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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646802/dampness-can-promote-the-influenza-a-virus-and-worsen-its-prognosis-by-upregulating-the-tlr7-signaling-pathway
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Deng Li, Xu Huachong, Pang Peng, Zheng Ke, Nie Jiao, Wu Xianlin, Yu Bin, Chen Jia, Chen Xiaoyin
Context • Outbreaks of the influenza A virus (IAV) are increasingly recognized as a global public health issue, affecting a large proportion of the world's population. A number of studies have provided epidemiologic evidence that dampness and mold are consistently associated with multiple allergic and respiratory effects, but they focused on dampness-related pathogenic microorganisms leading to allergy rather than the dampness itself. Objective • The current study intended to examine the effects of a damp environment on the promotion of the IAV and determine the adverse effects on its prognosis through upregulation of the toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7)-signaling pathway in the lung...
June 23, 2017: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646784/premenstrual-mood-and-empathy-after-a-single-light-therapy-session
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Marije Aan Het Rot, Kristina Miloserdov, Anna L F Buijze, Ybe Meesters, Marijke C M Gordijn
To examine whether acute changes in cognitive empathy might mediate the impact of light therapy on mood, we assessed the effects of a single light-therapy session on mood and cognitive empathy in 48 premenstrual women, including 17 who met Premenstrual Symptoms Screening Tool criteria for moderate-to-severe premenstrual syndrome / premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMS/PMDD). Using a participant-blind between-groups design, 23 women underwent 30min of morning light therapy (5,000lx; blue-enriched polychromatic light, 17,000K) while 25 women had a sham session (200lx, polychromatic light, 5,000K)...
June 16, 2017: Psychiatry Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646767/enhanced-photodegradation-of-2-4-dichlorophenoxyacetic-acid-using-a-novel-tio2-mgfe2o4-core-shell-structure
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Bui The Huy, Da-Som Jung, Nguyen Thi Kim Phuong, Yong-Ill Lee
A novel TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell structure has been synthesized via a hydrolysis and co-precipitation method followed by calcination at 500 °C and has proven to be an efficient photocatalyst. The obtained TiO2@MgO-Fe2O3 core-shell was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and UV-Vis diffused reflectance techniques. Its photocatalytic activity toward 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) was investigated in aqueous solutions with and without visible light irradiation in the presence and absence of hydrogen peroxide...
June 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646758/thermo-responsive-diblock-and-triblock-cationic-copolymers-at-the-silica-aqueous-interface-a-qcm-d-and-afm-study
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Saeed Zajforoushan Moghaddam, Kaizheng Zhu, Bo Nyström, Esben Thormann
The properties of synthesized diblock poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) and triblock methoxy-poly(ethylene glycol)-poly(N-isopropylacrylamide)-poly((3-acrylamidopropyl)trimethylammonium chloride) cationic copolymers at the silica/aqueous interface are investigated using quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Moreover, dynamic light scattering is employed to assess the copolymers in terms of the hydrodynamic size and interchain aggregation...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646756/protein-functionalization-of-zno-nanostructure-exhibits-selective-and-enhanced-toxicity-to-breast-cancer-cells-through-oxidative-stress-based-cell-death-mechanism
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Sailendra Mahanta, S Prathap, Deependra Kumar Ban, Subhankar Paul
Zinc oxide nanostructure (ZnONS) was chemically synthesized and functionalized (FZnONSBLA) with a small protein bovine α-lactalbumin (BLA) by chemical cross-linking methods. Both nano-structures were characterized using various techniques such as electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering (DLS), UV-Vis spectroscopy, FT-IR, photo-luminescence and X-ray diffraction. Electron microscopy and DLS analysis revealed their (ZnONS and FZnONSBLA) average size of 200nm and 450nm, respectively. When cytotoxicity of both the nanostructures were assessed in breast cancer cells MCF-7 and MDAMB231 by MTT assay and PI/Annexin V staining (FACS), FZnONSBLA demonstrated higher cell death than ZnONS primarily due to generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646755/bio-fabrication-of-catalytic-platinum-nanoparticles-and-their-in-vitro-efficacy-against-lungs-cancer-cells-line-a549
