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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921692/mechanistic-studies-on-the-role-of-cuii-co3-n-2-2n-as-a-water-oxidation-catalyst-carbonate-as-a-non-innocent-ligand
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Amir Mizrahi, Dan Meyerstein, Israel Zilbermann, Haya Kornweitz, Eric Maimon, Haim Cohen
Recently it was reported that copper bicarbonate/ carbonate complexes are good electro-catalysts for water oxidation. However, the results did not enable a decision whether the active oxidant is a CuIII or a CuIV complex. Kinetic analysis of pulse radiolysis measurements coupled with DFT calculations point out that CuIII(CO3)n3-2n complexes are the active intermediates in the electrolysis of CuII(CO3)n2-2n solution. The results enable the evaluation of E°((CuIII/II(CO3)n)aq) ~ 1.42 V vs. NHE at pH 8.4. This redox potential is in accord with the electrochemical report...
September 16, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917260/roles-of-sigma-1-receptors-on-mitochondrial-functions-relevant-to-neurodegenerative-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Tzu-Yu Weng, Shang-Yi Anne Tsai, Tsung-Ping Su
The sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) is a chaperone that resides mainly at the mitochondrion-associated endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane (called the MAMs) and acts as a dynamic pluripotent modulator in living systems. At the MAM, the Sig-1R is known to play a role in regulating the Ca(2+) signaling between ER and mitochondria and in maintaining the structural integrity of the MAM. The MAM serves as bridges between ER and mitochondria regulating multiple functions such as Ca(2+) transfer, energy exchange, lipid synthesis and transports, and protein folding that are pivotal to cell survival and defense...
September 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916283/deuterated-d6-dextromethorphan-elicits-antidepressant-like-effects-in-mice
#3
Linda Nguyen, Anna L Scandinaro, Rae R Matsumoto
The over-the-counter antitussive dextromethorphan (DM) may have rapid antidepressant actions based on its overlapping pharmacology with ketamine, which has shown fast antidepressant effects but whose widespread use remains limited by problematic side effects. We have previously shown that DM produces antidepressant-like effects in the forced swim test (FST) and tail suspension test (TST) that are mediated in part through α-amino-3-hydroxy-5-methyl-4-isoxazole propionic (AMPA) and sigma-1 receptors, two protein targets associated with a faster onset of antidepressant efficacy...
September 12, 2017: Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914224/rapid-risk-assessment-report-for-schistosomiasis-epidemic-in-jianli-county-caused-by-the-sunk-oriental-star-cruise-ship
#4
Ziling Ni, Xiaodong Tan, Bei Liu, Zhaoyu Ying, Xudong Gao, Fen Yang
BACKGROUND: At 9:28 pm on June 1, 2015, the cruise ship "Oriental Star" sank into Yangtze River in Jianli County, with 422 people killed. When the accident occurred, the Chinese government took immediate action and dispatched more than 9000 rescuers. The risk for outbreak of schistosomiasis was increased because of the shipwreck. Obviously it is critical to carry out risk assessment as soon as possible. METHODS: By means of the Delphi method, the situation was analyzed so that the government could fathom the severity of the accident...
