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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221750/shell-dependent-photoluminescence-studies-provide-mechanistic-insights-into-the-off-grey-on-transitions-of-blinking-quantum-dots
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Feng Gao, Pooja Bajwa, Anh Nguyen, Colin D Heyes
The majority of quantum dot (QD) blinking studies have used a model of switching between two distinct fluorescence intensity levels, "on" and "off". However, a distinct intermediate intensity level has been identified in some recent reports - a so-called "grey" or "dim" state, which has brought this binary model into question. While this grey state has been proposed to result from the formation of a trion, it is still unclear under which conditions it is present in a QD. By performing shell-dependent blinking studies on CdSe QDs, we report that the populations of the grey state and the on state are strongly dependent on both the shell material and its thickness...
February 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216802/constraint-is-associated-with-earlier-circadian-phase-and-morningness-confirmation-of-relationships-between-personality-and-circadian-phase-using-a-constant-routine-protocol
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B Bullock, G Murray, J L Anderson, T Cooper-O'Neill, J J Gooley, S W Cain, S W Lockley
Associations among personality, diurnal preference, and circadian phase were investigated using a constant routine laboratory protocol. One hundred and sixty-eight healthy participants aged 18-30 years (Women n = 68) completed either a 30- or 50-hour constant routine under dim-light conditions (<3 lux), during which circadian phase was measured from core body temperature and melatonin. Prior to laboratory admission, self-report measures of personality and diurnal preference were also obtained. The personality trait of Constraint correlated positively with morning diurnal preference and earlier circadian phase, with circadian phase partially mediating the relationship between Constraint and diurnal preference...
January 2017: Personality and Individual Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215889/effects-of-a-combination-butaphosphan-and-cyanocobalamin-product-and-insulin-on-ketosis-resolution-and-milk-production
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J L Gordon, T F Duffield, T H Herdt, D F Kelton, L Neuder, S J LeBlanc
The objective of this study was to determine the effects of butaphosphan-cyanocobalamin (B+C), glargine insulin, and propylene glycol on resolution of ketosis and average daily milk yield after treatment. Cows from 16 herds in Ontario, Canada, and 1 herd in Michigan were tested at weekly intervals between 3 and 16 DIM. Ketosis was defined as blood β-hydroxybutyrate (BHB) ≥1.2 mmol/L. All ketotic cows were given a baseline treatment of 3 d of 300 g of propylene glycol orally. Animals were then randomly assigned to treatment with 3 doses of either 25 mL of B+C or 25 mL of saline placebo and 1 dose of either 2 mL (200 IU) of glargine insulin or 2 mL of saline placebo in a 2 × 2 factorial arrangement...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215881/effects-of-treatment-of-periparturient-dairy-cows-with-recombinant-bovine-somatotropin-on-health-and-productive-and-reproductive-parameters
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P R B Silva, H F Soares, W D Braz, G D Bombardelli, J A Clapper, D H Keisler, R C Chebel
The objectives of the current experiment were to evaluate the effects of treating periparturient dairy cows with recombinant bovine somatotropin (rbST) on incidence of postpartum diseases and performance. Holstein (HO) and Jersey (JS) cows from 2 herds were enrolled in the experiment at 253 ± 3 d of gestation and assigned to the control (n = 432) and rbST125 (n = 437) treatments. Cows in the rbST125 treatment received 125 mg of rbST, weekly, from -21 to 21 d relative to calving. Blood sampled weekly, from -21 to 21 d relative to calving, from a subsample of cows was used to determine the concentrations of growth hormone (GH, HO = 106) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1, HO = 147 and JS = 49)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215676/impact-of-phase-of-the-estrous-cycle-and-season-on-lh-surge-profile-and-fertility-in-dairy-cows-treated-with-different-gnrh-analogs-gonadorelin-vs-buserelin
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R Armengol-Gelonch, J M Mallo, D Ponté, A Jimenez, A Valenza, A H Souza
Our aim was to assess the GnRH-induced LH surge profile in dairy cows receiving two GnRH products (gonadorelin vs buserelin) given at proestrus or diestrus phase and to investigate whether season could alter LH surge profile in dairy cows. In Experiment 1, dairy cows at 108.2 ± 2.3 DIM, producing 41.5 ± 0.3 kg/day were randomized to receive, during proestrus and diestrus: Ovarelin(®) i.m. (OVA; n = 56; 100 mg of gonadorelin diacetate tetrahydrate; Ceva Animal Health, France) or Receptal(®) i.m. (REC; n = 52; 10 mcg of buserelin diacetate; MSD, Germany)...
