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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108668/ultraviolet-and-yellow-reflectance-but-not-fluorescence-is-important-for-visual-discrimination-of-conspecifics-by-heliconius-erato
#1
Susan D Finkbeiner, Dmitry A Fishman, Daniel Osorio, Adriana D Briscoe
Toxic Heliconius butterflies have yellow hindwing bars that - unlike their closest relatives - reflect ultraviolet (UV) and long wavelength light, and also fluoresce. The pigment in the yellow scales is 3-hydroxy-DL-kynurenine (3-OHK), found also in the hair and scales of a variety of animals. In other butterflies like pierids with color schemes characterized by independent sources of variation in UV and human-visible yellow/orange, behavioral experiments have generally implicated the UV component as most relevant to mate choice...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106213/tunable-uv-visible-absorption-of-sns2-layered-quantum-dots-produced-by-liquid-phase-exfoliation
#2
Xiao Fu, P Ilanchezhiyan, G Mohan Kumar, Hak Dong Cho, Lei Zhang, A Sattar Chan, Dong J Lee, Gennady N Panin, Tae Won Kang
4H-SnS2 layered crystals synthesized by a hydrothermal method were used to obtain via liquid phase exfoliation quantum dots (QDs), consisting of a single layer (SLQDs) or multiple layers (MLQDs). Systematic downshift of the peaks in the Raman spectra of crystals with a decrease in size was observed. The bandgap of layered QDs, estimated by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy and the tunneling current measurements using graphene probes, increases from 2.25 eV to 3.50 eV with decreasing size. 2-4 nm SLQDs, which are transparent in the visible region, show selective absorption and photosensitivity at wavelengths in the ultraviolet region of the spectrum while larger MLQDs (5-90 nm) exhibit a broad band absorption in the visible spectral region and the photoresponse under white light...
January 20, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106132/m-otdr-sensing-system-based-on-3d-encoded-microstructures
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Qizhen Sun, Fan Ai, Deming Liu, Jianwei Cheng, Hongbo Luo, Kuan Peng, Yiyang Luo, Zhijun Yan, Perry Ping Shum
In this work, a quasi-distributed sensing scheme named as microstructured OTDR (M-OTDR) by introducing ultra-weak microstructures along the fiber is proposed. Owing to its relative higher reflectivity compared with the backscattered coefficient in fiber and three dimensional (3D) i.e. wavelength/frequency/time encoded property, the M-OTDR system exhibits the superiorities of high signal to noise ratio (SNR), high spatial resolution of millimeter level and high multiplexing capacity up to several ten thousands theoretically...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105691/the-alcohol-sensitive-period-during-early-octavolateral-organ-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio
#4
Lilliann Y Zamora, Kayla C Miguel, Zhongmin Lu
Fetal alcohol exposure can cause Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), completely preventable developmental disabilities characterized by permanent birth defects. However, specific gestational timing when developing organs are most sensitive to alcohol exposure is unclear. In this study, we examined the temporal effects of embryonic alcohol exposure on octavolateral organs in zebrafish (Danio rerio), including inner ears and lateral line neuromasts that function in hearing, balance, and hydrodynamic detection, respectively...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuroscience Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105477/the-role-of-tachysterol-in-vitamin-d-photosynthesis-a-non-adiabatic-molecular-dynamics-study
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Cecilia Cisneros, Travis Thompson, Noel Baluyot, Adam C Smith, Enrico Tapavicza
To investigate the role of tachysterol in the photophysical/photochemical regulation of vitamin D photosynthesis, we studied its electronic absorption properties and excited state dynamics using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), second-order approximate coupled cluster theory (CC2), and non-adiabatic surface hopping molecular dynamics in the gas phase. In excellent agreement with experiments, the simulated electronic spectrum shows a broad absorption band with a remarkably higher extinction coefficient than the other vitamin D photoisomers provitamin D, lumisterol, and previtamin D...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103031/-watching-the-dark-state-in-ultrafast-nonadiabatic-photoisomerization-process-of-a-light-driven-molecular-rotary-motor
