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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922771/a-specific-role-of-iron-in-promoting-meristematic-cell-division-during-adventitious-root-formation
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Alexander Hilo, Fahimeh Shahinnia, Uwe Druege, Philipp Franken, Michael Melzer, Twan Rutten, Nicolaus von Wirén, Mohammad-Reza Hajirezaei
Adventitious root (AR) formation is characterized by a sequence of physiological and morphological processes and determined by external factors, including mineral nutrition, the impacts of which remain largely elusive. Morphological and anatomical evaluation of the effects of mineral elements on AR formation in leafy cuttings of Petunia hybrida revealed a striking stimulation by iron (Fe) and a promotive action of ammonium (NH4+). The optimal application period for these nutrients corresponded to early division of meristematic cells in the rooting zone and coincided with increased transcript levels of mitotic cyclins...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922769/psb33-sustains-photosystem-ii-d1-protein-under-fluctuating-light-conditions
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Rikard Fristedt, Andrea Trotta, Marjaana Suorsa, Anders K Nilsson, Roberta Croce, Eva-Mari Aro, Björn Lundin
On Earth, solar irradiance varies as the sun rises and sets over the horizon, and sunlight is thus in constant fluctuation, following a slow dark-low-high-low-dark curve. Optimal plant growth and development are dependent on the capacity of plants to acclimate and regulate photosynthesis in response to these changes of light. Little is known of regulative processes for photosynthesis during nocturnal events. The nucleus-encoded plant lineage-specific protein PSB33 has been described as stabilizing the photosystem II complex, especially under light stress conditions, and plants lacking PSB33 have a dysfunctional state transition...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922645/spectrophotometric-determination-of-fluoxetine-by-molecularly-imprinted-polypyrrole-and-optimization-by-experimental-design-artificial-neural-network-and-genetic-algorithm
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Azizollah Nezhadali, Maryam Omidvar Motlagh, Samira Sadeghzadeh
A selective method based on molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) solid-phase extraction (SPE) using UV-Vis spectrophotometry as a detection technique was developed for the determination of fluoxetine (FLU) in pharmaceutical and human serum samples. The MIPs were synthesized using pyrrole as a functional monomer in the presence of FLU as a template molecule. The factors that affecting the preparation and extraction ability of MIP such as amount of sorbent, initiator concentration, the amount of monomer to template ratio, uptake shaking rate, uptake time, washing buffer pH, take shaking rate, Taking time and polymerization time were considered for optimization...
September 13, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922619/identification-of-angiogenesis-inhibitors-using-a-co-culture-cell-model-in-a-high-content-and-high-throughput-screening-platform
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Shuaizhang Li, Chia-Wen Hsu, Srilatha Sakamuru, Chaozhong Zou, Ruili Huang, Menghang Xia
Angiogenesis is an important hallmark of cancer, contributing to tumor formation and metastasis. In vitro angiogenesis models for analyzing tube formation serve as useful tools to study these processes. However, current in vitro co-culture models using primary cells have limitations in usefulness and consistency. Therefore, in the present study, an in vitro co-culture assay system was optimized in a 1536-well format for high-throughput screening using human telomerase reverse transcriptase (hTERT)-immortalized mesenchymal stem cells and aortic endothelial cells...
September 1, 2017: SLAS Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922402/new-insights-into-the-metastatic-behavior-after-breast-cancer-surgery-according-to-well-established-clinicopathological-variables-and-molecular-subtypes
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Oreste Claudio Buonomo, Emanuele Caredda, Ilaria Portarena, Gianluca Vanni, Augusto Orlandi, Claudia Bagni, Giuseppe Petrella, Leonardo Palombi, Paolo Orsaria
Despite advances in treatment, up to 30% of patients with early breast cancer (BC) experience distant disease relapse. However, a comprehensive understanding of tumor spread and site-specific recurrence patterns remains lacking. This retrospective case-control study included 103 consecutive patients with metastatic BC admitted to our institution (2000-2013). Cases were matched according to age, tumor biology, and clinicopathological features to 221 patients with non-metastatic BC (control group). The median follow-up period among the 324 eligible patients was 7...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922397/acute-exposure-to-blue-wavelength-light-during-memory-consolidation-improves-verbal-memory-performance
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Anna Alkozei, Ryan Smith, Natalie S Dailey, Sahil Bajaj, William D S Killgore
Acute exposure to light within the blue wavelengths has been shown to enhance alertness and vigilance, and lead to improved speed on reaction time tasks, possibly due to activation of the noradrenergic system. It remains unclear, however, whether the effects of blue light extend beyond simple alertness processes to also enhance other aspects of cognition, such as memory performance. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a thirty minute pulse of blue light versus placebo (amber light) exposure in healthy normally rested individuals in the morning during verbal memory consolidation (i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922366/optimizing-information-processing-in-neuronal-networks-beyond-critical-states
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Mariana Sacrini Ayres Ferraz, Hiago Lucas Cardeal Melo-Silva, Alexandre Hiroaki Kihara
Critical dynamics have been postulated as an ideal regime for neuronal networks in the brain, considering optimal dynamic range and information processing. Herein, we focused on how information entropy encoded in spatiotemporal activity patterns may vary in critical networks. We employed branching process based models to investigate how entropy can be embedded in spatiotemporal patterns. We determined that the information capacity of critical networks may vary depending on the manipulation of microscopic parameters...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922356/mathematical-modeling-and-quantitative-analysis-of-hiv-1-gag-trafficking-and-polymerization
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Yuewu Liu, Xiufen Zou
Gag, as the major structural protein of HIV-1, is necessary for the assembly of the HIV-1 sphere shell. An in-depth understanding of its trafficking and polymerization is important for gaining further insights into the mechanisms of HIV-1 replication and the design of antiviral drugs. We developed a mathematical model to simulate two biophysical processes, specifically Gag monomer and dimer transport in the cytoplasm and the polymerization of monomers to form a hexamer underneath the plasma membrane. Using experimental data, an optimization approach was utilized to identify the model parameters, and the identifiability and sensitivity of these parameters were then analyzed...
