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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793193/a-validation-study-of-the-1-2-indandione-reagent-for-operational-use-in-the-uk-part-2-optimization-of-processing-conditions
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Niko Nicolasora, Rory Downham, Rachel-May Dyer, Laura Hussey, Aoife Luscombe, Vaughn Sears
This paper contains details of work carried out to identify the most effective processing conditions for the optimized 1,2-indandione/zn formulation developed for use under UK conditions. Using direct measurements of fluorescence taken from test spots of amino acids and eccrine sweat during oven processing, complemented with experiments on real fingermarks, it was established that processing temperatures above 120°C in the oven were detrimental to the fluorescence of the developed mark. Alternative methods of development to oven processing were found to be effective, but less controllable...
May 2, 2018: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793081/geochemical-anomalies-of-trace-elements-in-unremediated-soils-of-mt-karcz%C3%A3-wka-a-historic-lead-mining-area-in-the-city-of-kielce-poland
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Agnieszka Gałuszka, Zdzisław M Migaszewski, Sabina Dołęgowska, Artur Michalik
Concentrations of selected trace elements (Ag, As, Ba, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, Zn) and rare earth elements were determined in 61 samples of surface soils collected from Mt. Karczówka, a historic Pb ore mining area located in the city of Kielce, south-central Poland. Some of these samples were subjected to XRD analyses and Pb stable isotope measurements. The mineral and chemical composition of rock samples were also examined. Mining activity in the study area was conducted mostly during 15th-17th centuries using technologically primitive methods, and was finally ceased in the first half of the 19th century...
May 21, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29793028/cytosolic-distributions-of-highly-toxic-metals-cd-and-tl-and-several-essential-elements-in-the-liver-of-brown-trout-salmo-trutta-l-analyzed-by-size-exclusion-chromatography-and-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
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Zrinka Dragun, Nesrete Krasnići, Nicol Kolar, Vlatka Filipović Marijić, Dušica Ivanković, Marijana Erk
Cytosolic distributions of nonessential metals Cd and Tl and seven essential elements among compounds of different molecular masses were studied in the liver of brown trout (Salmo trutta) from the karstic Krka River in Croatia. Analyses were done by size exclusion high performance liquid chromatography and high resolution inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Common feature of Cd and Tl, as highly toxic elements, was their distribution within only two narrow peaks. The increase of cytosolic Cd concentrations was reflected in marked increase of Cd elution within low molecular mass peak (maximum at ∼15 kDa), presumably containing metallothioneins (MTs), which indicated successful Cd detoxification in brown trout liver under studied exposure conditions...
May 15, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792960/hybrid-chitosan-tio-2-zns-prepared-under-mild-conditions-with-visible-light-driven-photocatalytic-activity
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A Jbeli, A M Ferraria, A M Botelho do Rego, S Boufi, S Bouattour
Thin films of chitosan (CS) coated on glass substrates were used as support for the immobilization of nanostructures TiO2 /ZnS via a mild chemical process followed by a hydrothermal treatment at 90 °C. The preparation route involved the coating of the CS film on the glass substrate followed by the deposition of a thin layer of Ti(OBu)4 precursor and immersion in a solution of Zn(O2 CCH3 )2 and Na2 S. After a hydrothermal treatment at 90 °C, an even layer of TiO2 anatase decorated by ZnS nanorods was generated...
May 21, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792376/somatic-ace-regulates-self-renewal-of-mouse-spermatogonial-stem-cells-via-the-mapk-signaling-pathway
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Tingting Gao, Xin Zhao, Chenchen Liu, Binbin Shao, Xi Zhang, Kai Li, Jinyang Cai, Su Wang, Xiaoyan Huang
Spermatogonial stem cell (SSC) self-renewal is an indispensable part of spermatogenesis. Angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) is a zinc dipeptidyl carboxypeptidase that plays a critical role in regulation of the renin-angiotensin system. Here, we used RT-PCR and Western blot analysis to confirm that somatic ACE (sACE) but not testicular ACE (tACE) is highly expressed in mouse testis before postpartum day 7 and in cultured SSCs. Our results revealed that sACE is located on the membrane of SSCs. Treating cultured SSCs with the ACE competitive inhibitor captopril was found to inhibit sACE activity, and significantly reduced the proliferation rate of SSCs...
