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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634473/toxic-effects-of-prodigiosin-secreted-by-hahella-sp-ka22-on-harmful-alga-phaeocystis-globosa
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Huajun Zhang, Hui Wang, Wei Zheng, Zhiyuan Yao, Yun Peng, Su Zhang, Zhong Hu, Zhen Tao, Tianling Zheng
Application of algicidal compounds secreted by bacteria is a promising and environmentally friendly strategy to control harmful algal blooms (HABs). Years ago prodigiosin was described as an efficient algicidal compound, but the details about the effect of prodigiosin on algal cells are still elusive. Prodigiosin shows high algicidal activity on Phaeocystis globosa, making it a potential algicide in HAB control. When P. globosa were treated with prodigiosin at 5 μg/mL, algae cells showed cytoplasmic hypervacuolization, chloroplast and nucleus rupture, flagella missing, and cell fracture, when observed by scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscopy...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634302/structure-of-human-fe-s-assembly-subcomplex-reveals-unexpected-cysteine-desulfurase-architecture-and-acyl-acp-isd11-interactions
#2
Seth A Cory, Jonathan G Van Vranken, Edward J Brignole, Shachin Patra, Dennis R Winge, Catherine L Drennan, Jared Rutter, David P Barondeau
In eukaryotes, sulfur is mobilized for incorporation into multiple biosynthetic pathways by a cysteine desulfurase complex that consists of a catalytic subunit (NFS1), LYR protein (ISD11), and acyl carrier protein (ACP). This NFS1-ISD11-ACP (SDA) complex forms the core of the iron-sulfur (Fe-S) assembly complex and associates with assembly proteins ISCU2, frataxin (FXN), and ferredoxin to synthesize Fe-S clusters. Here we present crystallographic and electron microscopic structures of the SDA complex coupled to enzyme kinetic and cell-based studies to provide structure-function properties of a mitochondrial cysteine desulfurase...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633858/effects-of-processing-parameters-in-the-sonic-assisted-water-extraction-sawe-of-6-gingerol
#3
Syaripah Zaimah Syed Jaapar, Noor Azian Morad, Yoshio Iwai, Mariam Firdhaus Mad Nordin
The use of water in subcritical conditions for extraction has several drawbacks. These include the safety features, higher production costs and possible degradation of the bioactive compounds. To overcome these problems, sonic energy and an entrainer were used as external interventions to decrease the polarity of water at milder operating conditions. The effect of low (28kHz) and high (800kHz) frequencies of sonication in the extraction of the main ginger bioactive compound (6-gingerol) were compared. Six parameters were studied: mean particle size (MPS, mm), time of extraction, applied power, sample to solvent ratio (w/v), temperature of extraction, and the percentage of entrainer...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633359/does-long-term-intraoral-service-affect-the-mechanical-properties-and-elemental-composition-of-multistranded-wires-of-lingual-fixed-retainers
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Spiros Zinelis, Nikolaos Pandis, Youssef S Al Jabbari, George Eliades, Theodore Eliades
Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the elemental and mechanical alterations of stainless steel (SS) multistranded orthodontic wires used in fixed retention after intraoral ageing. Materials and Methods: Two types of 0.022-inch, seven-stranded wires, Lingual Retainer Wire (LRW) and Tru-Chrome (TCH), from the same manufacturer (Rocky Mountain Orthodontics, Denver, Colo, USA) were tested. Thirty-three samples from LRW group and thirty-seven from TCH were collected, whereas three unused wires from each package were used as controls...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633291/p2x7-receptors-drive-spine-synapse-plasticity-in-the-learned-helplessness-model-of-depression
#5
L Otrokocsi, Á Kittel, B Sperlágh
