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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342991/transformation-of-17%C3%AE-ethinylestradiol-by-simultaneous-photo-enzymatic-process-in-humic-water
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Yun Yang, Jianhua Li, Kun Lu, Huanhuan Shi, Shixiang Gao
The fate of estrogens in surface water is mainly dependent on two processes, i.e. photodegradation and biotransformation. Each of the separate process is invariably of interest, but research on the combination of the two processes has rarely been explored. In the present work, the transformation of 17α-ethinylestradiol (EE2) by simultaneous photochemical and enzymatic process in water was systematically investigated. The combined transformation rate of EE2 (0.057 h(-1)) in the presence of natural organic matter (NOM) and horseradish peroxidase (HRP) under simulated sunlight irradiation was markedly faster than that in the presence of NOM only (0...
March 23, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342848/ultraviolet-a-induced-oxidation-in-cornea-characterization-of-the-early-oxidation-related-events
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Corinne Zinflou, Patrick J Rochette
Exposure to sunlight ultraviolet-A (UVA), the main component of solar UV reaching the eyes, is suspected to play an important part in the onset of ocular pathologies. UVA primary biological deleterious effects arise from the photo-induction of oxidative stress in cells. However, the molecular bases linking UVA-induced oxidation to UVA toxicity in eyes remain poorly understood, especially with regards to the cornea. To shed some light on this issue, we have investigated the susceptibility and response potential of the different corneal cellular layers (epithelium, stroma and endothelium) to UVA-induced oxidation...
March 22, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342338/antidepressants-and-risk-of-cataract-development-a-population-based-nested-case-control-study
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Po-Han Chou, Che-Sheng Chu, Yi-Huei Chen, Min-Yen Hsu, Min-Wei Huang, Tsuo-Hung Lan, Ching-Heng Lin
BACKGROUND: Previous studies demonstrated increased risk of cataract development among users of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). However, it remains unknown whether this risk also prevails with the use of other types of antidepressants. The aim of this study was to investigate whether use of antidepressants is associated with an increased risk of cataract development. Moreover, the relationship between binding affinities of serotonin transporter (SERT) of antidepressant and the risk of cataracts is examined...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340478/different-dna-damage-response-of-cis-and-trans-isomers-of-commonly-used-uv-filter-after-the-exposure-on-adult-human-liver-stem-cells-and-human-lymphoblastoid-cells
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Anežka Sharma, Katarína Bányiová, Pavel Babica, Naouale El Yamani, Andrew Richard Collins, Pavel Čupr
2-ethylhexyl 4-methoxycinnamate (EHMC), used in many categories of personal care products (PCPs), is one of the most discussed ultraviolet filters because of its endocrine-disrupting effects. EHMC is unstable in sunlight and can be transformed from trans-EHMC to emergent cis-EHMC. Toxicological studies are focusing only on trans-EHMC; thus the toxicological data for cis-EHMC are missing. In this study, the in vitro genotoxic effects of trans- and cis-EHMC on adult human liver stem cells HL1-hT1 and human-derived lymphoblastoid cells TK-6 using a high-throughput comet assay were studied...
March 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339185/red-emission-b-n-s-co-doped-carbon-dots-for-colorimetric-and-fluorescent-dual-mode-detection-of-fe3-ions-in-complex-biological-fluids-and-living-cells
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Yinghua Liu, Wenxiu Duan, Wei Song, Juanjuan Liu, Cuiling Ren, Jiang Wu, Dan Liu, Hongli Chen
Colorimetric and fluorescent dual mode detection methods have gained much attention in recent years, however, it is still desirable to develop new colorimetric and fluorescent dual mode nanosensors with more simple preparation procedure, low cost and excellent biocompatibility. Herein, a colorimetric and fluorescent nanosensor based on B, N, S-co-doped carbon dots (BNS-CDs) were synthesized by one-step hydrothermal treatment of 2, 5-diaminobenzenesulfonic acid and 4-aminophenylboronic acid hydrochloride. Using this nanosensor, a highly sensitive assay of Fe3+ in the range of 0...
