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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775931/a-nanocomposite-optosensor-containing-carboxylic-functionalized-multiwall-carbon-nanotubes-and-quantum-dots-incorporated-into-a-molecularly-imprinted-polymer-for-highly-selective-and-sensitive-detection-of-ciprofloxacin
#1
Naphat Yuphintharakun, Piyaluk Nurerk, Kochaporn Chullasat, Proespichaya Kanatharana, Frank Davis, Dhassida Sooksawat, Opas Bunkoed
A nanocomposite optosensor consisting of carboxylic acid functionalized multiwall carbon nanotubes and CdTe quantum dots embedded inside a molecularly imprinted polymer (COOH@MWCNT-MIP-QDs) was developed for trace ciprofloxacin detection. The COOH@MWCNT-MIP-QDs were synthesized through a facile sol-gel process using ciprofloxacin as a template molecule, 3-aminopropylethoxysilane as a functional monomer and tetraethoxysilane as a cross-linker at a molar ratio of 1:8:20. The synthesized nanocomposite optosensor had high sensitivity, excellent specificity and high binding affinity to ciprofloxacin...
May 10, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775906/bioaugmentation-with-diaphorobacter-polyhydroxybutyrativorans-to-enhance-nitrate-removal-in-a-poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate-supported-denitrification-reactor
#2
Shusong Zhang, Xingbin Sun, Xuming Wang, Tianlei Qiu, Min Gao, Yanmei Sun, Shoutao Cheng, Qingjing Zhang
A newly isolated and identified Diaphorobacter polyhydroxybutyrativorans strain (SL-205) was employed to enhance the denitrification performance of a laboratory-scale solid-phase denitrification (SPD) reactor using poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) as a carbon source, and dynamic variations in microbial communities in the reactor were investigated. Results indicated that bioaugmentation with strain SL-205 enabled rapid reactor startup and improved denitrification performance relative to the reactor inoculated with activated sludge...
May 9, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775716/ovalbumin-as-a-carrier-to-significantly-enhance-the-aqueous-solubility-and-photostability-of-curcumin-interaction-and-binding-mechanism-study
#3
Yujia Liu, Yanxue Cai, Danyang Ying, Yinlian Fu, Yahong Xiong, Xueyi Le
Egg ovalbumin (OVA) as a macromolecular carrier has the potential to improve the solubility and stability of insolubility bioactive molecules, however, their binding behavior and the mechanism is still ambiguous. In this work, the curcumin was selected as the target to study the interaction and binding mechanism between curcumin and OVA by thermodynamic titration technique in combination with molecular dynamic simulation. The results suggested that the binding included two steps: first, curcumin molecule entered into the hydrophobic pocket of OVA by hydrophobic interaction; and second the interaction was enhanced via hydrogen bonds, resulting in static fluorescence quenching and secondary structural change of OVA...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775640/prestimulus-delta-and-theta-contributions-to-equiprobable-go-nogo-processing-in-healthy-ageing
#4
Frances M De Blasio, Robert J Barry
Ongoing EEG activity contributes to ERP outcomes of stimulus processing, and each of these measures is known to undergo (sometimes significant) age-related change. Variation in their relationship across the life-span may thus elucidate mechanisms of normal and pathological ageing. This study assessed the relationships between low-frequency EEG prestimulus brain states, the ERP, and behavioural outcomes in a simple equiprobable auditory Go/NoGo paradigm, comparing these for 20 young (Mage  = 20.4 years) and 20 healthy older (Mage  = 68...
May 15, 2018: International Journal of Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775409/transactivation-domain-of-p53-regulates-dna-repair-and-integrity-in-human-ips-cells
#5
Ramaswamy Kannappan, Saidulu Mattapally, Pooja A Wagle, Jianyi Zhang
The role of p53 transactivation domain (p53-TAD), a multifunctional and dynamic domain, on DNA repair and retaining DNA integrity in human iPS cells has never been studied. p53-TAD was knocked out in iPS cells using CRISPR/Cas9 and was confirmed by DNA sequencing. p53-TAD KO cells were characterized by: accelerated proliferation, decreased population doubling time, and unaltered Bcl2, BBC3, IGF1R, Bax and altered Mdm2, p21, and PIDD transcripts expression. In p53-TAD KO cells p53 regulated DNA repair proteins XPA, DNA polH and DDB2 expression were found to be reduced compared to p53-WT cells...
