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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102491/shedding-new-light-on-female-fertility-the-role-of-vitamin-d
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REVIEW
Giovanna Muscogiuri, Barbara Altieri, Cristina de Angelis, Stefano Palomba, Rosario Pivonello, Annamaria Colao, Francesco Orio
In the last decades several studies suggested that vitamin D is involved in the modulation of the reproductive process in women due to the expression of VDR and 1α-hydroxylase in reproductive tissues such as ovary, uterus, placenta, pituitary and hypothalamus. Vitamin D has also a role in the regulation of sex hormone steroidogenesis. Increasing evidence suggests that vitamin D might have a regulatory role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-associated symptoms, including ovulatory dysfunction, insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism...
January 19, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099574/anatomy-and-micromorphometric-analysis-of-leaf-catasetum-x-apolloi-benelli-grill-with-addition-of-potassium-silicate-under-different-light-sources
#2
L Eburneo, N G Ribeiro-Júnior, I V Karsburg, A A B Rossi, I V Silva
The aim of this study was to compare vitroplants Catasetum x apolloi grown under natural light and artificial light and different concentrations of potassium silicate, providing data on the anatomical differentiation that aids the acclimatization process of this species. Plants from in vitro seeding were used; 5 protocorms of approximately 0.5 cm were inoculated into vials with a capacity of 500 mL containing 100 mL of alternative culture medium plus potassium silicate (0.0, 0.5; 1.0 mL L-1), pH adjusted to 5...
January 12, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Biology, Revista Brasleira de Biologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091539/an-electromagnetic-modulator-based-on-electrically-controllable-metamaterial-analogue-to-electromagnetically-induced-transparency
#3
Yuancheng Fan, Tong Qiao, Fuli Zhang, Quanhong Fu, Jiajia Dong, Botao Kong, Hongqiang Li
Electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) is a promising technology for the enhancement of light-matter interactions, and recent demonstrations of the EIT analogue realized in artificial micro-structured medium have remarkably reduced the extreme requirement for experimental observation of EIT spectrum. In this paper, we propose to electrically control the EIT-like spectrum in a metamaterial as an electromagnetic modulator. A diode acting as a tunable resistor is loaded in the gap of paired wires to inductively tune the magnetic resonance, which induces remarkable modulation on the EIT-like spectrum through the metamaterial sample...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089880/a-combined-approach-for-enhancing-the-stability-of-recombinant-cis-dihydrodiol-naphthalene-dehydrogenase-from-pseudomonas-putida-g7-allowed-for-the-structural-and-kinetic-characterization-of-the-enzyme
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Débora Maria Abrantes Costa, Mariana Amalia Figueiredo Costa, Samuel Leite Guimarães, Juliana Barbosa Coitinho, Stefanya Velásquez Gómez, Tiago Antônio da Silva Brandão, Ronaldo Alves Pinto Nagem
The second enzyme of the naphthalene degradation pathway in Pseudomonas putida G7 is NahB, a dehydrogenase that converts cis-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene. We report the cloning, optimization of expression, purification, kinetic studies and preliminary structural characterization of the recombinant NahB. The nahB gene was cloned into a T7 expression vector and the enzyme was overexpressed in Escherichia coli Rosetta (DE3) as an N-terminal hexa-histidine-tagged protein (6xHis-NahB)...
January 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089781/genotoxic-effect-and-rat-hepatocyte-death-occurred-after-oxidative-stress-induction-and-antioxidant-gene-downregulation-caused-by-long-term-fluoride-exposure
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F D Campos-Pereira, L Lopes-Aguiar, F L Renosto, G A S Nogueira, E F D Costa, R Barbieri Pulz, E C M Silva-Zacarin, C A Oliveira, A A Pigoso, G D C Severi-Aguiar
Studies focusing on possible genotoxic effects of excess fluoride are contradictory and inconclusive. Currently, studies have reported a probable link to oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis induced by fluoride in rat hepatocytes. We developed an in vivo study administering three doses of fluoride by gavage given to rats for 60 day. Micronucleus test was applied to investigate genotoxic potential of fluoride. The TUNEL method determined DNA fragmentation and apoptosis. Biochemical parameters to investigate mitochondrial swelling and oxidative stress...
