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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098295/spontaneous-decoration-of-silicon-surfaces-with-moox-nanoparticles-for-the-sunlight-assisted-hydrogen-evolution-reaction
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T-G Truong, C Mériadec, B Fabre, J-F Bergamini, O de Sagazan, S Ababou-Girard, G Loget
The immersion of oxide-free Si surfaces in MoS4(2-) aqueous solutions induces their spontaneous decoration with isolated MoOx nanoparticles (NPs). The process is versatile and was used on planar Si (100) as well as on antireflective Si (111) micro-pyramid (SimPy) arrays. The NP decoration does not affect the optical properties of the surface in the visible range and improves the performance of the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) under simulated sunlight. The simplicity and the scalability of the technique make it highly promising for the fabrication of catalytically active photoelectrodes...
January 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095594/mixed-metal-tungsten-oxide-photoanode-materials-made-by-pulsed-laser-in-liquids-synthesis
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Carl M Blumenfeld, Marcus Lau, Harry B Gray, Astrid M Müller
Globally scalable sunlight-driven devices that convert solar energy into storable fuels will require efficient light absorbers that are made of non-precious elements. Suitable photoanode materials are yet to be discovered. Here we utilised the timesaving nature of pulsed-laser in liquids synthesis and prepared a series of neat and mixed-metal tungsten oxide photoanode materials to investigate the effect of ad-metals on optical and photocurrent generation properties. We obtained sub-μm-sized materials with different colours from W, Al, Ta, or first-row transition metal targets in water or aqueous ammonium metatungstate solutions...
January 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095529/open-label-study-evaluating-the-anti-aging-effects-of-a-3-product-2-step-retinol-rejuvenation-system-following-3-months-of-treatment-in-subjects-with-photodamage
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Suzanne Bruce, Sylvia Barkovic
BACKGROUND: Photodamage to the skin occurs with exposure to sunlight (UVA or UVB) either intentionally or unintentionally, and can present in a variety of ways. It typically occurs on areas of chronic UV exposure, including the face, ears, and neck. METHODS: We evaluated the effects of a 3-product, 2-step retinol-rejuvenation system containing an exfoliating cleanser, a 0.5% retinol emollient cream, and SPF 30 moisturizing sunscreen used daily for 3 months on the appearance of mild-to-moderate facial photodamage in female subjects...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093352/cyp24a1-loss-of-function-clinical-phenotype-of-monoallelic-and-biallelic-mutations
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REVIEW
Thomas O Carpenter
CYP24A1, encoding the vitamin D-24-hydroxylase, is of major clinical and physiologic importance, serving to regulate the catabolism of 1,25-(OH)2D, the physiologically active vitamin D metabolite. In addition to facilitating catabolism of 1,25-(OH)2D, CYP24A1 also enhances the turnover and elimination of 25-OHD, the abundant precursor metabolite and storage form of the vitamin. CYP24A1 can be stimulated hormonally by 1,25-(OH)2D and by FGF23, whereas CYP27B1, encoding the vitamin D-1α-hydroxylase, is stimulated hormonally by parathyroid hormone (PTH) and downregulated by FGF23...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093316/molecular-mechanisms-of-uvb-induced-senescence-of-dermal-fibroblasts-and-its-relevance-for-photoaging-of-the-human-skin
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Maria Cavinato, Pidder Jansen-Dürr
Due to its ability to cross the epidermis and reach the upper dermis where it causes cumulative DNA damage and increased oxidative stress, UVB is considered the most harmful component of sunlight to the skin. The consequences of chronic exposition to UVB are related to photoaging and photocarcinogenesis. There are limitations to the study of human skin aging and for this reason the use of models is required. Human dermal fibroblasts submitted to mild and repeated doses of UVB are considered a versatile model to study UVB effects in the process of skin photoaging, which depends on the accumulation of senescent cells, in particular in the dermis...
January 13, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092824/chemically-modified-amino-porphyrin-tio2-for-the-degradation-of-acid-black-1-under-day-light-illumination
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Balu Krishnakumar, Avula Balakrishna, Cláudia T Arranja, Carlos M F Dias, Abilio J F N Sobral
In this paper, for the first time, chemically modified 5,10,15,20-meso-tetra-(para-amino)-phenyl-porphyrin/TiO2 (TPAPP/TiO2) was prepared and used for the degradation of an azo dye Acid Black 1 (AB 1) under direct sunlight. Initially, TiO2 was prepared by sol-gel method. Before making a TPAPP/TiO2 composite, the surface modification of TiO2 was carried out with glycidoxypropyltrimethoxy silane (GPTMS) which acts as a coupling agent. This is an epoxy terminated silane and could easily bond to the amino group of TPAPP through epoxy cleavage...
