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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445998/infrared-raman-and-magnetic-resonance-spectroscopic-study-of-sio2-c-nanopowders
#1
Dariya Savchenko, Vladimir Vorliček, Ekaterina Kalabukhova, Aleksandr Sitnikov, Andrii Vasin, Dmytro Kysil, Stanislav Sevostianov, Valentyn Tertykh, Alexei Nazarov
Optical and magnetic properties of SiO2:C nanopowders obtained by chemical and thermal modification of fumed silica were studied by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, Raman, continuous wave (CW) electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), echo-detected EPR and pulsed electron nuclear double resonance (ENDOR) spectroscopy. Two overlapping signals of Lorentzian lineshape were detected in CW EPR spectra of the initial SiO2:C. The EPR signal at g = 2.0055(3) is due to the silicon dangling bonds, which vanishes after thermal annealing, and the second EPR signal at g = 2...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445845/the-capacity-and-effectiveness-of-diosmectite-and-charcoal-in-trapping-the-compounds-causing-the-most-frequent-intoxications-in-acute-medicine-a-comparative-study
#2
Michaela Mináriková, Veronika Fojtikova, Eliška Vyskočilová, Jan Sedláček, Milan Šikut, Lucie Borek-Dohalska, Marie Stiborová, Marketa Martinkova
The aim of the study was to compare the adsorption ability of two adsorbent materials, namely diosmectite and activated charcoal towards selected model compounds that are most commonly involved in acute intoxication. Eleven model compounds were selected: acetylsalicylic acid, α-amanitin, amlodipine, digoxin, phenobarbital, ibuprofen, imipramine, carbamazepine, oxazepam, promethazine, and theophylline. Of the tested compounds, promethazine and imipramine were the most effectively adsorbed to diosmectite. Their adsorption to diosmectite (0...
April 17, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445756/membrane-mechanics-of-primary-afferent-neurons-in-the-dorsal-root-ganglia-of-rats
#3
Hirosato Kanda, Jianguo G Gu
Membrane mechanics is an important biological factor regulating many cellular functions including cell motility, intercellular and intracellular signaling, gene expression, and membrane ion channel activity. Primary afferent neurons transduce sensory information about temperature, touch, and pain. These sensory functions may be profoundly affected by the states of primary afferent neuron mechanics. However, membrane mechanics of primary afferent neurons is largely unknown. In this study, we established the optical trapping technique for determining membrane mechanics of cultured primary afferent neurons of the dorsal root ganglia (DRG)...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445637/control-of-charge-carriers-trapping-and-relaxation-in-hematite-by-oxygen-vacancy-charge-ab-initio-non-adiabatic-molecular-dynamics
#4
Zhaohui Zhou, Jin Liu, Run Long, Linqiu Li, Liejin Guo, Oleg V Prezhdo
Ultrafast charge recombination in hematite (α-Fe2O3) severely limits its applications in solar energy conversion and utilization, for instance, in photo-electrochemical water splitting. We report the first time-domain ab initio study of charge relaxation dynamics in α-Fe2O3 with and without the oxygen vacancy (Ov) defect, using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics implemented within time-dependent density functional theory. The simulations show that the hole trapping is the rate-limiting step in the electron-hole recombination process for both neutral and ionized Ov systems...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445391/telomerase-inhibitory-effects-of-red-pigment-rubropunctatin-and-statin-monacolin-l-isolated-from-red-yeast-rice
#5
Baojun Xu, Qijun Wang, Changkeun Sung
In addition to the cholesterol-lowering activity of red yeast rice (RYR), its anticancer activities have been frequently reported. However, the mechanism of action of the anticancer activity of RYR is not yet fully understood. The objective of the current study was to elucidate anticancer compositions and anticancer mechanism of actions of RYR. The isolated compounds from RYR were subjected to anti-proliferation assay, apoptosis assay via flow cytometry, and telomerase inhibitory assay via telomeric repeat amplification protocol-PCR (TRAP-PCR) assay, and Western blotting assay in an in vitro cell culture system...