September 18, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922165/the-gastrointestinal-brain-axis-in-humans-as-an-evolutionary-advance-of-the-root-leaf-axis-in-plants-a-hypothesis-linking-quantum-effects-of-light-on-serotonin-and-auxin
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Lucio Tonello, Bekim Gashi, Alessandro Scuotto, Glenda Capello, Massimo Cocchi, Fabio Gabrielli, Jack A Tuszynski
Living organisms tend to find viable strategies under ambient conditions that optimize their search for, and utilization of, life-sustaining resources. For plants, a leading role in this process is performed by auxin, a plant hormone that drives morphological development, dynamics, and movement to optimize the absorption of light (through branches and leaves) and chemical "food" (through roots). Similarly to auxin in plants, serotonin seems to play an important role in higher animals, especially humans. Here, it is proposed that morphological and functional similarities between (i) plant leaves and the animal/human brain and (ii) plant roots and the animal/human gastro-intestinal tract have general features in common...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Integrative Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922122/semi-automatic-generation-of-stream-surfaces-via-sketching
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Jun Tao, Chaoli Wang
We present a semi-automatic approach for stream surface generation. Our approach is based on the conjecture that good seeding curves can be inferred from a set of streamlines. Given a set of densely traced streamlines over the flow field, we design a sketch-based interface that allows users to describe their perceived flow patterns through drawing simple strokes directly on top of the streamline visualization results. Based on the 2D stroke, we identify a 3D seeding curve and generate a stream surface that captures the flow pattern of streamlines at the outermost layer...
September 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922119/pure-let-image-deconvolution
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Jizhou Li, Florian Luisier, Thierry Blu
We propose a non-iterative image deconvolution algorithm for data corrupted by Poisson or mixed Poisson-Gaussian noise. Many applications involve such a problem, ranging from astronomical to biological imaging. We parametrize the deconvolution process as a linear combination of elementary functions, termed as linear expansion of thresholds (LET). This parametrization is then optimized by minimizing a robust estimate of the true mean squared error, the Poisson unbiased risk estimate (PURE). Each elementary function consists of a Wiener filtering followed by a pointwise thresholding of undecimated Haar wavelet coefficients...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922112/effects-of-flexible-dry-electrode-design-on-electrodermal-activity-stimulus-response-detection
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Peter A Haddad, Amir Servati, Saeid Soltanian, Frank Ko, Peyman Servati
OBJECTIVE: The focus of this research is to evaluate the effects of design parameters including surface area, distance between and geometry of dry flexible electrodes on electrodermal activity (EDA) stimulus response detection. METHODS: EDA is a result of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) being stimulated, which causes sweat and changes the electrical characteristics of the skin. Standard silver/silver chloride (Ag/AgCl) EDA electrodes are rigid and lack conformability in contact with skin...
September 18, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921897/a-combined-experimental-and-theoretical-approaches-to-correlate-the-structure-and-properties-of-n-methylpyrrolidone-based-protic-ionic-liquids
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Somenath Panda, Kaushik Kundu, Siva Umapathy, Ramesh Gardas
Correlation of the structure and properties of ionic liquids (ILs) is essential for the development of optimized materials in the fields of gas capture and separation, battery electrolyte, and cellulose dissolution process. In view of this, a detailed vibrational spectroscopic analysis and quantum-chemical calculation were performed to explore the interionic interactions in N-methylpyrrolidone cation and carboxylate anion-based ILs. FTIR and Raman spectroscopy were applied to identify the H-bonding interactions between ion-pair, in which red-shifted vibrational modes were evidenced as a function of anion chain length...
