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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110496/heterogenic-response-of-prokaryotes-toward-silver-nanoparticles-and-ions-is-facilitated-by-phenotypes-and-attachment-of-silver-aggregates-to-cell-surfaces
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Yuting Guo, Hans J Stärk, Gerd Hause, Matthias Schmidt, Hauke Harms, Lukas Y Wick, Susann Müller
Tons of anthropogenic silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are assumed to be released into the environment due to their use in many consumer products. AgNPs are known to be toxic toward microorganisms and thus may harm their specific functions in ecosystems. Here we explore the impact of AgNPs on functioning of single cells in microbial populations at doses typically found in anthropogenic environments. The response of single cells to AgNPs was analyzed by flow cytometry and using the fluorescent dyes propidium iodide and DiBAC4 (3) as markers for cell membrane disintegration and depolarization, respectively...
January 22, 2017: Cytometry. Part A: the Journal of the International Society for Analytical Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110449/membrane-fluidity-controls-redox-regulated-cold-stress-responses-in-cyanobacteria
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Eugene G Maksimov, Kirill S Mironov, Marina S Trofimova, Natalya L Nechaeva, Daria A Todorenko, Konstantin E Klementiev, Georgy V Tsoraev, Eugene V Tyutyaev, Anna A Zorina, Pavel V Feduraev, Suleyman I Allakhverdiev, Vladimir Z Paschenko, Dmitry A Los
Membrane fluidity is the important regulator of cellular responses to changing ambient temperature. Bacteria perceive cold by the transmembrane histidine kinases that sense changes in thickness of the cytoplasmic membrane due to its rigidification. In the cyanobacterium Synechocystis, about a half of cold-responsive genes is controlled by the light-dependent transmembrane histidine kinase Hik33, which also partially controls the responses to osmotic, salt, and oxidative stress. This implies the existence of some universal, but yet unknown signal that triggers adaptive gene expression in response to various stressors...
January 21, 2017: Photosynthesis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110446/fabrication-and-optical-properties-of-strain-free-self-assembled-mesoscopic-gaas-structures
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Saimon Filipe Covre da Silva, Thayná Mardegan, Sidnei Ramis de Araújo, Carlos Alberto Ospina Ramirez, Suwit Kiravittaya, Odilon D D Couto, Fernando Iikawa, Christoph Deneke
We use a combined process of Ga-assisted deoxidation and local droplet etching to fabricate unstrained mesoscopic GaAs/AlGaAs structures exhibiting a high shape anisotropy with a length up to 1.2 μm and a width of 150 nm. We demonstrate good controllability over size and morphology of the mesoscopic structures by tuning the growth parameters. Our growth method yields structures, which are coupled to a surrounding quantum well and present unique optical emission features. Microscopic and optical analysis of single structures allows us to demonstrate that single structure emission originates from two different confinement regions, which are spectrally separated and show sharp excitonic lines...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110445/non-invasive-photodynamic-therapy-in-brain-cancer-by-use-of-tb-3-doped-laf3-nanoparticles-in-combination-with-photosensitizer-through-x-ray-irradiation-a-proof-of-concept-study
#4
Min-Hua Chen, Yi-Jhen Jenh, Sheng-Kai Wu, Yo-Shen Chen, Nobutaka Hanagata, Feng-Huei Lin
The use of photodynamic therapy (PDT) in the treatment of brain cancer has produced exciting results in clinical trials over the past decade. PDT is based on the concept that a photosensitizer exposed to a specific light wavelength produces the predominant cytotoxic agent, to destroy tumor cells. However, delivering an efficient light source to the brain tumor site is still a challenge. The light source should be delivered by placing external optical fibers into the brain at the time of surgical debulking of the tumor...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110422/interventions-for-neurocognitive-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Jacqueline Ellero, Michal Lubomski, Bruce Brew
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aimed to evaluate current barriers to HIV cure strategies and interventions for neurocognitive dysfunction with a particular focus on recent advancements over the last 3 years. RECENT FINDINGS: Optimal anti-retroviral therapy (ART) poses challenges to minimise neurotoxicity, whilst ensuring blood-brain barrier penetration and minimising the risk of cerebrovascular disease. CSF biomarkers, BCL11B and neurofilament light chain may be implicated with a neuroinflammatory cascade leading to cognitive impairment...
