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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635662/development-of-a-dunaliella-tertiolecta-strain-with-increased-zeaxanthin-content-using-random-mutagenesis
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Minjae Kim, Junhak Ahn, Hancheol Jeon, EonSeon Jin
Zeaxanthin is a xanthophyll pigment that is regarded as one of the best carotenoids for the prevention and treatment of degenerative diseases. In the worldwide natural products market, consumers prefer pigments that have been produced from biological sources. In this study, a Dunaliella tertiolecta strain that has 10-15% higher cellular zeaxanthin content than the parent strain (zea1), was obtained by random mutagenesis using ethyl methanesulfonate (EMS) as a mutagen. This mutant, mp3, was grown under various salinities and light intensities to optimize culture conditions for zeaxanthin production...
June 21, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634138/intracellular-and-transdermal-protein-delivery-mediated-by-non-covalent-interactions-with-a-synthetic-guanidine-rich-molecular-carrier
#2
Jungkyun Im, Sanket Das, Dongjun Jeong, Chang-Jin Kim, Hyun-Suk Lim, Ki Hean Kim, Sung-Kee Chung
The impermeability of the cell plasma membrane is one of the major barriers for protein transduction into mammalian cells, and it also limits the use of proteins as therapeutic agents. Protein transduction has usually been achieved based on certain invasive processes or cell penetrating peptides (CPP). Herein we report our study in which a synthetic guanidine-rich molecular carrier is used as a delivery vector for intracellular and transdermal delivery of proteins. First a sorbitol-based molecular carrier having 8 guanidine units (Sor-G8) was synthesized, and then was simply mixed with a cargo protein of varying sizes to form the non-covalent complex of carrier-cargo proteins...
June 17, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633826/optimization-and-characterization-of-ultrasound-assisted-preparation-of-curcumin-loaded-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-application-of-central-composite-design-thermal-analysis-and-x-ray-diffraction-techniques
#3
Elham Sadati Behbahani, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Mohammadreza Abbaspour, Kobra Rostamizadeh
This study is devoted to preparation of novel solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) for the encapsulation of curcumin which is produced by micro-emulsion and ultrasonication using stearic acid and tripalmitin as solid lipids, tween80 and span80 as surfactants. The relation between particle size and entrapment efficiency of the produced SLNs was operated by central composite design (CCD) under response likes surface method (RSM). The variables including the ratio of lipids (X1), the ratio of surfactants (X2), drug/lipid ratio (X3), time of sonication (X4) and time of homogenization (X5)...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632960/snap-tag-based-subcellular-proteins-labeling-and-fluorescent-imaging-with-naphthalimides
#4
Chao Wang, Xinbo Song, Yi Xiao
Genetically encoded technologies provide methods for specific labeling and imaging of proteins, which is essential for the understanding of their subcellular localization and function. Herein, we employ naphthalimide, an efficient two-photon fluorophore, to develop O6-benzylguanine (BG) derivatives for specific labeling of subcellular proteins and fluorescent imaging through the SNAP-tag. The three naphthalimide-BG derivatives, TNI-BG, QNI-BG and ONI-BG are conveniently synthesized through modular "click chemistry" with high yields...
June 20, 2017: Chembiochem: a European Journal of Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632500/photon-detection-efficiency-of-laboratory-based-x-ray-phase-contrast-imaging-techniques-for-mammography-a-monte-carlo-study
#5
Somayeh Saghamanesh, Seyed Mohammad Reza Aghamiri, Alireza Kamali-Asl, Wataru Yashiro
An important challenge in real-world biomedical applications of X-ray phase contrast imaging (XPCI) techniques is the efficient use of the photon flux generated by an incoherent and polychromatic X-ray source. This efficiency can directly influence dose and exposure time and ideally should not affect the superior contrast and sensitivity of XPCI. In this paper, we present a quantitative evaluation of the photon detection efficiency of two laboratory-based XPCI methods, grating interferometry (GI) and coded-aperture (CA)...
