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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340531/zinc-oxide-coating-effect-for-the-dye-removal-and-photocatalytic-mechanisms-of-flower-like-mos2-nanoparticles
#1
Qingyong Tian, Wei Wu, Shuanglei Yang, Jun Liu, Weijing Yao, Feng Ren, Changzhong Jiang
Flower-like MoS2 nanoparticles (NPs) consist of ultra-thin MoS2 nanosheets are synthesized via a facile one-pot hydrothermal method. The MoS2/ZnO p-n heterostructure is formed by coating n-type ZnO on the surface of flower-like MoS2 NPs through the seed-mediate route and post-annealing treatment. The effects for the dye removal and photocatalytic performances after ZnO coating are systematically investigated. The results demonstrated that the coating of ZnO nanoparticles has a positive promotion to the photodegrading properties while negative effect on the adsorption capacity of the MoS2/ZnO heterostructures...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340456/macroscopic-and-microscopic-investigation-of-adsorption-and-precipitation-of-zn-on-%C3%AE-alumina-in-the-absence-and-presence-of-as
#2
Yu-Jun Wang, Ting-Ting Fan, Cun Liu, Wei Li, Meng-Qiang Zhu, Jian-Xin Fan, Hua Gong, Dong-Mei Zhou, Donald L Sparks
Contaminants zinc (Zn) and arsenate (As) often coexist in soils. However, little is known concerning the impacts of coexisting As on Zn adsorption and precipitation on soil minerals. In the present study, adsorption and precipitation of Zn on γ-alumina in the absence and presence of arsenate was investigated employing batch experiments and Extended X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (EXAFS) spectroscopy. Results indicated that Zn formed edge-sharing tetrahedral surface complexes at pH 5.5 and Zn-Al LDH-like (layered double hydroxide) precipitates at pH 7...
March 21, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340400/pharmacoinformatics-exploration-of-polyphenol-oxidases-leading-to-novel-inhibitors-by-virtual-screening-and-molecular-dynamic-simulation-study
#3
Mubashir Hassan, Qamar Abbas, Zaman Ashraf, Ahmed A Moustafa, Sung-Yum Seo
Polyphenol oxidases (PPOs)/tyrosinases are metal-dependent enzymes and known as important targets for melanogenesis. Although considerable attempts have been conducted to control the melanin-associated diseases by using various inhibitors. However, the exploration of the best anti-melanin inhibitor without side effect still remains a challenge in drug discovery. In present study, protein structure prediction, ligand-based pharmacophore modeling, virtual screening, molecular docking and dynamic simulation study were used to screen the strong novel inhibitor to cure melanogenesis...
March 15, 2017: Computational Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340273/genetic-diversity-and-selection-of-common-bean-lines-based-on-technological-quality-and-biofortification
#4
S de M Steckling, N D Ribeiro, F D Arns, H C Mezzomo, M T D F Possobom
The development of common bean cultivars with high technological quality that are biofortified with minerals, is required to meet the demand for food with health benefits. The objectives of this study were to evaluate whether common bean genotypes differ in terms of technological and mineral biofortification traits, to study the correlations between these characters, to analyze the genetic dissimilarity of common bean genotypes, and to select superior lines for these traits. For this, 14 common bean genotypes were evaluated in experiments conducted in three growing seasons in the Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil...
March 22, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339968/optimization-of-dietary-zinc-for-egg-production-and-antioxidant-capacity-in-chinese-egg-laying-ducks-fed-a-diet-based-on-corn-wheat-bran-and-soybean-meal
#5
W Chen, S Wang, H X Zhang, D Ruan, W G Xia, Y Y Cui, C T Zheng, Y C Lin
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of zinc supplementation on productive performance and antioxidant status in laying ducks. Five-hundred-four laying ducks were divided into 7 treatments, each containing 6 replicates of 12 ducks. The ducks were caged individually and fed a corn-soybean meal and wheat bran basal diet (37 mg Zn/kg) or the basal diet supplemented with 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, or 90 mg Zn/kg (as zinc sulfate). During the early laying period of 10 d (daily egg production <80%), egg production, daily egg mass, and FCR increased quadratically with increasing dietary Zn levels (P < 0...