January 9, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090459/anti-m%C3%A3-llerian-hormone-as-a-predictor-of-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-treated-with-clomiphene-citrate
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Andon Hestiantoro, Yuwono Sri Negoro, Yohana Afrita, Budi Wiweko, Kanadi Sumapradja, Muharam Natadisastra
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the threshold of anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) as predictor of follicular growth failure in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) patients treated with clomiphene citrate (CC). METHODS: Fifty female subjects with PCOS were recruited and divided into two groups based on successful and unsuccessful follicular growth. Related variables such as age, infertility duration, cigarette smoking, use of Moslem hijab, sunlight exposure, fiber intake, body mass index, waist circumference, AMH level, 25-hydroxy vitamin D level, and growth of dominant follicles were obtained, assessed, and statistically analyzed...
December 2016: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087963/vitamin-d-deficiency-rickets-even-with-abundant-sunlight-a-case-to-highlight-emerging-problem
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T H Ting, A S Devnani
We describe a case of vitamin-D-deficiency rickets in a young child to highlight its existence in Malaysia where sunlight is abundant throughout the year. The child presented with deformity of both legs. He came from an educated urban family but remained indoors most of the time. Radiographs of knees and wrists showed changes of florid rickets. Low serum 25-hydoxyvitamin-D, high parathyroid hormone, normal serum phosphate and calcium levels, and normal renal function clinched the diagnosis of vitamin-D-deficiency rickets...
December 2016: Medical Journal of Malaysia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086755/vitamin-d-deficiency-as-a-risk-factor-for-dementia-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Isolde Sommer, Ursula Griebler, Christina Kien, Stefanie Auer, Irma Klerings, Renate Hammer, Peter Holzer, Gerald Gartlehner
BACKGROUND: Sunlight exposure and high vitamin D status have been hypothesised to reduce the risk of developing dementia. The objective of our research was to determine whether lack of sunlight and hypovitaminosis D over time are associated with dementia. METHODS: We systematically searched MEDLINE (via PubMed), Cochrane Library, EMBASE, SCOPUS, Web of Science, ICONDA, and reference lists of pertinent review articles from 1990 to October 2015. We conducted random effects meta-analyses of published and unpublished data to evaluate the influence of sunlight exposure or vitamin D as a surrogate marker on dementia risk...
January 13, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080019/controlled-growth-of-metal-organic-framework-on-upconversion-nanocrystals-for-nir-enhanced-photocatalysis
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Mohua Li, Zhenjian Zheng, Yangqiong Zheng, Cao Cui, Chunxia Li, Zhengquan Li
Development of MOF-based photocatalysts is intriguing research due to their structural flexibility and tremendous catalytic sites, whereas most MOFs only can take use of UV/visible light and lack of response to NIR light. Herein, we present a facile approach to integrate upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) with MOF to build a NIR-responsive composite photocatalyst. The MOF shell with controllable thickness can be grown on the UCNPs, thus exhibiting tunable photocatalytic activities under NIR irradiation. Furthermore, we extend visible absorption of the MOF shell by adding -NH2 groups so that the composite photocatalysts have a better utilization of UC emissions and sunlight to improve their activities...
January 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073019/plant-physiology-out-in-the-midday-sun-plants-keep-their-cool
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Daphne Ezer, Philip A Wigge
Plants use context-dependent information to calibrate growth responses to temperature signals. A new study shows that plants modulate their sensitivity to temperature depending on whether or not they are in direct sunlight. This enables them to make adaptive decisions in a complex natural environment.
January 9, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072708/life-threatening-motor-vehicle-crashes-in-bright-sunlight
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Donald A Redelmeier, Sheharyar Raza
: Bright sunlight may create visual illusions that lead to driver error, including fallible distance judgment from aerial perspective. We tested whether the risk of a life-threatening motor vehicle crash was increased when driving in bright sunlight.This longitudinal, case-only, paired-comparison analysis evaluated patients hospitalized because of a motor vehicle crash between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2014. The relative risk of a crash associated with bright sunlight was estimated by evaluating the prevailing weather at the time and place of the crash compared with the weather at the same hour and location on control days a week earlier and a week later...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072519/single-molecule-fluorescence-spectroscopy-of-photosynthetic-systems
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Toru Kondo, Wei Jia Chen, Gabriela S Schlau-Cohen
Photosynthesis begins when a network of pigment-protein complexes captures solar energy and transports it to the reaction center, where charge separation occurs. When necessary (under low light conditions), photosynthetic organisms perform this energy transport and charge separation with near unity quantum efficiency. Remarkably, this high efficiency is maintained under physiological conditions, which include thermal fluctuations of the pigment-protein complexes and changing local environments. These conditions introduce multiple types of heterogeneity in the pigment-protein complexes, including structural heterogeneity, energetic heterogeneity, and functional heterogeneity...
