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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677653/fret-mediated-long-range-wavelength-transformation-by-photoconvertible-fluorescent-proteins-as-an-efficient-mechanism-to-generate-orange-red-light-in-symbiotic-deep-water-corals
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Elena Bollati, Daniel Plimmer, Cecilia D'Angelo, Jörg Wiedenmann
Photoconvertible fluorescent proteins (pcRFPs) are a group of fluorophores that undergo an irreversible green-to-red shift in emission colour upon irradiation with near-ultraviolet (near-UV) light. Despite their wide application in biotechnology, the high-level expression of pcRFPs in mesophotic and depth-generalist coral species currently lacks a biological explanation. Additionally, reduced penetration of near-UV wavelengths in water poses the question whether light-driven photoconversion is relevant in the mesophotic zone, or whether a different mechanism is involved in the post-translational pigment modification in vivo...
July 4, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673742/blue-light-potentiates-neurogenesis-induced-by-retinoic-acid-loaded-responsive-nanoparticles
#2
Tiago Santos, Raquel Ferreira, Emanuel Quartin, Carlos Boto, Cláudia Saraiva, José Bragança, João Peça, Cecília Rodrigues, Lino Ferreira, Liliana Bernardino
Neurogenic niches constitute a powerful endogenous source of new neurons that can be used for brain repair strategies. Neuronal differentiation of these cells can be regulated by molecules such as retinoic acid (RA) or by mild levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) that are also known to upregulate RA receptor alpha (RARα) levels. Data showed that neural stem cells from the subventricular zone (SVZ) exposed to blue light (405nm laser) transiently induced NADPH oxidase-dependent ROS, resulting in β-catenin activation and neuronal differentiation, and increased RARα levels...
June 30, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668515/elucidation-of-photocatalysis-photoluminescence-and-antibacterial-studies-of-zno-thin-films-by-spin-coating-method
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K Kaviyarasu, C Maria Magdalane, K Kanimozhi, J Kennedy, B Siddhardha, E Subba Reddy, Naresh Kumar Rotte, Chandra Shekhar Sharma, F T Thema, Douglas Letsholathebe, Genene Tessema Mola, M Maaza
The ZnO thin films have been prepared by spin coating followed by annealing at different temperatures like 300°C, 350°C, 400°C, 450°C, 500°C & 550°C and ZnO nanoparticles have been used for photocatalytic and antibacterial applications. The morphological investigation and phase analysis of synthesized thin films well characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM), Photoluminescence (PL), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Raman studies. The luminescence peaks detected in the noticeable region between 350nm to 550nm for all synthesized nanosamples are associated to the existence of defects of oxygen sites...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637776/targeting-of-extracellular-rna-reduces-edema-formation-and-infarct-size-and-improves-survival-after-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Philipp Stieger, Jan-Marcus Daniel, Christiane Thölen, Jochen Dutzmann, Kai Knöpp, Dursun Gündüz, Muhammad Aslam, Marian Kampschulte, Alexander Langheinrich, Silvia Fischer, Hector Cabrera-Fuentes, Yong Wang, Kai C Wollert, Johann Bauersachs, Rüdiger Braun-Dullaeus, Klaus T Preissner, Daniel G Sedding
BACKGROUND: Following myocardial infarction (MI), peri-infarct myocardial edema formation further impairs cardiac function. Extracellular RNA (eRNA) released from injured cells strongly increases vascular permeability. This study aimed to assess the role of eRNA in MI-induced cardiac edema formation, infarct size, cardiac function, and survival after acute MI and to evaluate the therapeutic potential of ribonuclease 1 (RNase-1) treatment as an eRNA-degrading intervention. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6J mice were subjected to MI by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611647/pediatric-bilateral-blue-laser-pointer-induced-maculopathy
#5
Joseph Raevis, Eric Shrier
BACKGROUND: We report the first case of pediatric bilateral blue laser pointer maculopathy with complete resolution of visual symptoms. CASE: A 12-year-old boy presented with bilateral decreased visual acuity and central scotomata after blue laser pointer exposure. He was treated with a Medrol Dosepak and topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), with gradual visual acuity improved from 20/40 OU to 20/20 OU over 22 weeks, but with persistent evidence of outer retinal layer disruption from the external limiting membrane to the interdigitation zone...
