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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441627/effect-of-in%C3%A2-vitro-drought-stress-on-phenolic-acids-flavonols-saponins-and-antioxidant-activity-in-agave-salmiana
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César A Puente-Garza, Cristina Meza-Miranda, Desiree Ochoa-Martínez, Silverio García-Lara
This work evaluated the effect of in vitro drought stress on morphological characteristics, phenolic compounds, flavonols, saponin content, and antioxidant activity in plantlets of Agave salmiana. Drought stress was induced with polyethylene glycol (PEG) at 0, 10, 20 and 30% w/v in Murashige and Skoog solid medium. The determination of specific flavonols and saponins was achieved via HPLC-DAD and HPLC-ELSD, respectively. Compared with the control, plants grown in 30% PEG showed a change in the width of the leaves and a different color, showing less clarity and more darkening (L = 21...
April 10, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441539/a-quantum-chemical-insight-into-the-tunable-fluorescence-color-and-distinct-photoisomerization-mechanisms-between-a-novel-esipt-fluorophore-and-its-protonated-form
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Huijuan Yuan, Songyan Feng, Keke Wen, Qiuling Zhu, Beibei An, Xugeng Guo, Jinglai Zhang
Enol-keto proton tautomerization and cis-trans isomerization reactions of a novel excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) fluorophore of BTImP and its protonated form (BTImP(+)) were explored using density functional theory/time-dependent density functional theory (DFT/TD-DFT) computational methods with a B3LYP hybrid functional and the 6-31+G(d,p) basis set. In addition, the absorption and fluorescence spectra were calculated at the TD-B3LYP/6-31+G(d,p) level of theory. Our results reveal that both BTImP and BTImP(+) can undergo an ultrafast ESIPT reaction, giving rise to the single fluorescence emission with different fluorescence colors, which are nicely consistent with the experimental findings...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441325/the-effects-of-taekwondo-training-on-peripheral-neuroplasticity-related-growth-factors-cerebral-blood-flow-velocity-and-cognitive-functions-in-healthy-children-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Su-Youn Cho, Wi-Young So, Hee-Tae Roh
Although regular Taekwondo (TKD) training has been reported to be effective for improving cognitive function in children, the mechanism underlying this improvement remains unclear. The purpose of the present study was to observe changes in neuroplasticity-related growth factors in the blood, assess cerebral blood flow velocity, and verify the resulting changes in children's cognitive function after TKD training. Thirty healthy elementary school students were randomly assigned to control (n = 15) and TKD (n = 15) groups...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441080/color-coded-intravital-imaging-demonstrates-a-transforming-growth-factor-beta-tgf-%C3%AE-antagonist-selectively-targets-stromal-cells-in-a-human-pancreatic-cancer-orthotopic-mouse-model
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Takashi Murakami, Yukihiko Hiroshima, Kentaro Miyake, Ho Kyoung Hwang, Tasuku Kiyuna, Jonathan C DeLong, Thinzar M Lwin, Ryusei Matsuyama, Ryutaro Mori, Takafumi Kumamoto, Takashi Chishima, Kuniya Tanaka, Yasushi Ichikawa, Michael Bouvet, Itaru Endo, Robert M Hoffman
Pancreatic cancer is a recalcitrant malignancy, partly due to desmoplastic stroma which stimulates tumor growth, invasion, and metastasis, and inhibits chemotherapeutic drug delivery. Transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-β) has an important role in the formation of stromal desmoplasia. The present study describes the ability of color-coded intravital imaging to demonstrate the efficacy of a TGF-β inhibitor to target stroma in an orthotopic mouse model of pancreatic cancer. The BxPC-3 human pancreatic adenocarcinoma cell line expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP), which also has a high TGF-β expression level, was used in an orthotopic model in transgenic nude mice ubiquitously expressing red fluorescent protein (RFP)...
