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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930608/anti-tick-vaccines-in-the-omics-era
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Manuel Rodriguez Valle, Felix D Guerrero
Tick vaccines have been available for more than 20 years. They are useful and effective control agents when used properly. However, no new products have emerged since the Bm86-based Gavac vaccine was commercialized. Acaricide resistance is a problem with no abatement in sight and anti-tick vaccines are likely to be relied upon even more in the coming years. As human medicine and plant agriculture has embraced the various Omics technologies, the search for anti-tick vaccines would be well served to follow; so that new vaccine antigens and adjuvants might be developed to assist tick control programs...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Elite Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930498/molecular-and-morphological-characterization-of-a-brazilian-lineage-of-plasmodium-novyella-unalis-in-turdus-spp-passeriformes-of-the-atlantic-forest-with-remarks-on-new-hosts-and-high-genetic-variation
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Raquel Tostes, Roberto Júnio Pedroso Dias, Luísa de Oliveira, Marcus Vinicius Xavier Senra, Carlos Luiz Massard, Marta D'Agosto
Plasmodium spp. are haemosporidian protozoans that alternate their live cycles between bloodsucking Culicidae dipterans and vertebrate hosts (mammals, reptiles and birds). In birds, these parasites are the causative agents of the so called avian malaria, a disease associated with considerable declines and extinctions in the avifauna in different geographical regions. In this work, we applied a multidisciplinary approach, light microscopy and cytochrome oxidase b (cyt b) gene sequence analysis for characterization of Plasmodium found in association with wild birds of the genus Turdus, collected in Atlantic forest fragments of southeastern Brazil...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Parasitology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930152/proteomic-analysis-of-the-chlorophyta-dunaliella-new-strain-al-1-revealed-global-changes-of-metabolism-during-high-carotenoid-production
#3
Faten Ben Amor, Fatma Elleuch, Hajer Ben Hlima, Matthieu Garnier, Bruno Saint-Jean, Mohamed Barkallah, Chantal Pichon, Slim Abdelkafi, Imen Fendri
The green microalgae Dunaliella genus is known for the production of high added value molecules. In this study, strain AL-1 was isolated from the Sebkha of Sidi El Hani (Sousse, Tunisia). This isolate was identified both morphologically and genetically via 18S rRNA gene sequence as a member of the genus Dunaliella. Strain AL-1 was found to be closely related to Dunaliella salina, Dunaliella quartolecta and Dunaliella polymorpha with more than 97% similarity. Response surface methodology was used to maximize carotenoid production by strain AL-1 by optimizing its growth conditions...
September 20, 2017: Marine Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926067/3-aminoperylene-and-ascorbate-in-aqueous-sds-one-green-laser-flash-%C3%A2-and-action-sustainably-detoxifying-a-recalcitrant-chloro-organic
#4
Tim Kohlmann, Robert Naumann, Christoph Kerzig, Martin Goez
The hydrated electron represents a "super-reductant" in water, providing 2.9 eV of reductive power, which suffices to decompose nonactivated aliphatic halides. We show that 3-amino-perylene in SDS micelles, when combined with the bioavailable ascorbate as an extramicellar sacrificial donor, sustainably produces hydrated electrons through photoredox catalysis with green light, from a metal-free system, and at near-physiological pH. Photoionization of the amine with a 532 nm laser yields an extremely long-lived radical cation as the by-product, and a subsequent reaction of the latter with the sacrificial donor across the micelle/water interface regenerates the catalyst...
September 19, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924505/greater-reproductive-investment-but-shorter-lifespan-in-agrosystem-than-in-natural-habitat-toads
#5
Francisco Javier Zamora-Camacho, Mar Comas
Global amphibian decline is due to several factors: habitat loss, anthropization, pollution, emerging diseases, and global warming. Amphibians, with complex life cycles, are particularly susceptible to habitat alterations, and their survival may be impaired in anthropized habitats. Increased mortality is a well-known consequence of anthropization. Life-history theory predicts higher reproductive investment when mortality is increased. In this work, we compared age, body size, and different indicators of reproductive investment, as well as prey availability, in natterjack toads (Epidalea calamita) from agrosystems and adjacent natural pine groves in Southwestern Spain...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924376/verteporfin-inhibits-cell-proliferation-and-induces-apoptosis-in-human-leukemia-nb4-cells-without-light-activation
#6
Min Chen, Liang Zhong, Shi-Fei Yao, Yi Zhao, Lu Liu, Lian-Wen Li, Ting Xu, Liu-Gen Gan, Chun-Lan Xiao, Zhi-Ling Shan, Bei-Zhong Liu
Background and Aims: Verteporfin (VP), clinically used in photodynamic therapy for neovascular macular degeneration, has recently been proven a suppressor of yes-associated protein (YAP) and has shown potential in anticancer treatment. However, its anti-human leukemia effects in NB4 cells remain unclear. In this study, we investigated the effects of VP on proliferation and apoptosis in human leukemia NB4 cells. Methods: NB4 cells were treated with VP for 24 h. The effects of VP on cell proliferation were determined using a Cell-Counting Kit-8 assay (CCK-8) assay and colony forming assay...