Background: Major depressive disorder is characterized by structural and functional abnormalities of cortical and limbic brain areas, including a decrease in spine synapse number in the dentate gyrus (DG) of the hippocampus. Recent studies highlighted that both genetic and pharmacological invalidation of the purinergic P2X7 receptor (P2rx7) leads to antidepressant-like phenotype in animal experiments, however, the impact of P2rx7 on depression-related structural changes in the hippocampus is not clarified yet...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633078/utilization-of-phosphogypsum-and-phosphate-tailings-for-cemented-paste-backfill
#6
Qiusong Chen, Qinli Zhang, Andy Fourie, Chen Xin
This research is an investigation of the feasibility of utilizing phosphogypsum (PG) and phosphate tailings (PTS) for cemented paste backfill. Some experiments were conducted with various combinations of PTS and PG as aggregates, along with slags and/or Portland cement as binders and CaO as an additive. The influence of the PG's ageing time on the consolidation of backfill was also explored. The unconfined compressive strength (UCS), the generated gases and the scanning electron microscope (SEM) were all tested and used in the analysis of backfill characteristics...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631911/-the-study-of-mineral-composition-and-structure-of-uroliths-in-the-residents-of-tomsk-district-tomsk
#7
O A Sevostyanova, V S Boshchenko, V K Osadchii, V P Parnachev, A K Polienko
AIM: To successfully treat and prevent urolithiasis, the composition and structure of uroliths should be examined using modern analytical techniques. For a long time, studies of the biomineral formation in the human body have been conducted exclusively in the field of medicine. The main attention has been paid to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases leading to the occurrence of pathogenic formations. At the same time, it is quite obvious that it is important to have a clear idea about the causes of pathogenic formations, the mechanisms for their further formation, composition and structure...
June 2017: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631715/-concurrence-of-acute-graft-rejection-and-polyomavirus-nephropathy-a-clinical-case
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Yu G Motin, O V Omelchenko, T P Bukiy, N P Bgatova, A Yu Gryzlov
The paper describes a case of diagnosing acute renal graft rejection concurrent with polyomavirus nephropathy. Histochemical and electron microscopic methods were used to examine biopsy specimens, which showed morphological changes occurring in the allograft, the ultrastructural characteristics of polyomavirus and the features of its spread in kidney tissue structures.
2017: Arkhiv Patologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631617/hfo-sub-2-sub-high-k-solid-state-incandescent-devices-performance-improvement-by-ti-embedded-layer-and-observation-of-conductive-paths-as-light-emitting-sources
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Yiwei Liu, Can Yang, Jinyan Zhao, Shengli Wu, Liyan Dai, Gang Niu
Solid state incandescent light emission devices (SSI-LEDs) with metal-oxide-semiconductor structure is a promising candidate for future broad band light emission devices. In this work, electrical and light emission features of SSI-LEDs based on HfO<sub>2</sub> high-k thin films with or without the Ti-embedded layer on p-type silicon wafers have been studied. It turns out that the Ti-embedded layer can effectively reduce the turn-on voltage thus improving the fluorescence efficiency of SSI-LEDs. The combination of scanning electron microscope (SEM), atomic force microscope (AFM) and conductive AFM (CAFM) results unambiguously clarifies that conductive filaments, which are formed due to local thermal excitation during the forming process, are accompanied with the formation of pits on HfO<sub>2</sub> surface and are responsible for the light emitting...