September 15, 2017: Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912535/molecular-mechanisms-underlying-the-involvement-of-the-sigma-1-receptor-in-methamphetamine-mediated-microglial-polarization
#5
Jie Chao, Yuan Zhang, Longfei Du, Rongbin Zhou, Xiaodong Wu, Kai Shen, Honghong Yao
Our previous study demonstrated that the sigma-1 receptor is involved in methamphetamine-induced microglial apoptosis and death; however, whether the sigma-1 receptor is involved in microglial activation as well as the molecular mechanisms underlying this process remains poorly understood. The aim of this study is to demonstrate the involvement of the sigma-1 receptor in methamphetamine-mediated microglial activation. The expression of σ-1R, iNOS, arginase and SOCS was examined by Western blot; activation of cell signaling pathways was detected by Western blot analysis...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28898265/sigma-1-receptor-regulates-erk-activation-and-promotes-survival-of-optic-nerve-head-astrocytes
#6
Jing Zhao, Barbara A Mysona, Jing Wang, Graydon B Gonsalvez, Sylvia B Smith, Kathryn E Bollinger
The sigma 1 receptor (S1R) is a unique transmembrane protein that has been shown to regulate neuronal differentiation and cellular survival. It is expressed within several cell types throughout the nervous system and visceral organs, including neurons and glia within the eye. S1R ligands are therapeutic targets for diseases ranging from neurodegenerative conditions to neoplastic disorders. However, effects of S1R activation and inhibition within glia cells are not well characterized. Within the eye, the astrocytes at the optic nerve head are crucial to the health and survival of the neurons that send visual information to the brain...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895361/-cloning-and-characterization-of-two-glutathione-s-transferases-cdnas-in-foc4-and-expression-under-exogenous-oxidative-stress
#7
Xingzhu Qi, Jun Wang, Lei Liu
In order to identify two putative glutathione S-transferase (GSTs) genes in Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. cubense race 4 (Foc4), cDNA sequences of the entire coding regions of the two genes were cloned from Foc4 using RT-PCR method. Subsequently, the two genes were named Fogst1 and Fogst2 respectively. The length of open reading frame of Fogst1 was 609 bp and encoded a protein including 202 amino acid residues, Fogst2 possessed an open reading frame with 693 bp which encoded a 230-amino acid protein. Phylogenetic analysis showed that Fogst1 belonged to sigma (σ) subtype members of the GSTs superfamily, and Fogst2 was a new member of an unknown subfamily in the GSTs superfamily...
June 25, 2017: Sheng Wu Gong Cheng Xue Bao, Chinese Journal of Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28894251/spraying-brassinolide-improves-sigma-broad-tolerance-in-foxtail-millet-setaria-italica-l-through-modulation-of-antioxidant-activity-and-photosynthetic-capacity
#8
Xiang-Yang Yuan, Li-Guang Zhang, Lei Huang, Hui-Jie Yang, Yan-Ting Zhong, Na Ning, Yin-Yuan Wen, Shu-Qi Dong, Xi-E Song, Hong-Fu Wang, Ping-Yi Guo
To explore the role of Brassinolide (BR) in improving the tolerance of Sigma Broad in foxtail millet (Setaria italica L.), effects of 0.1 mg/L of BR foliar application 24 h before 3.37 g/ha of Sigma Broad treatment at five-leaf stage of foxtail millet on growth parameters, antioxidant enzymes, malondialdehyde (MDA), chlorophyll, net photosynthetic rate (P N), chlorophyll fluorescence and P700 parameters were studied 7 and 15 d after herbicide treatment, respectively. Results showed that Sigma Broad significantly decreased plant height, activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD), chlorophyll content, P N, PS II effective quantum yield (Y (II)), PS II electron transport rate (ETR (II)), photochemical quantum yield of PSI(Y (I)) and PS I electron transport rate ETR (I), but significantly increased MDA...
September 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890198/crosstalk-between-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-and-oxidative-stress-in-schizophrenia-the-dawn-of-new-therapeutic-approaches
#9
REVIEW
Shivangi Patel, Dilip Sharma, Kiran Kalia, Vinod Tiwari
Disruption of oxidant/anti-oxidant ratio as well as endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. These stresses can lead to impairments in brain functions progressively leading to neuronal inflammation followed by neuronal cell death. Moreover, the cellular stresses are interlinked leading us to the conclusion that protein misfolding, oxidative stress and apoptosis are intricately intertwined events requiring further research into their mechanistic and physiological pathways...
September 7, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885628/fluctuation-tension-and-shape-transition-of-vesicles-renormalisation-calculations-and-monte-carlo-simulations
#10
Guillaume Gueguen, Nicolas Destainville, Manoel Manghi
It has been known for long that the fluctuation surface tension of membranes r, computed from the height fluctuation spectrum, is not equal to the bare surface tension σ, which is introduced in the theory either as a Lagrange multiplier to conserve the total membrane area or as an external constraint. In this work we relate these two surface tensions both analytically and numerically. They are also compared to the Laplace tension γ, and the mechanical frame tension τ. Using the Helfrich model and one-loop renormalisation calculations, we obtain, in addition to the effective bending modulus κeff, a new expression for the effective surface tension σeff = σ - εkBT/(2ap) where kBT is the thermal energy, ap the projected cut-off area, and ε = 3 or 1 according to the allowed configurations that keep either the projected area or the total area constant...