2017: International Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922606/three-dimensional-nico2o4-mnmoo4-core-shell-nanoarrays-for-high-performance-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#7
Yuliang Yuan, Weicheng Wang, Jie Yang, Haichao Tang, Zhizhen Ye, Yujia Zeng, Jianguo Lu
Design of new materials with sophisticated nanostructure has been proven to be an efficient strategy to improve their properties in many applications. Herein, we demonstrate the successful combination of high electron conductive materials of NiCo2O4 with the high capacitance materials of MnMoO4 by forming a core-shell nanostructure. The NiCo2O4@MnMoO4 core-shell nanoarrays (CSNAs) electrode possesses high specific capacitance of 4.24 F cm-2 at a current density of 5 mA cm-2, obviously larger than the pristine NiCo2O4 electrode...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922589/higher-baseline-proinflammatory-cytokines-mark-poor-antidepressant-response-in-bipolar-disorder
#8
Francesco Benedetti, Sara Poletti, Thomas A Hoogenboezem, Clara Locatelli, Harm de Wit, Annemarie J M Wijkhuijs, Cristina Colombo, Hemmo A Drexhage
BACKGROUND: The clinical relevance of raised levels of circulating cytokines in bipolar disorder is still unclear. Cytokines influence neurotransmitters, neuroplasticity, and white matter integrity. An inconsistent literature suggests that higher cytokine levels could hamper antidepressant response. Total sleep deprivation (TSD) and light therapy (LT) prompt a rapid antidepressant response and can provide a model treatment to study predictors of response. METHODS: We studied at baseline 15 immune-regulating compounds in 37 consecutively admitted inpatients with a major depressive episode in the course of bipolar disorder (DSM-5 criteria) and in 24 controls...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920984/tailoring-the-morphology-followed-by-the-electrochemical-performance-of-nimn-ldh-nanosheet-arrays-through-controlled-co-doping-for-high-energy-and-power-asymmetric-supercapacitors
#9
Saurabh Singh, Nanasaheb M Shinde, Qi Xun Xia, Chandu V V M Gopi, Je Moon Yun, Rajaram S Mane, Kwang Ho Kim
Herein, we tailor the surface morphology of nickel-manganese-layered double hydroxide (NiMn-LDH) nanostructures on 3D nickel-foam via a step-wise cobalt (Co)-doping hydrothermal chemical process. At the 10% optimum level of Co-doping, we noticed a thriving tuned morphological pattern of NiMn-LDH nanostructures (NiCoMn-LDH (10%)) in terms of the porosity of the nanosheet (NS) arrays which not only improves the rate capability as well as cycling stability, but also demonstrates nearly two-fold specific capacitance enhancement compared to Co-free and other NiCoMn-LDH electrodes with a half-cell configuration in 3 M KOH, suggesting that Co-doping is indispensable for improving the electrochemical performance of NiMn-LDH electrodes...
September 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920706/do-night-and-around-the-clock-firefighters-shift-schedules-induce-deviation-in-tau-from-24-hours-of-systolic-and-diastolic-blood-pressure-circadian-rhythms
#10
Alain E Reinberg, Michael H Smolensky, Marc Riedel, Cedric Riedel, Eric Brousse, Yvan Touitou
Systolic (S) and diastolic (D) blood pressures (BP) [SBP and DBP] are circadian rhythmic with period (τ) in healthy persons assumed to be maintained at 24.0h. We tested this assumption in a sample of 30 healthy career (mean >12 yrs) 30-to-46 yr-old male Caucasian French firefighters (FFs) categorized into three groups according to work schedule and duties: Group A - 12 FFs working 12h day, 12h night, and occasionally 24h shifts and whose primary duties are firefighting plus paramedical and road rescue services; Group B - 9 FFs working mostly 12h day and 12h night shifts and whose duties are answering incoming emergency calls and coordinating service vehicle dispatch from fire stations with Group A personnel; Group C - 9 day shift (09:00-17:00h) FFs charged with administrative tasks...
