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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213210/comparison-of-sensitivity-to-artificial-spectral-errors-and-multivariate-lod-in-nir-spectroscopy-determining-the-performance-of-miniaturizations-on-melamine-in-milk-powder
#1
Raphael Henn, Christian G Kirchler, Maria-Elisabeth Grossgut, Christian W Huck
This study compared three commercially available spectrometers - whereas two of them were miniaturized - in terms of prediction ability of melamine in milk powder (infant formula). Therefore all spectra were split into calibration- and validation-set using Kennard Stone and Duplex algorithm in comparison. For each instrument the three best performing PLSR models were constructed using SNV and Savitzky Golay derivatives. The best RMSEP values were 0.28g/100g, 0.33g/100g and 0.27g/100g for the NIRFlex N-500, the microPHAZIR and the microNIR2200 respectively...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212511/arsenic-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-efficiently-solubilized-phosphate-rock-to-sustain-plant-growth-and-as-uptake
#2
Jing-Wei Fu, Xue Liu, Yong-He Han, Hanyi Mei, Yue Cao, Letuzia M de Oliveira, Yungen Liu, Bala Rathinasabapathi, Yanshan Chen, Lena Q Ma
Phosphorus (P) is one of the most important nutrients for phytoremediation of arsenic (As)-contaminated soils. In this study, we demonstrated that As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata was efficient in acquiring P from insoluble phosphate rock (PR). When supplemented with PR as the sole P source in hydroponic systems, P. vittata accumulated 49% and 28% higher P in the roots and fronds than the -P treatment. In contrast, non-hyperaccumulator Pteris ensiformis was unable to solubilize P from PR. To gain insights into PR solubilization by plants, organic acids in plant root exudates were analyzed by HPLC...
January 31, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212404/the-pineal-gland-a-model-for-adrenergic-modulation-of-ubiquitin-ligases
#3
Jerry Vriend, Wenjun Liu, Russel J Reiter
INTRODUCTION: A recent study of the pineal gland of the rat found that the expression of more than 3000 genes showed significant day/night variations (The Hartley dataset). The investigators of this report made available a supplemental table in which they tabulated the expression of many genes that they did not discuss, including those coding for components of the ubiquitin proteasome system. Herein we identify the genes of the ubiquitin proteasome system whose expression were significantly influenced by environmental lighting in the Hartley dataset, those that were stimulated by DBcAMP in pineal glands in culture, and those that were stimulated by norepinephrine...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212399/instrument-design-and-protocol-for-the-study-of-light-controlled-processes-in-aquatic-organisms-and-its-application-to-examine-the-effect-of-infrared-light-on-zebrafish
#4
Marcus P S Dekens, Nicholas S Foulkes, Kristin Tessmar-Raible
The acquisition of reliable data strongly depends on experimental design. When studying the effects of light on processes such as behaviour and physiology it is crucial to maintain all environmental conditions constant apart from the one under study. Furthermore, the precise values of the environmental factors applied during the experiment should be known. Although seemingly obvious, these conditions are often not met when the effects of light are being studied. Here, we document and discuss the wavelengths and light intensities of natural and artificial light sources...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212113/age-and-gender-dependency-of-physiological-networks-in-sleep
#5
Dagmar Krefting, Christoph Jansen, Thomas Penzel, Fang Han, Jan Kantelhardt
Recently, time delay stability analysis of biosignals has been successfully applied as a multivariate time series analysis method to assess the human physiological network in young adults. The degree of connectivity between different network nodes is described by the so-called link strength. Based on polysomnographic recordings (PSGs), it could be shown that the network changes with the sleep stage. Here, we apply the method to a large set of healthy controls spanning six decades of age. As it is well known, that the overall sleep architecture is dependent both on age and on gender, we particularly address the question, if these changes are also found in the network dynamics...
