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Mantas Grigalavicius, Marina Juraleviciute, Mateusz Kwitniewski, A Juzeniene
BACKGROUND: Senescent cells, which are resistant to apoptosis, accumulate with age and after ultraviolet (UV) radiation, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Preventing or eliminating senescent cells may be crucial for protection against skin cancer development and improving tumour treatment. The aim of the present study was to investigate the potential of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA) to induce senescence in skin cancer cells and to eliminate senescent cells induced by chemotherapy (bleomycin) or UVA (315-400nm) exposure...
October 21, 2016: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
Sindhu Doppalapudi, Anjali Jain, Dhiraj Kumar Chopra, Wahid Khan
Psoralen in combination with ultraviolet A radiation (PUVA) is an FDA recommended therapy for clinical application in the management of severe recalcitrant psoriasis. Psoralen acts by intercalation of DNA and upon exposure to UV-A, it forms monoadducts which inturn induce apoptosis. Poor skin deposition, weak percutaneous permeability of psoralen and adverse effects of severe burning, blisters, pigmentation associated with conventional topical psoralen vehicles hinders the therapeutic efficacy and safety of topical PUVA...
October 21, 2016: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Marco J Cabrerizo, Juan Manuel Medina-Sánchez, Juan Manuel González-Olalla, Manuel Villar-Argaiz, Presentación Carrillo
The metabolic balance of the most extensive bioma on the Earth is a controversial topic of the global-change research. High ultraviolet radiation (UVR) levels by the shoaling of upper mixed layers and increasing atmospheric dust deposition from arid regions may unpredictably alter the metabolic state of marine oligotrophic ecosystems. We performed an observational study across the south-western (SW) Mediterranean Sea to assess the planktonic metabolic balance and a microcosm experiment in two contrasting areas, heterotrophic nearshore and autotrophic open sea, to test whether a combined UVR × dust impact could alter their metabolic balance at mid-term scales...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
R B Basavaraj, H Nagabhushana, B Daruka Prasad, G R Vijayakumar
The cationic surfactants assisted ultrasound route was used to prepare Dy(3+) doped Zn2SiO4 nanophosphors. The final products were characterized by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), ultraviolet visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and photoluminescence. Orthorhombic phase of Zn2SiO4:Dy(3+) (JCPDS card No. 35-1485) was confirmed from PXRD. It was evident that the morphology of spherical and broom like structures were obtained with epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) surfactants respectively...
January 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Ang Li, Xiang Li, Xujiang Yu, Wei Li, Ruyi Zhao, Xiao An, Daxiang Cui, Xiaoyuan Chen, Wanwan Li
In this work, we report a successful synthesis of copper bismuth sulfide nanorods (NRs) with broad and strong photoabsorption ranging from ultraviolet (UV) to near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, which can be used as a 1064 nm-laser-driven photothermal agent with the photothermal conversion efficiency of 40.7%, noticeably higher than most of the reported PTT agents working in NIR-II window. The as-prepared PEGylated Cu3BiS3 NRs were used as photoacoustic imaging (PAI) and CT imaging agents due to their strong NIR absorption and large X-ray attenuation coefficient of bismuth...