May 18, 2018: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775292/entropy-as-a-driver-of-selectivity-for-inhibitor-binding-to-histone-deacetylase-6
#6
Nicholas J Porter, Florence F Wagner, David W Christianson
Among the metal-dependent histone deacetylases, the class IIb isozyme HDAC6 is remarkable because of its role in the regulation of microtubule dynamics in the cytosol. Selective inhibition of HDAC6 results in microtubule hyperacetylation, leading to cell cycle arrest and apoptosis, which is a validated strategy for cancer chemotherapy and the treatment of other disorders. HDAC6 inhibitors generally consist of a Zn2+ -binding group such as a hydroxamate, a linker, and a capping group; the capping group is a critical determinant of isozyme selectivity...
May 18, 2018: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775182/optically-dark-excitonic-states-mediated-exciton-and-biexciton-valley-dynamics-in-monolayer-wse-sub-2-sub
#7
Minghua Zhang, Jiyong Fu, A C Dias, Fanyao Qu
We present a theory to address the photoluminescence (PL) intensity and valley polarization (VP) dynamics in monolayer WSe$_2$, under the impact of excitonic dark states of both excitons and biexcitons. We find that the PL intensity of all excitonic channels including intravalley exciton (X$_{\rm b}$), intravalley biexciton (XX$_{\rm k,k}$) and intervalley biexciton (XX$_{\rm k,k^\prime}$) in particular for the {XX$_{\rm k,k}$} PL is enhanced by laser excitation fluence. In addition, our results indicate the anomalous temperature dependence of PL, i...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774975/signals-of-large-scale-climate-drivers-hatchery-enhancement-and-marine-factors-in-yukon-river-chinook-salmon-survival-revealed-with-a-bayesian-life-history-model
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Curry J Cunningham, Peter A H Westley, Milo D Adkison
Understanding how species might respond to climate change involves disentangling the influence of co-occurring environmental factors on population dynamics, and is especially problematic for migratory species like Pacific salmon that move between ecosystems. To date, debate surrounding the causes of recent declines in Yukon River Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) abundance has centered on whether factors in freshwater or marine environments control variation in survival, and how these populations at the northern extremity of the species range will respond to climate change...
May 18, 2018: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774944/can-traits-predict-individual-growth-performance-a-test-in-a-hyperdiverse-tropical-forest
#9
Lourens Poorter, Carolina V Castilho, Juliana Schietti, Rafael S Oliveira, Flávia R C Costa
The functional trait approach has, as a central tenet, that plant traits are functional and shape individual performance, but this has rarely been tested in the field. Here, we tested the individual-based trait approach in a hyperdiverse Amazonian tropical rainforest and evaluated intraspecific variation in trait values, plant strategies at the individual level, and whether traits are functional and predict individual performance. We evaluated > 1300 tree saplings belonging to > 383 species, measured 25 traits related to growth and defense, and evaluated the effects of environmental conditions, plant size, and traits on stem growth...
May 18, 2018: New Phytologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774769/serum-mediated-activation-of-bone-marrow-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-a-novel-preconditioning-method
#10
Gyeong Joon Moon, Yeon Hee Cho, Dong Hee Kim, Ji Hee Sung, Jeong Pyo Son, Sooyoon Kim, Jae Min Cha, Oh Young Bang
Stroke induces complex and dynamic, local and systemic changes including inflammatory reactions, immune responses, and repair and recovery processes. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to enhance neurological recovery after stroke. We hypothesized that serum factors play a critical role in the activation of bone marrow (BM) MSCs after stroke such as by increasing proliferation, paracrine effects, and rejuvenation. Human MSCs (hMSCs) were grown in fetal bovine serum (FBS), normal healthy control serum (NS), or stroke patient serum (SS)...
