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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334586/a-non-heme-iron-photocatalyst-for-light-driven-aerobic-oxidation-of-methanol
#1
Wesley Richard Browne, Juan Chen, Apparao Draksharapu, Maja Gruden, Stepan Stepanovic
The non-heme (L)FeIII and (L)FeIII-O-FeIII(L) complexes (L = 1,1-di(pyridin-2-yl)-N,N-bis(pyridin-2-ylmethyl)ethan-1-amine) undergoes reduction under irradiation to the FeII state with concomitant oxidation of methanol to methanal, without the need for a secondary photosensitizer. Spectroscopic and Density Functional Theory (DFT) studies support a mechanism in which irradiation results in charge transfer excitation of a FeIII--O-FeIII complex to generate [(L)FeIV=O]2+ (observed transiently during irradiation in acetonitrile), and an equivalent of LFeII...
January 15, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333608/the-synergistic-effect-of-pdt-and-oxacillin-on-clinical-isolates-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#2
Natanel Iluz, Yasmin Maor, Natan Keller, Zvi Malik
BACKGROUND: Staphylococcus aureus is a major pathogen in clinical microbiology. It is known to cause infections at various body sites and can be life-threatening. The development of resistance to many well-established antibiotic treatments and the prevalence of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRAS) among hospital patients and the general community pose challenges in treating the pathogen. The antimicrobial effect of photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been a subject of study for a long time and can offer new strategies for dealing with resistant strains...
January 15, 2018: Lasers in Surgery and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333264/how-anthropogenic-shifts-in-plant-community-composition-alter-soil-food-webs
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REVIEW
Paul Kardol, Jonathan R De Long
There are great concerns about the impacts of soil biodiversity loss on ecosystem functions and services such as nutrient cycling, food production, and carbon storage. A diverse community of soil organisms that together comprise a complex food web mediates such ecosystem functions and services. Recent advances have shed light on the key drivers of soil food web structure, but a conceptual integration is lacking. Here, we explore how human-induced changes in plant community composition influence soil food webs...
2018: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332583/eating-green-shining-light-on-the-use-of-dietary-phytochemicals-as-a-modern-approach-in-the-prevention-and-treatment-of-head-and-neck-cancers
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Linda L Eastham, Candace M Howard, Premalatha Balachandran, David S Pasco, Pier Paolo Claudio
Enthusiasm for the use of dietary bioactive compounds as chemopreventive agents and adjuvants for current therapies has increased laboratory research conducted on several types of cancers including Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma (HNSCC). The green chemoprevention movement is a modern approach to highlight healthy lifestyle changes that aim to decrease the incidence of HNSCC. A healthy diet can be an effective way to prevent the development of oral cancers. Discovery of the naturally occurring plant based compounds called phytochemicals has facilitated the development of new treatment strategies for patients that are at risk for, or have developed HNSCC...
January 12, 2018: Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331778/synthesis-of-a-novel-narrow-band-gap-iron-ii-iii-oxide-titania-silver-silicate-nanocomposite-as-a-highly-efficient-and-stable-visible-light-driven-photocatalyst
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Huiping Chen, Nan Chen, Chuanping Feng, Yu Gao
Ag6Si2O7, a visible light-driven photocatalyst, has attracted considerable attention owing to its enormous environmental remediation potential. In this work, a magnetic iron(II,III) oxide/titania/silver silicate (Fe3O4/TiO2/Ag6Si2O7) nanocomposite was synthesized by anchoring TiO2 and Ag6Si2O7 on the surface of Fe3O4 nanoparticles. The morphology, crystal structure, as well as the spectroscopic, magnetic, and photocurrent properties of the as-prepared Fe3O4/TiO2/Ag6Si2O7 nanocomposite were studied. Methylene blue (MB) was used for evaluating the photocatalytic performance under simulated visible light...