January 21, 2017: Current HIV/AIDS Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110380/iscev-standard-for-clinical-electro-oculography-2017-update
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Paul A Constable, Michael Bach, Laura J Frishman, Brett G Jeffrey, Anthony G Robson
The clinical electro-oculogram (EOG) is an electrophysiological test of the outer retina and retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) in which changes in the electrical potential across the RPE are recorded during successive periods of dark and light adaptation. This document presents the 2017 EOG Standard from the International Society for Clinical Electrophysiology of Vision (ISCEV: www.iscev.org ). This standard has been reorganized and updated to include an explanation of the mechanism of the EOG, but without substantive changes to the testing protocol from the previous version published in 2011...
January 21, 2017: Documenta Ophthalmologica. Advances in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110379/-they-are-talking-about-me-but-not-with-me-a-focus-group-study-to-explore-the-patient-perspective-on-interprofessional-team-meetings-in-primary-care
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Jerôme Jean Jacques van Dongen, Maarten de Wit, Hester Wilhelmina Henrica Smeets, Esther Stoffers, Marloes Amantia van Bokhoven, Ramon Daniëls
BACKGROUND: The number of people with multiple chronic conditions receiving primary care services is growing. To deal with their increasingly complex health care demands, professionals from different disciplines need to collaborate. Interprofessional team (IPT) meetings are becoming more popular. Several studies describe important factors related to conducting IPT meetings, mostly from a professional perspective. However, in the light of patient-centeredness, it is valuable to also explore the patients' perspective...
January 21, 2017: Patient
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110277/loss-of-photosynthetic-efficiency-in-the-shade-an-achilles-heel-for-the-dense-modern-stands-of-our-most-productive-c4-crops
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Charles P Pignon, Deepak Jaiswal, Justin M McGrath, Stephen P Long
The wild progenitors of major C4 crops grew as individuals subjected to little shading. Today they are grown in dense stands where most leaves are shaded. Do they maintain photosynthetic efficiency in these low light conditions produced by modern cultivation? The apparent maximum quantum yield of CO2 assimilation (ΦCO2max,app), a key determinant of light-limited photosynthesis, has not been systematically studied in field stands of C4 crops. ΦCO2max,app was derived from the initial slope of the response of leaf CO2 uptake (A) to photon flux (Q)...
January 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110265/comparative-effectiveness-of-two-disparate-policies-on-child-health-experimental-evidence-from-the-philippines
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John W Peabody, Stella Quimbo, Jhiedon Florentino, Riti Shimkhada, Xylee Javier, David Paculdo, Dean Jamison, Orville Solon
BACKGROUND  : Should health systems invest more in access to care by expanding insurance coverage or in health care services including improving the quality of care? Comparing these options experimentally would shed light on the impact and cost-effectiveness of these strategies. METHODS  : The Quality Improvement Demonstration Study (QIDS) was a randomized policy experiment conducted across 30 districts in the Philippines. The study had a control group and two policy intervention groups intended to improve the health of young children...