January 10, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071026/antiradical-capacity-and-polyphenol-composition-of-asparagus-spears-varieties-cultivated-under-different-sunlight-conditions
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Bartosz Kulczyński, Joanna Kobus-Cisowska, Dominik Kmiecik, Anna Gramza-Michałowska, Dorota Golczak, Józef Korczak
BACKGROUND: Asparagus officinalis has a high nutritional value. Asparagus is rich in a number of bioactive compounds, mainly flavonoids (quercetin), glutathione, vitamin C, vitamin E, fructans (inulin and fructooligosaccharides) and phytosterols (b-sitosterol). These compounds may play an important role in human health. The purpose of this study was to examine the antioxidant potential and polyphenol composition of white, pale-colored and green asparagus spears of different cultivars...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070700/clouds-homogenize-shoot-temperatures-transpiration-and-photosynthesis-within-crowns-of-abies-fraseri-pursh-poiret
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J Melissa Hernandez-Moreno, Nicole M Bayeur, Harold D Coley, Nicole M Hughes
Multiple studies have examined the effects of clouds on shoot and canopy-level microclimate and physiological processes; none have yet done so on the scale of individual plant crowns. We compared incident photosynthetically active radiation (PAR), leaf temperatures, chlorophyll fluorescence, and photosynthetic gas exchange of shoots in three different spatial locations of Abies fraseri crowns on sunny (clear to partly cloudy) versus overcast days. The field site was a Fraser fir farm (1038 m elevation) in the Appalachian mountains, USA...
January 10, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068571/photocatalytic-degradation-of-clofibric-acid-by-g-c3n4-p25-composites-under-simulated-sunlight-irradiation-the-significant-effects-of-reactive-species
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Ping Chen, Fengliang Wang, Qianxin Zhang, Yuehan Su, Lingzhi Shen, Kun Yao, Zhi-Feng Chen, Yang Liu, Zongwei Cai, Wenying Lv, Guoguang Liu
Pharmaceutically emerging micropollutants have become an environmental concern in recent years. In the present paper, the reactive species (RSs)-induced degradation mechanism of clofibric acid (CA) was investigated using a newly sunlight-driven g-C3N4/P25 photocatalyst. A very low g-C3N4 content of 8.0 weight percent resulted in a 3.36 and a 2.29 times faster reaction rate for CA photodegradation than for pristine g-C3N4 and P25, respectively. Electron spin resonance and quenching experiments demonstrated the participation of HO, h(+), e(-), (1)O2 and O2(·-) in the photocatalytic system, and the contribution rates were calculated to 73...
January 4, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068314/modelling-heterogeneous-interfaces-for-solar-water-splitting
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REVIEW
Tuan Anh Pham, Yuan Ping, Giulia Galli
The generation of hydrogen from water and sunlight offers a promising approach for producing scalable and sustainable carbon-free energy. The key of a successful solar-to-fuel technology is the design of efficient, long-lasting and low-cost photoelectrochemical cells, which are responsible for absorbing sunlight and driving water splitting reactions. To this end, a detailed understanding and control of heterogeneous interfaces between photoabsorbers, electrolytes and catalysts present in photoelectrochemical cells is essential...
January 9, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064280/compliance-with-dietary-guidelines-and-increased-fortification-can-double-vitamin-d-intake-a-simulation-study
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Rajwinder K Harika, Mariska Dötsch-Klerk, Peter L Zock, Ans Eilander
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to determine the potential of compliance with Food-Based Dietary Guidelines (FBDG) and increased vitamin D fortification to meet the recommended intake level of vitamin D at 10 µg/day based on minimal exposure to sunlight. METHODS: The main dietary sources of vitamin D were derived from national dietary surveys in adults from United Kingdom (UK) (n = 911), Netherlands (NL) (n = 1,526), and Sweden (SE) (n = 974). The theoretical increase in population vitamin D intake was simulated for the following: (1) compliance with FBDG, (2) increased level of vitamin D in commonly fortified foods, and (3) combination of both...
January 7, 2017: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063141/influence-of-atomic-hydrogen-band-bending-and-defects-in-the-top-few-nanometers-of-hydrothermally-prepared-zinc-oxide-nanorods
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Mubarak J Al-Saadi, Salim H Al-Harthi, Htet H Kyaw, Myo T Z Myint, Tanujjal Bora, Karthik Laxman, Ashraf Al-Hinai, Joydeep Dutta
We report on the surface, sub-surface (top few nanometers) and bulk properties of hydrothermally grown zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods (NRs) prior to and after hydrogen treatment. Upon treating with atomic hydrogen (H*), upward and downward band bending is observed depending on the availability of molecular H2O within the structure of the NRs. In the absence of H2O, the H* treatment demonstrated a cleaning effect of the nanorods, leading to a 0.51 eV upward band bending. In addition, enhancement in the intensity of room temperature photoluminescence (PL) signals due to the creation of new surface defects could be observed...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062456/the-sunlight-a-new-immunomodulatory-approach-of-atherosclerosis
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Hafid Ait-Oufella, Andrew P Sage
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January 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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