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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231547/nonmonotonic-responses-to-low-doses-of-xenoestrogens-a-review
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REVIEW
Zhixiang Xu, Jun Liu, Xinhao Wu, Bin Huang, Xuejun Pan
Xenoestrogens (XEs) mimic or block the synthesis, metabolism and transport of normal endogenous hormones, disturbing normal endocrine function. The available data on the nonmonotonic estrogenic effects of low doses of many XEs are reviewed, covering in vitro, in vivo and epidemiological studies. The observed nonmonotonic patterns of the dose-response curves are discussed, along with possible underlying mechanisms. This review is intended to provide guidance for harm predication and to suggest prevention measures...
February 20, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231506/plant-chromium-uptake-and-transport-physiological-effects-and-recent-advances-in-molecular-investigations
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REVIEW
Maria Angélica da Conceição Gomes, Rachel Ann Hauser-Davis, Marina Satika Suzuki, Angela Pierre Vitória
Increasingly, anthropogenic perturbations of the biosphere manifest in a broad array of global phenomena, causing widespread contamination of most ecosystems, with high dispersion rates of many contaminants throughout different environmental compartments, including metals. Chromium (Cr) contamination in particular, is, increasingly, posing a serious threat to the environment, emerging as a major health hazard to the biota. However, although the molecular and physiological mechanisms of plant responses to many heavy metals, especially lead (Pb) and cadmium (Cd), have been focused upon in recent years, chromium has attracted significantly less attention...
February 20, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231489/moving-and-positioning-the-endolysosomal-system
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REVIEW
Juan S Bonifacino, Jacques Neefjes
The endolysosomal system is extremely dynamic, yet highly organized. The spatio-temporal distribution of endolysosomal organelles depends on transport driven by microtubule motors such as kinesins and dynein, and by actin-based myosin motors. It has recently become appreciated that interactions with motors are controlled by contacts with other organelles, particularly the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). The ER also controls the concentration of endolysosomal organelles in the perinuclear area, as well as their fission and fusion, through a complex system of tethering proteins...
February 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231453/siderophore-transport-by-mmpl5-mmps5-protein-complex-in-mycobacterium-tuberculosis
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Padmani Sandhu, Yusuf Akhter
Iron is an essential metal ion required for the various physiological activities of bacteria. The pathogenic bacteria remain dependent on the host cell for their iron requirements and evolved with specialized scavenging machinery in the form of iron chelating siderophores. Mycobacterium tuberculosis has two types of siderophore molecules, mycobactin and carboxymycobactin. These are synthesized inside bacterial cells and need to be transported outside by specialized membrane associated proteins. MmpL5-MmpS5 (mycobacterial membrane protein large5-mycobacterial membrane protein small5) complex has been linked to the export of non-ferrated siderophores to extracellular environment but the precise molecular mechanism involved was largely unknown...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231411/guanidinium-group-is-protonated-in-a-strongly-basic-arginine-solution
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Bo Xu, Michael I Jacobs, Oleg Kostko, Musahid Ahmed
Knowledge of the acid dissociation constant of an amino acid has very important ramifications in the biochemistry of proteins and lipid bilayers in aqueous environments since charge and proton transfer depend on its value. The acid dissociation constant for the guanidinium group in arginine has historically been posited as 12.5, but there is substantial variation in published values over the years. Recent experiments suggest that the dissociation constant for arginine is much higher than 12.5, which explains why the arginine guanidinium group retains its positive charge under all physiological conditions...
February 23, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231276/alterations-in-cellular-pharmacokinetics-and-pharmacodynamics-of-elvitegravir-in-response-to-ethanol-exposure-in-hiv-1-infected-monocytic-u1-cells
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Narasimha M Midde, Namita Sinha, Pradeep B Lukka, Bernd Meibohm, Santosh Kumar
Ethanol consumption is negatively associated with antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence and general health in HIV positive individuals. Previously, we demonstrated ethanol-mediated alterations to metabolism of elvitegravir (EVG) in human liver microsomes. In the current study, we investigated ethanol influence on the pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic interactions of EVG in HIV infected monocytic (U1) cells. U1 cells were treated with 5 μM EVG, 2 μM Cobicistat (COBI), a booster drug, and 20 mM ethanol for up to 24 hours...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231083/evaluation-of-the-availability-and-antioxidant-capacity-of-maillard-compounds-present-in-bread-crust-studies-in-caco-2-cells
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Silvia Pastoriza de la Cueva, Isabel Seiquer, Marta Mesías, José Ángel Rufián-Henares, Cristina Delgado-Andrade
Bread crust is one of the major contributors to the intake of Maillard reaction products (MRP). MRP improve the organoleptic properties of foods and can provide biological actions such as antioxidant properties. The transport and availability of Amadori compounds (measured as furosine) and hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF)-early and intermediary MRP-from enzymatically digested bread crust (BC) and from its soluble low-molecular weight (LMW) and high-molecular weight (HMW) fractions were investigated in the Caco-2 cell line...