January 2017: Case Reports in Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608220/calpain-zymography-general-methodology-and-protocol
#6
Kevin K W Wang
Casein zymography has become one of the gold standard assays for monitoring mammalian calcium-activated proteases (calpains) in purified enzyme, cell, or tissue samples. This calpain zymography method takes advantages of (1) casein is an excellent substrate for major isoforms of calpains (Calpain-1, 2 and 3), (2) the embedded casein is digested into small peptides where the calpain bands are located, thus creating a clear zone upon Commassie blue gel staining, and (3) the calpain isoforms have different gel mobility under native gel conditions...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597962/an-unusual-clinical-presentation-of-lupus-erythematosus-tumidus-localized-on-the-thigh
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T Hashimoto, Y Kawakami, H Wakabayashi, W Oda, T Hamada, H Doi, Y Aoyama, K Iwatsuki
A 44-year-old woman with seronegative polyarthritis presented with a 2-year history of a solitary, bluish-red, oedematous, nonscaly, annular and partially reticulated macule on her right thigh. Histopathological findings revealed perivascular and periadnexal lymphocytic infiltrate in the dermis. Alcian blue and colloidal iron stains highlighted mucinous deposit in the upper and mid dermis. Direct immunofluorescence showed a linear deposit of IgG and C3 along the basement membrane zone. Antinuclear antibody was positive at a titre of 1 : 80, with homogenous and speckled patterns...
June 9, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584665/multimodal-imaging-in-an-unusual-cluster-of-multiple-evanescent-white-dot-syndrome
#8
Orly Gal-Or, Ethan Priel, Irit Rosenblatt, Shiri Shulman, Michal Kramer
OBJECTIVE: To describe an unusual cluster of multiple evanescent white dot syndrome (MEWDS) encountered within a 3-month period. METHODS: This retrospective observation study is comprised of seven patients who presented with MEWDS in a 3-month period in central Israel. Data were collected from patients' medical records on clinical, multimodal imaging, and viral serology findings. RESULTS: Six women and one man of mean age 31.5 ± 7.2 years...
2017: Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579093/the-enduring-impact-of-historical-and-structural-racism-on-urban-violence-in-philadelphia
#9
Sara F Jacoby, Beidi Dong, Jessica H Beard, Douglas J Wiebe, Christopher N Morrison
Public health approaches to crime and injury prevention are increasingly focused on the physical places and environments where violence is concentrated. In this study, our aim is to explore the association between historic place-based racial discrimination captured in the 1937 Home Owners Loan Corporation (HOLC) map of Philadelphia and present-day violent crime and firearm injuries. The creators of the 1937 HOLC map zoned Philadelphia based in a hierarchical system wherein first-grade and green color zones were used to indicate areas desirable for government-backed mortgage lending and economic development, a second-grade or blue zone for areas that were already developed and stable, a third-grade or yellow zone for areas with evidence of decline and influx of a "low grade population," and fourth-grade or red zone for areas with dilapidated or informal housing and an "undesirable population" of predominately Black residents...
