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Flavin-based photoreceptor proteins of the LOV (Light, Oxygen and Voltage) superfamily are ubiquitous and appear to be essential blue-light sensing systems not only in plants, algae and fungi, but also in prokaryotes, where they are represented in more than 10% of known species. Despite their broad occurrence, only in few cases LOV proteins have been correlated to important phenomena such as bacterial infectivity, selective growth patterns or/and stress responses; nevertheless these few known roles are helping us understand the multiple ways by which prokaryotes can exploit these soluble blue-light photoreceptors. Given the large number of sequences now deposited in databases, it becomes meaningful to define a signature for bona fide LOV domains, a procedure that facilitates identification of proteins with new properties and phylogenetic analysis. The latter clearly evidences that a class of LOV proteins from alpha-proteobacteria is the closest prokaryotic relative of eukaryotic LOV domains, whereas cyanobacterial sequences cluster with the archaeal and the other bacterial LOV domains. Distance trees built for LOV domains suggest complex evolutionary patterns, possibly involving multiple horizontal gene transfer events. Based on available data, the in vivo relevance and evolution of prokaryotic LOV is discussed.
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The aim of this study was to report the effect of laser phototherapy (LPT) on the treatment of Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS). This prospective clinical study reports on preliminary outcomes of twenty volunteers diagnosed with BMS that undergone the conventional treatment prior to laser phototherapy. LPT consisted of one weekly session of LPT (660 nm), during ten weeks. The laser protocol consisted on the following parameters: 40 mW, 10 J/cm2, 0.4 J/point, irradiation time of 10 seconds. In all sessions the burning intensity was evaluated with a 10 cm Visual Analogue Scale (VAS). The burning intensity evaluation by VAS was performed immediately before and after each LPT session. Non-parametric test of Wilcoxon was used for statistical analysis, considering a significance level of 5%. All volunteers reported reduced burning intensity in all sessions when compared to the previous one and reduction in VAS scores by up to 49% in the last clinical session when compared to the first session. When only the VAS baseline of the first session was compared with the consecutive sessions, there was a statistically significant reduction in VAS scores in almost all sessions. The LPT may be an alternative treatment for the relief of oral burning symptoms in patients with BMS.
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Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00176E, Paper
Norio Hamada, Zhe Tan, Yasuo Kanematsu, Naoya Inazumi, Ryosuke Nakamura Time-resolved spectra of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) containing cyano-p-coumaric acid (CHCA) were measured. To understand the mechanism of photo-isomerization, an electron-withdrawing CN group was introduced into PYP to alter the... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00091B, Paper
Carlos Kubli-Garfias, Ricardo Vazquez-Ramirez, Blanca M. Cabrera-Vivas, Baldomero Gomez-Reyes, Juan Carlos Ramirez Unprotonated (UR) and protonated (PR) retinal have marked atomic and molecular differences in cis and trans configurations. In conclusion, UR and PR uphold UV and light vision through their different biophysical properties. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Advanced oxidation processes/technologies (AOT) that combine a semiconductor, such as titanium dioxide (TiO2), with a UV source have been used to eliminate microorganisms in various water treatment applications. To facilitate the applicability of this technique, the gain in efficiency from the semiconductor compared to the UV source alone with respect to different target organisms requires evaluation. The primary objective of this study was to determine the effects of TiO2 and UV wavelength on a freshwater alga, Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata and a marine alga, Tetraselmis suecica. For each species, dose–response experiments were conducted to determine the median lethal dose (LC50) of the following treatments: UV light emitted with a peak of 254 nm, UV light emitted with a peak of 254 nm in the presence of TiO2 and UV light emitted with a peak of 254 and 185 nm in the presence of TiO2. In both species, the presence of TiO2 significantly increased mortality. Across all three treatments, P. subcapitata was more sensitive than T. suecica; moreover, the addition of the 185 nm wavelength significantly increased cell mortality in P. subcapitata but not in T. suecica.
In response to the transport of invasive species through ballast tanks, the shipping industry has begun employing disinfection treatment systems. This study compares the efficiencies of common treatment systems that employ TiO2 and different UV wavelengths on a freshwater alga (Pseudokirchneriella subcapitata) and a marine alga (Tetraselmis suecica). Treatment efficacy increased in the presence of TiO2 and when Vacuum UV light was added as a part of the irradiation. However, the effects were dependent on the algal species used as test organisms.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) can treat superficial, early-stage disease with minimal damage to underlying tissues and without cumulative dose-limiting toxicity. Treatment efficacy is affected by disease physiologic properties, but these properties are not routinely measured. We assessed diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) for the noninvasive, contact measurement of tissue hemoglobin oxygen saturation (StO2) and total hemoglobin concentration ([tHb]) in the premalignant or superficial microinvasive oral lesions of patients treated with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-PDT. Patients were enrolled on a Phase 1 study of ALA-PDT that evaluated fluences of 50, 100, 150 or 200 J cm−2 delivered at 100 mW cm−2. To test the feasibility of incorporating DRS measurements within the illumination period, studies were performed in patients who received fractionated (two-part) illumination that included a dark interval of 90–180 s. Using DRS, tissue oxygenation at different depths within the lesion could also be assessed. DRS could be performed concurrently with contact measurements of photosensitizer levels by fluorescence spectroscopy, but a separate noncontact fluorescence spectroscopy system provided continuous assessment of photobleaching during illumination to greater tissue depths. Results establish that the integration of DRS into PDT of early-stage oral disease is feasible, and motivates further studies to evaluate its predictive and dosimetric value.
Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy with a contact probe was employed as part of a fluorescence and reflectance spectroscopy system to measure the tissue hemoglobin oxygen saturation and hemoglobin content of lesions of premalignant or early microinvasive cancer of the oral cavity. Studies demonstrate the feasibility of incorporating these measurements into treatment with fractionated (two-part) photodynamic therapy (PDT) using 5-aminolevulinic acid. Patient-specific differences in physiologic parameters were detectable at baseline and at times during and after PDT. Photobleaching of photosensitizer was measured by its fluorescence. Results establish the utility of rationally designed spectroscopy probes toward personalized dosimetry in PDT of oral disease.
In eukaryotic cells helix-distorting DNA lesions like cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and 6-4 pyrimidine-pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4 PPs) are efficiently removed by nucleotide excision repair (NER). NER is a multistep process where in the end, subsequent to replication over the gap, the remaining nick is sealed by a DNA ligase. Lig1 has been implicated as the major DNA ligase in NER. Recently, Lig3 has been implicated as a component of a NER subpathway that operates in dividing cells, but which becomes particularly important in non-dividing cells. Here, we use DT40 cells and powerful gene targeting approaches for generating DNA ligase mutants to examine the involvement and contribution of Lig1 and Lig3 in NER using cell survival measured by colony formation, and repair kinetics of CPD by immunofluorescence microscopy and immuno-slot-blotting. Our results demonstrate an impressive and previously undocumented potential of Lig3 to substitute for Lig1 in removing helix-distorting DNA lesions by NER in proliferating cells. We show for the first time in a clean genetic background a functional redundancy in NER between Lig1 and Lig3, which appears to be cell cycle independent and which is likely to contribute to the stability of vertebrate genomes.
