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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778081/molecular-aspect-of-silver-nanoparticles-regulated-embryonic-development-in-zebrafish-danio-rerio-by-oct-4-expression
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Biplab Sarkar, Suresh K Verma, Javed Akhtar, Surya Prakash Netam, Sanjay Kr Gupta, Pritam Kumar Panda, Koel Mukherjee
With the enhancement of commercial manifestation of silver nanoparticles, concerned has risen on their accumulation in aquatic system and consequent effects on fish development and metabolism. In this study, experiments were conducted to assess the impacts of silver nanoparticles on early life cycles of fish considering Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as experimental model. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized through chemical reduction method and characterized through UV-visible spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), and HR-TEM...
May 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775760/synthesis-of-axially-disubstituted-silicon-phthalocyanines-and-investigation-of-photodynamic-effects-on-hct-116-colorectal-cancer-cell-line
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Ceren Sarı, Figen Celep Eyüpoğlu, İsmail Değirmencioğlu, Rıza Bayrak
Photodynamic therapy is one of the hot topics in cancer studies recently. Basically, photosensitizing chemical substrates which are stimulated by light having a specific wavelength cause fatal effect on different kind of cells in photodynamic therapy. In this study, axially 4-{[(1E)-2-furylmethylene]amino}phenol, 4-{[(1E)-2-thienylmethylene]amino}phenol and 4-{[(1E)-(4-nitro-2-thienyl)methylene]amino}phenol disubstituted silicon phthalocyanines were synthesized as Photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy in cancer treatment for the first time...
May 15, 2018: Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775490/monolithic-flexible-vertical-gan-light-emitting-diodes-for-a-transparent-wireless-brain-optical-stimulator
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Han Eol Lee, JeHyuk Choi, Seung Hyun Lee, Minju Jeong, Jung Ho Shin, Daniel J Joe, DoHyun Kim, Chang Wan Kim, Jung Hwan Park, Jae Hee Lee, Daesoo Kim, Chan-Soo Shin, Keon Jae Lee
Flexible inorganic-based micro light-emitting diodes (µLEDs) are emerging as a significant technology for flexible displays, which is an important area for bilateral visual communication in the upcoming Internet of Things era. Conventional flexible lateral µLEDs have been investigated by several researchers, but still have significant issues of power consumption, thermal stability, lifetime, and light-extraction efficiency on plastics. Here, high-performance flexible vertical GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are demonstrated by silver nanowire networks and monolithic fabrication...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773990/atorvastatin-inhibits-inflammatory-response-attenuates-lipid-deposition-and-improves-the-stability-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-by-modulating-autophagy
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Shi Peng, Long-Wei Xu, Xin-Yu Che, Qing-Qing Xiao, Jun Pu, Qin Shao, Ben He
Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease comprising intima malfunction and arterial inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated that autophagy could inhibit inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and exert subsequent atheroprotective effects. Our previous study also demonstrated the role of autophagy in the inhibition of inflammation by atorvastatin in vitro . Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to determine whether atorvastatin could upregulate autophagy to inhibit inflammatory cytokines secretion, lipid accumulation, and improve vulnerable plaque stability, both in vitro and in vivo ...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773809/super-resolution-imaging-reveals-the-sub-diffraction-phenotype-of-zellweger-syndrome-ghosts-and-wild-type-peroxisomes
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Kareem Soliman, Fabian Göttfert, Hendrik Rosewich, Sven Thoms, Jutta Gärtner
Peroxisomes are ubiquitous cell organelles involved in many metabolic and signaling functions. Their assembly requires peroxins, encoded by PEX genes. Mutations in PEX genes are the cause of Zellweger Syndrome spectrum (ZSS), a heterogeneous group of peroxisomal biogenesis disorders (PBD). The size and morphological features of peroxisomes are below the diffraction limit of light, which makes them attractive for super-resolution imaging. We applied Stimulated Emission Depletion (STED) microscopy to study the morphology of human peroxisomes and peroxisomal protein localization in human controls and ZSS patients...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773804/smooth-muscle-like-ca-2-regulation-of-actin-myosin-interaction-in-adult-jellyfish-striated-muscle
