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James W Hindley, Yuval Elani, Catriona M McGilvery, Simak Ali, Charlotte L Bevan, Robert V Law, Oscar Ces
Cell-sized vesicles have tremendous potential both as miniaturised pL reaction vessels and in bottom-up synthetic biology as chassis for artificial cells. In both these areas the introduction of light-responsive modules affords increased functionality, for example, to initiate enzymatic reactions in the vesicle interior with spatiotemporal control. Here we report a system composed of nested vesicles where the inner compartments act as phototransducers, responding to ultraviolet irradiation through diacetylene polymerisation-induced pore formation to initiate enzymatic reactions...
March 15, 2018: Nature Communications
Jenny Q Ouyang, Scott Davies, Davide Dominoni
Alternation between day and night is a predictable environmental fluctuation that organisms use to time their activities. Since the invention of artificial lighting, this predictability has been disrupted and continues to change in a unidirectional fashion with increasing urbanization. As hormones mediate individual responses to changing environments, endocrine systems might be one of the first systems affected, as well as being the first line of defense to ameliorate any negative health impacts. In this Review, we first highlight how light can influence endocrine function in vertebrates...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Experimental Biology
Clizia Guccione, Maria Camilla Bergonzi, Khaled M Awada, Vieri Piazzini, Anna Rita Bilia
The aim of this study was the development and characterization of lipid nanocarriers using food grade components for oral delivery of Serenoa repens CO2 extract, namely microemulsions (MEs) and self-microemulsifying drug delivery systems (SMEDDSs) to improve the oral absorption. A commercial blend (CB) containing 320 of S. repens CO2 extract plus the aqueous soluble extracts of nettle root and pineapple stem was formulated in two MEs and two SMEDDSs. The optimized ME loaded with the CB (CBM2) had a very low content of water (only 17...
March 15, 2018: Planta Medica
Javier Vicente-Tejedor, Miguel Marchena, Laura Ramírez, Diego García-Ayuso, Violeta Gómez-Vicente, Celia Sánchez-Ramos, Pedro de la Villa, Francisco Germain
Light causes damage to the retina (phototoxicity) and decreases photoreceptor responses to light. The most harmful component of visible light is the blue wavelength (400-500 nm). Different filters have been tested, but so far all of them allow passing a lot of this wavelength (70%). The aim of this work has been to prove that a filter that removes 94% of the blue component may protect the function and morphology of the retina significantly. Three experimental groups were designed. The first group was unexposed to light, the second one was exposed and the third one was exposed and protected by a blue-blocking filter...
2018: PloS One
Michael Hart
Daytime use of adaptive optics (AO) at large telescopes is hampered by shot noise from the bright sky background. Wave-front sensing may use a sodium laser guide star observed through a magneto-optical filter to suppress the background, but the laser beacon is not sensitive to overall image motion. To estimate that, laser-guided AO systems generally rely on light from the object itself, collected through the full aperture of the telescope. Daylight sets a lower limit to the brightness of an object that may be tracked at rates sufficient to overcome the image jitter...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Qunfeng Cheng, Jingsong Peng
Nacre-inspired nanocomposites with excellent mechanical properties have achieved remarkable success in the past decades. The high performance of nacre-inspired nanocomposites lays down the basis for the further application of smart devices. Recently, some smart nanocomposites inspired by nacre have demonstrated well mechanical properties as well as effective and stable stimuli-responsive functions. In this concept, we summarize the recent development of smart nacre-inspired nanocomposites including 1D fibers, 2D films and 3D bulk nanocomposites in response to temperature, moisture, light, strain, etc...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Seema Singh, Manoj K Singh, Prolay Das
Cyclobutane pyrimidine dimmers (CPDs) and 6-4-[pyrimidine-2'-one] pyrimidine (6-4 PP) are major UV induced DNA damage lesions formed from solar radiation and other sources. CPD lesions are presumably mutagenic and carcinogenic that inhibit polymerases and interfere in DNA replication. An easy and cost effective way for visual detection of these lesions by using fluorescence based method is shown here. Artificial UVA and UVB lights were used for the generation of CPD and 6-4 PPs in selected DNA samples. Binding of Hg2+ ions with DNA before and after induction of CPD and 6-4 PP lesions was evaluated in the presence of highly fluorescent blue emitting carbon dots (CDs)...
August 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Jex Ong, A U Yap, J Y Hong, A H Eweis, N A Yahya
This study investigated the viscoelastic properties of contemporary bulk-fill restoratives in distilled water and artificial saliva using dynamic mechanical analysis. The materials evaluated included a conventional composite (Filtek Z350), two bulk-fill composites (Filtek Bulk-fill and Tetric N Ceram), a bulk-fill giomer (Beautifil-Bulk Restorative), and two novel reinforced glass ionomer cements (Zirconomer [ZR] and Equia Forte [EQ]). The glass ionomer materials were also assessed with and without resin coating (Equia Forte Coat)...