April 26, 2017: Genes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444864/dose-reduction-and-alternatives-to-the-phenol-pheromone-in-monitoring-and-management-of-the-grass-grub-costelytra-zealandica
#6
Aimee R Harper, C Rikard Unelius, Richard J Townsend, David Maxwell Suckling
BACKGROUND: Endemic New Zealand grass grub Costelytra zealandica is a pest of introduced pasture that uses phenol as a sex pheromone. The pheromone could be used to monitor and manage grass grub populations, but the irritating properties and toxicity of phenol for human handlers, as well as the possible ecotoxicological effects, pose obstacles to the deployment of the pheromone. This study aimed to limit the use of phenol by dose-response studies and investigation into alternative attractants and synergists to phenol...
April 26, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444839/age-dependent-alterations-in-osteoblast-and-osteoclast-activity-in-human-cancellous-bone
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Mustafa Becerikli, Henriette Jaurich, Jessica Schira, Matthias Schulte, Carmen Döbele, Christoph Wallner, Stephanie Abraham, Johannes M Wagner, Mehran Dadras, Ulrich Kneser, Marcus Lehnhardt, Björn Behr
It is assumed that the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts is decreased in bone tissue of aged individuals. However, detailed investigation of the molecular signature of human bone from young compared to aged individuals confirming this assumption is lacking. In this study, quantitative expression analysis of genes related to osteogenesis and osteoclastogenesis of human cancellous bone derived from the distal radius of young and aged individuals was performed. Furthermore, we additionally performed immunohistochemical stainings...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444516/trap-nesting-hymenoptera-and-their-network-with-parasites-in-recovered-riparian-forests-brazil
#8
G J Araujo, R Fagundes, Y Antonini
Different aspects of human activities can cause environmental change that endanger species persistence, alter species distributions, and lead to changes in antagonistic and mutualistic interactions, whereas deforestation and flooding of riparian forest results in landscapes consisting of patchily distributed riparian forest fragments in a matrix of pastures, plantations, and urban areas. Therefore, we assessed the richness, abundance, and trophic interactions of trap-nesting Hymenoptera and their parasites at four patches of restored riparian forest and at one reference natural fragment, of different sizes and ages, located at the Volta Grande Reservoir, in Minas Gerais and São Paulo states to answer the following questions: (1) Does the richness and abundance of cavity-nesting bees and wasps differ in riparian forest fragments according to the seasonal periods? (2) Does the composition of cavity-nesting bees and wasps vary among restoration and reference sites and between climate seasons (wet and dry)? (3) How do the degrees of specialization of the parasites vary among the patches of forest? We recorded 12 species of wasps, eight of bees, and nine species of parasites...
April 25, 2017: Neotropical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444365/evaluation-of-attractants-for-monitoring-drosophila-suzukii-diptera-drosophilidae
#9
Andrew J Frewin, Justin Renkema, Hannah Fraser, Rebecca H Hallett
Drosophila suzukii Matsumura is an economically important pest of soft and small fruit crops. Unlike other drosophilid flies, D. suzukii is capable of infesting ripe and partially ripe fruit, which poses a significant pest management challenge, as there is no tolerance for infested or damaged fruit in the marketplace. As a result, producers in many regions rely on calendar-scheduled insecticide applications for D. suzukii management. In order to develop an integrated pest management approach, better tools for monitoring adult fly populations are needed...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Economic Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444209/variation-in-the-time-of-colonization-of-broiler-carcasses-by-carrion-flies-in-nakhonsawan-province-thailand
#10
Kittikhun Moophayak, Kabkaew L Sukontason, Watcharapong Ruankham, Jeffery K Tomberlin, Nophawan Bunchu
Carrion flies are the primary insects colonizing vertebrate carrion; however, limited information is available on the variation in the time of colonization (TOC) as related to time of placement (TOP) and time of death (TOD), particularly in Thailand. Three seasonal sets of nine broiler carcasses (euthanized and placed in field within 0.5 h after death) were placed in mesh enclosures within a disturbed deciduous dipterocarp forest at Nakhonsawan Province, upper-central Thailand, for 3 d to determine the colonization time by carrion flies...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Medical Entomology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444165/proinflammatory-mediators-related-to-orthodontically-induced-periapical-root-resorption-in-rat-mandibular-molars
#11
Yoshiro Matsumoto, Siripen Sringkarnboriboon, Takashi Ono
Objectives: The early phase of orthodontic tooth movement involves acute inflammatory response that may induce bone resorption. The aim of this study was to localize and quantify cells in the periodontium expressing proinflammatory mediators during orthodontically induced periapical root resorption of the rat mandibular molars. Materials and methods: The levels of proinflammatory cytokines interleukin-1 (IL-1) α and β, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), inflammatory enzymes cyclooxygenase (COX) 1 and 2, and their product prostaglandin E2 (PGE2) in the root resorption site were compared to those in the corresponding area of the untreated periodontal ligament (PDL) of physiologically drifting teeth...
