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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454355/what-is-known-about-melatonin-chemotherapy-and-altered-gene-expression-in-breast-cancer
#1
Carlos Martínez-Campa, Javier Menéndez-Menéndez, Carolina Alonso-González, Alicia González, Virginia Álvarez-García, Samuel Cos
Melatonin, synthesized in and released from the pineal gland, has been demonstrated by multiple in vivo and in vitro studies to have an oncostatic role in hormone-dependent tumors. Furthermore, several clinical trials point to melatonin as a promising adjuvant molecule to be considered for cancer treatment. In the past few years, evidence of a broader spectrum of action of melatonin as an antitumor agent has arisen; thus, melatonin appears to also have therapeutic effects in several types of hormone-independent cancer, including ovarian, leukemic, pancreatic, gastric and non-small cell lung carcinoma...
April 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454176/phaseless-incoherent-optical-frequency-domain-spectroscopy
#2
Ziv Glasser, Gidon Zaychik, Rita Abramov, Daniel Gotliv, Shmuel Sternklar
We describe a new technique for incoherent optical frequency domain spectroscopy (I-OFDS) that does not require measurements of the RF phase spectrum in order to reconstruct the optical spectrum. It is based on the addition of either an optical or electronic reference line to the I-OFDS system. Compared to the spectrum acquired by a regular I-OFDS system, high accuracy (error<1%) is predicted and achieved.
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454171/depth-resolution-enhancement-of-terahertz-deconvolution-by-autoregressive-spectral-extrapolation
#3
Junliang Dong, Alexandre Locquet, D S Citrin
This Letter presents a method for enhancing the depth resolution of terahertz deconvolution based on autoregressive (AR) spectral extrapolation. The terahertz frequency components with a high signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) are modeled with an AR process, and the missing frequency components in the regions with low SNRs are extrapolated based on the AR model. In this way, the entire terahertz frequency spectrum of the impulse response function, corresponding to the material structure, is recovered. This method, which is verified numerically and experimentally, is able to provide a "quasi-ideal" impulse response function and, therefore, greatly enhances the depth resolution for characterizing optically thin layers in the terahertz regime...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454151/high-power-frequency-comb-source-tunable-from-2-7-to-4-2%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-based-on-difference-frequency-generation-pumped-by-an-yb-doped-fiber-laser
#4
Grzegorz Soboń, Tadeusz Martynkien, Paweł Mergo, Lucile Rutkowski, Aleksandra Foltynowicz
We demonstrate a broadband mid-infrared (MIR) frequency comb source based on difference frequency generation (DFG) in periodically poled lithium niobate crystal. MIR radiation is obtained via mixing of the output of a 125 MHz repetition rate Yb-doped fiber laser with Raman-shifted solitons generated from the same source in a highly nonlinear fiber. The resulting idler is tunable in the range of 2.7-4.2 μm, with average output power reaching 237 mW and pulses as short as 115 fs. The coherence of the MIR comb is confirmed by spectral interferometry and heterodyne beat measurements...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454140/electro-optic-sampling-of-terahertz-waves-by-laser-pulses-with-an-edge-cut-spectrum-in-birefringent-crystal
#5
I E Ilyakov, G Kh Kitaeva, B V Shishkin, R A Akhmedzhanov
We demonstrate a terahertz detection technique based on variations of the energy of femtosecond laser pulses with an edge-cut spectrum in birefringent electro-optic crystal-periodically poled lithium niobate (PPLN). The method is compared with the standard electro-optic detection scheme utilizing GaP crystal. The experimental results show that the studied technique is suited for use with birefringent crystals and allows one to achieve a much better response to the terahertz wave radiation at quasi-phase-matching frequencies of PPLN...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454074/photocatalytic-degradation-of-dye-using-ceo2-scb-composite-catalysts
#6
Duangdao Channei, Auppatham Nakaruk, Sukon Phanichphant
The main task of the present work is to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of methylene blue (MB) by using CeO2/sugarcane bagasse (SCB) composite catalysts. Homogeneous precipitation method was used to synthesis CeO2-SCB composite catalysts by adding SCB powder to precursor solution of Ce base-metal. The structural analytical data indicated the pure cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. Morphological images revealed the coating of CeO2 layer on high surface area of SCB core-shell. The chemical analysis presented spectrum of the Ce 3d in CeO2/SCB sample existed in the form of the Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) mixed- valence states...