February 17, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209805/effects-of-photophase-illuminance-on-locomotor-activity-urine-production-and-urinary-6-sulfatoxymelatonin-in-nocturnal-and-diurnal-south-african-rodents
#6
Ingrid van der Merwe, Maria K Oosthuizen, Andre Ganswindt, Abraham Haim, Nigel C Bennett
Effects of photophase illuminance (1, 10, 100 and 330 lux of white incandescent lighting) on daily rhythms of locomotor activity, urine production and 6-sulfatoxymelatonin (6-SMT; 10 lux vs. 330 lux) were studied in nocturnal Namaqua rock mice (Micaelamys namaquensis) and diurnal four striped field mice (Rhabdomys pumilio). Micaelamys namaquensis was consistently nocturnal (∼90-94% nocturnal activity), whereas considerable individual variation marked activity profiles in R. pumilio, but with activity mostly pronounced around twilight (∼55-66% diurnal activity)...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208286/derivatization-technique-to-identify-specifically-carbonyl-groups-by-infrared-spectroscopy-characterization-of-photooxidative-aging-products-in-terpenes-and-terpeneous-resins
#7
Stefan Zumbühl, Andreas Brändle, Andreas Hochuli, Nadim C Scherrer, Walter Caseri
Analysis of bioorganic materials by infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) is frequently limited due to overlapping of diagnostic bands from the various components, which poses a fundamental problem to this analytical technique. The distinction of oxidized di- and triterpenes, for example, is hindered by the superposition of similar absorption bands of carbonyl functional groups summing up to a broad, nondistinctive signal. This study presents a technique for selective fluorination of various carboxylic acids by exposure to gaseous sulfur tetrafluoride...
February 7, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208235/warmer-night-time-temperature-promotes-microbial-heterotrophic-activity-and-modifies-stream-sediment-community
#8
Anna Freixa, Vicenç Acuña, Maria Casellas, Stoyana Pecheva, Anna M Romaní
Diel temperature patterns are changing because of global warming, with higher temperatures being predicted to be more pronounced at night. Biological reactions are temperature dependent, with some occurring only during the daylight hours (e.g., light photosynthesis) and other during the entire day (e.g., respiration). Consequently, we expect the modification of daily temperature cycles to alter microbial biological reactions in stream sediments. Here, we aimed to study the effect of warming and changes of the diel temperature patterns on stream sediment biofilm functions tied to organic carbon decomposition, as well as on biofilm meiofaunal community structure...
February 16, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206978/pathogenic-roles-of-alterations-in-vitamin-d-and-vitamin-d-receptor-in-gastric-tumorigenesis
#9
REVIEW
Chao Du, Shiming Yang, Xiaoyan Zhao, Hui Dong
Gastric cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide, especially in Japan, Korea and China, and the 5-year survival rate of gastric cancer is less than 30%. Thus, it is important to shed more lights on novel agents to prevent gastric cancer or to improve survival rate of the patients. Vitamin D not only maintains calcium and bone homeostasis, but also mostly inhibits tumor genesis, invasion, and metastasis through activation of vitamin D receptor. Although epidemiological results are not consistent, accumulating evidence from gastric cancer cells, animal models, and clinical trials suggest that vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk and mortality of gastric cancer, but vitamin D supplement might be a safe and economical way to prevent or treat gastric cancer...
February 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206765/ultrafast-electronic-energy-transfer-in-an-orthogonal-molecular-dyad
#10
Christian Wiebeler, Felix Plasser, Gordon J Hedley, Arvydas Ruseckas, Ifor D W Samuel, Stefan Schumacher
Understanding electronic energy transfer (EET) is an important ingredient in the development of artificial photosynthetic systems and photovoltaic technologies. Although EET is at the heart of these applications and crucially influences their light-harvesting efficiency, the nature of EET over short distances for covalently bound donor and acceptor units is often not well understood. Here we investigate EET in an orthogonal molecular dyad (BODT4) in which simple models fail to explain the very origin of EET...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206752/columnar-self-assemblies-of-triarylamines-as-scaffolds-for-artificial-biomimetic-channels-for-ion-and-for-water-transport
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Susanne Schneider, Erol-Dan Licsandru, Istvan Kocsis, Arnaud Gilles, Florina Dumitru, Emilie Moulin, Junjun Tan, Jean-Marie Lehn, Nicolas Giuseppone, Mihail Barboiu
Triarylamine molecules appended with crown-ethers or carboxylic moieties form self-assembled supramolecular channels within lipid bilayers. Fluorescence assays and voltage clamp studies reveal that the self-assemblies incorporating the crown ethers work as single channels for the selective transport of K+ or Rb+. The X-ray crystallographic structures confirm the mutual columnar self-assembly of triarylamines and crown-ethers. The dimensional fit of K+ cations within the 18-crown-6, leads to a partial dehydration and to the formation of alternating K+ cation-water wires within the channel...