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Sadeeq Ullah, Aftab Ahmad, Aoke Wang, Muslim Raza, Amin Ullah Jan, Kamran Tahir, Aziz Ur Rahman, Yuan Qipeng
Platinum based drugs are considered as effective agents against various types of carcinoma; however, the severe toxicity associated with the chemically prepared platinum complexes limit their practical applications. Similarly, water pollution caused by various organic moieties is another serious health problem worldwide. Hence, an intense need exists to develop new, effective and biocompatible materials with catalytic and biomedical applications. In the present contribution, we prepared platinum nanoparticles (PtNPs) by a green route using phytochemicals as a source of reducing and stabilizing agents...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646718/reduced-graphene-oxide-functionalized-feooh-for-signal-on-photoelectrochemical-sensing-of-prostate-specific-antigen-with-bioresponsive-controlled-release-system
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Qian Zhou, Youxiu Lin, Jian Shu, Kangyao Zhang, Zhenzhong Yu, Dianping Tang
A new and signal-on photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensing platform was successfully designed for the sensitive detection of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), using reduced graphene oxide- functionalized iron oxyhydroxide (FeOOH-rGO) as the photoactive material, accompanying target-responsive controlled release system to achieve the signal amplification. Introduction of rGO as electron mediator greatly facilitated the electron transfer from FeOOH to electrode under visible light, which inhibited the electron-hole recombination to enhance the photo-activity of FeOOH-rGO...
June 16, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646641/do-large-mergers-increase-or-decrease-the-productivity-of-pharmaceutical-r-d
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Michael S Ringel, Michael K Choy
There is current uncertainty regarding the effects of mergers on pharmaceutical R&D productivity, with various mechanisms reported by which mergers could either help or harm R&D, and mixed empirical findings in prior analyses. Here, we present an analysis that is novel in several ways: we use downstream measures of R&D productivity, account for both inputs and outputs in our calculations, and use a self-controlled design. We find that recent large pharmaceutical mergers are associated with statistically significant increases in R&D productivity...
June 21, 2017: Drug Discovery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646616/curcumin-alleviates-macrophage-activation-and-lung-inflammation-induced-by-influenza-virus-infection-through-inhibiting-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Yiming Xu, Ling Liu
BACKGROUND: Influenza A viruses (IAV) result in severe public health problems with worldwide each year. Over-response of immune system to IAV infection leads to complications, and ultimately causing morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVE: Curcumin has been reported to have anti-inflammatory ability. However, its molecular mechanism in immune responses remains unclear. METHODS: We detected the pro-inflammatory cytokine secretion and nuclear factor kappa-light-chain-enhancer of activated B cells (NF-κB) related protein expression in human macrophages or mice infected by IAV with or without curcumin treatment...
June 24, 2017: Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646589/new-promising-method-for-the-challenging-synthesis-of-5-acyl-2-amino-3-cyanothiophenes-chemisry-and-fluorescent-properties
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Kseniya I Lugovik, Alexander K Eltyshev, Enrico Benassi, Nataliya P Belskaya
Independent of the substrate structure and reaction conditions, 2-cyano-3-aminothioacrilonitriles, which contains two active electrophilic centers, were shown to interact with various active halo methylene compounds under mild conditions to afford 5-acyl-2-amino-3-cyanothiophenes as the only products. A series of new polyfunctional thiophene derivatives with a rare combination of functionalities were synthesized and their photophysical properties were experimentally and computationally investigated. The calculated electronic characteristics of the ground and excited states were compared to the experimental results, which provided a good understanding of the relationship between the optoelectronic properties and the molecular structures...