March 2, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339678/ddx4-egfp-transgenic-rat-model-for-the-study-of-germline-development-and-spermatogenesis%C3%A2
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Kathrin Gassei, Yi Sheng, Adetunji Fayomi, Payal Mital, Meena Sukhwani, Chih-Cheng Lin, Karen A Peters, Andrew Althouse, Hanna Valli, Kyle E Orwig
Spermatogonial stem cells (SSC) are essential for spermatogenesis and male fertility. In addition, these adult tissue stem cells can be used as vehicles for germline modification in animal models and may have application for treating male infertility. To facilitate the investigation of SSCs and germ lineage development in rats, we generated a DEAD-box helicase 4 (DDX4) (VASA) promoter-enhanced green fluorescent protein (EGFP) reporter transgenic rat. Quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunofluorescence confirmed that EGFP was expressed in the germ cells of the ovaries and testes and was absent in somatic cells and tissues...
February 20, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339498/enhancement-of-osteogenic-differentiation-of-rat-adipose-tissue-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-by-zinc-sulphate-under-electromagnetic-field-via-the-pka-erk1-2-and-wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathways
#7
Ezzatollah Fathi, Raheleh Farahzadi
Zinc ion as an essential trace element and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has been reported to be involved in the regulation of bone metabolism. The aim of this study was to elucidate the effects of zinc sulphate (ZnSO4) on the osteogenic differentiation of adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ADSCs) in the presence of EMF as a strategy in osteoporosis therapy. Alkaline phophatase (ALP) activity measurement, calcium assay and expression of several osteoblastic marker genes were examined to assess the effect of ZnSO4 on the osteogenic differentiation of ADSCs under EMF...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339425/potential-role-of-the-ovol1-ovol2-axis-and-c-myc-in-the-progression-of-cutaneous-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#8
Takamichi Ito, Gaku Tsuji, Fumitaka Ohno, Takeshi Nakahara, Hiroshi Uchi, Masutaka Furue
OVOL1 and OVOL2 are ubiquitously conserved genes encoding C2H2 zinc-finger transcription factors in mammals. They promote epithelial cell proliferation, differentiation, and mesenchymal-to-epithelial transition, coordinately mediated via the Wnt signaling pathway. We previously reported that human OVOL1 and OVOL2 were preferentially expressed in the normal epidermis and hair follicles as well as their tumors, and found that OVOL1 is upregulated in Bowen's disease and downregulated in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma...
March 24, 2017: Modern Pathology: An Official Journal of the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339300/genetic-manipulation-by-zinc-finger-nucleases-in-rat-induced-pluripotent-stem-cells
#9
Sheng Yang, Shufang Ding, Qianhua Xu, Xiong Li, Qiong Xiong
Induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have an extensive application in regenerative medicine, pharmaceutical discovery, and basic research. With the recent derivation of rat iPSCs, it is now feasible to apply genetic manipulation in this species. But such tools do not yet exist for many rat strains, especially for disease model rat. The Sprague Dawley (SD) rat is an inbred disease model for hypertension, nephropathy, pulmonary hypertension, depression, and alcohol consumption. In this study, the SD rat iPSCs were generated using lentiviral method...
March 24, 2017: Cellular Reprogramming
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339190/luminescent-zn-ii-coordination-polymers-for-highly-selective-sensing-of-cr-iii-and-cr-vi-in-water
#10
Tian-Yi Gu, Ming Dai, David James Young, Zhi-Gang Ren, Jian-Ping Lang
Three photoluminescent zinc coordination polymers (CPs), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,5-tdc)(2,5-Htdc)2]·2H2O}n (1), {[Zn2(tpeb)2(1,4-ndc)(1,4-Hndc)2]·2.6H2O}n (2), and {[Zn2(tpeb)2(2,3-ndc)2]·H2O}n (3) (tpeb = 1,3,5-tri-4-pyridyl-1,2-ethenylbenzene, 2,5-tdc = 2,5-thiophenedicarboxylic acid, 1,4-ndc = 1,4-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid, and 2,3-ndc = 2,3-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid) were prepared from reactions of Zn(NO3)2·6H2O with tpeb and 2,5-H2tdc, 1,4-H2ndc, or 2,3-H2ndc under solvothermal conditions. Compound 1 has a two-dimensional (2D) grid-like network formed from bridging 1D [Zn(tpeb)]n chains via 2,5-tdc dianions...
