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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141407/partial-solar-radiation-exclusion-with-color-shade-nets-reduce-the-degradation-of-organic-acids-and-flavonoids-of-grape-berry-vitis-vinifera-l
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Johan Martínez-Lüscher, Christopher Cody Lee Chen, Luca Brillante, Sahap Kaan Kurtural
The incidence of solar radiation on red-skinned grapes can promote the synthesis of flavonoid desirable for wine production, elevated temperature may impair their accumulation. We performed a shade cloth trial covering the fruit zone (from pepper-corn size to maturity) with four polyethylene 1-meter curtains with different optical properties (20% shading factor Pearl colored and 40% shading factor Aluminet, Blue and Black colored) and a Control with no cover. Cluster temperature was 3.7°C lower on the Southwest side in Black-40% clusters during the warmest part of the day compared to Control...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141247/connections-of-anterior-thalamic-visual-centers-in-the-leopard-frog-rana-pipiens
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Eric W Recktenwald, Elizabeth A Dudkin, Laura K Skorina, William M Saidel, Edward R Gruberg
The amphibian retina projects to two discrete regions of neuropil in the anterior thalamus: the neuropil of Bellonci and the corpus geniculatum. These retinorecipient areas are encompassed within a larger zone of surrounding neuropil we call the NCZ (for neuropil of Bellonci/corpus geniculatum zone). The NCZ is characterized electrophysiologically by a distinctive tonic oscillatory response to blue light; it appears to be a visual module involved in processing the stationary visual environment. Using horseradish peroxidase (HRP), we mapped the connections of the NCZ...
November 16, 2017: Brain, Behavior and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137732/ultrasound-assisted-biosynthesis-of-cuo-nps-using-brown-alga-cystoseira-trinodis-characterization-photocatalytic-aop-dpph-scavenging-and-antibacterial-investigations
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Haidong Gu, Xiao Chen, Feng Chen, Xing Zhou, Zohreh Parsaee
This contribution reports the biosynthesis of CuO NPs via ultrasound method using the Cystoseira trinodis extracts as an eco friendly and time saving process. The characterization of cupric oxide NPs was performed using XRD, FE-SEM, EDX, TEM, AFM, photoluminescence, UV-Vis, Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy investigations. SEM images show the spherical structure with the average crystallite size 6nm to 7.8nm of CuO. XRD analysis approved the formation of pure monoclinic crystallite structures of CuO NPs. These observations were confirmed by TEM analysis...
March 2018: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122717/synthesis-and-characterization-of-methyl-pyrazolone-functionalized-magnetic-chitosan-composite-for-visible-light-photocatalytic-degradation-of-methylene-blue
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N A Abdelwahab, E M H Morsy
TiO2/Fe3O4, TiO2/Fe3O4/chitosan and Methylpyrazolone functionalized TiO2/Fe3O4/chitosan (MPyTMChi) were successfully prepared. The chemical structure of the prepared materials was confirmed by FT-IR spectra, XRD, SEM and TEM. BET surface area increased from 2.4 to 3.1m(2)/g, Eg decreased from 2.58 to 2.25eV and more quenching of PL emission spectra was observed upon functionalization of TMChi by MPy. Moreover, high Ti and oxygen percentages were detected by EDX. Magnetization value (Ms) reached 21 emu.g(-1) for MPyTMChi...
November 6, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108586/exploiting-an-automated-microfluidic-hydrodynamic-sequential-injection-system-for-determination-of-phosphate
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Wanpen Khongpet, Somkid Pencharee, Chanida Puangpila, Supaporn Kradtap Hartwell, Somchai Lapanantnoppakhun, Jaroon Jakmunee
A microfluidic hydrodynamic sequential injection (μHSI) spectrophotometric system was designed and fabricated. The system was built by laser engraving a manifold pattern on an acrylic block and sealing with another flat acrylic plate to form a microfluidic channel platform. The platform was incorporated with small solenoid valves to obtain a portable setup for programmable control of the liquid flow into the channel according to the HSI principle. The system was demonstrated for the determination of phosphate using a molybdenum blue method...
