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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806685/ecofriendly-gold-nanoparticles-lysozyme-interaction-thermodynamical-perspectives
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Swarup Roy, Shailendra K Saxena, Suryakant Mishra, Priyanka Yogi, P R Sagdeo, Rajesh Kumar
In the featured work interaction between biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (GNP) and lysozyme (Lys) has been studied using multi-spectroscopic approach. A moderate association constant (Kapp) of 2.66×10(4)L/mol has been observed indicative of interactive nature. The binding constant (Kb) was 1.99, 6.30 and 31.6×10(4)L/mol at 291, 298 and 305K respectively and the number of binding sites (n) was found to be approximately one. Estimated values of thermodynamic parameters (Enthalpy change, ΔH=141.99kJ/mol, entropy change, ΔS=570J/mol/K, Gibbs free energy change, ΔG=-27...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805899/effects-of-forage-types-on-digestibility-methane-emissions-and-nitrogen-utilization-efficiency-in-two-genotypes-of-hill-ewes
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Y G Zhao, R Annett, T Yan
Thirty-six nonpregnant hill ewes (18 pure Scottish Blackface and 18 Swaledale × Scottish Blackface) aged 18 mo and weighing 48 ± 4.8 kg were allocated to 3 forage treatments balanced for genotype and BW. Each genotype was offered 3 forages (pelleted ryegrass, fresh lowland grass, and fresh hill grass) ad libitum with 6 ewes for each of the 6 genotype × diet combination treatments. Pelleted ryegrass was sourced from a commercial supplier (Drygrass South Western Ltd, Burrington, UK). Fresh lowland grass was harvested daily in the morning from a third regrowth perennial ryegrass () sward...
August 2017: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805860/synthesis-of-n-doped-graphene-quantum-dots-by-pulsed-laser-ablation-with-diethylenetriamine-deta-and-their-photoluminescence
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S R M Santiago, T N Lin, C H Chang, Y A Wong, C A J Lin, C T Yuan, J L Shen
We report a facile, fast, and one-step approach to prepare N-doped graphene quantum dots (GQDs) using pulsed laser ablation with diethylenetriamine (DETA). The synthesized N-doped GQDs with an average size of about 3.4 nm and an N/C atomic ratio of 26% have been demonstrated. Compared to pristine GQDs, the N-doped GQDs emit enhanced photoluminescence (PL) with a factor as high as 66, originated from the enhanced densities of pyridinic and graphitic N. The temperature-dependent PL of the N-doped GQDs was studied from cryogenic to room temperature...
August 14, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805817/room-temperature-current-blockade-in-atomically-defined-single-cluster-junctions
#4
Giacomo Lovat, Bonnie Choi, Daniel W Paley, Michael L Steigerwald, Latha Venkataraman, Xavier Roy
Fabricating nanoscopic devices capable of manipulating and processing single units of charge is an essential step towards creating functional devices where quantum effects dominate transport characteristics. The archetypal single-electron transistor comprises a small conducting or semiconducting island separated from two metallic reservoirs by insulating barriers. By enabling the transfer of a well-defined number of charge carriers between the island and the reservoirs, such a device may enable discrete single-electron operations...
August 14, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805583/the-gut-and-nonmotor-symptoms-in-parkinson-s-disease
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Lisa Klingelhoefer, Heinz Reichmann
Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are one of the most common nonmotor symptoms (NMS) in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) involving the whole GI tract (GIT) and being evident throughout the whole course of the disease. Furthermore, constipation serves as a risk factor for PD as well as an early prodromal NMS of PD. The gut as gateway to the environment with its enteric nervous system (ENS) plays a crucial role in the neurodegenerative process that leads to PD. Alpha-synucleinopathy as the pathological hallmark of PD could be found within the whole GIT in a rostrocaudal gradient interacting with the ENS, the gut microbiome, and enteric glial cells...