April 25, 2017: Cell Cycle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441012/rgb-switchable-porous-electrospun-nanofiber-chemoprobe-filter-prepared-from-multifunctional-copolymers-for-versatile-sensing-of-ph-and-heavy-metals
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Fang-Cheng Liang, Chi Ching Kuo, Bo-Yu Chen, Chia-Jung Cho, Chih-Chien Hung, Wen-Chang Chen, Redouane Borsali
Novel red-green-blue (RGB) switchable probes based on fluorescent porous electrospun (ES) nanofibers exhibiting high sensitivity to pH and mercury ions (Hg2+) were prepared with one type of copolymer (poly(methyl methacrylatete-co-1, 8-naphthalimide derivatives-co-rhodamine derivative); poly(MMA-co-BNPTU-co-RhBAM)) by using a single-capillary spinneret. The MMA, BNPTU, and RhBAM moieties were designed to (i) permit formation of porous fibers, (ii) fluoresce for Hg2+ detection, and (iii) fluoresce for pH, respectively...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440940/from-the-sea-to-the-laboratory-characterization-of-microplastic-as-prerequisite-for-the-assessment-of-ecotoxicological-impact
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Annegret Potthoff, Kathrin Oelschlägel, Mechthild Schmitt-Jansen, Christoph Daniel Rummel, Dana Kühnel
The presence of microplastic (MP) in the aquatic environment is recognized as a global-scale pollution issue. Secondary MP particles result from an ongoing fragmentation process governed by various biotic and abiotic factors. For a reliable risk assessment of these MP particles, knowledge about interactions with biota is needed. However, extensive testing with standard organisms under reproducible laboratory conditions with well-characterized MP suspensions is not available yet. As MP in the environment represents a mixture of particles differing in properties (e...
May 2017: Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440860/doppler-ultrasonographic-measurement-of-short-term-effects-of-valsalva-maneuver-on-retrobulbar-blood-flow
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Sabit Kimyon, Ahmet Mete, Alper Mete, Duçem Mete
BACKGROUND: To investigate the effects of Valsalva maneuver (VM) on retrobulbar blood flow parameters in healthy subjects. METHODS: Participants without any ophthalmologic or systemic pathology were examined in supine position with color and pulsed Doppler imaging for blood flow measurement, via a paraocular approach, in the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA), central retinal vein (CRV), nasal posterior ciliary artery (NPCA), and temporal posterior ciliary artery (TPCA), 10 seconds after a 35- to 40-mm Hg expiratory pressure was reached...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440728/characterization-of-chemical-contaminants-generated-by-a-desktop-fused-deposition-modeling-3-dimensional-printer
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Aleksandr B Stefaniak, Ryan F LeBouf, Jinghai Yi, Jason Ham, Timothy Nurkewicz, Diane E Schwegler-Berry, Bean T Chen, J Raymond Wells, Matthew G Duling, Robert B Lawrence, Stephen B Martin, Alyson R Johnson, M Abbas Virji
Printing devices are known to emit chemicals into the indoor atmosphere. Understanding factors that influence release of chemical contaminants from printers is necessary to develop effective exposure assessment and control strategies. In this study, a desktop fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3-D printer using acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) or polylactic acid (PLA) filaments and two monochrome laser printers were evaluated in a 0.5 m(3) chamber. During printing, chamber air was monitored for vapors using a real-time photoionization detector (results expressed as isobutylene equivalents) to measure total volatile organic compound (TVOC) concentrations, evacuated canisters to identify specific VOCs by off-line gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis, and liquid bubblers to identify carbonyl compounds by GC-MS...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440563/the-sumo-e3-ligase-mdsiz1-promotes-anthocyanin-accumulation-by-sumoylating-mdmyb1-under-low-temperature-conditions-in-apple
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Li-Jie Zhou, Yuan-Yuan Li, Rui-Fen Zhang, Chun-Ling Zhang, Xing-Bin Xie, Cheng Zhao, Yu-Jin Hao
MdMYB1 acts as a crucial component of the MYB-bHLH-WD40 (MBW) complex to regulate anthocyanin biosynthesis in red-skinned apples (Malus domestica), but little is known about its posttranslational regulation. Here, a SUMO E3 ligase MdSIZ1 was screened out as an MdMYB1-interacting protein with a yeast two-hybridization approach. The interaction between MdSIZ1 and MdMYB1 was further verified with pull-down and CoIP assays. Furthermore, it was found that MdSIZ1 directly sumoylated MdMYB1 proteins in vivo and in vitro, especially under moderately low temperature (17 °C) conditions, and that this sumoylation was required for MdMYB1 protein stability...
