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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926847/probing-lipid-bilayers-under-ionic-imbalance
#1
Jiaqi Lin, Alfredo Alexander-Katz
Biological membranes are normally under a resting transmembrane potential (TMP), which originates from the ionic imbalance between extracellular fluids and cytosols, and serves as electric power storage for cells. In cell electroporation, the ionic imbalance builds up a high TMP, resulting in the poration of cell membranes. However, the relationship between ionic imbalance and TMP is not clearly understood, and little is known about the effect of ionic imbalance on the structure and dynamics of biological membranes...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926838/high-resolution-mapping-of-a-repeat-protein-folding-free-energy-landscape
#2
Martin J Fossat, Thuy P Dao, Kelly Jenkins, Mariano Dellarole, Yinshan Yang, Scott A McCallum, Angel E Garcia, Doug Barrick, Christian Roumestand, Catherine A Royer
A complete description of the pathways and mechanisms of protein folding requires a detailed structural and energetic characterization of the conformational ensemble along the entire folding reaction coordinate. Simulations can provide this level of insight for small proteins. In contrast, with the exception of hydrogen exchange, which does not monitor folding directly, experimental studies of protein folding have not yielded such structural and energetic detail. NMR can provide residue specific atomic level structural information, but its implementation in protein folding studies using chemical or temperature perturbation is problematic...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925716/incorporating-noise-quantitatively-in-the-phase-field-crystal-model-via-capillary-fluctuation-theory
#3
Gabriel Kocher, Nana Ofori-Opoku, Nikolas Provatas
A tacit assumption underlying most phase field models of nonequilibrium phase transformations is that of scale separation. Stochastic order parameter field theories utilize noise to separate atomic-scale fluctuations from the slowly varying fields that describe microstructure patterns. The mesoscale distribution of such stochastic variables is generally assumed to follow Gaussian statistics, with their magnitude following fluctuation-dissipation relations. However, there is still much debate about how atomic-scale fluctuations map onto the mesoscale upon coarse graining of microscopic theories...
November 25, 2016: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925390/precisely-aligned-monolayer-mos2-epitaxially-grown-on-h-bn-basal-plane
#4
Hua Yu, Zhengzhong Yang, Luojun Du, Jing Zhang, Jinan Shi, Wei Chen, Peng Chen, Mengzhou Liao, Jing Zhao, Jianling Meng, Guole Wang, Jianqi Zhu, Rong Yang, Dongxia Shi, Lin Gu, Guangyu Zhang
Control of the precise lattice alignment of monolayer molybdenum disulfide (MoS2 ) on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) is important for both fundamental and applied studies of this heterostructure but remains elusive. The growth of precisely aligned MoS2 domains on the basal plane of h-BN by a low-pressure chemical vapor deposition technique is reported. Only relative rotation angles of 0° or 60° between MoS2 and h-BN basal plane are present. Domains with same orientation stitch and form single-crystal, domains with different orientations stitch and from mirror grain boundaries...
December 7, 2016: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925261/photochromic-properties-of-3-deoxyanthocyanidin-pigments-in-nontoxic-solvents
#5
Yuki Yagishita, Mai Mihara, Yoshiumi Kohno, Masashi Shibata
The photochromic properties of some naturally occurring 3-deoxyanthocyanidin pigments were investigated in various nontoxic solvents. When luteolinidin, a representative 3-deoxyanthocyanidin, was dissolved in a mixture of weakly acidic water and an organic solvent with a relative permittivity between 20 and 34, it was possible to repeatedly induce coloration via ultraviolet irradiation and decoloration under light-shielded conditions. 1,3-Butanediol and ethanol, which are approved for use in foods, cosmetics, and household goods, were found to be appropriate organic solvents for this process...
December 2016: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924714/biomonitoring-of-mycotoxins-in-urine-pilot-study-in-mill-workers
#6
Wolfram Föllmann, Nurshad Ali, Meinolf Blaszkewicz, Gisela H Degen
Contamination of grains with mycotoxins results in a dietary background exposure of the general population. In occupational settings such as during processing of raw materials as in milling, an additional mycotoxin exposure by inhalation is possible. Biomonitoring is an integrative approach to assess human exposure from various sources and by all routes. To investigate possible workplace exposure to mycotoxins, a pilot study was conducted that compared levels of urinary biomarkers in mill workers to those in a control group with dietary mycotoxin intake alone...
