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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453246/robust-and-flexible-aramid-nanofiber-graphene-layer-by-layer-electrodes
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Se Ra Kwon, Meagan Elinski, James D Batteas, Jodie L Lutkenhaus
Aramid nanofibers (ANFs), or nanoscale Kevlar® fibers, are of interest for its high mechanical performance and functional nanostructure. The dispersible nature of ANFs opens up processing opportunities for creating mechanically robust and flexible nanocomposites, particularly for energy and power applications. The challenge is to manipulate ANFs into an electrode structure that balances mechanical and electrochemical performance to yield a robust and flexible electrode. Here, ANFs and graphene oxide (GO) sheets are blended using layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly to achieve mechanically flexible supercapacitor electrodes...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448475/formulation-characterization-and-properties-of-hemp-seed-oil-and-its-emulsions
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Veronika Mikulcová, Věra Kašpárková, Petr Humpolíček, Leona Buňková
The formulation, characterization, and anticipated antibacterial properties of hemp seed oil and its emulsions were investigated. The oil obtained from the seeds of Cannabis sativa L. in refined and unrefined form was characterized using iodine, saponification, acid values, and gas chromatography, and was employed for the preparation of stable oil-in-water emulsions. The emulsions were prepared using pairs of non-ionic surfactants (Tween, Span). The effects of the emulsification method (spontaneous emulsification vs...
April 27, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448423/dual-energy-ct-balance-between-iodine-attenuation-and-artifact-reduction-for-the-evaluation-of-head-and-neck-cancer
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Jaykumar R Nair, François DeBlois, Thomas Ong, Slobodan Devic, Nada Tomic, Hamed Bekerat, Lorne Rosenbloom, Khalil Sultanem, Reza Forghani
OBJECTIVE: Dual-energy computed tomography high energy virtual monochromatic images (VMIs) can reduce artifact but suppress iodine attenuation in enhancing tumor. We investigated this trade-off to identify VMI(s) that strike the best balance between iodine detection and artifact reduction. METHODS: The study was performed using an Alderson radiation therapy phantom. Different iodine solutions (based on estimated tumor iodine content in situ using dual-energy computed tomography material decomposition) and different dental fillings were investigated...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448122/iodine-pseudohalogen-ionic-liquid-based-electrolytes-for-quasi-solid-state-dye-sensitized-solar-cells
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Annkatrin Lennert, Michelle Sternberg, Karsten Meyer, Rubén D Costa, Dirk M Guldi
In the current work, novel symmetrically alkyl-substituted imidazolium-based ionic liquids have been synthesized featuring either iodide (I(-)) or selenocyanate (SeCN(-)) as counteranions. Physicochemical assays based on spectroscopy and electrochemistry techniques have been performed to identify the best ionic liquid for application as electrolytes in quasi-solid-state dye-sensitized solar cells (qssDSSC). The latter were mixed with additives such as 4-tert-butylpyridine (4tbpy) and guanidinium thiocyanate (GuSCN) to optimize electrode surface coverage, ionic diffusion, and dye regeneration...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447390/high-non-esterified-fatty-acid-concentrations-promote-expression-and-secretion-of-fibroblast-growth-factor-21-in-calf-hepatocytes-cultured-in-vitro
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J G Wang, Y Z Guo, Y Z Kong, S Dai, B Y Zhao
Negative energy balance is considered as the pathological basis of energy metabolic disorders in periparturient dairy cows. Serum non-esterified fatty acids (NEFA) are one of the most important indicators of energy balance status. Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) has been identified as a hepatokine involved in regulation of metabolic adaptations, such as promoting hepatic lipid oxidation and ketogenesis, during energy deprivation. However, the direct effects of NEFA on FGF21 expression and secretion in bovine hepatocytes are not entirely clear...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446632/dietary-methionine-restriction-regulates-liver-protein-synthesis-and-gene-expression-independently-of-eukaryotic-initiation-factor-2-phosphorylation-in-mice
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Ashley P Pettit, William O Jonsson, Albert R Bargoud, Emily T Mirek, Frederick F Peelor, Yongping Wang, Thomas W Gettys, Scot R Kimball, Benjamin F Miller, Karyn L Hamilton, Ronald C Wek, Tracy G Anthony