September 18, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920161/tapered-us-carbon-emissions-during-good-times-what-s-old-what-s-new
#11
Yoke-Kee Eng, Chin-Yoong Wong
In light of a slow buildup in CO2 emissions since the recovery, this paper revisits the relationship between CO2 emissions and the US economy using a nonlinear autoregressive distributed lag model, in which the determinants are identified through an expanded real business cycle model. We find convincing evidence that CO2 emissions decline more rapidly during recessions than increase during expansions over the long run. Of all determinants considered, long-run asymmetry is fostered once vehicle miles traveled is controlled...
September 17, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919247/the-effect-of-directed-photic-stimulation-of-the-pineal-on-experimental-parkinson-s-disease
#12
Gregory L Willis, Christopher B Freelance
The role of the circadian system in Parkinson's disease (PD) is a topic of increasing scientific interest. This has emerged from recent studies demonstrating an altered response of PD patients to treatment in relation to the phase of the light/dark cycle and from other work defining the functional significance of melanocytes in PD: a cell type that the nigro-striatal dopamine (NSD) system and circadian system both contain. The present study was undertaken to determine the sensitivity of the pineal, as the final common pathway of the circadian system, to light delivered directly to the pineal via surgical implantation of LEDs...
September 15, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919010/germ-cell-proliferation-and-apoptosis-during-testicular-regression-in-a-seasonal-breeding-fish-kept-in-captivity
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Yves Moreira Ribeiro, Santer Alvares de Matos, Fabricio Flavio Theophilo Domingos, Helio Batista Dos Santos, Augusto Bicalho Cruz Vieira, Nilo Bazzoli, Elizete Rizzo
Cell proliferation and apoptosis regulate germ cells stock and sperm production, eliminate anomalous gametes, and are essential parameters to consider in fish farming. Herein, spermatogenic activity as well as germ cell proliferation and apoptosis were assessed in Leporinus taeniatus, a seasonal breeding species from the São Francisco River basin, Brazil. Testes of 24 adult fishes from a farming station were sampled between December and July and processed for light and transmission electron microscopy and immunohistochemistry for PCNA and TUNEL assay...
September 12, 2017: Tissue & Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916681/circannual-testis-and-moult-cycles-persist-under-photoperiods-that-disrupt-circadian-activity-and-clock-gene-cycles-in-spotted-munia
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Neha Agarwal, Ila Mishra, Ruchi Komal, Sangeeta Rani, Vinod Kumar
We investigated if circannual rhythms underlying annual testis maturation and moult cycles were independent of the duration and frequency of light period and the circadian clock control in non-photoperiodic spotted munia. Birds were subjected to an aberrant light-dark (LD) cycle (3.5L:3.5D; T7, T=period length of LD cycle) and continuous light (LL, 24L:0D), with controls on 12L:12D (T24, 24 h LD cycle). Initial experiment measured the activity pattern and 24 h mRNA oscillations of circadian clock genes (bmal1, clock, per2, cry1, cry2) in the hypothalamus, putative site of the seasonal timing...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28914168/synthesis-of-cr-3-doped-tio2-nanoparticles-characterization-and-evaluation-of-their-visible-photocatalytic-performance-and-stability
#15
Sandra Yadira Mendiola-Alvarez, Jorge Luis Guzmán-Mar, Gemma Turnes-Palomino, Fernando Maya-Alejandro, Adolfo Caballero-Quintero, Aracely Hernández-Ramírez, Laura Hinojosa-Reyes
Cr(3+)-doped TiO2 nanoparticles (Ti-Cr) were synthesized by a simple and fast microwave assisted sol-gel method. Ti-Cr catalyst was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), ultraviolet-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis DRS), N2 adsorption-desorption analysis, Raman spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and zetametry. Ti-Cr is mesoporous and exhibits a specific surface area of 54...
