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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822927/comparative-ozone-responses-of-cutleaf-coneflowers-rudbeckia-laciniata-var-digitata-var-ampla-from-rocky-mountain-and-great-smoky-mountains-national-parks-usa
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Howard S Neufeld, Jennifer Johnson, Robert Kohut
Cutleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata L. var. digitata) is native to Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GRSM) and an ozone bioindicator species. Variety ampla, whose ozone sensitivity is less well known, is native to Rocky Mountain National Park (ROMO). In the early 2000s, researchers found putative ozone symptoms on var. ampla and rhizomes were sent to Appalachian State University to verify that the symptoms were the result of ozone exposure. In 2011, potted plants were exposed to ambient ozone from May to August...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822859/a-facile-method-to-prepare-green-nano-phosphors-with-a-large-stokes-shift-and-solid-state-enhanced-photophysical-properties-based-on-surface-modified-gold-nanoclusters
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C H Cheng, H Y Huang, M J Talite, W C Chou, J M Yeh, C T Yuan
Colloidal nano-materials, such as quantum dots (QDs) have been applied to light-conversion nano-phosphors due to their unique tunable emission. However, most of the QDs involve toxic elements and are synthesized in a hazardous solvent. In addition, conventional QD nano-phosphors with a small Stokes shift suffered from reabsorption losses and aggregation-induced quenching in the solid state. Here, we demonstrate a facile, matrix-free method to prepare eco-friendly nano-phosphors with a large Stokes shift based on aqueous thiolate-stabilized gold nanoclusters (GSH-AuNCs) with simple surface modifications...
August 8, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822287/blue-light-induced-free-radicals-from-riboflavin-in-degradation-of-crystal-violet-by-microbial-viability-evaluation
#3
Ji-Yuan Liang, Jeu-Ming P Yuann, Zong-Jhe Hsie, Shiuh-Tsuen Huang, Chiing-Chang Chen
Crystal violet (CV) is applied in daily use mainly as a commercial dye and antimicrobial agent. Waste water containing CV may affect aquatic ecosystems. Riboflavin, also known as vitamin B2, is non-toxic and an essential vitamin required for the functions of the human body. Riboflavin is photosensitive to UV and visible light in terms of generating reactive oxygen species. This study investigated the potential application of blue light on riboflavin, so as to come up with an effective way of degrading CV during its treatment...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821732/light-color-importance-for-circadian-entrainment-in-a-diurnal-octodon-degus-and-a-nocturnal-rattus-norvegicus-rodent
#4
Maria Angeles Bonmati-Carrion, Beatriz Baño-Otalora, Juan Antonio Madrid, Maria Angeles Rol
The central circadian pacemaker (Suprachiasmatic Nuclei, SCN) maintains the phase relationship with the external world thanks to the light/dark cycle. Light intensity, spectra, and timing are important for SCN synchronisation. Exposure to blue-light at night leads to circadian misalignment that could be avoided by using less circadian-disruptive wavelengths. This study tests the capacity of a diurnal Octodon degus and nocturnal Rattus norvegicus to synchronise to different nocturnal lights. Animals were subjected to combined red-green-blue lights (RGB) during the day and to: darkness; red light (R); combined red-green LED (RG) lights; and combined red-green-violet LED (RGV) lights during the night...
August 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819239/sequential-conformational-transitions-and-%C3%AE-helical-supercoiling-regulate-a-sensor-histidine-kinase
#5
Oskar Berntsson, Ralph P Diensthuber, Matthijs R Panman, Alexander Björling, Emil Gustavsson, Maria Hoernke, Ashley J Hughes, Léocadie Henry, Stephan Niebling, Heikki Takala, Janne A Ihalainen, Gemma Newby, Silke Kerruth, Joachim Heberle, Marianne Liebi, Andreas Menzel, Robert Henning, Irina Kosheleva, Andreas Möglich, Sebastian Westenhoff
Sensor histidine kinases are central to sensing in bacteria and in plants. They usually contain sensor, linker, and kinase modules and the structure of many of these components is known. However, it is unclear how the kinase module is structurally regulated. Here, we use nano- to millisecond time-resolved X-ray scattering to visualize the solution structural changes that occur when the light-sensitive model histidine kinase YF1 is activated by blue light. We find that the coiled coil linker and the attached histidine kinase domains undergo a left handed rotation within microseconds...
