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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107778/parabolic-variation-in-sexual-selection-intensity-across-the-range-of-a%C3%A2-cold-water-pipefish-implications-for-susceptibility-to-climate-change
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Nuno Monteiro, Mário Cunha, Lídia Ferreira, Natividade Vieira, Agostinho Antunes, David Lyons, Adam G Jones
While an understanding of evolutionary processes in shifting environments is vital in the context of rapid ecological change, one of the most potent selective forces, sexual selection, remains curiously unexplored. Variation in sexual selection across a species range, especially across a gradient of temperature regimes, has the potential to provide a window into the possible impacts of climate change on the evolution of mating patterns. Here, we investigated some of the links between temperature and indicators of sexual selection, using a cold-water pipefish as model...
January 20, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107745/femtomolar-detection-of-cardiac-troponin-i-using-a-novel-label-free-and-reagent-free-dendrimer-enhanced-impedimetric-immunosensor
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Rashida Akter, Bongjin Jeong, Yong-Mi Lee, Jong-Soon Choi, Md Aminur Rahman
A novel highly sensitive dendrimer coupled impedimetric immunosensor was developed for the label-free and reagent-free detection of cardiac troponin I (TnI) in serum samples. The immunosensor probe was fabricated by covalently attaching carboxylic acid-functionalized third generation (G3) poly (amidoamine) (PAMAM) dendrimer (Den) on the 3, 3', 5, 5'-tetramethyl benzidine (TMB) modified 6-mercaptohexanoic acid (MHA) self-assembled monolayer (SAM) on a gold (Au) electrode. Monoclonal anti-TnI antibody was then covalently immobilized on the Den and TMB attached MHA SAM modified surface...
January 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107742/heavy-rare-earth-elements-affect-early-life-stages-in-paracentrotus-lividus-and-arbacia-lixula-sea-urchins
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Rahime Oral, Giovanni Pagano, Antonietta Siciliano, Maria Gravina, Anna Palumbo, Immacolata Castellano, Oriana Migliaccio, Philippe J Thomas, Marco Guida, Franca Tommasi, Marco Trifuoggi
BACKGROUND: Heavy rare earth elements (HREEs) have been scarcely studied for their toxicity, in spite of their applications in several technologies. Thus HREEs require timely investigations for their adverse health effects. METHODS: Paracentrotus lividus and Arbacia lixula embryos and sperm were exposed to trichloride salts of five HREEs (Dy, Ho, Er, Yb and Lu) and to Ce(III) as a light REE (LREE) reference to evaluate: 1) developmental defects (% DD) in HREE-exposed larvae or in the offspring of HREE-exposed sperm; 2) mitotic anomalies; 3) fertilization success; and 4) reactive oxygen species (ROS) formation, and nitric oxide (NO) and malondialdehyde (MDA) levels...
January 17, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107720/enhanced-treatment-performance-of-coking-wastewater-and-reduced-membrane-fouling-using-a-novel-embr
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Bei Jiang, Cong Du, Shengnan Shi, Liang Tan, Meidi Li, Jiaxin Liu, Lanlan Xue, Xiangyu Ji
A novel EMBR (electric field applied in MBR) by placing stainless steel mesh cathode inside a flat membrane module and stainless steel mesh anode outside the module was built and operated to enhance the treatment performance of coking wastewater containing phenol, pyridine and quinoline and reduce the membrane fouling. The degradation rates of COD, phenol, pyridine and quinoline in EMBR with electric field (reactor A) were significantly higher than the sum of EMBR without electric field (reactor B) and only electro-catalytic degradation during the long-term treatment, confirming that a coupling effect was existed between biodegradation and electro-catalytic degradation process...