January 11, 2017: Foods (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231073/gene-expression-profiles-suggest-iron-transport-pathway-in-the-lactating-human-epithelial-cell
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Chenxi Cai, Peter Eck, James K Friel
OBJECTIVES: The molecular background of iron excretion into breast milk has not been determined in humans. We determined the expression of known iron transporters in mRNA extracted from human milk fat globules to deduce which known transporters are responsible for iron excretion into human milk. METHODS: The expression of iron transporters in mRNA from human milk fat globules and mouse mammary epithelial cell lines was determined by quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction...
March 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231017/boosting-hole-mobility-in-coherently-strained-110-oriented-ge-si-core-shell-nanowires
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Sonia Conesa-Boj, Ang Li, Sebastian Koelling, Matthias Brauns, Joost Ridderbos, Ton T Nguyen, Marcel A Verheijen, Paul M Koenraad, Floris Arnoud Zwanenburg, Erik P A M Bakkers
The ability of core-shell nanowires to overcome existing limitations of heterostructures is one of the key ingredients for the design of next generation devices. This requires a detailed understanding of the mechanism for strain relaxation in these systems, in order to eliminate strain-induced defect formation and thus to boost important electronic properties such as carrier mobility. Here we demonstrate how the hole mobility of [110]-oriented Ge-Si core-shell nanowires can be substantially enhanced thanks to the realization of large band offset and coherent strain in the system, reaching values as high as 4200 cm(2)/(Vs) at 4K and 1600 cm(2)/(Vs) at room temperature for high hole densities of 1019 cm(-3)...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231012/quantum-percolation-and-magnetic-nano-droplet-states-in-electronically-phase-separated-manganite-nanowires
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Kaixuan Zhang, Lin Li, Hui Li, Qiyuan Feng, Nan Zhang, Long Cheng, Xiaodong Fan, Yubin Hou, Qingyou Lu, Zhenyu Zhang, Changgan Zeng
One-dimensional (1D) confinement has been revealed to effectively tune the properties of materials in homogeneous states. The 1D physics can be further enriched by electronic inhomogeneity, which unfortunately remains largely unknown. Here we demonstrate the ultra-high sensitivity to magnetic fluctuations and the tunability of phase stability in the electronic transport properties of self-assembled electronically phase-separated manganite nanowires with extreme aspect ratio. The onset of magnetic nano-droplet state, a precursor to the ferromagnetic metallic state, is unambiguously revealed, which is attributed to the small lateral size of the nanowires that is comparable to the droplet size...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231004/ionic-intercalation-in-2d-van-der-waals-materials-in-situ-characterization-and-electrochemical-control-of-the-anisotropic-thermal-conductivity-of-black-phosphorus
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Joon Sang Kang, Ming Ke, Yongjie Hu
Two-dimensional van der Waals materials have shown novel fundamental properties and promise for wide applications. Here, we reported, for the first time, an experimental demonstration of the in-situ characterization and control of the anisotropic thermal conductivity of black phosphorus. We develop a novel platform based on lithium ion batteries that integrates ultrafast optical spectroscopy and electrochemical control to investigate the interactions between lithium ions and the lattices of the black phosphorus electrode...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231003/utilization-of-gastrointestinal-simulator-gis-an-in-vivo-predictive-dissolution-methodology-coupled-with-computational-approach-to-forecast-oral-absorption-of-dipyridamole
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Kazuki Matsui, Yasuhiro Tsume, Susumu Takeuchi, Amanda Searls, Gordon L Amidon
Weakly basic drugs exhibit a pH-dependent dissolution profile in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, making it difficult to predict their oral absorption profile. The aim of this study was to investigate the utility of the Gastrointestinal Simulator (GIS), a novel in vivo predictive dissolution (iPD) methodology, in predicting the in vivo behavior of the weakly basic drug, dipyridamole, when coupled with in silico analysis. The GIS is a multi-compartmental dissolution apparatus, which represents physiological gastric emptying in the fasted state...