Background: The phosphorylation of eukaryotic initiation factor 2 (p-eIF2) during dietary amino acid insufficiency reduces protein synthesis and alters gene expression via the integrated stress response (ISR).Objective: We explored whether a Met-restricted (MR) diet activates the ISR to reduce body fat and regulate protein balance.Methods: Male and female mice aged 3-6 mo with either whole-body deletion of general control nonderepressible 2 (Gcn2) or liver-specific deletion of protein kinase R-like endoplasmic reticulum kinase (Perk) alongside wild-type or floxed control mice were fed an obesogenic diet sufficient in Met (0...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446631/combined-vitamin-b-12-and-balanced-protein-energy-supplementation-affect-homocysteine-remethylation-in-the-methionine-cycle-in-pregnant-south-indian-women-of-low-vitamin-b-12-status
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Sarita Devi, Arpita Mukhopadhyay, Pratibha Dwarkanath, Tinku Thomas, Julian Crasta, Annamma Thomas, C N Sheela, Jean W Hsu, Grace J Tang, Farook Jahoor, Anura V Kurpad
Background: Low-quality dietary protein intake and vitamin B-12 deficiency could interact to decrease methionine transmethylation and remethylation rates during pregnancy and may affect epigenetic modifications of the fetal genome.Objective: The objective of this randomized, partially open-labeled intervention trial was to examine the effect of supplemental high-quality protein and vitamin B-12 on third-trimester methionine kinetics in pregnant Indian women with a low vitamin B-12 status.Methods: Pregnant women with low serum vitamin B-12 concentrations (<200 pmol/L) were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 groups: the first group received balanced protein-energy supplementation of 500 mL milk/d plus a 10-μg vitamin B-12 tablet/d (M+B-12 group; n = 30), the second group received milk (500 mL/d) plus a placebo tablet (M+P group; n = 30), and the third group received a placebo tablet alone (P group; n = 33)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446382/compensatory-mechanisms-activated-with-intermittent-energy-restriction-a-randomized-control-trial
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Sílvia Ribeiro Coutinho, Eline Holli Halset, Sigrid Gåsbakk, Jens F Rehfeld, Bård Kulseng, Helen Truby, Cátia Martins
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Strong compensatory responses, with reduced resting metabolic rate (RMR), increased exercise efficiency (ExEff) and appetite, are activated when weight loss (WL) is achieved with continuous energy restriction (CER), which try to restore energy balance. Intermittent energy restriction (IER), where short spells of energy restriction are interspaced by periods of habitual energy intake, may offer some protection in minimizing those responses. We aimed to compare the effect of IER versus CER on body composition and the compensatory responses induced by WL...
April 7, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445533/influence-of-temperature-on-daily-locomotor-activity-in-the-crab-uca-pugilator
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Audrey M Mat, Gideon P Dunster, Valerio Sbragaglia, Jacopo Aguzzi, Horacio O de la Iglesia
Animals living in the intertidal zone are exposed to prominent temperature changes. To cope with the energetic demands of environmental thermal challenges, ectotherms rely mainly on behavioral responses, which may change depending on the time of the day and seasonally. Here, we analyze how temperature shapes crabs' behavior at 2 different times of the year and show that a transition from constant cold (13.5°C) to constant warm (17.5°C) water temperature leads to increased locomotor activity levels throughout the day in fiddler crabs (Uca pugilator) collected during the summer...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445434/an-adaptive-clustering-approach-based-on-minimum-travel-route-planning-for-wireless-sensor-networks-with-a-mobile-sink
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Jiqiang Tang, Wu Yang, Lingyun Zhu, Dong Wang, Xin Feng
In recent years, Wireless Sensor Networks with a Mobile Sink (WSN-MS) have been an active research topic due to the widespread use of mobile devices. However, how to get the balance between data delivery latency and energy consumption becomes a key issue of WSN-MS. In this paper, we study the clustering approach by jointly considering the Route planning for mobile sink and Clustering Problem (RCP) for static sensor nodes. We solve the RCP problem by using the minimum travel route clustering approach, which applies the minimum travel route of the mobile sink to guide the clustering process...