#6
Xiaojuan Pang, Xueyan Cui, Deping Hu, Chenwei Jiang, Di Zhao, Zhenggang Lan, Fu-Li Li
Photoisomerization dynamics of a light-driven molecular rotary motor, 9-(2-methyl-2,3-dihydro-1H-cyclopenta[a]naphthalen-1-ylidene)-9H-fluorene, is investigated with trajectory surface-hopping dynamics at the semi-empirical OM2/MRCI level. The rapid population decay of the S1 excited state for the M isomer is observed, with two different decay timescales (500 fs and 1.0 ps). By weighting the contributions of fast and slow decay trajectories, the averaged lifetime of the S1 excited state is about 710 fs. The calculated quantum yield of the M-to-P photoisomerization of this molecular rotary motor is about 59...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102341/lasing-in-live-mitotic-and-non-phagocytic-cells-by-efficient-delivery-of-microresonators
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Marcel Schubert, Klara Volckaert, Markus Karl, Andrew Morton, Philipp Liehm, Gareth B Miles, Simon J Powis, Malte C Gather
Reliable methods to individually track large numbers of cells in real time are urgently needed to advance our understanding of important biological processes like cancer metastasis, neuronal network development and wound healing. It has recently been suggested to introduce microscopic whispering gallery mode lasers into the cytoplasm of cells and to use their characteristic, size-dependent emission spectrum as optical barcode but so far there is no evidence that this approach is generally applicable. Here, we describe a method that drastically improves intracellular delivery of resonators for several cell types, including mitotic and non-phagocytic cells...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101892/an-assessment-of-differential-reinforment-procedures-for-learners-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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Kate A Johnson, Jason C Vladescu, Tiffany Kodak, Tina M Sidener
Differential reinforcement procedures may promote unprompted correct responding, resulting in a quicker transfer of stimulus control than nondifferential reinforcement. Recent studies that have compared reinforcement arrangements have found that the most effective arrangement may differ across participants. The current study conducted an assessment of differential reinforcement arrangements (i.e., quality, schedule, and magnitude) and nondifferential reinforcement to identify the most effective arrangement for each participant...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099884/characterization-of-human-and-staphylococcus-aureus-proteins-in-respiratory-mucosa-by-in-vivo-and-immunoproteomics
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Frank Schmidt, Tanja Meyer, Nandakumar Sundaramoorthy, Stephan Michalik, Kristin Surmann, Maren Depke, Vishnu Dhople, Manuela Gesell Salazar, Gabriele Holtappels, Nan Zhang, Barbara M Bröker, Claus Bachert, Uwe Völker
: Staphylococcus aureus is a Gram-positive opportunistic bacterium which can be found as a commensal in the nares of about 50% of the human population. Besides asymptomatic carriage, S. aureus has also been found to colonize nasal polyps, a subform of chronic rhinosinusitis, in 60 to 100% of cases, and even reside intracellularly in nasal polyp tissue. The aim of this study was to shed light on the behavior of S. aureus in the human airways by analyzing S. aureus-specific proteins in nasal polyp tissue from patients with chronic rhinosinusitis and to characterize the immunogenic potential of the identified (mainly secreted) proteins...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098339/the-effect-of-blue-light-on-stomatal-oscillations-and-leaf-turgor-pressure-in-banana-leaves
#10
Yotam Zait, Or Shapira, Amnon Schwartz
Stomatal oscillations are cyclic opening and closing of stomata, presumed to initiate from hydraulic mismatch between leaf water supply and transpiration rate. To test this assumption, mismatches between water supply and transpiration were induced using manipulations of VPD (vapor pressure deficit) and light spectrum in banana (Musa acuminata). Simultaneous measurements of gas exchange with changes in leaf turgor pressure were used to describe the hydraulic mismatches. An increase of VPD above a certain threshold, caused stomatal oscillations with variable amplitudes...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096867/nasal-nosocomial-myiasis-infection-caused-by-chrysomya-bezziana-diptera-calliphoridae-following-the-septicemia-a-case-report