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Mycosporine-like amino acids (MAAs) were analyzed in a Portuguese Gymnodinium catenatum strain when transferred to high salinity and high light conditions. Total MAA concentrations increased progressively between 30 and 36 psu, attaining at 36 psu 2.9-fold the 30 psu treatment. When abruptly transferred to solar light in an outdoor shadowed location, MAA concentration increased steadily along the day for most compounds. After 8 hours, mycosporine-glycine, palythene and M-319 attained or surpassed 25-fold their initial concentration, while M-370 only attained 4-fold concentration. When transferred from halogen to fluorescent light, polar MAAs such as shinorine and porphyra-334, increased until day two and then declined, while M-370 increase slowly, becoming the dominant compound from the profile after one week. These experiments put into evidence the relation of palythene with M-319, which was further identified as its acid degradation product, palythine. Acid degradation of M-370 originated M-324, while M-311 seems to be the precursor of M-370. Under high salinity and high light conditions chain formation was altered towards shorter chains or solitary cells. This alteration can represent a morphological stress sign, which in the natural environment could affect average population speed during daily vertical migrations.
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Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00154D, Paper
Kyosuke Oshima, Arisu Shigeta, Yoshiteru Makino, Izuru Kawamura, Takashi Okitsu, Akimori Wada, Satoru Tuzi, Tatsuo Iwasa, Akira Naito Photo-reaction pathways of a bacteriorhodopsin Y185F mutant were examined using in situ photo-irradiation solid-state NMR spectroscopy. 13C CP MAS NMR spectra were collected at -40 [o]C in the dark (D1),... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00185D, Paper
Chikako Nishigori There is ample evidence demonstrating that solar ultravioletlight (UV) induces human skin cancers. First, epidemiological studies have demonstrated a negative correlation between the latitude of residence and incidence and mortality... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
In this work, a kinetic expression relating light availability in the culture medium with the rate of microalgal growth is obtained. This expression, which is valid for low illumination conditions, was derived from the reactions that take part in the light-dependent stage of photosynthesis. The kinetic expression obtained is a function of the biomass concentration in the culture, as well as of the local volumetric rate of absorption of photons, and only includes two adjustable parameters. To determine the value of these parameters and to test the validity of the hypotheses made, autotrophic cultures of the Chlorella sp. strain were carried out in a modified BBM medium at three CO2 concentrations in the gas stream, namely 0.034%, 0.34% and 3.4%. Moreover, the local volumetric rate of photon absorption was predicted based on a physical model of the interaction of the radiant energy with the suspended biomass, together with a Monte Carlo simulation algorithm. The proposed intrinsic expression of the biomass growth rate, together with the Monte Carlo radiation field simulator, are key to scale up photobioreactors when operating under low irradiation conditions, independently of the configuration of the reactor and of its light source.
Photosynthesis and Microalgal growth rate depends on the local light availability; in this work a kinetic expression for algal growth under light controlling conditions has been derived from a simplified pathway of the light-dependent step of photosynthesis.
A new family of Ru(II)-based photosensitizers was synthesized and systematically characterized. The ligands employed to coordinate the ruthenium metal center were the commercially-available 2,2’-bipyridine and a pyridine-quinoline hybrid bearing an anthracene moiety. The complexes obtained carry either PF6- or Cl- counterions. These counterions determine the complexes’ hydrophobic or hydrophilic character, respectively, therefore dictating their solubility in biologically related media. All photosensitizers exhibit characteristic, relatively strong and wide UV-Vis absorption spectral profiles. Their high efficiency in generating cytotoxic singlet oxygen was established (up to ΦΔ~0.8). Moreover, the interaction of these photosensitizers with double-stranded DNA was studied fluoro- and photo-spectroscopically and their binding affinities were found to be of the order of 3 × 107 M-1. All complexes are photocytotoxic to DU145 human prostate cancer cells. The highest light-induced toxicity was conferred by the photosensitizers bearing Cl- counterions, probably due to the looser ionic “chaperoning” of Cl-, in comparison to PF6-, leading to higher cell internalization.
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Photobiomodulation (PBM) has been used in clinical practice for more than 40 years. To clarify the mechanisms of action of PBM at cellular and organism levels, we investigated its effect on Paramecium primaurelia (Protozoa) irradiated by a 808 nm infrared diode laser with a flat-top handpiece (1 W in CW). Our results lead to the conclusion that: 1) The 808 nm laser stimulates the P. primaurelia without a thermal effect. 2) The laser effect is demonstrated by an increase in swimming speed and in food vacuole formation. 3) The laser treatment affects endogenous adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in a positive way. 4) The effects of irradiation dose suggest an optimum exposure time of 50 s (64 J/cm2 of fluence) to stimulate the Paramecium cells; irradiation of 25 s shows no effect or only mild effects and irradiation up to 100 s does not increase the effect observed with 50 s of treatment. 5) The increment of endogenous ATP concentration highlight the positive photobiomodulating effect of the 808 nm laser and the optimal irradiation conditions by the flat-top handpiece.
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Xenopus laevis melanophores express two melanopsins, Opn4x and Opn4m. We identified Opn4x immunoreactivity throughout the melanophore cytoplasm and in the cell membrane. The strongest immunopositivity for Opn4m was observed in the nuclear region, and no labeling was seen in the cell membrane. This immunodistribution suggests Opn4x as the functional photopigment. In X. laevis melanophores, light triggers pigment dispersion and clock gene induction at blue wavelength, which maximally activates melanopsins. Although light stimulation activates phospholipase C and increases intracellular calcium and cGMP, this nucleotide does not participate in photo-induced melanin dispersion. Nevertheless, the guanylyl cyclase activator YC-1 stimulates Per1 expression, similar to blue-light pulse, and the use of pharmacological inhibitors indicate the participation of the phosphoinositide cascade. Since cAMP levels does not change after blue light stimulation, the cAMP/PKA pathway most probably is not involved in blue light induction of Per in X. laevis melanophores. Given the localization of melanopsins and our pharmacological data, the light induced clock gene expression seems to be mediated by Opn4x through phosphoinositide cascade and rise in cGMP, thus leading to the reset of the biological clock in our model.
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The photoreaction type I/type II pathways mediated by zinc(II) 2,9,16,23-tetrakis[4-(N-methylpyridyloxy)]phthalocyanine (ZnPPc4+) was studied in Candida albicans cells. This photosensitizer was strongly bound to C. albicans cells at short times. After 30 min irradiation, 5 μM ZnPPc4+ produced ~5 log decrease of cell viability. Different probes were used to detect reactive oxygen species (ROS) in cell suspensions (~106 CFU/mL). Singlet molecular oxygen, O2(1Δg), was observed by the reaction with 9,10-dimethylanthracene (DMA) and tetrasodium 2,2-(anthracene-9,10-diyl)bis(methylmalonate) (ABMM), while the nitro blue tetrazolium (NBT) method was used to sense superoxide anion radical (O2.-). Moreover, the effects produced by an anoxic atmosphere and cell suspensions in D2O, as well as the addition of sodium azide and mannitol as ROS trapping were evaluated in the PDI of C. albicans. These investigation indicates that O2(1Δg) is generated in the cells, although a minor extension other radical species can also be involved in the PDI of C. albicans mediated by ZnPPc4+.