March 15, 2017: Theriogenology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215244/driving-home-from-the-night-shift-a-bright-light-intervention-study
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Denise M Weisgerber, Maria Nikol, Ralph E Mistlberger
: Sleep deprivation (SD) impairs vigilance and increases the risk of driving accidents during the commute home after night work. Bright light (BL) can enhance alertness and cognitive performance. We examined the effects of BL (5600 lux) versus dim light (DL, 35 lux) at the end of a night awake on driving performance. METHODS: Subjects (N = 19, 22.8 ± 4 ya) completed three conditions, counterbalanced for order at >1 week intervals. The two overnight SD conditions began in the lab at usual bedtime...
February 2017: Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212859/docosahexaenoic-acid-phospholipid-differentially-modulates-the-conformation-of-g90v-and-n55k-rhodopsin-mutants-associated-with-retinitis-pigmentosa
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Xiaoyun Dong, María Guadalupe Herrera-Hernández, Eva Ramon, Pere Garriga
Rhodopsin is the visual photoreceptor of the retinal rod cells that mediates dim light vision and a prototypical member of the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. The structural stability and functional performance of rhodopsin are modulated by membrane lipids. Docosahexaenoic acid has been shown to interact with native rhodopsin but no direct evidence has been established on the effect of such lipid on the stability and regeneration of rhodopsin mutants associated with retinal diseases. The stability and regeneration of two thermosensitive mutants G90V and N55K, associated with the retinal degenerative disease retinitis pigmentosa, have been analyzed in docosohexaenoic phospholipid (1,2-didocosa-hexaenoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine; DDHA-PC) liposomes...
February 14, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212707/astrobiological-implications-of-dim-light-phototrophy-in-deep-sea-red-clays
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Anindita Das, Tanya Singh, P A LokaBharathi, Prashant K Dhakephalkar, Sweta Mallik, Pranav R Kshirsagar, N H Khadge, B Nagender Nath, Satadru Bhattacharya, Aditya Kumar Dagar, Prabhjot Kaur, Dwijesh Ray, Anil D Shukla, Christabelle E G Fernandes, Sheryl O Fernandes, Tresa Remya A Thomas, Mamatha S S, Babu Shashikant Mourya, Ram Murti Meena
Red clays of Central Indian Basin (CIB) under influence of trace of Rodriguez Triple Junction exhibited chemoautotrophy, low temperature hydrothermal alterations and photoautotrophic potential. Seamount flank TVBC-08, hosting such signatures revealed dominance of aerobic anoxygenic phototroph Erythrobacter, with 93% of total 454 pyrosequencing tags. Subsequently, enrichments for both aerobic (Erythrobacter) and anaerobic anoxygenic phototrophs (green and purple sulphur bacteria) under red and white LED light illumination, with average irradiance 30...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209805/effects-of-photophase-illuminance-on-locomotor-activity-urine-production-and-urinary-6-sulfatoxymelatonin-in-nocturnal-and-diurnal-south-african-rodents
#9
Ingrid van der Merwe, Maria K Oosthuizen, Andre Ganswindt, Abraham Haim, Nigel C Bennett
Effects of photophase illuminance (1, 10, 100 and 330 lux of white incandescent lighting) on daily rhythms of locomotor activity, urine production and 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (6-SMT; 10 lux vs. 330 lux) were studied in nocturnal Namaqua rock mice (Micaelamys namaquensis) and diurnal four striped field mice (Rhabdomys pumilio). Micaelamys namaquensis was consistently nocturnal (∼90-94% nocturnal activity), whereas considerable individual variation marked activity profiles in R. pumilio, but with activity mostly pronounced around twilight (∼55-66% diurnal activity)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209719/adaptive-nk-cells-can-persist-in-patients-with-gata2-mutation-depleted-of-stem-and-progenitor-cells
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Heinrich Schlums, Moonjung Jung, Hongya Han, Jakob Theorell, Venetia Bigley, Samuel C C Chiang, David S J Allan, Jan K Davidson-Moncada, Rachel E Dickinson, Tim D Holmes, Amy P Hsu, Danielle Townsley, Thomas Winkler, Weixin Wang, Pål Aukrust, Ingvild Nordøy, Katherine R Calvo, Steve M Holland, Matthew Collin, Cynthia E Dunbar, Yenan T Bryceson
Heterozygous GATA2 mutation is associated with immunodeficiency, lymphedema, and myelodysplastic syndrome. Disease presentation is variable, often coinciding with loss of circulating dendritic cells, monocytes, B cells, and NK cells. Nonetheless, in a proportion of patients carrying GATA2 mutation, NK cells persist. We found that peripheral blood NK cells in symptomatic patients uniformly lacked expression of the transcription factor PLZF, as well as expression of intracellular signaling proteins FcϵRγ, SYK, and EAT-2 in a variegated manner...