January 1, 2018: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774433/dynamic-and-thermodynamic-crossover-scenarios-in-the-kob-andersen-mixture-insights-from-multi-cpu-and-multi-gpu-simulations
#11
Daniele Coslovich, Misaki Ozawa, Walter Kob
The physical behavior of glass-forming liquids presents complex features of both dynamic and thermodynamic nature. Some studies indicate the presence of thermodynamic anomalies and of crossovers in the dynamic properties, but their origin and degree of universality is difficult to assess. Moreover, conventional simulations are barely able to cover the range of temperatures at which these crossovers usually occur. To address these issues, we simulate the Kob-Andersen Lennard-Jones mixture using efficient protocols based on multi-CPU and multi-GPU parallel tempering...
May 17, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774096/gstm3-and-gstp1-novel-players-driving-tumor-progression-in-cervical-cancer
#12
Alberto Checa-Rojas, Luis Fernando Delgadillo-Silva, Martín Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera, Andrés Andrade-Domínguez, Jeovanis Gil, Orlando Santillán, Luis Lozano, Alfredo Toledo-Leyva, Alberto Ramírez-Torres, Patricia Talamas-Rohana, Sergio Encarnación-Guevara
The molecular processes and proteomic markers leading to tumor progression (TP) in cervical cancer (CC) are either unknown or only partially understood. TP affects metabolic and regulatory mechanisms that can be identified as proteomic changes. To identify which proteins are differentially expressed and to understand the mechanisms of cancer progression, we analyzed the dynamics of the tumor proteome in CC cell lines. This analysis revealed two proteins that are up-regulated during TP, GSTM3 and GSTP1. These proteins are involved in cell maintenance, cell survival and the cellular stress response via the NF-κB and MAP kinase pathways during TP...
April 24, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774032/protein-o-glcnac-modification-increases-in-white-blood-cells-after-a-single-bout-of-physical-exercise
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Tamás Nagy, Emese Kátai, Viktória Fisi, Tamás Tibor Takács, Antal Stréda, István Wittmann, Attila Miseta
Background: Protein O-linked N -acetylglucosamine (O-GlcNAc) is a dynamic posttranslational modification influencing the function of many intracellular proteins. Recently it was revealed that O-GlcNAc regulation is modified under various stress states, including ischemia and oxidative stress. Aside from a few contradictory studies based on animal models, the effect of exercise on O-GlcNAc is unexplored. Purpose: To evaluate O-GlcNAc levels in white blood cells (WBC) of human volunteers following physical exercise...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773851/modeling-transcriptional-rewiring-in-neutrophils-through-the-course-of-treated-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis
#14
Zihua Hu, Kaiyu Jiang, Mark Barton Frank, Yanmin Chen, James N Jarvis
Neutrophils in children with the polyarticular form of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) display abnormal transcriptional patterns linked to fundamental metabolic derangements. In this study, we sought to determine the effects of therapy on mRNA and miRNA expression networks in polyarticular JIA. Using exon and miRNA microarrays, we studied children with untreated active JIA (ADU, n = 35), children with active disease on therapy with methotrexate ± etanercept (ADT, n = 26), and children with inactive disease also on therapy (ID, n = 14)...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773798/probing-femtosecond-lattice-displacement-upon-photo-carrier-generation-in-lead-halide-perovskite
#15
Giovanni Batignani, Giuseppe Fumero, Ajay Ram Srimath Kandada, Giulio Cerullo, Marina Gandini, Carino Ferrante, Annamaria Petrozza, Tullio Scopigno
Electronic properties and lattice vibrations are expected to be strongly correlated in metal-halide perovskites, due to the soft fluctuating nature of their crystal lattice. Thus, unveiling electron-phonon coupling dynamics upon ultrafast photoexcitation is necessary for understanding the optoelectronic behavior of the semiconductor. Here, we use impulsive vibrational spectroscopy to reveal vibrational modes of methylammonium lead-bromide perovskite under electronically resonant and non-resonant conditions...
