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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103597/psychophysiological-effects-of-a-single-short-and-moderately-bright-room-light-exposure-on-mildly-depressed-geriatric-inpatients-a-pilot-study
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Markus Canazei, Wilfried Pohl, Kathrin Bauernhofer, Ilona Papousek, Helmut K Lackner, Harald R Bliem, Josef Marksteiner, Elisabeth M Weiss
BACKGROUND: Light interventions typically exert their mood-related effects during morning bright light exposures over several weeks. Evidence about immediate ambient room light effects on depressed individuals is still sparse. OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed at examining the acute effects of a single moderately bright room light exposure on mood, and behavioural and cardiac stress reactions of mildly depressed geriatric inpatients during a short cognitive stimulation and while resting...
January 20, 2017: Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103421/structure-of-the-arabidopsis-thaliana-nadph-cytochrome-p450-reductase-2-atr2-provides-insight-into-its-function
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Guoqi Niu, Shun Zhao, Lei Wang, Wei Dong, Lin Liu, Yikun He
Members of the cytochrome P450 family catalyze a variety of monooxygenase reactions, and for the eukaryotic membrane-bound members, NADPH is typically used as the reducing agent. The flavoprotein NADPH-cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR) enables electron transfer from NADPH to cytochrome P450 via its flavin cofactors. ATR2 is one of the two authentic CPR genes in the genome of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana, and its product has been physiologically and kinetically characterized. Here, we report the 2.3-Å structure of ATR2 and find that the position of the two flavin cofactors differs from that of other known CPR structures...
January 19, 2017: FEBS Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103302/crude-extracts-flavokawain-b-and-alpinetin-compounds-from-the-rhizome-of-alpinia-mutica-induce-cell-death-via-uck2-enzyme-inhibition-and-in-turn-reduce-18s-rrna-biosynthesis-in-ht-29-cells
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Ibrahim Malami, Ahmad Bustamam Abdul, Rasedee Abdullah, Nur Kartinee Bt Kassim, Rozita Rosli, Swee Keong Yeap, Peter Waziri, Imaobong Christopher Etti, Muhammad Bashir Bello
Uridine-cytidine kinase 2 is an enzyme that is overexpressed in abnormal cell growth and its implication is considered a hallmark of cancer. Due to the selective expression of UCK2 in cancer cells, a selective inhibition of this key enzyme necessitates the discovery of its potential inhibitors for cancer chemotherapy. The present study was carried out to demonstrate the potentials of natural phytochemicals from the rhizome of Alpinia mutica to inhibit UCK2 useful for colorectal cancer. Here, we employed the used of in vitro to investigate the effectiveness of natural UCK2 inhibitors to cause HT-29 cell death...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103286/mirnas-do-not-regulate-circadian-protein-synthesis-in-the-dinoflagellate-lingulodinium-polyedrum
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Steve Dagenais-Bellefeuille, Mathieu Beauchemin, David Morse
Dinoflagellates have been shown to express miRNA by bioinformatics and RNA blot (Northern) analyses. However, it is not yet known if miRNAs are able to alter gene expression in this class of organisms. We have assessed the possibility that miRNA may mediate circadian regulation of gene expression in the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum using the Luciferin Binding Protein (LBP) as a specific example. LBP is a good candidate for regulation by miRNA since mRNA levels are constant over the daily cycle while protein synthesis is restricted by the circadian clock to a period of several hours at the start of the night phase...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103268/direct-observation-of-enhanced-nitric-oxide-in-a-murine-model-of-diabetic-nephropathy
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Margien G S Boels, Ernst E H van Faassen, M Cristina Avramut, Johan van der Vlag, Bernard M van den Berg, Ton J Rabelink
Uncoupling of nitric oxide synthase (NOS) secondary to redox signaling is a central mechanism in endothelial and macrophage activation. To date studies on the production of nitric oxide (NO) during the development of diabetic complications show paradoxical results. We previously showed that recoupling eNOS by increasing the eNOS cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) could restore endothelial function and prevent kidney injury in experimental kidney transplantation. Here, we employed a diabetic mouse model to investigate the effects of diabetes on renal tissue NO bioavailability...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103245/anaerobically-grown-escherichia-coli-has-an-enhanced-mutation-rate-and-distinct-mutational-spectra
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Sonal Shewaramani, Thomas J Finn, Sinead C Leahy, Rees Kassen, Paul B Rainey, Christina D Moon
Oxidative stress is a major cause of mutation but little is known about how growth in the absence of oxygen impacts the rate and spectrum of mutations. We employed long-term mutation accumulation experiments to directly measure the rates and spectra of spontaneous mutation events in Escherichia coli populations propagated under aerobic and anaerobic conditions. To detect mutations, whole genome sequencing was coupled with methods of analysis sufficient to identify a broad range of mutational classes, including structural variants (SVs) generated by movement of repetitive elements...