April 22, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454073/low-temperature-raman-spectra-of-the-2-%C3%AE-methylbenzylamino-5-nitropyridine-crystal
#7
G S Pinheiro, M N G Ferreira Júnior, A O Dos Santos, P T C Freire, J A Lima, C E S Nogueira, L P Cardoso, J N Sherwood, C M R Remédios
The polar organic 2-(α-methylbenzylamino)-5-nitropyridine crystal (MBANP) has been studied by Raman spectroscopy at low temperatures (from 300 to 10K). The effect of temperature change on the vibrational spectrum is discussed with the aid of DFT calculations. The behavior of the Raman spectra indicates that MBANP molecules present a different conformation at low temperatures associated with the rotation of the phenyl and pyridine rings. Temperature-dependent X-ray measurements and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis were utilized as complementary techniques to investigate the structural stability of MBANP crystal...
April 20, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454046/preliminary-investigation-of-catalytic-antioxidant-anticancer-and-bactericidal-activity-of-green-synthesized-silver-and-gold-nanoparticles-using-actinidia-deliciosa
#8
Saraschandra Naraginti, Yi Li
Herein we report a rapid low cost one step green synthetic method using Actinidia deliciosa fruit extract for preparation of stable and multifunctional silver and gold nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were successfully used as green catalysts for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and methylene blue (MB). The enhanced biological activity of the prepared nanoparticles was investigated based on its highly stable antioxidant, anticancer and bactericidal effects. TEM micrographs showed that the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) formed were predominantly spherical in shape having diameters ranging from 25 to 40nm, while gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) shown particle size ranges from 7 to 20nm...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453876/age-associated-changes-in-the-blood-brain-barrier-comparative-studies-in-human-and-mouse
#9
Emily F Goodall, Chunfang Wang, Julie E Simpson, David J Baker, David R Drew, Paul R Heath, M Jill Saffrey, Ignacio A Romero, Stephen B Wharton
AIMS: While vascular pathology is a common feature of a range of neurodegenerative diseases, we hypothesised that vascular changes occur in association with normal ageing. Therefore we aimed to characterise age-associated changes in the blood brain barrier (BBB) in human and mouse cohorts. METHODS: Immunohistochemistry and Evans Blue assays were used to characterise BBB dysfunction (tight junction protein expression and serum plasma protein accumulation), vascular pathology (pericyte loss and vascular density) and glial pathology (astrocyte and microglial density) in ageing neurological control human pre-frontal cortex (a total of 23 cases from 5 age groups representing the spectrum of young adult to old age: 20-30yrs, 31-45yrs, 46-60yrs, 61-75yrs and 75+) and C57BL/6 mice (3 month, 12 month, 18 month and 24 month, n=5/6 per group)...
April 28, 2017: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453643/early-onset-obesity-unrecognized-first-evidence-for-gnas-mutations-and-methylation-changes
#10
Annette Grüters-Kieslich, Monica Reyes, Amita Sharma, Cem Demirci, Terry J DeClue, Erwin Lankes, Dov Tiosano, Dirk Schnabel, Harald Jüppner
Context: Early-onset obesity, characteristic for disorders affecting the leptin-melanocortin pathway, is also observed in pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ia (PHP1A), a disorder caused by maternal GNAS mutations that disrupt expression or function of the stimulatory G protein (Gsα). Mutations and/or epigenetic abnormalities at the same genetic locus are also the cause of pseudohypoparathyroidism type Ib (PHP1B). However, although equivalent biochemical and radiographic findings can be encountered in these related disorders caused by GNAS abnormalities they are considered distinct clinical entities...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453600/whole-exome-sequencing-in-eight-thai-patients-with-leber-congenital-amaurosis-reveals-mutations-in-the-ctnna1-and-cyp4v2-genes
#11
Worapoj Jinda, Todd D Taylor, Yutaka Suzuki, Wanna Thongnoppakhun, Chanin Limwongse, Patcharee Lertrit, Adisak Trinavarat, La-Ongsri Atchaneeyasakul
Purpose: Our goal was to describe the clinical and molecular genetic findings in Thai patients with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Methods: Whole exome sequencing (WES) was performed in eight unrelated patients. All genes responsible for inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) based on RetNet were selected for analysis. Potentially causative variants were filtered through a bioinformatics pipeline and validated using Sanger sequencing. Segregation analysis of the causative genes was performed in family members when available...