May 19, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562625/estimating-blue-whale-skin-isotopic-incorporation-rates-and-baleen-growth-rates-implications-for-assessing-diet-and-movement-patterns-in-mysticetes
#10
Geraldine Busquets-Vass, Seth D Newsome, John Calambokidis, Gabriela Serra-Valente, Jeff K Jacobsen, Sergio Aguíñiga-García, Diane Gendron
Stable isotope analysis in mysticete skin and baleen plates has been repeatedly used to assess diet and movement patterns. Accurate interpretation of isotope data depends on understanding isotopic incorporation rates for metabolically active tissues and growth rates for metabolically inert tissues. The aim of this research was to estimate isotopic incorporation rates in blue whale skin and baleen growth rates by using natural gradients in baseline isotope values between oceanic regions. Nitrogen (δ15N) and carbon (δ13C) isotope values of blue whale skin and potential prey were analyzed from three foraging zones (Gulf of California, California Current System, and Costa Rica Dome) in the northeast Pacific from 1996-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555035/identification-of-a-blue-zone-in-a-typical-chinese-longevity-region
#11
Yi Huang, Geoffrey Mark Jacquez
Influenced by a special local environment, the proportion of centenarians is particularly high in some places, known as "blue zones". Blue zones are mysterious regions that continue to attract research. This paper explores the spatial distribution of the longevity population in a typical Chinese longevity region. Longevity evaluation indexes are used to analyze the longevity phenomenon in 88 towns between 2011 and 2015. Our research findings show that longevity is more important than birth rate and migration in shaping the degree of deep aging in the research region...
May 28, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543440/chronic-sleep-restriction-disrupts-interendothelial-junctions-in-the-hippocampus-and-increases-blood-brain-barrier-permeability
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G Hurtado-Alvarado, J Velázquez-Moctezuma, B Gómez-González
Chronic sleep loss in the rat increases blood-brain barrier permeability to Evans blue and FITC-dextrans in almost the whole brain and sleep recovery during short periods restores normal blood-brain barrier permeability. Sleep loss increases vesicle density in hippocampal endothelial cells and decreases tight junction protein expression. However, at the ultrastructural level the effect of chronic sleep loss on interendothelial junctions is unknown. In this study we characterised the ultrastructure of interendothelial junctions in the hippocampus, the expression of tight junction proteins, and quantified blood-brain barrier permeability to fluorescein-sodium after chronic sleep restriction...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540178/scanometry-as-microplate-reader-for-high-throughput-method-based-on-dpph-dry-reagent-for-antioxidant-assay
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Mochammad Amrun Hidayat, Aulia Fitri, Bambang Kuswandi
The stable chromogenic radical 1,1'-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) solution was immobilized on the microwell plate as dry reagent to construct a simple antioxidant sensor. Then, a regular flatbed scanner was used as microplate reader to obtain analytical parameters for antioxidant assay using one-shot optical sensors as scanometry technique. Variables affecting the acquisition of the images were optimized and the analytical parameters are obtained from an area of the sensing zone inside microwell using the average luminosity of the sensing zone captured as the mean of red, green, and blue (RGB) value using ImageJ(®) program...
May 2017: Acta Pharmaceutica Sinica. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532438/the-effect-of-color-type-on-early-wound-healing-in-farmed-mink-neovison-vison
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A Jespersen, H E Jensen, J F Agger, P M H Heegaard, P Damborg, B Aalbæk, A S Hammer
BACKGROUND: Individual differences of mink, including color type, are speculated to affect the course of wound healing, thereby impacting wound assessment and management on the farms, as well as the assessment of wounds in forensic cases. In this study, we examined the effect of color type on early wound healing in farmed mink. Full thickness excisional wounds (2 × 2 cm) were made on the back in 18 mink of the color types Brown, Silverblue and Blue Iris. Gross and microscopic pathology of the wounds was evaluated 2 days post-wounding together with degree of wound size reduction, presence of bacteria and blood analyses...
May 22, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530199/synthesis-of-ag-nps-impregnated-cellulose-composite-material-its-possible-role-in-wound-healing-and-photocatalysis
#15
Attarad Ali, Ihsan Ul Haq, Javeed Akhtar, Muhammad Sher, Naveed Ahmed, Muhammad Zia
Cellulose is the natural biopolymer normally used as supporting agent with enhanced applicability and properties. In present study, cellulose isolated from citrus waste is used for silver nanoparticles (Ag-NPs) impregnation by a simple and reproducible method. The Ag-NPs fabricated cellulose (Ag-Cel) was characterised by powder X-rays diffraction, Fortier transform infrared spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The thermal stability was studied by thermo-gravimetric analysis. The antibacterial activity performed by disc diffusion assay reveals good zone of inhibition against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli by Ag-Cel as compared Ag-NPs...