January 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103053/mercury-amalgam-diffusion-in-human-teeth-probed-using-femtosecond-libs
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Liciane Toledo Bello, Patricia Aparecida da Ana, Dário Santos, Francisco José Krug, Denise Maria Zezell, Nilson Dias Vieira, Ricardo Elgul Samad
In this work the diffusion of mercury and other elements from amalgam tooth restorations through the surrounding dental tissue (dentin) was evaluated using femtosecond laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (fs-LIBS). To achieve this, seven deciduous and eight permanent extracted human molar teeth with occlusal amalgam restorations were half-sectioned and analyzed using pulses from a femtosecond laser. The measurements were performed from the amalgam restoration along the amalgam/dentin interface to the apical direction...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103038/near-full-composition-range-high-quality-gaas1-xsbx-nanowires-grown-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Lixia Li, Dong Pan, Yongzhou Xue, Xiaolei Wang, Miaoling Lin, Dan Su, Qinglin Zhang, Xuezhe Yu, Hyok So, Dahai Wei, Baoquan Sun, PingHeng Tan, Anlian Pan, Jianhua Zhao
Here we report on the Ga self-catalyzed growth of near full-composition-range energy-gap-tunable GaAs1-xSbx nanowires by molecular-beam epitaxy. GaAs1-xSbx nanowires with different Sb content are systematically grown by tuning the Sb and As fluxes, and the As background. We find that GaAs1-xSbx nanowires with low Sb content can be grown directly on Si (111) substrates (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.60) and GaAs nanowire stems (0 ≤ x ≤ 0.50) by tuning the Sb and As fluxes. To obtain GaAs1-xSbx nanowires with x ranging from 0...
January 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103030/reactivity-of-cyclopentadienyl-molybdenum-compounds-towards-formic-acid-structural-characterization-of-cpmo-pme3-co-2h-cpmo-pme3-2-co-h-cpmo-%C3%AE-o-%C3%AE-o2ch-2-and-cp-mo-%C3%AE-o-%C3%AE-o2ch-2
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Michelle C Neary, Gerard Parkin
The molecular structures of CpMo(PMe3)(CO)2H and CpMo(PMe3)2(CO)H have been determined by X-ray diffraction, thereby revealing four-legged piano-stool structures in which the hydride ligand is trans to CO. However, in view of the different nature of the four basal ligands, the geometries of CpMo(PMe3)(CO)2H and CpMo(PMe3)2(CO)H deviate from that of an idealized four-legged piano stool, such that the two ligands that are orthogonal to the trans H-Mo-CO moiety are displaced towards the hydride ligand. While Cp(R)Mo(PMe3)3-x(CO)xH (Cp(R) = Cp, Cp*; x = 1, 2, 3) are catalysts for the release of H2 from formic acid, the carbonyl derivatives, Cp(R)Mo(CO)3H, are also observed to form dinuclear formate compounds, namely, [Cp(R)Mo(μ-O)(μ-O2CH)]2...