September 8, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883901/loss-of-sigma-1-receptor-chaperone-promotes-astrocytosis-and-enhances-the-nrf2-antioxidant-defense
#11
Tzu-Yu Weng, Denise T Hung, Tsung-Ping Su, Shang-Yi A Tsai
Sigma-1 receptor (Sig-1R) functions as a chaperon that interacts with multiple proteins and lipids and is implicated in neurodegenerative and psychiatric diseases. Here, we used Sig-1R KO mice to examine brain expression profiles of astrocytes and ubiquitinated proteins, which are both hallmarks of central nervous system (CNS) pathologies. Our results showed that Sig-1R KO induces increased glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) expression in primary neuron-glia cultures and in the whole brain of fetus mice with concomitantly increased accumulations of ubiquitinated proteins...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881650/apex2-enhanced-electron-microscopy-distinguishes-sigma-1-receptor-localization-in-the-nucleoplasmic-reticulum
#12
Timur A Mavlyutov, Huan Yang, Miles L Epstein, Arnold E Ruoho, Jay Yang, Lian-Wang Guo
The sigma-1 receptor (Sig1R) is an endoplasmic reticulum chaperonin that is attracting tremendous interest as a potential anti-neurodegenerative target. While this membrane protein is known to reside in the inner nuclear envelope (NE) and influences transcription, apparent Sig1R presence in the nucleoplasm is often observed, seemingly contradicting its NE localization. We addressed this confounding issue by applying an antibody-free approach of electron microscopy (EM) to define Sig1R nuclear localization. We expressed APEX2 peroxidase fused to Sig1R-GFP in a Sig1R-null NSC34 neuronal cell line generated with CRISPR-Cas9...
August 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879179/capturing-the-cranio-caudal-signature-of-a-turn-with-inertial-measurement-systems-methods-parameters-robustness-and-reliability
#13
Karina Lebel, Hung Nguyen, Christian Duval, Réjean Plamondon, Patrick Boissy
BACKGROUND: Turning is a challenging mobility task requiring coordination and postural stability. Optimal turning involves a cranio-caudal sequence (i.e., the head initiates the motion, followed by the trunk and the pelvis), which has been shown to be altered in patients with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's disease as well as in fallers and frails. Previous studies have suggested that the cranio-caudal sequence exhibits a specific signature corresponding to the adopted turn strategy...
2017: Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28877319/absence-of-sigma-1-receptor-accelerates-photoreceptor-cell-death-in-a-murine-model-of-retinitis-pigmentosa
#14
Jing Wang, Alan Saul, Xuezhi Cui, Penny Roon, Sylvia B Smith
Purpose: Sigma 1 Receptor (Sig1R) is a novel therapeutic target in neurodegenerative diseases, including retinal disease. Sig1R-/- mice have late-onset retinal degeneration with ganglion cell loss that worsens under stress. Whether Sig1R plays a role in maintaining other retinal neurons is unknown, but was investigated here using rd10 mice, a model of severe photoreceptor degeneration. Methods: Wild-type, rd10, and rd10/Sig1R-/- mice were subjected to ERG and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) to assess visual function/structure in situ...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874873/the-overlaying-oil-type-influences-in-vitro-embryo-production-differences-in-composition-and-compound-transfer-into-incubation-medium-between-oils
#15
Cristina A Martinez, Alicia Nohalez, Inmaculada Parrilla, Miguel Motas, Jordi Roca, Inmaculada Romero, Diego L García-Gonza Lez, Cristina Cuello, Heriberto Rodriguez-Martinez, Emilio A Martinez, Maria A Gil
The oil overlay micro-drop system is widely used for cultures of mammalian gametes and embryos. We evaluated hereby the effects of two unaltered commercial oils- Sigma mineral oil (S-MO) and Nidoil paraffin oil (N-PO)-on in vitro embryo production (IVP) outcomes using a pig model. The results showed that while either oil apparently did not affect oocyte maturation and fertilization rates, S-MO negatively affected embryo cleavage rates, blastocyst formation rates, and, consequently, total blastocyst efficiency of the system...
