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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933594/vegetable-peel-waste-for-the-production-of-zno-nanoparticles-and-its-toxicological-efficiency-antifungal-hemolytic-and-antibacterial-activities
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T V Surendra, Selvaraj Mohana Roopan, Naif Abdullah Al-Dhabi, Mariadhas Valan Arasu, Gargi Sarkar, K Suthindhiran
Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) are important materials when making different products like sun screens, textiles, and paints. In the current study, the photocatalytic effect of prepared ZnO NPs from Moringa oleifera (M. oleifera) was evaluated on degradation of crystal violet (CV) dye, which is largely released from textile industries and is harmful to the environment. Preliminarily, ZnO NP formation was confirmed using a double beam ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) spectrophotometer; further, the NP size was estimated using XRD analysis and the functional group analysis was determined using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933226/opposite-anisotropy-effects-of-singlet-and-triplet-exciton-diffusion-in-tetracene-crystal
#2
Xiaoyu Xie, Haibo Ma
We observe the diffusion anisotropy difference between singlet and triplet excitons in organic crystals; that is, singlet and triplet excitons may have completely different spatial direction preference for diffusion. This phenomenon can be ascribed to the distinct dependence of different excitonic couplings (Coulomb Förster vs. exchange Dexter) existing in singlet and triplet excitons on their intermolecular distance and intermolecular orientation. Such a discovery provides insights for understanding the fundamental photophysical process in a vast range of organic condensed-phase systems and optimizing the efficiency of organic optoelectronic materials...
June 2016: ChemistryOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933211/systematic-review-and-quality-analysis-of-emerging-diagnostic-measures-for-calcium-pyrophosphate-crystal-deposition-disease
#3
Y Wu, K Chen, R Terkeltaub
OBJECTIVES: Calcium pyrophosphate crystal deposition disease (CPPD) is common, yet prevalence and overall clinical impact remain unclear. Sensitivity and specificity of CPPD reference standards (conventional crystal analysis (CCA) and radiography (CR)) were meta-analysed by EULAR (published 2011). Since then, new diagnostic modalities are emerging. Hence, we updated 2009-2016 literature findings by systematic review and evidence grading, and assessed unmet needs. METHODS: We performed systematic search of full papers (PubMed, Scopus/EMBASE, Cochrane 2009-2016 databases)...
2016: RMD Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933103/programmatic-conversion-of-crystal-structures-into-3d-printable-files-using-jmol
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Vincent F Scalfani, Antony J Williams, Valery Tkachenko, Karen Karapetyan, Alexey Pshenichnov, Robert M Hanson, Jahred M Liddie, Jason E Bara
BACKGROUND: Three-dimensional (3D) printed crystal structures are useful for chemistry teaching and research. Current manual methods of converting crystal structures into 3D printable files are time-consuming and tedious. To overcome this limitation, we developed a programmatic method that allows for facile conversion of thousands of crystal structures directly into 3D printable files. RESULTS: A collection of over 30,000 crystal structures in crystallographic information file (CIF) format from the Crystallography Open Database (COD) were programmatically converted into 3D printable files (VRML format) using Jmol scripting...
2016: Journal of Cheminformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932854/predictors-of-ageing-related-decline-across-multiple-cognitive-functions
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Stuart J Ritchie, Elliot M Tucker-Drob, Simon R Cox, Janie Corley, Dominika Dykiert, Paul Redmond, Alison Pattie, Adele M Taylor, Ruth Sibbett, John M Starr, Ian J Deary
It is critical to discover why some people's cognitive abilities age better than others'. We applied multivariate growth curve models to data from a narrow-age cohort measured on a multi-domain IQ measure at age 11 years and a comprehensive battery of thirteen measures of visuospatial, memory, crystallized, and processing speed abilities at ages 70, 73, and 76 years (n = 1091 at age 70). We found that 48% of the variance in change in performance on the thirteen cognitive measures was shared across all measures, an additional 26% was specific to the four ability domains, and 26% was test-specific...
