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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645689/duration-and-timing-of-daily-light-exposure-influence-the-rapid-shifting-of-balb-cj-mouse-circadian-locomotor-rhythms
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Thomas J Vajtay, Jeremy J St Thomas, Tyrus E Takacs, Eric G McGann, E Todd Weber
Photic entrainment of the murine circadian system can typically be explained with a discrete model in which light exposures near dusk and dawn can either advance or delay free-running rhythms to match the external light cycle period. In most mouse strains, the magnitude of those phase shifts is limited to several hours per day; however, the BALB/cJ mouse can re-entrain to large (6-8hour) phase advances of the light/dark cycle. In this study, we demonstrate that the circadian responses of BALB/cJ mice are dependent on duration as well as timing of light exposure, with significantly larger phase shifts resulting from >6-hour light exposures, yet loss of entrainment to photoperiods of <2-3h per day or to skeleton photoperiods...
June 20, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645653/catalase-overexpression-modulates-metabolic-parameters-in-a-new-stress-less-leptin-deficient-mouse-model
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Deborah L Amos, Tanner Robinson, Melissa B Massie, Carla Cook, Alexis Hoffsted, Courtney Crain, Nalini Santanam
Oxidative stress plays a key role in obesity by modifying the function of important biological molecules, thus altering obesogenic pathways such as glucose and lipid signaling. Catalase, is an important endogenous antioxidant enzyme that catabolizes hydrogen peroxide produced by the dismutation of superoxide. Recent studies have shown knockdown of catalase exacerbates insulin resistance and leads to obesity. We hypothesized that overexpressing catalase in an obese mouse will modulate obesogenic pathways and protect against obesity...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644561/the-redox-sensitive-module-of-cyclophilin-20-3-2-cysteine-peroxiredoxin-and-cysteine-synthase-integrates-sulfur-metabolism-and-oxylipin-signaling-in-the-high-light-acclimation-response
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Sara M Müller, Shanshan Wang, Wilena Telman, Michael Liebthal, Helena Schnitzer, Andrea Viehhauser, Carsten Sticht, Carolina Delatorre, Markus Wirtz, Rüdiger Hell, Karl-Josef Dietz
The integration of redox- and reactive oxygen species-dependent signaling and metabolic activities are fundamental to plant acclimation to biotic and abiotic stresses. Previous data suggest the existence of a dynamically interacting module in the chloroplast stroma consisting of cyclophilin 20-3 (Cyp20-3), O-acetylserine(thiol)lyase B (OASTL-B), 2-cysteine peroxiredoxins A/B (2-CysPrx) and serine acetyltransferase 2;1 (SERAT2;1). The functionality of this COPS module is influenced by redox stimuli and oxophytodienoic acid (OPDA) which is the precursor for jasmonic acid...
June 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643429/advances-and-challenges-in-metal-sulfides-selenides-for-next-generation-rechargeable-sodium-ion-batteries
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REVIEW
Zhe Hu, Qiannan Liu, Shu-Lei Chou, Shi-Xue Dou
Rechargeable sodium-ion batteries (SIBs), as the most promising alternative to commercial lithium-ion batteries, have received tremendous attention during the last decade. Among all the anode materials for SIBs, metal sulfides/selenides (MXs) have shown inspiring results because of their versatile material species and high theoretical capacity. They suffer from large volume expansion, however, which leads to bad cycling performance. Thus, methods such as carbon modification, nanosize design, electrolyte optimization, and cut-off voltage control are used to obtain enhanced performance...