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Hiroyuki Tanaka, Shiori Ishimaru, Yasuhiro Nagatsuka, Keisuke Ohashi
Cnidaria is an animal phylum, whose members probably have the most ancestral musculature. We prepared and characterized, for the first time to our knowledge, native actomyosin from the striated myoepithelium of the adult moon jelly Aurelia sp. The actomyosin contained myosin, paramyosin-like protein, Ser/Thr-kinase, actin, and two isoforms of tropomyosin, but not troponin, which is known to activate contraction dependent on intracellular Ca2+ signaling in almost all striated muscles of bilaterians. Notably, the myosin comprised striated muscle-type heavy chain and smooth muscle-type regulatory light chains...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773709/growth-of-sedimentary-bathyarchaeota-on-lignin-as-an-energy-source
#7
Tiantian Yu, Weichao Wu, Wenyue Liang, Mark Alexander Lever, Kai-Uwe Hinrichs, Fengping Wang
Members of the archaeal phylum Bathyarchaeota are among the most abundant microorganisms on Earth. Although versatile metabolic capabilities such as acetogenesis, methanogenesis, and fermentation have been suggested for bathyarchaeotal members, no direct confirmation of these metabolic functions has been achieved through growth of Bathyarchaeota in the laboratory. Here we demonstrate, on the basis of gene-copy numbers and probing of archaeal lipids, the growth of Bathyarchaeota subgroup Bathy-8 in enrichments of estuarine sediments with the biopolymer lignin...
May 17, 2018: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769519/optical-functionalization-of-human-class-a-orphan-g-protein-coupled-receptors
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Maurizio Morri, Inmaculada Sanchez-Romero, Alexandra-Madelaine Tichy, Stephanie Kainrath, Elliot J Gerrard, Priscila P Hirschfeld, Jan Schwarz, Harald Janovjak
G-protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) form the largest receptor family, relay environmental stimuli to changes in cell behavior and represent prime drug targets. Many GPCRs are classified as orphan receptors because of the limited knowledge on their ligands and coupling to cellular signaling machineries. Here, we engineer a library of 63 chimeric receptors that contain the signaling domains of human orphan and understudied GPCRs functionally linked to the light-sensing domain of rhodopsin. Upon stimulation with visible light, we identify activation of canonical cell signaling pathways, including cAMP-, Ca2+ -, MAPK/ERK-, and Rho-dependent pathways, downstream of the engineered receptors...
May 16, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767958/distinguishing-between-deep-trapping-transients-of-electrons-and-holes-in-tio2-nanotube-arrays-using-planar-microwave-resonator-sensor
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Mohammad H Zarifi, Benjamin Daniel Wiltshire, Najia Mahdi, Karthik Shankar, Mojgan Daneshmand
A large signal DC bias and a small signal microwave bias were simultaneously applied to TiO2 nanotube membranes mounted on a planar microwave resonator. The DC bias modulated the electron concentration in the TiO2 nanotubes, and was varied between 0 and 120 V in this study. Transients immediately following the application and removal of DC bias were measured by monitoring the S-parameters of the resonator as a function of time. The DC bias stimulated Poole-Frenkel type trap-mediated electrical injection of excess carriers into TiO2 nanotubes which resulted in a near constant resonant frequency but a pronounced decrease in the microwave amplitude due to free electron absorption...
May 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766758/anti-inflammatory-peptide-attenuates-edema-and-promotes-bmp-2-induced-bone-formation-in-spine-fusion
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Juliane D Glaeser, Khosrowdad Salehi, Linda Kanim, Dmitriy Sheyn, Zachary NaPier, Phillip Behrens, Leslie Garcia, Jason M Cuéllar, Hyun W Bae
Recombinant human bone morphogenic protein-2 (BMP-2) loaded absorbable collagen sponges (ACS) have been successfully used to enhance bone formation and to induce spinal fusion in humans. However, side effects, such as soft-tissue edema and inflammation, have been reported. NEMO binding domain peptide (NBD) inhibits activation of nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB), a central regulator of immune response. In this study, we investigated NBD's potential to reduce BMP-2-induced soft-tissue inflammation without affecting BMP-2-mediated spinal fusion in rat...