May 24, 2018: Stem Cells and Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792317/in-situ-reduction-from-uranyl-ion-into-a-tetravalent-uranium-trimer-and-hexamer-featuring-ion-exchange-properties-and-the-alexandrite-effect
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Jian Lin, Zenghui Yue, Mark A Silver, Meiying Qie, Xiaomei Wang, Wei Liu, Xiao Lin, Hong-Liang Bao, Lin-Juan Zhang, Shuao Wang, Jian-Qiang Wang
By utilizing zinc amalgam as an in situ reductant and pH regulator, mild hydrothermal reaction between UO2 (CH3 COO)2 ·2H2 O, H2 SO4 , and Cs2 CO3 or between UO2 (CH3 COO)2 ·2H2 O, C2 H4 (SO3 H)2 , and K2 CO3 yielded a novel cesium UIV sulfate trimer Cs4 [U3 O(SO4 )7 ]·2.2H2 O (1) and a new potassium UIV disulfonic hexamer K[U6 O4 (OH)5 (H2 O)5 ][C2 H4 (SO3 )2 ]6 ·6H2 O (2), respectively. Compound 1 features a lamellar structure with a honeycomb lattice, and it represents an unprecedented trimeric UIV cluster composed of purely inorganic moieties...
May 24, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792187/carbonic-anhydrase-related-protein-expression-in-astrocytomas-and-oligodendroglial-tumors
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Sini L Karjalainen, Hannu K Haapasalo, Ashok Aspatwar, Harlan Barker, Seppo Parkkila, Joonas A Haapasalo
BACKGROUND: Carbonic anhydrase related proteins (CARPs) VIII, X and XI functionally differ from the other carbonic anhydrase (CA) enzymes. Structurally, they lack the zinc binding residues, which are important for enzyme activity of classical CAs. The distribution pattern of the CARPs in fetal brain implies their role in brain development. In the adult brain, CARPs are mainly expressed in the neuron bodies but only weaker reactivity has been found in the astrocytes and oligodendrocytes...
May 23, 2018: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792136/zinc-dependent-histone-deacetylase-inhibitors-in-cancer-therapeutics-recent-update
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Panagiotis I Georgianos, Maria Divani, Theodoros Eleftheriadis, Peter R Mertens, Vassilios Liakopoulos
BACKGROUND: Despite optimal management of diabetic kidney disease (DKD) with intensive glycemic control and administration of agents blocking the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system, the residual risk for nephropathy progression to end-stage-renal-disease (ESRD) remains high. Sodium-glucose co-transporter type 2 (SGLT-2)-inhibitors represent a newly-introduced anti-diabetic drug class with pleiotropic actions extending above their glucose-lowering efficacy. Herein, we provide an overview of preclinical and clinical-trial evidence supporting a protective effect of SGLT-2 inhibitors on DKD...
May 23, 2018: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791837/phosphorylation-state-of-zfp24-controls-oligodendrocyte-differentiation
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Benayahu Elbaz, Joshua D Aaker, Sara Isaac, Anna Kolarzyk, Pedro Brugarolas, Amir Eden, Brian Popko
Zinc finger protein ZFP24, formerly known as ZFP191, is essential for oligodendrocyte maturation and CNS myelination. Nevertheless, the mechanism by which ZFP24 controls these processes is unknown. We demonstrate that ZFP24 binds to a consensus DNA sequence in proximity to genes important for oligodendrocyte differentiation and CNS myelination, and we show that this binding enhances target gene expression. We also demonstrate that ZFP24 DNA binding is controlled by phosphorylation. Phosphorylated ZFP24, which does not bind DNA, is the predominant form in oligodendrocyte progenitor cells...
May 22, 2018: Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791811/the-putative-transient-receptor-potential-trp-channel-protein-encoded-by-the-orf19-4805-is-involved-in-cation-sensitivity-antifungal-tolerance-and-filamentation-in-candida-albicans
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Linghuo Jiang, Yi Yang
The ancient family of cation channels, transient receptor potential (TRP) channels, is highly conserved in eukaryotes and plays various physiological functions from sensation of ion homeostasis to reception of pain and vision. Calcium-permeable TRP channels have been identified from the plant Arabidopsis thaliana (AtCsc1) and the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (ScCsc1), respectively. In this study, we have characterized the functions of the Csc1 homolog, the orf19.4805, in Candida albicans. The orf19...