November 2016: Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932585/structural-and-functional-characterization-of-the-tyw3-taw3-class-of-sam-dependent-methyltransferases
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Mark A Currie, Greg Brown, Andrew Wong, Takayuki Ohira, Kei Sugiyama, Tsutomu Suzuki, Alexander F Yakunin, Zongchao Jia
S-adenosylmethionine (SAM)-dependent methyltransferases regulate a wide range of biological processes through the modification of proteins, nucleic acids, polysaccharides, as well as various metabolites. TYW3/Taw3 is a SAM-dependent methyltransferase responsible for the formation of a tRNA modification known as wybutosine and its derivatives that are required for accurate decoding in protein synthesis. Here, we report the crystal structure of Taw3, a homolog of TYW3 from Sulfolobus solfataricus, which revealed a novel α/β fold...
December 8, 2016: RNA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932548/total-control-of-chromium-in-tanneries-thermal-decomposition-of-filtration-cake-from-enzymatic-hydrolysis-of-chrome-shavings
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P Kocurek, K Kolomazník, M Bařinová, J Hendrych
This paper deals with the problem of chromium recovery from chrome-tanned waste and thus with reducing the environmental impact of the leather industry. Chrome-tanned waste was transformed by alkaline enzymatic hydrolysis promoted by magnesium oxide into practically chromium-free, commercially applicable collagen hydrolysate and filtration cake containing a high portion of chromium. The crude and magnesium-deprived chromium cakes were subjected to a process of thermal decomposition at 650°C under oxygen-free conditions to reduce the amount of this waste and to study the effect of magnesium removal on the resulting products...
December 8, 2016: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932479/progress-in-understanding-the-genetics-of-calcium-containing-nephrolithiasis
#8
John A Sayer
Renal stone disease is a frequent condition, causing a huge burden on health care systems globally. Calcium-based calculi account for around 75% of renal stone disease and the incidence of these calculi is increasing, suggesting environmental and dietary factors are acting upon a preexisting genetic background. The familial nature and significant heritability of stone disease is known, and recent genetic studies have successfully identified genes that may be involved in renal stone formation. The detection of monogenic causes of renal stone disease has been made more feasible by the use of high-throughput sequencing technologies and has also facilitated the discovery of novel monogenic causes of stone disease...
December 8, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932461/structural-characterization-and-ligand-inhibitor-identification-provide-functional-insights-into-the-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-cytochrome-p450-cyp126a1
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Jude T Chenge, Duyet Van Le, Shalini Swami, Kirsty J McLean, Madeline E Kavanagh, Anthony G Coyne, Stephen E J Rigby, Myles R Cheesman, Hazel M Girvan, Colin W Levy, Bernd Rupp, Jens P von Kries, Chris Abell, David Leys, Andrew W Munro
The Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) H37Rv genome encodes 20 cytochromes P450, including P450s crucial to infection and bacterial viability. Many Mtb P450s remain uncharacterized, suggesting their further analysis may provide new insights into Mtb metabolic processes and new targets for drug discovery. CYP126A1 is representative of a P450 family widely distributed in mycobacteria and other bacteria. Here we explore the biochemical and structural properties of CYP126A1, including its interactions with new chemical ligands...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932247/crystal-structure-of-the-pdz-domain-of-mouse-dishevelled-1-and-its-interaction-with-cxxc5
#10
Inhwan Lee, Sooho Choi, Ji-Hye Yun, Seolhwa Seo, Sehee Choi, Kang-Yell Choi, Weontae Lee
Dishevelled (Dvl) plays a crucial role in Wnt signaling by interacting with membrane-bound receptors and downstream molecules through its PDZ domain. CXXC5 is one of the key molecules that interacts with Dvl and negatively regulates the Wnt/β-catenin pathway in osteoblast differentiation. Recently, the Dvl-CXXC5 interaction has been identified as an excellent target for osteoporosis treatment. Therefore, it is desirable to have detailed structural information for the Dvl-CXXC5 interaction. Although solution structures of the Dvl1 PDZ domain have been reported, a high-resolution crystal structure would provide detailed sidechain information that is essential for drug development...
