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Jens Nielsen, John Archer, Magbubah Essack, Vladimir B Bajic, Takashi Gojobori, Ivan Mijakovic
The incentive for developing microbial cell factories for production of fuels and chemicals comes from the ability of microbes to deliver these valuable compounds at a reduced cost and with a smaller environmental impact compared to the analogous chemical synthesis. Another crucial advantage of microbes is their great biological diversity, which offers a much larger "catalog" of molecules than the one obtainable by chemical synthesis. Adaptation to different environments is one of the important drives behind microbial diversity...
May 20, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528322/very-low-doses-of-heavy-oxygen-ion-radiation-induce-premature-ovarian-failure
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Birendra Mishra, Ryan Ripperdan, Laura Ortiz, Ulrike Luderer
Astronauts are exposed to charged particles during space travel, and charged particles are also used for cancer radiotherapy. Premature ovarian failure is a well-known side-effect of conventional, low linear energy transfer (LET) cancer radiotherapy, but little is known about the effects of high LET charged particles on the ovary. We hypothesized that lower LET (16.5 keV/µm) oxygen particles would be less damaging to the ovary than we previously found for iron (LET=179 keV/µm). Adult female mice were irradiated with 0, 5, 30, or 50 cGy oxygen ions or 50 cGy oxygen plus dietary supplementation with the antioxidant alpha lipoic acid (ALA)...
May 20, 2017: Reproduction: the Official Journal of the Society for the Study of Fertility
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528309/maintenance-of-claudin-3-expression-and-the-barrier-functions-of-intercellular-junctions-in-parotid-acinar-cells-via-the-inhibition-of-src-signaling
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Megumi Yokoyama, Takanori Narita, Hajime Sakurai, Osamu Katsumata-Kato, Hiroshi Sugiya, Junko Fujita-Yoshigaki
OBJECTIVES: Salivary acinar and duct cells show different expression patterns of claudins, which may reflect their different functions. To study the role of claudins in saliva secretion, we examined alterations in the expression patterns of cell adhesion molecules in parotid glands of γ-irradiated rats and analyzed the influence of those changes on intercellular barrier function using primary cultures of parotid acinar cells. DESIGN: Rats were γ-irradiated with doses of 5, 15 or 20Gy, and expression levels of cell adhesion molecules were examined by immunoblotting analysis...
May 15, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528167/cxcl1-inhibition-regulates-uvb-induced-skin-inflammation-and-tumorigenesis-in-xpa-deficient-mice
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Makoto Kunisada, Chieko Hosaka, Chihiro Takemori, Eiji Nakano, Chikako Nishigori
Xeroderma pigmentosum complementation group A (XP-A) is a hereditary disease characterized by early onset of skin cancers and freckles-like pigmented maculae in the sun-exposed sites. Although etiology of predisposition to UV-induced skin tumors in XP-A is well investigated as a repair deficiency in UV-induced DNA damage, the mechanism of exaggerated sunburn in patients with XP-A and whether UV-induced inflammation relates to skin tumor-prone phenotype remains to be elucidated. Using gene profiling of XP-A model mice, Xpa-deficient mice, we found that expression of CXCL1 in the skin and blood levels of in Xpa-deficient mice increased significantly after UVB exposure at an even a limited area in comparison to those of wild-type mice...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528145/uv-induced-electron-transfer-between-triethylamine-and-5-bromo-2-deoxyuridine-a-puzzle-concerning-the-photochemical-debromination-of-labeled-dna
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Paweł Wityk, Magdalena Zdrowowicz, Justyna Wiczk, Janusz Rak
5-Bromo-2'-deoxyuridine (BrdU) photosensitizes DNA to strand break formation. However, this type of photodamage is completely quenched by the presence of triethylamine (TEA) which originates from RP-HPLC purification commonly employed by oligonucleotide providers. While the presence of TEA in oligonucleotide samples does not interfere with PCR or other molecular biology applications, the mechanism of photochemical reaction proceeding in the labeled DNA is dramatically changed due to the photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between the photoexcited BrdU and the ground state TEA...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527990/%C3%AE-irradiation-of-oat-grain-effect-on-physico-chemical-structural-thermal-and-antioxidant-properties-of-extracted-starch