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This report presents a simple strategy to introduce various functionalities in a cyanine dye (bis-indole-N-butylsulfonate-polymethine bearing a fused cyclic chloro-cyclohexene ring structure), and assess the impact of these substitutions in tumor uptake, retention and imaging. The results obtained from the SAR study demonstrate that certain structural features introduced in the cyanine dye moiety make a remarkable difference in tumor avidity. Among the compounds investigated, the symmetrical CDs containing an amino-phenyl thioether group attached to a cyclohexene ring system and the two N-butyl linkers with terminal sulfonate groups in benzoindole moieties exhibited excellent tumor imaging ability in BALB/c mice bearing Colon26 tumors. Compared to indocyanine green (ICG), approved by FDA as a blood pooling agent, which has also been investigated for the use in tumor-imaging, the modified CD selected on the basis of SAR study produced enhanced uptake and longer retention in tumor(s). A facile approach reported herein for introducing a variety of functionalities in tumor-avid CD provides an opportunity to create multi-imaging modality agent(s). Using a combination of mass spectrometry and absorbance techniques, the photobleaching of one of the CDs was analyzed and significant regioselective photooxidation was observed. \
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We have studied the photophysics and rotational diffusion of hydrophilic solute 7-(N, N′-diethylamino)coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (7-DCCA) in a room temperature ionic liquid methyltrioctylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([N1888][NTf2]). Comparison of activation energies of viscous flow and nonradiative decay shows that the photophysical properties of 7-DCCA are not guided by the bulk viscosity of the medium but are dependent on the specific solute solvent interaction and structural heterogeneity of the medium. The rotational relaxation behaviour of 7-DCCA in [N1888][NTf2] shows significant deviation from the Stokes Einstein Debye hydrodynamic model of rotational diffusion. This is indicative of the influence of specific solute solvent interaction on the rotational relaxation behaviour of 7-DCCA. Comparison of activation energy of rotational relaxation with activation energy of viscous flow clearly reinforces our assumption that the structural heterogeneity of the medium and specific solute solvent interaction plays a dominant role on the rotational diffusion instead of bulk viscosity.
This paper focuses on the photophysics and rotational diffusion of a hydrophilic solute 7-(N, N′-diethylamino)coumarin-3-carboxylic acid (7-DCCA) in a room temperature ionic liquid methyltrioctylammonium bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl) imide ([N1888][NTf2]).
ZnO doped with Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu was prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulfates with urea. The samples were annealed at various temperatures and characterized by X-ray powder diffraction, UV/VIS reflectance spectroscopy, BET (Brunauer-Emmet-Teller) surface area and porosity measurements. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was evaluated by measuring the degradation of an organic dye Reactive Black 5. The morphology of the samples was determined by scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. For the Cu-doped ZnO sample, EPR spectra were obtained. All samples annealed at 800°C contained hexagonal ZnO. In the VIS region, the best photocatalytic performance had the ZnO samples doped with Cr, Fe and Cu.
ZnO samples doped with selected first row transition metals were used for degradation of an organic dye Reactive Black 5. The results of the photocatalytic experiments showed that the samples were active under VIS light. The most photocatalytically active was the Fe-doped ZnO.
P. R. O'Neill, N. Gautam This perspective highlights recent advances in the design of optogenetic tools that provide dynamic subcellular control over signaling and cell behaviour. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photoreactivation is an error-free mechanism of DNA repair, utilized by prokaryotes and most eukaryotes and is catalyzed by specific enzymes called DNA photolyases. Photoreactivation has been reported in Vibrio parahaemolyticus WP28; however, information on photolyases in V. parahaemolyticus (V.p) strains has not been reported. The current study examined the photoreactivation in V. p RIMD2210633. The photolyase responsible for repairing cyclobutane pyrimidine dimer (CPD) in DNA was identified, and the corresponding gene was determined as VPA1471. The protein was overexpressed in Escherichia coli and was purified for functional assessment in vitro. The mRNA level and protein expression level of this gene increased after ultraviolet A (UVA) illumination following ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation. In vitro experiments confirmed that the protein encoded by VPA1471 could reduce the quantity of CPD in DNA. We designated the corresponding gene and protein of VPA1471 phr and Phr, respectively, although the function of two other photolyase/cryptochrome family members, VPA0203 and VPA0204, remains unclear. UV (ultraviolet) irradiation experiments suggest that these two genes possess some photorepairing ability. Therefore, we hypothesize that VPA0203 and VPA0204 encode (6-4) photolyase in V. parahaemolyticus RIMD2210633.
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An obituary dedicated to Giulio Jori (1939-2014), a deeply admired and respected scientific leader and outstanding inspirational photobiologist of our times. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Oliver P. Ernst, Ned Van Eps, Lydia N. Caro, Takefumi Morizumi Electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectroscopy, together with spin labeling techniques, has played a major role in the characterization of rhodopsin, the photoreceptor protein and G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) in rod... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Tim Maisch Until now it has been questionable if bacteria can develop resistance against photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT). This perspective summarises the current knowledge about the susceptibility of bacteria towards oxidative stress and sheds some light on the possible development of PACT-induced oxidative stress resistance. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00149H, Paper
Giovanni Carini, Francesco Parrino, Giovanni Palmisano, Gabriele Scandura, Ilaria Citro, Giuseppe Calogero, Antonino Bartolotta, Gaetano Di Marco This study reports on characterization and photoactivity of nanostructured TiO2 samples, which have been permanently densified under high pressures, up to 2.1 GPa. Commercial Mirkat 211 anatase has been used... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
This research studied the effectiveness of the photoactive compound methylene blue (MB) activated with red LED light (576-672 nm) compared to that of caspofungin (CAS) on 1 Candida albicans and 3 Candida parapsilosis strains. Results were evaluated in terms of SMIC50 for CAS or in PDI (photodynamic inactivation)-SMIC50 for MB (minimal inhibitory concentration inhibiting sessile biofilm to 50% in comparison to the control without CAS or after irradiation in comparison to the control without MB). While all strains were susceptible to CAS in planktonic form, the SMIC50 was determined to be > 16 μg mL-1 when CAS was added to a 24-h biofilm. However, PDI-MIC50s (1.67 mW cm-2, fluence 15 J cm-2) were 0.0075 - 0.03 mmol L-1. For biofilm, PDI-SMIC50s were in the range from 0.7 to 1.35 mmol L-1. An MB concentration of 1 mmol L-1 prevented a biofilm being formed ex vivo on mouse tongues after irradiation regardless of the application time, in contrast to CAS, which was only effective at a concentration of 16 μg mL-1 when it was added at beginning of biofilm formation. PDI seems to be a promising method for the prevention of microbial biofilms that do not respond significantly to conventional drugs.
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The photodegradation of flubendiamide (benzenedicarboxamide insecticide), a relatively new insecticide was investigated in aqueous suspensions of binary (ZnO and TiO2) and ternary (Zn2TiO4 and ZnTiO3) oxides under artificial light (300-460 nm) irradiation. Photocatalytic experiments showed that the addition of semiconductors, especially ZnO and TiO2, in tandem with an electron acceptor (Na2S2O8) enhances the degradation rate of this compound in comparison with those carried out with catalyst alone and photolytic tests. The photocatalytical degradation of flubendiamide using ZnO/Na2S2O8 and TiO2/Na2S2O8 followed first-order kinetics. In addition, desiodo-flubendiamide was identified during the degradation of flubendiamide. Finally, application of these reaction systems in different waters (tap, leaching and watercourse) showed the validity of the treatments, which allowed the removal of flubendiamide residues in these drinking and environmental water samples.