February 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199775/a-photoregulated-dna-based-rotary-system-and-direct-observation-of-its-rotational-movement
#12
Yangyang Yang, Ryu Tashiro, Yuki Suzuki, Tomoko Emura, Kumi Hidaka, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Masayuki Endo
Various DNA-based nanodevices have been developed on the nanometer scale using light as regulation input. However, the programmed controllability is still a major challenge for these artificial nanodevices. Herein, we demonstrate a rotary DNA nanostructure in which the rotations are controlled by light. A bar-shaped DNA rotor, fabricated as a stiff double-crossover molecule, was placed on the top of a rectangular DNA tile. The photoresponsive oligonucleotides modified with azobenzenes were employed as switching motifs to release/trap the rotor at specific angular position on DNA tile by switching photoirradiations between ultraviolet and visible light...
February 15, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199209/photosystem-ii-and-terminal-respiratory-oxidases-molecular-machines-operating-in-opposite-directions
#13
Sergey A Siletsky, Vitaliy B Borisov, Mahir D Mamedov
In the thylakoid membrane of green plants, cyanobacteria and algae, photosystem II (PSII) uses light energy to split water and generate molecular oxygen. In the opposite process of the biochemical transformation of dioxygen, in heterotrophs, the terminal respiratory oxidases (TRO) are at the end of the respiratory chain in mitochondria and in plasma membrane of many aerobic bacteria reducing dioxygen back to water. Despite the different sources of free energy (light or oxidation of the substrates), energy conversion by these enzymes is based on the spatial organization of enzymatic reactions in which the conversion of water to dioxygen (and vice versa) involves the transfer of protons and electrons in opposite directions across the membrane, which is accompanied by generation of proton-motive force...
March 1, 2017: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198893/elucidating-light-induced-charge-accumulation-in-an-artificial-analogue-of-methane-monooxygenase-enzymes-using-time-resolved-x-ray-absorption-spectroscopy
#14
Dooshaye Moonshiram, Antonio Picón, Alvaro Vazquez-Mayagoitia, Xiaoyi Zhang, Ming-Feng Tu, Pablo Garrido-Barros, Jean-Pierre Mahy, Frédéric Avenier, Ally Aukauloo
We report the use of time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy in the ns-μs time scale to track the light induced two electron transfer processes in a multi-component photocatalytic system, consisting of [Ru(bpy)3](2+)/ a diiron(iii,iii) model/triethylamine. EXAFS analysis with DFT calculations confirms the structural configurations of the diiron(iii,iii) and reduced diiron(ii,ii) states.
February 15, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197342/the-function-of-fgfr1-signalling-in-the-spinal-cord-therapeutic-approaches-using-fgfr1-ligands-after-spinal-cord-injury
#15
REVIEW
Barbara Haenzi, Lawrence D F Moon
Extensive research is ongoing that concentrates on finding therapies to enhance CNS regeneration after spinal cord injury (SCI) and to cure paralysis. This review sheds light on the role of the FGFR pathway in the injured spinal cord and discusses various therapies that use FGFR activating ligands to promote regeneration after SCI. We discuss studies that use peripheral nerve grafts or Schwann cell grafts in combination with FGF1 or FGF2 supplementation. Most of these studies show evidence that these therapies successfully enhance axon regeneration into the graft...
