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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778001/patchy-gold-coated-fe-3-o-4-nanospheres-with-enhanced-catalytic-activity-applied-for-paper-based-bipolar-electrode-electrochemiluminescence-aptasensors
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Xin Zhang, Ning Bao, Xiliang Luo, Shou-Nian Ding
In this work, novel multifunctional patchy gold coated Fe3 O4 hybrid nanoparticles (PG-Fe3 O4 NPs) have been successfully synthesized in aqueous medium via a facile adsorption-reduction method. A rational formation mechanism has been proposed by monitoring the morphological evolution. The PG-Fe3 O4 NPs retained the good magnetic property and exhibited excellent catalytical effeciency towards the electrochemical reduction of hydrogen peroxide. Chronoamperometric and amperometric experiments indicated a relatively high catalytic rate constant of 3...
May 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777941/characterization-of-the-binding-of-a-novel-antitumor-drug-ibrutinib-with-human-serum-albumin-insights-from-spectroscopic-calorimetric-and-docking-studies
#2
Bin Tang, Peixiao Tang, Jiawei He, Hongqin Yang, Hui Li
Ibrutinib (IBR) is a novel Bruton's tyrosine kinase inhibitor and shows good efficacy for several B-cell malignancies. In the current study, the molecular mechanism of the interaction between IBR and the transport protein human serum albumin (HSA) was ascertained by spectroscopic, calorimetric, and docking studies. Detailed investigations on affinity parameter, binding model, conformational change, and site selectivity were implemented by receptor-based and ligand-based analysis. An unusual fluorescence co-quenching (mutual quenching) was observed in the binding of IBR to HSA, followed by a static mechanism...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777928/binding-studies-of-triclocarban-with-bovine-serum-albumin-insights-from-multi-spectroscopy-and-molecular-modeling-methods
#3
Jiao Guan, Xin Yan, Yajing Zhao, Yinhe Sun, Xin Peng
The antimicrobial triclocarban (TCC) is frequently found in various personal care products (PCPs), and recent studies have demonstrated that it shows a high unintended biological activity on humans and wildlife. To evaluate the toxicity of TCC at the protein level, the effect of TCC on bovine serum albumin (BSA) has been investigated using various spectroscopic methods in combination with molecular modeling. Analysis of fluorescence quenching data of BSA revealed the formation of a ground state BSA-TCC complex with a binding constant of 2...
May 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777833/endocrine-disrupting-activities-and-immunomodulatory-effects-in-lymphoblastoid-cell-lines-of-diclofenac-4-hydroxydiclofenac-and-paracetamol
#4
Ivana Klopčič, Tijana Markovič, Irena Mlinarič-Raščan, Marija Sollner Dolenc
A critical literature review reveals that knowledge of side effects of pharmaceuticals diclofenac and paracetamol is extremely important because of their widespread use and occurrence in the environment. In order to delineate whether these compounds have endocrine activity and influence on the immune system, we assessed the potential endocrine disrupting and immunomodulatory activities of: diclofenac (DIC), its metabolite 4-hydroxydiclofenac (4-HD) and paracetamol (PAR). Herein, we report on their impact on estrogen receptor (ER), androgen receptor (AR), glucocorticoid receptor (GR) and thyroid hormone receptor (TR)...
May 16, 2018: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777804/towards-an-affordable-enzymatic-production-of-biopolyols-comparing-the-immobilization-of-lipases-by-two-optimized-techniques
#5
Milda Šulcienė, Boris Kolvenbach, Erik Ammann, Inga Matijošytė
The production of biopolyols (sustainable, renewable and biodegradable precursors), is exclusively focused on the conventional chemical synthesis pathways, and currently, no polyols are produced by enzymatic processes at an industrial scale, because they are not competitive when compared to petrochemically based polyols due to the overall cost for their production. This can be mainly attributed to the high costs of commercial enzymes used in this process and their use is limited by their lack of stability during the bioprocess...