March 24, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336897/three-dimensional-bioi-biox-x-cl-or-br-nanohybrids-for-enhanced-visible-light-photocatalytic-activity
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Yazi Liu, Jian Xu, Liqiong Wang, Huayang Zhang, Ping Xu, Xiaoguang Duan, Hongqi Sun, Shaobin Wang
Three-dimensional flower-like BiOI/BiOX (X = Br or Cl) hybrids were synthesized via a facile one-pot solvothermal approach. With systematic characterizations by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET)specific surface area, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and the UV-Vis diffuse reflectance spectra (DRS), the BiOI/BiOCl composites showed a fluffy and porous 3-D architecture with a large specific surface area (SSA) and high capability for light absorption...
March 14, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336859/design-and-synthesis-of-tio%C3%A2-hollow-spheres-with-spatially-separated-dual-cocatalysts-for-efficient-photocatalytic-hydrogen-production
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Qianqian Jiang, Li Li, Jinhong Bi, Shijing Liang, Minghua Liu
TiO₂ hollow spheres modified with spatially separated Ag species and RuO₂ cocatalysts have been prepared via an alkoxide hydrolysis-precipitation method and a facile impregnation method. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy studies indicate that Ag species and RuO₂ co-located on the inner and outer surface of TiO₂ hollow spheres, respectively. The resultant catalysts show significantly enhanced activity in photocatalytic hydrogen production under simulated sunlight attributed to spatially separated Ag species and RuO₂ cocatalysts on TiO₂ hollow spheres, which results in the efficient separation and transportation of photogenerated charge carriers...
January 25, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336103/25-hydroxyvitamin-d-is-differentially-associated-with-calcium-intakes-of-northern-central-and-southern-european-adolescents-results-from-the-helena-study
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Cristina Julian, Marcela González-Gross, Christina Breidenassel, Theodora Mouratidou, Germán Vicente-Rodriguez, Luis Gracia-Marco, Marika Ferrari, Kurt Widhalm, Dénes Molnár, Anthony Kafatos, Frederic Gottrand, Yannis Manios, Alejandro de la O, Mathilde Kersting, Stefaan De Henauw, Marc J Gunter, Luis A Moreno, Inge Huybrechts
OBJECTIVES: Adolescents in the European Union (EU) exhibit a higher prevalence of vitamin D (VitD) deficiency than other age groups. The degree to which sunlight exposure 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] concentrations depends on a variety of factors, including diet. Nevertheless, the relationship between calcium and VitD intake and 25(OH)D concentrations has not been previously studied among adolescents living in different EU countries and consequently in different latitudes. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine whether calcium and VitD intakes are differentially associated with 25(OH)D in adolescents from northern, central and southern EU countries...
April 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334009/vitamin-d-status-and-the-prevalence-of-deficiency-in-lactating-women-from-eight-provinces-and-municipalities-in-china
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Yao Zhao, Yingjie Yu, Hong Li, Zhirong Chang, Yongjin Li, Yifan Duan, Jie Wang, Shan Jiang, Zhenyu Yang, Shi-An Yin
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency has become prevalent worldwide in recent years. However, less evidence was available for lactating women. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to understand vitamin D status and prevalence of deficiency in lactating women and associated risk factors for vitamin D deficiency from eight provinces and municipalities in China. METHODS: Lactating women within 1-10 months postpartum were recruited in 2011-2013 from eight provinces and municipalities in China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333065/preparation-of-mesoporous-tio2-with-enhanced-photocatalytic-activity-towards-tannery-wastewater-degradation
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Weiwei Zhao, Xiu He, Yu Peng, Hongfeng Zhang, Donglan Sun, Xiaocong Wang
Ordered mesoporous TiO2 materials are successfully synthesized via a sol-gel route using butyl titanate as a precursor and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate surfactants as soft templates. The as-prepared TiO2 samples possess a relatively high surface area of 40.03 m(2)/g and the center of pore diameter distribution of 13.04 nm. They exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity towards degradation of organic pollutants in tannery wastewater under UV-light and natural sunlight irradiation. The effect of the catalyst dosage, the pH value of the solution and the concentration of H2O2 are discussed in detail...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332930/vertical-profiling-and-modelling-of-e-coli-decay-in-a-shallow-maturation-pond-operating-in-a-tropical-climate
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Daniel F C Dias, Marcos von Sperling
Maturation ponds are excellent natural treatment systems for disinfecting domestic wastewater from pathogenic bacteria because of great sunlight exposure through depth and high pH and DO values within its environment, all of which are important factors for disinfection. E. coli removal is higher closer to the surface of the pond and proceeds to decrease due to the limited amount of sunlight penetrating through deeper depths. In order to quantify the decay coefficients (Kb) of E. coli in a shallow maturation pond, quartz vessels were used to create isolated batch experiments and submerged at different depths inside the pond during different periods of the day (morning and afternoon)...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332194/high-serum-vitamin-d-level-correlates-with-better-prognostic-indicators-in-primary-melanoma-a-pilot-study
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Alvin Lim, Ramin Shayan, George Varigos
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Sunlight is a major risk factor for cutaneous melanoma. However, its interaction with melanoma is complex. In particular, vitamin D is a UVB-derived hormone that has been shown to have anti-cancer effects. In this retrospective pilot study we sought to determine an association between the clinicopathological features of melanoma and the patients' corresponding serum vitamin D level. METHODS: In total, 109 primary melanomas diagnosed between 2001 and 2013 were retrospectively identified from our institutional database with a corresponding 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 level estimated within 6 months of diagnosis...