2017: International Review of Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805344/high-potential-for-temperate-viruses-to-drive-carbon-cycling-in-chemoautotrophy-dominated-shallow-water-hydrothermal-vents
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Eugenio Rastelli, Cinzia Corinaldesi, Antonio Dell'Anno, Michael Tangherlini, Eleonora Martorelli, Michela Ingrassia, Francesco Latino Chiocci, Marco Lo Martire, Roberto Danovaro
Viruses are the most abundant life forms in the world's oceans and they are key drivers of biogeochemical cycles, but their impact on the microbial assemblages inhabiting hydrothermal vent ecosystems is still largely unknown. Here, we analysed the viral life strategies and virus-host interactions in the sediments of a newly discovered shallow-water hydrothermal field of the Mediterranean Sea. Our study reveals that temperate viruses, once experimentally induced to replicate, can cause large mortality of vent microbes, significantly reducing the chemoautotrophic carbon production, while enhancing the metabolism of microbial heterotrophs and the re-cycling of the organic matter...
August 14, 2017: Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804999/diversity-of-astroglial-responses-across-human-neurodegenerative-disorders-and-brain-aging
#7
Isidro Ferrer
Astrogliopathy refers to alterations of astrocytes occurring in diseases of the nervous system, and it implies the involvement of astrocytes as key elements in the pathogenesis and pathology of diseases and injuries of the central nervous system. Reactive astrocytosis refers to the response of astrocytes to different insults to the nervous system, whereas astrocytopathy indicates hypertrophy, atrophy/degeneration and loss of function and pathological remodeling occurring as a primary cause of a disease or as a factor contributing to the development and progression of a particular disease...
September 2017: Brain Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804761/unfolding-of-core-nucleosomes-by-parp-1-revealed-by-spfret-microscopy
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Daniel C Sultanov, Nadezhda S Gerasimova, Kseniya S Kudryashova, Natalya V Maluchenko, Elena Y Kotova, Marie-France Langelier, John M Pascal, Mikhail P Kirpichnikov, Alexey V Feofanov, Vasily M Studitsky
DNA accessibility to various protein complexes is essential for various processes in the cell and is affected by nucleosome structure and dynamics. Protein factor PARP-1 (poly(ADP-ribose)polymerase 1) increases the accessibility of DNA in chromatin to repair proteins and transcriptional machinery, but the mechanism and extent of this chromatin reorganization are unknown. Here we report on the effects of PARP-1 on single nucleosomes revealed by spFRET (single-particle Förster Resonance Energy Transfer) microscopy...
2017: AIMS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804468/individual-difference-factors-in-the-learning-and-transfer-of-patterning-discriminations
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Elisa Maes, Elias Vanderoost, Rudi D'Hooge, Jan De Houwer, Tom Beckers
In an associative patterning task, some people seem to focus more on learning an overarching rule, whereas others seem to focus on acquiring specific relations between the stimuli and outcomes involved. Building on earlier work, we further investigated which cognitive factors are involved in feature- vs. rule-based learning and generalization. To this end, we measured participants' tendency to generalize according to the rule of opposites after training on negative and positive patterning problems (i.e., A+/B+/AB- and C-/D-/CD+), their tendency to attend to global aspects or local details of stimuli, their systemizing disposition and their score on the Raven intelligence test...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802750/para-sulfonatocalix-4-arene-stabilized-gold-nanoparticles-multilayers-interfaced-to-electrodes-through-host-guest-interaction-for-sensitive-erbb2-detection
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Xingxin Wang, Dongshu Du, Haibin Dong, Sunfengda Song, Kwangnak Koh, Hongxia Chen
Nanoparticle (NP) structure, compositing and the nature of the NP-functionalized electrode interface have a strong influence upon electrochemical properties that are critical in applications such as sensing, photocatalysis and electrocatalysis. Existing methods to fabricate NP-functionalized electrodes do not allow or precise control over all these variables, especially the NP-electrode interface, making it difficult to understand and predict how structural changes influence electrode activity and consequently limit the application...