August 18, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819141/constructing-the-novel-ultrafine-amorphous-iron-oxyhydroxide-g-c3n4-nanosheets-heterojunctions-for-highly-improved-photocatalytic-performance
#6
Hongcen Yang, Shouwei Zhang, Ruya Cao, Xiaolong Deng, Zhipeng Li, Xijin Xu
Ultrafine particles, more heterojunction interfaces and amorphous materials can effectively enhance the photocatalytic activity of photocatalysts. In this work, a facile in-situ precipitation method was developed to prepare ultrafine amorphous iron oxyhydroxide/ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets heterojunction composites. The amorphous iron oxyhydroxide possessed an ultrafine particle size and a wide range of visible light absorption. In this process, the ultrafine particles not only shortened the diffusion distance of photogenerated carriers, but also facilitated the formation of more heterojunctions with ultrathin g-C3N4 nanosheets...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817168/infection-with-a-novel-derogenid-trematode-in-a-flap-necked-chameleon-chamaeleo-dilepis
#7
Nancy B Collicutt, Nicole I Stacy, Heather Stockdale Walden, April Childress, Jennifer Dill, Marita Anderson, James F X Wellehan
A 2-year-old female Flap-necked chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis) was presented with a history of anorexia. On physical examination, three 11×4×2 mm, light tan-pink, raised, gelatinous, freely movable, poorly demarcated, raised nodules were identified within the oral cavity. An impression smear contained multiple, light blue to green structures exhibiting an 18×35 μm, elliptical-shaped anterior portion and a single 1×150 μm filament with a tapered end. Initial differential etiologies included trematode ova, flagellate protozoa, fungal sporangia, plant material, and sperm...
August 17, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816319/novel-multiple-phosphorescence-in-nanostructured-zinc-oxide-and-calculations-of-correlated-colour-temperature
#8
Sagnik Das, Uttam Kumar Ghorai, Rajib Dey, Chandan Kumar Ghosh, Mrinal Pal
The design and development of novel and high quantum efficiency luminescent materials, such as phosphors, having tuneability in properties, have received tremendous interest among scientists. In this paper, we have achieved for the first-time multiple phosphorescence (blue and green) having a life-time of ∼10 μs in nanostructured zinc oxide that was synthesized using an easy and facile sol-gel method. Importantly, the photoluminescence (PL) intensity and the phosphorescence life-time could be tuned by controlling the annealing temperature under a reducing atmosphere...
August 17, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815594/differential-effects-of-changes-in-spectral-irradiance-on-photoacclimation-primary-productivity-and-growth-in-rhodomonas-salina-cryptophyceae-and-skeletonema-costatum-bacillariophyceae-in-simulated-blackwater-environments
#9
Evelyn Lawrenz, Tammi L Richardson
The underwater light field in blackwater environments is strongly skewed towards the red end of the electromagnetic spectrum due to blue light absorption by colored dissolved organic matter (CDOM). Exposure of phytoplankton to full spectrum irradiance occurs only when cells are mixed up to the surface. We studied the potential effects of mixing-induced changes in spectral irradiance on photoacclimation, primary productivity and growth in cultures of the cryptophyte Rhodomonas salina and the diatom Skeletonema costatum...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Phycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815483/photocatalytic-properties-of-co3o4-coated-tio2-powders-prepared-by-plasma-enhanced-atomic-layer-deposition
#10
Xi-Rui Zhao, Yan-Qiang Cao, Jun Chen, Lin Zhu, Xu Qian, Ai-Dong Li, Di Wu
Co3O4-coated commercial TiO2 powders (P25) p-n junction photocatalysts were prepared by plasma-enhanced atomic layer deposition (PEALD) technique. The structure, morphology, bandgap, and photocatalytic properties under ultraviolet light were investigated systematically. Although the deposition of Co3O4 does not change the anatase structure and crystallite size of P25 powders, the ultraviolet photocatalytic activity has been improved evidently. For the Co3O4-coated P25 powders, the trace Co ions exist as Co3O4 nanoparticles attached to TiO2 powder surface instead of the occupation of Ti(4+) position in TiO2 lattice...