April 1, 2017: Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453575/genome-wide-association-study-of-red-blood-cell-traits-in-hispanics-latinos-the-hispanic-community-health-study-study-of-latinos
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Chani J Hodonsky, Deepti Jain, Ursula M Schick, Jean V Morrison, Lisa Brown, Caitlin P McHugh, Claudia Schurmann, Diane D Chen, Yong Mei Liu, Paul L Auer, Cecilia A Laurie, Kent D Taylor, Brian L Browning, Yun Li, George Papanicolaou, Jerome I Rotter, Ryo Kurita, Yukio Nakamura, Sharon R Browning, Ruth J F Loos, Kari E North, Cathy C Laurie, Timothy A Thornton, Nathan Pankratz, Daniel E Bauer, Tamar Sofer, Alex P Reiner
Prior GWAS have identified loci associated with red blood cell (RBC) traits in populations of European, African, and Asian ancestry. These studies have not included individuals with an Amerindian ancestral background, such as Hispanics/Latinos, nor evaluated the full spectrum of genomic variation beyond single nucleotide variants. Using a custom genotyping array enriched for Amerindian ancestral content and 1000 Genomes imputation, we performed GWAS in 12,502 participants of Hispanic Community Health Study and Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) for hematocrit, hemoglobin, RBC count, RBC distribution width (RDW), and RBC indices...
April 28, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453526/with-whom-do-you-feel-most-intimate-exploring-the-quality-of-facebook-friendships-in-relation-to-similarities-and-interaction-behaviors
#13
Jieun Wee, Joonhwan Lee
It is widely accepted that people tend to associate more and feel closer to those who share similar attributes with themselves. Most of the research on the phenomenon has been carried out in face-to-face contexts. However, it is necessary to study the phenomenon in computer-mediated contexts as well. Exploring Facebook is important in that friendships within the network indicate a broader spectrum of friends, ranging from complete strangers to confiding relations. Also, since diverse communication methods are available on Facebook, which method a user adopts to interact with a "friend" could influence the quality of the relationship, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453389/gwas-analysis-of-treatment-resistant-schizophrenia-interaction-effect-of-childhood-trauma
#14
Arthur Koga, Ali Bani-Fatemi, Nuwan Hettige, Carol Borlido, Clement Zai, John Strauss, Philip Gerretsen, Ariel Graff, Gary Remington, Vincenzo De Luca
AIMS: In the current study, we aimed to compare the prevalence of adverse lifetime events in treatment resistant and non-treatment resistant schizophrenia in a genome-wide association study. MATERIALS & METHODS: Our sample consisted of 84 Caucasian participants with schizophrenia spectrum disorders, assessed cross-sectionally to collect information regarding drug effectiveness and childhood trauma. Using a genome-wide association analysis, we tested single-nucleotide polymorphisms for their association with resistance to antipsychotics defined according to American Psychiatric Association criteria...
April 28, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453372/renal-tubular-mitochondrial-abnormalities-in-complex-ii-iii-respiratory-chain-deficiency
#15
Joel France, Isa Ashoor, Randall Craver
Defects in the respiratory chain may present with a wide spectrum of clinical signs and symptoms. In this "Images in Pathology" discussion we correlate the clinical, histologic, and ultrastructural findings in a 12-year-old male with a complex II/III respiratory chain deficiency and kidney dysfunction.