May 17, 2018: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773682/water-structure-changes-in-oxime-mediated-reactivation-process-of-phosphorylated-human-acetylcholinesterase
#16
Irina V Zueva, Sofya V Lushchekina, Patrick Masson
The role of water in oxime-mediated reactivation of phosphylated cholinesterases has been asked with recurrence. To investigate oximate water structure changes in this reaction, reactivation of paraoxon-inhibited human acetylcholinesterase (AChE) was performed by the oxime HI-6 at different pH in the presence and absence of lyotropic salts: a neutral salt (NaCl), a strong chaotropic salt (LiSCN) and strong kosmotropic salts (ammonium sulfate and phosphate HPO4 2- ). At the same time, molecular dynamic simulations of enzyme reactivation under the same conditions were performed over 100 ns...
May 17, 2018: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773581/dynamic-changes-between-two-lhcx-related-energy-quenching-sites-control-diatom-photoacclimation
#17
Lucilla Taddei, Volha Chukhutsina, Bernard Lepetit, Giulio R Stella, Roberto Bassi, Herbert van Amerongen, Jean-Pierre Bouly, Marianne Jaubert, Giovanni Finazzi, Angela Falciatore
Marine diatoms are prominent phytoplankton organisms, optimally performing photosynthesis in extremely variable environments. Diatoms possess a strong ability to dissipate excess absorbed energy as heat via non-photochemical quenching (NPQ). This process relies on changes in carotenoid pigment composition (xanthophyll cycle) and on specific members of the light-harvesting complex (LHC) family specialized in photoprotection (LHCX), which potentially act as NPQ effectors. However, the link between light stress, NPQ, and the existence of different LHCX isoforms is not understood in these organisms...
May 17, 2018: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773529/development-of-a-just-in-time-adaptive-mhealth-intervention-for-insomnia-usability-study
#18
I Wayan Pulantara, Bambang Parmanto, Anne Germain
BACKGROUND: Healthy sleep is a fundamental component of physical and brain health. Insomnia, however, is a prevalent sleep disorder that compromises functioning, productivity, and health. Therefore, developing efficient treatment delivery methods for insomnia can have significant societal and personal health impacts. Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI) is the recommended first-line treatment of insomnia but access is currently limited for patients, since treatment must occur in specialty sleep clinics, which suffer from an insufficient number of trained clinicians...
May 17, 2018: JMIR Human Factors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773425/strain-rate-dependency-of-bovine-trabecular-bone-under-impact-loading-at-sideways-fall-velocity
#19
William S Enns-Bray, Stephen J Ferguson, Benedikt Helgason
There is currently a knowledge gap in scientific literature concerning the strain rate dependent properties of trabecular bone at intermediate strain rates. Meanwhile, strain rates between 10 and 200/s have been observed in previous dynamic finite element models of the proximal femur loaded at realistic sideways fall speeds. This study aimed to quantify the effect of strain rate (ε̇) on modulus of elasticity (E), ultimate stress (σu ), failure energy (Uf ), and minimum stress (σm ) of trabecular bone in order to improve the biofidelity of material properties used in dynamic simulations of sideways fall loading on the hip...
May 3, 2018: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773142/a-climate-driven-model-for-the-dynamics-of-the-free-living-stages-of-cooperia-oncophora
#20
Christian W Sauermann, Dave M Leathwick
Experimental results and published literature data regarding the development, survival and herbage translocation of Cooperia oncophora larvae were used to develop a climate-driven model to simulate the dynamics of the free-living stages. From daily maximum and minimum temperature the model estimated hourly development and survival rates of the pre-infective stages and daily survival of infective third stage larvae (L3) inside the faecal pat and in the herbage. In addition, daily rainfall data were used to calculate the translocation rate of the L3 from the faecal pat into the herbage...
May 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
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