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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433997/argon-delays-initiation-of-liver-regeneration-after-partial-hepatectomy-in-rats
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Tom Florian Ulmer, Athanassious Fragoulis, Henriette Dohmeier, Andreas Kroh, Anne Andert, Christian Stoppe, Hamid Alizai, Christian Klink, Mark Coburn, Ulf Peter Neumann
BACKGROUND: The liver can heal up to restitutio ad integrum following damage resulting from various causes. Different studies have demonstrated the protective effect of argon on various cells and organs. To the best of our knowledge, the organ-protective effects of the noble gas argon on the liver have not yet been investigated, although argon appears to influence signal paths that are well-known mediators of liver regeneration. We hypothesized that argon inhalation prior to partial hepatectomy (70%) has a positive effect on the initiation of liver regeneration in rats...
April 22, 2017: European Surgical Research. Europäische Chirurgische Forschung. Recherches Chirurgicales Européennes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432932/surveillance-of-vittaforma-corneae-in-hot-springs-by-a-small-volume-procedure
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Jung-Sheng Chen, Tsui-Kang Hsu, Bing-Mu Hsu, Tung-Yi Huang, Yu-Li Huang, Men-Fang Shaio, Dar-Der Ji
Vittaforma corneae is an obligate intracellular fungus and can cause human ocular microsporidiosis. Although accumulating reports of V. corneae causing keratoconjunctivitis in both healthy and immunocompromised persons have been published, little is known about the organism's occurrence in aquatic environments. Limitations in detection sensitivity have meant a large sampling volume is required to detect the pathogen up to now, which is problematic. A recent study in Taiwan has shown that some individuals suffering from microsporidial keratitis (MK) were infected after exposure to the pathogen at a hot spring...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432258/lil3-a-light-harvesting-complex-protein-links-terpenoid-and-tetrapyrrole-biosynthesis
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Daniel Hey, Maxi Rothbart, Josephine Herbst, Peng Wang, Jakob Müller, Daniel Wittmann, Kirsten Gruhl, Bernhard Grimm
LIL3 of Arabidopsis thaliana belongs to the light-harvesting complex (LHC) family, which also includes the light-harvesting chlorophyll-binding proteins of photosystems 1 and 2, the early-light-inducible proteins, PsbS involved in non-photochemical quenching, the one-helix-proteins and their cyanobacterial homologs designated high-light-inducible proteins. Each member of this family is characterized by one or two LHC transmembrane domains (referred to as the LHC motif) to which potential functions such as chlorophyll binding, protein interaction and integration of interacting partners into the plastid membranes have been attributed...
April 21, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431863/the-myometrial-contractility-during-late-pregnancy-in-dairy-cows-in-vitro
#4
L Górriz-Martín, S E Ulbrich, M Schmicke, G Hirsbrunner, C Keller, N Yücesoy, C Pfarrer, H Bollwein, M Heppelmann
This study aimed to investigate the in vitro contractility of the myometrium and its relationship to the blood concentrations of estradiol-17β (E2β), progesterone (P4), 15-keto-13,14-dihydro-PGF2α (PGFM) and ionised calcium (Ca(2+)) prior to tissue harvest in 12 healthy Holstein-Friesian cows in late pregnancy. Three circular (CM) and 3 longitudinal myometrial (LM) strips were dissected during a caesarean section and mounted in an organ bath containing modified Krebs solution (KS). The spontaneous contractility was recorded during five 30-min time periods (T1 to T5), after which the strips were exposed to increasing concentrations of oxytocin (OT; 10(-10)-10(-7)M), a natural PGF2α-analogue (PGF; 10(-7)-10(-4)M) and KS (Cont) for four 30-min time periods (T6 to T9)...