August 8, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802704/early-miscarriage-rate-in-lean-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-women-after-euploid-embryo-transfer-a-matched-pair-study
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Lu Luo, Fang Gu, Huying Jie, Chenhui Ding, Qiang Zhao, Qiong Wang, Canquan Zhou
The early miscarriage rate is reported to be higher in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) compared with non-PCOS patients. However, whether PCOS is an independent risk factor for early miscarriage is still controversial; to what extent embryonic aneuploidy accounts for miscarriages of PCOS is still unknown. In this 1:3 matched-pair study, 67 lean PCOS patients and 201 controls matched for age, body mass index (BMI) and embryo scores undergoing a single euploid blastocyst transfer in vitrified-warmed cycles were analysed...
July 29, 2017: Reproductive Biomedicine Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802218/pharmaceutical-and-biomedical-applications-of-dispersive-liquid-liquid-microextraction
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REVIEW
Fotouh R Mansour, Mostafa A Khairy
Sample treatment is so crucial in pharmaceutical and biomedical analysis. Proper sample preparation protects the analytical instrument, increases the sensitivity, and enhances the selectivity by removing probable interfering substances. Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) is one of the most important approaches in sample treatment. In normal DLLME, the organic droplet of the extractant is mixed with a dispersing solvent before being injected into the sample. After manual or mechanical shaking, the cloudy solution is centrifuged to break the formed emulsion...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802023/the-agrobacterium-vire2-effector-interacts-with-multiple-members-of-the-arabidopsis-vip1-protein-family
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Luyao Wang, Benoît Lacroix, Jianhua Guo, Vitaly Citovsky
T-DNA transfer from Agrobacterium to its host plant genome relies on multiple interactions between plant proteins and bacterial effectors. One of such plant proteins is the Arabidopsis VirE2 interacting protein (AtVIP1), a transcription factor that binds A. tumefaciens C58 VirE2, potentially acting as an adaptor between VirE2 and several other host factors. It remains unknown, however, whether the same VirE2 protein has evolved to interact with multiple VIP1 homologs in the same host, and whether VirE2 homologs encoded by different bacterial strains/species recognize AtVIP1 or its homologs...
August 12, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802021/acute-exposure-to-an-environmentally-relevant-concentration-of-diclofenac-elicits-oxidative-stress-in-the-culturally-important-galaxiid-fish-galaxias-maculatus
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Nicole K Mcrae, Chris N Glover, S Rebekah Burket, Bryan W Brooks, Sally Gaw
Diclofenac is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug of growing concern in aquatic environments worldwide, yet knowledge of its effects on aquatic biota are restricted to a few model species and mechanisms of impact. In the current study, diclofenac accumulation, its effects on metabolic rate, ionoregulation, and oxidative stress were examined at environmentally-relevant (0.17 μg L-1) and elevated (763 μg L-1) concentrations in a culturally and economically important galaxiid fish, inanga (Galaxias maculatus), from the Southern Hemisphere...
August 12, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801166/nuclear-factor-erythroid-derived-2-like-2-nrf2-drug-discovery-biochemical-toolbox-to-develop-nrf2-activators-by-reversible-binding-of-kelch-like-ech-associated-protein-1-keap1
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REVIEW
Alberto Bresciani, Antonino Missineo, Mariana Gallo, Mauro Cerretani, Paola Fezzardi, Licia Tomei, Daniel Oscar Cicero, Sergio Altamura, Alessia Santoprete, Raffaele Ingenito, Elisabetta Bianchi, Robert Pacifici, Celia Dominguez, Ignacio Munoz-Sanjuan, Steven Harper, Leticia Toledo-Sherman, Larry C Park
Mechanisms that activate innate antioxidant responses, as a way to mitigate oxidative stress at the site of action, hold much therapeutic potential in diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease, where the use of antioxidants as monotherapy has not yielded positive results. The nuclear factor NRF2 is a transcription factor whose activity upregulates the expression of cell detoxifying enzymes in response to oxidative stress. NRF2 levels are modulated by KEAP1, a sensor of oxidative stress...