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Rumaisa Mukhtar, Asima Shah, Naira Noor, Adil Gani, Idrees Ahmed Wani, F A Masoodi
Three different varieties of oat grains, Sabzaar, SKO-20, SKO-90 maintained at the moisture level of 12% were γ-irradiated at four different dosage levels- 5, 10, 15, & 20 KGy. Starch was extracted and its physicochemical, structural, thermal, and antioxidant properties were studied. Amongst the physico-chemical properties, syneresis, solubility index, swelling index and light transmittance values showed a varied significance from their native counterparts. Irradiation also had an effect on RVA profiles which exhibited a decrease in peak, trough, final and set back viscosities whereas the pasting temperatures showed a significant (P ≤ 0...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527987/studies-of-chitosan-pectin-complexes-exposed-to-uv-radiation
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Jolanta Kowalonek
Chitosan and pectin form complexes owing to electrostatic interactions between positively charged amino groups in chitosan and negatively charged carboxylate groups in pectin, which was confirmed by ATR-FTIR spectroscopy and contact angle measurements. Moreover, the formation of these complexes might be associated with the loss of the biopolymers ordering, which resulted in higher surface roughness and lower thermal stability of the complexes in comparison to those of homopolymers. UV rays, used as a sterilizing agent, caused a moderate increase in the surface polarity of the complexes...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527979/degradation-of-chloramphenicol-by-uv-chlorine-treatment-kinetics-mechanism-and-enhanced-formation-of-halonitromethanes
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Huiyu Dong, Zhimin Qiang, Jun Hu, Jiuhui Qu
Ultraviolet (UV)/chlorine process is considered as an emerging advanced oxidation process for the degradation of micropollutants. This study investigated the degradation of chloramphenicol (CAP) and formation of disinfection by-products (DBPs) during the UV/chlorine treatment. It was found that CAP degradation was enhanced by combined UV/chlorine treatment compared to that of UV and chlorination treatment alone. The pseudo-first-order rate constant of the UV/chlorine process at pH 7.0 reached 0.016 s(-1), which was 10...
May 17, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527881/gamma-irradiation-of-resting-eggs-of-moina-macrocopa-affects-individual-and-population-performance-of-hatchlings
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Egor Zadereev, Tatiana Lopatina, Natalia Oskina, Tatiana Zotina, Mikhail Petrichenkov, Dmitry Dementyev
We investigated the effects of γ-radiation on the survival of resting eggs of the cladoceran Moina macrocopa, on the parameters of the life cycle of neonates hatched from the irradiated eggs and on the performance of the population initiated from irradiated eggs. The study showed that γ-radiation in a range of doses from the background level to 100 Gy had no effect on survival of irradiated eggs. The absorbed dose of 200 Gy was lethal to resting eggs of M. macrocopa. The number of clutches and net reproductive rate (R0) of hatchlings from eggs exposed to radiation were the strongly affected parameters in experiments with individual females...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527844/evaluation-of-various-pretreatments-to-fiber-post-on-the-push-out-bond-strength-of-root-canal-dentin
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Ömer Kırmalı, Özlem Üstün, Alper Kapdan, Alper Kuştarcı
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this in vitro study was to compare the effect of different pretreatments (fiber post) with the laser-activated irrigation (LAI) technique (for removal of the smear layer) on root canal dentin in terms of push-out bond strength (PBS) in a fiber post. METHODS: Fifty freshly extracted mandibular single-rooted premolars were prepared, and LAI was applied to all roots (17% EDTA was 5 mL for 120 seconds with an erbium, chromium:yttrium-scandium-gallium-garnet laser [0...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527734/singlet-oxygen-responsive-micelles-for-enhanced-photodynamic-therapy