June 24, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646425/hydroxylamine-induced-oxidation-of-ferrous-carbonylated-truncated-hemoglobins-from-mycobacterium-tuberculosis-and-campylobacter-jejuni-is-limited-by-carbon-monoxide-dissociation
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Paolo Ascenzi, Chiara Ciaccio, Tecla Gasperi, Alessandra Pesce, Lucia Caporaso, Massimo Coletta
Hydroxylamine (HA) is an oxidant of ferrous globins and its action has been reported to be inhibited by CO, even though this mechanism has not been clarified. Here, kinetics of the HA-mediated oxidation of ferrous carbonylated Mycobacterium tuberculosis truncated hemoglobin N and O (Mt-trHbN(II)-CO and Mt-trHbO(II)-CO, respectively) and Campylobacter jejuni truncated hemoglobin P (Cj-trHbP(II)-CO), at pH 7.2 and 20.0 °C, are reported. Mixing Mt-trHbN(II)-CO, Mt-trHbO(II)-CO, and Cj-trHbP(II)-CO solution with the HA solution brings about absorption spectral changes reflecting the disappearance of the ferrous carbonylated derivatives with the concomitant formation of the ferric species...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry: JBIC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646393/the-changing-landscape-of-alopecia-areata-the-therapeutic-paradigm
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Yael Renert-Yuval, Emma Guttman-Yassky
Alopecia areata (AA), a prevalent inflammatory cause of hair loss, lacks FDA-approved therapeutics for extensive cases, which are associated with very poor rates of spontaneous hair regrowth and major psychological distress. Current treatments for severe cases include broad immune-suppressants, which are associated with significant adverse effects, precluding long-term use, with rapid hair loss following treatment termination. As a result of the extent of the disease in severe cases, topical contact sensitizers and intralesional treatments are of limited use...
June 23, 2017: Advances in Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646367/ifn%C3%AE-producing-cd4-t-lymphocytes-the-double-edged-swords-in-tuberculosis
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Pawan Kumar
IFNγ-producing CD4(+) T cells (IFNγ(+)CD4(+) T cells) are the key orchestrators of protective immunity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Primarily, these cells act by enabling Mtb-infected macrophages to enforce phagosome-lysosome fusion, produce reactive nitrogen intermediates (RNIs), and activate autophagy pathways. However, TB is a heterogeneous disease and a host of clinical and experimental findings has also implicated IFNγ(+)CD4(+) T cells in TB pathogenesis. High frequency of IFNγ(+)CD4(+) T cells is the most invariable feature of the active disease...
December 2017: Clinical and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646335/the-role-of-physical-activity-and-sedentary-behavior-in-predicting-daily-pain-and-fatigue-in-older-adults-a-diary-study
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Saengryeol Park, Cecilie Thøgersen-Ntoumani, Jet J C S Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Nikos Ntoumanis
BACKGROUND: Little attention has been paid to within-person daily associations among light physical activity (PA), moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA), and sedentary behavior (SB) with subsequent bodily pain and fatigue. Daily reports of pain and fatigue are less likely to be affected by recall bias and to conflate days of high and low pain/fatigue into one overall score. PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to examine daily within-person associations between pain, fatigue, and physical health and ascertain whether such associations are moderated by individual differences in these variables...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646225/a-high-power-broadband-terahertz-source-enabled-by-three-dimensional-light-confinement-in-a-plasmonic-nanocavity
#15
Nezih Tolga Yardimci, Semih Cakmakyapan, Soroosh Hemmati, Mona Jarrahi
The scope and potential uses of time-domain terahertz imaging and spectroscopy are mainly limited by the low optical-to-terahertz conversion efficiency of photoconductive terahertz sources. State-of-the-art photoconductive sources utilize short-carrier-lifetime semiconductors to recombine carriers that cannot contribute to efficient terahertz generation and cause additional thermal dissipation. Here, we present a novel photoconductive terahertz source that offers a significantly higher efficiency compared with terahertz sources fabricated on short-carrier-lifetime substrates...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646204/optogenetic-protein-clustering-through-fluorescent-protein-tagging-and-extension-of-cry2
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Hyerim Park, Na Yeon Kim, Sangkyu Lee, Nury Kim, Jihoon Kim, Won Do Heo
Protein homo-oligomerization is an important molecular mechanism in many biological processes. Therefore, the ability to control protein homo-oligomerization allows the manipulation and interrogation of numerous cellular events. To achieve this, cryptochrome 2 (CRY2) from Arabidopsis thaliana has been recently utilized for blue light-dependent spatiotemporal control of protein homo-oligomerization. However, limited knowledge on molecular characteristics of CRY2 obscures its widespread applications. Here, we identify important determinants for efficient cryptochrome 2 clustering and introduce a new CRY2 module, named ''CRY2clust'', to induce rapid and efficient homo-oligomerization of target proteins by employing diverse fluorescent proteins and an extremely short peptide...