August 8, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800771/perceived-confidence-to-use-female-condoms-among-students-in-tertiary-institutions-of-a-metropolitan-city-southwestern-nigeria
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Taiwo A Obembe, Ayo S Adebowale, Kehinde O Odebunmi
BACKGROUND: Latex condoms for men have been documented to offer high efficacy as both a contraceptive and protection against sexually transmitted diseases. This equally establishes the importance of continued research on female condoms. This study aims to investigate the perceived confidence to use the female condoms amongst undergraduate female students from selected tertiary institutions from Ibadan Southwestern Nigeria. METHODS: The study was a descriptive cross-sectional survey involving 388 female undergraduate students selected through a multistage sampling technique...
August 11, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800215/c-fibers-wse2-nanoplates-core-shell-composite-highly-efficient-solar-driven-photocatalyst
#17
Hong Li, Zhijian Peng, Jingwen Qian, Meng Wang, Chengbiao Wang, Xiuli Fu
Recently, WSe2 as a typical transition metal dichalcogenide compound has attracted extensive attention due to its potential applications in electronic and optoelectronic devices. However, WSe2 alone cannot be directly used as photocatalyst, due to its inferior performance possibly caused by the strong recombination of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. Here a novel C fibers@WSe2 nanoplates core-shell composite (NPCSC) was successfully synthesized via facile, one-step thermal evaporation, in which numerous WSe2 thin nanoplates were in-situ, densely and even vertically grown on the surface of the C fibers...
August 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799681/genomic-and-clinical-evidence-uncovers-the-enterohepatic-species-helicobacter-valdiviensis-as-a-potential-human-intestinal-pathogen
#18
Pablo Fresia, Ronald Jara, Rafael Sierra, Ignacio Ferrés, Gonzalo Greif, Gregorio Iraola, Luis Collado
BACKGROUND: Helicobacter valdiviensis is a recently described enterohepatic species isolated from wild bird's fecal samples. Currently, its pathogenic potential and clinical significance are unknown mainly due to the lack of whole-genome sequences to compare with other helicobacters and the absence of specific screenings to determine its prevalence in humans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The species type strain (WBE14(T) ) was whole-genome-sequenced, and comparative analyses were carried out including the genomes from other Helicobacter species to determine the exact phylogenetic position of H...
August 11, 2017: Helicobacter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799280/amide-proton-transfer-weighted-imaging-to-differentiate-malignant-from-benign-pulmonary-lesions-comparison-with-diffusion-weighted-imaging-and-fdg-pet-ct
#19
Yoshiharu Ohno, Yuji Kishida, Shinichiro Seki, Masao Yui, Mitsue Miyazaki, Hisanobu Koyama, Takeshi Yoshikawa
PURPOSE: To compare the capability of amide proton transfer-weighted (APTw) imaging, diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), and FDG-PET/CT for the differentiation of malignant from benign pulmonary nodules. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In all, 82 consecutive patients with pulmonary nodules underwent APTw imaging and DWI with a 3T system, and FDG-PET/CT. All nodules were divided as either malignant (n = 49) or benign (n = 39) groups based on pathological and follow-up examinations...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799205/effects-of-fluorophore-attachment-on-protein-conformation-and-dynamics-studied-by-spfret-and-nmr
#20
Carolina Sanchez, Lena Voith-von-Voithenberg, Lisa Warner, Don C Lamb, Michael Sattler
Fluorescence-based techniques are widely used to study biomolecular conformations, intra- and intermolecular interactions, and conformational dynamics of macromolecules. Especially for fluorescent-based single-molecule experiments, the choice of the fluorophore and labeling position are highly important. Here, we have studied the biophysical and structural effects that are associated with the conjugation of fluorophores to cysteines in the splicing factor U2AF65 by using single pair Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy...
August 10, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
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