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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906401/efficient-organic-photovoltaic-cells-on-a-single-layer-graphene-transparent-conductive-electrode-using-moox-as-an-interfacial-layer
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J H Du, H Jin, Z K Zhang, D D Zhang, S Jia, L P Ma, W C Ren, H M Cheng, P L Burn
The large surface roughness, low work function and high cost of transparent electrodes using multilayer graphene films can limit their application in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Here, we develop single layer graphene (SLG) films as transparent anodes for OPV cells that contain light-absorbing layers comprised of the evaporable molecular organic semiconductor materials, zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/fullerene (C60), as well as a molybdenum oxide (MoOx) interfacial layer. In addition to an increase in the optical transmittance, the SLG anodes had a significant decrease in surface roughness compared to two and four layer graphene (TLG and FLG) anodes fabricated by multiple transfer and stacking of SLGs...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906141/green-synthesis-of-zno-nanoparticles-by-olive-olea-europaea
#2
Shahla Hashemi, Zahra Asrar, Shahram Pourseyedi, Nazi Nadernejad
Green synthesis of nanoparticles is superior to physical and chemical methods as it is environment-friendly and cost-effective. The present study was carried out for inducing nanoparticles synthesis by zinc nitrate in the leaves extracts of olive. Further leaves extracts were evaluated for antiradical scavenging activity by 1, 1-diphenyl-2-picryl-hydrazyl assay. Morphological and structural properties of the synthesised ZnO nanoparticles have been characterised using UV-Vis spectrophotometer, FTIR, TEM, XRD and dynamic light scattering (DLS) analysis...
December 2016: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906103/progressive-impairment-of-cav1-1-function-in-the-skeletal-muscle-of-mice-expressing-a-mutant-type-1-cu-zn-superoxide-dismutase-g93a-linked-to-amyotrophic-lateral-sclerosis
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Donald Beqollari, Christin F Romberg, Gabriella Dobrowolny, Martina Martini, Andrew A Voss, Antonio Musarò, Roger A Bannister
BACKGROUND: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is an adult-onset neurodegenerative disorder that is typically fatal within 3-5 years of diagnosis. While motoneuron death is the defining characteristic of ALS, the events that underlie its pathology are not restricted to the nervous system. In this regard, ALS muscle atrophies and weakens significantly before presentation of neurological symptoms. Since the skeletal muscle L-type Ca(2+) channel (CaV1.1) is a key regulator of both mass and force, we investigated whether CaV1...
June 23, 2016: Skeletal Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905820/evidence-based-validation-of-quorum-quenching-from-lysinibacillus-sphaericus-and-geobacillus-sp-in-bioremediation-of-oil-sludge
#4
Camilo Gómez-Garzón, Jenny Dussán
Many studies on quorum quenching focus on the discovery and characterization of novel acyl-homoserine lactonases (AHL-lactonases) because these enzymes could be used in the control of diseases caused by Gram-negative bacteria. The effects of quorum quenching are also remarkable in the performance of bacterial consortia in applications such as bioremediation. In the current work, we demonstrated the presence of a potential novel AHL-lactonase-encoding locus (Bsph_3377) from Lysinibacillus sphaericus and Geobacillus sp...
September 1, 2016: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905283/comparative-analysis-of-serum-mineral-levels-and-parasite-load-in-goats-naturally-infected-with-gastrointestinal-nematodes
#5
Serap Ünübol Aypak, Süleyman Aypak, Hüseyin Voyvoda, Gülşen Güven, Evrim Dereli Fidan, Gamze Tosun, Mehmet Gültekin, Emrah Şimşek, Asude Gülçe Güler
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the relationship between serum mineral levels and parasite load in Saanen (n=37) and Damascus (n=13) goats, which were all approximately 2 months pregnant and naturally infected with gastrointestinal nematodes. METHODS: To determine parasite concentration individually, fecal samples were taken from each goat, and the eggs per gram (EPG) of feces was detected via a modified McMaster technique. To investigate the possible effects of parasite concentration on serum mineral levels, blood was drawn from the goats and serum calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, nickel, and cadmium levels were measured via the ICP-OES technique...