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Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Accepted Manuscript DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00211G, Paper
Minoru Yamaji, Yurie Suwa, Rieko Shimokawa, Cecilia Paris, Miguel Miranda Photochemical processes of 4-tert-butyl-4'-methoxydibenzoylmethane (avobenzone, AB), 4-phenylbenzoylbenzoyl-, 4-phenylbenzoyl-2'-furanyl- and 4-phenylbenzoyl-2'-thenoylmethanes (PB@Ph, PB@F and PB@T, respectively) substituted with Br and Cl at the C2 position were studied by stationary and laser... The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
In this study, the characterization and photocatalytic activity of TiO2 nanotube arrays prepared by anodization process with starch addition were investigated in detail. The results suggested that the optimum mass fraction of starch added in anodization process was 0.1%, with which TiO2 nanotube arrays owning good tubular structure were synthesized. The tube length and average inner diameter of nanotubes were approximately 4 μm and 30 nm, respectively. Through the characterization of TiO2 nanotube arrays by energy dispersive spectrometer, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, it was found that the as-prepared nanotubes possessed well uniformed and higher photodegradation responsive than the pure TiO2. Moreover, it was expected that the as-prepared nanotubes exhibited good photocatalytic activity for the degradation of RhB under UV-light irradiation, which could be ascribed to their good morphology, enhanced UV-light absorption property and electron transmission ability during the photocatalytic reaction. In addition, the nanotubes were not significantly regenerated during the cycling runs experiment. Overall, this study could provide a principle method to synthesize TiO2 nanotube arrays with enhanced photocatalytic activity by anodization process with starch addition for environmental purification.
The TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared by anodization process with starch addition. With the starch addition, the viscosity of the electrolyte was controlled, which modified the prepared nanotubes grew completely. The as-prepared nanotubes possessed well uniformed and higher photodegradation responsive than the pure TiO2, and consequently enhancing the photochromic properties.
Accurate determination of the diurnal variability and daily insolation of surface (0+) and subsurface (0−) irradiance are essential to estimate several physical, chemical and biological processes occurring at the surface layer of marine environments. Natural downwelling PAR and spectral UVR were examined on eight occasions at 0+ and 0− to refine empirical models, particularly in the UVR spectrum. The diurnal variability in UVR and PAR were wavelength dependent and were modeled by a sinusoidal equation. The best fit for PAR at 0+ and 0− was the sinusoid power of n =2 and n =2.5, respectively. In the UVR spectrum, sinusoids increased as wavelengths decreased ranging from n =2–5. Higher n values in the UV-B spectrum suggest sharper increase/decrease near sunrise and sunset hours, ultimately reducing the final value of daily insolation at specified wavelengths. Calculated daily insolation of UV-B/(UV-A + PAR) ratio suggests that photoinhibition from exposure to UV-B occurs within a shorter biologically effective day length than PAR, and is high during summer and low during winter. These results suggest that biogeochemical calculations based on diurnal models of irradiance measurements would benefit from accurate solar noon references and wavelength specificity, particularly in the UVR spectrum.
The diurnal variability of in situ surface (0+) and subsurface (0−) ultraviolet radiation and photosynthetically active radiation were measured, modeled and tested. The diurnal variability in UVR and PAR were wavelength dependent and were modeled by a simple sinusoidal equation. Higher n values in the UV-B spectrum suggest sharper increase/decrease near sunrise and sunset hours, ultimately reducing the daily insolation at specific wavelengths and altering the UV-B/(UV-A + PAR) ratio throughout the day.
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00138B, Paper
Kazuto Sugiyama, Takumi Tsuchiya, Azusa Kikuchi, Mikio Yagi UV-B absorbers, 2-ethylhexyl salicylate and homomenthyl salicylate, show a photoinduced phosphorescence enhancement, which originates from the photoinduced intermolecular hydrogen-bond formation. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
The authors of the study  conclude that disulfiram (DSF) “reduced RA synthesis in these mice to undetectable levels, as indicated by reduced β-galactosidase expression.” This conclusion is drawn from pilot work wherein the drug was applied topically and reporter gene expression was investigated histologically. DSF is a strong thiol-reactive compound and therefore is expected to inhibit aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) and therefore reduce RA synthesis through oxidation of the enzyme's nucleophilic cysteine residue within its active site.
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Nowadays, introducing self-cleaning properties on various fabrics under day-light irradiation for automotive and upholstery application is in a central point of research. This can be achieved by application of metal doped TiO2 nano particles on the textile fabrics. Here, alkali hydrolysis of polyester fabric has been carried out along with synthesis of Cu2O/TiO2 nanoparticles in a single-step process by using sonochemical technique. CuSO4.5H2O was used as a source of copper in the presence of glucose as reducing and stabilizing agent. Moreover, central composite design based on response surface methodology (RSM) was used to determine the role of variables (CuSO4.5H2O, glucose and pH) and their effects on the self-cleaning properties and weight of the fabric. The self-cleaning property was investigated by degradation of Methylene Blue on the surface of the treated fabrics under daylight. Further, the tensile properties, colorimetric measurement and washing fastness of the treated fabric produced in the optimum conditions were investigated. The morphology of Cu2O/TiO2 nanoparticles was examined using X-ray diffraction and field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM). The new polyester fabric obtained through in situ synthesis of Cu2O /TiO2 nanoparticles can be used as a desirable stable fabric with high tensile strength and visible-light self-cleaning properties.
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Mr. Fluegge argues that part of the effects of disulfiram that we observed were due to non-specific inhibition of DNA methyltransferase activity leading to the restoration of retinoic acid receptor beta (Rarb) expression. We acknowledge that disulfiram may have impacted our results independent of its effects on retinoic acid (RA) synthesis, but our data do not support a role of methylated Rarb. Disulfiram did inhibit DNA methyltransferase in prostate cancer cells and restored Rarb expression (1)..
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UVR8 is the only known plant photoreceptor that mediates light responses to UV-B (280–315 nm) of the solar spectrum. UVR8 perceives a UV-B signal via light-induced dimer dissociation, which triggers a wide range of cellular responses involved in photomorphogenesis and photoprotection. Two recent crystal structures of Arabidopsis thaliana UVR8 (AtUVR8) have revealed unusual clustering of UV-B-absorbing Trp pigments at the dimer interface and provided a structural framework for further mechanistic investigation. This review summarizes recent advances in spectroscopic, computational and crystallographic studies on UVR8 that are directed toward full understanding of UV-B perception at the molecular level.
Light perception of UV-B photoreceptor UVR8 is triggered by light-induced molecular events originating in two epicenters located at the dimer interface. Clustered tryptophan residues serve as UV-B pigments and undergo concerted conformational changes upon absorbing UV-B photons, which disrupt the dimer interface and lead to dimer dissociation of UVR8.
Light has a key impact on the outcome of biotic stress responses in plants by providing most of the energy and many signals for the deployment of defensive barriers. Within this context, chloroplasts are not only the major source of energy in the light; they also host biosynthetic pathways for the production of stress hormones and secondary metabolites, as well as reactive oxygen species and other signals which modulate nuclear gene expression and plant resistance to pathogens. Environmental, and in particular, light-dependent regulation of immune responses may allow plants to anticipate and react more effectively to pathogen threats. As more information is gathered, increasingly complex models are developed to explain how light and reactive oxygen species signaling could interact with endogenous defense pathways to elicit efficient protective responses against invading microorganisms. The emerging picture places chloroplasts in a key position of an intricate regulatory network which involves several other cellular compartments. This article reviews current knowledge on the extent and the main features of chloroplast contribution to plant defensive strategies against biotic stress.