June 20, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631404/structural-connectivity-differences-in-motor-network-between-tremor-dominant-and-nontremor-parkinson-s-disease
#6
Gaetano Barbagallo, Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Gennarina Arabia, Andrea Cherubini, Angela Lupo, Rita Nisticò, Maria Salsone, Fabiana Novellino, Maurizio Morelli, Giuseppe Lucio Cascini, Domenico Galea, Aldo Quattrone
Motor phenotypes of Parkinson's disease (PD) are recognized to have different prognosis and therapeutic response, but the neural basis for this clinical heterogeneity remains largely unknown. The main aim of this study was to compare differences in structural connectivity metrics of the main motor network between tremor-dominant and nontremor PD phenotypes (TD-PD and NT-PD, respectively) using probabilistic tractography-based network analysis. A total of 63 PD patients (35 TD-PD patients and 28 NT-PD patients) and 30 healthy controls underwent a 3 T MRI...
June 20, 2017: Human Brain Mapping
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630913/an-innovative-biologic-system-for-photon-powered-myocardium-in-the-ischemic-heart
#7
Jeffrey E Cohen, Andrew B Goldstone, Michael J Paulsen, Yasuhiro Shudo, Amanda N Steele, Bryan B Edwards, Jay B Patel, John W MacArthur, Michael S Hopkins, Casey E Burnett, Kevin J Jaatinen, Akshara D Thakore, Justin M Farry, Vi N Truong, Alexandra T Bourdillon, Lyndsay M Stapleton, Anahita Eskandari, Alexander S Fairman, William Hiesinger, Tatiana V Esipova, William L Patrick, Keven Ji, Judith A Shizuru, Y Joseph Woo
Coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of death and disability, afflicting more than 15 million Americans. Although pharmacological advances and revascularization techniques have decreased mortality, many survivors will eventually succumb to heart failure secondary to the residual microvascular perfusion deficit that remains after revascularization. We present a novel system that rescues the myocardium from acute ischemia, using photosynthesis through intramyocardial delivery of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630910/ferroelastic-modulation-and-the-bloch-formalism
#8
Angelo Mascarenhas, Brian Fluegel, Lekhnath Bhusal
The key to the development of advanced materials is to understand their electronic structure-property relationship. Utilization of this understanding to design new electronic materials with desired properties led to modern epitaxial growth approaches for synthesizing artificial lattices, which for almost half a century have become the mainstay of electronic and photonic technologies. In contrast to previous scalar modulation approaches, we now study synthetic crystal lattices that have a tensor artificial modulation and develop a theory for photons and conduction band states in these lattices in a regime with an unusual departure from the familiar consequences of translational symmetry and Bloch's theorem...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630799/optimized-process-for-fabrication-of-free-standing-silicon-nanophotonic-devices
#9
Paul Seidler
A detailed procedure is presented for fabrication of free-standing silicon photonic devices that accurately reproduces design dimensions while minimizing surface roughness. By reducing charging effects during inductively coupled-plasma reactive ion etching, undercutting in small, high-aspect ratio openings is reduced. Slot structures with a width as small as 40 nm and an aspect ratio of 5.5:1 can be produced with a nearly straight, vertical sidewall profile. Subsequent removal of an underlying sacrificial silicon dioxide layer by wet-etching to create free-standing devices is performed under conditions which suppress attack of the silicon...
May 2017: Journal of Vacuum Science and Technology. B, Nanotechnology & Microelectronics: Materials, Processing, Measurement, & Phenomena: JVST B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630678/on-the-colour-of-wing-scales-in-butterflies-iridescence-and-preferred-orientation-of-single-gyroid-photonic-crystals
#10
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/28630672/circularly-polarized-reflection-from-the-scarab-beetle-chalcothea-smaragdina-light-scattering-by-a-dual-photonic-structure
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Luke T McDonald, Ewan D Finlayson, Bodo D Wilts, Pete Vukusic
Helicoidal architectures comprising various polysaccharides, such as chitin and cellulose, have been reported in biological systems. In some cases, these architectures exhibit stunning optical properties analogous to ordered cholesteric liquid crystal phases. In this work, we characterize the circularly polarized reflectance and optical scattering from the cuticle of the beetle Chalcothea smaragdina (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae: Cetoniinae) using optical experiments, simulations and structural analysis. The selective reflection of left-handed circularly polarized light is attributed to a Bouligand-type helicoidal morphology within the beetle's exocuticle...