2016: Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924535/targeting-conserved-genes-in-fusarium-species
#7
Jéssica Gil-Serna, Belén Patiño, Miguel Jurado, Salvador Mirete, Covadonga Vázquez, M Teresa González-Jaén
Fumonisins are important mycotoxins contaminating foods and feeds which are mainly produced by F. verticillioides and F. proliferatum. Additionally, both are pathogens of maize and other cereals. We describe two highly sensitive, rapid, and species-specific PCR protocols which enable detection and discrimination of these closely related species in cereal flour or grain samples. The specific primer pairs of these assays were based on the intergenic spacer region of the multicopy rDNA unit which highly improves the sensitivity of the PCR assay in comparison with single-copy target regions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924528/mycotoxins-an-underhand-food-problem
#8
Antonio Moretti, Antonio F Logrieco, Antonia Susca
Among the food safety issues, the occurrence of fungal species able to produce toxic metabolites on the agro-food products has acquired a general attention. These compounds, the mycotoxins, generally provided of low molecular weight, are the result of the secondary metabolism of the toxigenic fungi. They may have toxic activity toward the plants, but mostly represent a serious risk for human and animal health worldwide, since they can be accumulated on many final crop products and they have a broad range of toxic biological activities...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924337/allosteric-effects-of-gold-nanoparticles-on-human-serum-albumin
#9
Qing Shao, Carol K Hall
The ability of nanoparticles to alter protein structure and dynamics plays an important role in their medical and biological applications. We investigate allosteric effects of gold nanoparticles on human serum albumin protein using molecular simulations. The extent to which bound nanoparticles influence the structure and dynamics of residues distant from the binding site is analyzed. The root mean square deviation, root mean square fluctuation and variation in the secondary structure of individual residues on a human serum albumin protein are calculated for four protein-gold nanoparticle binding complexes...
December 7, 2016: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924119/differential-accumulation-of-cadmium-in-near-isogenic-lines-of-durum-wheat-no-role-for-phytochelatins
#10
Sheila M Macfie, Shirin Bahrami, Brian D McGarvey
Certain cultivars of some crops, including durum wheat (Triticum durum Desf.), have a propensity to accumulate cadmium in the grain. In the 1980s, a Canadian wheat breeding program generated five pairs of near-isogenic lines of durum wheat that vary in cadmium-accumulation. Within each pair, one member accumulates twofold to threefold higher concentrations of cadmium in the shoot and grain. However, the physiological explanation for the high-low phenotype is unknown. We studied correlations between concentrations of cadmium and non-protein thiols, including phytochelatins, in these five pairs of near-isogenic lines to test the hypothesis that differential retention of cadmium-binding complexes in the root would explain the phenotype...
October 2016: Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: An International Journal of Functional Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923989/metabolic-control-of-tobacco-pollination-by-sugars-and-invertases
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Marc Goetz, Anne Guivarc'h, Jörg Hirsche, Martin Andreas Bauerfeind, María-Cruz González, Tae Kyung Hyun, Seung Hee Eom, Dominique Chriqui, Thomas Engelke, Dominik K Großkinsky, Thomas Roitsch
Pollination in flowering plants is initiated by germination of pollen grains on stigmas followed by fast growth of pollen tubes representing highly energy-consuming processes. The symplastic isolation of pollen grains and tubes requires import of sucrose available in the apoplast. We show that the functional coupling of sucrose cleavage by invertases and uptake of the released hexoses by monosaccharide transporters are critical for pollination in tobacco. Transcript profiling, in situ hybridization and immunolocalization of extracellular invertases and two monosaccharide transporters in vitro and in vivo support the functional coupling in supplying carbohydrates for pollen germination and tube growth evidenced by spatiotemporally coordinated expression...
December 6, 2016: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922088/analysis-of-four-toxic-metals-in-a-single-rice-seed-by-matrix-solid-phase-dispersion-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#12
Xiufen He, Lixia Chen, Xin Chen, Huamei Yu, Lixu Peng, Bingjun Han
Toxic metals in rice pose great risks to human health. Metal bioaccumulation in rice grains is a criterion of breeding. Rice breeding requires a sensitive method to determine metal content in single rice grains to assist the variety selection. In the present study, four toxic metals of arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr) and lead (Pb) in a single rice grain were determined by a simple and rapid method. The developed method is based on matrix solid phase dispersion using multi-wall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) as dispersing agent and analyzed by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922071/a-carotenogenic-mini-pathway-introduced-into-white-corn-does-not-affect-development-or-agronomic-performance
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Daniela Zanga, Teresa Capell, Gustavo A Slafer, Paul Christou, Roxana Savin
High-carotenoid corn (Carolight®) has been developed as a vehicle to deliver pro-vitamin A in the diet and thus address vitamin A deficiency in at-risk populations in developing countries. Like any other novel crop, the performance of Carolight® must be tested in different environments to ensure that optimal yields and productivity are maintained, particularly in this case to ensure that the engineered metabolic pathway does not attract a yield penalty. Here we compared the performance of Carolight® with its near isogenic white corn inbred parental line under greenhouse and field conditions, and monitored the stability of the introduced trait...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922060/magnetic-properties-improvement-of-die-upset-nd-fe-b-magnets-by-dy-cu-press-injection-and-subsequent-heat-treatment
#14
Zexuan Wang, Jinyun Ju, Jinzhi Wang, Wenzong Yin, Renjie Chen, Ming Li, Chaoxiang Jin, Xu Tang, Don Lee, Aru Yan
Ultrafine-grained die-upset Nd-Fe-B magnets are of importance because they provide a wide researching space to redesign the textured structures. Here is presented a route to obtain a new die-upset magnet with substantially improved magnetic properties. After experiencing the optimized heat treatment, both the coercivity and remanent magnetization of the Dy-Cu press injected magnets increased substantially in comparison with those of the annealed reference magnets, which is distinct from the reported experimental results on heavy rare-earth diffusion...