June 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630925/buckyball-sandwiches
#10
Rasim Mirzayev, Kimmo Mustonen, Mohammad R A Monazam, Andreas Mittelberger, Timothy J Pennycook, Clemens Mangler, Toma Susi, Jani Kotakoski, Jannik C Meyer
Two-dimensional (2D) materials have considerably expanded the field of materials science in the past decade. Even more recently, various 2D materials have been assembled into vertical van der Waals heterostacks, and it has been proposed to combine them with other low-dimensional structures to create new materials with hybridized properties. We demonstrate the first direct images of a suspended 0D/2D heterostructure that incorporates C60 molecules between two graphene layers in a buckyball sandwich structure...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630915/ultralight-scalable-and-high-temperature-resilient-ceramic-nanofiber-sponges
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Haolun Wang, Xuan Zhang, Ning Wang, Yan Li, Xue Feng, Ya Huang, Chunsong Zhao, Zhenglian Liu, Minghao Fang, Gang Ou, Huajian Gao, Xiaoyan Li, Hui Wu
Ultralight and resilient porous nanostructures have been fabricated in various material forms, including carbon, polymers, and metals. However, the development of ultralight and high-temperature resilient structures still remains extremely challenging. Ceramics exhibit good mechanical and chemical stability at high temperatures, but their brittleness and sensitivity to flaws significantly complicate the fabrication of resilient porous ceramic nanostructures. We report the manufacturing of large-scale, lightweight, high-temperature resilient, three-dimensional sponges based on a variety of oxide ceramic (for example, TiO2, ZrO2, yttria-stabilized ZrO2, and BaTiO3) nanofibers through an efficient solution blow-spinning process...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630678/on-the-colour-of-wing-scales-in-butterflies-iridescence-and-preferred-orientation-of-single-gyroid-photonic-crystals
#12
Robert W Corkery, Eric C Tyrode
Lycaenid butterflies from the genera Callophrys, Cyanophrys and Thecla have evolved remarkable biophotonic gyroid nanostructures within their wing scales that have only recently been replicated by nanoscale additive manufacturing. These nanostructures selectively reflect parts of the visible spectrum to give their characteristic non-iridescent, matte-green appearance, despite a distinct blue-green-yellow iridescence predicted for individual crystals from theory. It has been hypothesized that the organism must achieve its uniform appearance by growing crystals with some restrictions on the possible distribution of orientations, yet preferential orientation observed in Callophrys rubi confirms that this distribution need not be uniform...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630209/functional-task-3-like-channels-in-mitochondria-of-aldosterone-producing-zona-glomerulosa-cells
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Junlan Yao, David McHedlishvili, William E McIntire, Nick A Guagliardo, Alev Erisir, Craig A Coburn, Vincent P Santarelli, Douglas A Bayliss, Paula Q Barrett
Ca(2+) drives aldosterone synthesis in the cytosolic and mitochondrial compartments of the adrenal zona glomerulosa cell. Membrane potential across each of these compartments regulates the amplitude of the Ca(2+) signal; yet, only plasma membrane ion channels and their role in regulating cell membrane potential have garnered investigative attention as pathological causes of human hyperaldosteronism. Previously, we reported that genetic deletion of TASK-3 channels (tandem pore domain acid-sensitive K(+) channels) from mice produces aldosterone excess in the absence of a change in the cell membrane potential of zona glomerulosa cells...
June 19, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630199/genome-wide-analysis-of-the-antimicrobial-peptides-in-python-bivittatus-and-characterization-of-cathelicidins-with-potent-antimicrobial-activity-and-low-cytotoxicity
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Dayeong Kim, Nagasundarapandian Soundrarajan, Juyeon Lee, Hye-Sun Cho, Minkyeung Choi, Se-Yeoun Cha, Byeongyong Ahn, Hyoim Jeon, Minh Thong Le, Hyuk Song, Jin-Hoi Kim, Chankyu Park
In this study, we sought to identify novel antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in Python bivittatus through bioinformatic analyses of publicly available genome information and experimental validation. In our analysis of the python genome, we identified 29 AMP-related candidate sequences. Of these, we selected five cathelicidin-like sequences and subjected them to further in silico analyses. The results showed that these sequences likely have antimicrobial activity. The sequences were named Pb-CATH1-Pb-CATH5 according to their sequence similarity to previously reported snake cathelicidins...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629061/paclitaxel-hydroxyapatite-composite-coatings-on-titanium-alloy-for-biomedical-applications
#15
Yu-Liang Lai, Shuei-Bin Lai, Shiow-Kang Yen