September 2016: Türkiye Parazitolojii Dergisi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905217/to-crispr-and-beyond-the-evolution-of-genome-editing-in-stem-cells
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Kuang-Yui Chen, Paul S Knoepfler
The goal of editing the genomes of stem cells to generate model organisms and cell lines for genetic and biological studies has been pursued for decades. There is also exciting potential for future clinical impact in humans. While recent, rapid advances in targeted nuclease technologies have led to unprecedented accessibility and ease of gene editing, biology has benefited from past directed gene modification via homologous recombination, gene traps and other transgenic methodologies. Here we review the history of genome editing in stem cells (including via zinc finger nucleases, transcription activator-like effector nucleases and CRISPR-Cas9), discuss recent developments leading to the implementation of stem cell gene therapies in clinical trials and consider the prospects for future advances in this rapidly evolving field...
December 1, 2016: Regenerative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905054/crosstalk-between-shh-and-stemness-state-signaling-pathways-in-esophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
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Maryam Najafi, Mohammad Reza Abbaszadegan, Abolfazl Rad, Mahtab Dastpak, Samaneh Boroumand-Noughabi, Mohammad Mahdi Forghanifard
The expression of GLI1 as a downstream gene of sonic hedgehog (Hh) pathway, studied in a variety of cancers including esophageal squamous cell carcinoma (ESCC). However, the interaction of Hh with other developmental pathways needs to be elucidated. In this study, we aimed to investigate the correlation of GLI1 expression with transcription factors (TFs) of stem cell signaling pathways, and their association with clinico-pathological data of ESCC. Using real-time PCR, we assessed the expression of GLI1 mRNA in 49 ESCC patients, and analyzed the correlation between GLI1 and selected TFs...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904956/some-nontoxic-metal-based-drugs-for-selected-prevalent-tropical-pathogenic-diseases
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Saliu A Amolegbe, Caroline A Akinremi, Sheriff Adewuyi, Amudat Lawal, Mercy O Bamigboye, Joshua A Obaleye
Metal coordination of bioorganic compounds from both natural and synthetic products is not only gaining recognition in drug design and medicinal inorganic chemistry research, also they are being considered in the improvement of the bioactivity of drugs. What is done in this paper is a review of recent advances in the study of coordination-driven drug delivery, i.e., metal-based drugs (MBDs). The role of some late first row transition metal ions namely Fe, Cu and Zn in the biological activities of metallodrugs such as antimalarials and antimicrobials are highlighted...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904921/survey-of-plant-growth-promoting-mechanisms-in-native-portuguese-chickpea-mesorhizobium-isolates
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Clarisse Brígido, Bernard R Glick, Solange Oliveira
Rhizobia may possess other plant growth-promoting mechanisms besides nitrogen fixation. These mechanisms and the tolerance to different environmental factors, such as metals, may contribute to the use of rhizobia inocula to establish a successful legume-rhizobia symbiosis. Our goal was to characterize a collection of native Portuguese chickpea Mesorhizobium isolates in terms of plant growth-promoting (PGP) traits and tolerance to different metals as well as to investigate whether these characteristics are related to the biogeography of the isolates...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904740/from-substituent-effects-to-applications-enhancing-the-optical-response-of-a-four-component-assembly-for-reporting-ee-values
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Chung-Yon Lin, Michael W Giuliano, Bryan D Ellis, Scott J Miller, Eric V Anslyn
High-throughput screening for asymmetric catalysts has stimulated an interest in optically-based enantiomeric-excess (ee) sensors, primarily for their improved time and cost efficiency when compared to the standard HPLC analysis. We present herein substituent-effect studies on a recently reported Zn(II) multicomponent assembly that is used for chiral, secondary alcohol ee detemination. The systematic altering of assemblies formed from select substituted pyridyl ligands pointed to the conclusion that steric effects dominate the mode of interaction at the pyridyl 3- and 6- positions...