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Xiaodan Li, Min Gao, Keting Xin, Ling Zhang, Dan Ding, Deling Kong, Zheng Wang, Yang Shi, Fabian Kiessling, Twan Lammers, Jianjun Cheng, Yanjun Zhao
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) efficacy is limited by the very short half-life and limited diffusion radius of singlet oxygen ((1)O2). We report a (1)O2-responsive micellar nanoplatform subject to considerable size-expansion upon light triggering to facilitate on-demand release of photosensitizers. Imidazole, a well-known (1)O2 scavenger, was incorporated in the hydrophobic core of amphiphilic copolymer micelles, and was used to coordinate with biocompatible Zn(2+) and encapsulate the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6)...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527605/analysis-of-gafchromic-ebt3-film-calibration-irradiated-with-gamma-rays-from-different-systems-gamma-knife-and-cobalt-60-unit
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Monsen Najafi, Ghazale Geraily, Alireza Shirazi, Mahbod Esfahani, Javad Teimouri
In recent years, Gafchromic films are used as an advanced instrument for dosimetry systems. The EBT3 films are a new generation of Gafchromic films. Our main interest is to compare the response of the EBT3 films exposed to gamma rays provided by the Theratron 780C as a conventional radiotherapy system and the Leksell Gamma Knife as a stereotactic radiotherapy system (SRS). Both systems use Cobalt-60 sources, thus using the same energy. However, other factors such as source-to-axis distance, number of sources, dose rate, direction of irradiation, shape of phantom, the field shape of radiation, and different scatter contribution may influence the calibration curve...
May 17, 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527462/low-power-broadband-solid-state-mas-nmr-of-14-n
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Andrew J Pell, Kevin J Sanders, Sebastian Wegner, Guido Pintacuda, Clare P Grey
We propose two broadband pulse schemes for (14)N solid-state magic-angle-spinning (MAS) nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) that achieves (i) complete population inversion and (ii) efficient excitation of the double-quantum spectrum using low-power single-sideband-selective pulses. We give a comprehensive theoretical description of both schemes using a common framework that is based on the jolting-frame formalism of Caravatti et al. [J. Magn. Reson. 55, 88 (1983)]. This formalism is used to determine for the first time that we can obtain complete population inversion of (14)N under low-power conditions, which we do here using single-sideband-selective adiabatic pulses...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527427/photothermal-therapy-using-folate-conjugated-gold-nanoparticles-enhances-the-effects-of-6mv-x-ray-on-mouth-epidermal-carcinoma-cells
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Ali Neshastehriz, Mousa Tabei, Shayan Maleki, Samira Eynali, Ali Shakeri-Zadeh
The aim of this study was to develop an optimized method for preparation of folate conjugated gold nanoparticles (F-AuNPs) and to investigate its cytotoxic effects and cell apoptosis in combination with photothermal therapy (PTT) and radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of mouth epidermal carcinoma cells KB. For this purpose, cells were treated with synthesized F-AuNPs at different concentrations for 6h and then irradiated them with laser beam (532nm, 0.5W/cm(2), 15min). After photothermal therapy, the cells were exposed to 6MV X-ray with a single dose of 2Gy...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527426/malvidin-and-cyanidin-derivatives-from-a%C3%A3-ai-fruit-euterpe-oleracea-mart-counteract-uv-a-induced-oxidative-stress-in-immortalized-fibroblasts
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Ganna Petruk, Anna Illiano, Rita Del Giudice, Assunta Raiola, Angela Amoresano, Maria Manuela Rigano, Renata Piccoli, Daria Maria Monti
UV-A radiations are known to induce cellular oxidative stress, leading to premature skin aging. Consumption of açai fruit (Euterpe oleracea Martius) is known to have many health benefits due to its high level of antioxidants. Herein, we analyzed the ability of phenolic compounds extracted from this fruit to attenuate UV-A-induced oxidative stress in immortalized fibroblast. A methanol/water açai extract was fractionated by HPLC and each fraction tested for anti-oxidant stress activity. Immortalized fibroblasts were pre-incubated with açai fractions and then exposed to UV-A radiations...