May 16, 2018: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765330/glial-cells-are-involved-in-ang-ii-induced-vasopressin-release-and-sodium-intake-in-awake-rats
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Atalia F L Flôr, José L de Brito Alves, Maria S França-Silva, Camille M Balarini, Lucila L K Elias, Silvia G Ruginsk, José Antunes-Rodrigues, Valdir A Braga, Josiane C Cruz
It is known that circulating angiotensin II (ANG-II) acts on the circumventricular organs (CVOs), which partially lack a normal blood-brain barrier, to stimulate pressor responses, vasopressin (AVP), and oxytocin (OT) secretion, as well as sodium and water intake. Although ANG-II type 1 receptors (AT1R ) are expressed in neurons and astrocytes, the involvement of CVOs glial cells in the neuroendocrine, cardiovascular and behavioral responses induced by central ANG II remains to be further elucidated. To address this question, we performed a set of experiments combining in vitro studies in primary hypothalamic astrocyte cells (HACc) and in vivo intracerebroventricular (icv) microinjections into the lateral ventricle of awake rats...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29765135/invisible-light-inside-the-natural-blind-spot-alters-brightness-at-a-remote-location
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Marina Saito, Kentaro Miyamoto, Yusuke Uchiyama, Ikuya Murakami
The natural blind spot in the visual field has been known as a large oval region that cannot receive any optical input because it corresponds to the retinal optic disk containing no rod/cone-photoreceptors. Recently, stimulation inside the blind spot was found to enhance, but not trigger, the pupillary light reflex. However, it is unknown whether blind-spot stimulation also affects visual perception. We addressed this question using psychophysical brightness-matching experiments. We found that a test stimulus outside the blind spot was judged as darker when it was accompanied by a consciously unexperienced blue oval inside the blind spot; moreover, the pupillary light reflex was enhanced...
May 15, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762888/employing-theories-far-beyond-their-limits-linear-dichroism-theory
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Thomas Günter Mayerhöfer
Using linear polarized light, it is possible in case of ordered structures, such as stretched polymers or single crystals, to determine the orientation of the transition moments of electronic and vibrational transitions. This not only helps to resolve overlapping bands, but also assigning the symmetry species of the transitions and to elucidate the structure. To perform spectral evaluation quantitatively, a sometimes "Linear Dichroism Theory" called approach is very often used. This approach links the relative orientation of the transition moment and polarization direction to the quantity absorbance...
May 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762669/ethics-of-oocyte-banking-for-third-party-assisted-reproduction-a-systematic-review
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E M Kool, A M E Bos, R van der Graaf, B C J M Fauser, A L Bredenoord
BACKGROUND: The demand for donor oocytes has increased dramatically over the years. Today people in need of ART with the use of donor oocytes can appeal to commercial or public donor oocyte banks. The introduction of oocyte banks has shed a new light on the practice of ART using donor oocytes. The establishment and maintenance of oocyte banks should be sensitive to the ethical considerations. However, it is currently unclear which ethical aspects have to be taken into account. OBJECTIVE AND RATIONALE: The aim of this article is to identify the ethical aspects of establishing and maintaining oocyte banks for third-party ART...
May 14, 2018: Human Reproduction Update
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760953/hyperglycemia-potentiates-a-shift-from-apoptosis-to-rip1-dependent-necroptosis
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William D McCaig, Payal S Patel, Sergey A Sosunov, Nicole L Shakerley, Tori A Smiraglia, Miranda M Craft, Katharine M Walker, Matthew A Deragon, Vadim S Ten, Timothy J LaRocca
Apoptosis and necroptosis are the primary modes of eukaryotic cell death, with apoptosis being non-inflammatory while necroptosis is highly inflammatory. We previously demonstrated that, once activated, necroptosis is enhanced by hyperglycemia in several cell types. Here, we determine if hyperglycemia affects apoptosis similarly. We show that hyperglycemia does not enhance extrinsic apoptosis but potentiates a shift to RIP1-dependent necroptosis. This is due to increased levels and activity of RIP1, RIP3, and MLKL, as well as decreased levels and activity of executioner caspases under hyperglycemic conditions following stimulation of apoptosis...