January 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081471/in-situ-morphological-assessment-of-apoptosis-induced-by-phaleria-macrocarpa-boerl-fruit-ethyl-acetate-fraction-pmeaf-in-mda-mb-231-cells-by-microscopy-observation
#6
Nowroji Kavitha, Yeng Chen, Jagat R Kanwar, Sreenivasan Sasidharan
Phaleria macrocarpa (Boerl.) is a well-known medicinal plant and have been extensively used as traditional medicine for ages in treatment of various diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine the in situ cytotoxicity effect P. macrocarpa fruit ethyl acetate fraction (PMEAF) by using various conventional and modern microscopy techniques. The cytotoxicity of PMEAF treated MDA-MB-231 cells was determined through the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) cytotoxicity assay and CyQuant Cell Proliferation Assay after 24h of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078486/two-nadph-protochlorophyllide-oxidoreductase-por-isoforms-play-distinct-roles-in-environmental-adaptation-in-rice
#7
Choon-Tak Kwon, Suk-Hwan Kim, Giha Song, Dami Kim, Nam-Chon Paek
BACKGROUND: NADPH: protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase (POR) is an essential enzyme that catalyzes the photoreduction of protochlorophyllide to chlorophyllide, which is ultimately converted to chlorophyll in developing leaves. Rice has two POR isoforms, OsPORA and OsPORB. OsPORA is expressed in the dark during early leaf development; OsPORB is expressed throughout leaf development regardless of light conditions. The faded green leaf (fgl) is a loss-of-function osporB mutant that displays necrotic lesions and variegation in the leaves due to destabilized grana thylakoids, and has increased numbers of plastoglobules in the chloroplasts...
December 2017: Rice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078255/quality-characteristics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-yogurt-supplemented-with-aronia-aronia-melanocarpa-juice
#8
Linh Nguyen, Eun-Sun Hwang
We investigated the quality characteristics and antioxidant activities of yogurt supplemented with 1%, 2%, and 3% aronia juice and fermented for 24 h at 37°C. The total acidity increased with increasing levels of aronia juice and incubation time. Lightness and yellowness of the yogurt decreased, but redness increased, with increasing aronia juice content and incubation time. The number of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) increased with increased incubation time, and yogurt containing 2% and 3% aronia juice showed higher LAB counts than 1% aroinia juice-supplemented yogurt...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074753/conversion-of-wastes-to-bioelectricity-bioethanol-and-fertilizer
#9
Abdul Majeed
This research article presents production of bioelectricity, bioethanol and fertilizer from different industrial wastewaters supplemented with waste fruit and vegetables. Bioelectricity was generated from wastewater through the development of different microbial fuel cells (MFCs). It was observed that the voltage was increased in series combination whereas current was increased in parallel combinations. The series combination of four units of single chamber and eight units of double chamber MFCs produced the power output of 5...
January 4, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073113/in-vitro-to-in-vivo-extrapolation-for-drug-induced-liver-injury-using-a-pair-ranking-method
#10
Zhichao Liu, Hong Fang, Jürgen Borlak, Ruth Roberts, Weida Tong
Preclinical animal toxicity studies may not accurately predict human toxicity. In light of this, in vitro systems have been developed that have the potential to supplement or even replace animal use. We examined in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE) of gene expression data obtained from The Open Japanese Toxicogenomics Project-Genomics Assisted Toxicity Evaluation System (Open TG-GATEs) for 131 compounds given to rats for 28 days, and to human or rat hepatocytes for 24 hours. Notably, a Pair Ranking (PRank) method was developed to assess IVIVE potential with a PRank score based on the preservation of the order of similarity rankings of compound pairs between the platforms using a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis to measure area under the curve (AUC)...