2017: Neural Plasticity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196087/the-potential-of-indigenous-paenibacillus-ehimensis-bs1-for-recovering-heavy-crude-oil-by-biotransformation-to-light-fractions
#16
Biji Shibulal, Saif N Al-Bahry, Yahya M Al-Wahaibi, Abdulkadir E Elshafie, Ali S Al-Bemani, Sanket J Joshi
Microbial Enhanced Oil Recovery (MEOR) is a potential technology for residual heavy oil recovery. Many heavy oil fields in Oman and elsewhere have difficulty in crude oil recovery because it is expensive due to its high viscosity. Indigenous microbes are capable of improving the fluidity of heavy oil, by changing its high viscosity and producing lighter oil fractions. Many spore-forming bacteria were isolated from soil samples collected from oil fields in Oman. Among the isolates, an autochthonous spore-forming bacterium was found to enhance heavy oil recovery, which was identified by 16S rDNA sequencing as Paenibacillus ehimensis BS1...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193823/stellar-performance-mechanisms-underlying-milky-way-orientation-in-dung-beetles
#17
James J Foster, Basil El Jundi, Jochen Smolka, Lana Khaldy, Dan-Eric Nilsson, Marcus J Byrne, Marie Dacke
Nocturnal dung beetles (Scarabaeus satyrus) are currently the only animals that have been demonstrated to use the Milky Way for reliable orientation. In this study, we tested the capacity of S. satyrus to orient under a range of artificial celestial cues, and compared the properties of these cues with images of the Milky Way simulated for a beetle's visual system. We find that the mechanism that permits accurate stellar orientation under the Milky Way is based on an intensity comparison between different regions of the Milky Way...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193813/subtle-changes-in-the-landmark-panorama-disrupt-visual-navigation-in-a-nocturnal-bull-ant
#18
Ajay Narendra, Fiorella Ramirez-Esquivel
The ability of ants to navigate when the visual landmark information is altered has often been tested by creating large and artificial discrepancies in their visual environment. Here, we had an opportunity to slightly modify the natural visual environment around the nest of the nocturnal bull ant Myrmecia pyriformis We achieved this by felling three dead trees, two located along the typical route followed by the foragers of that particular nest and one in a direction perpendicular to their foraging direction...
April 5, 2017: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188256/mgdg-pg-and-sqdg-regulate-the-activity-of-light-dependent-protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase
#19
Michal Gabruk, Beata Myśliwa-Kurdziel, Jerzy Kruk
Light-dependent protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) is a plant enzyme involved in the chlorophyll biosynthesis pathway. POR reduces one of the double bonds of the protochlorophyllide (Pchlide) using NADPH and light. In the present paper, we found out that PG and SQDG are allosteric regulators of the nucleotide binding, which increase the affinity towards NADPH a hundred fold. Moreover, we showed for the first time that NADH can, like NADPH, form active complexes with Pchlide and POR, however at much higher concentrations...
February 10, 2017: Biochemical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187454/grape-seed-extracts-modify-the-outcome-of-oxaliplatin-in-colon-cancer-cells-by-interfering-with-cellular-mechanisms-of-drug-cytotoxicity
#20
Letizia Porcelli, Rosa Maria Iacobazzi, Anna Elisa Quatrale, Carlo Bergamini, Nunzio Denora, Pasquale Crupi, Donato Antonacci, Anita Mangia, Giovanni Simone, Nicola Silvestris, Amalia Azzariti
Grape seed extracts are commonly utilized as dietary supplements for their antioxidant properties, even from cancer patients. However, whether these natural extracts interfere with chemotherapeutics utilized in colon cancer treatment is still poorly investigated. The cytotoxicity of extracts from Italia and Palieri cultivars either alone or in combination with oxaliplatin was evaluated in colon cancer cells. Grape seed extracts displayed anti-proliferative activity depending on the concentration utilized through apoptosis induction...
February 7, 2017: Oncotarget
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