#11
Seyed Farzin Mircheraghi, Seyed Farzam Mircheraghi, Hamed Ramezani Awal Riabi, Arezoo Parsapour
A 74 yr old woman from Gonabad, southern part of Khorasan Razavi Province of Iran was admitted to a Hospital of Gonabad, because of respiratory distress, exertional dyspnea and fever. Close contact with domestic animals, history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and completely resolved pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) in remote past, were notable parts of her past medical history. Due to clinical, paraclinical and radiographic findings and because of recent hospitalization, she was admitted to internal medicine ward with the diagnosis of health care associated pneumonia (HCAP)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095301/imaging-the-photosystem-i-photosystem-ii-chlorophyll-ratio-inside-the-leaf
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Emilie Wientjes, John Philippi, Jan Willem Borst, Herbert van Amerongen
Oxygenic photosynthesis is driven by photosystems I (PSI) and II (PSII). In plants the number of chlorophylls of PSI versus PSII is adjusted to the light irradiance spectrum. On a timescale of days, this is regulated at the level of protein concentration. Instead, on a timescale of minutes, it is regulated by the dynamic association of light-harvesting complex II with either PSI or PSII. Thus far very diverse values have been reported for the PSI/PSII chlorophyll ratio, ranging from 0.54 to 1.4. The methods used require the isolation of chloroplasts and are time consuming...
January 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092651/long-lasting-antinociceptive-effects-of-green-light-in-acute-and-chronic-pain-in-rats
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Mohab M Ibrahim, Amol Patwardhan, Kerry B Gilbraith, Aubin Moutal, Xiaofang Yang, Lindsey A Chew, Tally Largent-Milnes, T Philip Malan, Todd W Vanderah, Frank Porreca, Rajesh Khanna
Treatments for chronic pain are inadequate, and new options are needed. Nonpharmaceutical approaches are especially attractive with many potential advantages including safety. Light therapy has been suggested to be beneficial in certain medical conditions such as depression, but this approach remains to be explored for modulation of pain. We investigated the effects of light-emitting diodes (LEDs), in the visible spectrum, on acute sensory thresholds in naive rats as well as in experimental neuropathic pain...
February 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091539/an-electromagnetic-modulator-based-on-electrically-controllable-metamaterial-analogue-to-electromagnetically-induced-transparency
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Yuancheng Fan, Tong Qiao, Fuli Zhang, Quanhong Fu, Jiajia Dong, Botao Kong, Hongqiang Li
Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is a promising technology for the enhancement of light-matter interactions, and recent demonstrations of the EIT analogue realized in artificial micro-structured medium have remarkably reduced the extreme requirement for experimental observation of EIT spectrum. In this paper, we propose to electrically control the EIT-like spectrum in a metamaterial as an electromagnetic modulator. A diode acting as a tunable resistor is loaded in the gap of paired wires to inductively tune the magnetic resonance, which induces remarkable modulation on the EIT-like spectrum through the metamaterial sample...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088909/synergistic-interaction-between-heme-oxygenase-ho-and-nuclear-factor-e2-related-factor-2-nrf2-against-oxidative-stress-in-cardiovascular-related-diseases
#15
Joseph Fomusi Ndisang
BACKGROUND: Nuclear factor-erythroid related factor-2 (Nrf2) is a master regulator of transcriptional activation of anti-oxidants in cells. Similarly, heme oxygenase (HO) is a cytoprotective protein with anti-oxidant effects. This review article will shed more light on the interaction between Nrf2 and HO. METHODS AND RESULTS: A PubMed search was done for recent articles on Nrf2 and HO. These studies suggested that under normal physiological conditions, Nrf2 is bound within the cytoplasm to its repressor, Kelch-like ECH-associated protein (Keap1), an oxidative stress sensor...