January 6, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331700/effects-of-macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-on-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-mice-with-depression-induced-by-constant-darkness
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Lu-Yuan Tao, Ming-Yuan Huang, Saroj-Thapa, Jiao-Ni Wang, Shao-Ze Wu, Fei He, Kai-Yu Huang, Yang-Jing Xue, Lingwei-Jin, Lian-Ming Liao, Ji-Fei Tang, Kang-Ting Ji
RATIONALE: Depression is associated with coronary artery disease and increases adverse outcomes and mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction, but the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms remain unclear. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) on cardiac ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury in mice with constant darkness-induced depression. METHODS AND RESULTS: Twenty C57BL/6 mice (8 weeks old, male) were randomly divided into 2 groups: one group was housed in a 12h light/dark cycle environment (LD) and the other in a constant darkness environment (DD)...
December 27, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331696/does-early-response-predict-subsequent-remission-in-bipolar-depression-treated-with-repeated-sleep-deprivation-combined-with-light-therapy-and-lithium
#7
Masahiro Suzuki, Sara Dallaspezia, Clara Locatelli, Makoto Uchiyama, Cristina Colombo, Francesco Benedetti
BACKGROUND: The combination of three cycles of sleep deprivation (SD), light therapy (LT), and lithium has recently been proposed as a possible first-line treatment for bipolar depression. However, it is unclear whether early improvement predicts final response/remission in bipolar depression treated with this regimen. METHOD: We studied 220 consecutively admitted inpatients with a major depressive episode in the course of bipolar disorder. The relation between response to first SD and response/remission at the end of the treatment (day 6) was analyzed using logistic regression analysis...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331411/tailoring-cyanobacterial-cell-factory-for-improved-industrial-properties
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REVIEW
Guodong Luan, Xuefeng Lu
Photosynthetic biomanufacturing provides a promising solution for sustainable production of biofuels and biochemicals. Cyanobacteria are among the most promising microbial platforms for the construction of photosynthetic cell factories. Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria has enabled effective photosynthetic synthesis of diverse natural or non-natural metabolites, while commercialization of photosynthetic biomanufacturing is usually restricted by process and economic feasibilities. In actual outdoor conditions, active cell growth and product synthesis is restricted to narrow light exposure windows of the day-night cycles and is threatened by diverse physical, chemical, and biological environmental stresses...
January 10, 2018: Biotechnology Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328264/mid-infrared-supercontinuum-generation-from-1-6-to-11%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-using-concatenated-step-index-fluoride-and-chalcogenide-fibers
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Ramon A Martinez, Genevieve Plant, Kaiwen Guo, Brian Janiszewski, Michael J Freeman, Robert L Maynard, Mohammed N Islam, Fred L Terry, Oseas Alvarez, Francois Chenard, Robert Bedford, Ricky Gibson, Agustin I Ifarraguerri
We demonstrate an all-fiber supercontinuum source that generates a continuous spectrum from 1.6 μm to >11  μm with 417 mW on-time average power at 33% duty cycle. By utilizing a master oscillator power amplifier pump with three amplification stages and concatenating solid core ZBLAN, arsenic sulfide, and arsenic selenide fibers, we shift 1550 nm light to ∼4.5  μm, ∼6.5  μm, and >11  μm, respectively. With 69 mW past 7.5 μm, this source provides both high power and broad spectral expansion, while outputting a single fundamental mode...
January 15, 2018: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327749/fabrication-of-high-performance-graphene-nanoplatelet-based-transparent-electrodes-via-self-interlayer-exfoliation-control
#10
Jong Sik Oh, Ji Soo Oh, Da In Sung, Geun Young Yeom
Graphene nanoplatelets (GNP) have attracted considerable attention due to their high yield and fabrication route that is scalable to enable graphene production. However, the absence of a means of fabricating a transparent and conductive GNP film has been the biggest obstacle to the replacement of pristine graphene. Here, we report on a novel means of fabricating uniform and thin GNP-based high-performance transparent electrodes for flexible and stretchable optoelectronic devices involving the use of an adhesive polymer layer (PMMA) as a GNP layer controller and by forming a hybrid GNP/AgNW electrode embedded on PET or PDMS...