February 16, 2017: Blood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199005/specialized-photoreceptor-composition-in-the-raptor-fovea
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Mindaugas Mitkus, Peter Olsson, Matthew B Toomey, Joseph C Corbo, Almut Kelber
The retinae of many bird species contain a depression with high photoreceptor density known as the fovea. Many species of raptors have two foveae, a deep central fovea and a shallower temporal fovea. Birds have six types of photoreceptors: rods, active in dim light, double cones that are thought to mediate achromatic discrimination, and four types of single cones mediating color vision. To maximize visual acuity, the fovea should only contain photoreceptors contributing to high-resolution vision. Interestingly, it has been suggested that raptors might lack double cones in the fovea...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197391/high-nkg2a-expression-contributes-to-nk-cell-exhaustion-and-predicts-a-poor-prognosis-of-patients-with-liver-cancer
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Cheng Sun, Jing Xu, Qiang Huang, Mei Huang, Hao Wen, Chuanshan Zhang, Jinyu Wang, Jiaxi Song, Meijuan Zheng, Haoyu Sun, Haiming Wei, Weihua Xiao, Rui Sun, Zhigang Tian
Background and Aims: As the predominant lymphocyte subset in the liver, natural killer (NK) cells have been shown to be highly associated with the outcomes of patients with chronic hepatitis B virus infection (CHB) and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Previously, we reported that NKG2A, a checkpoint candidate, mediates human and murine NK cell dysfunction in CHB. However, NK cell exhaustion and, particularly, the level of NKG2A expression within liver tumors have not been reported. Methods: In this study, we analyzed NKG2A expression and the related dysfunction of NK cells located in intra- or peritumor regions of liver tissue samples from 207 HCC patients, in addition to analyzing disease outcomes...
2017: Oncoimmunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193827/monocyte-subsets-coregulate-inflammatory-responses-by-integrated-signaling-through-tnf-and-il-6-at-the-endothelial-cell-interface
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Myriam Chimen, Clara M Yates, Helen M McGettrick, Lewis S C Ward, Matthew J Harrison, Bonita Apta, Lea H Dib, Beat A Imhof, Paul Harrison, Gerard B Nash, G Ed Rainger
Two major monocyte subsets, CD14(+)CD16(-) (classical) and CD14(+/dim)CD16(+) (nonclassical/intermediate), have been described. Each has different functions ascribed in its interactions with vascular endothelial cells (EC), including migration and promoting inflammation. Although monocyte subpopulations have been studied in isolated systems, their influence on EC and on the course of inflammation has been ignored. In this study, using unstimulated or cytokine-activated EC, we observed significant differences in the recruitment, migration, and reverse migration of human monocyte subsets...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193823/stellar-performance-mechanisms-underlying-milky-way-orientation-in-dung-beetles
#14
James J Foster, Basil El Jundi, Jochen Smolka, Lana Khaldy, Dan-Eric Nilsson, Marcus J Byrne, Marie Dacke
Nocturnal dung beetles (Scarabaeus satyrus) are currently the only animals that have been demonstrated to use the Milky Way for reliable orientation. In this study, we tested the capacity of S. satyrus to orient under a range of artificial celestial cues, and compared the properties of these cues with images of the Milky Way simulated for a beetle's visual system. We find that the mechanism that permits accurate stellar orientation under the Milky Way is based on an intensity comparison between different regions of the Milky Way...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193822/comparative-system-identification-of-flower-tracking-performance-in-three-hawkmoth-species-reveals-adaptations-for-dim-light-vision
#15
Anna L Stöckl, Klara Kihlström, Steven Chandler, Simon Sponberg
Flight control in insects is heavily dependent on vision. Thus, in dim light, the decreased reliability of visual signal detection also prompts consequences for insect flight. We have an emerging understanding of the neural mechanisms that different species employ to adapt the visual system to low light. However, much less explored are comparative analyses of how low light affects the flight behaviour of insect species, and the corresponding links between physiological adaptations and behaviour. We investigated whether the flower tracking behaviour of three hawkmoth species with different diel activity patterns revealed luminance-dependent adaptations, using a system identification approach...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193821/insect-photoreceptor-adaptations-to-night-vision
