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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433807/silver-nanoparticle-induced-toxicity-to-human-sperm-by-increasing-ros-reactive-oxygen-species-production-and-dna-damage
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Enyin Wang, Yan Huang, Qingyun Du, Yingpu Sun
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been used in medical products and industrial coatings, due to their antimicrobial properties. Excessive use of AgNPs can have adverse effects on the human body, however, their toxicity characteristics to human sperm and the potential mechanisms are not entirely clear. In this study, we exposed human sperm to different doses of AgNPs (0, 50μgml(-1), 100μgml(-1), 200μgml(-1) or 400μgml(-1)) for various times (15min, 30min, or 60min), followed by analyses of the sperm viability, motility and the ratio of abnormal to normal sperm...
April 14, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432949/dominance-of-candidate-saccharibacteria-in-a-membrane-bioreactor-treating-medium-age-landfill-leachate-effects-of-organic-load-on-microbial-communities-hydrolytic-potential-and-extracellular-polymeric-substances
#2
Nikolaos Remmas, Paraschos Melidis, Ioanna Zerva, Jon Bent Kristoffersen, Sofia Nikolaki, George Tsiamis, Spyridon Ntougias
A membrane bioreactor (MBR), accomplishing high nitrogen removal efficiencies, was evaluated under various landfill leachate concentrations (50, 75 and 100% v/v). Proteinous and carbohydrate extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) and soluble microbial product (SMP) were strongly correlated (p<0.01) with organic load, salinity and NH4(+)-N. Exceptionally high β-glucosidase activities (6700-10,100Ug(-1)) were determined during MBR operation with 50% v/v leachate, as a result of the low organic carbon availability that extendedly induced β-glucosidases to breakdown the least biodegradable organic fraction...
April 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432764/small-molecular-anion-recognition-by-a-shape-responsive-bowl-type-dodecavanadate
#3
Sho Kuwajima, Yuji Kikukawa, Yoshihito Hayashi
A dodecavanadate, [V₁₂O₃₂]⁴¯, is an inorganic bowl-type host with a cavity entrance with a diameter of 4.4 Å in the optimized structure. The linear, bent, and trigonal planar anions, are tested as a guest anion and the formation of host-guest complexes, [V₁₂O₃₂(X)]⁵¯ (X = CN¯, OCN¯, NO₂¯, NO₃¯, HCO₂¯, and CH₃CO₂¯) were confirmed by X-ray crystallographic analyses and ⁵¹V NMR study. The degree of the distortion of the bowl from a regular bowl to an oval bowl depends on the shape of the guest anion, after host-guest complex formation...
April 22, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430876/ift25-an-intraflagellar-transporter-protein-dispensable-for-ciliogenesis-in-somatic-cells-is-essential-for-sperm-flagella-formation
#4
Hong Liu, Wei Li, Yong Zhang, Zhengang Zhang, Xuejun Shang, Ling Zhang, Shiyang Zhang, Yanwei Li, Andres V Somoza, Brandon Delpi, George L Gerton, James A Foster, Rex A Hess, Gregory J Pazour, Zhibing Zhang
Intraflagellar transport (IFT) is a conserved mechanism essential for the assembly and maintenance of most eukaryotic cilia and flagella. However, IFT25, a component of the IFT complex is not required for the formation of cilia in somatic tissues. In mice, the gene is highly expressed in the testis, and its expression is up-regulated during the final phase when sperm flagella are formed. To investigate the role of IFT25 in sperm flagella formation, the gene was specifically disrupted in male germ cells. All homozygous knockout mice survived to adulthood and did not show any gross abnormalities...