January 12, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324671/spatiotemporal-patterns-of-ground-monitored-pm2-5-concentrations-in-china-in-recent-years
#11
Junming Li, Xiulan Han, Xiao Li, Jianping Yang, Xuejiao Li
This paper firstly explores the space-time evolution of city-level PM 2.5 concentrations showed a very significant seasonal cycle type fluctuation during the period between 13 May 2014 and 30 May 2017. The period from October to April following each year was a heavy pollution period, whereas the phase from April to October of the current year was part of a light pollution period. The average monthly PM 2.5 concentrations in mainland China based on ground monitoring, employing a descriptive statistics method and a Bayesian spatiotemporal hierarchy model...
January 11, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323874/a-strategy-of-solution-processed-all-inorganic-heterostructure-for-humidity-temperature-stable-perovskite-quantum-dot-light-emitting-diodes
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Zhifeng Shi, Sen Li, Ying Li, Huifang Ji, Xinjian Li, Di Wu, Tingting Xu, Yongsheng Chen, Yongtao Tian, Yuantao Zhang, Chongxin Shan, Guotong Du
Recently, an pressing requirement of solid-state lighting sources with high-performance and low-cost has motivated increasing research in metal halide perovskites. But the relatively low emission efficiency and poor operation stability of perovskite light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are still critical drawbacks. In this study, a strategy of solution-processed all-inorganic-heterostructure was proposed to overcome the emission efficiency and operation stability issues facing perovskite LEDs' challenges. Solution-processed n-ZnO nanoparticles and p-NiO are used as the carrier-injectors to fabricate all-inorganic-heterostructured CsPbBr3 quantum dot LEDs, and a high-efficiency green emission is achieved with maximum luminance of 6093...
January 11, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323264/orai3-calcium-channel-and-resistance-to-chemotherapy-in-breast-cancer-cells-the-p53-connection
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Jessy Hasna, Frédéric Hague, Lise Rodat-Despoix, Dirk Geerts, Catherine Leroy, David Tulasne, Halima Ouadid-Ahidouch, Philippe Kischel
Orai proteins are highly selective calcium channels playing an important role in calcium entry. Orai3 channels are overexpressed in breast cancer (BC) tissues, and involved in their proliferation, cell cycle progression and survival. Herein, we sought to address the involvement of Orai3 in resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs. Using high-throughput approaches, we investigated major changes induced by Orai3 overexpression, including downstream signaling mechanisms involved in BC chemotherapy resistance. Resistance was dependent on external calcium presence and thus Orai3 functionality...
January 11, 2018: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322056/field-evaluation-of-outdoor-ultra-low-volume-ulv-applications-against-phlebotomine-sand-flies-diptera-psychodidae-in-al-rabta-north-west-of-libya
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Mostafa Ramahdan Dokhan, Mohamed Amin Kenawy, Taher Shaibi, Badereddin Bashir Annajar
Background: Al Rabta is a rural area in the North-West of Libya that represents an important focus of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of Ultra Low Volume (ULV) applications in controlling sand flies and its impact on leishmaniasis transmission in this area. Methods: Two neighboring villages were selected: Al Rabta West (RW) as cypermethrin treated village and Al Rabta East (RE) as check one. The ULV was evaluated through 3 spraying cycles during Apr, Jun and Sep 2013...