March 24, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338971/progressive-silencing-of-the-zinc-transporter-zip8-slc39a8-in-chronic-cadmium-exposed-lung-epithelial-cells
#11
Yangmin Gao, Yanming Xu, Dandan Wu, Feiyuan Yu, Lei Yang, Yue Yao, Zhanling Liang, Andy T Y Lau
Cadmium (Cd), a non-essential metal, stealthily enters the cells by utilizing the essential metal importing pathways. The zinc transporters Zip8, Zip14, and divalent metal transporter 1 (Dmt1) are now emerging as several important metal transporters involved in cellular Cd incorporation and their expressions have been shown to be down-regulated in several Cd-resistant (CdR) cell lines, however, the involvement of these transporters during the development of Cd-resistance in lung cells is unclear. In this study, we therefore check the expression of these metal transporters in our previously established rat lung epithelial cells (LECs) and show that the level of Zip8 is progressively silenced when LECs are adapted to increasing concentrations of CdCl2 (from 1 to 20 μM)...
March 18, 2017: Acta Biochimica et Biophysica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338895/photosynthesis-nutrient-accumulation-and-growth-of-two-betula-species-exposed-to-waterlogging-in-late-dormancy-and-in-the-early-growing-season
#12
Ai-Fang Wang, Marja Roitto, Tarja Lehto, Sirkka Sutinen, Jaakko Heinonen, Gang Zhang, Tapani Repo, Ram Oren
Increased risk of soil waterlogging in winter and spring at northern latitudes will potentially affect forest production in the future. We studied gas exchange, chlorophyll content index, chlorophyll fluorescence, nutrient concentration and biomass accumulation in 1-year-old silver (Betula pendula Roth) and pubescent birch (Betula pubescens Ehrh.) seedlings. We hypothesized that B. pubescens has different physiological mechanisms that make it tolerate waterlogging better than B. pendula. The treatments were: (i) no waterlogging throughout the experiment; (ii) 4-week waterlogging during dormancy (dormancy waterlogging 'DW'); (iii) 4-week waterlogging during the early growing season (growth waterlogging 'GW'); and (iv) 4-week DW followed by 4-week GW during the early growing season ('DWGW')...
March 15, 2017: Tree Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338290/identification-of-natural-inhibitors-of-bcr-abl-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-myeloid-leukemia
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Phani Krishna, Sailu Sarvagalla, Bindu Madhuri, Sankar Pajaniradje, Vinitha Baskaran, Mohane Selvaraj Coumar, R Baskaran
Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a clonal myeloproliferative disorder of the hematopoietic stem cells, characterized at the molecular level by the bcr/abl gene rearrangement. Even though targeting the fusion gene product Bcr-Abl protein is a successful strategy, development of drug resistance and drug intolerance are currently the limitations for Bcr-Abl targeted CML therapy. With an aim to develop natural Bcr-Abl inhibitors, we performed virtual screening (VS) of ZINC natural compound database by docking with Abl kinase using Glide software...
March 24, 2017: Chemical Biology & Drug Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338074/self-phase-matched-second-harmonic-and-white-light-generation-in-a-biaxial-zinc-tungstate-single-crystal
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Pawel Osewski, Alessandro Belardini, Emilija Petronijevic, Marco Centini, Grigore Leahu, Ryszard Diduszko, Dorota A Pawlak, Concita Sibilia
Second-order nonlinear optical materials are used to generate new frequencies by exploiting second-harmonic generation (SHG), a phenomenon where a nonlinear material generates light at double the optical frequency of the input beam. Maximum SHG is achieved when the pump and the generated waves are in phase, for example through birefringence in uniaxial crystals. However, applying these materials usually requires a complicated cutting procedure to yield a crystal with a particular orientation. Here we demonstrate the first example of phase matching under the normal incidence of SHG in a biaxial monoclinic single crystal of zinc tungstate...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338001/renin-angiotensin-system-acting-on-reactive-oxygen-species-in-paraventricular-nucleus-induces-sympathetic-activation-via-at1r-pkc%C3%AE-rac1-pathway-in-salt-induced-hypertension
#15
Qing Su, Chan-Juan Huo, Hong-Bao Li, Kai-Li Liu, Xiang Li, Qing Yang, Xin-Ai Song, Wen-Sheng Chen, Wei Cui, Guo-Qing Zhu, Xiao-Lian Shi, Jin-Jun Liu, Yu-Ming Kang