September 17, 2017: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921821/iridium-catalyzed-direct-c-h-amidation-polymerization-step-growth-polymerization-by-c-n-bond-formation-via-c-h-activation-to-give-fluorescent-polysulfonamides
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Tae-Lim Choi, Jang Yoon-Jung, Soon-Hyeok Hwang
We report a powerful strategy for activation of C-H bonds to produce polysulfonamides by an atom-economical and green method using iridium-catalyzed direct C-H amidation polymerization (DCAP). After screening various directing groups, additives, silver salts, concentrations, and temperatures to optimize DCAP, high molecular-weight (up to 149 kDa) and defect-free polysulfonamides were synthesized from various bis-sulfonyl azides. Although these polymers do not have conventional fluorescent conjugated cores, they emit blue light with large Stokes shifts and high quantum yields upon photoexcitation, due to excited-state intramolecular proton transfer process...
September 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921611/dendritic-spines-provide-cognitive-resilience-against-alzheimer-s-disease
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Benjamin D Boros, Kelsey M Greathouse, Erik G Gentry, Kendall A Curtis, Elizabeth L Birchall, Marla Gearing, Jeremy H Herskowitz
OBJECTIVE: Neuroimaging and other biomarker assays suggest that the pathological processes of Alzheimer's disease (AD) initiate years prior to clinical dementia onset. However some 30%-50% of older individuals that harbor AD pathology do not become symptomatic in their lifetime. It is hypothesized that such individuals exhibit cognitive resilience that protects against AD dementia. We hypothesized that in cases with AD pathology structural changes in dendritic spines would distinguish individuals that had or did not have clinical dementia...
September 16, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921603/trace-dna-sampling-success-from-evidence-items-commonly-encountered-in-forensic-casework
#16
Renata Dziak, Amy Peneder, Alicia Buetter, Cecilia Hageman
Trace DNA analysis is a significant part of a forensic laboratory's workload. Knowing optimal sampling strategies and item success rates for particular item types can assist in evidence selection and examination processes and shorten turnaround times. In this study, forensic short tandem repeat (STR) casework results were reviewed to determine how often STR profiles suitable for comparison were obtained from "handler" and "wearer" areas of 764 items commonly submitted for examination. One hundred and fifty-five (155) items obtained from volunteers were also sampled...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921435/fed-batch-cho-cell-culture-for-lab-scale-antibody-production
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Yuzhou Fan, Daniel Ley, Mikael Rørdam Andersen
Fed-batch culture is the most commonly used upstream process in industry today for recombinant monoclonal antibody production using Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. Developing and optimizing this process in the lab is crucial for establishing process knowledge, which enables rapid and predictable tech-transfer to manufacturing scale. In this chapter, we describe stepwise how to carry out fed-batch CHO cell culture for lab-scale antibody production.
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921432/demonstration-scale-high-cell-density-fermentation-of-pichia-pastoris
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Wan-Cang Liu, Ping Zhu
Pichia pastoris has been one of the most successful heterologous overexpression systems in generating proteins for large-scale production through high-cell-density fermentation. However, optimizing conditions of the large-scale high-cell-density fermentation for biochemistry and industrialization is usually a laborious and time-consuming process. Furthermore, it is often difficult to produce authentic proteins in large quantities, which is a major obstacle for functional and structural features analysis and industrial application...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921417/bacteriocinogenic-lab-strains-for-fermented-meat-preservation-perspectives-challenges-and-limitations
#19
Lorenzo Favaro, Svetoslav Dimitrov Todorov
Over the last decades, much research has focused on lactic acid bacteria (LAB) bacteriocins because of their potential as biopreservatives and their action against the growth of spoilage microbes. Meat and fermented meat products are prone to microbial contamination, causing health risks, as well as economic losses in the meat industry. The use of bacteriocin-producing LAB starter or protective cultures is suitable for fermented meats. However, although bacteriocins can be produced during meat processing, their levels are usually much lower than those achieved during in vitro fermentations under optimal environmental conditions...
September 18, 2017: Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920675/mitigation-of-n2o-emission-from-aquaponics-by-optimizing-the-nitrogen-transformation-process-aeration-management-and-exogenous-carbon-pla-addition
#20
Yina Zou, Zhen Hu, Jian Zhang, Yingke Fang, Minying Li, Jianda Zhang
N2O production in aquaponics is an inevitable concern when aquaponics is developed as a future production system. In the present study, two attempts were applied to mitigate N2O emission from aquaponics, i.e., aeration in hydroponic bed (HA) and addition of polylactic acid (PLA) into fillers (PA). Results showed that N2O emission from HA and PA was decreased by 47.1-58.1% and 43.2-74.9% respectively compared with that in control. Denitrification was proved to be the main emission pathway in all treatments, representing 62...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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