August 6, 2017: Interface Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630487/multicolor-two-photon-imaging-of-endogenous-fluorophores-in-living-tissues-by-wavelength-mixing
#12
Chiara Stringari, Lamiae Abdeladim, Guy Malkinson, Pierre Mahou, Xavier Solinas, Isabelle Lamarre, Sébastien Brizion, Jean-Baptiste Galey, Willy Supatto, Renaud Legouis, Ana-Maria Pena, Emmanuel Beaurepaire
Two-photon imaging of endogenous fluorescence can provide physiological and metabolic information from intact tissues. However, simultaneous imaging of multiple intrinsic fluorophores, such as nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide(phosphate) (NAD(P)H), flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) and retinoids in living systems is generally hampered by sequential multi-wavelength excitation resulting in motion artifacts. Here, we report on efficient and simultaneous multicolor two-photon excitation of endogenous fluorophores with absorption spectra spanning the 750-1040 nm range, using wavelength mixing...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630486/integrated-optical-modulator-manipulating-the-polarization-and-rotation-handedness-of-orbital-angular-momentum-states
#13
S Faezeh Mousavi, Rahman Nouroozi, Giuseppe Vallone, Paolo Villoresi
Recent studies demonstrated that the optical channels encoded by Orbital Angular Momentum (OAM) are capable candidates for improving the next generation of communication systems. OAM states can enhance the capacity and security of high-dimensional communication channels in both classical and quantum regimes based on optical fibre and free space. Hence, fast and precise control of the beams encoded by OAM can provide their commercial applications in the compatible communication networks. Integrated optical devices are good miniaturized options to perform this issue...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630485/acute-administration-of-catalase-targeted-to-icam-1-attenuates-neuropathology-in-experimental-traumatic-brain-injury
#14
Evan M Lutton, Roshanak Razmpour, Allison M Andrews, Lee Anne Cannella, Young-Jin Son, Vladimir V Shuvaev, Vladimir R Muzykantov, Servio H Ramirez
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) contributes to one third of injury related deaths in the US. Treatment strategies for TBI are supportive, and the pathophysiology is not fully understood. Secondary mechanisms of injury in TBI, such as oxidative stress and inflammation, are points at which intervention may reduce neuropathology. Evidence suggests that reactive oxygen species (ROS) propagate blood-brain barrier (BBB) hyperpermeability and inflammation following TBI. We hypothesized that targeted detoxification of ROS may improve the pathological outcomes of TBI...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630483/comprehensive-analysis-of-passive-generation-of-parabolic-similaritons-in-tapered-hydrogenated-amorphous-silicon-photonic-wires
#15
Chao Mei, Feng Li, Jinhui Yuan, Zhe Kang, Xianting Zhang, Binbin Yan, Xinzhu Sang, Qiang Wu, Xian Zhou, Kangping Zhong, Liang Wang, Kuiru Wang, Chongxiu Yu, P K A Wai
Parabolic pulses have important applications in both basic and applied sciences, such as high power optical amplification, optical communications, all-optical signal processing, etc. The generation of parabolic similaritons in tapered hydrogenated amorphous silicon photonic wires at telecom (λ ~ 1550 nm) and mid-IR (λ ≥ 2100 nm) wavelengths is demonstrated and analyzed. The self-similar theory of parabolic pulse generation in passive waveguides with increasing nonlinearity is presented. A generalized nonlinear Schrödinger equation is used to describe the coupled dynamics of optical field in the tapered hydrogenated amorphous silicon photonic wires with either decreasing dispersion or increasing nonlinearity...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630435/in-situ-electrical-and-thermal-monitoring-of-printed-electronics-by-two-photon-mapping
#16
Francesco Pastorelli, Nicolò Accanto, Mikkel Jørgensen, Niek F van Hulst, Frederik C Krebs
