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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230868/tuning-calcium-biosensors-with-a-single-site-mutation-structural-dynamics-insights-from-femtosecond-raman-spectroscopy
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Sean R Tachibana, Longteng Tang, Yanli Wang, Liangdong Zhu, Weimin Liu, Chong Fang
Fluorescent protein biosensors are popular reporters for biological processes and life sciences, but their fundamental working mechanisms remain unclear. To characterize the functional fluorescence events on their native timescales, we implemented wavelength-tunable femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) to shed light on a blue-green emission-ratiometric fluorescent protein based Ca(2+) biosensor with a single Pro377Arg mutation. The transient Raman modes of the embedded chromophore from ca. 1000-1650 cm(-1) exhibit characteristic intensity and frequency dynamics which infer the underlying atomic motions and photochemical reaction stages...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230358/membrane-independence-of-ultrafast-photochemistry-in-pharaonis-halorhodopsin-testing-the-role-of-bacterioruberin
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Itay Gdor, Maya Mani-Hazan, Noga Friedman, Mordechai Sheves, Sanford Ruhman
Ultrafast photochemistry of p-HR in the intact Natronomonas pharaonic membrane has been studied by photoselective femtosecond pump-hyperspectral probe spectroscopy with high time resolution. Two variants of this sample, one with wild type retinal prosthetic groups, and another after shifting retinal absorption deep into the blue by reducing the Schiff base linkage were studied, and compared with previous results on detergent solubilized p-HR. This comparison shows that retinal photo-isomerization dynamics are identical in the membrane and in the solubilized sample...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230208/optogenetic-activation-of-vglut2-expressing-excitatory-neurons-blocks-epileptic-seizure-like-activity-in-the-mouse-entorhinal-cortex
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Latefa Yekhlef, Gian Luca Breschi, Stefano Taverna
We investigated whether an anti-epileptic effect is obtained by selectively activating excitatory neurons expressing ChR2 under the promoter for the synaptic vesicular glutamate transporter 2 (VGLUT2). VGLUT2-expressing cells were optically stimulated while local field potential and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings were performed in mouse entorhinal cortical slices perfused with the proconvulsive compound 4-aminopyridine (4-AP). In control conditions, blue light flashes directly depolarized the majority of putative glutamatergic cells, which in turn synaptically excited GABAergic interneurons...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229215/sequence-analysis-and-expression-of-a-blue-light-photoreceptor-gene-slwc-1-from-the-cauliflower-mushroom-sparassis-latifolia
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Chi Yang, Lu Ma, Zhenghe Ying, Xiaoling Jiang, Yanquan Lin
Light is a necessary environmental factor for fruit body formation and development of the cauliflower mushroom Sparassis latifolia, a well-known edible and medicinal fungus. In this study, we firstly characterized the SP-C strain, which belonged to S. latifolia. And then we cloned and sequenced a photoreceptor gene (Slwc-1) from S. latifolia. The product of Slwc-1, SlWC-1 (872 aa residues) contained a coiled-coil region, a LOV domain, and two PAS domains. Phylogenetic tree result showed that SLWC-1 was most close to GfWC-1 from Grifola frondosa in edible and medicinal fungus...
February 22, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228182/cost-effectiveness-of-computerized-cognitive-behavioural-therapy-for-the-treatment-of-depression-in-primary-care-findings-from-the-randomised-evaluation-of-the-effectiveness-and-acceptability-of-computerised-therapy-reeact-trial
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A Duarte, S Walker, E Littlewood, S Brabyn, C Hewitt, S Gilbody, S Palmer
BACKGROUND: Computerized cognitive-behavioural therapy (cCBT) forms a core component of stepped psychological care for depression. Existing evidence for cCBT has been informed by developer-led trials. This is the first study based on a large independent pragmatic trial to assess the cost-effectiveness of cCBT as an adjunct to usual general practitioner (GP) care compared with usual GP care alone and to establish the differential cost-effectiveness of a free-to-use cCBT programme (MoodGYM) in comparison with a commercial programme (Beating the Blues) in primary care...