March 13, 2018: Operative Dentistry
Yuya Otsuka, Toshinori Sato
The structures and amounts of glycosaminoglycan (GAG) produced by cells have attracted much interest because GAG biosynthesis activity can change in cellular processes such as disease and differentiation. β-Xylosides, also called saccharide primers, have been used as artificial acceptors not only to generate GAG oligosaccharides in cells and tissues but also to investigate their biosynthetic pathways. Various analytical methods have been applied to confirm the structure and amounts of GAG oligosaccharides elongated using saccharide primers, yet sample preparation processes such as solid-phase-extraction in analysis can cause experimental error and disrupt accurate comparative quantification of glycosylated products...
March 13, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Maria Eugenia Correa-Cano, Bárbara Goettsch, James P Duffy, Jonathan Bennie, Richard Inger, Kevin J Gaston
Naturally dark nighttime environments are being widely eroded by the introduction of artificial light at night (ALAN). The biological impacts vary with the intensity and spectrum of ALAN, but have been documented from molecules to ecosystems. How globally severe these impacts are likely to be depends in large part on the relationship between the spatio-temporal distribution of ALAN and that of the geographic ranges of species. Here, we determine this relationship for the Cactaceae family. Using maps of the geographic ranges of cacti and nighttime stable light composite images for the period 1992 to 2012, we found that a high percentage of cactus species were experiencing ALAN within their ranges in 1992, and that this percentage had increased by 2012...
March 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Krishna R Veeramah, Andreas Rott, Melanie Groß, Lucy van Dorp, Saioa López, Karola Kirsanow, Christian Sell, Jens Blöcher, Daniel Wegmann, Vivian Link, Zuzana Hofmanová, Joris Peters, Bernd Trautmann, Anja Gairhos, Jochen Haberstroh, Bernd Päffgen, Garrett Hellenthal, Brigitte Haas-Gebhard, Michaela Harbeck, Joachim Burger
Modern European genetic structure demonstrates strong correlations with geography, while genetic analysis of prehistoric humans has indicated at least two major waves of immigration from outside the continent during periods of cultural change. However, population-level genome data that could shed light on the demographic processes occurring during the intervening periods have been absent. Therefore, we generated genomic data from 41 individuals dating mostly to the late 5th/early 6th century AD from present-day Bavaria in southern Germany, including 11 whole genomes (mean depth 5...
March 12, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Wei-Cheng Lu, Xu Zheng, Jin-Fu Liu, Wen-Chuan Wu, Xing-Yue Chen, Hai-Bo Wei, Chun-Lei Li, Ming-Jing Lin
OBJECTIVE: To study the effect of Bifidobacterium on the expression of β-defensin-2 (BD-2) in intestinal tissue of neonatal rats with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC). METHODS: A total of 40 rats were randomly divided into four groups: normal control, Bifidobacterium control, NEC model, and Bifidobacterium treatment, with 10 rats in each group. A rat model of NEC was induced by hypoxia, cold stimulation, and artificial feeding. The rats in the Bifidobacterium control and Bifidobacterium treatment groups were given Bifidobacterium via the gastric tube after cold stimulation once a day for three consecutive days...
March 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
Mohamed Elsherif, Mohammed Umair Hassan, Ali K Yetisen, Haider Butt
Phenylboronic acids (PBAs) have emerged as synthetic receptors that can reversibly bind to cis diols of glucose molecules. The incorporation of phenylboronic acids in hydrogels offer exclusive attributes as the binding process with glucose induces Donnan osmotic pressure resulting in volumetric changes in the matrix. However, their practical applications are hindered because of complex readout approaches and their time-consuming fabrication processes. Here, we demonstrate a microimprinting method to fabricate densely-packed concavities in phenylboronic acid functionalized hydrogel films...
March 12, 2018: ACS Nano
Wen-Wen Yong, Huan Lu, Han Li, Shu Wang, Ming-Tian Zhang
Artificial photosynthesis is a chemical process that seeks to capture energy from sunlight to produce solar fuels. Light absorption by a robust and efficient photosensitizer is one of the key steps in solar energy conversion. However, common photosensitizers, including [Ru(bpy)3]2+, remain far from the ideal. In this work, we exploited the performance of conjugated polymers (CPs) as photosensitizers in photodriven hydrogen evolution in aqueous solution (pH 6). Interestingly, CPs, such as poly(fluorene-co-phenylene) derivative (PFP, 429 mmolH2•gCP-1•h-1), exhibit steady and high reactivity towards hydrogen evolution; this performance can rival that of a phosphonated [Ru(bpy)3]2+ (RuP) under the same conditions, indicating that CPs are promising metal-free photosensitizers for future application in photocatalysis...