July 1, 2016: Chemical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904708/overexpression-of-carboxypeptidase-a4-cpa4-is-associated-with-poor-prognosis-in-patients-with-gastric-cancer
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Lichao Sun, Chunguang Guo, Hebao Yuan, Joseph Burnett, Jian Pan, Zhihua Yang, Yuliang Ran, Ila Myers, Duxin Sun
CarboxypeptidaseA4 (CPA4) is a zinc-containing exopeptidases, and its aberrant expression has been implicated in cancer development and progression. However, few studies have investigated the association between CPA4 over-expression and clinical significance in gastric cancer (GC). In this study, we employed immunohistochemistry to evaluate the expression of CPA4 in gastric cancer tissues, and found that elevated CPA4 expression was detected in 64% (n=100) of primary GCs, but was weak or no staining in the normal mucosa...
2016: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904560/development-validity-and-reliability-of-a-food-frequency-questionnaire-for-antioxidants-in-elderly-iranian-people
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Mahsa Malekahmadi, Amirmansour Alavi Naeini, Sakineh Shab-Bidar, Awat Feizi, Abolghasem Djazayery
BACKGROUND: The food frequency questionnaire (FFQ), as a way to assess the dietary intake in comparison with other methods, is easier to analyze and takes less time and is less costly. Our aim in this study was to develop and validate an FFQ for estimating the intakes of selected antioxidants in elderly Iranian people. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 185 elderly people were randomly selected. Three-day food records were completed by the subjects and collected every 2 months and dietary intake levels of zinc, selenium, carotenes and vitamins C and E were estimated...
2016: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904395/purification-and-characterization-of-thermostable-and-detergent-stable-%C3%AE-amylase-from-anoxybacillus-sp-ah1
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Ömer Acer, Fatma Matpan Bekler, Hemşe Pirinççioğlu, Reyhan Gül Güven, Kemal Güven
A thermostable and detergent-stable α-amylase from a newly isolated Anoxybacillus sp. AH1 was purified and characterized. Maximum enzyme production (1874.8 U/mL) was obtained at 24 h of incubation. The amylase was purified by using Sephadex G-75 gel filtration, after which an 18-fold increase in specific activity and a yield of 9% were achieved. The molecular mass of the purified enzyme was estimated at 85 kDa by sodium dodecyl sulphate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). The optimum pH and temperature values of the enzyme were 7...
March 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904094/design-and-synthesis-of-functional-molecules-based-on-complexation-and-their-biological-applications
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Yosuke Hisamatsu
 In this review, we introduce the development of supermolecules, host-guest complexes, and metal complexes formed from the combination of non-covalent interactions and/or coordination bonds, as well as their biological applications. An adenine selective host molecule 1 provides a correctly oriented array of complementary hydrogen bonding sites for the adenine nucleobase. Furthermore, the new DDAA (D: hydrogen bond donor, A: hydrogen bond acceptor) module 4 and ADDA module 7 have been developed as quadruple hydrogen-bonding modules...
2016: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903900/autoregulation-of-mbnl1-function-by-exon-1-exclusion-from-mbnl1-transcript
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Patryk Konieczny, Ewa Stepniak-Konieczna, Katarzyna Taylor, Łukasz J Sznajder, Krzysztof Sobczak
Muscleblind-like proteins (MBNLs) are regulators of RNA metabolism. During tissue differentiation the level of MBNLs increases, while their functional insufficiency plays a crucial role in myotonic dystrophy (DM). Deep sequencing of RNA molecules cross-linked to immunoprecipitated protein particles (CLIP-seq) revealed that MBNL1 binds to MBNL1 exon 1 (e1) encoding both the major part of 5'UTR and an amino-terminal region of MBNL1 protein. We tested several hypotheses regarding the possible autoregulatory function of MBNL1 binding to its own transcript...