Brain renin-angiotensin system (RAS) could regulate oxidative stress in the paraventricular nucleus (PVN) in the development of hypertension. This study was designed to explore the precise mechanisms of RAS acting on reactive oxygen species (ROS) in salt-induced hypertension. Male Wistar rats were administered with a high-salt diet (HS, 8.0% NaCl) for 8 weeks to induced hypertension. Those rats were received PVN infusion of AT1R antagonist losartan (LOS, 10 μg/h) or microinjection of small interfering RNAs for protein kinase C γ (PKCγ siRNA) once a day for 2 weeks...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337920/non-radiative-step-facets-in-semiconductor-nanowires
#16
Ana M Sanchez, Yunyan Zhang, Edward W Tait, Nicholas D M Hine, Huiyun Liu, Richard Beanland
One of the main advantages of nanowires for functional applications is their high perfection, which results from surface image forces that act on line defects such as dislocations, rendering them unstable and driving them out of the crystal. Here we show that there is a class of linear defects that are stable in nanowires, with no long-range strain field or dislocation character. In zinc-blende semiconductors, they take the form of Ʃ3 (112) facets with heights constrained to be a multiple of three {111} monolayers...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337702/synthesis-and-characterization-of-surface-modified-fluorescent-and-biocompatible-zns-nanoparticles-with-a-hydrophobic-chitosan-derivative
#17
B Jothimani, S Sureshkumar, B Venkatachalapathy
The introduction of a hydrophobic moiety on chitosan enhances the self-assembling properties, mucoadhesion, the permeability of the macromolecule and aids in target specific delivery. Our group synthesized a hydrophobic trans N-(6,6-Dimethyl-2-hepten-4-ynyl)chitosan derivative (CSD) and studied the surface modification of ZnS nanoparticles in a single pot reaction. X-ray diffraction studies and FESEM imaging confirms the nano size and morphology of the surface modified Zinc sulfide nanoparticles (ZnS-CSD NPs)...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Fluorescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337700/experimental-research-showing-the-reduction-of-naloxone-place-aversion-by-oral-zinc-administration-in-rats
#18
Diana Ciubotariu, Raoul Vasile Lupușoru, Elena Luca, Liliana Mititelu-Tarțău, Cătălina Elena Lupușoru
Previous studies showed the attenuation of both morphine-dependence and morphine-place preference by zinc. Conditioned place preference and aversion are experimental models frequently used to test the reward-stimulating, respectively the aversive effects induced by different stimuli or substances. Addictive substances usually induce place preference (exhibit reward-stimulating properties), while their antagonists determine place-avoidance (aversion). The present study aimed to assess the effect determined by zinc sulphate oral administration (2 and 4 mg/kg/day, 14 days, prior to habituation) on the place aversion induced by two naloxone doses (1...
March 23, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337326/crystal-structures-of-erap2-complexed-with-inhibitors-reveal-pharmacophore-requirements-for-optimizing-inhibitor-potency
#19
Anastasia Mpakali, Petros Giastas, Rebecca Deprez-Poulain, Athanasios Papakyriakou, Despoina Koumantou, Ronan Gealageas, Sofia Tsoukalidou, Dionisios Vourloumis, Irene M Mavridis, Efstratios Stratikos, Emmanuel Saridakis
Endoplasmic reticulum aminopeptidase 2 assists with the generation of antigenic peptides for presentation onto Major Histocompatibility Class I molecules in humans. Recent evidence has suggested that the activity of ERAP2 may contribute to the generation of autoimmunity, thus making ERAP2 a possible pharmacological target for the regulation of adaptive immune responses. To better understand the structural elements of inhibitors that govern their binding affinity to the ERAP2 active site, we cocrystallized ERAP2 with a medium activity 3,4-diaminobenzoic acid inhibitor and a poorly active hydroxamic acid derivative...
March 9, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337020/delivery-technologies-for-genome-editing
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Hao Yin, Kevin J Kauffman, Daniel G Anderson
With the recent development of CRISPR technology, it is becoming increasingly easy to engineer the genome. Genome-editing systems based on CRISPR, as well as transcription activator-like effector nucleases (TALENs) and zinc-finger nucleases (ZFNs), are becoming valuable tools for biomedical research, drug discovery and development, and even gene therapy. However, for each of these systems to effectively enter cells of interest and perform their function, efficient and safe delivery technologies are needed. This Review discusses the principles of biomacromolecule delivery and gene editing, examines recent advances and challenges in non-viral and viral delivery methods, and highlights the status of related clinical trials...
March 24, 2017: Nature Reviews. Drug Discovery
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