May 23, 2018: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791569/solubility-porosity-and-fluid-uptake-of-calcium-silicate-based-cements
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Fernanda Ferrari Esteves Torres, Juliane Maria Guerreiro-Tanomaru, Roberta Bosso-Martelo, Gisselle Moraima Chavez-Andrade, Mario Tanomaru Filho
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the absorption/fluid uptake, solubility and porosity of White mineral trioxide aggregate (MTA) Angelus, Biodentine (BIO), and zinc oxide-eugenol (ZOE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Solubility was evaluated after immersion in distilled water for 7 and 30 days. Porosity was evaluated using digital inverted microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and micro-computed tomography (micro-CT). For the fluid uptake test, specimens were immersed in Hank's balanced salt solution (HBSS) for 1, 7, 14 and 28 days...
2018: Journal of Applied Oral Science: Revista FOB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791507/a-novel-mouse-model-of-campylobacter-jejuni-enteropathy-and-diarrhea
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Natasa Giallourou, Gregory L Medlock, David T Bolick, Pedro Hqs Medeiros, Solanka E Ledwaba, Glynis L Kolling, Kenneth Tung, Patricia Guerry, Jonathan R Swann, Richard L Guerrant
Campylobacter infections are among the leading bacterial causes of diarrhea and of 'environmental enteropathy' (EE) and growth failure worldwide. However, the lack of an inexpensive small animal model of enteric disease with Campylobacter has been a major limitation for understanding its pathogenesis, interventions or vaccine development. We describe a robust standard mouse model that can exhibit reproducible bloody diarrhea or growth failure, depending on the zinc or protein deficient diet and on antibiotic alteration of normal microbiota prior to infection...
May 23, 2018: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29791142/reassessment-of-the-transport-mechanism-of-the-human-zinc-transporter-slc39a2
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Marie Christine Franz, Jonai Pujol-Gimenez, Nicolas Montalbetti, Miguel Fernandez-Tenorio, Timothy R DeGrado, Ernst Niggli, Michael F Romero, Matthias A Hediger
The human zinc transporter SLC39A2, also known as ZIP2, was shown to mediate zinc transport that could be inhibited at pH values below 7.0 and stimulated by HCO3-, suggesting a Zn2+/HCO3- cotransport mechanism (1). In contrast, recent experiments in our laboratory indicated that the functional activity of ZIP2 increases at acidic pH (2). The present study was therefore designed to reexamine the findings on the pH-dependence and to extend the functional characterization of ZIP2. Our current results show that ZIP2-mediated transport is modulated by extracellular pH, but independent of the H+ driving force...
May 23, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790944/the-reducing-clade-iib-polyketide-synthase-pks14-acts-as-a-virulence-determinant-of-the-entomopathogenic-fungus-beauveria-bassiana
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Chettida Srisuksam, Juntira Punya, Songsak Wattanachaisaereekul, Wachiraporn Toopaang, Supapon Cheevadhanarak, Morakot Tanticharoen, Alongkorn Amnuaykanjanasin
pks14, a reducing clade IIb polyketide synthase gene, is preserved throughout the evolution of entomopathogenic fungi. We examined the functions of pks14 in Beauveria bassiana using targeted gene disruption. pks14 disruption was verified by Southern blot and PCR analyses. The radial growth, cell dry weight and conidial germination of Δpks14 were comparable to that of the wild type. Our sequence and gene expression analyses of the pks14 biosynthetic cluster demonstrated: (i) cotranscription and constitutive expression of nearly all genes of the aforementioned cluster including C2H2 zinc finger transcription regulator gene, but not pks14 and cytochrome P450 gene; (ii) expression of pks14 gene in insect-containing culture condition only; whereby (iii) a KAR9-like gene in direct proximity with pks14 is the only gene showing co-regulation...
May 22, 2018: FEMS Microbiology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790770/multicomponent-synthesis-and-binding-mode-of-imidazo-1-2-a-pyridine-capped-selective-hdac6-inhibitors
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Marcel K W Mackwitz, Alexandra Hamacher, Jeremy D Osko, Jana Held, Andrea Schöler, David W Christianson, Matthias U Kassack, Finn K Hansen
The multicomponent synthesis of a mini-library of histone deacetylase inhibitors with imidazo[1,2- a]pyridine-based cap groups is presented. The biological evaluation led to the discovery of the hit compound MAIP-032 as a selective HDAC6 inhibitor with promising anticancer activity. The X-ray structure of catalytic domain 2 from Danio rerio HDAC6 complexed with MAIP-032 revealed a monodentate zinc-binding mode.