April 7, 2017: Animal Reproduction Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430415/omnidirectional-harvesting-of-weak-light-using-a-graphene-quantum-dot-modified-organic-silicon-hybrid-device
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Meng-Lin Tsai, Dung-Sheng Tsai, Libin Tang, Lih-Juann Chen, Shu Ping Lau, Jr-Hau He
Despite great improvements in traditional inorganic photodetectors and photovoltaics, more progress is needed in the detection/collection of light at low-level conditions. Traditional photodetectors tend to suffer from high noise when operated at room temperature; therefore these devices require additional cooling systems to detect weak or dim light. Conventional solar cells also face the challenge of poor light-harvesting capabilities in hazy or cloudy weather. The real world features such varying levels of light, which makes it important to develop strategies that allow optical devices to function when conditions are less than optimal...
April 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429324/photomovement-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Mineo Iseki
Motile microorganisms such as the green Euglena gracilis use a number of external stimuli to orient in their environment. They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats. The light responses operate synergistically with gravitaxis, aerotaxis and other responses. Originally the microscopically obvious stigma was thought to be the photoreceptor, but later the paraxonemal body (PAB, paraflagellar body) has been identified as the light responsive organelle, located in the trailing flagellum inside the reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429322/photo-and-nutritional-regulation-of-euglena-organelle-development
#7
Steven D Schwartzbach
Euglena can use light and CO2, photosynthesis, as well as a large variety of organic molecules as the sole source of carbon and energy for growth. Light induces the enzymes, in this case an entire organelle, the chloroplast, that is required to use CO2 as the sole source of carbon and energy for growth. Ethanol, but not malate, inhibits the photoinduction of chloroplast enzymes and induces the synthesis of the glyoxylate cycle enzymes that comprise the unique metabolic pathway leading to two carbon, ethanol and acetate, assimilation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426035/hierarchical-bioi-nanostructures-supported-on-a-metal-organic-framework-as-efficient-photocatalysts-for-degradation-of-organic-pollutants-in-water
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M Jahurul Islam, Hyun Kook Kim, D Amaranatha Reddy, Yujin Kim, Rory Ma, Heehyun Baek, Joonghan Kim, Tae Kyu Kim
Semiconductor-based photocatalysis is a green method for the removal of toxic organic pollutants by decomposition into harmless products. However, traditional single-component semiconductors are unable to reach high degradation efficiencies due to excessive photo charge carrier recombination. The use of hybrid nanocomposite photocatalysts is a promising strategy for overcoming this problem by reducing recombination as well as ensuring that large amounts of solar energy are harvested. Herein, a novel visible-light-active hybrid nanocomposite, BiOI/MIL-88B(Fe), was successfully synthesized through a simple precipitation method...
April 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425293/cosensitized-porphyrin-system-for-high-performance-solar-cells-with-tof-sims-analysis
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Wenjun Wu, Huaide Xiang, Wei Fan, Jinglin Wang, Haifeng Wang, Xin Hua, Zhaohui Wang, Yi-Tao Long, He Tian, Wei-Hong Zhu
Up to date, development of organic sensitizers has been predominately focused on light harvesting, HOMO and LUMO energy levels, and electron transferring process. In contrast, their adsorption mode as well as dynamic loading behaviour onto nanoporous TiO2 is rarely considered. Herein we have employed the time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to take insight into the competitive dye adsorption mode and kinetics in cosensitized porphyrin system. Using the novel porphyrin dye FW-1 and D-A-π-A featured dye WS-5, the different bond-breaking mode in TOF-SIMS and dynamic dye-loading amount during the coadsorption process are well compared with two different anchoring groups such as benzoic acid and cyanoacrylic acid...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424479/wnt-%C3%AE-catenin-signaling-pathway-a-major-player-in-the-injury-induced-fibrosis-and-dysfunction-of-the-external-anal-sphincter
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M Raj Rajasekaran, Sadhana Kanoo, Johnny Fu, Valmik Bhargava, Ravinder K Mittal
Wnt-β catenin is an important signaling pathway in the genesis of fibrosis in many organ systems. Our goal was to examine the role of Wnt pathway in the external anal sphincter (EAS) injury-related fibrosis and muscle dysfunction. New Zealand White female rabbits were subjected to surgical EAS myotomy and administered local injections of either a Wnt antagonist (sFRP-2; daily for 7 days) or saline. Anal canal pressure and EAS length-tension (L-T) were measured for 15 weeks after which the animals were sacrificed...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424464/-18-f-tetrafluoroborate-pet-ct-enables-sensitive-tumor-and-metastasis-in-vivo-imaging-in-a-sodium-iodide-symporter-expressing-tumor-model
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S Diocou, A Volpe, M Jauregui-Osoro, M Boudjemeline, K Chuamsaamarkkee, F Man, P J Blower, T Ng, G E D Mullen, G O Fruhwirth
Cancer cell metastasis is responsible for most cancer deaths. Non-invasive in vivo cancer cell tracking in spontaneously metastasizing tumor models still poses a challenge requiring highest sensitivity and excellent contrast. The goal of this study was to evaluate if the recently introduced PET radiotracer [(18)F]tetrafluoroborate ([(18)F]BF4(-)) is useful for sensitive and specific metastasis detection in an orthotopic xenograft breast cancer model expressing the human sodium iodide symporter (NIS) as a reporter...