March 23, 2017: Australasian Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330720/attenuation-of-uvr-induced-vitamin-d3-synthesis-in-a-mouse-model-deleted-for-keratinocyte-lathosterol-5-desaturase
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Anastasia M Makarova, Saloni Pasta, Gordon Watson, Cedric Shackleton, Ervin H Epstein
The lower risk of some internal cancers at lower latitudes has been linked to greater sun exposure and consequent higher levels of ultraviolet radiation (UVR)-produced vitamin D3 (D3). To separate the experimental effects of sunlight and of all forms of D3, a mouse in which UVR does not produce D3 would be useful. To this end we have generated mice carrying a modified allele of sterol C5-desaturase (Sc5d), the gene encoding the enzyme that converts lathosterol to 7-dehydrocholesterol (7-DHC), such that Sc5d expression can be inactivated using the Cre/lox site-specific recombination system...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325907/photosensitization-of-tio2-nanofibers-by-ag2s-with-the-synergistic-effect-of-excess-surface-ti-3-states-for-enhanced-photocatalytic-activity-under-simulated-sunlight
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Samina Ghafoor, Sadia Ata, Nasir Mahmood, Salman Noshear Arshad
TiO2 nanofibers, with mean diameter ~200 nm, were fabricated by electrospinning and successfully photosensitized with low bandgap Ag2S nanoparticles of 11, 17, 23 and 40 nm mean sizes, with corresponding loading of 4, 10, 18 and 29 wt.% Ag2S, respectively. 17 nm Ag2S@TiO2 nanofibers exhibited optimal activity in the photodegradation of methylene blue under simulated sunlight with pseudo-first order rate constant of 0.019 min(-1) compared to 0.009 min(-1) for pure TiO2 nanofibers. In spite of greater visible-light absorption and reduced bandgap, larger than 17 nm Ag2S nanoparticles exhibited sluggish photodegradation kinetics probably due to less photo-induced carriers generation in TiO2 and reduced electron injection rates from the larger sized Ag2S into TiO2...
March 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325842/surface-changes-on-comet-67p-churyumov-gerasimenko-suggest-a-more-active-past
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M Ramy El-Maarry, O Groussin, N Thomas, M Pajola, A-T Auger, B Davidsson, X Hu, S F Hviid, J Knollenberg, C Güttler, C Tubiana, S Fornasier, C Feller, P Hasselmann, J-B Vincent, H Sierks, C Barbieri, P Lamy, R Rodrigo, D Koschny, H U Keller, H Rickman, M F A'Hearn, M A Barucci, J-L Bertaux, I Bertini, S Besse, D Bodewits, G Cremonese, V Da Deppo, S Debei, M De Cecco, J Deller, J D P Deshapriya, M Fulle, P J Gutierrez, M Hofmann, W-H Ip, L Jorda, G Kovacs, J-R Kramm, E Kührt, M Küppers, L M Lara, M Lazzarin, Z-Yi Lin, J J Lopez Moreno, S Marchi, F Marzari, S Mottola, G Naletto, N Oklay, A Pommerol, F Preusker, F Scholten, X Shi
The Rosetta spacecraft spent ~2 years orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, most of it at distances that allowed surface characterization and monitoring at submeter scales. From December 2014 to June 2016, numerous localized changes were observed, which we attribute to cometary-specific weathering, erosion, and transient events driven by exposure to sunlight and other processes. While the localized changes suggest compositional or physical heterogeneity, their scale has not resulted in substantial alterations to the comet's landscape...