January 11, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071711/transient-anhedonia-phenotype-and-altered-circadian-timing-of-behaviour-during-night-time-dim-light-exposure-in-per3-mice-but-not-wildtype-mice
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Bruno Jacson Martynhak, Alexandra L Hogben, Panos Zanos, Polymnia Georgiou, Roberto Andreatini, Ian Kitchen, Simon N Archer, Malcolm von Schantz, Alexis Bailey, Daan R van der Veen
Industrialisation greatly increased human night-time exposure to artificial light, which in animal models is a known cause of depressive phenotypes. Whilst many of these phenotypes are 'direct' effects of light on affect, an 'indirect' pathway via altered sleep-wake timing has been suggested. We have previously shown that the Period3 gene, which forms part of the biological clock, is associated with altered sleep-wake patterns in response to light. Here, we show that both wild-type and Per3(-/-) mice showed elevated levels of circulating corticosterone and increased hippocampal Bdnf expression after 3 weeks of exposure to dim light at night, but only mice deficient for the PERIOD3 protein (Per3(-/-)) exhibited a transient anhedonia-like phenotype, observed as reduced sucrose preference, in weeks 2-3 of dim light at night, whereas WT mice did not...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071029/assessment-of-colour-changes-during-storage-of-elderberry-juice-concentrate-solutions-using-the-optimization-method
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Dorota Walkowiak-Tomczak, Janusz Czapski, Karolina Młynarczyk
BACKGROUND: Elderberries are a source of dietary supplements and bioactive compounds, such as anthocyanins. These dyes are used in food technology. The aim of the study was to assess the changes in colour parameters, anthocyanin contents and sensory attributes in solutions of elderberry juice concentrates during storage in a model system and to determine predictability of sensory attributes of colour in solutions based on regression equations using the response surface methodology. METHODS: The experiment was carried out according to the 3-level factorial design for three factors...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070454/marine-turtles-are-not-fussy-nesters-a-novel-test-of-small-scale-nest-site-selection-using-structure-from-motion-beach-terrain-information
#13
Ilana Kelly, Javier X Leon, Ben L Gilby, Andrew D Olds, Thomas A Schlacher
BACKGROUND: Nest selection is widely regarded as a key process determining the fitness of individuals and viability of animal populations. For marine turtles that nest on beaches, this is particularly pivotal as the nesting environment can significantly control reproductive success.The aim of this study was to identify the environmental attributes of beaches (i.e., morphology, vegetation, urbanisation) that may be associated with successful oviposition in green and loggerhead turtle nests...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069513/structure-and-mechanical-implications-of-the-pectoral-fin-skeleton-in-the-longnose-skate-chondrichthyes-batoidea
#14
Wei Huang, Watcharapong Hongjamrassilp, Jae-Young Jung, Philip A Hastings, Vlado A Lubarda, Joanna McKittrick
Animal propulsion systems are believed to show high energy and mechanical efficiency in assisting movement compared to artificial designs. As an example, batoid fishes have very light cartilaginous skeletons that facilitate their elegant swimming via enlarged wing-like pectoral fins. The aim of this work is to illustrate the hierarchical structure of the pectoral fin of a representative batoid, the Longnose Skate (Raja rhina), and explain the mechanical implications of its structural design. At the macro level, the pectoral fins are comprised of radially oriented fin rays, formed by staggered mineralized skeletal elements stacked end-to-end...
January 6, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069225/sonochemical-assisted-hydrothermal-synthesis-of-pseudo-flower-shaped-bismuth-vanadate-bivo4-and-their-solar-driven-water-splitting-application
#15
Ibrahim Khan, Shahid Ali, Muhammad Mansha, Ahsanulhaq Qurashi
Bismuth vanadate (BiVO4) is a well-known photocatalyst due to its lower bandgap (Eg) and visible electromagnetic light absorption capacity. Herein, we reported the pulse ultra-sonochemical assisted hydrothermal approach to synthesize S-BiVO4. For the comparison purpose, H-BiVO4 is also synthesized via conventional hydrothermal approach. The surface morphology of S-BiVO4 through scanning electron microscope (SEM) indicates condensed microarrays (MAs) having pseudo-flower shapes. The energy dispersive X-rays (EDX) spectrum also confirmed the elemental percent composition of Bi, V and O in BiVO4...