April 18, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430421/flexibility-of-the-carbodiphosphorane-ph3p-2c-structural-characterization-of-a-linear-form
#5
Patrick J Quinlivan, Gerard Parkin
X-ray diffraction studies demonstrate that crystals of the carbodiphosphorane, (Ph3P)2C, obtained from solutions in benzene, exhibit a linear P-C-P interaction. This observation is in contrast to the highly bent structures that have been previously reported for this molecule, thereby providing experimental evidence that the coordination geometry at zerovalent carbon may be very flexible. Density functional theory calculations support the experimental observations by demonstrating that the energy of (Ph3P)2C varies relatively little over the range 130-180°...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430217/trajectory-variations-of-optical-bloch-oscillations-for-airy-beams-in-transversely-and-longitudinally-modulated-photonic-lattices
#6
Zheng Cao, Xiaojun Li, Qinggui Tan, Wei Jiang, Dong Liang, Jinfang Dou
We consider four types of modulated photonic lattices and numerically study the optical Bloch oscillations of Airy beams in these periodic structures. Our results demonstrate that in transversely modulated photonic lattices, the oscillation period increases and the amplitude reduces as the separation variation index increases. However, the increasing of the width variation index could lead to a consistent reduction of oscillation period and amplitude. On the other hand, in three kinds of longitudinally bent photonic lattices, the optical Bloch oscillation trajectories of Airy beams follow the waveguide shape perfectly within the whole propagation length...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426718/effects-of-dietary-beef-pork-chicken-and-salmon-on-intestinal-carcinogenesis-in-a-j-min-mice
#7
Christina Steppeler, Marianne Sødring, Bjørg Egelandsdal, Bente Kirkhus, Marije Oostindjer, Ole Alvseike, Lars Erik Gangsei, Ellen-Margrethe Hovland, Fabrice Pierre, Jan Erik Paulsen
The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified red meat as "probably carcinogenic to humans" (Group 2A). In mechanistic studies exploring the link between intake of red meat and CRC, heme iron, the pigment of red meat, is proposed to play a central role as a catalyzer of luminal lipid peroxidation and cytotoxicity. In the present work, the novel A/J Min/+ mouse was used to investigate the effects of dietary beef, pork, chicken, or salmon (40% muscle food (dry weight) and 60% powder diet) on Apc-driven intestinal carcinogenesis, from week 3-13 of age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426194/development-of-a-porous-coordination-polymer-with-a-high-gas-capacity-using-a-thiophene-based-bent-tetracarboxylate-ligand
#8
Fei Wang, Shinpei Kusaka, Yuh Hijikata, Nobuhiko Hosono, Susumu Kitagawa
A new porous coordination polymer (PCP) based on a ligand with a unique bent angle bearing a thiophene-bridged bent carboxylate ligand and the Cu(2+) ion was synthesized and structurally characterized. The structure has a pillared-layer framework based on a kagomé-like layer with aromatic partition groups. It exhibits a high CO2 uptake of 180 mL(STP)/g at 1 bar, and 400 mL(STP)/g at 30 bar at 273 K. The uptakes of C2H2 and C2H4 reach 164 and 160 mL(STP)/g at 298 K and 1 bar, with good selectivity of C2H2 and C2H4 over CH4, both of which are among the highest levels of reported PCPs...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425942/seasonal-dynamics-of-haptophytes-and-dsdna-algal-viruses-suggest-complex-virus-host-relationship
#9
Torill Vik Johannessen, Aud Larsen, Gunnar Bratbak, António Pagarete, Bente Edvardsen, Elianne D Egge, Ruth-Anne Sandaa
Viruses influence the ecology and diversity of phytoplankton in the ocean. Most studies of phytoplankton host-virus interactions have focused on bloom-forming species like Emiliania huxleyi or Phaeocystis spp. The role of viruses infecting phytoplankton that do not form conspicuous blooms have received less attention. Here we explore the dynamics of phytoplankton and algal viruses over several sequential seasons, with a focus on the ubiquitous and diverse phytoplankton division Haptophyta, and their double-stranded DNA viruses, potentially with the capacity to infect the haptophytes...
April 20, 2017: Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425767/chronic-total-coronary-occlusion-treatment-results
#10
Martin Kirk Christensen, Phillip Fischer Freeman, Jeppe Groendal Rasmussen, Anton Boel Villadsen, Bent Raungaard, Svend Eggert Jensen, Leif Thuesen
OBJECTIVES: To describe the clinical and procedural coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) treatment results in a Nordic PCI centre during the implementation of a CTO treatment program. DESIGN: In a retrospective registry study, we assessed; (1) indication for the procedure, (2) Canadian Cardiovascular Society angina pectoris score (CCS)/New York Heart Association (NYHA) heart failure score, (3) lesion complexity and (4) adverse events during hospital stay and three months following the index procedure...