April 25, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440408/identification-of-potential-gene-targets-in-systemic-vasculitis-using-dna-microarray-analysis
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Yiwen Feng, Miao Zheng, Shujie Gan, Lei Zhang, Zhong Wan, Yanping Zhang, Qin Qian, Jingdong Tang
The present study aimed to identify the involvement of critical genes in systemic vasculitis, to gain an improved understanding of the molecular circuity and to investigate novel potential gene targets for systemic vasculitis treatment. The dual‑color cDNA microarray data of GSE16945, consisting of peripheral mononuclear blood cell specimens from 13 patients with systemic vasculitis and 16 healthy controls, was downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus database. Differentially expressed genes (DEGs) were screened in systemic vasculitis compared with controls using BRB ArrayTools, followed by the construction of a protein‑protein interaction (PPI) network using the clusterProfiler package, and significant functional interaction (FI) module selection...
April 11, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440351/characterization-of-benign-thyroid-nodules-with-hyperspace-hyper-spectral-analysis-for-characterization-in-echography-before-and-after-percutaneous-laser-ablation-a-pilot-study
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Simona Granchi, Enrico Vannacci, Elena Biagi
AIMS: To evaluate the capability of the HyperSPACE (Hyper SPectral Analysis for Characterization in Echography) method in tissue characterization, in order to provide information for the laser treatment of benign thyroid nodules in respect of conventional B-mode images and elastography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The method, based on the spectral analysis of the raw radiofrequency ultrasonic signal, was applied to characterize the nodule before and after laser treatment...
April 22, 2017: Medical Ultrasonography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440007/spectrophotometric-analysis-of-fluorescent-zirconia-abutments-compared-to-conventional-zirconia-abutments-a-within-subject-controlled-clinical-trial
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Daniel S Thoma, Felix B Gamper, Vítor M Sapata, Giuseppe Voce, Christoph H F Hämmerle, Irena Sailer
BACKGROUND: Zirconia abutments are frequently used for implant-supported single crowns. Even though demonstrating esthetic benefits compared to metal abutments, zirconia abutments lead to an increased brightness of the peri-implant mucosa compared to natural teeth and are not ideal from an esthetic point of view. PURPOSE: To test whether or not a fluorescent hybrid zirconia abutment offers superior esthetics compared to a non-fluorescent one-piece zirconia abutment based on spectrophotometric analysis...
April 24, 2017: Clinical Implant Dentistry and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439965/identifying-signatures-of-positive-selection-in-pigmentation-genes-in-two-south-asian-populations
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Manjari Jonnalagadda, Neeraj Bharti, Yatish Patil, Shantanu Ozarkar, Sunitha Manjari K, Rajendra Joshi, Heather Norton
OBJECTIVES: Skin pigmentation is a polygenic trait showing wide phenotypic variations among global populations. While numerous pigmentation genes have been identified to be under positive selection among European and East populations, genes contributing to phenotypic variation in skin pigmentation within and among South Asian populations are still poorly understood. The present study uses data from the Phase 3 of the 1000 genomes project focusing on two South Asian populations-GIH (Gujarati Indian from Houston, Texas) and ITU (Indian Telugu from UK), so as to decode the genetic architecture involved in adaptation to ultraviolet radiation in South Asian populations...
April 24, 2017: American Journal of Human Biology: the Official Journal of the Human Biology Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439792/short-term-and-long-term-attentional-biases-to-frequently-encountered-target-features
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Li Z Sha, Roger W Remington, Yuhong V Jiang
It has long been known that frequently occurring targets are attended better than infrequent ones in visual search. But does this frequency-based attentional prioritization reflect momentary or durable changes in attention? Here we observed both short-term and long-term attentional biases for visual features as a function of different types of statistical associations between the targets, distractors, and features. Participants searched for a target, a line oriented horizontally or vertically among diagonal distractors, and reported its length...
April 24, 2017: Attention, Perception & Psychophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439728/is-color-an-integral-part-of-a-rich-mental-simulation
#15
Lara N Hoeben Mannaert, Katinka Dijkstra, Rolf A Zwaan
Research suggests that language comprehenders simulate visual features such as shape during language comprehension. In sentence-picture verification tasks, whenever pictures match the shape or orientation implied by the previous sentence, responses are faster than when the pictures mismatch implied visual aspects. However, mixed results have been demonstrated when the sentence-picture paradigm was applied to color (Connell, Cognition, 102(3), 476-485, 2007; Zwaan & Pecher, PLOS ONE, 7(12), e51382, 2012). One of the aims of the current investigation was to resolve this issue...