April 22, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443860/fabrication-of-large-area-polymer-microfilter-membranes-and-their-application-for-particle-and-cell-enrichment
#12
Javier Alejandro Hernández-Castro, Kebin Li, Anne Meunier, David Juncker, Teodor Veres
A vacuum assisted UV micro-molding (VAUM) process is proposed for the fabrication of freestanding and defect-free polymer membranes based on a UV-curable methacrylate polymer (MD 700). VAUM is a highly flexible and powerful method for fabricating low cost, robust, large-area membranes over 9 × 9 cm(2) with pore sizes from 8 to 20 μm in diameter, 20 to 100 μm in thickness, high aspect ratio (the thickness of the polymer over the diameter of the hole is up to 15 : 1), high porosity, and a wide variety of geometrical characteristics...
April 26, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443351/current-and-future-chemical-therapies-for-treating-anaemia-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#13
Francesco Locatelli, Lucia Del Vecchio, Maria Carmen Luise
Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) are not perfect, since they have potential side effects. Iron therapy is also receiving growing attention in recent years. Areas covered: We performed a literature search on PubMed using the following key words: anaemia, chronic kidney disease, HIF stabilisers, sotatercept, actin traps, iron, iron-containing phosphate binders, iron dialysate. We reviewed new drugs that are under clinical development to obtain better safety and activity and/or easier and cheaper manufacturing processes in comparison to available ESAs...
April 26, 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442996/structural-characteristics-of-simple-rna-repeats-associated-with-disease-and-their-deleterious-protein-interactions
#14
REVIEW
Adam Ciesiolka, Magdalena Jazurek, Karolina Drazkowska, Wlodzimierz J Krzyzosiak
Short Tandem Repeats (STRs) are frequent entities in many transcripts, however, in some cases, pathological events occur when a critical repeat length is reached. This phenomenon is observed in various neurological disorders, such as myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1), fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome, C9orf72-related amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia (C9ALS/FTD), and polyglutamine diseases, such as Huntington's disease (HD) and spinocerebellar ataxias (SCA). The pathological effects of these repeats are triggered by mutant RNA transcripts and/or encoded mutant proteins, which depend on the localization of the expanded repeats in non-coding or coding regions...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441969/molecular-identification-of-plasmodium-spp-and-blood-meal-sources-of-anophelines-in-environmental-reserves-on-s%C3%A3-o-lu%C3%A3-s-island-state-of-maranh%C3%A3-o-brazil
#15
Mayra Araguaia Pereira Figueiredo, Silvia Maria Di Santi, Wilson Gómez Manrique, Luiz Ricardo Gonçalves, Marcos Rogério André, Rosangela Zacarias Machado
BACKGROUND: Considering the diversity of feeding habits that females of some species of anophelines present, it is important to understand which vertebrates are part of blood food sources and how important is the role of each in the ecoepidemiology of malaria. There are many vector species for Plasmodium spp. in the State of Maranhão, Brazil. In São Luís Island, Anopheles aquasalis is the main vector for human malaria; this species is abundant in areas with primates that are positive for Plasmodium...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441957/landscape-structure-affects-distribution-of-potential-disease-vectors-diptera-culicidae
#16
Carina Zittra, Simon Vitecek, Adelheid G Obwaller, Heidemarie Rossiter, Barbara Eigner, Thomas Zechmeister, Johann Waringer, Hans-Peter Fuehrer
BACKGROUND: Vector-pathogen dynamics are controlled by fluctuations of potential vector communities, such as the Culicidae. Assessment of mosquito community diversity and, in particular, identification of environmental parameters shaping these communities is therefore of key importance for the design of adequate surveillance approaches. In this study, we assess effects of climatic parameters and habitat structure on mosquito communities in eastern Austria to deliver these highly relevant baseline data...