January 20, 2017: Health Policy and Planning
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110212/effects-of-hydrochemistry-variables-on-the-half-life-of-mancozeb-and-on-the-hazard-index-associated-to-the-sum-of-mancozeb-and-ethylenethiourea
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O López-Fernández, E Pose-Juan, R Rial-Otero, J Simal-Gándara
Mancozeb is a dithiocarbamate non-systemic agricultural fungicide with multi-site, protective action. It helps to control many fungal diseases in a wide range of field crops, fruits, nuts, vegetables, and ornamental plants. We have investigated the stability profiles of mancozeb in aqueous solutions to determine the effect of pH, temperature and light on the degradation process of mancozeb. In addition, the toxicological risk for humans associated with the joint intake of mancoze7b and its final degradation product, ethylenethiourea (ETU), was calculated and modelled as a function of the experimental conditions...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110147/self-photodegradation-of-formaldehyde-under-visible-light-by-solid-wood-modified-via-nanostructured-fe-doped-wo3-accompanied-with-superior-dimensional-stability
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Chengmin Sheng, Chao Wang, Hanwei Wang, Chunde Jin, Qingfeng Sun, Song Li
In this paper, solid wood with superior self-photodegradation of formaldehyde (HCHO) under visible-light was realized through a facile method at room temperature. Spherical Fe-doped WO3 nanostructured materials deposited on the wood substrate with diameters ranging from 100 to 150nm were mainly responsible for the self-photodegradation of formaldehyde. Fe-doped WO3 nanostructured materials were strongly adhered to wood surface through electrostatic and hydrogen bonding interactions. Additionally, the dimensional stability and the inherent anisotropic thickness swelling of wood were greatly improved and eliminated, respectively...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110068/a-photoresponsive-soft-interface-reversibly-controls-wettability-and-cell-adhesion-by-conformational-changes-in-a-spiropyran-conjugated-amphiphilic-block-copolymer
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Di He, Yoshinori Arisaka, Kenichi Masuda, Mitsuya Yamamoto, Naoya Takeda
: The functionalities of soft interfaces including cell adhesion can be enhanced by dynamic conversion of polymer properties and movement via external stimuli. Light is a superior stimulus, and various surfaces modified with photoreactive molecules have been prepared. However, in most of these studies, the surface properties are irreversibly changed due to photo-degradation, and reversible adhesion and collection of cells is not feasible. In this study, we developed a photoresponsive polymer soft interface that was able to spatiotemporally control wettability, cell adhesion, and detachment in a reversible manner...
January 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110062/metal-free-hybrids-of-graphitic-carbon-nitride-and-nanodiamonds-for-photoelectrochemical-and-photocatalytic-applications
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Li Zhou, Huayang Zhang, Xiaochen Guo, Hongqi Sun, Shaomin Liu, Moses O Tade, Shaobin Wang
Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has been considered as a metal-free, cost-effective, eco-friendly and efficient catalyst for various photoelectrochemical applications. However, compared to conventional metal-based photocatalysts, its photocatalytic activity is still low because of the low mobility of carriers restricted by the polymer nature. Herein, a series of hybrids of g-C3N4 (GCN) and nanodiamonds (NDs) were synthesized using a solvothermal method. The photoelectrochemical performance and photocatalytic efficiency of the GCN/NDs were investigated by means of the generation of photocurrent and photodegradation of methylene blue (MB) solutions under UV-visible light irradiations...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110033/purification-characterization-and-functional-analysis-of-the-immune-molecule-lectin-from-the-haemolymph-of-blue-swimmer-crab-portunus-pelagicus-and-their-antibiofilm-properties
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Sangily Jayanthi, Ramachandran Ishwarya, Mahalingam Anjugam, Arokiadhas Iswarya, Sivashanmugam Karthikeyan, Baskaralingam Vaseeharan
The present study reveals purification and characterization of immune molecule lectin from the haemolymph of blue swimmer crab Portunus pelagicus (Pp-Lec). The Pp-Lec was purified by affinity chromatography with mannose coupled sepharose CL-4B column and it exhibits single band with a molecular weight of 155 kDa in SDS-PAGE. The surface morphology of purified Pp-Lec displays the homogeneous nature of protein. A distinct peak with a retention time of 3.3 min was appeared in high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis expresses a single peak at 31...