June 23, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640386/photoresponsive-smart-coloration-electrochromic-supercapacitor
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Tae Gwang Yun, Donghyuk Kim, Yong Ho Kim, Minkyu Park, Seungmin Hyun, Seung Min Han
Electrochromic devices have been widely adopted in energy saving applications by taking advantage of the electrode coloration, but it is critical to develop a new electrochromic device that can undergo smart coloration and can have a wide spectrum in transmittance in response to input light intensity while also functioning as a rechargeable energy storage system. In this study, a photoresponsive electrochromic supercapacitor based on cellulose-nanofiber/Ag-nanowire/reduced-graphene-oxide/WO3 -composite electrode that is capable of undergoing "smart" reversible coloration while simultaneously functioning as a reliable energy-storage device is developed...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637705/light-exercise-heart-rate-on-kinetics-a-comparison-of-data-fitted-with-sigmoidal-and-exponential-functions-and-the-impact-of-fitness-and-exercise-intensity
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Karl M Trounson, Spencer Roberts, Aaron Balloch, Stuart A Warmington
This study examined the suitability of sigmoidal (SIG) and exponential (EXP) functions for modeling HR kinetics at the onset of a 5-min low-intensity cycling ergometer exercise test (5MT). The effects of training status, absolute and relative workloads, and high versus low workloads on the accuracy and reliability of these functions were also examined. Untrained participants (UTabs; n = 13) performed 5MTs at 100W. One group of trained participants (n = 10) also performed 5MTs at 100W (ETabs). Another group of trained participants (n = 9) performed 5MTs at 45% and 60% V˙O2 max (ET45 and ET60, respectively)...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636954/germinal-center-selection-and-affinity-maturation-require-dynamic-regulation-of-mtorc1-kinase
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Jonatan Ersching, Alejo Efeyan, Luka Mesin, Johanne T Jacobsen, Giulia Pasqual, Brian C Grabiner, David Dominguez-Sola, David M Sabatini, Gabriel D Victora
During antibody affinity maturation, germinal center (GC) B cells cycle between affinity-driven selection in the light zone (LZ) and proliferation and somatic hypermutation in the dark zone (DZ). Although selection of GC B cells is triggered by antigen-dependent signals delivered in the LZ, DZ proliferation occurs in the absence of such signals. We show that positive selection triggered by T cell help activates the mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1), which promotes the anabolic program that supports DZ proliferation...
June 20, 2017: Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634818/sg2na-is-a-regulator-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-er-homeostasis-as-its-depletion-leads-to-er-stress
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Buddhi Prakash Jain, Shweta Pandey, Nikhat Saleem, Goutam K Tanti, Shalini Mishra, Shyamal K Goswami
SG2NA belongs to a three-member striatin subfamily of WD40 repeat superfamily of proteins. It has multiple protein-protein interaction domains involved in assembling supramolecular signaling complexes. Earlier, we had demonstrated that there are at least five variants of SG2NA generated by alternative splicing, intron retention, and RNA editing. Such versatile and dynamic mode of regulation implicates it in tissue development. In order to shed light on its role in cell physiology, total proteome analysis was performed in NIH3T3 cells depleted of 78 kDa SG2NA, the only isoform expressing therein...
June 21, 2017: Cell Stress & Chaperones
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634470/the-dark-side-of-the-mushroom-spring-microbial-mat-life-in-the-shadow-of-chlorophototrophs-ii-metabolic-functions-of-abundant-community-members-predicted-from-metagenomic-analyses
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Vera Thiel, Michael Hügler, David M Ward, Donald A Bryant
Microbial mat communities in the effluent channels of Octopus and Mushroom Springs within the Lower Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park have been extensively characterized. Previous studies have focused on the chlorophototrophic organisms of the phyla Cyanobacteria and Chloroflexi. However, the diversity and metabolic functions of the other portion of the community in the microoxic/anoxic region of the mat are poorly understood. We recently described the diverse but extremely uneven microbial assemblage in the undermat of Mushroom Spring based on 16S rRNA amplicon sequences, which was dominated by Roseiflexus members, filamentous anoxygenic chlorophototrophs...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634231/hyperactivity-of-the-arabidopsis-cryptochrome-cry1-l407f-mutant-is-caused-by-a-structural-alteration-close-to-the-cry1-atp-binding-sit
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Christian Orth, Nils Niemann, Lars Hennig, Lars-Oliver Essen, Alfred Batschauer
Plant cryptochromes (cry) act as UV-A/blue light receptors. The prototype, Arabidopsis thaliana cry1, regulates several light responses during the life cycle, including de-etiolation, and is also involved in regulating flowering time. The cry1 photocycle is initiated by light absorption by its FAD chromophore, which is most likely fully oxidized (FADox) in the dark state and photoreduced to the neutral flavin semiquinone (FADH(o)) in its lit state. Cryptochromes lack the DNA-repair activity of the closely related DNA photolyases, but retain the ability to bind nucleotides such as ATP...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634225/homeobox-transcription-factor-nkx2-1-promotes-cyclin-d1-transcription-in-lung-adenocarcinomas
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Masanori Harada, Satoshi Sakai, Tatsuya Ohhata, Kyoko Kitagawa, Masashi Mikamo, Koji Nishimoto, Chiharu Uchida, Hiroyuki Niida, Yojiro Kotake, Haruhiko Sugimura, Takafumi Suda, Masatoshi Kitagawa
The known oncogene cyclin D1 (CCND1) participates in progression of the cell cycle from G1 to S phase. Expression of cyclin D1 is frequently promoted in multiple human cancers including non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, a relationship between cyclin D1 expression and the prognosis of NSCLC has not been confirmed. NKX2-1 is a homeobox transcription factor involved in pulmonary development as a differentiation-promoting factor. In NSCLC, it acts as a metastasis suppressor and correlates with a good prognosis...