September 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871306/introduction-to-sigma-proteins-evolution-of-the-concept-of-sigma-receptors
#16
Felix J Kim
For over 40 years, scientists have endeavored to understand the so-called sigma receptors. During this time, the concept of sigma receptors has continuously and significantly evolved. With thousands of publications on the subject, these proteins have been implicated in various diseases, disorders, and physiological processes. Nevertheless, we are just beginning to understand what sigma proteins do and how they work. Two subtypes have been identified, Sigma1 and Sigma2. Whereas Sigma1 (also known as sigma-1 receptor, Sig1R, σ1 receptor, and several other names) was cloned over 20 years ago, Sigma2 (sigma-2 receptor, σ2 receptor) was cloned very recently and had remained a pharmacologically defined entity...
September 5, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870519/sigma-1-receptor-knockout-increases-%C3%AE-synuclein-aggregation-and-phosphorylation-with-loss-of-dopaminergic-neurons-in-substantia-nigra
#17
Juan Hong, Ling Wang, Tingting Zhang, Baofeng Zhang, Ling Chen
Sigma-1 receptor (σ1R) is expressed in dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra. Here, we show that σ1R knockout (σ1R(-/-)) mice, at age 6-12 months, appeared with age-related loss of dopaminergic neurons and decline of motor coordination. Levels of α-synuclein (αSyn) oligomers and fibrillar αSyn in substantia nigra of σ1R(-/-) mice were age-dependently increased without the changes in αSyn monomers. The phosphorylation of αSyn monomers or oligomers in dopaminergic neurons was enhanced in σ1R(-/-) mice...
August 10, 2017: Neurobiology of Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870178/using-total-quality-management-approach-to-improve-patient-safety-by-preventing-medication-error-incidences
#18
Nadin Yousef, Farah Yousef
BACKGROUND: Whereas one of the predominant causes of medication errors is a drug administration error, a previous study related to our investigations and reviews estimated that the incidences of medication errors constituted 6.7 out of 100 administrated medication doses. Therefore, we aimed by using six sigma approach to propose a way that reduces these errors to become less than 1 out of 100 administrated medication doses by improving healthcare professional education and clearer handwritten prescriptions...
September 4, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28862018/quantitative-micro-raman-spectroscopy-for-partial-pressure-measurement-in-small-volumes
#19
Sylvain Karlen, Jean Gobet, Thomas Overstolz, Jacques Haesler, Steve Lecomte
We demonstrate the quantitative capabilities of Raman confocal microscopy as a nondestructive method to measure the partial pressure of molecular gases in mm(3) range sealed volume having an optical access. Thanks to a calibration procedure, we apply this technique for the characterization of the absolute nitrogen partial pressure inside buffered micro electromechanical system (MEMS) atomic vapor cells developed for atomic clocks. Our results are compared with measurements obtained by rubidium hyperfine frequency spectroscopy and a good agreement is demonstrated between the two methods, with a three-sigma detection limit below 10 mbar for a 1 h integration time, using a 33 mW 532 nm excitation laser...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28856213/analytical-verification-and-quality-assessment-of-the-tosoh-hlc-723gx-hba1c-analyzer
#20
Marko Ris, Sandra Božičević, Vanja Radišić Biljak, Marijana Vučić Lovrenčić
OBJECTIVES: Ion-exchange high-performance liquid chromatography (IE-HPLC) has long been used as a reproducible and versatile analytical tool for HbA1c measurement. In this study, we performed analytical verification and quality assessment of the recently introduced small IE-HPLC Tosoh HLC-723GX HbA1c analyzer, and a comparison of results to immunoassay (IA) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). DESIGN AND METHODS: The total imprecision of Tosoh HLC-723GX was verified according to CLSI EP15-A2 protocol using commercial control materials (C-QC) and pooled human whole blood samples (HWB)...
April 2017: Pract Lab Med
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