January 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103027/isolation-colonization-and-chlorpyrifos-degradation-mediation-of-the-endophytic-bacterium-sphingomonas-strain-hjy-in-chinese-chive-allium-tuberosum
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Fayun Feng, Jing Ge, Yisong Li, Jinjin Cheng, Jianfeng Zhong, Xiangyang Yu
The interaction of endophyte-plant can benefit the host in many different ways. An endophytic bacterium strain (HJY) capable of degrading chlorpyrifos (CP) was isolated from Chinese chives (Allium tuberosum Rottl. ex Spreng). The isolated bacterium HJY classified as Sphingomonas sp. Strain HJY could use chlorpyrifos as the sole carbon source. After being marked with the gfp gene, the colonization and distribution of strain HJY-gfp was directly observed in different tissues of Chinese chives with confocal laser scanning microscope...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102918/medication-administration-errors-and-related-deviations-from-safe-practice-an-observational-study
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Alwiena J Blignaut, Siedine K Coetzee, Hester C Klopper, Suria M Ellis
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence of medication administration errors, medication administration related deviations from safe practice as well as factors associated with these errors in medical and surgical units of public hospitals in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. BACKGROUND: Several studies have been published on the incidence of medication administration errors, but only a few have studied the incidence of medication administration related deviations from safe practice...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102900/metabolic-theory-predicts-animal-self-thinning
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Tomas Jonsson
1.The Metabolic Theory of Ecology (MTE) predicts observed patterns in ecology based on metabolic rates of individuals. The theory is influential but also criticized for a lack of firm empirical evidence confirming MTE's quantitative predictions of processes, e.g. outcome of competition, at population or community level. 2.Self-thinning is a well-known population level phenomenon among plants, but a much less studied phenomenon in animal populations and no consensus exists on what a universal thinning slope for animal populations might be, or if it exists...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Animal Ecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102846/hepatitis-b-virus-x-protein-promotes-the-stem-like-properties-of-ov6-cancer-cells-in-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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Chao Wang, Ming-da Wang, Peng Cheng, Hai Huang, Wei Dong, Wei-Wei Zhang, Peng-Peng Li, Chuan Lin, Ze-Ya Pan, Meng-Chao Wu, Wei-Ping Zhou
Hepatitis B virus X protein (HBx) and cancer stem-like cells (CSCs) have both been implicated in the occurrence and development of HBV-related hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, whether HBx contributes to the stem-like properties of OV6(+) CSCs in HCC remains elusive. In this study, we showed that the concomitant expression of HBx and OV6 was closely associated with the clinical outcomes and prognosis of patients with HBV-related HCC. HBx was required for the stem-like properties of OV6(+) liver CSCs, including self-renewal, stem cell-associated gene expression, tumorigenicity and chemoresistance...
January 19, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102779/long-term-dust-aerosol-production-from-natural-sources-in-iceland
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Pavla Dagsson-Waldhauserova, Olafur Arnalds, Haraldur Olafsson
: Iceland is a volcanic island in the North Atlantic Ocean with maritime climate. In spite of moist climate, large areas are with limited vegetation cover where >40% of Iceland is classified with considerable to very severe erosion and 21% of Iceland is volcanic sandy deserts. Not only do natural emissions from these sources influenced by strong winds affect regional air quality in Iceland ("Reykjavik haze"), but dust particles are transported over the Atlantic ocean and Arctic Ocean >1000 km at times...
February 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102733/plk1-polo-like-kinase-1-inhibits-mtor-complex-1-and-promotes-autophagy
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Stefanie Ruf, Alexander Martin Heberle, Miriam Langelaar-Makkinje, Sara Gelino, Deepti Wilkinson, Carolin Gerbeth, Jennifer Jasmin Schwarz, Birgit Holzwarth, Bettina Warscheid, Chris Meisinger, Marcel A T M van Vugt, Ralf Baumeister, Malene Hansen, Kathrin Thedieck
Mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (MTORC1) and PLK1 (polo like kinase 1) are major drivers of cancer cell growth and proliferation, and inhibitors of both protein kinases are currently being investigated in clinical studies. To date, MTORC1's and PLK1's functions are mostly studied separately, and reports on their mutual crosstalk are scarce. Here, we identify PLK1 as a physical MTORC1 interactor in human cancer cells. PLK1 inhibition enhances MTORC1 activity under nutrient sufficiency and in starved cells, and PLK1 directly phosphorylates the MTORC1 component RPTOR/RAPTOR in vitro...