January 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108580/development-of-flow-systems-incorporating-membraneless-vaporization-units-and-flow-through-contactless-conductivity-detector-for-determination-of-dissolved-ammonium-and-sulfide-in-canal-water
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Waleed Alahmad, Thanakorn Pluangklang, Thitirat Mantim, Victor Cerdà, Prapin Wilairat, Nuanlaor Ratanawimarnwong, Duangjai Nacapricha
Use of membraneless vaporization (MBL-VP) unit with two cone-shaped reservoirs is presented for on-line separation and detection of non-volatile species. A flow system comprising two sets of MBL-VP units with a single in-house capacitively coupled contactless conductivity detector (C4D) was developed for dual determination of ammonium and sulfide ions. Using the continuous-flow section, two zones (280μL) of a sample, either mixed with sodium hydroxide (for ammonium) or hydrochloric acid (for sulfide), are separately delivered into the donor reservoir of the MBL-VP units...
January 15, 2018: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105602/a-new-low-profile-visualized-intraluminal-support-lvis-device-lvis-blue-laboratory-comparison-between-old-and-new-lvis
#7
Joonho Chung, Yoshikazu Matsuda, Jessica Nelson, Kiffon Keigher, Demetrius K Lopes
Objectives The Low-profile Visualized Intraluminal Support (LVIS) device is a flexible intracranial stent. The first generation of this system had significant challenges in consistently providing good wall apposition and aneurysm neck coverage. A new modified LVIS, LVIS Blue (Blue), has been developed to address these issues. The purpose of this study is to report a laboratory comparison of wall apposition and aneurysm neck coverage between the original LVIS and Blue. Methods In bench-top experiments, we noted the visual appearance of the devices and evaluated changes in stent cell angles, neck coverage surface area (%), and stent cell crossing profile for microcatheters using a fusiform aneurysm model...
November 5, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097140/molecular-screening-of-blue-mussels-indicated-high-mid-summer-prevalence-of-human-genogroup-ii-noroviruses-including-the-pandemic-gii-4-2012-variants-in-uk-coastal-waters-during-2013
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Subhajit Biswas, Philippa Jackson, Rebecca Shannon, Katherine Dulwich, Soumi Sukla, Ronald A Dixon
This molecular study is the first report, to the best of our knowledge, on identification of norovirus, NoV GII.4 Sydney 2012 variants, from blue mussels collected from UK coastal waters. Blue mussels (three pooled samples from twelve mussels) collected during the 2013 summer months from UK coastal sites were screened by RT-PCR assays. PCR products of RdRP gene for noroviruses were purified, sequenced and subjected to phylogenetic analysis. All the samples tested positive for NoVs. Sequencing revealed that the NoV partial RdRP gene sequences from two pooled samples clustered with the pandemic "GII...
October 13, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: [publication of the Brazilian Society for Microbiology]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29072221/comparative-evaluation-of-inhibitory-effect-of-curcumin-and-doxycycline-on-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-activity-in-chronic-periodontitis
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Sanjeela Rakshith Guru, Shaila V Kothiwale, Nitin Saroch, Rakshith Chander Guru
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The pathogenesis of inflammatory periodontal diseases essentially involves degradation of extracellular matrix molecules, and collagen breakdown and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are proteinases primarily involved in this process. It is known that doxycycline downregulates MMP activity. Curcumin has anti-inflammatory effect and also downregulates MMP activity. Thus, a study was conducted to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of curcumin by its inhibition of MMP-9 activity and compare the same with doxcycline, which has known anticollagenase activity...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049720/optical-coherence-tomography-angiography-in-the-evaluation-of-geographic-atrophy-area-extension
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Eleonora Corbelli, Riccardo Sacconi, Alessandro Rabiolo, Stefano Mercuri, Adriano Carnevali, Lea Querques, Francesco Bandello, Giuseppe Querques
Purpose: To investigate the application of optical coherence tomography angiography (OCT-A) in evaluation of geographic atrophy (GA) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Methods: Patients with GA were prospectively enrolled and studied with blue fundus autofluorescence (FAF), en face structural OCT, and OCT-A. OCT-A images were acquired using a slab of whole choroid, whereas en face structural OCT images were obtained at the ellipsoid zone (EZ), at the choroidal (CH) level, and at the scleral (SC) level...