April 20, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422610/joint-bent-cable-tobit-models-for-longitudinal-and-time-to-event-data
#11
Getachew A Dagne
In this article, we show how to estimate a transition period for the evolvement of drug resistance to antiretroviral (ARV) drug or other related treatments in the framework of developing a Bayesian method for jointly analyzing time to event and longitudinal data. For HIV/AIDS longitudinal data, developmental trajectories of viral loads tend to show a gradual change from a declining trend after initiation of treatment to an increasing trend without an abrupt change. Such characteristics of trajectories are also associated with a time-to-event process...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421751/formation-and-characterization-of-homoleptic-thorium-isocyanide-complexes
#12
Xiuting Chen, Qingnuan Li, Yu Gong, Lester Andrews, Benjamin K Liebov, Zongtang Fang, David A Dixon
Homoleptic thorium isocyanide complexes have been prepared via the reactions of laser-ablated thorium atoms and (CN)2 in a cryogenic matrix, and the structures of the products were characterized by infrared spectroscopy and theoretical calculations. Thorium atoms reacted with (CN)2 under UV irradiation to form the oxidative addition product Th(NC)2, which was calculated to have closed-shell singlet ground state with a bent geometry. Further reaction of Th(NC)2 and (CN)2 resulted in the formation of Th(NC)4, a molecule with a tetrahedral geometry...
April 19, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421215/control-of-supramolecular-nanoassemblies-by-tuning-the-interactions-of-bent-shaped-rod-coil-molecules
#13
Shengnan You, Keli Zhong, Long Yi Jin
Rod-coil molecules 1a, 1b and 2a, 2b, consisting of biphenyl and phenyl units connected by an acetylene bond as the rod segment and oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) as the coil segment, were synthesized and characterized. Molecules 1a and 1b incorporate a butoxy group at the apex of their bent-shaped rigid building blocks, while both 1b and 2b contain a lateral methyl group between the rod and coil segments. The self-assembling behavior of these molecules was investigated using DSC, SAXS, CD, AFM, and TEM in bulk and aqueous solutions...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418189/epileptic-manifestations-in-stroke-patients-treated-with-intravenous-alteplase
#14
C Bentes, H Martins, A R Peralta, C Morgado, C Casimiro, A C Franco, A C Fonseca, R Geraldes, P Canhão, T Pinho E Melo, T Paiva, J M Ferro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Intravenous alteplase (rtPA) may be associated with seizures and epileptic activity in the electroencephalogram (EEG). The aim of this work was to compare the frequency of seizures and EEG abnormalities between stroke patients treated and not treated with rtPA. METHODS: This was a prospective study of consecutive acute anterior circulation ischaemic stroke patients, with 1-year follow-up. Patients were previously independent, had an admission National Institute of Health Stroke Scale score ≥4, an acute ischaemic lesion and no previous seizures...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417648/danish-translation-and-validation-of-kessler-s-10-item-psychological-distress-scale-k10
#15
Camilla Thelin, Benjamin Mikkelsen, Gunnar Laier, Louise Turgut, Bente Henriksen, Lis Raabaek Olsen, Jens Knud Larsen, Sidse Arnfred
BACKGROUND: Psychological distress is a trans-diagnostic feature of mental suffering closely associated with mental disorders. Kessler's 10-item Psychological Distress Scale (K10), a scale with sound psychometric properties, is widely used in epidemiological studies. AIM: To translate and investigate whether K10 is a reliable and valid rating scale for the measurement of psychological distress in a Danish population. METHODS: The translation was carried out according to official WHO translation guidelines...
April 18, 2017: Nordic Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417138/long-term-exposure-to-ambient-air-pollution-and-traffic-noise-and-incident-hypertension-in-seven-cohorts-of-the-european-study-of-cohorts-for-air-pollution-effects-escape
#16
Kateryna B Fuks, Gudrun Weinmayr, Xavier Basagaña, Olena Gruzieva, Regina Hampel, Bente Oftedal, Mette Sørensen, Kathrin Wolf, Geir Aamodt, Gunn Marit Aasvang, Inmaculada Aguilera, Thomas Becker, Rob Beelen, Bert Brunekreef, Barbara Caracciolo, Josef Cyrys, Roberto Elosua, Kirsten Thorup Eriksen, Maria Foraster, Laura Fratiglioni, Agneta Hilding, Danny Houthuijs, Michal Korek, Nino Künzli, Jaume Marrugat, Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, Claes-Göran Östenson, Johanna Penell, Göran Pershagen, Ole Raaschou-Nielsen, Wim J R Swart, Annette Peters, Barbara Hoffmann
Aims: We investigated whether traffic-related air pollution and noise are associated with incident hypertension in European cohorts. Methods and results: We included seven cohorts of the European study of cohorts for air pollution effects (ESCAPE). We modelled concentrations of particulate matter with aerodynamic diameter ≤2.5 µm (PM2.5), ≤10 µm (PM10), >2.5, and ≤10 µm (PMcoarse), soot (PM2.5 absorbance), and nitrogen oxides at the addresses of participants with land use regression...