#16
REVIEW
Anna Honkanen, Esa-Ville Immonen, Iikka Salmela, Kyösti Heimonen, Matti Weckström
Night vision is ultimately about extracting information from a noisy visual input. Several species of nocturnal insects exhibit complex visually guided behaviour in conditions where most animals are practically blind. The compound eyes of nocturnal insects produce strong responses to single photons and process them into meaningful neural signals, which are amplified by specialized neuroanatomical structures. While a lot is known about the light responses and the anatomical structures that promote pooling of responses to increase sensitivity, there is still a dearth of knowledge on the physiology of night vision...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193820/functional-preservation-and-variation-in-the-cone-opsin-genes-of-nocturnal-tarsiers
#17
Gillian L Moritz, Perry S Ong, George H Perry, Nathaniel J Dominy
The short-wavelength sensitive (S-) opsin gene OPN1SW is pseudogenized in some nocturnal primates and retained in others, enabling dichromatic colour vision. Debate on the functional significance of this variation has focused on dark conditions, yet many nocturnal species initiate activity under dim (mesopic) light levels that can support colour vision. Tarsiers are nocturnal, twilight-active primates and exemplary visual predators; they also express different colour vision phenotypes, raising the possibility of discrete adaptations to mesopic conditions...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193819/the-evolution-of-rod-photoreceptors
#18
REVIEW
Ala Morshedian, Gordon L Fain
Photoreceptors in animals are generally of two kinds: the ciliary or c-type and the rhabdomeric or r-type. Although ciliary photoreceptors are found in many phyla, vertebrates seem to be unique in having two distinct kinds which together span the entire range of vision, from single photons to bright light. We ask why the principal photoreceptors of vertebrates are ciliary and not rhabdomeric, and how rods evolved from less sensitive cone-like photoreceptors to produce our duplex retina. We suggest that the principal advantage of vertebrate ciliary receptors is that they use less ATP than rhabdomeric photoreceptors...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193818/processing-of-single-photon-responses-in-the-mammalian-on-and-off-retinal-pathways-at-the-sensitivity-limit-of-vision
#19
Daisuke Takeshita, Lina Smeds, Petri Ala-Laurila
Visually guided behaviour at its sensitivity limit relies on single-photon responses originating in a small number of rod photoreceptors. For decades, researchers have debated the neural mechanisms and noise sources that underlie this striking sensitivity. To address this question, we need to understand the constraints arising from the retinal output signals provided by distinct retinal ganglion cell types. It has recently been shown in the primate retina that On and Off parasol ganglion cells, the cell types likely to underlie light detection at the absolute visual threshold, differ fundamentally not only in response polarity, but also in the way they handle single-photon responses originating in rods...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193817/behavioural-and-physiological-limits-to-vision-in-mammals
#20
REVIEW
Greg D Field, Alapakkam P Sampath
Human vision is exquisitely sensitive-a dark-adapted observer is capable of reliably detecting the absorption of a few quanta of light. Such sensitivity requires that the sensory receptors of the retina, rod photoreceptors, generate a reliable signal when single photons are absorbed. In addition, the retina must be able to extract this information and relay it to higher visual centres under conditions where very few rods signal single-photon responses while the majority generate only noise. Critical to signal transmission are mechanistic optimizations within rods and their dedicated retinal circuits that enhance the discriminability of single-photon responses by mitigating photoreceptor and synaptic noise...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
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