October 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046782/assessment-of-the-potential-for-resistance-to-antimicrobial-violet-blue-light-in-staphylococcus-aureus
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Rachael M Tomb, Michelle Maclean, John E Coia, Scott J MacGregor, John G Anderson
BACKGROUND: Antimicrobial violet-blue light in the region of 405 nm is emerging as an alternative technology for hospital decontamination and clinical treatment. The mechanism of action is the excitation of endogenous porphyrins within exposed microorganisms, resulting in ROS generation, oxidative damage and cell death. Although resistance to 405 nm light is not thought likely, little evidence has been published to support this. This study was designed to establish if there is potential for tolerance development, using the nosocomial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus as the model organism...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29046232/geomorphic-controls-on-fluvial-carbon-exports-and-emissions-from-upland-swamps-in-eastern-australia
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Kirsten Cowley, Arun Looman, Damien T Maher, Kirstie Fryirs
Temperate Highland Peat Swamps on Sandstone (THPSS) are upland wetlands, similar to fens in the Northern Hemisphere and are found at the headwaters of low-order streams on the plateaus of Eastern Australia. They are classified as endangered ecological communities under State and National legislation. Previous works have identified particular geomorphic characteristics that are important to carbon storage in these low energy sediment accumulation zones. Changes in the geomorphic structure of THPSS, such as channelisation, may have profound implications for carbon storage...
October 16, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28985307/sequence-based-analysis-of-thermal-adaptation-and-protein-energy-landscapes-in-an-invasive-blue-mussel-mytilus-galloprovincialis
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Norah P Saarman, Kord M Kober, W Brian Simison, Grant H Pogson
Adaptive responses to thermal stress in poikilotherms plays an important role in determining competitive ability and species distributions. Amino acid substitutions that affect protein stability and modify the thermal optima of orthologous proteins may be particularly important in this context. Here, we examine a set of 2,770 protein-coding genes to determine if proteins in a highly invasive heat tolerant blue mussel (Mytilus galloprovincialis) contain signals of adaptive increases in protein stability relative to orthologs in a more cold tolerant M...
October 1, 2017: Genome Biology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28979851/electron-probe-microanalysis-%C3%B0-f-experimentally-stimulated-osteoarthrosis-in-dogs
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Tatyana Stupina, Michael Shchudlo, Michael Stepanov
AIM: To develop methods of articular cartilage preparation for X-ray-electron probe microanalysis and to study its elements content in experimental osteoarthrosis. METHODS: Twenty dogs aged 2-8 years were divided in research (aged 2 years, induction of osteoarthrosis - IOA) and intact group. Intact group included three subgroups (aged 2, 5 and 8 years). Samples of cartilage after araldite saturation and pouring were partially cut into semithin sections stained with methylene blue and with methylene blue-basic fuchsin...
September 18, 2017: World Journal of Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28944495/functional-morphology-of-the-gonoduct-of-the-viviparous-teleost-poeciliopsis-gracilis-heckel-1848-poeciliidae
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Juan Carlos Campuzano-Caballero, Mari Carmen Uribe
Female teleosts do not develop Müllerian ducts; consequently, the ovary of teleosts contains two zones: germinal and gonoduct. The gonoduct lacks germinal cells, but has relevant functions in the reproductive process. We describe the functional morphology of the gonoduct in the viviparous teleost Poeciliopsis gracilis during nongestation and gestation stages. This study tests the hypothesis that the gonoduct functions as a barrier between the germinal zone and the exterior. By providing information about morphology and function of the gonoduct we show that this part of the ovary has an essential role in the reproduction of teleosts...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Morphology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929136/allochroic-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-diodes-through-field-induced-solvatochromic-effect
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Chunmiao Han, Chunbo Duan, Weibo Yang, Mingchen Xie, Hui Xu
Allochroic organic light-emitting devices (AOLEDs) characterized by field-dependent emissive color variation are promising as visible signal response units for intelligent applications. Most of the AOLEDs were realized by changing their recombination zones or inter- and intramolecular energy transfer, rendering the limited repeatability, stability, and electroluminescence (EL) performance. We report a novel thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) diode that featured a successive and irreversible emission color change from bluish green to deep blue during voltage increase, which uses the significant influence of host polarity on the emission color of TADF dyes, namely, solvatochromic effect...