October 12, 2016: Biomaterials
Jesús Ignacio Mendieta-Moreno, Daniel G Trabada, Jesus Mendieta, James P Lewis, Paulino Gómez-Puertas, Jose Ortega
The absorption of ultraviolet radiation by DNA may result in harmful genetic lesions that affect DNA replication and transcription, ultimately causing mutations, cancer and/or cell death. We analyze the most abundant photochemical reaction in DNA, the cyclobutane thymine dimer, using hybrid quantum mechanics / molecular mechanics (QM/MM) techniques and QM/MM nonadiabatic molecular dynamics. We find that, due to its double helix structure, DNA presents a free energy barrier between non-reactive and reactive conformations leading to the photolesion...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Alessandra Souza Barbosa, Filipe Ferreira da Silva, Andre Rebelo, Søren Vrønning Hoffmann, Marcio H F Bettega, Paulo Limao-Vieira
Here we report novel comprehensive investigations on the electronic state spectroscopies of isolated 2,4- and 2,6-difluorotoluene in the gas phase by high-resolution vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoabsorption measurements in the 4.4-10.8 eV energy-range, with absolute cross-section values derived. We also present the first set of ab initio calculations (vertical energies and oscillator strengths), which we have used in the assignment of valence transitions of the difluorotoluene molecules, together with calculated ionisation energies to obtain the Rydberg transitions for both molecules...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Alfio Torrisi, Przemyslaw Wachulak, Łukasz Węgrzyński, Tomasz Fok, Andrzej Bartnik, Tomáš Parkman, Šárka Vondrová, Jana Turňová, Bartłomiej J Jankiewicz, Bartosz Bartosewicz, Henryk Fiedorowicz
We report on a very compact desk-top transmission extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope based on a laser-plasma source with a double stream gas-puff target, capable of acquiring magnified images of objects with a spatial (half-pitch) resolution of sub-50 nm. A multilayer ellipsoidal condenser is used to focus and spectrally narrow the radiation from the plasma, producing a quasi-monochromatic EUV radiation (λ = 13.8 nm) illuminating the object, whereas a Fresnel zone plate objective forms the image. Design details, development, characterization and optimization of the EUV source and the microscope are described and discussed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
Mary Norval, Anna K Coussens, Robert J Wilkinson, Liza Bornman, Robyn M Lucas, Caradee Y Wright
In this review, reports were retrieved in which vitamin D status, as assessed by serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels, was measured in South African population groups with varied skin colours and ethnicities. Healthy children and adults were generally vitamin D-sufficient [25(OH)D level >50 nmol/L] but the majority of those aged above 65 years were deficient. A major role for exposure to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) in determining 25(OH)D levels was apparent, with the dietary contribution being minor...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
M Garg, M Zhan, T T Luu, H Lakhotia, T Klostermann, A Guggenmos, E Goulielmakis
The frequency of electric currents associated with charge carriers moving in the electronic bands of solids determines the speed limit of electronics and thereby that of information and signal processing. The use of light fields to drive electrons promises access to vastly higher frequencies than conventionally used, as electric currents can be induced and manipulated on timescales faster than that of the quantum dephasing of charge carriers in solids. This forms the basis of terahertz (10(12) hertz) electronics in artificial superlattices, and has enabled light-based switches and sampling of currents extending in frequency up to a few hundred terahertz...
October 19, 2016: Nature
Yang-Seok Yoo, Jong-Ho Na, Sung Jin Son, Yong-Hoon Cho
A critical issue in GaN-based high power light-emitting diodes (LEDs) is how to suppress the efficiency droop problem occurred at high current injection while improving overall quantum efficiency, especially in conventional c-plane InGaN/GaN quantum well (QW), without using complicated bandgap engineering or unconventional materials and structures. Although increasing thickness of each QW may decrease carrier density in QWs, formation of additional strain and defects as well as increased built-in field effect due to enlarged QW thickness are unavoidable...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aram Gragossian, Denis V Seletskiy, Mansoor Sheik-Bahae
The interaction of intense near- and mid-infrared laser pulses with rare gases has produced bursts of radiation with spectral content extending into the extreme ultraviolet and soft x-ray region of electromagnetic spectrum. On the other end of the spectrum, laser-driven gas plasmas has been shown to produce coherent sub-harmonic optical waveforms, covering from terahertz (THz) to mid- and near-infrared frequency spectral band. Both processes can be enhanced via a combination of a driving field and its second harmonic...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Chloe A Smith, Cong Sun, Angela Pezic, Christine Rodda, Fergus Cameron, Katie Allen, Maria E Craig, John Carlin, Terry Dwyer, Robyn M Lucas, Darryl W Eyles, Andrew S Kemp, Justine A Ellis, Anne-Louise Ponsonby
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is linked to adverse childhood health outcomes, yet data on the distribution and quantifiable determinants of neonatal 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25OHD) concentration, a vitamin D biomarker, are limited. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify determinants of neonatal 25OHD concentration, measured using neonatal dried blood spots (DBS). METHODS: A total of 259 ethnically diverse children aged 0-16 years born in Victoria, Australia, were recruited...