The effect of light on ROS production by chloroplasts during a non-host pathogen interaction causing LCD is illustrated by infiltrating tobacco leaves with Xanthomonas campestris (see reference  in the text). Leaves were incubated with a ROS-reacting probe and observed 19 h post-infiltration by confocal laser microscopy, merging bright field, chlorophyll self-fluorescence (red), and ROS fluorescence (green). In leaves kept in the dark (left), chloroplasts were visualized as a red necklace around the central vacuole. Illuminated tissue (right) shows chloroplasts in yellow due to combination of red and green fluorescence, indicating that pathogen interaction results in light-dependent plastid ROS production.
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00107B, Paper
Chang Liu, Bing Yan We synthesize ZIF-90, which exhibits an intense blue luminescence excited under visible light. Luminescent studies indicate that ZIF-90 could be an efficient multifunctional fluorescence material for sensing metal cations, anions and organic small molecules. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00065C, Paper
Alireza Salabat, Farid Mirhoseini A new poly(methyl methacrylate)/TiO2 nanocomposite film sensitized by an ionic liquid with a very low concentration of TiO2 nanoparticles was fabricated and applied in the photoreduction of 4-nitrophenol and destruction of some bacteria. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
One inescapable feature of life on the earth is exposure to ionizing radiation. The thyroid gland is one of the most sensitive organs to gamma-radiation and endocrine disrupters. Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been used to stimulate tissue repair, and reduce inflammation. The aim of this study was to gauge the value of using Helium–Neon laser to repair the damaged tissues of thyroid gland after gamma-irradiation. Albino rats were used in this study (144 rats), divided into control, gamma, laser, and gamma plus laser-irradiated groups, each group was divided into six subgroups according to time of treatment (total six sessions). Rats were irradiated once with gamma radiation (6 Gy), and an external dose of laser (Wavelength 632.8 nm, 12 mW, CW, Illuminated area 5.73 cm2, 2.1 mW cm−2, 120 s, 1.4 J, 0.252 J cm−2) twice weekly localized on thyroid region of the neck, for a total of six sessions. Animals were sacrificed after each session. Analysis included thyroid function, oxidative stress markers, liver function and blood picture. Results revealed improvement in thyroid function, liver function and antioxidant levels, and the blood cells count after LLLT.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) would provide a protective effect against radiation-induced oxidative damage in the thyroid, liver and hemopoietic system depending on the frequency of its application.
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1357-1366 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00144G, Paper
Odrun A. Gederaas, Anette Hauge, Pal G. Ellingsen, Kristian Berg, Dag Altin, Tora Bardal, Anders Hogset, Mikael Lindgren Photochemical internalization and illumination together with chemotherapeutics result in synergetic cell death in the F98 glioma cell model. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00213C, Paper
Satoko Doi, Arisa Mori, Takashi Tsukamoto, Louisa Reissig, Kunio Ihara, Yuki Sudo The extended modules of channelrhodopsin-1 (ChR-1) are involved both in the maintenance of suitable photochemical properties and their functions. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1346-1356 DOI: 10.1039/C4PP00315B, Paper
Thandekile Mthethwa, Tebello Nyokong Conjugates of aluminium phthalocyanine with gold nanorods (AlPc-AuNRs) and nanohexagons (AlPc-AuNHs) show improved photoinactivation of fungi (C. albicans) and bacteria cells (E. coli) compared to Pc alone. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1265-1270 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00106D, Paper
F. Deng, A. J. Francis, W. W. Weare, F. N. Castellano Non-coherent sensitized red-to-green upconversion has been achieved utilizing platinum(II) tetraphenyltetrabenzoporphyrin (PtTPTBP) as the triplet sensitizer and a nearly quantitatively fluorescent boron dipyrromethene chromophore as the energy acceptor/annihilator in deoxygenated toluene. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1271-1281 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00100E, Paper
Douglas R. Rice, Haiying Gan, Bradley D. Smith Targeted imaging and antimicrobial photodynamic inactivation (PDI) are emerging methods for detecting and eradicating pathogenic microorganisms. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1337-1345 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00112A, Paper
Ahmed Th. A. Ibrahim The present study was carried out to evaluate the ultraviolet-A (UVA) effects on biochemical, oxidative stress and antioxidant changes using aquatic species. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Numerous single-site mutants of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) from Halorhodospira halophila and as well as PYP homologs from other species exhibit a shoulder on the short wavelength side of the absorbance maximum in their dark-adapted states. The structural basis for the occurrence of this shoulder, called the “intermediate spectral form,” has only been investigated in detail for the Y42F mutation. Here we explore the structural basis for occurrence of the intermediate spectral form in a M121E derivative of a circularly permuted H. halophila PYP (M121E-cPYP). The M121 site in M121E-cPYP corresponds to the M100 site in wild-type H. halophila PYP. High-resolution NMR measurements with a salt-tolerant cryoprobe enabled identification of those residues directly affected by increasing concentrations of ammonium chloride, a salt that greatly enhances the fraction of the intermediate spectra form. Residues in the surface loop containing the M121E (M100E) mutation were found to be affected by ammonium chloride as well as a discrete set of residues that link this surface loop to the buried hydroxyl group of the chromophore via a hydrogen bond network. Localized changes in the conformational dynamics of a surface loop can thereby produce structural rearrangements near the buried hydroxyl group chromophore while leaving the large majority of residues in the protein unaffected.
Mutations at the M100 site (large red ball) in photoactive yellow protein produce the intermediate spectral form (shoulder in the UV-Vis spectrum) by affecting a network of residues (cyan balls) including those that are H-bonded to the hydroxyl group of the chromophore (small red balls).
M. Gabriela Lagorio, Gabriela. B. Cordon, Analia Iriel We review the state of the art in the research on the fluorescence emitted by plant leaves, fruits, flowers, avians, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, millipedes, cockroaches, bees, spiders, scorpions and sea organisms and discuss its relevance in nature. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Florian Anzengruber, Pinar Avci, Lucas Freitas de Freitas, Michael R. Hamblin Anti-tumor PDT liberates antigens that are taken up by dendritic cells that migrate to lymph nodes, prime naive T-cells that proliferate and return to destroy remaining tumor cells. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1306-1318 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00079C, Paper
Noemi Alarcos, Mario Gutierrez, Marta Liras, Felix Sanchez, Abderrazzak Douhal The proposed photodynamic mechanisms for 6A-HBO at the femtosecond-picosecond scale in a DMF solution. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1329-1336 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00057B, Paper
Moumita Gangopadhyay, Tanya Singh, Krishna Kalyani Behara, S. Karwa, S. K. Ghosh, N. D. Pradeep Singh Single-component targeted fluorescent organic polymeric nanoparticles are synthesized from star-shaped 4-arm-PEG containing coumarin for concomitant photodynamic and chemotherapy to efficiently annihilate tumour. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1296-1305 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00152H, Paper
Muhammad Khalid, Sergio P. Souza, Luiz F. M. L. Ciscato, Fernando H. Bartoloni, Wilhelm J. Baader Efficiency of electron transfer catalyzed chemiluminescence systems is subject to differential solvent viscosity effects; unexpectedly, intermolecular transformations show lower sensitivity than an intramolecular system. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1290-1295 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00139K, Paper
Aurelie Stallivieri, Florent Le Guern, Regis Vanderesse, Esme Meledje, Giulio Jori, Celine Frochot, Samir Acherar The synthesis and improved purification of C12 porphyrin are reported here. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
To elucidate the factors determining the spectral shapes and widths of the absorption and fluorescence spectra for keto and enol oxyluciferin and their conjugate bases in aqueous solutions, the intensities of vibronic transitions between their ground and first electronic excited states were calculated for the first time via estimation of the vibrational Franck–Condon factors. The major normal modes, overtones and combination tones in absorption and fluorescence spectra are similar for all species. The theoretical full widths at half maximum of absorption spectra are 0.4–0.7 eV and those for the fluorescence spectra are 0.4–0.5 eV, except for phenolate-keto that exhibits exceptionally sharp peak widths due to the dominance of the 0–0′ or 0′–0 band. These spectral shapes and widths explain many relevant features of the experimentally observed spectra.