February 23, 2017: Psychological Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226573/a-preliminary-study-on-multi-wavelength-ppg-based-pulse-transit-time-detection-for-cuffless-blood-pressure-measurement
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Jing Liu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Wen-Xuan Dai, Ni Zhao, Jing Liu, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Wen-Xuan Dai, Ni Zhao, Wen-Xuan Dai, Yuan-Ting Zhang, Xiao-Rong Ding, Ni Zhao, Jing Liu
Pulse transit time (PTT) has been widely studied as an index of blood pressure (BP) changes. In recent years, some prototypes of PTT-based wearable BP measurement devices have been developed, which can relieve users from the discomfort caused by the inflating cuff used in auscultatory and oscillometric BP measurement techniques. However, in the common practice for PTT detection, multi-site sensor implementation on human body is required, making it difficult for the integration of wearable devices. Since multi-wavelength (MW) photoplethysmogram (PPG) signals carry blood pulsation information of different blood vessels embedded in different skin depths, the time difference between different wavelength PPG signals collected at the same body site can be treated as a special PTT on a short length of blood vessels beneath the skin...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225260/investigation-of-ag-tio2-interfacial-reaction-of-highly-stable-ag-nanowire-transparent-conductive-film-with-conformal-tio2-coating-by-atomic-layer-deposition
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Ming-Hua Yeh, Po-Shen Chen, Yi-Ching Yang, Guang-Hong Chen, Hsueh-Shih Chen
The atomic layer deposition (ALD) technique is applied to coat Ag nanowires (NWs) with a highly uniform and conformal TiO2 layer to improve the stability and sustainability of Ag NW transparent conductive films (TCFs) at high temperatures. The TiO2 layer can be directly deposited on Ag NWs with a surface polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coat that acts a bed for TiO2 seeding in the ALD process. The ALD TiO2 layer significantly enhances the thermal stability at least 100 folds when aged between 200-400 °C and also provides an extra function of violet-blue light filtration for Ag NW TCFs...
February 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225119/dna-photonic-nanowires-with-tunable-fret-signals-on-the-basis-of-toehold-mediated-dna-strand-displacement-reactions
#8
Bei Wang, Xiaojing Wang, Bing Wei, Fujian Huang, Dongbao Yao, Haojun Liang
A DNA photonic nanowire with tunable FRET signals was fabricated on the basis of cascaded toehold-mediated DNA strand displacement reactions. Different DNA inputs were added to trigger the reaction network, and the corresponding FRET signals were obtained. Compared to the direct hybridization, this design is sensitive for 2 nM targets within 20 min and also causes color changes of the solution with blue-light excitation. It could also be applied in live cells to monitor MicroRNA with a simple modification which might become a low-cost method for further application in the future...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222021/intense-blue-light-therapy-during-the-night-time-does-not-suppress-the-rhythmic-melatonin-biosynthesis-in-a-young-boy
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K Stebelova, J Kosnacova, M Zeman
OBJECTIVE: Melatonin is a hormone predominantly synthesized and secreted during the night by the pineal gland. Artificial light at night, especially its blue part, acutely suppresses the melatonin production. Th e aim of the present study was to find out, whether an intense blue light phototherapy of severe hyperbilirubinemia, may suppress the melatonin production during the night when the eyes will be properly protected by a sleep mask. METHODS: The main melatonin metabolite, 6-sulphatoxymelatonin was measured in urine in a nine-year old boy suffering from the Crigler-Najjar syndrome type I...
January 1, 2017: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221904/reduction-of-bacterial-pathogens-and-potential-surrogates-on-the-surface-of-almonds-using-high-intensity-405-nanometer-light
#10
Alison Lacombe, Brendan A Niemira, Joseph Sites, Glenn Boyd, Joshua B Gurtler, Breanna Tyrell, Melissa Fleck
The disinfecting properties of high-intensity monochromatic blue light (MBL) were investigated against Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella , and nonpathogenic bacteria inoculated onto the surface of almonds. MBL was generated from an array of narrow-band 405-nm light-emitting diodes. Almonds were inoculated with higher or lower levels (8 or 5 CFU/g) of pathogenic E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella , as well as nonpathogenic E. coli K-12 and an avirulent strain of Salmonella Typhimurium, for evaluation as potential surrogates for their respective pathogens...
November 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220661/tunable-luminescence-and-energy-transfer-in-ca3-sio4-cl2-ce-3-li-mn-2-eu-2-phosphors
#11
Xiangqi Li, Xiuzhen Xie, Haiting Wei, Minzhen Zhong
A series of color-tunable Ca3-2x-y-z SiO4 Cl2 (CSC):xCe(3+) ,xLi(+) ,yMn(2+) ,zEu(2+) phosphors with low temperature phase structure was synthesized via the sol-gel method. An energy transfer process from Ce(3+) to Mn(2+) in CSC:0.01Ce(3+) ,0.01Li(+) ,yMn(2+) (y = 0.03-0.09) and the mechanism was verified to be an electric dipole-dipole interaction. The Ce(3+) and Mn(2+) emission intensities were greatly enhanced by co-doping Eu(2+) ions into CSC:0.01Ce(3+) ,0.01Li(+) ,0.07Mn(2+) phosphors due to competitive energy transfers from Eu(2+) /Ce(3+) to Mn(2+) , and Ce(3+) to Eu(2+) ...