May 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068182/improvement-of-antibacterial-efficacy-through-synergistic-effect-in-photodynamic-therapy-based-on-thiazinium-chromophores-against-planktonic-and-biofilm-associated-periodontopathogens
#16
Eva-Maria Decker, Valentin Bartha, Christiane von Ohle
OBJECTIVE: Aim of the study was to improve the antibacterial efficacy of toluidine blue (TBO)/methylene blue (MB)-mediated photodynamic systems with light-emitting diode (LED) or laser irradiation administered to planktonic and biofilm-associated periodontopathogens. BACKGROUND DATA: Antibacterial photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a common, noninvasive adjunctive clinical method to inactivate microorganisms. So far, the disadvantage of this method has been its limited effectiveness in eliminating pathogens...
January 9, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067421/dietary-integration-with-oregano-origanum-vulgare-l-essential-oil-improves-growth-rate-and-oxidative-status-in-outdoor-reared-but-not-indoor-reared-pigs
#17
C Forte, D Ranucci, D Beghelli, R Branciari, G Acuti, L Todini, C Cavallucci, M Trabalza-Marinucci
The effects of a diet supplemented with oregano essential oil on performance, oxidative status, pork quality traits and sensorial properties were evaluated. In two studies, 72 pigs in indoor or outdoor conditions were assigned to either a control diet or an identical diet supplemented with 0.2% oregano essential oil. Pigs reared outdoor showed lower live weight, average daily gain and average gain:feed ratio compared to indoor pigs. The oregano supplementation improved the growth performance of the outdoor- but not the indoor-reared animals...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067372/selective-turn-on-and-modulation-of-resonant-energy-transfer-in-single-plasmonic-hybrid-nanostructures
#18
Łukasz Bujak, Tatsuya Ishii, Dharmendar Kumar Sharma, Shuzo Hirata, Martin Vacha
Förster resonant energy transfer (FRET) is a nonradiative process by which the energy of light absorbed by a donor molecule is transferred to an acceptor molecule over a distance of several nanometers. FRET plays a crucial role in photosynthesis and nature-inspired artificial light-harvesting systems that are being explored for use in energy conversion applications. Localized plasmons of metal nanoparticles can potentially lead to a significant increase of FRET efficiency and effective donor-acceptor distance...
January 9, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066942/antioxidant-status-and-expression-of-inflammatory-genes-in-gut-and-liver-of-piglets-fed-different-dietary-methionine-concentrations
#19
J O Zeitz, S Kaltenböck, E Most, K Eder
This study investigated the hypothesis that dietary concentrations of methionine (Met), as a precursor of cysteine which is a constituent of glutathione (GSH), affect tissue antioxidant concentrations and the antioxidant defence system in pigs. Forty-five piglets (DanZucht × Pietrain) were allotted to three groups of similar mean body weight (11.0 ± 0.9 kg). The basal diet was composed of barley, wheat, corn starch, soybean oil, sucrose, cellulose and a mineral supplement with suboptimal concentrations of Met and was supplemented with dl-Met to reach 0...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066124/cymbomonas-tetramitiformis-a-peculiar-prasinophyte-with-a-taste-for-bacteria-sheds-light-on-plastid-evolution
#20
REVIEW
Przemysław Gagat, Paweł Mackiewicz
Cymbomonas tetramitiformis is a peculiar green alga that unites in one cell the abilities of photosynthesis and phagocytosis, which makes it a very useful model for the study of the evolution of plastid endosymbiosis. We have pondered over this issue and propose an evolutionary scenario of trophic strategies in eukaryotes, including primary and secondary plastid endosymbioses. C. tetramitiformis is a prototroph, just like the common ancestor of Archaeplastida was, and can synthesize most small organic molecules contrary to other eukaryotic phagotrophs, e...
2017: Symbiosis
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