April 24, 2017: Memory & Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439671/tobacco-etch-virus-protease-mediating-cleavage-of-the-cellulose-binding-module-tagged-colored-proteins-immobilized-on-the-regenerated-amorphous-cellulose
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Xuelian Yu, Jiaqi Sun, Weiyu Wang, Li Jiang, Ruyue Wang, Wenjun Xiao, Beijiu Cheng, Jun Fan
In this study, four fusion proteins were designed, in which the N-terminal cellulose-binding module as the affinity tag was immobilized on the regenerated amorphous cellulose (RAC), and the release of the C-terminal colored proteins was detected easily and rapidly after on-resin cleavage using the free tobacco etch virus protease (TEVp) variant, or the immobilized cognate protease with a binding capacity of up to 220 mg protein per gram of RAC. The enhanced stability and repetitive use of the immobilized TEVp compensated slight loss of the catalytic efficiency toward the soluble protein substrate...
April 24, 2017: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439498/gastric-and-duodenal-polyps-in-familial-adenomatous-polyposis-patients-conventional-endoscopy-vs-virtual-chromoendoscopy-fujinon-intelligent-color-enhancement-in-dysplasia-evaluation
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Gabriele Lami, Andrea Galli, Giuseppe Macrì, Emanuele Dabizzi, Maria Rosa Biagini, Mirko Tarocchi, Luca Messerini, Rosa Valanzano, Stefano Milani, Simone Polvani
AIM: To test the fujinon intelligent color enhancement (FICE) in identifying dysplastic or adenomatous polyps in familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) patients. METHODS: Seventy-six consecutive FAP patients, already treated by colectomy and members of sixty-five families, were enrolled. A FICE system for the upper gastro-intestinal tract with an electronic endoscope system and a standard duodenoscope (for side-viewing examination) were used by two expert examiners...
April 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439451/automated-identification-of-insect-vectors-of-chagas-disease-in-brazil-and-mexico-the-virtual-vector-lab
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Rodrigo Gurgel-Gonçalves, Ed Komp, Lindsay P Campbell, Ali Khalighifar, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Vagner José Mendonça, Hannah L Owens, Keynes de la Cruz Felix, A Townsend Peterson, Janine M Ramsey
Identification of arthropods important in disease transmission is a crucial, yet difficult, task that can demand considerable training and experience. An important case in point is that of the 150+ species of Triatominae, vectors of Trypanosoma cruzi, causative agent of Chagas disease across the Americas. We present a fully automated system that is able to identify triatomine bugs from Mexico and Brazil with an accuracy consistently above 80%, and with considerable potential for further improvement. The system processes digital photographs from a photo apparatus into landmarks, and uses ratios of measurements among those landmarks, as well as (in a preliminary exploration) two measurements that approximate aspects of coloration, as the basis for classification...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439279/metabolic-investigation-of-phelipanche-aegyptiaca-reveals-significant-changes-during-developmental-stages-and-in-its-different-organs
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Noam Nativ, Yael Hacham, Joseph Hershenhorn, Evgenia Dor, Rachel Amir
Phelipanche aegyptiaca Pers. is a root holoparasitic plant considered to be among the most destructive agricultural weeds worldwide. In order to gain more knowledge about the metabolic profile of the parasite during its developmental stages, we carried out primary metabolic and lipid profiling using GC-MS analysis. In addition, the levels of amino acids that incorporate into proteins, total protein in the albumin fraction, nitrogen, reduced sugars, and phenols were determined. For the assays, the whole plants from the four developmental stages-tubercle, pre-emergent shoot, post-emergent shoot, and mature flowering plants-were taken...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438606/cell-origin-volume-and-arrangement-are-drivers-of-articular-cartilage-formation-morphogenesis-and-response-to-injury-in-mouse-limbs
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Rebekah S Decker, Hyo-Bin Um, Nathaniel A Dyment, Naiga Cottingham, Yu Usami, Motomi Enomoto-Iwamoto, Mark S Kronenberg, Peter Maye, David W Rowe, Eiki Koyama, Maurizio Pacifici
Limb synovial joints are composed of distinct tissues, but it is unclear which progenitors produce those tissues and how articular cartilage acquires its functional postnatal organization characterized by chondrocyte columns, zone-specific cell volumes and anisotropic matrix. Using novel Gdf5(CreERT2) (Gdf5-CE), Prg4-CE and Dkk3-CE mice mated to R26-Confetti or single-color reporters, we found that knee joint progenitors produced small non-migratory progenies and distinct local tissues over prenatal and postnatal time...
April 21, 2017: Developmental Biology
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