2018: Cell Death Discovery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29758982/melatonin-antagonizes-jasmonate-triggered-anthocyanin-biosynthesis-in-arabidopsis-thaliana
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Yu Ai, Ziqiang Zhu
As a plant-specific flavonoid type metabolite, anthocyanin is an important plant-sourced nutrition. Although anthocyanin biosynthesis pathway has been revealed, how to modulate anthocyanin production by endogenous molecules is still elusive. Here, we investigated the role of melatonin in anthocyanin biosynthesis in the reference plant Arabidopsis thaliana and found that melatonin suppresses anthocyanin synthesis. Moreover, melatonin was able to significantly inhibit jasmonate-stimulated anthocyanin production...
May 14, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757774/can-telerehabilitation-games-lead-to-functional-improvement-of-upper-extremities-in-individuals-with-parkinson-s-disease
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Imre Cikajlo, Alma Hukić, Irena Dolinšek, Dejana Zajc, Mateja Vesel, Tatjana Krizmanič, Bojan Blažica, Anton Biasizzo, Franc Novak, Karmen Peterlin Potisk
Parkinson's disease (PD) is treated by medication, less with deep brain stimulation and physiotherapy. Different opinions on the clinical meaningfulness of the physiotherapy or recommended intensive physiotherapy were found. Our objectives were to design intensive target-based physiotherapy for upper extremities suitable for telerehabilitation services and examine the clinical meaningfulness of the exergaming at an unchanged medication plan. A telerehabilitation exergaming system using the Kinect sensor was developed; 28 patients with PD participated in the study...
May 4, 2018: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research. Revue Internationale de Recherches de Réadaptation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756164/methods-for-the-determination-of-skeletal-muscle-blood-flow-development-strengths-and-limitations
#18
REVIEW
Lasse Gliemann, Stefan P Mortensen, Ylva Hellsten
Since the first measurements of limb blood flow at rest and during nerve stimulation were conducted in the late 1800s, a number of methods have been developed for the determination of limb and skeletal muscle blood flow in humans. The methods, which have been applied in the study of aspects such as blood flow regulation, oxygen uptake and metabolism, differ in terms of strengths and degree of limitations but most have advantages for specific settings. The purpose of this review is to describe the origin and the basic principles of the methods, important aspects and requirements of the procedures...
May 14, 2018: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756029/circadian-behavioral-responses-to-light-and-optic-chiasm-evoked-glutamatergic-epscs-in-the-suprachiasmatic-nucleus-of-iprgc-conditional-vglut2-knock-out-mice
#19
Michael G Moldavan, Patricia J Sollars, Michael R Lasarev, Charles N Allen, Gary E Pickard
Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) innervate the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), a circadian oscillator that functions as a biological clock. ipRGCs use vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (vGlut2) to package glutamate into synaptic vesicles and light-evoked resetting of the SCN circadian clock is widely attributed to ipRGC glutamatergic neurotransmission. Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is also packaged into vesicles in ipRGCs and PACAP may be coreleased with glutamate in the SCN...
May 2018: ENeuro
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755464/oncolytic-viral-therapy-and-the-immune-system-a-double-edged-sword-against-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Giulia Marelli, Anwen Howells, Nicholas R Lemoine, Yaohe Wang
Oncolytic viral therapy is a new promising strategy against cancer. Oncolytic viruses (OVs) can replicate in cancer cells but not in normal cells, leading to lysis of the tumor mass. Beside this primary effect, OVs can also stimulate the immune system. Tumors are an immuno-suppressive environment in which the immune system is silenced in order to avoid the immune response against cancer cells. The delivery of OVs into the tumor wakes up the immune system so that it can facilitate a strong and durable response against the tumor itself...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
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