January 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107710/in-vivo-assesment-of-the-genotoxic-and-oxidative-stress-effects-of-particulate-matter-on-echinogammarus-veneris
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Melissa Marcoccia, Lucilla Ronci, Elvira De Matthaeis, Andrea Setini, Cinzia Perrino, Silvia Canepari
Seven types of atmospheric dusts (road dust, soil dust, brake dust, desert dust, pellet ash and coke and certified material NIST1648a - urban dust) have been tested for their genotoxicity on specimens of Echinogammarus veneris, a small aquatic amphipod. Experiments were carried out in vivo, by exposing the animals for 24 h to water containing 25 mg/L of dust. Each dust has been chemically analyzed for ions, elemental carbon, organic carbon and for the soluble and insoluble fractions of elements. Non-specific damages to DNA have been evaluated by the comet test, while oxidative damages have been estimated by coupling the comet test with formamido pyrimidine DNA glycosylase reaction...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107675/a-novel-modal-independent-ultrasonic-motor-with-dual-stator
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Jian Liu, Jiamei Jin, Ruinan Ji, Di Chen
In this paper, a novel modal-independent ultrasonic motor with dual stator is proposed, in order to relieve the difficulty of adjustment for coincidence of modal frequencies of a stator for multi-modal coupling type ultrasonic motor (USM). It consists of two stators (an upper stator and a lower stator) and a rotor. The stators are excited the 3rd longitudinal vibration mode, by arranging the location of rotor and two stators, the rotor can realize rotary motion by friction effect with the stators. The rotor is mounted between the maximum deformation location of the upper stator and the nodal line of the lower stator...
January 10, 2017: Ultrasonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107664/safety-and-efficacy-of-cardiopoietic-stem-cells-in-the-treatment-of-post-infarction-left-ventricular-dysfunction-from-cardioprotection-to-functional-repair-in-a-translational-pig-infarction-model
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Maximilian Y Emmert, Petra Wolint, Andras Jakab, Sean P Sheehy, Francesco S Pasqualini, Thi Dan Linh Nguyen, Monika Hilbe, Burkhardt Seifert, Benedikt Weber, Chad E Brokopp, Dominika Macejovska, Etem Caliskan, Arnold von Eckardstein, Ruth Schwartlander, Viola Vogel, Volkmar Falk, Kevin Kit Parker, Mariann Gyöngyösi, Simon P Hoerstrup
To date, clinical success of cardiac cell-therapies remains limited. To enhance the cardioreparative properties of stem cells, the concept of lineage-specification through cardiopoietic-guidance has been recently suggested. However, so far, only results from murine studies and from a clinical pilot-trial in chronic heart-failure (CHF) are available, while systematic evidence of its therapeutic-efficacy is still lacking. Importantly, also no data from large animals or for other indications are available. Therefore, we here investigate the therapeutic-efficacy of human cardiopoietic stem cells in the treatment of post-infarction LV-dysfunction using a translational pig-model...
November 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107622/newton-output-blocking-force-under-low-voltage-stimulation-for-carbon-nanotube-electroactive-polymer-composite-artificial-muscles
#8
I-Wen Peter Chen, Ming-Chia Yang, Chia-Hui Yang, Yiwen Chen, Dai-Xuan Zhong, Ming-Chun Hsu
This is a study on the development of carbon nanotube-based composite actuators using a new ionic liquid-doped electroactiveionic polymer. For scalable production purposes, a simple hot-pressing method was used. Carbon nanotube/ionic liquid-Nafion/carbon nanotube composite films were fabricated that exhibited a large output blocking force and a stable cycling life with low alternating voltage stimuli in air. Of particular interest and importance, a blocking force of 1.5 N was achieved at an applied voltage of 6 V...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107615/suicide-attempts-and-their-interrelation-with-the-economic-crisis-in-chania-greece-a-time-series-analysis-of-the-period-2008-2015
#9
Emmanouil S Benioudakis, Vyronas Lykiardopoulos, Vaggelis Georgiou, Maria D Archontaki, Alexandra Tsourounaki, Georgia Botonaki, Aikaterini Batzou, Tsampikos Symiakos, Theodora Seliniotaki, Athanasios Armagos, Aikaterini Pentari, Konstantinos Moiradorakis, Eleanna Darakis, Maria Melissari-Tzanakaki
Background: Greece has been in the grip of a severe economic crisis since 2008. It is well known that suicide attempts and actual suicides increase during periods of recession and austerity. The main aim of this study was to examine the economic crisis in relation to recorded suicide attempts in Chania, Greece, from 2008 to 2015, also taking unemployment rates into consideration. Methods: During the research period from January 1, 2008, to December 31, 2015, 436 suicide attempts (females: n = 305 and males: n = 131) were recorded in the archives of the General Hospital of Chania...