May 23, 2018: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790749/anti-inflammatory-activity-of-8-hydroxydaidzein-in-lps-stimulated-bv2-microglial-cells-via-activation-of-nrf2-antioxidant-and-attenuation-of-akt-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-inflammatory-signaling-pathways-as-well-as-inhibition-of-cox-2-activity
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Pei-Shan Wu, Hsiou-Yu Ding, Jui-Hung Yen, Shu-Fen Chen, Kuan-Han Lee, Ming-Jiuan Wu
It was demonstrated that isoflavones can cross the blood-brain barrier, making them desirable candidate agents for the prevention of neurological symptoms. 8-Hydroxydaidzein (8-OHD, 4',7,8-trihydoxyisoflavone) is an isoflavone found only in fermented soy food. Current results showed that 8-OHD inhibited LPS-stimulated production of nitric oxide (NO) and proinflammatory cytokines, such as tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α and interleukin (IL)-6, by inhibiting gene expression in BV2 microglial cells. Moreover, 8-OHD markedly quenched reactive oxygen species (ROS) and activated NF-E2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) so as to upregulate expression of Phase II enzymes, including heme oxygenase (HO)-1, NAD(P)H quinone dehydrogenase 1 (NQO1), and the modifier subunit of glutamate cysteine ligase (GCLM)...
May 23, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790531/mechanism-of-h-adatoms-improving-the-o-2-reduction-reaction-on-the-zn-modified-anatase-tio-2-101-surface-studied-by-first-principles-calculation
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Liangliang Liu, Chongyang Li, Man Jiang, Xiaodong Li, Xiaowei Huang, Zhu Wang, Yu Jia
First principles calculations were performed to cast insight into the mechanism of the improvement of O2 reduction reaction (ORR) activity by Zn and H interstitials on the anatase TiO2 (101) surface. For the Zn-modified anatase TiO2 (101) surface, both surface and subsurface Zn interstitials could contribute to O2 adsorption and dissociation, but the dissociation barriers of O2 molecules are still too high, which limits the ORR activity. After a H adatom is introduced onto the Zn-modified anatase TiO2 (101) surface, the highest energy barriers are greatly reduced compared with those of the Zn-modified surface...
May 23, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790308/impact-of-low-level-radiation-on-concentrations-of-some-trace-elements-in-radiation-workers
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Nima Rostampour, Tinoosh Almasi, Masoumeh Rostampour, Hamid Reza Sadeghi, Ehsan Khodamoradi, Reyhaneh Razi, Zahra Derakhsh
Introduction: Small variations in trace element levels may cause important physiological changes in the human body. This study aims to evaluate five important trace elements in radiation workers. Method: In this study, 44 radiation workers and an equal number of non-radiation workers were selected as the case and control group, respectively. The concentrations of iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium in the serum of the participants were measured using an Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AAS)...
May 2018: Journal of Experimental Therapeutics & Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790219/metal-organic-frameworks-based-on-multicentre-bonded-mi-8-m-mn-zn-clusters-with-cubic-aromaticity
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Bin Zhao, Huan-Cheng Hu
A new concept for constructing metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) based on multicentre-bonded [MI]8 (M = Mn, Zn) clusters with cubic aromaticity is discussed. In principle, intermolecular/intramolecular hydrogen-bonding, π***π stacking, coordinated covalent bonding and ionic bonding usually account for the structures of MOFs, and multicentered bonds generally exist in cation, anion, neutral and zwitterionic radicals, while rarely appear in MOFs. Meanwhile, aromaticity became one of the most vexing yet fascinating key concepts in chemistry since the proposition of the structure of benzene molecule in 1865...
May 23, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790132/updates-on-the-research-and-development-of-absorbable-metals-for-biomedical-applications
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REVIEW
Hendra Hermawan
Absorbable metals, metals that corrode in physiological environment, constitute a new class of biomaterials intended for temporary medical implant applications. The introduction of these metals has shifted the established paradigm of metal implants from preventing corrosion to its direct application. Interest toward absorbable metals has been growing in the past decade. This is proved by the rapid increase in scientific publication, progressive development of standards, and launching the first commercial products...
May 22, 2018: Progress in Biomaterials
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