May 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777686/molecular-interactions-between-geobacter-sulfurreducens-triheme-cytochromes-and-the-redox-active-analogue-for-humic-substances
#6
Joana M Dantas, Marisa R Ferreira, Teresa Catarino, Oleksandr Kokhan, P Raj Pokkuluri, Carlos A Salgueiro
The bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens can transfer electrons to the quinone moieties of humic substances or to anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS), a model for the humic acids. The reduced form of AQDS (AH2 QDS) can also be used as energy source G. sulfurreducens. Such bi-directional utilization of humic substances confers competitive advantages to these bacteria in Fe(III) enriched environments. Previous studies have shown that the triheme cytochrome PpcA from G. sulfurreducens has a bi-functional behavior toward the humic substance analogue...
May 16, 2018: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777386/substrate-metabolism-during-ironman-triathlon-different-horses-on-the-same-courses
#7
Ed Maunder, Andrew E Kilding, Daniel J Plews
Ironman triathlons are ultra-endurance events of extreme duration. The performance level of those competing varies dramatically, with elite competitors finishing in ~ 8:00:00, and lower performing amateurs finishing in ~ 14-15:00:00. When applying appropriate values for swimming, cycling and running economies to these performance times, it is demonstrated that the absolute energy cost of these events is high, and the rate of energy expenditure increases in proportion with the athlete's competitive level...
May 18, 2018: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777356/visuospatial-abilities-and-fine-motor-experiences-influence-acquisition-and-maintenance-of-fundamentals-of-laparoscopic-surgery-fls-task-performance
#8
Cuan M Harrington, Patrick Dicker, Oscar Traynor, Dara O Kavanagh
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive surgery poses a unique learning curve due to the requirement for non-intuitive psychomotor skills. The fundamentals of laparoscopic surgery (FLS) program trains and certifies residents in such skills. However, innate predictors of FLS performance and maintenance remain to be described. This single-centre observational study aimed to assess for candidate factors influencing the acquisition and maintenance of FLS performance amongst a surgically naïve cohort...
May 18, 2018: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777304/no-improvement-in-vitamin-d-status-in-german-infants-and-adolescents-between-2009-and-2014-despite-public-recommendations-to-increase-vitamin-d-intake-in-2012
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Clemens Kunz, Jürgen Hower, Anette Knoll, Kristin L Ritzenthaler, Thomas Lamberti
PURPOSE: Vitamin D is a key component for the growth and development of children and adolescents, influencing a multitude of functions. Worldwide epidemiological studies have shown that minimum vitamin D blood levels of ≥ 20.0 ng/ml, often defined as vitamin D sufficiency by international and national nutrition and pediatric organizations, are often not met in practice. In 2012 the D-A-CH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) nutrition societies increased their vitamin D intake recommendations fourfold from 200 IU (5 µg) to 800 IU (20 µg) per day...
May 18, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777199/influence-of-alcoholism-and-cholesterol-on-tspo-binding-in-brain-pet-11-c-pbr28-studies-in-humans-and-rodents
#10
Sung Won Kim, Corinde E Wiers, Ryan Tyler, Ehsan Shokri-Kojori, Yeon Joo Jang, Amna Zehra, Clara Freeman, Veronica Ramirez, Elsa Lindgren, Gregg Miller, Elizabeth A Cabrera, Tyler Stodden, Min Guo, Şükrü B Demiral, Nancy Diazgranados, Luke Park, Jeih-San Liow, Victor Pike, Cheryl Morse, Leandro F Vendruscolo, Robert B Innis, George F Koob, Dardo Tomasi, Gene-Jack Wang, Nora D Volkow
Neuroinflammation appears to contribute to neurotoxicity observed with heavy alcohol consumption. To assess whether chronic alcohol results in neuroinflammation we used PET and [11 C]PBR28, a ligand that binds to the 18-kDa translocator protein (TSPO), to compare participants with an alcohol use disorder (AUD: n = 19) with healthy controls (HC: n = 17), and alcohol-dependent (n = 9) with -nondependent rats (n = 10). Because TSPO is implicated in cholesterol's transport for steroidogenesis, we investigated whether plasma cholesterol levels influenced [11 C]PBR28 binding...