April 1, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416675/integrin-extension-enables-ultrasensitive-regulation-by-cytoskeletal-force
#17
Jing Li, Timothy A Springer
Integrins undergo large-scale conformational changes upon activation. Signaling events driving integrin activation have previously been discussed conceptually, but not quantitatively. Here, recent measurements of the intrinsic ligand-binding affinity and free energy of each integrin conformational state on the cell surface, together with the length scales of conformational change, are used to quantitatively compare models of activation. We examine whether binding of cytoskeletal adaptors to integrin cytoplasmic domains is sufficient for activation or whether exertion of tensile force by the actin cytoskeleton across the integrin-ligand complex is also required...
April 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415207/model-of-polar-auxin-transport-coupled-to-mechanical-forces-retrieves-robust-morphogenesis-along-the-arabidopsis-root
#18
J Roberto Romero-Arias, Valeria Hernández-Hernández, Mariana Benítez, Elena R Alvarez-Buylla, Rafael A Barrio
Stem cells are identical in many scales, they share the same molecular composition, DNA, genes, and genetic networks, yet they should acquire different properties to form a functional tissue. Therefore, they must interact and get some external information from their environment, either spatial (dynamical fields) or temporal (lineage). In this paper we test to what extent coupled chemical and physical fields can underlie the cell's positional information during development. We choose the root apical meristem of Arabidopsis thaliana to model the emergence of cellular patterns...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413771/management-of-aromatase-inhibitor-associated-bone-loss-aibl-in-postmenopausal-women-with-hormone-sensitive-breast-cancer-joint-position-statement-of-the-iof-cabs-ects-ieg-esceo-ims-and-siog
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Peyman Hadji, Matti S Aapro, Jean-Jacques Body, Michael Gnant, Maria Luisa Brandi, Jean Yves Reginster, M Carola Zillikens, Claus-C Glüer, Tobie de Villiers, Rod Baber, G David Roodman, Cyrus Cooper, Bente Langdahl, Santiago Palacios, John Kanis, Nasser Al-Daghri, Xavier Nogues, Erik Fink Eriksen, Andreas Kurth, Rene Rizzoli, Robert E Coleman
BACKGROUND: Several guidelines have been reported for bone-directed treatment in women with early breast cancer (EBC) for averting fractures, particularly during aromatase inhibitor (AI) therapy. Recently, a number of studies on additional fracture related risk factors, new treatment options as well as real world studies demonstrating a much higher fracture rate than suggested by randomized clinical controlled trials (RCTs). Therefore, this updated algorithm was developed to better assess fracture risk and direct treatment as a position statement of several interdisciplinary cancer and bone societies involved in the management of AI-associated bone loss (AIBL)...
June 2017: Journal of Bone Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413750/an-optically-isotropic-antiferroelectric-liquid-crystal-oi-aflc-display-mode-operating-over-a-wide-temperature-range-using-ternary-bent-core-liquid-crystal-mixtures
#20
Leah Bergquist, Cuiyu Zhang, Roberta R Ribeiro de Almeida, Brittany Pellegrene, Miroslaw Salamonczyk, Matthew Kim, Jung-Im Hwang, Kyeong-Jin Kim, Joun-Ho Lee, Antal Jákli, Torsten Hegmann
We report on the synthesis and characterization of bent-core liquid crystal (LC) compounds and the preparation of mixtures that provide an optically isotropic antiferroelectric (OI-AFLC) liquid crystal display mode over a very wide temperature interval and well below room temperature. From the collection of compounds synthesized during this study, we recognized that several ternary mixtures displayed a modulated SmCaPA phase down to below -40 °C and up to about 100 °C on both heating and cooling, as well as optical tilt angles in the transformed state of approximately 45° (optically isotropic state)...
April 2017: ChemistryOpen
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