March 21, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324001/cyp3a4-induction-by-rifampin-an-alternative-pathway-for-vitamin-d-inactivation-in-patients-with-cyp24a1-mutations
#16
Colin Patrick Hawkes, Dong Li, Hakon Hakonarson, Kevin E Meyers, Kenneth Thummel, Michael A Levine
Context: The P450 enzyme CYP24A1 is the principal inactivator of vitamin D metabolites. Biallelic loss-of-function mutations in CYP24A1 are associated with elevated serum levels of 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 with consequent hypercalcemia and hypercalciuria, and represent the most common form of idiopathic infantile hypercalcemia (IIH). Current management strategies for this condition include a low calcium diet, reduced dietary vitamin D intake and limited sunlight exposure. CYP3A4 is a P450 enzyme that inactivates many drugs and xenobiotics and may represent an alternative pathway for inactivation of vitamin D metabolites...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323456/stratosphere-conditions-inactivate-bacterial-endospores-from-a-mars-spacecraft-assembly-facility
#17
Christina L Khodadad, Gregory M Wong, Leandro M James, Prital J Thakrar, Michael A Lane, John A Catechis, David J Smith
Every spacecraft sent to Mars is allowed to land viable microbial bioburden, including hardy endospore-forming bacteria resistant to environmental extremes. Earth's stratosphere is severely cold, dry, irradiated, and oligotrophic; it can be used as a stand-in location for predicting how stowaway microbes might respond to the martian surface. We launched E-MIST, a high-altitude NASA balloon payload on 10 October 2015 carrying known quantities of viable Bacillus pumilus SAFR-032 (4.07 × 10(7) spores per sample), a radiation-tolerant strain collected from a spacecraft assembly facility...
March 21, 2017: Astrobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323388/enhanced-intestinal-absorption-of-curcumin-in-caco-2-cell-monolayer-using-mucoadhesive-nanostructured-lipid-carriers
#18
Sanipon Chanburee, Waree Tiyaboonchai
This study aimed to compare the intestinal permeation of curcumin-loaded polymer coated nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) and uncoated NLCs using the Caco-2 cell model. The uncoated NLCs were prepared using a warm microemulsion technique, while polymer-coated NLCs were prepared with the same method but were followed by coating particle surface with polyethylene glycol (PEG) 400 or polyvinyl alcohol (PVA). After lyophilization, all formulations possessed a mean size of <400 nm with a zeta potential of ∼-30 mV and a high entrapment efficacy up to 90%...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323376/highly-active-gan-stabilized-ta3-n5-thin-film-photoanode-for-solar-water-oxidation
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Miao Zhong, Takashi Hisatomi, Yutaka Sasaki, Sayaka Suzuki, Katsuya Teshima, Mamiko Nakabayashi, Naoya Shibata, Hiroshi Nishiyama, Masao Katayama, Taro Yamada, Kazunari Domen
Ta3 N5 is a very promising photocatalyst for solar water splitting because of its wide spectrum solar energy utilization up to 600 nm and suitable energy band position straddling the water splitting redox reactions. However, its development has long been impeded by poor compatibility with electrolytes. Herein, we demonstrate a simple sputtering-nitridation process to fabricate high-performance Ta3 N5 film photoanodes owing to successful synthesis of the vital TaOδ precursors. An effective GaN coating strategy is developed to remarkably stabilize Ta3 N5 by forming a crystalline nitride-on-nitride structure with an improved nitride/electrolyte interface...
March 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323352/efficient-semitransparent-solar-cells-with-high-nir-responsiveness-enabled-by-a-small-bandgap-electron-acceptor
#20
Feng Liu, Zichun Zhou, Cheng Zhang, Jianyun Zhang, Qin Hu, Thomas Vergote, Feng Liu, Thomas P Russell, Xiaozhang Zhu
Inspired by the remarkable promotion of power conversion efficiency (PCE), commercial applications of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) can be foreseen in near future. One of the most promising applications is semitransparent (ST) solar cells that can be utilized in value-added applications such as energy-harvesting windows. However, the single-junction STOPVs utilizing fullerene acceptors show relatively low PCEs of 4%-6% due to the limited sunlight absorption because it is a dilemma that more photons need to be harvested in UV-vis-near-infrared (NIR) region to generate high photocurrent, which leads to the significant reduction of device transparency...
March 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
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