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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144126/highly-active-carbene-potassium-complexes-for-the-ring-opening-polymerization-of-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone
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Mrinal Bhunia, Gonela Vijaykumar, Debashis Adhikari, Swadhin K Mandal
Herein we report the synthesis of two complexes of potassium employing strongly nucleophilic carbenes, such as cyclic "(alkyl)(amino)carbene (cAAC) and abnormal N-heterocyclic carbene (aNHC). Both complexes are dimeric in the solid state and the two potassium centers are bridged by trimethylsilylamide. In these complexes, the carbene- - -K interaction is predominantly electrostatic in character, which has been probed thoroughly by NBO and AIM analyses. Indeed, the delocalization energy of the cAAC lone pair calculated from the second-order perturbation theory was only 5...
November 16, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142419/antipsoriatic-and-anti-inflammatory-studies-of-berberis-aristata-extract-loaded-nanovesicular-gels
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Nimisha, Dilshad Ali Rizvi, Zeeshan Fatima, Neema, Chanchal Deep Kaur
Objective: Novel nanovesicular gel of Berberis aristata extract was developed and evaluated for its anti-inflammatory and antipsoriatic activity. Materials and Methods: Transferosomes were prepared using soya phosphatidylcholine and edge activators (Tween 80, Span 80, and sodium deoxycholate) by a modified lipid film hydration technique using rotary evaporator and evaluated for various parameters. The quantification and standardization of extract have been carried out using its alkaloid content as berberine as biomarker...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142414/growth-arresting-activity-of-acmella-essential-oil-and-its-isolated-component-d-limonene-1-8-p-mentha-diene-against-trichophyton-rubrum-microbial-type-culture-collection-296
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Diptikanta Padhan, Smaranika Pattnaik, Ajaya Kumar Behera
Background: Spilanthes acmella is used as a remedy in toothache complaints by the tribal people of Western part of Odisha, India. Objective: The objective of this study was to study the growth-arresting activity of an indigenous Acmella essential oil (EO) (S. acmella Murr, Asteraceae) and its isolated component, d-limonene against Trichophyton rubrum (microbial type culture collection 296). Materials and Methods: The EO was extracted from flowers of indigenous S...
October 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141576/analysis-of-elevated-levels-of-nandrolone-decanoate-induced-cytochrome-p450-alterations-in-mice
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Parmita Chowdhury, Rita Mahantab
BACKGROUND: Frequent non-medicated use of anabolic androgenic steroids (AAS) is an instance of substance abuse which mimics the status of a natural hormone and upon prolonged exposure may lead to adverse drug reactions. These adverse drug reactions proceed in a manner so as to alter the normal metabolism of an enzyme mediated pathway such as the cytochrome P450 (CYP) family of enzymes. OBJECTIVE: The present study was conducted to investigate the impact of overuse of Nandrolone Decanoate (ND), an AAS, upon CYP enzyme activity and a CYP gene, belonging to CYP1 family...
November 14, 2017: Drug Metabolism Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141484/cereal-fibre-intake-in-australia-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-2011-12-national-nutrition-and-physical-activity-survey
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Eden M Barrett, Yasmine C Probst, Eleanor J Beck
Extensive evidence supports health benefits of cereal fibre, however globally no national intake data exists. This study aimed to determine estimates of intake and food sources of cereal fibre, and relationships to dietary fibre intake in an Australian sample population. A cereal fibre database was applied to dietary intake data from the 2011-12 National Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey (n = 12,153). Usual intake based on 2-day intake data was weighted to infer population results. Median daily cereal fibre intake was 6...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140305/probabilistic-prognosis-of-environmental-radioactivity-concentrations-due-to-radioisotopes-discharged-to-water-bodies-from-nuclear-power-plants
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Juan Tomás Zerquera, Juan C Mora, Beatriz Robles
Due to their very low values, the complexity of comparing the contribution of nuclear power plants (NPPs) to environmental radioactivity with modeled values is recognized. In order to compare probabilistic prognosis of radioactivity concentrations with environmental measurement values, an exercise was performed using public data of radioactive routine discharges from three representative Spanish nuclear power plants. Specifically, data on liquid discharges from three Spanish NPPs: Almaraz, Vandellós II, and Ascó to three different aquatic bodies (river, lake, and coast) were used...
November 15, 2017: Toxics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139548/prospects-from-systems-serology-research
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Kelly B Arnold, Amy W Chung
Antibodies are highly functional glycoproteins capable of providing immune protection through multiple mechanisms, including direct pathogen neutralization and the engagement of their Fc-portions with surrounding effector immune cells and immune components that induce anti-pathogenic responses. Small modifications to multiple antibody biophysical features induced by vaccines and other therapeutic regimens can significantly alter functional immune outcomes, though it is difficult to predict which combinations confer protective immunity...