May 3, 2018: Neuropsychopharmacology: Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777004/development-of-a-novel-spect-tracer-to-image-c-met-expression-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-a-human-tumor-xenograft
#11
Zhaoguo Han, Yadi Xiao, Kai Wang, Ji Yan, Zunyu Xiao, Fang Fang, Zhongnan Jin, Yang Liu, Xilin Sun, Baozhong Shen
Rationale: Elevated expression of the c-Met receptor plays a crucial role in cancers. In non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), aberrant activation of c-Met signaling pathway contributes to tumorigenesis and cancer progression, and may mediate acquired resistance to epidermal growth factor receptor-targeted therapy. c-Met is therefore emerging as a promising therapeutic target for treating NSCLC, and the methods for noninvasive in vivo assessment of c-Met expression will improve NSCLC treatment and diagnosis. Methods: A new peptide-based (cMBP) radiotracer targeting c-Met, 99m Tc-hydrazine nicotinamide (HYNIC)-cMBP, was developed for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776833/novel-oxazolxanthone-derivatives-as-a-new-type-of-%C3%AE-glucosidase-inhibitor-synthesis-activities-inhibitory-modes-and-synergetic-effect
#12
Sen-Miao Ding, Tian Lan, Gao-Jie Ye, Jia-Jun Huang, You Hu, Yi-Ran Zhu, Bo Wang
Xanthone derivatives have shown good α-glucosidase inhibitory activity and have drawn increased attention as potential anti-diabetic compounds. In this study, a series of novel oxazolxanthones were designed, synthesized, and investigated as α-glucosidase inhibitors. Inhibition assays indicated that compounds 4-21 bearing oxazole rings exhibited up to 30-fold greater inhibitory activity compared to their corresponding parent compound 1b. Among them, compounds 5-21 (IC50  = 6.3 ± 0.4-38.5 ± 4...
May 15, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776619/poor-sleep-quality-and-insufficient-sleep-of-a-collegiate-student-athlete-population
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Cheri D Mah, Eric J Kezirian, Brandon M Marcello, William C Dement
OBJECTIVE: Poor and inadequate sleep negatively impact cognitive and physical functioning and may also affect sports performance. The study aim is to examine sleep quality, sleep duration, and daytime sleepiness in collegiate student-athletes across a wide range of sports. DESIGN: Questionnaire. SETTING: University setting. PARTICIPANTS: 628 athletes across 29 varsity teams at Stanford University. MEASUREMENTS: Athletes completed a questionnaire inquiring about sleep quality via a modified Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), sleep duration, and daytime sleepiness via Epworth Sleepiness Scale...
June 2018: Sleep Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776143/transition-from-normal-to-ballistic-diffusion-in-a-one-dimensional-impact-system
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André L P Livorati, Tiago Kroetz, Carl P Dettmann, Iberê L Caldas, Edson D Leonel
We characterize a transition from normal to ballistic diffusion in a bouncing ball dynamics. The system is composed of a particle, or an ensemble of noninteracting particles, experiencing elastic collisions with a heavy and periodically moving wall under the influence of a constant gravitational field. The dynamics lead to a mixed phase space where chaotic orbits have a free path to move along the velocity axis, presenting a normal diffusion behavior. Depending on the control parameter, one can observe the presence of featured resonances, known as accelerator modes, that lead to a ballistic growth of velocity...
March 2018: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775909/sensorimotor-control-and-neuromuscular-activity-of-the-shoulder-in-adolescent-competitive-swimmers-with-generalized-joint-hypermobility
#15
Thomas Frydendal, Henrik Eshøj, Behnam Liaghat, Pascal Edouard, Karen Søgaard, Birgit Juul-Kristensen
INTRODUCTION: Shoulder pain is highly prevalent in competitive swimmers, and generalized joint hypermobility (GJH) is considered a risk factor. Sensorimotor control deficiencies and altered neuromuscular activation of the shoulder may represent underlying factors. RESEARCH QUESTION: To investigate whether competitive swimmers with GJH including shoulder hypermobility (GJHS) differ in shoulder sensorimotor control and muscle activity from those without GJH and no shoulder hypermobility (NGJH)...