December 6, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921404/genome-wide-profiling-of-genetic-variation-in-agrobacterium-transformed-rice-plants
#15
Wen-Xu Li, San-Ling Wu, Yan-Hua Liu, Gu-Lei Jin, Hai-Jun Zhao, Long-Jiang Fan, Qing-Yao Shu
Agrobacterium-mediated transformation has been widely used in producing transgenic plants, and was recently used to generate "transgene-clean" targeted genomic modifications coupled with the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)/CRISPR-associated (Cas9) system. Although tremendous variation in morphological and agronomic traits, such as plant height, seed fertility, and grain size, was observed in transgenic plants, the underlying mechanisms are not yet well understood, and the types and frequency of genetic variation in transformed plants have not been fully disclosed...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921366/masked-trichothecene-and-zearalenone-mycotoxins-withstand-digestion-and-absorption-in-the-upper-gi-tract-but-are-efficiently-hydrolyzed-by-human-gut-microbiota-in-vitro
#16
Silvia W Gratz, Reshma Dinesh, Tomoya Yoshinari, Grietje Holtrop, Anthony J Richardson, Gary Duncan, Susan MacDonald, Antony Lloyd, Jonathan Tarbin
SCOPE: Cereal grains are commonly contaminated with Fusarium mycotoxins and their plant-derived masked metabolites. The fate of masked mycotoxins in the human gut is poorly understood. Here we assess the metabolism and transport of glucoside metabolites of common trichothecenes (deoxynivalenol, nivalenol, T-2 toxin) and zearalenone compounds (zearalenone, α- and β-zearalenol) in the human gut in vitro. METHODS AND RESULTS: Masked mycotoxins were incubated with artificial digestive juices and absorption was assessed in differentiated Caco-2/TC7 cells...
December 6, 2016: Molecular Nutrition & Food Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921341/unexpected-effect-of-the-vehicle-grain-ethanol-of-homeopathic-fsh-on-the-in-vitro-survival-and-development-of-isolated-ovine-preantral-follicles
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Lartiza F Lima, Rebeca M P Rocha, Ana Beatriz G Duarte, Ivina R Brito, Gerlane M Silva, Giovanna Q Rodrigues, Diana C S Nunes-Pinheiro, Antônia D Sales, Arlindo A Moura, Matthew B Wheeler, Ana Paula R Rodrigues, Cláudio C Campello, José Ricardo Figueiredo
The aims of this study were to investigate the effects of medium replacement system (experiment I) and of FSH presentations (homeopathic - FSH 6cH and allopathic FSH - rFSH; experiment II) on the in vitro development, hormone production and gene expression of isolated ovine preantral follicles cultured for 6 days. In experiment I, secondary follicles were cultured in the α-MEM(+) supplemented with FSH 6cH (0.05 fg/ml) or recombinant bovine FSH (100 ng/ml) without/with daily medium addition. The homeopathic FSH treatments with/without medium addition improved (p < ...
December 5, 2016: Microscopy Research and Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920956/grassland-productivity-in-response-to-nutrient-additions-and-herbivory-is-scale-dependent
#18
Erica A H Smithwick, Douglas C Baldwin, Kusum J Naithani
Vegetation response to nutrient addition can vary across space, yet studies that explicitly incorporate spatial pattern into experimental approaches are rare. To explore whether there are unique spatial scales (grains) at which grass response to nutrients and herbivory is best expressed, we imposed a large (∼3.75 ha) experiment in a South African coastal grassland ecosystem. In two of six 60 × 60 m grassland plots, we imposed a scaled sampling design in which fertilizer was added in replicated sub-plots (1 × 1 m, 2 × 2 m, and 4 × 4 m)...
2016: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919726/g-protein-coupled-receptor-interactions-with-cholesterol-deep-in-the-membrane
#19
Samuel Genheden, Jonathan W Essex, Anthony G Lee
G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are located in membranes rich in cholesterol. The membrane spanning surfaces of GPCRs contain exposed backbone carbonyl groups and residue side chains potentially capable of forming hydrogen bonds to cholesterol molecules buried deep within the hydrophobic core of the lipid bilayer. Coarse-grained molecular dynamics (CGMD) simulations allow the observation of GPCRs in cholesterol-containing lipid bilayers for long times (50μs), sufficient to ensure equilibration of the system...
December 2, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919562/impact-of-pre-equilibration-and-diffusion-limited-release-kinetics-on-effluent-concentration-in-column-leaching-tests-insights-from-numerical-simulations
#20
Michael Finkel, Peter Grathwohl
Column leaching tests have become a standard method for assessing leaching of pollutants from materials used, e.g., for road and railway constructions and in landscaping measures. Column tests showed to be practical in laboratories yielding robust and reproducible results. However, considerable uncertainty still exists related particularly to the degree of equilibration of the pore water with the solids during preparation (pre-equilibration) and percolation of the column. We analyse equilibration time scales and sensitivity of concentrations in column leachate with respect to initial conditions in a series of numerical experiments covering a broad spectrum of material and solute properties...
December 2, 2016: Waste Management
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