November 15, 2017: Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139050/modeling-mesoscopic-cortical-dynamics-using-a-mean-field-model-of-conductance-based-networks-of-adaptive-exponential-integrate-and-fire-neurons
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Yann Zerlaut, Sandrine Chemla, Frederic Chavane, Alain Destexhe
Voltage-sensitive dye imaging (VSDi) has revealed fundamental properties of neocortical processing at macroscopic scales. Since for each pixel VSDi signals report the average membrane potential over hundreds of neurons, it seems natural to use a mean-field formalism to model such signals. Here, we present a mean-field model of networks of Adaptive Exponential (AdEx) integrate-and-fire neurons, with conductance-based synaptic interactions. We study a network of regular-spiking (RS) excitatory neurons and fast-spiking (FS) inhibitory neurons...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Computational Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137928/camkii%C3%AE-expression-in-a-mouse-model-of-nmdar-hypofunction-schizophrenia-putative-roles-for-igf-1r-and-tlr4
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O M Ogundele, C C Lee
Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a neuropsychiatric disorder that is linked to social behavioral deficits and other negative symptoms associated with hippocampal synaptic dysfunction. Synaptic mechanism of schizophrenia is characterized by loss of hippocampal N-Methyl-d-Aspartate Receptor (NMDAR) activity (NMDAR hypofunction) and dendritic spines. Previous studies show that genetic deletion of hippocampal synaptic regulatory calcium-calmodulin dependent kinase II alpha (CaMKIIα) cause synaptic and behavioral defects associated with schizophrenia in mice...
November 11, 2017: Brain Research Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137326/overexpression-of-carbonic-anhydrase-ix-induces-cell-motility-by-activating-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-in-human-oral-squamous-cell-carcinoma-cells
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Jia-Sin Yang, Chiao-Wen Lin, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Ming-Hsien Chien, Chun-Yi Chuang, Shun-Fa Yang
Oral cancer is a solid malignant tumor that is prone to occur following hypoxia. There are no clear studies showing a link between hypoxia and oral carcinogenesis. Carbonic anhydrase IX (CAIX), which is a hypoxia-induced transmembrane protein, is highly expressed in various types of human cancer. However, the effects of CAIX on the metastasis of human oral cancer cells and the underlying molecular mechanisms have not been clarified. In this study, we observed that CAIX overexpression increased the migratory and invasive abilities of SCC-9 and SAS cells...
October 10, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134123/green-synthesis-of-capped-gold-nanoparticles-and-their-effect-on-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
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Yashvant Rao, Gajendra K Inwati, Man Singh
Aim: We report synthesis of capped gold nanoparticles (C-AuNPs) of ≈20-30 nm by reducing HAuCl4 with flower and leaf extracts of Ocimum tenuiflorum, leaves of Azadirachta indica and Mentha spicata and peel of Citrus sinensis plants. Methods: Atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) determined their size, shape and topographical structures. The C-AuNPs with UV-Vis spectrophotometer produced a maximum absorption within 530-535 nm wavelengths...
November 2017: Future Science OA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133563/a-promising-anti-prion-trimethoxychalcone-binds-to-the-globular-domain-of-prp-c-and-changes-its-cellular-location
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N C Ferreira, L M Ascari, A G Hughson, G R Cavalheiro, C F Góes, P N Fernandes, J R Hollister, R A da Conceição, D S Silva, A M T Souza, M L C Barbosa, F A Lara, R A P Martins, B Caughey, Y Cordeiro
The search for anti-prion compounds has been encouraged by the fact that transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) share molecular mechanisms with more prevalent neurodegenerative pathologies, such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. Cellular prion protein conversion into protease-resistant forms (PrP(Res) or PrP(Sc)) is a critical step in the development of TSEs, thus being one of the main targets in the screening for anti-prion compounds. In this work, three trimethoxychalcones (J1, J8, J20) and one oxadiazole (Y17), previously identified in vitro as potential anti-prion compounds, were evaluated through different approaches in order to gain inferences about their mechanism of action...
November 13, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133037/the-novel-4-phenyl-2-phenoxyacetamide-thiazoles-modulates-the-tumor-hypoxia-leading-to-the-crackdown-of-neoangiogenesis-and-evoking-the-cell-death
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Yasser Hussein Eissa Mohammed, Vikas H Malojirao, Prabhu Thirusangu, Mohammed Al-Ghorbani, B T Prabhakar, Shaukath Ara Khanum
Tumor microenvironment is a complex multistep event which involves several hallmarks that transform the normal cell into cancerous cell. Designing the novel antagonistic molecule to reverse the tumor microenvironment with specific target is essential in modern biological studies. The novel 4-phenyl-2-phenoxyacetamide thiazole analogues 8a-ab were synthesized in multistep process, then screened and assessed for cytotoxic and anti-proliferative effects in vitro against multiple cancer cells of different origin such as MCF-7, A549, EAC and DLA cells which revealed that compound 8f with fluoro and methyl substitute has potential cytotoxic efficacy with an average IC50 value of ˜ 13 μM...