The intensities of vibronic transitions for keto and enol oxyluciferin and their conjugate bases in aqueous solutions between their ground and first electronic excited states were calculated for the first time via estimation of the vibrational Franck–Condon factors. The theoretical spectral shapes and widths explain many relevant features of the experimentally observed spectra.
We present here the effect of firefly luciferase surface charge saturation and the presence of some additives on its thermal-induced aggregation. Three mutants of firefly luciferase prepared by introduction of surface Arg residues named as 2R, 3R and 5R have two, three and five additional arginine residues substituted at their surface compared to native luciferase; respectively. Turbidimetric study of heat-induced aggregation indicates that all three mutants were reproducibly aggregated at higher rates relative to wild type in spite of their higher thermostability. Amongst them, 2R had most evaluated propensity to heat-induced aggregation. Therefore, the hydrophilization followed by appearing of more substituted arginine residues with positive charge on the firefly luciferase surface was not reduced its thermal aggregation. Nevertheless, at the same condition in the presence of charged amino acids, e.g., Arg, Lys and Glu, as well as a hydrophobic amino acid, e.g., Val, the heat-induced aggregation of wild type and mutants of firefly luciferases was markedly decelerated than those in the absence of additives. On the basis of obtained results it seems, relinquishment of variety in charge of amino acid side chains, they via local interactions with proteins cause to decrease rate and extent of their thermal aggregation.
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Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1319-1328 DOI: 10.1039/C4PP00368C, Paper
J. C. Carmello, L. N. Dovigo, E. G. Mima, J. H. Jorge, C. A. de Souza Costa, V. S. Bagnato, A. C. Pavarina The use of animal models for PDI evaluation is an important step to prove the in vivo effectiveness of a treatment and may provide outcomes that are close to clinical situations, in comparison with in vitro studies. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Neerugatti KrishnaRao Eswar, Praveen Chandrashekarapura Ramamurthy, Giridhar Madras Textile pollutants and bacteria were efficiently degraded by a novel and stable Ag3PO4 combustion synthesis derived TiO2 nanobelt heterostructure composite under solar irradiation. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Marathon runners spend considerable time in outdoor training for and participating in marathons. Outdoor runners may experience high solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure. South Africa, where running is popular, experiences high ambient solar UVR levels that may be associated with adverse health effects. This feasibility study explores the use of personal dosimeters to determine solar UVR exposure patterns and possible related acute health risks of four marathon runners during marathons and training sessions in Cape Town and Pretoria. Runners running marathons that started early in the day, and that did not exceed 4 hours, yielded low total solar UVR exposure doses (mean 0.093 SED per exposure period run, median 0.088 SED, range 0.062–0.136 SED; average of 16.54% of ambient solar UVR). Training sessions run during early morning and late afternoon presented similar results. Several challenges hindered analysis including accounting for anatomical position of personal dosimeter and natural shade. To assess health risks, hazard quotients (HQs) were calculated using a hypothetical runner's schedule. Cumulative, annual solar UVR exposure-calculated acute health risks were low (HQ = 0.024) for training sessions and moderate (HQ = 4.922) for marathon runs. While these data and calculations are based on 18 person-days, one can measure marathon runners' personal solar UVR exposure although several challenges must be overcome.
Marathon runners spend considerable time outdoors training for and participating in marathons, and may experience high solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure. South Africa, where running is popular, experiences high UVR levels that may be associated with adverse health effects. This feasibility study explores use of personal dosimeters to determine solar UVR exposure patterns of four marathon runners during marathons and training sessions. Runners running marathons that started early in the day, and that did not exceed 4 h, yielded low total solar UVR exposure doses. Several challenges hindered analysis including accounting for anatomical position of personal dosimeter and natural shade.
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, Advance Article DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00126A, Paper
L. Rodriguez, P. Vallecorsa, S. Battah, G. Di Venosa, G. Calvo, L. Mamone, D. Saenz, M. C. Gonzalez, A. Batlle, A. J. MacRobert, A. Casas ALA dendrimers are taken up by caveolae-mediated endocytosis in macrophages. Intracellular ALA release gives rise to PpIX synthesis and subsequent photosensitization of key cells in atheromas and tumour diseases. To cite this article before page numbers are assigned, use the DOI form of citation above. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1282-1289 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00052A, Paper
Mette Bodekaer, Bibi Petersen, Peter Alshede Philipsen, Jakob Heydenreich, Elisabeth Thieden, Hans Christian Wulf City children had a more intermittent sun exposure pattern, while rural children had a higher UVR exposure on school/kindergarten days. This may explain the higher skin cancer incidences in urban populations. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1251-1264 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00093A, Paper
I. Fountoulakis, A. F. Bais Changes in the effective dose for the production of vitamin D and in the UV index are investigated for the past and future relative to the present over the northern high latitudes for two socioeconomic scenarios. Large decreases (the order of 30-50%) have been found between the present and the future. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
As the most important interface between human body and external environment, skin acts as an essential barrier preventing various environmental damages, among which DNA-damaging UV radiation from the sun remains the major environmental risk factor causing various skin diseases. It has been well documented that wavelengths in the ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation range (290–320 nm) of the solar spectrum can be absorbed by skin and lead to cutaneous injury and various other deleterious effects. During process such as wound healing, the orchestrated movement of cells in a particular direction is essential and highly regulated, integrating signals controlling adhesion, polarity and the cytoskeleton. Cell adhesion and migration are modulated through both of actin and microtubule cytoskeletons. However, little was known about how UVB affects skin wound healing and migration of epidermal keratinocytes. Here, we demonstrate that UVB can delay the wound healing progress in vivo with a murine model of full-thickness skin wound. In addition, UVB significantly inhibited keratinocyte motility by altering focal adhesion turnover and cytoskeletal dynamics. Our results provide new insights into the etiology of UVB exposure-induced skin damages.
Skin is the most important barrier protecting us from various environmental damages such as DNA-damaging UV radiation from the sun. Little was known about how UVB affects skin wound healing and migration of epidermal keratinocytes. The aim of this work is to estimate the effects of UVB on keratinocyte cell motility, focal adhesion turnover, cytoskeletal dynamics and skin wound healing both in vitro and in vivo mouse model.