April 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422332/biofilm-dispersal-multiple-elaborate-strategies-for-dissemination-of-bacteria-with-unique-properties
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REVIEW
Cyril Guilhen, Christiane Forestier, Damien Balestrino
In most environments, microorganisms evolve in a sessile mode of growth, designated as biofilm, which is characterized by cells embedded in a self-produced extracellular matrix. Although a biofilm is commonly described as a "cozy house" where resident bacteria are protected from aggression, bacteria are able to break their biofilm bonds and escape to colonize new environments. This regulated process is observed in a wide variety of species; it is referred to as biofilm dispersal, and is triggered in response to various environmental and biological signals...
April 19, 2017: Molecular Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421741/uphill-water-transport-on-a-wettability-patterned-surface-experimental-and-theoretical-results
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Yuji Hirai, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yasutaka Matsuo, Masatsugu Shimomura
In nature, there exist a number of functional water-controlling surfaces, such as the water-repellent surface of lotus leaves, the superhydrophobic water-adhesive surface of rose petals, the water-harvesting surface of a beetle's back, and the water-transporting surface of the legs of Ligia exotica. These natural surfaces suggest that surface chemistry and hierarchical structures are essential for controlling water behavior. We have reported the preparation of superhydrophobic and anti-reflection silicon nanospike-array structures using self-organized honeycomb-patterned films as 3D dry etching masks...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420468/-effect-of-heparin-pretreatment-on-the-level-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps-of-serum-and-lung-tissue-in-septic-mice
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Jing Jiang, Shengtian Mu, Fangxiao Zhang, Yanting Qiao, Yongran Wu, Zhidan Zhang, Xiaochun Ma
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the influence of heparin pretreatment on serum and lung tissue level of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) in septic mice model and its molecular mechanism. METHODS: Ninety male C57BL/6J mice were randomly divided into control group (n = 30), lipopolysaccharides (LPS) group (n = 30, 30 mg/kg LPS in 100 ?L normal saline was intraperitoneally injected) and LPS+heparin group (n = 30, 8 U of heparin in 20 ?L normal saline was subcutaneously injected 30 minutes before the injection of LPS)...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420464/-effect-of-combination-therapy-with-propofol-and-hydrogen-rich-saline-on-organ-damage-and-cytokines-in-a-murine-model-of-sepsis
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Yunchuan Hong, Hongguang Chen, Yonghao Yu, Keliang Xie
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of combining propofol with hydrogen on organ damage and inflammation of sepsis in cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) mice model. METHODS: One hundred and forty male C57BL/6 mice were randomly divided into groups (n = 28): sham group, CLP group, propofol group, H2 group, and propofol and H2 group. The sepsis was induced by CLP operation. Mice in sham group did the same operation with ligation and puncture. The mice of propofol group and propofol and H2 group were given 50 mg/kg propofol through tail vein at 1 hour and 6 hours after CLP and the mice of H2 group and propofol and H2 group were given 5 mL/kg H2-rich saline i...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420460/-bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cells-modulated-the-inflammatory-response-by-regulating-the-expression-of-il-4-and-rage-products-in-the-rats-with-mods
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Xia Zhou, Guanghui Xiu, Yichao Zhu, Xiaolei Chen, Wei Xiong, Xinghua Pan, Jie Sun, Bin Ling