June 20, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633974/ribosomes-dance-to-a-daily-rhythm
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Aishwarya Iyer, Ingrid Grummt
Sinturel et al. demonstrate that feeding-fasting rhythms and light-dark cycles direct daily changes in liver mass and cell size. These feeding-fasting- and light-dark-driven diurnal fluctuations are controlled by an unconventional mechanism that affects ribosome assembly and protein levels during the active phase.
June 17, 2017: Trends in Biochemical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632471/lenalidomide-as-a-treatment-for-relapsed-al-amyloidosis-in-an-hiv-positive-patient
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Johanna Denman, Kaveh Manavi, Mark Cook
We present a case of an HIV-positive man with systemic immunoglobulin light chain (AL) amyloid with cardiac involvement. At relapse, he was treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone having previously developed autonomic neuropathy with bortezomib-based chemotherapy. The patient achieved a serological complete response with symptomatic improvement. After 11 cycles, lenalidomide was discontinued due to extensive ischaemia of the gastrointestinal tract. The patient remains symptomatically stable with normal levels of serum-free light chains 11 months after the treatment was discontinued...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631622/highly-flexible-ultra-thin-and-transparent-single-layer-graphene-silver-composite-electrodes-for-organic-light-emitting-diodes
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Kun Li, Hu Wang, Huiying Li, Ye Li, Guangyong Jin, LanLan Gao, Mazzeo Marco, Yu Duan
Transparent conductive electrode (TCE) platforms are required in many optoelectronic devices, including organic light emitting diodes (OLEDs). To date, Indium Tin Oxide (ITO) based electrodes are widely used in TCEs but they still have few limitations in term of achieving flexible OLEDs and display techniques. In this paper, highly-flexible and ultra-thin TCEs were fabricated for use in OLEDs by combining single-layer graphene (SLG) with thin silver layers of only several nanometers in thickness. The as-prepared SLG+Ag (8nm) composite electrodes showed low sheet resistances of 9Ω/sq, high stability over 500 bending cycles, and 74% transmittance at 550nm wavelength...
June 20, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630482/circadian-and-circatidal-clocks-control-the-mechanism-of-semilunar-foraging-behaviour
#15
James F Cheeseman, Rachel M Fewster, Michael M Walker
How animals precisely time behaviour over the lunar cycle is a decades-old mystery. Experiments on diverse species show this behaviour to be endogenous and under clock control but the mechanism has remained elusive. We present new experimental and analytical techniques to test the hypotheses for the semilunar clock and show that the rhythm of foraging behaviour in the intertidal isopod, Scyphax ornatus, can be precisely shifted by manipulating the lengths of the light/dark and tidal cycles. Using light T-cycles (Tcd) the resultant semilunar beat period undergoes shifts from 14...