Printed electronics is emerging as a new, large scale and cost effective technology that will be disruptive in fields such as energy harvesting, consumer electronics and medical sensors. The performance of printed electronic devices relies principally on the carrier mobility and molecular packing of the polymer semiconductor material. Unfortunately, the analysis of such materials is generally performed with destructive techniques, which are hard to make compatible with in situ measurements, and pose a great obstacle for the mass production of printed electronics devices...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630395/cerebral-infarction-by-paradoxical-gas-embolism-during-laparoscopic-liver-resection-with-injury-of-the-hepatic-vessels-in-a-patient-without-a-right-to-left-systemic-shunt
#17
Toshiyasu Kawahara, Masahiro Hagiwara, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Mariko Tanaka, Koji Imai, Jun Sawada, Takayuki Kunisawa, Hiroyuki Furukawa
BACKGROUND Carbon dioxide (CO2) is believed to be the safest gas for laparoscopic surgery, which is a standard procedure. We experienced severe cerebral infarction caused by paradoxical CO2 embolism during laparoscopic liver resection with injury of the hepatic vessels despite the absence of a right-to-left systemic shunt. CASE REPORT A 60-year-old man was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma in the right hepatic lobe secondary to alcoholic liver disease. We planned the laparoscopy-assisted liver resection...
June 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630145/activity-dependent-trafficking-of-lysosomes-in-dendrites-and-dendritic-spines
#18
Marisa S Goo, Laura Sancho, Natalia Slepak, Daniela Boassa, Thomas J Deerinck, Mark H Ellisman, Brenda L Bloodgood, Gentry N Patrick
In neurons, lysosomes, which degrade membrane and cytoplasmic components, are thought to primarily reside in somatic and axonal compartments, but there is little understanding of their distribution and function in dendrites. Here, we used conventional and two-photon imaging and electron microscopy to show that lysosomes traffic bidirectionally in dendrites and are present in dendritic spines. We find that lysosome inhibition alters their mobility and also decreases dendritic spine number. Furthermore, perturbing microtubule and actin cytoskeletal dynamics has an inverse relationship on the distribution and motility of lysosomes in dendrites...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629848/a-novel-intrinsic-electroretinogram-response-in-isolated-mouse-retina
#19
Motoharu Takao, Yumi Fukuda, Takeshi Morita
Since the discovery of intrinsic photosensitive retinal ganglion cell (ipRGC) was reported in 2002, many features specific to this cell type have been described. However, scare information is available on the retinographic components directly reflecting ipRGC activity. In this study, we identified the electroretinogram (microERG) that reflects the photoresponses by ipRGCs in ex vivo preparations of the mouse retina, in which classical photoreceptors (cones and rods) were ablated mechanically and photochemically...
June 16, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629209/fabrication-of-nanoshell-based-3d-periodic-structures-by-templating-process-using-solution-derived-zno
#20
Shinji Araki, Yasuaki Ishikawa, Xudongfang Wang, Mutsunori Uenuma, Donghwi Cho, Seokwoo Jeon, Yukiharu Uraoka
Fabrication methods for a 3D periodic nanostructure with excellent and unique properties for various applications, such as photonic and phononic crystals, have attracted considerable interest. Templating processes using colloidal crystals have been proposed to create nanoshell-based 3D structures over a large area with ease. However, there are technical limitations in structural design, resulting in difficulties for structural flexibility. Here, we demonstrate a combination of proximity field nanopatterning and infiltration processes using solution-derived ZnO for a nanoshell-based 3D periodic structure with high structural flexibility and controllability...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
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