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the underlying mechanism of bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (BMSC) modulating the inflammatory response during the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), especially the expression of inflammatory cytokines, which will provide new theoretical and experimental basis of MODS in clinic. METHODS: BMSC of Sprague-Dawley (SD) rat (female, 4 weeks) was extracted and cultivated, and the 4th passage were used in experimental study. According to the random number table, 60 female SD rats were divided into three groups (n = 20 per group): sham group, MODS group, BMSC group...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408980/wars-between-microbes-on-roots-and-fruits
#17
REVIEW
Ben Lugtenberg, Daniel E Rozen, Faina Kamilova
Microbes in nature often live in unfavorable conditions. To survive, they have to occupy niches close to food sources and efficiently utilize nutrients that are often present in very low concentrations. Moreover, they have to possess an arsenal of attack and defense mechanisms against competing bacteria. In this review, we will discuss strategies used by microbes to compete with each other in the rhizosphere and on fruits, with a focus on mechanisms of inter- and intra-species antagonism. Special attention will be paid to the recently discovered roles of volatile organic compounds...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408720/water-harvesting-from-air-with-metal-organic-frameworks-powered-by-natural-sunlight
#18
Hyunho Kim, Sungwoo Yang, Sameer R Rao, Shankar Narayanan, Eugene A Kapustin, Hiroyasu Furukawa, Ari S Umans, Omar M Yaghi, Evelyn N Wang
Atmospheric water is a resource equivalent to ~10% of all fresh water in lakes on Earth. However, an efficient process for capturing and delivering water from air, especially at low humidity levels (down to 20%), has not been developed. We report the design and demonstration of a device based on porous metal-organic framework-801 [Zr6O4(OH)4(fumarate)6] that captures water from the atmosphere at ambient conditions using low-grade heat from natural sunlight below one sun (1 kW per square meter). This device is capable of harvesting 2...
April 13, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405664/plasma-assisted-deposition-of-single-and-multistacked-tio2-hierarchical-nanotube-photoanodes
#19
A Nicolas Filippin, Juan R Sanchez-Valencia, Jesús Idígoras, T Cristina Rojas, Angel Barranco, Juan A Anta, Ana Borras
We present herein an evolved methodology for the growth of nanocrystalline hierarchical nanotubes combining physical vapor deposition of organic nanowires (ONWs) and plasma enhanced chemical vacuum deposition of anatase TiO2 layers. The ONWs act as vacuum removable 1D and 3D templates, with the whole process occurring at temperatures ranging from RT to 250 °C. As a result, a high density of hierarchical nanotubes with tunable diameter, length and tailored wall microstructures are formed on a variety of processable substrates as metal and metal oxide films or nanoparticles including transparent conductive oxides...
April 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400776/translation-and-co-translational-membrane-engagement-of-plastid-encoded-chlorophyll-binding-proteins-are-not-influenced-by-chlorophyll-availability-in-maize
#20
Reimo Zoschke, Prakitchai Chotewutmontri, Alice Barkan
Chlorophyll is an indispensable constituent of the photosynthetic machinery in green organisms. Bound by apoproteins of photosystems I and II, chlorophyll performs light-harvesting and charge separation. Due to the phototoxic nature of free chlorophyll and its precursors, chlorophyll synthesis is regulated to comply with the availability of nascent chlorophyll-binding apoproteins. Conversely, the synthesis and co-translational insertion of such proteins into the thylakoid membrane have been suggested to be influenced by chlorophyll availability...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
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