December 5, 2016: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932084/a-novel-method-for-the-rapid-detection-of-microbes-in-blood-using-pleurocidin-antimicrobial-peptide-functionalized-piezoelectric-sensor
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Xiaohong Shi, Xiaoqing Zhang, Qiongqiong Yao, Fengjiao He
The rapid detection of microbes is critical in clinical diagnosis and food safety. Culture-dependent assays are the most widely used microbial detection methods, but these assays are time-consuming. In this study, a rapid microbial detection method was proposed using a pleurocidin/single-walled carbon nanotubes/interdigital electrode-multichannel series piezoelectric quartz crystal (pleurocidin/SWCNT/IDE-MSPQC) sensor. The selected pleurocidin antimicrobial peptide served as a recognition probe that exhibits broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity and the SWCNT acted as the electronic transducer and cross-linker for the immobilization of pleurocidin on the IDE...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932058/tnap-stimulates-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-trans-differentiation-into-chondrocytes-through-calcium-deposition-and-bmp-2-activation-possible-implication-in-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability
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Maya Fakhry, Monika Roszkowska, Anne Briolay, Carole Bougault, Alain Guignandon, Juan Ignacio Diaz-Hernandez, Miguel Diaz-Hernandez, Slawomir Pikula, René Buchet, Eva Hamade, Bassam Badran, Laurence Bessueille, David Magne
Atherosclerotic plaque calcification varies from early, diffuse microcalcifications to a bone-like tissue formed by endochondral ossification. Recently, a paradigm has emerged suggesting that if the bone metaplasia stabilizes the plaques, microcalcifications are harmful. Tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase (TNAP), an ectoenzyme necessary for mineralization by its ability to hydrolyze inorganic pyrophosphate (PPi), is stimulated by inflammation in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Our objective was to determine the role of TNAP in trans-differentiation of VSMCs and calcification...
December 5, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931959/imaging-of-gout-new-tools-and-biomarkers
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Elizabeth G Araujo, Bernhard Manger, Fernando Perez-Ruiz, Ralf G Thiele
While joint aspiration and crystal identification by polarizing microscopy remain the gold standard for diagnosing tophaceous gout, agreement among medical and ancillary health personnel examining synovial fluid using polarizing microscopy for the detection of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals appears to be poor. Imaging modalities, including conventional radiography (CR), ultrasonography (US), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and dual-energy computed tomography (DECT), have been found to provide information on the deposition of MSU crystals in tissues, and the consequences of such deposition...
August 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931745/histone-acetylation-regulates-chromatin-accessibility-role-of-h4k16-in-inter-nucleosome-interaction
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Ruihan Zhang, Jochen Erler, Jörg Langowski
The N-terminal tail of histone H4 is an indispensable mediator for inter-nucleosome interaction, which is required for chromatin fiber condensation. H4K16 acetylation (H4K16Ac) activates gene transcription by influencing both chromatin structure and interplay with nonhistone proteins. To understand the influence of H4K16Ac on inter-nucleosome interaction, we performed a simulation study for the H4 tail in the context of two nucleosomes in neighboring unit cells in the crystal structure. The binding conformation of H4 tail with/without K16Ac was sampled by replica exchange with solute tempering, and the free energy landscape was explored by metadynamics...
December 6, 2016: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931211/gonadectomy-effects-on-the-risk-of-immune-disorders-in-the-dog-a-retrospective-study
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Crystal R Sundburg, Janelle M Belanger, Danika L Bannasch, Thomas R Famula, Anita M Oberbauer
BACKGROUND: Gonadectomy is one of the most common procedures performed on dogs in the United States. Neutering has been shown to reduce the risk for some diseases although recent reports suggest increased prevalence for structural disorders and some neoplasias. The relation between neuter status and autoimmune diseases has not been explored. This study evaluated the prevalence and risk of atopic dermatitis (ATOP), autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA), canine myasthenia gravis (CMG), colitis (COL), hypoadrenocorticism (ADD), hypothyroidism (HYPO), immune-mediated polyarthritis (IMPA), immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), lupus erythematosus (LUP), and pemphigus complex (PEMC), for intact females, intact males, neutered females, and neutered males...