January 19, 2017: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107494/protective-roles-for-rgs2-in-a-mouse-model-of-house-dust-mite-induced-airway-inflammation
#10
Tresa George, Matthew Bell, Mainak Chakraborty, David P Siderovski, Mark A Giembycz, Robert Newton
The GTPase-accelerating protein, regulator of G-protein signalling 2 (RGS2) reduces signalling from G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) that signal via Gαq. In humans, RGS2 expression is up-regulated by inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) and long-acting β2-adrenoceptor agonists (LABAs) such that synergy is produced in combination. This may contribute to the superior clinical efficacy of ICS/LABA therapy in asthma relative to ICS alone. In a murine model of house dust mite (HDM)-induced airways inflammation, three weeks of intranasal HDM (25 μg, 3×/week) reduced lung function and induced granulocytic airways inflammation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107110/we-need-to-talk-disclosure-of-sexual-problems-is-associated-with-depression-sexual-functioning-and-relationship-satisfaction-in-women
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Kathleen E Merwin, Lucia F O'Sullivan, Natalie O Rosen
Women with sexual problems (e.g., difficulties with desire, arousal, lubrication, orgasm, and pain during sexual activity) experience more depressive symptoms, and poorer sexual functioning and relationship satisfaction compared with unaffected women. A robust literature highlights the importance of sexual communication, and sexual self-disclosures in particular, for the well-being of individuals in romantic relationships. However, little is known about the disclosure of sexual problems to romantic partners and its association with women's psychological, sexual, and relationship well-being...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107087/comparison-of-fatty-acid-composition-in-selected-dietary-supplements-containing-conjugated-linoleic-acid
#12
Dorota Derewiaka, Klara Nestorowicz, Rafał Wołosiak
The market of pharmaceutical products is offering a wide range of supplements. Most of the consumers believe that these products will improve their state of health, but are they getting what they want and what they are paying for? The aim of the study was to evaluate the quality of selected dietary supplements containing conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). All supplements were available in the Warsaw markets and bought from pharmacies. Assessment of the quality of food supplements was achieved by analysis of fatty acid using gas chromatography coupled with a mass spectrometer...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Dietary Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107034/automated-measurement-of-magnesium-calcium-ratios-in-gastropod-shells-using-laser-induced-breakdown-spectroscopy-for-paleoclimatic-applications
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Adolfo Cobo, Asier García-Escárzaga, Igor Gutiérrez-Zugasti, Jesús Setién, Manuel R González-Morales, José Miguel López-Higuera
The chemical composition of mollusk shells offers information about environmental conditions present during the lifespan of the organism. Shells found in geological deposits and in many archeological sites can help to reconstruct past climatic conditions. For example, a correlation has been found between seawater temperature and the amount of some substituent elements (e.g., magnesium, strontium) in the biogenerated calcium carbonate matrix of the shell, although it is very species-specific. Here we propose the use laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) to estimate Mg/Ca ratios in modern specimens of the common limpet Patella vulgata...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107020/rhodium-iii-catalyzed-ortho-halogenations-of-n-acylsulfoximines-and-synthetic-applications-toward-functionalized-sulfoximine-derivatives
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Ying Cheng, Wanrong Dong, Kanniyappan Parthasarathy, Carsten Bolm
Rhodium(III)-catalyzed ortho brominations and iodinations of N-acylsulfoximines by C-H bond activations have been developed. Subsequent product functionalizations involving cross-coupling reactions provide alkynylated sulfoximine derivatives and benzothiazines with wide potential for further synthetic applications.