May 5, 2018: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775561/isolation-and-characterization-of-a-novel-anti-salbutamol-chicken-scfv-for-human-doping-urinalysis
#16
Warren Lee, Syed A Ali, Leow Chiuan Yee, Tan Soo Choon, Leow Chiuan Herng
Anti-salbutamol antibodies remain as important tools for the detection of salbutamol abuse in athletic doping. This study evaluated the feasibility and efficiency of the chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) as an immunization host to generate anti-salbutamol scFv antibodies by phage display. A phage display antibody library was constructed from a single chicken immunized against salbutamol-KLH conjugate. After a stringent biopanning strategy, a novel scFv clone which was inhibited by free salbutamol recorded the highest affinity...
May 15, 2018: Analytical Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775483/ldha-gene-is-associated-with-pigeon-survivability-during-racing-competitions
#17
Sherif Ramadan, Takeshi Miyake, Junichi Yamaura, Miho Inoue-Murayama
Pigeon racing is a popular sport worldwide. Pigeons are under continuous selection to improve speed, spatial orientation, and endurance during long flights. However, numerous genetic and non-genetic factors affect survivability and homing ability, making such traits difficult for breeders to control. Polymorphisms in the lactate dehydrogenase A gene (LDHA) likely affects pigeon racing and homing abilities, due to its role in physical and mental performance. Additionally, the adenylate cyclase activating polypeptide 1 gene (ADCYAP1) has been associated with physiological and behavioral shifts that occur during avian migration...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775388/epidemiology-of-elbow-ulnar-collateral-ligament-injuries-among-baseball-players-national-collegiate-athletic-association-injury-surveillance-program-2009-2010-through-2013-2014
#18
Steven F DeFroda, Avi D Goodman, Joseph A Gil, Brett D Owens
BACKGROUND: Injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the elbow are of major concern in baseball; however, the epidemiology of these injuries among National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) athletes is poorly described. PURPOSE: To determine the incidence of UCL injuries in NCAA baseball and investigate the risk factors involved. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive epidemiology study. METHODS: All UCL injuries for academic years 2009-2010 through 2013-2014 were extracted from the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program database...
May 1, 2018: American Journal of Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775370/phonon-dispersion-and-the-competition-between-pairing-and-charge-order
#19
N C Costa, T Blommel, W-T Chiu, G Batrouni, R T Scalettar
The Holstein model describes the interaction between fermions and a collection of local (dispersionless) phonon modes. In the dilute limit, the phonon degrees of freedom dress the fermions, giving rise to polaron and bipolaron formation. At higher densities, the phonons mediate collective superconducting (SC) and charge-density wave (CDW) phases. Quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) simulations have considered both these limits but have not yet focused on the physics of more general phonon spectra. Here we report QMC studies of the role of phonon dispersion on SC and CDW order in such models...
May 4, 2018: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775179/competing-spin-fluctuations-and-trace-of-vortex-dynamics-in-two-dimensional-triangular-lattice-antiferromagnet-agcrs-sub-2-sub
#20
Wenshuai Gao, Liran Shi, Z W Ouyang, Zheng-Cai Xia, Zhe Wang, Bingjie Liu, Hexuan Li, Youming Zou, Lu Yu, Lei Zhang, Li Pi, Zhe Qu, Yuheng Zhang
The spin dynamics of the two-dimensional triangular-lattice antiferromagnet AgCrS2 is investigated by electron spin resonance (ESR) spectroscopy. The g-factor is found to show an unusual non-monotonously temperature dependent behavior, which, along with the super-Curie behavior observed in the ESR intensity data, provides clear evidences for the competition between FM and AFM fluctuations at temperatures well above TN. On approaching the Néel temperature TN from above, the linewidth is found to diverge. Such a divergent behavior could be well described by the Kawamura-Miyashita model due to Z2 type magnetic vortex-antivortex pairing, which is consistent with the expectation for a 2D Heisenberg magnetic system...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
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