August 16, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813714/effects-of-riboflavin-and-ultraviolet-illumination-on-the-biomechanical-properties-of-conjunctiva
#11
Harrison Man Hin Chan, Bonnie Nga Kwan Choy, Jimmy Shiu Ming Lai
PURPOSE: Our experiment evaluated the biomechanical effects of riboflavin and ultraviolet A illumination, in terms of covalent bonding, permeability, and indentation rupture force, on excised cattle conjunctiva. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cattle conjunctiva was extracted and divided into the treatment group, which was soaked in riboflavin, followed by ultraviolet light illumination, and the control group. Samples were subsequently analysed on a Fourier transform infrared spectrum test to identify the presence of amide bonds, a permeability test to assess the diffusion of methylene blue across conjunctiva, and an indentation rupture force test...
August 17, 2017: Ophthalmic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813122/morphological-alterations-in-the-jejunal-mucosa-of-aged-rats-and-the-possible-protective-role-of-green-tea
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Zeinab Abel-Rehim Hassan, Agata Zauszkiewicz-Pawlak, Shaimaa A Abdelrahman, Sami Algaidi, Maha Desouky, Sally M Shalaby
INTRODUCTION: Gastrointestinal disorders become more prevalent with ageing. This study is aimed to describe morphological changes that occur in the jejunal mucosa of male albino rats as a result of ageing and the protective effect of green tea supplements. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The experiment was performed on sixty rats: thirty young-adult (6-month old, body mass 200-220 g) and thirty old (24-month-old, body mass 220-260 g) animals. Each group was further divided into two subgroups (n = 15 each): control rats and green tea-treated rats that received 1...
August 16, 2017: Folia Histochemica et Cytobiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812341/efficient-sky-blue-perovskite-light-emitting-devices-based-on-ethylammonium-bromide-induced-layered-perovskites
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Qi Wang, Jie Ren, Xuefeng Peng, Xiaxia Ji, Xiaohui Yang
Low-dimensional organometallic halide perovskites are actively studied for light emitting applications due to their properties such as enlarged exciton binding energy and tunable band-gap. Introduction of large-group ammonium halides not only serves as a convenient and versatile method to obtain layered perovskites, but also allows the exploitation of energy funneling process to achieve high efficiency light emission. Herein, we investigate the influence of the ethylammonium bromide (EABr) addition on the morphology, structure and optical properties of the resultant perovskite materials and report that the phase transition from bulk to layered perovskite occurs in presence of a large amount of EABr...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810231/cr-induced-cellular-injury-and-necrosis-in-glycine-max-l-biochemical-mechanism-of-oxidative-damage-in-chloroplast
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Kalimuthu Balasaraswathi, Sivalingam Jayaveni, Janardhanam Sridevi, Dhanasingh Sujatha, Kavati Phebe Aaron, Chellan Rose
Chromium-induced toxicity and mechanisms of cell death involved in plants are yet to be fully elucidated. To understand the events of these processes, the stress response of the soybean plant using trivalent and hexavalent chromium compounds, namely, basic chromium sulphate (BCS) and potassium dichromate (K2Cr2O7) was investigated. The leaf surface morphology for stomatal aperture, wax deposition and presence of trichomes for chromium accumulation was examined by SEM-EDAX and light microscopy. The leaf mesophyll cell integrity was identified by trypan blue staining; chlorophyll autofluorescence, ROS generation and mitochondrial function were studied by fluorescence microscopy using different dyes...
