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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933821/compartmentalized-assembly-of-motor-protein-reconstituted-on-protocell-membrane-toward-highly-efficient-photophosphorylation
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Youqian Xu, Jinbo Fei, Guangle Li, Tingting Yuan, Junbai Li
Molecule assembly and functionalization of protocells have achieved a great success. However, the yield efficiency of photophosphorylation in the present cell-like systems is limited. Herein, inspired by natural photobacteria, we construct a protocell membrane reconstituting motor protein for highly-efficient light-mediated adenosine triphosphate (ATP) synthesis through layer-by-layer technique. The assembled membrane, compartmentally integrating photoacid generator, proton conductor and ATP synthase, possesses excellent transparence, fast proton production and quick proton transportation...
September 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932310/remineralization-potential-of-three-tooth-pastes-on-enamel-caries
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Rajnish K Singhal, Balwant Rai
BACKGROUND: Different formulations of dentifrices exist in the market. Usually, single toothpaste is used by all family members including children. There is a big concern of fluoride ingestion with the toothpaste containing high fluoride content in children. Recently, new toothpaste (including toothpaste) with remineralization potential without fluoride content has been formulated. AIM: There is an urgent need to compare remineralization potential of this new formulation with the exiting dentifrices...
August 15, 2017: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931324/phenoloxidase-an-effective-bioactivity-target-for-botanical-insecticide-screening-from-green-walnut-husks
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Wenyi Hu, Wenxian Du, Shumin Bai, Sitong Lv, Guang Chen
Phenoloxidase, a critical enzyme in insects, may serve as a promising target in botanical insecticide development. In an effort to identify active ingredients with insecticidal properties in green walnut husks, juglone and plumbagin were isolated from the chloroform extract using phenoloxidase as bioactive target with the IC50 of 0.247 g/L and 0.256 g/L, respectively. After an artificial diet feeding of the juglone or plumbagin, more than 50% corrected mortality in stomach toxicity form was observed in Pieris rapae Linne larvae and Helicoverpa armigera Hübner larvae at the concentration ≥0...
September 20, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929203/effects-of-toothpastes-on-white-spot-lesions-around-orthodontic-brackets-using-quantitative-light-induced-fluorescence-qlf-an-in-vitro-study
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Gokcenur Gokce, Selcuk Savas, Ebru Kucukyilmaz, Ilknur Veli
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of toothpastes with different contents on the remineralization of white spot lesions around orthodontic brackets by quantitative light-induced fluorescence (QLF). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 45 freshly extracted human mandibular first molars were selected. Artificial caries lesions were created on enamel surfaces using an acidified gel system for 7 days. Initial relative fluorescence loss was calculated as the pretreatment (baseline) fluorescence value by QLF device...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Orofacial Orthopedics, Fortschritte der Kieferorthopädie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925381/cavity-qed-with-hybrid-nanocircuits-from-atomic-like-physics-to-condensed-matter-phenomena
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Audrey Cottet, Matthieu C Dartiailh, Matthieu M Desjardins, Tino Cubaynes, Lauriane C Contamin, Matthieu Delbecq, Jérémie J Viennot, Laure E Bruhat, Benoit Douçot, Takis Kontos
Circuit QED techniques have been instrumental in manipulating and probing with exquisite sensitivity the quantum state of superconducting quantum bits coupled to microwave cavities. Recently, it has become possible to fabricate new devices in which the superconducting quantum bits are replaced by hybrid mesoscopic circuits combining nanoconductors and metallic reservoirs. This mesoscopic QED provides a new experimental playground to study the light-matter interaction in electronic circuits. Here, we present the experimental state of the art of mesoscopic QED and its theoretical description...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924505/greater-reproductive-investment-but-shorter-lifespan-in-agrosystem-than-in-natural-habitat-toads
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Francisco Javier Zamora-Camacho, Mar Comas
Global amphibian decline is due to several factors: habitat loss, anthropization, pollution, emerging diseases, and global warming. Amphibians, with complex life cycles, are particularly susceptible to habitat alterations, and their survival may be impaired in anthropized habitats. Increased mortality is a well-known consequence of anthropization. Life-history theory predicts higher reproductive investment when mortality is increased. In this work, we compared age, body size, and different indicators of reproductive investment, as well as prey availability, in natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) from agrosystems and adjacent natural pine groves in Southwestern Spain...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922682/the-energy-cost-of-running-with-the-ball-in-soccer
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Alessandro Piras, Milena Raffi, Charalampos Atmatzidis, Franco Merni, Rocco Di Michele
Running with the ball is a soccer-specific activity frequently used by players during match play and training drills. Nevertheless, the energy cost (EC) of on-grass running with the ball has not yet been determined. The purpose of this study was therefore to assess the EC of constant-speed running with the ball, and to compare it with the EC of normal running. Eight amateur soccer players performed two 6- min runs at 10 km/h on artificial turf, respectively with and without the ball. EC was measured with indirect calorimetry and, furthermore, estimated with a method based on players' accelerations measured with a GPS receiver...