June 23, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646203/incoherent-mediator-for-quantum-state-transfer-in-the-ultrastrong-coupling-regime
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F A Cárdenas-López, F Albarrán-Arriagada, G Alvarado Barrios, J C Retamal, G Romero
We study quantum state transfer between two qubits coupled to a common quantum bus that is constituted by an ultrastrong coupled light-matter system. By tuning both qubit frequencies on resonance with a forbidden transition in the mediating system, we demonstrate a high-fidelity swap operation even though the quantum bus is thermally populated. We discuss a possible physical implementation in a realistic circuit QED scheme that leads to the multimode Dicke model. This proposal may have applications on hot quantum information processing within the context of ultrastrong coupling regime of light-matter interaction...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646176/enhanced-atomic-desorption-of-209-and-210-francium-from-organic-coating
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Steinn Agustsson, Giovanni Bianchi, Roberto Calabrese, Lorenzo Corradi, Antonio Dainelli, Alen Khanbekyan, Carmela Marinelli, Emilio Mariotti, Luca Marmugi, Leonardo Ricci, Leonardo Stiaccini, Luca Tomassetti, Andrea Vanella
Controlled atomic desorption from organic Poly-DiMethylSiloxane coating is demonstrated for improving the loading efficiency of (209,210)Fr magneto-optical traps. A three times increase in the cold atoms population is obtained with contact-less pulsed light-induced desorption, applied to different isotopes, either bosonic or fermionic, of Francium. A six times increase of (210)Fr population is obtained with a desorption mechanism based on direct charge transfer from a triboelectric probe to the adatom-organic coating complex...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646167/effectively-infinite-optical-path-length-created-using-a-simple-cubic-photonic-crystal-for-extreme-light-trapping
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Brian J Frey, Ping Kuang, Mei-Li Hsieh, Jian-Hua Jiang, Sajeev John, Shawn-Yu Lin
A 900 nm thick TiO2 simple cubic photonic crystal with lattice constant 450 nm was fabricated and used to experimentally validate a newly-discovered mechanism for extreme light-bending. Absorption enhancement was observed extending 1-2 orders of magnitude over that of a reference TiO2 film. Several enhancement peaks in the region from 600-950 nm were identified, which far exceed both the ergodic fundamental limit and the limit based on surface-gratings, with some peaks exceeding 100 times enhancement...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646084/a-novel-mechanism-linked-to-cell-density-largely-controls-cell-division-in-synechocystis
#20
Alberto A Esteves-Ferreira, Masami Inaba, Toshihiro Obata, Antoine Fort, Gerard Fleming, Wagner L Araújo, Alisdair R Fernie, Ronan Sulpice
Many studies have investigated the various genetic and environmental factors regulating cyanobacterial growth. Here, we investigated the growth and metabolism of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, under different nitrogen sources, light intensities and CO2 concentrations. Cells grown on urea showed the highest growth rates. However, for all the conditions, the daily growth rates in batch cultures decreased steadily over time, and stationary phase was obtained with similar cell densities. Unexpectedly, metabolic and physiological analyses showed that growth rates during log phase were not primarily controlled by the availability of photoassimilates...
June 23, 2017: Plant Physiology
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