January 20, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107015/non-uniform-excitonic-charge-distribution-enhances-exciton-phonon-coupling-in-znse-cdse-alloyed-quantum-dots
#15
Ke Gong, David F Kelley, Anne Myers Kelley
Zinc to cadmium cation exchange of ZnSe quantum dots has been used to produce a series of alloyed Zn1-xCdxSe quantum dots. As x increases and the lowest-energy exciton shifts to the red, the peak initially broadens and then sharpens as x approaches 1. Resonance Raman spectra obtained with excitation near the lowest excitonic absorption peak show a gradual shift of the longitudinal optical phonon peak from 251 cm(-1) in pure ZnSe to 210 cm(-1) in nearly pure CdSe with strong broadening at intermediate compositions...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107011/delocalization-of-coherent-triplet-excitons-in-linear-rigid-rod-conjugated-oligomers
#16
Christian Hintze, Patrick Korf, Frank Degen, Friederike Schütze, Stefan Mecking, Ulrich E Steiner, Malte Drescher
In this work, the triplet state delocalization in a series of monodisperse oligo(p-phenyleneethynylene)s (OPEs) is studied by pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) and pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) determining zero-field splitting, optical spin polarization, and proton hyperfine couplings. Neither the zero-field splitting parameters nor the optical spin polarization change significantly with OPE chain length, in contrast to the hyperfine coupling constants, which showed a systematic decrease with chain length n according to a 2/(1+n) decay law...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106986/microwave-assisted-synthesis-of-nacopo4-red-phase-and-initial-characterization-as-high-voltage-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#17
Arturo Gutierrez, Soojeong Kim, Timothy T Fister, Christopher S Johnson
Transition metal-containing polyanion compounds are attractive for use as cathode materials in sodium-ion batteries (SIB) because they possess elevated higher intrinsic electrochemical potentials versus oxide analogs given the same M(n+/(n+1)+) redox couple, which leads to higher energy densities. NaMPO4 (M = transition metal) compounds have a driving force to form into the electrochemically inactive maricite phase when using conventional methods. Herein we report on the synthesis of a NaCoPO4 (NCP) polymorph ("Red"-phase) by a microwave-assisted solvothermal process at 200 °C using tetraethylene glycol as the solvent...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106929/conformational-analysis-of-an-antibacterial-cyclodepsipeptide-active-against-m-tuberculosis-by-a-combined-roe-and-rdc-analysis
#18
Maic Fredersdorf, Michael Kurz, Armin Bauer, Marc-Olivier Ebert, Carla Rigling, Laurie Lannes, Christina Thiele
Griselimycin (GM) and methylgriselimycin (MGM), naturally produced by microorganisms of the genus Streptomyces, are cyclic depsipeptides composed of ten amino acids. They exhibit antibacterial activity against mycobacterium species by inhibiting the sliding clamp of prokaryotic DNA polymerase III and are therefore considered as potential anti-tuberculosis drugs. The difference between both peptides is the presence of L -(R)-4-methylproline in MGM instead of L -proline in GM at position 8 of the amino acid sequence...
January 20, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106855/pharmacomodulation-of-the-antimalarial-plasmodione-synthesis-of-biaryl-and-n-arylalkylamine-analogues-antimalarial-activities-and-physicochemical-properties
#19
Karène Urgin, Mouhamad Jida, Katharina Ehrhardt, Tobias Müller, Michael Lanzer, Louis Maes, Mourad Elhabiri, Elisabeth Davioud-Charvet
With the aim of increasing the structural diversity on the early antimalarial drug plasmodione, an efficient and versatile procedure to prepare a series of biaryl- and N-arylalkylamines as plasmodione analogues is described. Using the naturally occurring and commercially available menadione as starting material, a 2-step sequence using a Kochi-Anderson reaction and subsequent Pd-catalyzed Suzuki-Miyaura coupling was developed to prepare three representative biphenyl derivatives in good yields for antimalarial evaluation...
January 19, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106801/o-carboxymethyl-chitosan-supported-heterogeneous-palladium-and-ni-catalysts-for-heck-reaction
#20
Dongjun Lv, Mingjie Zhang
Two polymer catalysts (Pd-OCMCS and Ni-OCMCS) with good reusability were synthesized by coordinating Pd and Ni onto O-carboxymethyl chitosan (OCMCS). The chemical structure and thermal stability of prepared catalysts were determined by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectra, Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS)analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and thermogravimetric analyzer (TG-DTG), and the analysis results showed that the Pd and Ni ions coordinated onto the OCMCS and formed a ligand with the -COOH group, amino groups, and -OH group on the OCMCS, and the EDS and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry (ICP-OES) analysis results showed that the loading amounts of Pd and Ni were approximately 8...
January 18, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
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