September 18, 2017: International Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920706/do-night-and-around-the-clock-firefighters-shift-schedules-induce-deviation-in-tau-from-24-hours-of-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-circadian-rhythms
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Alain E Reinberg, Michael H Smolensky, Marc Riedel, Cedric Riedel, Eric Brousse, Yvan Touitou
Systolic (S) and diastolic (D) blood pressures (BP) [SBP and DBP] are circadian rhythmic with period (τ) in healthy persons assumed to be maintained at 24.0h. We tested this assumption in a sample of 30 healthy career (mean >12 yrs) 30-to-46 yr-old male Caucasian French firefighters (FFs) categorized into three groups according to work schedule and duties: Group A - 12 FFs working 12h day, 12h night, and occasionally 24h shifts and whose primary duties are firefighting plus paramedical and road rescue services; Group B - 9 FFs working mostly 12h day and 12h night shifts and whose duties are answering incoming emergency calls and coordinating service vehicle dispatch from fire stations with Group A personnel; Group C - 9 day shift (09:00-17:00h) FFs charged with administrative tasks...
September 18, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920010/exploring-step-by-step-assembly-of-nanoparticle-cytochrome-biohybrid-photoanodes
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Ee Taek Hwang, Katherine L Orchard, Daisuke Hojo, Joseph Beton, Colin W J Lockwood, Tadafumi Adschiri, Julea N Butt, Erwin Reisner, Lars J C Jeuken
Coupling light-harvesting semiconducting nanoparticles (NPs) with redox enzymes has been shown to create artificial photosynthetic systems that hold promise for the synthesis of solar fuels. High quantum yields require efficient electron transfer from the nanoparticle to the redox protein, a property that can be difficult to control. Here, we have compared binding and electron transfer between dye-sensitized TiO2 nanocrystals or CdS quantum dots and two decaheme cytochromes on photoanodes. The effect of NP surface chemistry was assessed by preparing NPs capped with amine or carboxylic acid functionalities...
August 2017: ChemElectroChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919247/the-effect-of-directed-photic-stimulation-of-the-pineal-on-experimental-parkinson-s-disease
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Gregory L Willis, Christopher B Freelance
The role of the circadian system in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a topic of increasing scientific interest. This has emerged from recent studies demonstrating an altered response of PD patients to treatment in relation to the phase of the light/dark cycle and from other work defining the functional significance of melanocytes in PD: a cell type that the nigro-striatal dopamine (NSD) system and circadian system both contain. The present study was undertaken to determine the sensitivity of the pineal, as the final common pathway of the circadian system, to light delivered directly to the pineal via surgical implantation of LEDs...
September 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910180/nrf2-mediated-ho-1-induction-and-antineuroinflammatory-activities-of-halleridone
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Ji Yeon Seo, Euisun Pyo, Junsoo Park, Jong-Sang Kim, Sang Hyun Sung, Won Keun Oh
Nuclear factor E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) is the master regulator of antioxidant enzymes and is known to act on the nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cell (NF-κB) signaling pathway. Few studies have examined the bioactivity of halleridone. Herein, we investigated whether halleridone, which was isolated from the stems of the plant Cornus walteri, could regulate Nrf2-mediated heme oxygenase (HO)-1 expression and prevent intramicroglial inflammation induced by amyloid beta (Aβ)1-42 overexpression...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906450/obstacle-recognition-based-on-machine-learning-for-on-chip-lidar-sensors-in-a-cyber-physical-system
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Fernando Castaño, Gerardo Beruvides, Rodolfo E Haber, Antonio Artuñedo
Collision avoidance is an important feature in advanced driver-assistance systems, aimed at providing correct, timely and reliable warnings before an imminent collision (with objects, vehicles, pedestrians, etc.). The obstacle recognition library is designed and implemented to address the design and evaluation of obstacle detection in a transportation cyber-physical system. The library is integrated into a co-simulation framework that is supported on the interaction between SCANeR software and Matlab/Simulink...
September 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906113/photoinduced-electron-transfer-coupled-to-donor-deprotonation-and-acceptor-protonation-in-a-molecular-triad-mimicking-photosystem-ii
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Andrea Pannwitz, Oliver S Wenger
The first artificial donor-sensitizer-acceptor compound in which photoinduced long-range electron transfer is coupled to donor deprotonation and acceptor protonation is reported. The long-lived photoproduct stores energy in the form of a radical pair state in which the charges of the donor and the acceptor remain unchanged, much in contrast to previously investigated systems that exhibit charge-separated states comprised of electron-hole pairs. This finding is relevant for light-driven accumulation of redox equivalents, because it exemplifies how the buildup of charge can be avoided yet light energy can be stored...