June 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630378/randomised-controlled-trial-of-the-efficacy-of-a-blue-enriched-light-intervention-to-improve-alertness-and-performance-in-night-shift-workers
#16
Tracey L Sletten, Suzanne Ftouni, Christian L Nicholas, Michelle Magee, Ronald R Grunstein, Sally Ferguson, David J Kennaway, Darren O'Brien, Steven W Lockley, Shantha M W Rajaratnam
OBJECTIVES: Night workers often experience high levels of sleepiness due to misalignment of the sleep-wake cycle from the circadian pacemaker, in addition to acute and chronic sleep loss. Exposure to light, in particular short wavelength light, can improve alertness and neurobehavioural performance. This randomised controlled trial examined the efficacy of blue-enriched polychromatic light to improve alertness and neurobehavioural performance in night workers. DESIGN: Participants were 71 night shift workers (42 males; 32...
June 19, 2017: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628091/the-btg2-prmt1-module-limits-pre-b-cell-expansion-by-regulating-the-cdk4-cyclin-d3-complex
#17
Elmar Dolezal, Simona Infantino, Friedel Drepper, Theresa Börsig, Aparajita Singh, Thomas Wossning, Gina J Fiala, Susana Minguet, Bettina Warscheid, David M Tarlinton, Hassan Jumaa, David Medgyesi, Michael Reth
Developing pre-B cells in the bone marrow alternate between proliferation and differentiation phases. We found that protein arginine methyl transferase 1 (PRMT1) and B cell translocation gene 2 (BTG2) are critical components of the pre-B cell differentiation program. The BTG2-PRMT1 module induced a cell-cycle arrest of pre-B cells that was accompanied by re-expression of Rag1 and Rag2 and the onset of immunoglobulin light chain gene rearrangements. We found that PRMT1 methylated cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4), thereby preventing the formation of a CDK4-Cyclin-D3 complex and cell cycle progression...
June 19, 2017: Nature Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627624/pro-oxidant-activity-of-sulforaphane-and-cisplatin-potentiates-apoptosis-and-simultaneously-promotes-autophagy-in-malignant-mesothelioma-cells
#18
Yoon-Jin Lee, Sang-Han Lee
Sulforaphane (SFN) is an isothiocyanate compound derived from glucoraphanin, which is found in cruciferous vegetables, and has been heralded as a chemopreventive and/or chemotherapeutic agent. The present study investigated the effects of SFN on enhancing the anticancer role of cisplatin (cis-dichlorodiammineplatinum; CDDP) in H‑28 malignant mesothelioma cells. At concentrations demonstrating limited toxicity in MeT‑5A normal human mesothelial cells, combination treatment with the two compounds exhibited synergistic growth‑inhibiting and apoptosis‑promoting activities, as demonstrated by a series of proapoptotic events, including reactive oxygen species accumulation, loss of mitochondrial membrane potential, upregulation of p53 expression, increased B‑cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl‑2) associated X protein/Bcl‑2 ratio, activation of caspase‑3, the occurrence of a sub‑G0/G1 peak and an increase in cells with pyknotic and fragmented nuclei, Annexin V‑phycoerythrin‑positive staining and G2/M phase‑transition delay in the cell cycle...
June 15, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627206/investigation-on-the-endemic-characteristics-of-metorchis-orientalisin-huainan-area-china
#19
Xiaodong Zhan, Chaopin Li, Hua Wu, Entao Sun, Yuxia Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the endemic characteristics of Metorchis orientalis (M. orientalis)in the Huainan area, Anhui province, China. METHODS: The first-intermediate host, second-intermediate host and reservoir hosts were collected, and the endemic characteristics of M. orientalis were examined through field investigation and artificial infection. RESULTS: Investigation was completed in 89 domestic ducks, 156 domestic chicken, 41 domestic geese, 20 domestic cats and 19 dogs...
June 5, 2017: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627118/optical-microresonators-for-sensing-and-transduction-a-materials-perspective
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REVIEW
Kevin D Heylman, Kassandra A Knapper, Erik H Horak, Morgan T Rea, Sudheer K Vanga, Randall H Goldsmith
Optical microresonators confine light to a particular microscale trajectory, are exquisitely sensitive to their microenvironment, and offer convenient readout of their optical properties. Taken together, this is an immensely attractive combination that makes optical microresonators highly effective as sensors and transducers. Meanwhile, advances in material science, fabrication techniques, and photonic sensing strategies endow optical microresonators with new functionalities, unique transduction mechanisms, and in some cases, unparalleled sensitivities...
June 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
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