February 21, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218528/a-water-stable-anionic-metal-organic-framework-constructed-from-columnar-zinc-adeninate-units-for-highly-selective-light-hydrocarbon-separation-and-efficient-separation-of-organic-dyes
#12
Hui-Fang Ma, Qing-Yan Liu, Yu-Ling Wang, Shun-Gao Yin
A metal-organic framework (MOF), {(Me2NH2)2[Zn6(μ4-O)(ad)4(BPDC)4]}n (JXNU-4; ad(-) = adeninate), with an anionic three-dimensional (3D) framework constructed from one-dimensional (1D) columnar [Zn6(ad)4(μ4-O)]n secondary building units (SBUs) and 4,4'-biphenyldicarboxylate (BPDC(2-)) ligand, was prepared. The anionic 3D framework has 1D square channels with an aperture of about 9.8 Å and exhibits a carboxylate-O-decorated pore environment. The microporous nature of JXNU-4 was established by the N2 adsorption data, which gives Langmuir and Brumauer-Emmett-Teller surface areas of 1800 and 1250 m(2) g(-1), respectively...
February 20, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215607/impact-of-blue-red-and-far-red-light-treatments-on-gene-expression-and-steviol-glycoside-accumulation-in-stevia-rebaudiana
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Yuki Yoneda, Hiroshi Nakashima, Juro Miyasaka, Katsuaki Ohdoi, Hiroshi Shimizu
Stevia rebaudiana (Bertoni) Bertoni is a plant that biosynthesizes a group of natural sweeteners that are up to approximately 400 times sweeter than sucrose. The sweetening components of S. rebaudiana are steviol glycosides (SGs) that partially share their biosynthesis pathway with gibberellins (GAs). However, the molecular mechanisms through which SGs levels can be improved have not been studied. Therefore, transcription levels of several SG biosynthesis-related genes were analyzed under several light treatments involved in GA biosynthesis...
February 15, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215352/photoreceptors-in-the-dark-a-functional-white-collar-like-complex-and-other-putative-light-sensing-components-encoded-by-the-genome-of-the-subterranean-fungus-tuber-melanosporum
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Raffaele Gerace, Barbara Montanini, Marco Proietto, Elisabetta Levati, Cristina De Luca, Andrea Brenna, Patrizia Filetici, Annegret Kohler, Simone Ottonello, Paola Ballario
Light is perceived and transduced by fungi, where it modulates processes as diverse as growth and morphogenesis, sexual development and secondary metabolism. A special case in point is that of fungi with a subterranean, light-shielded habitat such as Tuber spp. Using as reference the genome sequence of the black truffle Tuber melanosporum, we used bioinformatic prediction tools and expression data to gain insight on the photoreceptor systems of this hypogeous ectomycorrhizal fungus. These include a chromophore-less opsin, a putative red-light-sensing phytochrome not expressed at detectable levels in any of the examined lifecycle stages, and a nearly canonical two-component (WC-1/WC-2) photoreceptor system similar to the Neurospora white collar complex (WCC)...
March 2017: Fungal Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213397/regional-differences-in-the-preferred-e-vector-orientation-of-honeybee-ocellar-photoreceptors
#15
Yuri Ogawa, Willi Ribi, Jochen Zeil, Jan M Hemmi
In addition to compound eyes, honeybees (Apis mellifera) possess three single lens eyes called ocelli located on the top of the head. Ocelli are involved in head-attitude control and in some insects have been shown to provide celestial compass information. Anatomical and early electrophysiological studies have suggested that UV and blue-green photoreceptors in ocelli are polarization sensitive. However, their retinal distribution and receptor characteristics have not been documented. Here, we used intracellular electrophysiology to determine the relationship between the spectral and polarization sensitivity of photoreceptors and their position within the visual field of the ocelli...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212707/astrobiological-implications-of-dim-light-phototrophy-in-deep-sea-red-clays
#16
Anindita Das, Tanya Singh, P A LokaBharathi, Prashant K Dhakephalkar, Sweta Mallik, Pranav R Kshirsagar, N H Khadge, B Nagender Nath, Satadru Bhattacharya, Aditya Kumar Dagar, Prabhjot Kaur, Dwijesh Ray, Anil D Shukla, Christabelle E G Fernandes, Sheryl O Fernandes, Tresa Remya A Thomas, Mamatha S S, Babu Shashikant Mourya, Ram Murti Meena
Red clays of Central Indian Basin (CIB) under influence of trace of Rodriguez Triple Junction exhibited chemoautotrophy, low temperature hydrothermal alterations and photoautotrophic potential. Seamount flank TVBC-08, hosting such signatures revealed dominance of aerobic anoxygenic phototroph Erythrobacter, with 93% of total 454 pyrosequencing tags. Subsequently, enrichments for both aerobic (Erythrobacter) and anaerobic anoxygenic phototrophs (green and purple sulphur bacteria) under red and white LED light illumination, with average irradiance 30...
