deficient-mice
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Makoto Kunisada, Chieko Hosaka, Chihiro Takemori, Eiji Nakano, Chikako Nishigori
Xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group A (XP-A) is a hereditary disease characterized by early onset of skin cancers and freckles-like pigmented maculae in the sun-exposed sites. Although etiology of predisposition to UV-induced skin tumors in XP-A is well investigated as a repair deficiency in UV-induced DNA damage, the mechanism of exaggerated sunburn in patients with XP-A and whether UV-induced inflammation relates to skin tumor-prone phenotype remains to be elucidated. Using gene profiling of XP-A model mice, Xpa-deficient mice, we found that expression of CXCL1 in the skin and blood levels of in Xpa-deficient mice increased significantly after UVB exposure at an even a limited area in comparison to those of wild-type mice...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527413/monochromatic-green-light-induces-an-aberrant-accumulation-of-geranylgeranyled-chlorophylls-in-plants
#14
Zuzana Materová, Roman Sobotka, Barbora Zdvihalová, Michal Oravec, Jakub Nezval, Václav Karlický, Daniel Vrábl, Michal Štroch, Vladimír Špunda
Light quality is an important environmental factor affecting the biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments whose production seems to be affected not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. In this work, we set out to identify unusual pigment detected in leaves of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and explain its presence in plants grown under monochromatic green light (GL; 500-590 nm). The chromatographic analysis (HPLC-DAD) revealed that a peak belonging to this unknown pigment is eluted between chlorophyll (Chl) a and b...
May 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526981/rubisco-mutants-of-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii-display-divergent-photosynthetic-parameters-and-lipid-allocation
#15
M G Esquível, A R Matos, J Marques Silva
Photosynthesis and lipid allocation were investigated in Rubisco small subunit mutants of the microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Comparative analyses were undertaken with cells grown photoheterotrophically under sulphur-replete or sulphur-depleted conditions. The Y67A Rubisco mutant, which has previously demonstrated a pronounced reduction in Rubisco levels and higher hydrogen production rates than the wild type, also shows the following divergences in photosynthetic phenotype and lipid allocation: (i) low Fv/Fm (maximum photochemical efficiency), (ii) low effective quantum yield of photosystem II (ΦPSII), (iii) low effectiveness at protection against high light intensities, (iv) a higher level of total lipids per pigment and (v) changes in the relative proportions of different fatty acids, with a marked decrease in unsaturated fatty acids (FAs)...
May 19, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526905/effectiveness-of-acellular-dermal-matrix-on-autologous-split-thickness-skin-graft-in-treatment-of-deep-tissue-defect-esthetic-subjective-and-objective-evaluation
#16
Yoo Jung Lee, Myong Chul Park, Dong Ha Park, Hyung Min Hahn, Sue Min Kim, Il Jae Lee
BACKGROUND: A split-thickness skin graft (STSG) is performed to cover a large full-thickness skin defect. Esthetic and functional deficits can result, and many studies have sought to overcome them. This study compared the effectiveness of the acellular dermal matrix (ADM) graft and STSG concerning esthetic and functional effectiveness of ADM on scar quality. METHODS: Of the patients who underwent anterolateral thigh free flap from 2011 to 2015, patients who received skin graft only (n = 10) or skin graft with ADM (n = 20) for coverage of the donor site were enrolled...
May 19, 2017: Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526061/photosynthesis-at-the-far-red-region-of-the-spectrum-in-acaryochloris-marina
#17
REVIEW
Syed Lal Badshah, Yahia Mabkhot, Salim S Al-Showiman
Acaryochloris marina is an oxygenic cyanobacterium that utilizes far-red light for photosynthesis. It has an expanded genome, which helps in its adaptability to the environment, where it can survive on low energy photons. Its major light absorbing pigment is chlorophyll d and it has α-carotene as a major carotenoid. Light harvesting antenna includes the external phycobilin binding proteins, which are hexameric rods made of phycocyanin and allophycocyanins, while the small integral membrane bound chlorophyll binding proteins are also present...
May 19, 2017: Biological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525816/evaluation-of-the-toxicity-of-herbicide-topramezone-to-chlorella-vulgaris-oxidative-stress-cell-morphology-and-photosynthetic-activity
#18
Fangfang Zhao, Qingqing Xiang, Ying Zhou, Xiao Xu, Xinyi Qiu, Yi Yu, Farooq Ahmad
Topramezone is a new, highly selective herbicide of pyrazole structure for the post-emergence control of broadleaf and grass weeds in corn. In this study, the effects of topramezone on C. vulgaris, especially in relation to the cell growth, oxidative stress, cell morphology and photosynthetic activity were assessed. Results showed that topramezone treatment was detrimental to C. vulgaris growth during the 24-96h of exposure. The changes in cells pigments content and relative transcript of photosynthesis-related genes, which implies that topramezone disrupted the photosynthetic system...
May 16, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525626/skin-pigmentation-and-risk-of-hearing-loss-in-women
#19
Brian M Lin, Wen-Qing Li, Sharon G Curhan, Konstantina M Stankovic, Abrar A Qureshi, Gary C Curhan
Black individuals have a lower risk of hearing loss than do whites, possibly because of differences in cochlear melanocytes. Previous studies have suggested that darker-skinned individuals tend to have more inner ear melanin, and cochlear melanocytes are important in generating the endocochlear potential. We investigated the relationship between self-reported hearing loss and skin pigmentation by using hair color, skin tanning ability, and skin reaction to prolonged sun exposure as surrogate measures of pigmentation among 49,323 white women in the Nurses' Health Study...
May 19, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525424/metastatic-melanoma-with-papillary-features-a-mimic-and-possible-diagnostic-pitfall
#20
Alberto Valero-Torres, Victor G Prieto, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Michael T Tetzlaff, Jonathan L Curry, Doina Ivan, Phyu P Aung
Papillary and pseudopapillary features are histopathologic findings typically associated with carcinomas (thyroid, pancreas, breast, prostate, bladder, kidney, or ovary) or mesothelioma. Melanoma is typically composed of nested and variably pigmented atypical cells. Here, we report a case of in-transit metastasis of melanoma presenting with prominent papillary features, and we discuss the differential diagnoses of neoplasms with papillary features. This case report suggests that the spectrum of neoplasms with papillary features should be expanded to include melanoma, a pattern that, to the best of our knowledge, is uncommon...
June 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
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