October 19, 2016: Neonatology
Olaf Gefeller, Wolfgang Uter, Annette B Pfahlberg
During childhood, parents play a vital role in sun protection of their children. Their guidance is essential for avoiding excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, a risk factor for developing skin cancer in later life. In a population-based cross-sectional study conducted between October 2011 and February 2012, we assessed how 3281 parents implemented sun protection for their three- to six-year-old children in practice. In particular, clothing, shade-seeking behavior, wearing of sunhats and sunglasses, use of sunscreens and the amount of time spent outdoors were ascertained in two settings (beach, garden/playground)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Anne Vuadens, Simone Ackermann, Fabio Levi, Jean-Luc Bulliard
Switzerland, particularly its western region, has the highest incidence of melanoma in Europe. Although the risk of melanoma increases with sun overexposure during childhood, sun-related knowledge and attitudes of Swiss children are scarcely documented. We report the first investigation of the knowledge of the danger of ultraviolet radiation, attitudes towards a suntan and parental influence of schoolchildren in western Switzerland. All fifth, eighth and eleventh graders (average ages of 9, 12 and 15, respectively) in the 18 primary (fifth grade, n=431) and secondary (eighth and eleventh grades, n=837) public schools of La Chaux-de-Fonds were surveyed during regular school classes...
October 5, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Prevention
Nicole Regier, Rebecca Beauvais-Flück, Vera I Slaveykova, Claudia Cosio
The hypothesis that increased UV radiation result in co-tolerance to Hg toxicity in aquatic plants was studied at the physiological and transcriptomic level in Elodea nuttallii. At the transcriptomic level, combined exposure to UV+Hg enhanced the stress response in comparison with single treatments, affecting the expression level of transcripts involved in energy metabolism, lipid metabolism, nutrition, and redox homeostasis. Single and combined UV and Hg treatments dysregulated different genes but with similar functions, suggesting a fine regulation of the plant to stresses triggered by Hg, UV and their combination but lack of co-tolerance...
October 6, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
Edyta Biskup, David Gram Naym, Robert Gniadecki
BACKGROUND: Psoralen plus ultraviolet A (PUVA) photochemotherapy is a combination treatment used for inflammatory and neoplastic skin diseases such as mycosis fungoides (MF), the most common type of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). However, 30% of MF patients do not respond sufficiently to PUVA and require more aggressive therapies. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this project was to investigate whether inhibition of Ataxia Telangiectasia and Rad3 related kinase (ATR) may enhance efficacy of phototherapy...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Taeko Mizutani, Hijiri Sumida, Yuki Sagawa, Yuri Okano, Hitoshi Masaki
BACKGROUND: Carbonylated proteins (CPs) are generated by the reaction of basic amino acid residues in proteins with aldehyde compounds produced during lipid peroxidation. CPs in the stratum corneum (SC) impact skin conditions such as skin moisture functions including water content and transepidermal water loss (TEWL). In addition, CPs can be frequently seen in the SC from sun-exposed sites compared with sun-protected sites. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to reveal whether CPs could be a generation source of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in the SC following exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation and to identify the type of ROS and its generation mechanism...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Science
Shulin Zhuang, Xuan Lv, Liumeng Pan, Liping Lu, Zhiwei Ge, Jiaying Wang, Jingpeng Wang, Jinsong Liu, Weiping Liu, Chunlong Zhang
Benzotriazole ultraviolet stabilizers (BUVSs) are prominent chemicals widely used in industrial and consumer products to protect against ultraviolet radiation. They are becoming contaminants of emerging concern since their residues are frequently detected in multiple environmental matrices and their toxicological implications are increasingly reported. We herein investigated the antiandrogenic activities of eight BUVSs prior to and after human CYP3A4-mediated metabolic activation/deactivation by the two-hybrid recombinant human androgen receptor yeast bioassay and the in vitro metabolism assay...
October 12, 2016: Environmental Pollution
Stephen O Evans, Michael B Jameson, Ray T M Cursons, Linda M Peters, Steve Bird, Gregory M Jacobson
DNA damage quantitation assays such as the comet assay have focused on the measurement of total nuclear damage per cell. The adoption of PCR-based techniques to quantify DNA damage has enabled sequence- and organelle-specific assessment of DNA lesions. Here we report on an adaptation of a qPCR technique to assess DNA damage in nuclear and mitochondrial targets relative to control. Novel aspects of this assay include application of the assay to the Rotor-Gene platform with optimized DNA polymerase/fluorophore/primer set combination in a touchdown PCR protocol...
October 8, 2016: Biology
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