February 23, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230985/discovery-of-competitive-and-non-competitive-ligands-of-the-organic-cation-transporter-1-oct1-slc22a1
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Eugene C Chen, Natalia Khuri, Xiaomin Liang, Adrian Stecula, Huan-Chieh Chien, Sook Wah Yee, Yong Huang, Andrej Sali, Kathleen M Giacomini
Organic cation transporter 1 (OCT1) plays a critical role in the hepatocellular uptake of structurally diverse endogenous compounds and xenobiotics. Here, we identified competitive and noncompetitive OCT1 interacting ligands in a library of 1,780 prescription drugs by combining in silico and in vitro methods. Ligands were predicted by docking against a comparative model based a eukaryotic homolog. In parallel, high-throughput screening (HTS) was conducted using the fluorescent probe substrate ASP+ in cells overexpressing human OCT1...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230970/the-role-of-air-electrode-structure-on-the-incorporation-of-immiscible-pfcs-in-non-aqueous-li-o2-battery
#14
Moran Balaish, Yair Ein-Eli
Perfluorocrbons (PFCs) are considered advantageous additives to non-aqueous Li-O2 battery due to their superior oxygen solubility and diffusivity compared to common battery electrolytes. Up to now, the main focus was concentrated on PFCs-electrolyte investigation, however no special attention was granted to the role of carbon structure in the PFCs- Li-O2 system. Immiscible PFCs, rather than miscible fluorinated-ethers, were added to activated-carbon class air-electrode due to their higher susceptibility towards attack and to their ability to shift the reaction from two phase to an artificial three phase reaction zone...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230822/disordered-redox-metabolism-of-brain-cells-in-rats-exposed-to-low-doses-of-ionizing-radiation-or-uhf-electromagnetic-radiation
#15
A P Burlaka, M O Druzhyna, A V Vovk, S М Lukin
AIM: To investigate the changes of redox-state of mammalian brain cells as the critical factor of initiation and formation of radiation damage of biological structures in setting of continuous exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation or fractionated ultra high frequency electromagnetic radiation (UHF EMR) at non-thermal levels. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The influence of low-intensity ionizing radiation was studied on outbred female rats kept for 1.5 years in the Chernobyl accident zone...
December 2016: Experimental Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230813/characterization-of-carbonic-anhydrase-9-in-the-alimentary-canal-of-aedes-aegypti-and-its-relationship-to-homologous-mosquito-carbonic-anhydrases
#16
Daniel P Dixon, Leslie Van Ekeris, Paul J Linser
In the mosquito midgut, luminal pH regulation and cellular ion transport processes are important for the digestion of food and maintenance of cellular homeostasis. pH regulation in the mosquito gut is affected by the vectorial movement of the principal ions including bicarbonate/carbonate and protons. As in all metazoans, mosquitoes employ the product of aerobic metabolism carbon dioxide in its bicarbonate/carbonate form as one of the major buffers of cellular and extracellular pH. The conversion of metabolic carbon dioxide to bicarbonate/carbonate is accomplished by a family of enzymes encoded by the carbonic anhydrase gene family...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230812/urban-pollutant-transport-and-infiltration-into-buildings-using-perfluorocarbon-tracers
#17
James C Matthews, Asan Bacak, M Anwar H Khan, Matthew D Wright, Michael Priestley, Damien Martin, Carl J Percival, Dudley E Shallcross
People spend the majority of their time indoors and therefore the quality of indoor air is worthy of investigation; indoor air quality is affected by indoor sources of pollutants and from pollutants entering buildings from outdoors. In this study, unique perfluorocarbon tracers were released in five experiments at a 100 m and ~2 km distance from a large university building in Manchester, UK and tracer was also released inside the building to measure the amount of outdoor material penetrating into buildings and the flow of material within the building itself...
February 21, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230738/clinical-implications-of-20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic-acid-in-the-kidney-liver-lung-and-brain-an-emerging-therapeutic-target
#18
REVIEW
Osama H Elshenawy, Sherif M Shoieb, Anwar Mohamed, Ayman O S El-Kadi
Cytochrome P450-mediated metabolism of arachidonic acid (AA) is an important pathway for the formation of eicosanoids. The ω-hydroxylation of AA generates significant levels of 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE) in various tissues. In the current review, we discussed the role of 20-HETE in the kidney, liver, lung, and brain during physiological and pathophysiological states. Moreover, we discussed the role of 20-HETE in tumor formation, metabolic syndrome and diabetes. In the kidney, 20-HETE is involved in modulation of preglomerular vascular tone and tubular ion transport...
February 20, 2017: Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230538/interrogating-surface-state-of-isolated-and-agglomerated-pbs-quantum-dots-with-solvent-induced-stress
#19
Pin-Hao Sher, Juen-Kai Wang
Applications of quantum dot (QD) are often obstructed by its associated surface electronic states that quench photoluminescence (PL) and hinder charge transport. Their origins are still largely stymied owing to lacking means to regulate their presence. Dispersing PbS QDs in toluene, we show that varying solvent temperature offers an opportunity to modulate their surface electronic state. A comprehensive energy-transfer model explains all anomalous temperature-dependent behaviors of absorption and PL, explicitly revealing PL quenching dynamics of isolated QDs due to induced surface state by imposed solvent stress to their surface ligands...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230537/core-shell-znco2o4-tio2-nanowall-array-as-an-anode-for-li-ion-batteries
#20
Wei Shi, Haitao Zhao, Bingan Lu
In this paper, ZnCo2O4 nanowall arrays were firstly obtained through self-assembly followed by calcination. Then atomic layer deposition was used to fabricate core-shell ZnCo2O4@TiO2 nanowall arrays (NWAs) as anode materials for lithium ion batteries (LIBs). The hierarchical nanowall array nanostructure with fast ion diffusion and electron transport at electrode/electrolyte interface, while the shell of TiO2 with excellent chemical stability can protect the ZnCo2O4 nanowall arrays from volume expansion during charge and discharge processes...
February 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
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