January 18, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109978/structural-brain-alteration-in-survivors-of-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia-with-chemotherapy-treatment-a-voxel-based-morphometry-and-diffusion-tensor-imaging-study
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Liwei Zou, Lianzi Su, Jiajia Xu, Li Xiang, Longsheng Wang, Zhimin Zhai, Suisheng Zheng
OBJECTIVE: To assess structural brain changes in survivors of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) with chemotherapy treatment by combining voxel-based morphometry (VBM) and tract-based spatial statistics (TBSS). METHODS: 28 ALL patients (mean age: 40.71±8.58 years, years since diagnosis: 7-38) and 20 age-matched control subjects (mean age: 42.95±6.39 years) selected in this study with 3D T1 and diffusion tensor imaging acquired on a 3.0T Siemens MRI scanner. The ALL group had a history of chemotherapy treatment and off-therapy at least for 3 years was enrolled...
January 18, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109907/circadian-gene-variants-and-breast-cancer
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Edyta Reszka, Monika Przybek, Olav Muurlink, Beata Peplonska
The endogenous and self-sustained circadian rhythm generated and maintained in suprachiasmatic nucleus and peripheral tissues can coordinate various molecular, biochemical and physiological processes in living organisms resulting in the adaptation to environmental cues, e.g. light. Multifactorial breast cancer etiology also involves circadian gene alterations, especially among individuals exposed to light at night. Indeed, shift work that causes circadian disruption has been classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a probable human carcinogen, group 2A...
January 18, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109903/an-apposition-compound-eye-adapted-for-nocturnal-vision-in-the-moth-midge-clogmia-albipunctata-williston-diptera-psychodidae
#17
Lei-Po Jia, Ai-Ping Liang
Morphology and anatomy, dark/light adaptational changes and optics of the compound eyes of the nocturnal moth midge Clogmia albipunctata (Williston) are studied. Its apposition type of eye consists of approximately 260 well-separated ommatidia. Each ommatidium features a biconvex corneal lens covered by corneal nipples measuring around 17 nm in height; a crystalline cone of the acone type; and an open (laterally fused) rhabdom formed by eight retinular cells (R1-R8). The corneal lens, whose biological significance is addressed, is composed of a thick yellow-coloured inner lens unit (ILU) surrounded by a thin, colourless outer lens unit (OLU)...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Insect Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109896/the-nlrp3-inflammasome-modulates-sleep-and-nrem-sleep-delta-power-induced-by-spontaneous-wakefulness-sleep-deprivation-and-lipopolysaccharide
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Mark R Zielinski, Dmitry Gerashchenko, Svetlana A Karpova, Varun Konanki, Robert W McCarley, Fayyaz S Sutterwala, Robert E Strecker, Radhika Basheer
Both sleep loss and pathogens can enhance brain inflammation, sleep, and sleep intensity as indicated by electroencephalogram delta (δ) power. The pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β) is increased in the cortex after sleep deprivation (SD) and in response to the Gram-negative bacterial cell-wall component lipopolysaccharide (LPS), although the exact mechanisms governing these effects are unknown. The nucleotide-binding domain and leucine-rich repeat protein-3 (NLRP3) inflammasome protein complex forms in response to changes in the local environment and, in turn, activates caspase-1 to convert IL-1β into its active form...
January 18, 2017: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109838/developmental-changes-and-day-night-expression-of-the-gonadotropin-inhibitory-hormone-system-in-the-european-sea-bass-effects-of-rearing-temperature
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José A Paullada-Salmerón, Guillaume Henri Loentgen, Mairi Cowan, María Aliaga-Guerrero, María Del Carmen Rendón-Unceta, José A Muñoz-Cueto
The role of rearing temperature on fish development, sex differentiation and puberty has been largely addressed, but the impact of water temperature on the ontogeny of the main neuroendocrine systems controlling reproduction has received little attention. Gonadotropin-inhibitory hormone (Gnih) has been shown to act on gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gnrh) neurons and on the pituitary to inhibit gonadotropin release and synthesis in vertebrates, including sea bass, Dicentrarchus labrax. In the present study we investigated the effects of rearing temperature during the thermosensitive period (5-60days post-fertilization, dpf) on the expression of the Gnih gene (gnih) and its receptor (gnihr)...
January 18, 2017: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part A, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109829/inhibiting-myopia-by-nearly-invisible-light
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Frank Schaeffel, Earl L Smith
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January 16, 2017: EBioMedicine
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