A new hybrid membrane was prepared by a facile method based on a highly luminescent lanthanide coordination polymer and agarose. The soft membrane was characterized by FT-IR, PXRD, SEM and luminescence. It is found that the soft membrane is a highly selective and sensitive sensor, among 19 metal ion solutions of Fe3+, Mg2+, Li+, Ca2+, Zn2+, Cu2+, Ba2+, Mn2+, Ru3+, Cr3+, Ag+, Sr2+, Cd2+, Na+, Ni2+, Pb2+, Fe2+, Hg2+ and Ca2+, only Fe3+ quench the luminescence. The sensing results can be distinguished by the naked eye in daylight or by irradiation of a portable UV light at the scene. Mechanism studies reveal the sensing is due to the decomposition of the coordination polymer 1 which induced by slow permeation of Fe3+. Further studies found anions of , , , Br−, Cl−, , , I−, and will not quench the luminescence of the hybrid membrane, which imply that other anions in water would not disturb the detection result.
A new hybrid membrane was prepared by a facile method. It is a highly selective and sensitive Fe3+ sensor. The sensing results can be easily distinguished by the naked eye in daylight or irradiated by a portable UV device.
Concentration of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is positively correlated with its effectiveness in root canal disinfection but negatively correlated with its biocompatibility. The objective of this in vitro study was to compare the bactericidal effects among ultrasonic irrigation with different concentration of NaOCl alone or together with photodynamic treatment (PDT) against Enterococcus faecalis (E. faecalis) in infected root canals. One hundred and twenty bovine root canals contaminated with E. faecalis were randomly distributed into 12 groups treated with different disinfection methods: PDT, ultrasonic irrigation with NaOCl at different concentrations (0.5%, 1.0%, 2.0%, 2.5% and 5.25%), and ultrasonic irrigation with NaOCl at different concentrations plus PDT. Data of microorganism load were collected before and after disinfection and analyzed by one-way ANOVA and LSD tests. Significantly enhanced antibacterial effects were noticed in groups treated by PDT plus 2.0% or 2.5% NaOCl irrigation (P < 0.05). No statistical differences existed in bactericidal efficacy among groups of PDT plus ultrasonic irrigation with 2.0%, 2.5% or 5.25% NaOCl, and ultrasonic irrigation with 5.25% NaOCl alone (P > 0.05). Our study confirmed the feasibility to reduce the concentration of NaOCl to a safer level while maintaining its antibacterial efficiency through synergistic effect of PDT with NaOCl ultrasonic irrigation.
Enterococcus faecalis plays an important role in root canal treatment failures and persistent periapical infection. The results of this in vitro study confirmed the feasibility to reduce the concentration of NaOCl to a safer level while maintaining its antibacterial efficiency through synergistic effect of PDT with NaOCl ultrasonic irrigation.
We previously reported that low-level lysosomal photodamage enhanced the efficacy of subsequent mitochondrial photodamage, resulting in a substantial promotion of apoptotic cell death. We now extend our analysis of the sequential PDT protocol to include two additional lysosomal-targeting photosensitizers. These agents, because of enhanced permeability, are more potent than the agent (N-aspartyl chlorin E6, NPe6) used in the initial study. Addition of the cell-permeable cysteine protease inhibitor E-64d and calcium chelator BAPTA-AM almost completely suppressed sequential PDT-induced loss of mitochondrial membrane potential and activation of procaspases-3 and -7. These inhibitors did not, however, suppress the proapoptotic effect of a BH3 mimetic or mitochondrial photodamage. Knockdowns of ATG7 or ATG5, proteins normally associated with autophagy, suppressed photodamage induced by the sequential PDT protocol. These effects appear to be independent of the autophagic process as pharmacological inhibition of autophagy offered no such protection. Effects of ATG7 and ATG5 knockdowns may reflect the role that ATG7 plays in regulating lysosome permeability, and the likelihood that a proteolytic fragment of ATG5 amplifies mitochondrial proapoptotic processes. Our results suggest that low-dose photodamage that sequentially targets lysosomes and mitochondria may offer significant advantages over the use of single photosensitizers.
Dose–response curves showing the ability of a prior low level of lysosomal photodamage (NPe6) to markedly potentiate photokilling by the benzoporphyrin derivative (BPD).
Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2015, 14,1238-1250 DOI: 10.1039/C5PP00038F, Paper
Francesca Moret, Marina Gobbo, Elena Reddi Antimicrobial peptides (magainin, buforin, and apidaecin) are useful tools for increasing the cellular uptake and photodynamic efficiency of photosensitizers. The content of this RSS Feed (c) The Royal Society of Chemistry
High levels of ultraviolet-B (UVB) radiation can negatively affect aquatic animals. Macrobrachium olfersi is a prawn that lives in clear freshwaters and during the breeding season, females carry eggs in an external brood pouch. Therefore, we hypothesize that eggs are also exposed to environmental UVB radiation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether UVB radiation induces DNA damage and compromises cell cycle in embryos of M. olfersi. In laboratory, UVB irradiance (310 mW. cm−2) that embryos receive in the natural environment was simulated. After irradiation, embryos were kept under different light conditions in order to recognize the presence of cell repair. UVB radiation induces DNA damage, specifically thymine dimers. After 48 h of UVB exposure, a significant decrease in the level of these dimers was observed in embryos kept under visible light while it remained constant in the dark. Moreover, under visible light and darkness, a decrease in proliferation was observed after 48 h of irradiation. An increase in PCNA expression and decrease in p53 expression were observed after, respectively, 1 and 48 h of exposure. Our results showed that UVB radiation disturbs the cell cycle and induces DNA damage in M. olfersi embryos. However, under visible light these embryos showed successful DNA repair.
In this paper, we simulated in laboratory the UVB irradiance that embryos receive in the natural environment. After irradiation, embryos were kept under different visible light conditions in order to recognize the presence of cell damage repair. In summary, our results showed that UVB radiation negatively impacts embryos of M. olfersi. The impairments observed in proliferation probably resulted from unrepaired DNA damage, which was responsible for the overexpression in darkness of p53 after 48 h and PCNA after 1 h. Moreover, in this study we demonstrated that, under visible light, embryos showed successful DNA repair.
A firefly luciferase (LUC)-based bioluminescent assay for total free fatty acids (FFA) is presented. It is based on LUC's capability of converting FFA into fatty acyl-adenylates with consumption of adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP). Since ATP is a cosubstrate in LUC's bioluminescent reaction, together with firefly d-luciferin (d-LH2) and atmospheric oxygen (O2), any reduction in the assay's ATP content will lead to a decrease in the bioluminescent signal, which is proportional to the amount of FFA. Using FFA mixtures containing myristic (14:0), palmitic (16:0), stearic (18:0), oleic (18:1) and arachidonic acid (20:4) in ethanol, the assay was optimized through statistical experimental design methodology, namely fractional factorial (screening) and central composite (optimization) designs. The optimized method requires 2 μL of sample per tube in a final reaction volume of 50 μL. It is linear in the concentration range from 1 to 20 μm, with limits of detection (LOD) and quantitation (LOQ) of 1.3 and 4.5 μm, respectively. The method proved to be simple to perform, demands low reagent volumes, it is sensitive and robust and may be adapted to high-throughput screening.
An optimized bioluminescent assay for free fatty acids is herein presented. The method is based on ATP depletion followed by bioluminescence detection. Optimization was achieved through experimental design methodology. The method is linear from 1 to 20 μm, with limits of detection and quantitation of 1.3 and 4.5 μm, respectively. The method is fast, simple to perform, sensitive and robust.