January 13, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081076/spatially-resolved-individual-particle-spectroscopy-using-photothermal-modulation-of-mie-scattering
#16
R M Sullenberger, S M Redmond, D Crompton, A M Stolyarov, W D Herzog
We report a photothermal modulation of Mie scattering (PMMS) method that enables concurrent spatial and spectral discrimination of individual micron-sized particles. This approach provides a direct measurement of the "fingerprint" infrared absorption spectrum with the spatial resolution of visible light. Trace quantities (tens of picograms) of material were deposited onto an infrared-transparent substrate and simultaneously illuminated by a wavelength-tunable intensity-modulated quantum cascade pump laser and a continuous-wave 532 nm probe laser...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080052/mechanochemical-tuning-of-pyrene-absorption-spectrum-using-force-probes
#17
Miguel Angel Fernández-González, Daniel Rivero, Cristina García-Iriepa, Diego Sampedro, Luis Manuel Frutos
Control of absorption spectra in chromophores is a fundamental aspect of many photochemical and photophysical processes as it constitutes the first step of the global photoinduced process. Here we explore the use of mechanical forces to modulate the light absorption process. Specifically, we develop a computational formalism for determining the type of mechanical forces permitting a global tuning of the absorption spectrum. This control extends to the excitation wavelength, absorption bands overlap and oscillator strength...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078718/fabric-based-alkaline-direct-formate-microfluidic-fuel-cells
#18
Kryls Domalaon, Catherine Tang, Alex Mendez, Franky Bernal, Krutarth Purohit, Linda Pham, John Haan, Frank A Gomez
Fabric-based microfluidic fuel cells (MFCs) serve as a novel, cost-efficient alternative to traditional FCs and batteries, since fluids naturally travel across fabric via capillary action, eliminating the need for an external pump and lowering production and operation costs. Building on previous research with Y-shaped paper-based MFCs, fabric-based MFCs mitigate fragility and durability issues caused by long periods of fuel immersion. In the present work we describe a microfluidic fabric-based direct formate fuel cell (DFFC), with 5 M potassium formate and 30% hydrogen peroxide as the anode fuel and cathode oxidant, respectively...
January 12, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077631/vaccine-efficacy-of-an-inactivated-chimeric-ha-h9-h5n2-avian-influenza-virus-and-its-suitability-for-the-marker-vaccine-strategy
#19
Se Mi Kim, Young-Il Kim, Su-Jin Park, Eun-Ha Kim, Hyeok-Il Kwon, Young-Jae Si, In-Won Lee, Min-Suk Song, Young Ki Choi
: In order to produce a dual effective vaccine against H9 and H5 avian influenza viruses that aligns with the DIVA (differentiating infected from vaccinated animals) strategy, we generated a chimeric H9/H5N2 recombinant vaccine which expressed the whole HA1 region of A/CK/Korea/04163/04 H9N2 and HA2 region of recent HPAI A/MD/Korea/W452/14 H5N8 viruses. The Chimeric H9/H5N2 virus showed similar in vitro and in vivo growth properties and virulence to the LPAI H9 influenza virus. An inactivated vaccine based on this chimeric virus induced serum neutralizing (SN) antibodies against both H9 and H5 viruses, but only induced cross-reactive hemmaglutination inhibition (HI) antibody against H9 viruses...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076377/comparative-analysis-of-vertebrate-diurnal-circadian-transcriptomes
#20
Greg Boyle, Kerstin Richter, Henry D Priest, David Traver, Todd C Mockler, Jeffrey T Chang, Steve A Kay, Ghislain Breton
From photosynthetic bacteria to mammals, the circadian clock evolved to track diurnal rhythms and enable organisms to anticipate daily recurring changes such as temperature and light. It orchestrates a broad spectrum of physiology such as the sleep/wake and eating/fasting cycles. While we have made tremendous advances in our understanding of the molecular details of the circadian clock mechanism and how it is synchronized with the environment, we still have rudimentary knowledge regarding its connection to help regulate diurnal physiology...
2017: PloS One
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