August 2, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809576/n-radical-initiated-aminosulfonylation-of-unactivated-c-sp-3-h-bond-through-insertion-of-sulfur-dioxide
#15
Yuewen Li, Runyu Mao, Jie Wu
N-Radical initiated aminosulfonylation of unactivated C(sp(3))-H bond through insertion of sulfur dioxide in the presence of visible light is reported. O-Aryl oximes react with DABCO·(SO2)2 smoothly at room temperature under blue LED irradiation without any metals or photoredox catalysts, generating diverse 5,6-dihydro-4H-1,2-thiazine 1,1-dioxides in good yield. Additionally, this approach can be extended to the synthesis of 1H-benzo[d][1,2]thiazine 2,2-dioxides. During the reaction process, an N-radical is initiated by the treatment of O-aryl oximes with DABCO·(SO2)2 under visible-light irradiation...
August 15, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808379/screening-of-fruits-of-seven-plants-indicated-for-medicinal-use-in-iraq
#16
Omar Aldulaimi
INTRODUCTION: Coumarins exert many biological effects in humans, animals, and plants, which make the evaluation of their biological activities and study of their role in ethnomedicine highly valued. OBJECTIVES: Here, we selected seven plants which have ethnopharmacological use as antimicrobial in Iraq and the aims were to quantify the two structural isomers bergapten and methoxsalen in their seeds, to evaluate the antibacterial activities against several clinical isolates, and to isolate bergapten and methoxsalen from Ammi majus...
July 2017: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805541/lack-of-foxe3-coding-mutation-in-a-case-of-congenital-aphakia
#17
Yusuke Sano, Yusuke Matsukane, Akihisa Watanabe, Ko-Hei Sonoda, Hiroyuki Kondo
PURPOSE: To report the findings in a patient with congenital primary aphakia, a rare disease known to be caused by mutations in the FOXE3 gene. METHODS: The clinical appearances and visual functions of the patient were determined from the medical records. Genetic analyses were performed to search for mutations in the FOXE3 gene by Sanger sequencing and whole exome sequencing. RESULTS: The 2-month-old male patient first presented with bilateral congenital aphakia associated with microphthalmia, corneal opacity, and dysplasia of the anterior segment...
August 14, 2017: Ophthalmic Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803472/blue-light-switchable-bacterial-adhesion-as-a-key-step-toward-the-design-of-biofilms
#18
Fei Chen, Seraphine V Wegner
The control of where and when bacteria adhere to a substrate is a key step toward controlling the formation and organization in biofilms. This study shows how we engineer bacteria to adhere specifically to substrates with high spatial and temporal control under blue light, but not in the dark, by using photoswitchable interaction between nMag and pMag proteins. For this, we express pMag proteins on the surface of E. coli so that the bacteria can adhere to substrates with immobilized nMag protein under blue light...
August 17, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802828/photolyase-dynamics-and-electron-transfer-mechanisms-of-dna-repair
#19
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Meng Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Dongping Zhong
Photolyase, a flavoenzyme containing flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) molecule as a catalytic cofactor, repairs UV-induced DNA damage of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) and pyrimidine-pyrimidone (6-4) photoproduct using blue light. The FAD cofactor, conserved in the whole protein superfamily of photolyase/cryptochromes, adopts a unique folded configuration at the active site that plays a critical functional role in DNA repair. Here, we review our comprehensive characterization of the dynamics of flavin cofactor and its repair photocycles by different classes of photolyases on the most fundamental level...
August 9, 2017: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800140/photoactivatable-aggregation-induced-emission-of-triphenylmethanol
#20
Yue Zheng, Xiaokun Zheng, Yu Xiang, Aijun Tong
Triphenylmethanol (TPOH) is a non-fluorescent compound. Interestingly, after UV irradiation at 254 nm, TPOH showed a strong blue fluorescence on a solid surface. Moreover, the fluorescence can be quenched by UV irradiation at 365 nm, making the photoactivatable fluorescence reversible. TPOH is thus applied for rewritable photopatterning tuned by UV light.
August 11, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
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