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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914344/evaluation-of-thymus-vulgaris-plant-extract-as-an-eco-friendly-corrosion-inhibitor-for-stainless-steel-304-in-acidic-solution-by-means-of-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-electrochemical-noise-analysis-and-density-functional-theory
#1
A Ehsani, M G Mahjani, M Hosseini, R Safari, R Moshrefi, H Mohammad Shiri
Inhibition performance of Thymus vulgaris plant leaves extract (thyme) as environmentally friendly (green) inhibitor for the corrosion protection of stainless steel (SS) type 304 in 1.0molL(-1) HCl solution was studied by potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance (EIS) and electrochemical noise measurements (EN) techniques. The EN data were analyzed with FFT technique to make the spectral power density plots. The calculations were performed by MATLAB 2014a software. Geometry optimization and calculation of the structural and electronic properties of the molecular system of inhibitor have been carried out using UB3LYP/6-311++G(∗∗) level...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914299/the-effects-of-fluorine-substitution-on-the-chemical-properties-and-inhibitory-capacity-of-donepezil-anti-alzheimer-drug-density-functional-theory-and-molecular-docking-calculations
#2
Azita Khosravan, Safora Marani, Mohammad Sadegh Sadeghi Googheri
Drug fluorination has the potential to reproduce useful drugs with decreasing the side effect of them. Identifying the effect of this improvement on the chemical properties and biological interactions of drug symbolizes a meaningful progress in drug design. Here the fluorination of Donepezil as an anti-Alzheimer drug, including 7 fluorinated derivatives of it, was investigated computationally. In the first part of our calculations, the most important chemical properties of drug that affects the drug efficiency were investigated by applying the M06/6-31g (d, p) and M062X/6-31g (d, p) levels of theories...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914200/assembling-the-tat-protein-translocase
#3
Felicity Alcock, Phillip J Stansfeld, Hajra Basit, Johann Habersetzer, Matthew Ab Baker, Tracy Palmer, Mark I Wallace, Ben C Berks
The twin-arginine protein translocation system (Tat) transports folded proteins across the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane and the thylakoid membranes of plant chloroplasts. The Tat transporter is assembled from multiple copies of the membrane proteins TatA, TatB, and TatC. We combine sequence co-evolution analysis, molecular simulations, and experimentation to define the interactions between the Tat proteins of Escherichia coli at molecular-level resolution. In the TatBC receptor complex the transmembrane helix of each TatB molecule is sandwiched between two TatC molecules, with one of the inter-subunit interfaces incorporating a functionally important cluster of interacting polar residues...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914198/spatial-patterning-of-p-granules-by-rna-induced-phase-separation-of-the-intrinsically-disordered-protein-meg-3
#4
Jarrett Smith, Deepika Calidas, Helen Schmidt, Tu Lu, Dominique Rasoloson, Geraldine Seydoux
RNA granules are non-membrane bound cellular compartments that contain RNA and RNA binding proteins. The molecular mechanisms that regulate the spatial distribution of RNA granules in cells are poorly understood. During polarization of the C. elegans zygote, germline RNA granules, called P granules, assemble preferentially in the posterior cytoplasm. We present evidence that P granule asymmetry depends on RNA-induced phase separation of the granule scaffold MEG-3. MEG-3 is an intrinsically disordered protein that binds and phase separates with RNA in vitro...
December 3, 2016: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914108/diagnostic-usefulness-of-dermoscopy-in-differentiating-lichen-aureus-from-nummular-eczema
#5
Kee Suck Suh, Jong Bin Park, Myeong Hyeon Yang, Soo Young Choi, Hyun Hwangbo, Min Soo Jang
Lichen aureus (LA) is a variant of pigmented purpuric dermatosis that is characterized clinically by rust macules, papules or plaques, mainly on the legs. In some cases, LA can be difficult to be distinguished from nummular eczema (NE) with the naked eye. Dermoscopy can be applied to skin lesions, revealing additional features that can be highly valuable for correct diagnosis. This study was conducted to investigate characteristic dermoscopic findings of LA and to identify distinctive features that can differentiate it from NE...