December 8, 2016: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931125/morphology-and-age-related-changes-in-calcospherites-of-human-teeth-an-ultrastructural-study
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Jasbir Arora, Indu Talwar, Daisy Sahni, Vidya Rattan
BACKGROUND: Dentine has been examined extensively for age-related physiological changes but there exists limited data on age related changes at ultrastructural level of dentine Aim: The present study aimed to examine age related ultrastructural changes in calcospherites of human dentine under the scanning electron microscope. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 30 single rooted teeth of North Western adult Indians (18-75 yrs) were collected from the Department of Oral Health Sciences, PGIMER, Chandigarh...
December 8, 2016: Annals of Human Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931095/probing-the-relative-photoinjection-yields-of-monomer-and-aggregated-dyes-into-zno-crystals
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Laurie Ann King, Bruce A Parkinson
Cyanine dyes, often utilized in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), form a range of molecular species from monomers to large H- and J- aggregates in both solution and when adsorbed at a photoelectrode surface. To determine the relative capability of the different dye species to inject photo-excited electrons into a wideband gap oxide semiconductor, sensitization at a single crystal zinc oxide surface was studied by simultaneous attenuated reflection (ATR) UV-vis absorption and photocurrent spectroscopy measurements...
December 8, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930882/a-look-into-the-biochemistry-of-magnetosome-biosynthesis-in-magnetotactic-bacteria
#18
Shiran Barber-Zucker, Raz Zarivach
Magnetosomes are protein-rich membrane organelles that encapsulate magnetite or greigite and whose chain-alignment enables magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) to sense the geomagnetic field. As these bacteria synthesize uniform magnetic particles, their biomineralization mechanism is of great interest among researchers from different fields, from material engineering to medicine. Both magnetosome formation and magnetic particle synthesis are highly controlled processes that can be divided into several crucial steps: membrane invagination from the inner-cell membrane, protein sorting, the magnetosomes' arrangement into chains, iron transport and chemical environment regulation of the magnetosome lumen, magnetic particle nucleation and finally crystal growth, size and morphology control...
December 8, 2016: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930850/elusive-antimony-centered-radical-cations-isolation-characterization-crystal-structures-and-reactivity-studies
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Tao Li, Houjia Wei, Yong Fang, Lei Wang, Sheng Chen, Zaichao Zhang, Yue Zhao, Gengwen Tan, Xinping Wang
One-electron oxidation of the stibines Aryl3 Sb (1, Aryl=2,6-(i) Pr2 -4-OMe-C6 H2 ; 2, Aryl=2,4,6-(i) Pr3 -C6 H2 ) with AgSbF6 and NaBAryl(F)4 (Aryl(F) =3,5-(CF3 )2 C6 H3 ) afforded the first structurally characterized examples of antimony-centered radical cations 1(.+) [BAryl(F)4 ](-) and 2(.+) [BAryl(F)4 ](-) . Their molecular and electronic structures were investigated by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) and UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy, in conjunction with theoretical calculations...
December 8, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930841/self-healing-behavior-in-a-thermo-mechanically-responsive-cocrystal-during-a-reversible-phase-transition
#20
Guangfeng Liu, Jie Liu, Xin Ye, Lina Nie, Peiyang Gu, Xutang Tao, Qichun Zhang
The molecular-level motions of a coronene-based supramolecular rotator are amplified into macroscopic changes of crystals by co-assembly of coronene and TCNB (1,2,4,5-tetracyanobenzene) into a charge-transfer complex. The as-prepared cocrystals show remarkable self-healing behavior and thermo-mechanical responses during thermally-induced reversible single-crystal-to-single-crystal (SCSC) phase transitions. Comprehensive analysis of the microscopic observations as well as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements and crystal habits reveal that a thermally-reduced-rate-dependent dynamic character exists in the phase transition...
December 8, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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