April 28, 2017: Fetal and Pediatric Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449563/relationship-between-serum-bilirubin-levels-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-patients-with-schizophrenia-spectrum-disorders
#16
Filiz Karadag, Ceyhan Balci Sengul, Yasar Enli, Kamuran Karakulah, Huseyin Alacam, Bunyamin Kaptanoglu, Ozgur Kalkanci, Hasan Herken
Objective: We investigated the relationship between serum bilirubin levels and metabolic syndrome (MetS), and the longitudinal effects of baseline serum bilirubin concentrations on MetS in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders undergoing atypical antipsychotics. Methods: The sample of this study consisted of 131 patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Waist circumference, blood pressure, and levels of triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting glucose, and insulin were evaluated at baseline and at month six...
May 31, 2017: Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience: the Official Scientific Journal of the Korean College of Neuropsychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449544/measurements-of-defect-structures-by-positron-annihilation-lifetime-spectroscopy-of-the-tellurite-glass-70teo2-5xo-10p2o5-10zno-5pbf2-x%C3%A2-%C3%A2-mg-bi2-ti-doped-with-ions-of-the-rare-earth-element-er-3
#17
K Pach, J Filipecki, E Golis, El S Yousef, V Boyko
The objective of the study was the structural analysis of the 70TeO2-5XO-10P2O5-10ZnO-5PbF2 (X = Mg, Bi2, Ti) tellurite glasses doped with ions of the rare-earth elements Er(3+), based on the PALS (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy) method of measuring positron lifetimes. Values of positron lifetimes and the corresponding intensities may be connected with the sizes and number of structural defects, the sizes of which range from a few angstroms to a few dozen nanometers. Experimental positron lifetime spectrum revealed existence of two positron lifetime components τ 1 andτ 2...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449418/hif-prolyl-hydroxylases-as-therapeutic-targets-in-erythropoiesis-and-iron-metabolism
#18
REVIEW
Volker H Haase
A classic response to systemic hypoxia is the increase in red blood cell production. This response is controlled by the prolyl hydroxylase domain/hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF) pathway, which regulates a broad spectrum of cellular functions. The discovery of this pathway as a key regulator of erythropoiesis has led to the development of small molecules that stimulate the production of endogenous erythropoietin and enhance iron metabolism. This review provides a concise overview of the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern HIF-induced erythropoietic responses and provides an update on clinical experience with compounds that target HIF-prolyl hydroxylases for anemia therapy...
June 2017: Hemodialysis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449263/multi-dice-r-package-for-comparative-population-genomic-inference-under-hierarchical-co-demographic-models-of-independent-single-population-size-changes
#19
Alexander T Xue, Michael J Hickerson
Population genetic data from multiple taxa can address comparative phylogeographic questions about community-scale response to environmental shifts, and a useful strategy to this end is to employ hierarchical co-demographic models that directly test multi-taxa hypotheses within a single, unified analysis while benefiting in statistical power from aggregating datasets. This approach has been applied to classical phylogeographic datasets such as mitochondrial barcodes as well as reduced-genome polymorphism datasets that can yield 10,000s of SNPs, produced by emergent technologies such as RAD-seq and GBS...
April 27, 2017: Molecular Ecology Resources
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449247/informant-discrepancy-defines-discrete-clinically-useful-autism-spectrum-disorder-subgroups
#20
Matthew D Lerner, Andres De Los Reyes, Deborah A G Drabick, Alan H Gerber, Kenneth D Gadow
BACKGROUND: Discrepancy between informants (parents and teachers) in severity ratings of core symptoms commonly arise when assessing autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Whether such discrepancy yields unique information about the ASD phenotype and its clinical correlates has not been examined. We examined whether degree of discrepancy between parent and teacher ASD symptom ratings defines discrete, clinically meaningful subgroups of youth with ASD using an efficient, cost-effective procedure...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, and Allied Disciplines
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