May 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527413/monochromatic-green-light-induces-an-aberrant-accumulation-of-geranylgeranyled-chlorophylls-in-plants
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Zuzana Materová, Roman Sobotka, Barbora Zdvihalová, Michal Oravec, Jakub Nezval, Václav Karlický, Daniel Vrábl, Michal Štroch, Vladimír Špunda
Light quality is an important environmental factor affecting the biosynthesis of photosynthetic pigments whose production seems to be affected not only quantitatively but also qualitatively. In this work, we set out to identify unusual pigment detected in leaves of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and explain its presence in plants grown under monochromatic green light (GL; 500-590 nm). The chromatographic analysis (HPLC-DAD) revealed that a peak belonging to this unknown pigment is eluted between chlorophyll (Chl) a and b...
May 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527348/the-thermal-neutron-facility-hotnes-theoretical-design
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R Bedogni, A Pietropaolo, J M Gomez-Ros
HOTNES (HOmogeneous Thermal NEutron Source) is a thermal neutron irradiation facility with extended and very uniform irradiation area. A (241)Am-B radionuclide neutron source with nominal strenght 3.5×10(6) s(-1) is located on bottom of a large cylindrical cavity (30cm diameter, 70cm in height) delimited by polyethylene walls. The upper part of this volume (30cm diameter, 40cm in height) is used to irradiate samples. A polyethylene cylinder, acting as shadowing object, prevents fast neutrons to directly reach the irradiation volume...
May 4, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527342/relative-efficacy-of-t-cell-stimuli-as-inducers-of-productive-hiv-1-replication-in-latently-infected-cd4-lymphocytes-from-patients-on-suppressive-cart
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Nadejda Beliakova-Bethell, Marjan Hezareh, Joseph K Wong, Matthew C Strain, Mary K Lewinski, Douglas D Richman, Celsa A Spina
Quantification of cell-associated replication-competent HIV, in blood samples from patients with undetectable plasma viremia, requires specialized culture conditions that include exogenous pan T cell stimulation. Different research groups have used several stimuli for this purpose; however, the relative efficacies of these T cell stimuli to induce productive HIV replication from latently infected cells ex vivo have not been systematically evaluated. To this end, we compared four commonly used T cell stimuli: 1) irradiated allogeneic cells plus phytohaemagglutinin (PHA); 2) PHA alone; 3) phorbol myristate acetate plus Ionomycin; and 4) immobilized αCD3 plus αCD28 antibodies...
May 17, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527000/fluorescent-coelenteramide-containing-protein-as-a-color-bioindicator-for-low-dose-radiation-effects
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Alena S Petrova, Anna A Lukonina, Gennadii A Badun, Nadezhda S Kudryasheva
The study addresses the application of fluorescent coelenteramide-containing proteins as color bioindicators for radiotoxicity evaluation. Biological effects of chronic low-dose radiation are under investigation. Tritiated water (200 MBq/L) was used as a model source of low-intensive ionizing radiation of beta type. 'Discharged obelin,' product of bioluminescent reaction of marine coelenterate Obelia longissimi, was used as a representative of the coelenteramide-containing proteins. Coelenteramide, fluorophore of discharged obelin, is a photochemically active molecule; it produces fluorescence forms of different color...
May 19, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526636/rebamipide-ameliorates-radiation-induced-intestinal-injury-in-a-mouse-model
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Sehwan Shim, Hyo-Sun Jang, Hyun-Wook Myung, Jae Kyung Myung, Jin-Kyu Kang, Min-Jung Kim, Seung Bum Lee, Won-Suk Jang, Sun-Joo Lee, Young-Woo Jin, Seung-Sook Lee, Sunhoo Park
Radiation-induced enteritis is a major side effect in cancer patients undergoing abdominopelvic radiotherapy. Radiation exposure produces an uncontrolled inflammatory cascade and epithelial cell loss leading to impaired epithelial barrier function. The goal of this study was to determine the effect of rebamipide on regeneration of the intestinal epithelia after radiation injury. The abdomens of C57BL/6 mice were exposed to 13Gy of irradiation (IR) and then the mice were treated with rebamipide. Upon IR, intestinal epithelia were destroyed structurally at the microscopic level and bacterial translocation was increased...
May 16, 2017: Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology
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