March 12, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Christopher McCleese, Zhanqian Yu, Nopondo Ndoh Esemoto, Charles Kolodziej, Buddhadev Maiti, Srijana Bhandari, Barry D Dunietz, Clemens Burda, Marcin Ptaszek
Excitonically-coupled bacteriochlorin (BC) dimers constitute a primary electron donor (special pair) in bacterial photosynthesis and absorbing units in light-harvesting antenna. However, the exact nature of the excited state of these dyads is still not fully understood. Here, we report a detailed spectroscopic and computational investigation of a series of symmetrical bacteriochlorin dimers, where the bacteriochlorins are connected either directly or by a phenylene bridge with variable length. The excited state of these dyads is quenched in high-dielectric solvents, which we attribute to photoinduced charge transfer...
March 10, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Leng-Duei Koh, Jingjie Yeo, Yeong Yuh Lee, Qunya Ong, Mingyong Han, Benjamin C-K Tee
The present review will introduce the basic concepts of silk-based electronics/optoelectronics including the latest technological advances on the use of silk fibroin in combination with other functional components, with an emphasis on improving the performance of next-generation silk-based materials. It also highlights the patterning of silk fibroin to produce micro/nano-scale features, as well as the functionalization of silk fibroin to impart antimicrobial (i.e. antibacterial) properties. Silk-based bioelectronics have great potential for advanced or futuristic bio-applications including e-skins, e-bandages, biosensors, wearable displays, implantable devices, artificial muscles, etc...
May 1, 2018: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Peter M DiGeronimo, Simone R R Pisano, Nicola Di Girolamo, Carl F Spielvogel, Gordon J Pirie, Rene Carter
Indian flying foxes ( Pteropus giganteus) are adapted to visual foraging in dim light. Nine Indian flying foxes were taken from a captive colony of 25 animals and placed in quarantine, off exhibit, in preparation for shipment to another institution. The exhibit had indirect, natural sunlight and was large enough to allow for flight. The quarantine enclosure was subject to >12 hr/day artificial lighting and did not allow for flight or gliding. Diet was identical between groups. After 13 mo, ophthalmic examination was performed on each animal including evaluation of the anterior chamber, rebound tonometry in upright and hanging positions, measurement of palpebral fissure length, and vertical and horizontal corneal diameters...
March 2018: Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine: Official Publication of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
Tylor J Johnson, Sarmila Katuwal, Gary A Anderson, Liping Gu, Ruanbao Zhou, William R Gibbons
The current burden on fossil-derived chemicals and fuels combined with the rapidly increasing global population has led to a crucial need to develop renewable and sustainable sources of chemicals and biofuels. Photoautotrophic microorganisms, including cyanobacteria and microalgae, have garnered a great deal of attention for their capability to produce these chemicals from carbon dioxide, mineralized water, and solar energy. While there have been substantial amounts of research directed at scaling-up production from these microorganisms, several factors have proven difficult to overcome, including high costs associated with cultivation, photobioreactor construction, and artificial lighting...
March 8, 2018: Biotechnology Progress
Shankramma Kalikeri, Vidya Shetty Kodialbail
Mixed-phase bismuth ferrite (BFO) nanoparticles were prepared by co-precipitation method using potassium hydroxide as the precipitant. X-ray diffractogram (XRD) of the particles showed the formation of mixed-phase BFO nanoparticles containing BiFeO3 /Bi25 FeO40 phases with the crystallite size of 70 nm. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) revealed the formation of quasi-spherical particles. The BFO nanoparticles were uniform sized with narrow size range and with the average hydrodynamic diameter of 76 nm...
March 6, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Paula Cabral Eterovick, Izabela Santos Mendes, Jéssica Stephanie Kloh, Luan Tavares Pinheiro, Amadeus Bicalho Horta Portela Václav, Thiago Santos, Ana Sofia Buza Gontijo
The ability to respond to background colour is an important feature of species that might benefit from background matching camouflage. Tadpole colour patterns vary and could be associated with several functions, including defense. Because tadpoles are exposed to a wide array of visually oriented predators, they represent good models to study defensive colouration and associated behaviours. We tested whether a potentially disruptively camouflaged tadpole with a dark body crossed by yellow bars (Ololygon machadoi) is able to respond differently to matching light and dark natural background colours and an artificial blue contrasting background...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
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