December 3, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913906/synergistic-mitotoxicity-of-chloromethanes-and-fullerene-c60-nanoaggregates-in-daphnia-magna-midgut-epithelial-cells
#6
Mariana Seke, Milica Markelic, Arian Morina, Danica Jovic, Aleksandra Korac, Dragana Milicic, Aleksandar Djordjevic
Adsorption of non-polar compounds by suspended fullerene nanoaggregates (nC60) may enhance their toxicity and affect the fate, transformation, and transport of non-polar compounds in the environment. The potential of stable fullerene nanoaggregates as contaminant carriers in aqueous systems and the influence of chloromethanes (trichloromethane and dichloromethane) were studied on the midgut epithelial cells of Daphnia magna by light and electron microscopy. The size and shape of fullerene nanoaggregates were observed and measured using dynamic light scattering, transmission electron microscopy, and low vacuum scanning electron microscopy...
December 3, 2016: Protoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913787/safety-assessment-of-polyquaternium-22-and-polyquarternium-39-as-used-in-cosmetics
#7
Wilbur Johnson, Bart Heldreth, Wilma F Bergfeld, Donald V Belsito, Ronald A Hill, Curtis D Klaassen, Daniel C Liebler, James G Marks, Ronald C Shank, Thomas J Slaga, Paul W Snyder, F Alan Andersen
Polyquaternium-22 and polyquaternium-39 are polymers that function as antistatic agents, film formers, and hair fixatives in cosmetic products. These ingredients are being used at concentrations up to 2% (polyquaternium-22, in a rinse-off product) and up to 3% (polyquaternium-39, in rinse-off and leave-on products). The unreacted monomer content of these ingredients was considered low and of no toxicological concern. Limited data showed no skin irritation/sensitization. Although these ingredients were nongenotoxic in bacterial assays, mammalian genotoxicity, carcinogenicity, and reproductive and developmental toxicity data were not available...
November 2016: International Journal of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913584/nitro-fatty-acid-pharmacokinetics-in-the-adipose-tissue-compartment
#8
Marco Fazzari, Nicholas K H Khoo, Steven R Woodcock, Diane K Jorkasky, Lihua Li, Francisco J Schopfer, Bruce A Freeman
Electrophilic nitro-fatty acids (NO2-FAs) promote adaptive and anti-inflammatory cell signaling responses as a result of an electrophilic character that supports post-translational protein modifications. A unique pharmacokinetic profile is expected for NO2-FAs because of an ability to undergo reversible reactions including Michael additions with biological cysteine-containing proteins and esterification into complex lipids. Herein we report via quantitative whole-body autoradiography analysis of rats gavaged with radiolabeled 10-nitro-[14C]oleic acid, preferential accumulation in adipose tissue over two weeks...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913516/immunoregulatory-networks-in-sickle-cell-alloimmunization
#9
Karina Yazdanbakhsh
Red blood cell (RBC) transfusions are critical for treatment and prevention of complications of sickle cell disease (SCD), and most SCD patients will receive 1 or more transfusions by age 20. However, SCD alloimmunization remains a serious complication of transfusions that can lead to life-threatening acute and delayed transfusion reactions. Alloimmunization rates are higher in SCD patients most likely due to RBC antigenic differences between largely white donors vs mainly African-American recipients and frequency of transfusions...
December 2, 2016: Hematology—the Education Program of the American Society of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913435/idh2-mutations-define-a-unique-subtype-of-breast-cancer-with-altered-nuclear-polarity
#10
Sarah Chiang, Britta Weigelt, Huei-Chi Wen, Fresia Pareja, Ashwini Raghavendra, Luciano G Martelotto, Kathleen A Burke, Thais Basili, Anqi Li, Felipe C Geyer, Salvatore Piscuoglio, Charlotte K Y Ng, Achim A Jungbluth, Jörg Balss, Stefan Pusch, Gabrielle M Baker, Kimberly S Cole, Andreas von Deimling, Julie M Batten, Jonathan D Marotti, Hwei-Choo Soh, Benjamin L McCalip, Jonathan Serrano, Raymond S Lim, Kalliopi P Siziopikou, Song Lu, Xiaolong Liu, Tarek Hammour, Edi Brogi, Matija Snuderl, A John Iafrate, Jorge S Reis-Filho, Stuart J Schnitt
Solid papillary carcinoma with reverse polarity (SPCRP) is a rare breast cancer subtype with an obscure etiology. In this study, we sought to describe its unique histopathologic features and to identify the genetic alterations that underpin SPCRP using massively parallel whole-exome and targeted sequencing. The morphologic and immunohistochemical features of SPCRP support the invasive nature of this subtype. Ten of 13 (77%) SPCRPs harbored hotspot mutations at R172 of the isocitrate dehydrogenase IDH2, of which 8 of 10 displayed concurrent pathogenic mutations affecting PIK3CA or PIK3R1 One of the IDH2 wild-type SPCRPs harbored a TET2 Q548* truncating mutation coupled with a PIK3CA H1047R hotspot mutation...