April 26, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443683/redox-signaling-mediated-by-the-thioredoxin-and-glutathione-systems-in-the-central-nervous-system
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Xiaoyuan Ren, Lili Zou, Xu Zhang, Vasco Branco, Jun Wang, Cristina Carvalho, Arne Holmgren, Jun Lu
SIGNIFICANCE: The thioredoxin (Trx) and glutathione (GSH) systems play important roles in maintaining the redox balance in the brain, a tissue that is prone to oxidative stress due to its high energy demand. These two disulfide reductase systems are active in various areas of the brain, and are considered to be the critical antioxidant systems in the central nervous system (CNS). Various neuronal disorders have been characterized to have imbalanced redox homeostasis. Recent Advances: In addition to their detrimental effects, recent studies have highlighted that reactive oxygen/nitrogen species (ROS/RNS) act as critical signaling molecules by modifying thiols in proteins...
April 26, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443536/effects-of-nesting-material-on-energy-homeostasis-in-balb-canncrl-c57bl-6ncrl-and-crl-cd1-icr-mice-housed-at-20-%C3%A2-c
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Daniel Taylor, Angela Green, Brianna Gaskill
Discrepancies exist between the preferred temperature range for mice (26 to 32 °C) and current recommendations (20 to26 °C), which may alter metabolism and negatively affect studies using mice. Previous research indicates that nesting materialcan alleviate cold stress in mice; therefore, we sought to determine the effects of the amount of nesting material provided(0, 6, or 12 g) on heat energy loss and energy balance in 3 mouse strains housed at currently recommended temperatures duringthe daytime, a period of presumed inactivity...
April 25, 2017: Journal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science: JAALAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443530/negative-energy-balance-and-loss-of-body-mass-and-fat-free-mass-in-military-personnel-subsisting-on-combat-rations-during-training-and-combat-operations-a-comment-on-tassone-and-baker
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Stefan M Pasiakos, Lee M Margolis
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April 26, 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443090/immunometabolic-regulations-mediated-by-coinhibitory-receptors-and-their-impact-on-t-cell-immune-responses
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Nikolaos Patsoukis, Jessica D Weaver, Laura Strauss, Christoph Herbel, Pankaj Seth, Vassiliki A Boussiotis
Host immunity provides wide spectrum protection that serves to eradicate pathogens and cancer cells, while maintaining self-tolerance and immunological homeostasis. Ligation of the T cell receptor (TCR) by antigen activates signaling pathways that coordinately induce aerobic glycolysis, mitochondrial activity, anabolic metabolism, and T effector cell differentiation. Activation of PI3K, Akt, and mTOR triggers the switch to anabolic metabolism by inducing transcription factors such as Myc and HIF1, and the glucose transporter Glut1, which is pivotal for the increase of glucose uptake after T cell activation...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442484/low-dose-leptin-infusion-in-the-fourth-ventricle-of-rats-enhances-the-response-to-third-ventricle-leptin-injection
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Ruth B S Harris
We previously reported that low dose leptin infusions into the 3(rd) or 4(th) ventricle that do not effect energy balance when given independently cause rapid weight loss when given simultaneously. Therefore, we tested whether hindbrain leptin enhances the response to forebrain leptin, or whether forebrain leptin enhances the response to hindbrain leptin. Rats received 4(th) ventricle infusions of saline, 0.01, 0.1, 0.3 or 0.6 μg leptin/day for 13 days. On days 9 and 13 0.1 μg leptin was injected into the 3(rd) ventricle...