November 29, 2016: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903840/evaluation-of-antioxidant-intakes-in-relation-to-inflammatory-markers-expression-within-the-normal-breast-tissue-of-breast-cancer-patients
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Danielle Larouche, Mirette Hanna, Sue-Ling Chang, Simon Jacob, Bernard Têtu, Caroline Diorio
Chronic inflammation may be a causative factor in breast cancer. One possible underlying mechanism is the generation of oxidative stress, which may favor tumorigenic processes. Antioxidant consumption may, therefore, help reduce tissue inflammation levels. However, few studies have explored this relation in breast tissue. We aimed to evaluate correlations between antioxidant (vitamin A/retinol, vitamin C, vitamin E, β-carotene, α-carotene, lycopene, lutein/zeaxanthin, β-cryptoxanthin, selenium, and zinc) intakes and protein expression levels of interleukin (IL)-6, tumor necrosis factor-α, C-reactive protein, cyclooxygenase-2, leptin, serum amyloid A1, signal transducer and activator of transcription 3, IL-8, IL-10, lactoferrin, and transforming growth factor-β measured in the normal breast tissue of 160 women diagnosed with breast cancer...
November 30, 2016: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903832/predictors-of-the-size-of-the-exchangeable-zinc-pool-differ-between-children-and-adults
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Leland V Miller, K Michael Hambidge, Janet C King, Jamie E Westcott, Nancy F Krebs
BACKGROUND: The size of the rapidly exchanging pool of body zinc has been suggested as having potential utility as a biomarker of zinc status. Knowledge of the relations of exchangeable zinc pool (EZP) size to relevant variables is necessary to adequately evaluate its use as a biomarker. OBJECTIVE: We used regression analysis to investigate associations of EZP with age, sex, body size, and zinc nutrition variables. METHODS: Data were compiled from 18 isotope tracer studies of zinc absorption in 247 children and adults (248 observations) in which EZP and relevant variables (e...
November 30, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903085/bio-medically-active-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-using-extremophilic-actinobacterium-streptomyces-sp-ma30-and-its-characterization
#18
Thangavel Shanmugasundaram, Ramasamy Balagurunathan
The present study describes the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) using an extremophilic actinobacterial cell-free extract, supplied with aqueous zinc acetate solution. Crystalline nature, morphological features, and polydispersed nanoparticles size (15-30 nm) were identified by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force and electron microscopic analysis with dynamic light scattering (DLS) study. The interaction between biomolecules and ZnO-NPs was analyzed using Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FT-IR)...
November 30, 2016: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902878/zinc-catalyzed-synthesis-of-conjugated-dienoates-via-unusual-cross-couplings-of-zinc-carbenes-with-diazo-compounds
#19
Ruben Vicente, Luis A López, Jesús González, María J González, Sergio Mata
Zinc-catalyzed selective cross-coupling of two carbene sources such as vinyl diazo compounds and enynones, enabled the synthesis of conjugated dienoate derivatives. This reaction involved the unprecedented coupling of a zinc furyl carbene with vinyl diazo compounds through the gamma-carbon. Alternatively, dienoates were also prepared by a commutative cross-coupling of zinc vinyl carbenes generated from cyclopropenes and simple diazo compounds.
November 30, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902777/the-two-component-system-arlrs-and-alterations-in-metabolism-enable-staphylococcus-aureus-to-resist-calprotectin-induced-manganese-starvation
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Jana N Radin, Jessica L Kelliher, Paola K Párraga Solórzano, Thomas E Kehl-Fie
During infection the host imposes manganese and zinc starvation on invading pathogens. Despite this, Staphylococcus aureus and other successful pathogens remain capable of causing devastating disease. However, how these invaders adapt to host-imposed metal starvation and overcome nutritional immunity remains unknown. We report that ArlRS, a global staphylococcal virulence regulator, enhances the ability of S. aureus to grow in the presence of the manganese-and zinc-binding innate immune effector calprotectin...
November 2016: PLoS Pathogens
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