October 20, 2016: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913199/the-involvement-of-m2-macrophage-polarization-inhibition-in-fenretinide-mediated-chemopreventive-effects-on-colon-cancer
#11
Rong Dong, Yanling Gong, Wen Meng, Meng Yuan, Hong Zhu, Meidan Ying, Qiaojun He, Ji Cao, Bo Yang
Clinical studies have shown that fenretinide (4-HPR) is an attractive chemopreventive agent for cancer treatment. However, to date, few studies have demonstrated the mechanism of the preventive effect of 4-HPR. In our current study, we revealed that 4-HPR could significantly suppress IL-4/IL-13 induced M2-like polarization of macrophages, which was demonstrated by the reduced expression of M2 surface markers, the down-regulation of M2 marker genes, and the inhibition of M2-like macrophages promoted angiogenesis...
November 29, 2016: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913179/phytochemical-and-cytotoxic-studies-on-the-roots-of-euphorbia-fischeriana
#12
Qun Shi, Yi-Wei Sun, Dali Meng
With the aim of supporting the folk applications of Euphorbia fischeriana, a phytochemical study was performed, which led to the discovery of 9 compounds, including three new ones (1-3) and six known ones (4-9). Their structures were determined by 1D, 2D NMR, and HRESIMS analysis. In the cytotoxic assays on Hep-3B cell line, 2 showed stronger inhibitory effects (IC50 8.1μmol/L) than that of positive control, and 1, 8 and 9 also gave inhibitory effects in a certain degree with IC50 values of 12.5, 12.0 and 18...
November 23, 2016: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912967/qualitative-analysis-of-copaifera-oleoresin-using-comprehensive-two-dimensional-gas-chromatography-and-gas-chromatography-with-classical-and-cold-electron-ionisation-mass-spectrometry
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Yong Foo Wong, Thais M Uekane, Claudia M Rezende, Humberto R Bizzo, Philip J Marriott
Improved separation of both sesquiterpenes and diterpenic acids in Copaifera multijuga Hayne oleoresin, is demonstrated by using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) coupled to accurate mass time-of-flight mass spectrometry (accTOFMS). GC×GC separation employs polar phases (including ionic liquid phases) as the first dimension ((1)D) column, combined with a lower polarity (2)D phase. Elution temperatures (Te) of diterpenic acids (in methyl ester form, DAME) increased as the (1)D McReynolds' polarity value of the column phase decreased...
November 22, 2016: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912863/circadian-rhythm-and-sleep-during-prolonged-antarctic-residence-at-chinese-zhongshan-station
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Nan Chen, Quan Wu, Yanlei Xiong, Guang Chen, Dandan Song, Chengli Xu
OBJECTIVE: Residence at Zhongshan Station (69°22'24″S, 76°22'40″E) for over 1 year exposes winter-over members to marked changes of light-dark cycle, ranging from the constant daylight of polar days to the constant darkness of polar nights, in addition to geographic and social isolation. This extreme photoperiodic environment may increase the risk of sleep disturbances and circadian desynchrony. The aim of this study was to investigate the circadian rhythm and sleep phase of Chinese winter-over expeditioners at Zhongshan Station...
December 2016: Wilderness & Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912849/the-othering-of-old-age-insights-from-postcolonial-studies
#15
Silke van Dyk
When it comes to old age, we are witnessing almost revolutionary changes at the present time. After decades of ignorance and lack of public interest, old age has fundamentally been re-negotiated. A diverse range of authors have diagnosed the growing bifurcation of old age into a rather independent and capable Third Age and a deep old Fourth Age that is characterized by sickness, frailty and dependency. Against this backdrop, many gerontologists claim that the so-called young-old are praised and valued for their (ongoing) "sameness" in terms of midlife-norms and capabilities, whereas the oldest old are increasingly excluded from humanity by radical "othering"...