November 4, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132086/strengthening-detoxication-impacts-of-coprinus-comatus-on-nickel-and-fluoranthene-co-contaminated-soil-by-bacterial-inoculation
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Xia Tang, Bingxin Liu, Qiusui Deng, Ruitao Zhang, Xue Li, Heng Xu
To develop an efficient and environmental-friendly approach to detoxicate nickel (Ni) and fluoranthene co-contaminated soil, the combined application of Coprinus comatus (C. comatus) with Serratia sp. FFC5 and/or Enterobacter sp. E2 was investigated. The pot experiment tested the influences of bacterial inoculation on the growth of C. comatus, content of Ni in C. comatus, Ni speciation in soil, fluoranthene dissipation, soil enzymatic activities, bacterial population and community structure. With the inoculation of bacteria, the fresh weights of C...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128975/transcutaneous-vagus-nerve-stimulation-tvns-modulates-flow-experience
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Lorenza S Colzato, Gina Wolters, Corinna Peifer
Flow has been defined as a pleasant psychological state that people experience when completely absorbed in an activity. Previous correlative evidence showed that the vagal tone (as indexed by heart rate variability) is a reliable marker of flow. So far, it has not yet been demonstrated that the vagus nerve plays a causal role in flow. To explore this we used transcutaneous vagus nerve stimulation (tVNS), a novel non-invasive brain stimulation technique that increases activation of the locus coeruleus (LC) and norepinephrine release...
November 11, 2017: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128585/a-return-to-the-psychiatric-dark-ages-with-a-two-system-framework-for-fear
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Michael S Fanselow, Zachary T Pennington
The past several decades has seen considerable progress in our understanding of the neurobiology of fear and anxiety. These advancements were spurred on by envisioning fear as emerging from the coordinated activation of brain and behavioral systems that evolved for the purpose of defense from environmental dangers. Recently, Joseph LeDoux, a previous proponent of this view, published a series of papers in which he challenges the value of this approach. As an alternative, he and colleagues propose that a 'two-system' framework for the study of responses to threat will expedite the advancement of medical treatments for fear disorders...
November 9, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127397/spagm-inferring-subpathway-activity-by-integrating-gene-and-mirna-expression-robust-functional-signature-identification-for-melanoma-prognoses
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Chun-Long Zhang, Yan-Jun Xu, Hai-Xiu Yang, Ying-Qi Xu, De-Si Shang, Tan Wu, Yun-Peng Zhang, Xia Li
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) regulate biological pathways by inhibiting gene expression. However, most current analytical methods fail to consider miRNAs, when inferring functional or pathway activities. In this study, we developed a model called sPAGM to infer subpathway activities by integrating gene and miRNA expressions. In this model, we reconstructed subpathway graphs by embedding miRNA components, and characterized subpathway activity (sPA) scores by simultaneously considering the expression levels of miRNAs and genes...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127329/urban-seismology-on-the-origin-of-earth-vibrations-within-a-city
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Jordi Díaz, Mario Ruiz, Pilar S Sánchez-Pastor, Paula Romero
Urban seismology has become an active research field in the recent years, both with seismological objectives, as obtaining better microzonation maps in highly populated areas, and with engineering objectives, as the monitoring of traffic or the surveying of historical buildings. We analyze here the seismic records obtained by a broad-band seismic station installed in the ICTJA-CSIC institute, located near the center of Barcelona city. Although this station was installed to introduce visitors to earth science during science fairs and other dissemination events, the analysis of the data has allowed to infer results of interest for the scientific community...
November 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125469/a-facile-approach-for-reducing-the-working-voltage-of-au-tio-sub-2-sub-au-nanostructured-memristor-by-enhancing-the-local-electric-field
#19
Hamidreza Arab Bafrani, Mahdi Ebrahimi, Saeed Bagheri Shouraki, Alireza Z Zaker Moshfegh
Memristor devices have attracted tremendous interest for their different applications from nonvolatile data storage to neuromorphic computing units. Exploring the role of surface roughness of bottom electrode (BE)/active layer interface provides useful guidelines for the optimization of the memristor switching performance. This study focussed on the effect of surface roughness of the BE electrode on the switching characteristics of Au/TiO<sub>2</sub>/Au three-layer memristor device. An optimized wet-etching treatment conditions was found to modify the surface roughness of the Au BE where the measurment results indicate that the roughness of the Au BE is affected by both duration time and solution concentrations of the wet-etching process...
November 10, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119932/relevance-of-cyp2c9-function-in-valproate-therapy
#20
Katalin Monostory, Andrea Nagy, Katalin Toth, Tamas Budi, Adam Kiss, Mate Deri, Gabor Csukly
Genetic polymorphisms of drug metabolizing enzymes can substantially modify the pharmacokinetics of a drug and eventually its efficacy or toxicity; however, inferring a patient's drug metabolizing capacity merely from his or her genotype can lead to false prediction. Non-genetic host factors (age, sex, disease states) and environmental factors (nutrition, co-medication) can transiently alter the enzyme expression and activities resulting in genotype-phenotype mismatch. Although valproic acid is a well-tolerated anticonvulsant, pediatric patients are particularly vulnerable to valproate injury that can be partly attributed to the age-related differences in metabolic pathways...
November 9, 2017: Current Neuropharmacology
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