June 2017: IET Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529654/histological-histochemical-and-ultrastructural-study-of-slipped-capital-femoral-epiphysis
#16
I Tresoldi, A Modesti, M Dragoni, V Potenza, E Ippolito
PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to investigate the histological, histochemical and ultrastructural aspects of the proximal femoral growth plate in slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE). METHODS: Eight core biopsies of the proximal femoral growth plate were performed during in situ epiphysiodesis in patients with SCFE that was at the pre-slipping stage in two cases and at the mild slipping stage (Southwick angle < 30°) in six cases. After fixation, the specimens were processed for either histological or histochemical or ultrastructural studies...
April 2017: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510785/the-impact-of-leisure-on-mental-health-of-sardinian-elderly-from-the-blue-zone-evidence-for-ageing-well
#17
Maria Chiara Fastame, Paul Kenneth Hitchcott, Maria Pietronilla Penna
BACKGROUND: There has been scientific interest in the Sardinia population for a number of years and for a variety of reasons, including its extreme longevity. This is especially prevalent in the central-eastern region of the island, where a blue zone region has been precisely delineated. AIMS: The present study examines the influence of leisure activities on psychological well-being and depressive symptoms in elderly individuals living in the blue zone region of inner Sardinia...
May 16, 2017: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493916/vesicular-glutamate-transporters-play-a-role-in-neuronal-differentiation-of-cultured-svz-derived-neural-precursor-cells
#18
Eduardo H Sánchez-Mendoza, Victor Bellver-Landete, Carmen Arce, Thorsten R Doeppner, Dirk M Hermann, María Jesús Oset-Gasque
The role of glutamate in the regulation of neurogenesis is well-established, but the role of vesicular glutamate transporters (VGLUTs) and excitatory amino acid transporters (EAATs) in controlling adult neurogenesis is unknown. Here we investigated the implication of VGLUTs in the differentiation of subventricular zone (SVZ)-derived neural precursor cells (NPCs). Our results show that NPCs express VGLUT1-3 and EAAT1-3 both at the mRNA and protein level. Their expression increases during differentiation closely associated with the expression of marker genes...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473660/pegylated-plga-based-phase-shift-nanodroplets-combined-with-focused-ultrasound-for-blood-brain-barrier-opening-in-rats
#19
Xiang Zhang, Jiangang Hu, Guanjian Zhao, Ning Huang, Ying Tan, Li Pi, Qing Huang, Feng Wang, Zhigang Wang, Zhibiao Wang, Yuan Cheng
Previous studies have shown that focused ultrasound (FUS) combined with systematic administration of microbubbles (MBs) can open the blood brain barrier (BBB) locally, transiently and reversibly. However, because of the micro size diameters, MBs are restricted in the intravascular space and cannot extravasate into diseased sites through the opened BBB. In this study, we fabricated one kind of nanoscale droplets which consisted of encapsulated liquid perfluoropentane cores and poly (ethyleneglycol) - poly (lactide-co-glycolic acid) shells...
June 13, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438153/damage-to-the-macula-associated-with-led-derived-blue-laser-exposure-a-case-report
#20
Lingling Liang, Zhihua Cui, Chengwei Lu, Qian Hao, Yajuan Zheng
BACKGROUND: Light emitting diodes laser is emerging as an important source of light replacing conventional lights. It is widely used for illumination in the bar where young people love to go. But not everyone knows about the light damage to the eye especially to the macula. In this article, we report the case of a macular damage induced by LED-derived blue laser in a bar, studied with optical coherence tomography (OCT) to evaluate the retinal lesion and multifocal electroretinography (mfERG) to evaluate functional damage...
April 24, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
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