April 26, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441650/microrna-1185-induces-endothelial-cell-apoptosis-by-targeting-uvrag-and-krit1
#17
Haoyuan Deng, Xia Chu, Zhenfeng Song, Xinrui Deng, Huan Xu, Yaxin Ye, Songtao Li, Qiao Zhang, Changhao Sun, Ying Li
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial chronic disease and is the main cause of death and impairment in the world. Endothelial injury and apoptosis play a crucial role in the onset and development of atherosclerosis. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been proven to be involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. However, studies of the functional role of apoptosis-related miRNAs in the endothelium during atherogenesis are limited. METHODS: Cell injury and apoptosis were measured in five types of cells transfected with miR-1185 or co-transfected with miR-1185 and its inhibitor...
April 20, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441502/differential-coupling-of-binding-atp-hydrolysis-and-transport-of-fluorescent-probes-with-p-glycoprotein-in-lipid-nanodiscs
#18
Mavis Jiarong Li, Abhinav Nath, William M Atkins
The ATP-binding cassette transporter P-glycoprotein (ABCB1) plays a major role in cellular resistance to drugs, and drug interactions. Experimental studies support a mechanism with nucleotide-dependent fluctuation between inward-facing and outward-facing conformations, which are coupled to nucleotide hydrolysis. However, detailed insight into drug-dependent modulation of these conformational ensembles is lacking. Different drugs likely occupy partially overlapping but distinct sites, and are therefore variably coupled to nucleotide binding and hydrolysis...
April 25, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441487/the-isomeric-preference-of-an-atypical-dopamine-transporter-inhibitor-contributes-to-its-selection-of-the-transporter-conformation
#19
Ara M Abramyan, Sebastian Stolzenberg, Zheng Li, Claus J Loland, Frank Noé, Lei Shi
Cocaine, a widely abused psychostimulant, inhibits the dopamine transporter (DAT) by trapping the protein in an outward-open conformation, whereas atypical DAT inhibitors such as benztropine have low abuse liability and prefer less outward-open conformations. Here, we use a spectrum of computational modeling and simulation approaches to obtain the underlying molecular mechanism in atomistic detail. Interestingly, our quantum mechanical calculations and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations suggest that a benztropine derivative JHW007 prefers a different stereoisomeric conformation of tropane in binding to DAT compared to that of a cocaine derivative, CFT...
April 25, 2017: ACS Chemical Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441017/equilibration-of-micelle-polyelectrolyte-complexes-mechanistic-differences-between-static-and-annealed-charge-distributions
#20
Jennifer E Laaser, Michael McGovern, Yaming Jiang, Elise Lohmann, Theresa M Reineke, David C Morse, Kevin D Dorfman, Timothy P Lodge
The role of charge density and charge annealing in polyelectrolyte complexation was investigated through systematic comparison of two micelle-polyelectrolyte systems. First, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (PDMAEMA-b-PS) micelles were complexed with poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) at pH values above and below the pKa of PDMAEMA to investigate the role of charge annealing in the complexation process. Second, complexes of poly(DMAEMA-stat-oligo(ethylene glycol) methyl ether methacrylate)-block-poly(styrene) (P(DMAEMA-stat-OEGMA)-b-PS) micelles with the same PSS at low pH were used to investigate how the complexation process differs when the charged sites are in fixed positions along the polymer chains...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
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