In order to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy, target therapies have been spotlighted. In this study, paclitaxel, the drug for cancer treatment, is electrochemically deposited on Ti alloy as vascular stents for the tumor localized therapy by sustaining drug releasing to achieve the cancer cells apoptosis or the prevention of cancer metastasis. In the experiment, cathodic polarization tests coupled with electrochemical reactions were analyzed to speculate the deposition mechanism, and the field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), focused ion beam (FIB) system and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) to observe the surface morphology and analyze constituent elements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629051/novel-biomimetic-composite-material-for-potentiometric-screening-of-acetylcholine-a-neurotransmitter-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Ana S Sacramento, Felismina T C Moreira, Joana L Guerreiro, Ana P Tavares, M Goreti F Sales
This work describes a novel approach to produce an antibody-like biomimetic material. It includes preparing composite imprinted material never presented before, with highly conductive support nanostructures and assembling a high conductivity polymeric layer at low temperature. Overall, such highly conductive material may enhance the final features of electrically-based devices. Acetylcholine (ACh) was selected as target analyte, a neurotransmitter of importance in Alzheimer's disease. Potentiometric transduction was preferred, allowing quick responses and future adaptation to point-of-care requirements...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629034/icariin-immobilized-electrospinning-poly-l-lactide-fibrous-membranes-via-polydopamine-adhesive-coating-with-enhanced-cytocompatibility-and-osteogenic-activity
#17
Hua Liu, Wenling Li, Binghong Luo, Xuexing Chen, Wei Wen, Changren Zhou
In this study, icariin (ICA), one of the main active ingredients of Herba Epimedii for osteogenesis, was applied to functionalize electrospinning poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) fibrous membrane via an intermediate layer of polydopamine (PDA) to obtain enhanced cytocompatibility and osteogenic activity. For this purpose, an array of PDA-coated PLLA fibrous membranes (PLLA-0.5PDA, PLLA-1PDA, PLLA-2PDA, PLLA-5PDA) and ICA-modified PLLA-2PDA fibrous membranes (PLLA-2PDA-10ICA, PLLA-2PDA-20ICA, PLLA-2PDA-40ICA) were successively prepared...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629012/equilibrium-kinetics-and-mechanism-of-au-3-pd-2-and-ag-ions-adsorption-from-aqueous-solutions-by-graphene-oxide-functionalized-persimmon-tannin
#18
Zhongmin Wang, Xiaojuan Li, Haijun Liang, Jingliang Ning, Zhide Zhou, Guiyin Li
In this study, a novel bio-adsorbent (PT-GO) was prepared by functionalization persimmon tannin (PT) with graphene oxide (GO) and the effective adsorption behaviors of Au(3+), Pd(2+) and Ag(+) ions from aqueous solution was investigated. The PT-GO was characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectrometer (FTIR), scanning electronic microscope (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and Zeta potential. Many influence factors such as pH value, bio-adsorbent dosage, initial concentration of metal ions and contact time were optimized...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628314/benchmarking-the-fundamental-electronic-properties-of-small-tio2-nanoclusters-by-gw-and-coupled-cluster-theory-calculations
#19
Enrico Berardo, Ferdinand Kaplan, Kiran Bhaskaran-Nair, William A Shelton, Michiel J van Setten, Karol Kowalski, Martijn A Zwijnenburg
We study the vertical and adiabatic ionisation potentials and electron affinities of bare and hydroxylated TiO2 nanoclusters, as well as their fundamental gap and exciton binding energy values, to understand how the clusters' electronic properties change as a function of size and hydroxylation. In addition, we have employed a range of many-body methods; including G0W0, qsGW, EA/IP-EOM-CCSD and DFT (B3LYP, PBE), to compare the performance and predictions of the different classes of methods. We demonstrate that for bare clusters, all many-body methods predict the same trend with cluster size...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628028/electron-transport-in-stepped-bi-sub-2-sub-se-sub-3-sub-thin-films
#20
Sebastian Bauer, Christian Alexander Bobisch
We analyse the electron transport in a 16 quintuple layer (QL) thick stepped Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> film grown on Si(111) by means of scanning tunnelling potentiometry (STP) and multi-point probe (MPP) measurements. Scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) images reveal that the local structure of the Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> film is dominated by terrace steps and domain boundaries. From a microscopic study on the nm scale by STP, we find a mostly linear gradient of the voltage on the Bi<sub>2</sub>Se<sub>3</sub> terraces which is interrupted by voltage drops at the position of the domain boundaries...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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