September 14, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904394/ultraviolet-b-light-emitting-diodes-leds-are-more-efficient-and-effective-in-producing-vitamin-d3-in-human-skin-compared-to-natural-sunlight
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T A Kalajian, A Aldoukhi, A J Veronikis, K Persons, M F Holick
Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin is important for health. Those with fat malabsorption disorders malabsorb vitamin D and thus must rely on cutaneous production of vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is generated secondary to exposure to ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation (whether from the sun or from an artificial source). Light emitting diodes (LEDs) have been developed to emit ultraviolet radiation. Little is known about the efficiency of UVB emitting LEDs tuned to different wavelengths for producing vitamin D3 in human skin...
September 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904200/epstein-barr-virus-bkrf4-gene-product-is-required-for-efficient-progeny-production
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H M Abdullah Al Masud, Takahiro Watanabe, Masahiro Yoshida, Yoshitaka Sato, Fumi Goshima, Hiroshi Kimura, Takayuki Murata
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of human gammaherpesvirus, infects mainly B cells. EBV has two alternative life cycles, latent and lytic, and is reactivated occasionally from the latent stage to the lytic cycle. To combat EBV-associated disorders, understanding the molecular mechanisms of the EBV lytic replication cycle is also important. Here, we focused on an EBV lytic gene, BKRF4. Using our anti-BKRF4 antibody, we revealed that the BKRF4 gene product is expressed during the lytic cycle with late kinetics...
September 13, 2017: Journal of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895970/mechanisms-and-applications-of-terahertz-metamaterial-sensing-a-review
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Wendao Xu, Lijuan Xie, Yibin Ying
Terahertz (THz) technology has attracted great worldwide interest and novel high-intensity THz sources and plasmonics are two of the most active fields of recent research. Being situated between infrared light and microwave radiation, the absorption of THz rays in molecular and biomolecular systems is dominated by the excitation of intramolecular and intermolecular vibrations. This indicates that THz technology is an effective tool for sensing applications. However, the low sensitivity of free-space THz detection limits the sensing applications, which gives a great opportunity to metamaterials...
September 12, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895100/an-artificial-biomimetic-catalysis-converting-co2-to-green-fuels
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Caihong Li, Zhiming Wang
Researchers devote to design catalytic systems with higher activity, selectivity, and stability ideally based on cheap and earth-abundant elements to reduce CO2 to value-added hydrocarbon fuels under mild conditions driven by visible light. This may offer profound inspirations on that. A bi-functional molecular iron catalyst designed could not only catalyze two-electron reduction from CO2 to CO but also further convert CO to CH4 with a high selectivity of 82% stably over several days.
September 11, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890855/effects-of-tire-leachate-on-the-invasive-mosquito-aedes-albopictus-and-the-native-congener-aedes-triseriatus
#18
Oswaldo C Villena, Ivana Terry, Kayoko Iwata, Edward R Landa, Shannon L LaDeau, Paul T Leisnham
Discarded vehicle tire casings are an important artificial habitat for the developmental stages of numerous vector mosquitoes. Discarded vehicle tires degrade under ultraviolet light and leach numerous soluble metals (e.g., barium, cadmium, zinc) and organic substances (e.g., benzothiazole and its derivatives [BZTs], polyaromatic hydrocarbons [PAHs]) that could affect mosquito larvae that inhabit the tire casing. This study examined the relationship between soluble zinc, a common marker of tire leachate, on mosquito densities in tire habitats in the field, and tested the effects of tire leachate on the survival and development of newly hatched Aedes albopictus and Aedes triseriatus larvae in a controlled laboratory dose-response experiment...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886533/artificial-light-at-night-affects-sleep-behaviour-differently-in-two-closely-related-songbird-species
#19
Jiachen Sun, Thomas Raap, Rianne Pinxten, Marcel Eens
Artificial light at night (ALAN) or light pollution is an increasing and worldwide problem. There is growing concern that because of the disruption of natural light cycles, ALAN may pose serious risks for wildlife. While ALAN has been shown to affect many aspects of animal behaviour and physiology, few studies have experimentally studied whether individuals of different species in the wild respond differently to ALAN. Here, we investigated the effect of ALAN on sleep behaviour in two closely related songbird species inhabiting the same study area and roosting/breeding in similar nest boxes...
September 5, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886232/what-type-of-rigorous-experiments-are-needed-to-investigate-the-impact-of-artificial-light-at-night-on-individuals-and-populations
#20
Jenny Qianni Ouyang, Maaike de Jong, Roy Ha van Grunsven, Kevin D Matson, Mark F Haussmann, Peter Meerlo, Marcel Visser, Kamiel Spoelstra
In our recent paper on how artificial light at night (ALAN) affects within-individual changes in physiology, we used a unique experimental setup of colored LED lights to show effects on nighttime activity levels and physiology in free-living great tits, Parus major (Ouyang et al., 2017). Raap et al's response, entitled: "Rigorous field experiments are essential to understand the genuine severity of light pollution and to identify possible solutions" lists issues with our analyses (Raap et al., 2017). Rather than go into a detailed response, we use this forum to address the major critiques by answering the bigger question of what types of rigorous field experiments are needed to evaluate ALAN's impact...
September 8, 2017: Global Change Biology
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