February 2017: Life Sciences in Space Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212033/surface-induced-changes-in-the-thermochromic-transformation-of-an-ionic-liquid-cobalt-thiocyanate-complex
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Benjamin May, Michael Hönle, Bettina Heller, Francesco Greco, Radha Bhuin, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Florian Maier
We demonstrate that a thermodynamic complex equilibrium within an ionic liquid film can be significantly influenced by the presence of the liquid-vacuum interface. Using surface-sensitive X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, we find that the temperature-driven transition from the blue-colored tetrahedral [Co(II) (NCS)4](2-) to the red-colored octahedral [Co(II) (NCS)6](4-) complex already occurs within the outermost nanometers at around +4 °C as compared with -25 °C in the bulk. This thermochromic transformation in the near-surface region goes along with a loss in preferential surface orientation of free [SCN](-) anions and with a pronounced decrease in the complex density; both effects are attributed to the formation of a weakly bound solvation shell around the [Co(II) (NCS)6](4-) anion, leading to an effective complex dilution...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211893/superior-adsorption-and-photoinduced-carries-transfer-behaviors-of-dandelion-shaped-bi2s3-mos2-experiments-and-theory
#18
Mengjiao Li, Junyong Wang, Peng Zhang, Qinglin Deng, Jinzhong Zhang, Kai Jiang, Zhigao Hu, Junhao Chu
The enhanced light-harvesting capacity and effective separation of photogenerated carriers in fantastic hierarchical heterostructures enjoy striking attention for potential applications in the field of solar cells and photocatalysis. A three-dimensional (3D) dandelion-shaped hierarchical Bi2S3 microsphere compactly decorated with wing-shaped few layered MoS2 lamella (D-BM) was fabricated via a facile hydrothermal self-assembly process. Especially, polyethylene glycol (PEG) has been proven as the vital template to form D-BM microsphere...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211680/two-way-gold-nanoparticle-label-free-sensing-of-specific-sequence-and-small-molecule-targets-using-switchable-concatemers
#19
Longjiao Zhu, Xiangli Shao, Yunbo Luo, Kunlun Huang, Wentao Xu
A two-way colorimetric biosensor based on unmodified gold nanoparticles (GNPs) and a switchable double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) concatemer have been demonstrated. Two hairpin probes (H1&H2) were first designed that provided the fuels to assemble the dsDNA concatemers via hybridization chain reaction (HCR). A functional hairpin (FH) was rationally designed to recognize the target sequences. All the hairpins contained single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) loop and sticky-ends to prevent GNPs from salt-induced aggregation. In the presence of target sequence, the capture probe blocked in the FH recognizes the target to form a duplex DNA, which causes the release of the initiator probe by FH conformational change...
February 17, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211516/high-efficient-oled-displays-prepared-with-the-air-gapped-bridges-on-quantum-dot-patterns-for-optical-recycling
#20
Hyo-Jun Kim, Min-Ho Shin, Joo-Suc Kim, Se-Eun Kim, Young-Joo Kim
An optically efficient structure was proposed and fabricated to realize high brightness organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays based on a white OLED prepared with the air-gapped bridges on the quantum dot (QD) patterns. Compared with a conventional white OLED display, in our experiments, the optical intensity of the proposed OLED display shows the enhancement of 58.2% in the red color and 16.8% in the green color after applying the air-gapped bridge structure on QD patterns of 20 wt% concentration. This enhancement comes from the two facts that the QD patterns downconvert unnecessary blue or blue/green light to the required green or red light and the air-gapped bridges increase the color conversion efficiency of QDs by optical recycling using total internal reflection (TIR) at the interface...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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