September 2017: Journal of Arthropod-borne Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321394/-chrono-nutrition-and-n-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acid
#15
Shigenobu Shibata, Akiko Furutani
Circadian clock system has been widely maintained in many spices from prokaryote to mammals. "Circadian" means "approximately day" in Latin, thus circadian rhythm means about 24 hour rhythms. The earth revolves once every 24 hours, and our circadian system has been developed for adjusting to this 24 hour cycles, to get sun light information for getting their foods or for alive in birds or mammals. We have two different circadian systems so-called main oscillator located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN) of the hypothalamus, and local oscillator located in the various peripheral organ tissues such as liver, kidney and skeletal muscle...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29320544/diversity-patterns-leishmania-dna-detection-and-bloodmeal-identification-of-phlebotominae-sand-flies-in-villages-in-northern-colombia
#16
Camila González, Cielo León, Andrea Paz, Marla López, Gisell Molina, Diana Toro, Mario Ortiz, Juan Manuel Cordovez, María Claudia Atencia, Germán Aguilera, Catalina Tovar
Leishmaniases are neglected tropical diseases exhibiting complex transmission cycles due to the number of parasite species circulating, sand fly species acting as vectors and infected mammals, including humans, which are defined in the New World as accidental hosts. However, current transmission scenarios are changing, and the disease is no longer exclusively related to forested areas but urban transmission foci occur, involving some species of domestic animals as suspected reservoirs. The aim of this study was to determine the transmission cycles in urban environments by evaluating sand fly diversity, detection of Leishmania DNA, and bloodmeal sources through intra and peridomestic collections...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29319708/thermally-induced-alloying-processes-in-a-bimetallic-system-at-the-nanoscale-agau-sub-5-nm-core-shell-particles-studied-at-atomic-resolution
#17
Maximilian Lasserus, Martin Schnedlitz, Daniel Knez, Roman Messner, Alexander Schiffmann, Florian Lackner, Andreas W Hauser, Ferdinand Hofer, Wolfgang E Ernst
Alloying processes in nanometre-sized Ag@Au and Au@Ag core@shell particles with average radii of 2 nm are studied via high resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) imaging on in situ heatable carbon substrates. The bimetallic clusters are synthesized in small droplets of superfluid helium under fully inert conditions. After deposition, they are monitored during a heating cycle to 600 K and subsequent cooling. The core-shell structure, a sharply defined feature of the TEM High-Angle Annular Dark-Field images taken at room temperature, begins to blur with increasing temperature and transforms into a fully mixed alloy around 573 K...
January 10, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318587/new-perspectives-on-the-role-of-melatonin-in-human-sleep-circadian-rhythms-and-their-regulation
#18
REVIEW
N Zisapel
In mammals a central circadian clock, located in the suprachiasmatic nuclei (SCN) of the hypothalamus, tunes the innate circadian physiological rhythms to the ambient 24h light-dark cycle to invigorate and optimize the internal temporal order. The SCN-activated, light- inhibited production of melatonin conveys the message of darkness to the clock and induces night state in physiological function, e.g., sleep/wake blood pressure and metabolism. Clinically meaningful effects of melatonin treatment have been demonstrated in placebo-controlled trials in humans, particularly in disorders associated with diminished or misaligned melatonin rhythms, e...
January 10, 2018: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29318392/relationship-between-melatonin-and-bone-resorption-rhythms-in-premenopausal-women
#19
Melissa A St Hilaire, Shadab A Rahman, Joshua J Gooley, Paula A Witt-Enderby, Steven W Lockley
Although evidence exists for a daily rhythm in bone metabolism, the contribution of factors such as melatonin levels, the light-dark cycle, and the sleep-wake cycle is difficult to differentiate given their highly correlated time courses. To examine these influences on bone resorption, we collected 48-h sequential urine samples under both ambulatory (8-h sleep:16-h wake) and constant routine (CR) (constant wake, posture, nutrition and dim light) conditions from 20 healthy premenopausal women. Urinary 6-sulphatoxymelatonin (aMT6s; ng/h) and the bone resorption marker amino-terminal cross-linked collagen I telopeptide (NTx; bone collagen equivalents nM/h) were assayed and fit by cosinor models to determine significant 24-h rhythms and acrophase...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29317639/tectonically-triggered-sediment-and-carbon-export-to-the-hadal-zone
#20
Rui Bao, Michael Strasser, Ann P McNichol, Negar Haghipour, Cameron McIntyre, Gerold Wefer, Timothy I Eglinton
Sediments in deep ocean trenches may contain crucial information on past earthquake history and constitute important sites of carbon burial. Here we present 14C data on bulk organic carbon (OC) and its thermal decomposition fractions produced by ramped pyrolysis/oxidation for a core retrieved from the >7.5 km-deep Japan Trench. High-resolution 14C measurements, coupled with distinctive thermogram characteristics of OC, reveal hemipelagic sedimentation interrupted by episodic deposition of pre-aged OC in the trench...
January 9, 2018: Nature Communications
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