December 2016: Journal of Aging Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912191/cancer-risk-from-polycyclic-aromatic-compounds-in-fine-particulate-matter-generated-from-household-coal-combustion-in-xuanwei-china
#16
K H Lui, Benjamin A Musa Bandowe, Linwei Tian, Chi-Sing Chan, Jun-Ji Cao, Zhi Ning, S C Lee, K F Ho
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their polar derivatives (oxygenated PAHs: OPAHs and azaarenes: AZAs) were characterized in fine particulates (PM2.5) emitted from indoor coal combustion. Samples were collected in Xuanwei (Yunnan Province), a region in China with a high rate of lung cancer. A sample from the community with the highest mortality contained the highest total concentration of PAHs, OPAHs and AZAs and posed the highest excess cancer risk from a lifetime of inhaling fine particulates. Positive correlations between total carbonyl-OPAHs, total AZAs and total PAHs implied that the emissions were dependent on similar factors, regardless of sample location and type...
November 29, 2016: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912176/novel-designed-vmct1-analogs-with-increased-antimicrobial-activity
#17
Cibele Nicolaski Pedron, Marcelo Der Torossian Torres, Julia Aparecida da Silva Lima, Pedro Ismael Silva, Fernanda Dias Silva, Vani Xavier Oliveira
Antimicrobial peptides are biologically active molecules produced by a wide range of organisms as an essential component of the innate immune response. They have recently attracted great interest, since they have antimicrobial activity against a broad spectrum of microorganisms. VmCT1 is a cationic peptide from the venom of Vaejovis mexicanus smithi scorpions, which presents antibacterial activity and tends to helical structures. Its analogs were synthesized, characterized and the conformational studies were performed by circular dichroism...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912168/tensor-resolved-raman-spectroscopic-analysis-of-wear-induced-residual-stress-fields-in-long-term-alumina-hip-joint-retrievals
#18
Wenliang Zhu, Elia Marin, Nobuhiko Sugano, Giuseppe Pezzotti
Polarized Raman spectroscopy was applied to evaluate the full set of stress tensor components in the wear-induced residual stress fields on two long-term (>20 y) (monolithic) alumina (Al2O3) femoral head retrievals coupled to polyethylene liners. The tensor-resolved residual stress state stored onto the Al2O3 ceramic head surface was found to retain "memory" of the sliding conditions in vivo and of the wear-induced consumption of the polyethylene counterpart. The evolution of tensor-resolved residual stress motifs in the three-dimensional space was examined, and key features, including exceptionally high shear stresses in one case, were uncovered...
November 20, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912165/biomarker-analysis-of-american-toad-anaxyrus-americanus-and-grey-tree-frog-hyla-versicolor-tadpoles-following-exposure-to-atrazine
#19
Marcía N Snyder, W Matthew Henderson, Donna A Glinski, S Thomas Purucker
The objective of the current study was to use a biomarker-based approach to investigate the influence of atrazine exposure on American toad (Anaxyrus americanus) and grey tree frog (Hyla versicolor) tadpoles. Atrazine is one of the most frequently detected herbicides in environmental matrices throughout the United States. In surface waters, it has been found at concentrations from 0.04-2859μg/L and thus presents a likely exposure scenario for non-target species such as amphibians. Studies have examined the effect of atrazine on the metamorphic parameters of amphibians, however, the data are often contradictory...
November 21, 2016: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912067/uncovering-nursing-students-views-of-their-relationship-with-educators-in-a-university-context-a-descriptive-qualitative-study
#20
Zenobia C Y Chan, Chien Wai Tong, Saras Henderson
INTRODUCTION: Power dynamics is a key element in the educator-student relationship, and can be influential to the learning outcomes of students. BACKGROUND: Power relations are inherent in the interaction between educators and students. The educator-student relationship is still an under-explored area of power dynamics. AIM: The aim of the study was to investigate nursing students' perceptions of the power dynamics in the educator-student relationship in a university learning context in order to offer educators some understanding of how such a relationship was perceived by students...
November 27, 2016: Nurse Education Today
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