September 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28928433/measuring-the-role-of-seagrasses-in-regulating-sediment-surface-elevation
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Maria Potouroglou, James C Bull, Ken W Krauss, Hilary A Kennedy, Marco Fusi, Daniele Daffonchio, Mwita M Mangora, Michael N Githaiga, Karen Diele, Mark Huxham
Seagrass meadows provide numerous ecosystem services and their rapid global loss may reduce human welfare as well as ecological integrity. In common with the other 'blue carbon' habitats (mangroves and tidal marshes) seagrasses are thought to provide coastal defence and encourage sediment stabilisation and surface elevation. A sophisticated understanding of sediment elevation dynamics in mangroves and tidal marshes has been gained by monitoring a wide range of different sites, located in varying hydrogeomorphological conditions over long periods...
September 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904594/psychological-well-being-in-italian-families-an-exploratory-approach-to-the-study-of-mental-health-across-the-adult-life-span-in-the-blue-zone
#18
Paul Kenneth Hitchcott, Maria Chiara Fastame, Jessica Ferrai, Maria Pietronilla Penna
Self-reported measures of psychological well-being and depressive symptoms were examined across differently aged family members, while controlling for the impact of marital status and personal satisfaction about family and non-family relations. Twenty-one grandchildren (i.e., ages 21-36 years) were recruited with their parents (i.e., 48-66 years old) and grandparents (i.e., 75-101 years of age) in the 'blue zone' of Ogliastra, an Italian area known for the longevity of its inhabitants. Each participant was individually presented a battery of questionnaires assessing their lifestyle and several perceived mental health indices, including the Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Well-Being Scale (WEMWBS, Tennant et al...
August 2017: Europe's journal of psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899490/a-new-ph-indicator-dye-based-method-for-rapid-and-efficient-screening-of-l-asparaginase-producing-microorganisms
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Kanti N Mihooliya, Jitender Nandal, Laxmi Swami, Himanshu Verma, Lipsy Chopra, Debendra K Sahoo
l-asparaginase is a pharmaceutically and industrially important enzyme as it has potential to treat different cancers and inhibit acrylamide formation in fried and baked food products. In the present study, an attempt was made to screen for new and novel l-asparaginase producers using a widely applied phenol red and bromothymol blue (BTB)(1) dye-based plate assay. Screening of four different soil samples for l-asparaginase producers resulted in the isolation of three new potential l-asparaginase producing bacteria...
December 2017: Enzyme and Microbial Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867392/effects-of-alprazolam-treatment-on-anxiety-like-behavior-induced-by-color-stimulation-in-adult-zebrafish
#20
Mateusz Pieróg, Leszek Guz, Urszula Doboszewska, Ewa Poleszak, Piotr Wlaź
It has been reported that the use of certain stimuli can lead to anxiety-like behavior in zebrafish. Moreover, visual stimulation of zebrafish is becoming a popular tool. Here we evaluated the effects of six colors combinations and alprazolam, a benzodiazepine which is widely used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, on the behavior of adult zebrafish in a two-chambered apparatus, which chambers were illuminated by red/yellow, green/blue, red/green, green/yellow, red/blue and blue/yellow light. The following parameters were measured: time spent in the zone, number of entries to the zone, time of freezing, distance traveled and average speed in the zone...
August 31, 2017: Progress in Neuro-psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry
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