April 25, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442273/the-role-of-bile-acids-in-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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Monica D Chow, Yi-Horng Lee, Grace L Guo
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is growing in prevalence worldwide. It is started by the presence of macrosteatosis on liver histology but is often clinically asymptomatic. However, it can progress into nonalcoholic steatohepatitis which is a more severe form of liver disease characterized by inflammation and fibrosis. Further progression leads to cirrhosis, which predisposes patients to hepatocellular carcinoma or liver failure. The mechanism by which simple steatosis progresses to steatohepatitis is not entirely clear...
April 22, 2017: Molecular Aspects of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441760/supplementation-with-a-polyphenol-rich-extract-perfload-%C3%A2-improves-physical-performance-during-high-intensity-exercise-a-randomized-double-blind-crossover-trial
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Julien Cases, Cindy Romain, Cristian Marín-Pagán, Linda H Chung, José Miguel Rubio-Pérez, Caroline Laurent, Sylvie Gaillet, Emmanuelle Prost-Camus, Michel Prost, Pedro E Alcaraz
Workout capacity is energy-production driven. To produce peak metabolic power outputs, the organism predominantly relies more on anaerobic metabolism, but this undoubtedly has a negative and limiting impact on muscle function and performance. The aim of the study was to evaluate if an innovative polyphenol-based food supplement, PerfLoad(®), was able to improve metabolic homeostasis and physical performance during high-intensity exercises under anaerobic conditions. The effect of a supplementation has been investigated on fifteen recreationally-active male athletes during a randomized, double-blind and crossover clinical investigation...
April 24, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441628/potassium-deficiency-affects-the-carbon-nitrogen-balance-in-cotton-leaves
#18
Wei Hu, Taylor D Coomer, Dimitra A Loka, Derrick M Oosterhuis, Zhiguo Zhou
Potassium (K) plays important roles in the metabolism of carbon (C) and nitrogen (N), but studies of K deficiency affecting C-N balance are lacking. This study explored the influence of K deficiency on C-N interaction in cotton leaves by conducting a field experiment with cotton cultivar DP0912 under two K rates (K0: 0 kg K2O ha(-1) and K67: 67 kg K2O ha(-1)) and a controlled environment experiment with K-deficient solution (K1: 0 mM K(+)) and K-sufficient solution (K2: 6 mM K(+)). The results showed that leaf K content, leaf number, leaf area, boll number, reproductive dry weight and total dry weight were significant lower under K deficiency (K0 or K1)...
April 6, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441144/highly-efficient-inverted-organic-light-emitting-diodes-by-inserting-zinc-oxide-polyethyleneimine-zno-pei-nano-composite-interfacial-layer
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Rifat Kaçar, Selin Mucur, Fikret Yildiz, Salih Dabak, Emine Tekin
The electrode/organic interface is one of the crucial key factor to attain superior device performance in organic electronics, and inserting a tailor-made layer can dramatically modify its properties. Using of nano-composite (NC) materials lead to many advantages by combining the materials with the objective of getting desirable combination of properties. In this context, zinc oxide/polyethyleneimine (ZnO:PEI) NC film was incorporated as the interfacial layer into the inverted bottom-emission organic light emitting diodes (IBOLEDs) and fully optimized...
April 25, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439004/endocannabinoid-system-acts-as-a-regulator-of-immune-homeostasis-in-the-gut
#20
Nandini Acharya, Sasi Penukonda, Tatiana Shcheglova, Adam T Hagymasi, Sreyashi Basu, Pramod K Srivastava
Endogenous cannabinoids (endocannabinoids) are small molecules biosynthesized from membrane glycerophospholipid. Anandamide (AEA) is an endogenous intestinal cannabinoid that controls appetite and energy balance by engagement of the enteric nervous system through cannabinoid receptors. Here, we uncover a role for AEA and its receptor, cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2), in the regulation of immune tolerance in the gut and the pancreas. This work demonstrates a major immunological role for an endocannabinoid. The pungent molecule capsaicin (CP) has a similar effect as AEA; however, CP acts by engagement of the vanilloid receptor TRPV1, causing local production of AEA, which acts through CB2...
April 24, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
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