September 15, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913943/bimetallic-co-mn-perovskite-fluorides-as-high-stable-electrode-materials-for-supercapacitors
#16
Wei Shi, Rui Ding, Xudong Li, Qilei Xu, Danfeng Ying, Yongfa Huang, Enhui Liu
Bimetallic Co-Mn perovskite fluorides (KCoxMn1-xF3, denoted as K-Co-Mn-F) with various Co/Mn ratios (1:0, 12:1, 6:1, 3:1, 1:1, 1:3, 0:1) were prepared via one-pot solvothermal strategy and further used as electrode materials for supercapacitors. The optimal K-Co-Mn-F (Co/Mn=6:1) candidate showed size range of 0.1-1 μm and uniform element distribution, exhibiting the light changes in XRD diffraction peaks and XPS binding energy in comparison for the bare K-Co-F and K-Mn-F due to the structural/electronic effects...
September 14, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913855/effect-of-simulated-mastication-on-the-retention-of-locator-attachments-for-implant-supported-overdentures-an-in-vitro-pilot-study
#17
Georges Tehini, Nadim Z Baba, Antoine Berberi, Zeina Majzoub, Hussein Bassal, Khaldoun Rifai
PURPOSE: Limited information is currently available relative to the effect of masticatory loads on the retentive properties of Locator attachments. The aims of this in vitro study were to assess and compare the effect of simulated mastication on the retention of white, pink, and blue Locator inserts for overdentures retained by 2 implants. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty specimens simulating a nonanatomic edentulous flat ridge with two implants and an overdenture were divided into 3 groups according to the color of the fitted insert: transparent clear group (n = 10), pink group (n = 10), and blue group (n = 10)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Prosthodontics: Official Journal of the American College of Prosthodontists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912552/under-ice-availability-of-phytoplankton-lipids-is-key-to-freshwater-zooplankton-winter-survival
#18
Guillaume Grosbois, Heather Mariash, Tobias Schneider, Milla Rautio
Shortening winter ice-cover duration in lakes highlights an urgent need for research focused on under-ice ecosystem dynamics and their contributions to whole-ecosystem processes. Low temperature, reduced light and consequent changes in autotrophic and heterotrophic resources alter the diet for long-lived consumers, with consequences on their metabolism in winter. We show in a survival experiment that the copepod Leptodiaptomus minutus in a boreal lake does not survive five months under the ice without food...
September 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910825/comparison-of-continuous-wave-and-micropulse-modulation-in-retinal-laser-therapy
#19
Jenny Wang, Yi Quan, Roopa Dalal, Daniel Palanker
Purpose: Recent progress in retinal laser therapy has centered upon using thermal stress below damage threshold or selective destruction of targeted tissue layers as a stimulus for retinal repair. Temporal modulation, including micropulse, is thought to increase the selectivity of laser treatment, but has not been carefully analyzed. We measure and model the tissue response to continuous-wave (CW) and micropulse laser to evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of temporal modulation. Methods: Thresholds of ophthalmoscopic visibility, which indicates damage to photoreceptors, and fluorescein angiography (FA), indicating damage to retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), were measured with 577-nm laser in rabbits for duty cycles ranging from 3% to 100% (CW) and pulse envelopes of 20 and 200 ms...
September 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910547/diurnal-opposite-variation-between-angiotensinase-activities-in-photo-neuro-endocrine-tissues-of-rats
#20
Germán Domínguez-Vías, Garbiñe Aretxaga-Maza, Isabel Prieto, Juan de Dios Luna, Marc De Gasparo, Manuel Ramírez-Sánchez
Central and peripheral renin-angiotensin systems (RASs) act in a coordinated manner for the physiologic functions regulated by neuroendocrine events. However, whereas the diurnal rhythm of peripheral circulatory and tissue RASs is well known, the circadian behaviour of their components in central photo-neuro-endocrine structures, key elements for the control of circadian rhythms, has been barely studied. In the present study, we analysed the aspartyl- (AspAP) and glutamyl-aminopeptidase (GluAP) (aminopeptidase A) activities, the angiotensinases responsible for the metabolism of Ang I to Ang 2-10 and Ang II to Ang III, respectively, in the retina, anterior hypothalamus and pituitary at different light and dark time-points of a 12:12 h light:dark cycle (7-19 h light), using arylamide derivatives as substrates...
September 14, 2017: Chronobiology International
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