January 19, 2017: Autophagy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102680/ionicity-of-protic-ionic-liquid-quantitative-measurement-by-spectroscopic-methods
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Minming Shen, Yuyang Zhang, Kaizhou Chen, Siying Che, Jia Yao, Haoran Li
The ionicity value, which is a key property of protic ionic liquids, was obtained by the attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance respectively for a protic ionic liquid: n-propylammonium acetate. The method of potentiometric titration is found not suitable for such kind of ionic liquid as the ∆pKa of the compositing acid and base is relatively small. In the IR spectrum, molecular species can be directly observed in the range 1200-1800 cm-1, and the ratio of ionic and molecular species can be quantitatively calculated by the area of characteristic absorption peaks calibrated by standard curve from NaAc/HAc solutions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102583/successful-splenorenal-shunt-occlusion-with-balloon-occluded-retrograde-transvenous-obliteration-yielded-improvement-of-residual-liver-function-enabled-administration-of-direct-acting-antivirals-and-achieved-sustained-virologic-response-to-hepatitis-c-virus
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Hironori Ochi, Michiko Aono, Shunji Takechi, Toshie Mashiba, Tomoyuki Yokota, Kouji Joko
We report the use of balloon-occluded retrograde transvenous obliteration (BRTO) for portosystemic shunt in one patient, resulting in marked improvements in residual liver function and enabling safe hepatitis C virus (HCV) elimination with direct-acting antiviral agents. A woman undergoing outpatient treatment at our institution for HCV-related cirrhosis with a history of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) treatment developed hepatic encephalopathy (HE; Child-Pugh score 8) at age 65 years. Improvement was obtained with conservative treatment; however, contrast-enhanced computed tomography revealed a splenorenal shunt with decreased portal vein blood flow...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Digestive Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102421/the-nature-of-the-light-absorption-and-emission-transitions-of-4-hydroxybenzophenone-in-different-solvents-a-combined-computational-and-experimental-study
#18
Francesco Barsotti, Giovanni Ghigo, Silvia Berto, Davide Vione
The photophysics and photochemistry of 4-hydroxybenzophenone (4HOBP) are interesting because they can give some insight into the behavior of humic material. Here we show that 4HOBP has a number of fluorescence peaks: (i) an intense one at excitation/emission wavelengths Ex/Em ∼ 200-230/280-370 nm, likely due to an excitation transition from S0 to S5 or S6, followed by S2 → S0 in emission (Sn denotes the singlet states of 4HOBP); (ii) a minor peak at Ex/Em ∼ 270-300/320-360 nm (S0 → S2 in absorption and S2 → S0 in emission), and (iii) very interesting signals in the typical emission region of humic substances, most notably at Ex/Em ∼ 200-220/400-500 nm and Ex/Em ∼ 260-280/400-470 nm (in both cases the emission corresponded to an S1 → S0 transition)...
January 19, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102381/maldi-imaging-enables-direct-observation-of-kinetic-and-thermodynamic-products-of-mixed-peptide-fiber-assembly
#19
Karima Medini, Brandi West, David E Williams, Margaret A Brimble, Juliet A Gerrard
Controlling the self-assembly of multicomponent systems provides a key to designing new materials and understanding the molecular complexity of biology. Here, we demonstrate the first use of MALDI-imaging to characterize a multicomponent self-assembling peptide fiber. Observations of mixed peptide systems over time demonstrate how simple sequence variation can change the balance between kinetic and thermodynamic products.
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102368/novel-electron-phonon-relaxation-pathway-in-graphite-revealed-by-time-resolved-raman-scattering-and-angle-resolved-photoemission-spectroscopy
#20
Jhih-An Yang, Stephen Parham, Daniel Dessau, Dmitry Reznik
Time dynamics of photoexcited electron-hole pairs is important for a number of technologies, in particular solar cells. We combined ultrafast pump-probe Raman scattering and photoemission to directly follow electron-hole excitations as well as the G-phonon in graphite after an excitation by an intense laser pulse. This phonon is known to couple relatively strongly to electrons. Cross-correlating effective electronic and phonon temperatures places new constraints on model-based fits. The accepted two-temperature model predicts that G-phonon population should start to increase as soon as excited electron-hole pairs are created and that the rate of increase should not depend strongly on the pump fluence...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
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