In this study, the photocatalytic efficiency of anatase-type TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized using the sol–gel low-temperature method, were enhanced by a combined process of copper reduction and surface hydroxyl groups enhancement. UV–light-assisted photo and NaBH4-assisted chemical reduction methods were used for deposition of copper onto TiO2. The surface hydroxyl groups of TiO2 were enhanced with the assistance of NaOH modification. The prepared catalysts were immobilized on glass plates and used as the fixed-bed systems for the removal of phenazopyridine as a model drug contaminant under visible light irradiation. NaOH-modified Cu/TiO2 nanoparticles demonstrated higher photocatalytic efficiency than that of pure TiO2 due to the extending of the charge carriers lifetime and enhancement of the adsorption capacity of TiO2 toward phenazopyridine. The relationship of structure and performance of prepared nanoparticles has been established by using various techniques, such as XRD, XPS, TEM, EDX, XRF, TGA, DRS and PL. The effects of preparation variables, including copper content, reducing agents rate (NaBH4 concentration and UV light intensity) and NaOH concentration were investigated on the photocatalytic efficiency of NaOH-modified Cu/TiO2 nanoparticles.
The visible–light-induced photocatalytic activity of anatase-type TiO2 nanoparticles was enhanced by a combined process of copper reduction and surface hydroxyl groups enhancement.
Aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-mediated protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) production is being explored for tumor fluorescence imaging and photodynamic therapy (PDT). As a prodrug, ALA is converted in heme biosynthesis pathway to PpIX with fluorescent and photosensitizing properties. To better understand the role of heme biosynthesis enzymes in ALA-mediated PpIX fluorescence and PDT efficacy, we used lentiviral shRNA to silence the expression of porphobilinogen synthase (PBGS), porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD) and ferrochelatase (FECH) in SkBr3 human breast cancer cells. PBGS and PBGD are the first two cytosolic enzymes involved in PpIX biosynthesis, and FECH is the enzyme responsible for converting PpIX to heme. PpIX fluorescence was examined by flow cytometry and confocal fluorescence microscopy. Cytotoxicity was assessed after ALA-mediated PDT. Silencing PBGS or PBGD significantly reduced ALA-stimulated PpIX fluorescence, whereas silencing FECH elevated basal and ALA-stimulated PpIX fluorescence. However, compared with vector control cells, the ratio of ALA-stimulated fluorescence to basal fluorescence without ALA was significantly reduced in all knockdown cell lines. PBGS or PBGD knockdown cells exhibited significant resistance to ALA-PDT, while increased sensitivity to ALA-PDT was found in FECH knockdown cells. These results demonstrate the importance of PBGS, PBGD and FECH in ALA-mediated PpIX fluorescence and PDT efficacy.
Three heme biosynthesis enzymes porphobilinogen synthase (PBGS), porphobilinogen deaminase (PBGD) and ferrochelatase (FECH) were silenced to evaluate its effects on aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-mediated protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) fluorescence and photodynamic therapy (PDT) in human breast cancer SkBr3 cells. Knockdown of PBGS or PBGD significantly decreased ALA-PpIX fluorescence and rendered resistance to PDT. In contrast, silence of FECH greatly sensitized cells to PDT by increasing ALA-PpIX production.
This article reported UV-B radiation effects on biochemical traits in postharvest flowers of chrysanthemum. The experiment included six levels of UV-B radiation (UV0, 0 μW cm−2; UV50, 50 μW cm−2; UV200, 200 μW cm−2; UV400, 400 μW cm−2; UV600, 600 μW cm−2 and UV800, 800 μW cm−2). Enhanced UV-B radiation significantly increased hydrogen peroxide content (except for UV50), but did not evidently affect malondialdehyde content in flowers. Chlorophyll b and total chlorophyll content were significantly increased by UV600 and UV800. UV400 and UV600 significantly increased anthocyanins, carotenoids and UV-B absorbing compounds content, and the activities of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL) and cinnamic acid-4-hydroxylase (C4H) over the control. 4-coumarate CoA ligase (4CL) activity was significantly decreased by enhanced UV-B radiation (except for UV50). The relationships between UV-B radiation intensities and the activities of secondary metabolism enzymes were best described by a second-order polynomial. The R2 values for UV-B radiation intensities and the activities of PAL, C4H and 4CL were 0.8361, 0.5437 and 0.8025, respectively. The results indicated that enhanced UV-B radiation could promote secondary metabolism processes in postharvest flowers, which might be beneficial for the accumulation of medically active ingredients in medicinal plants. The optimal UV-B radiation intensities in the study were between UV400-UV600.
This article mainly studied enhanced UV-B radiation effects on biochemical traits in postharvest flowers of chrysanthemum. The experiment included six levels of UV-B radiation (UV0, 0 μW cm−2; UV50, 50 μW cm−2; UV200, 200 μW cm−2; UV400, 400 μW cm−2; UV600, 600 μW cm−2 and UV800, 800 μW cm−2). The results indicated that UV-B effects on biochemical traits in postharvest flowers depended on UV-B radiation intensities, and enhanced UV-B radiation could promote secondary metabolism processes in postharvest flowers.
The goal of the research was to study the reactivity of the hydrophobic 2- and 3-pyridineketoximes under exposure to UV-VIS light. The photodegradation was conducted in both toluene and heptane for 10 h under atmosphere of argon. Ten-hour irradiation experiments demonstrated that the pyridineketoximes underwent the facile E-Z photoisomerization, photo-Beckmann rearrangement, and to a lesser extent, the photosubstitution to the pyridine ring. From LC-MS and NMR analysis of the irradiated solutions, it was found that the photosubstitution proceeded to give the corresponding 6-substituted 2- or 3-pyridylketoxime via the replacement of the ring hydrogen by the benzyl or heptyl group. The photo-Beckmann rearrangement led to the formation of the corresponding amides, but also other products formed in the photo-decomposition reaction.
This study presents the photochemical reactivity of the hydrophobic 2- and 3- pyridineketoximes – (Z)-oxime of 1-(2-pyridyl)tridecan-1-one and (E)-oxime of 1-(3-pyridyl)tridecan-1-one – in toluene and heptane as solvent. The data indicated that the both oximes underwent significant E-Z photoisomerization, photo-Beckmann rearrangement and the photosubstitution to the pyridine ring. For example, in aliphatic solvent, the photo-Beckmann rearrangement of (Z)-oxime of 1-(2-pyridyl)tridecan-1-one led to the formation of 2-aminopyridine, eicosan-8-one and N-dodecylpyridine-2-carboxamide. In the case of (E)-oxime of 1-(3-pyridyl)tridecan-1-one, the photodegradation led to formation of N-dodecylpyridine-3-carboxamide, 3-aminopyridine and eicosan-8-one.
An in vitro analysis of the effects of photosynthetically active and ultraviolet radiations was executed to assess the photostability of biologically relevant pigments phycocyanin (PC), phycoerythrin (PE) and allophycocyanin (APC) isolated from Lyngbya sp. A09DM. Ultraviolet (UV) irradiances significantly affected the integrity of PC, PE and APC; however, PAR showed least effect. UV radiation affected the bilin chromophores covalently attached to phycobiliproteins (PBPs). Almost complete elimination of the chromophore bands associated with α- and β-subunit of PE and APC occurred after 4 h of UV-B exposure. After 5 h of UV-B exposure, the content of PC, PE and APC decreased by 51.65%, 96.8% and 96.53%, respectively. Contrary to PAR and UV-A radiation, a severe decrease in fluorescence of all PBPs was observed under UV-B irradiation. The fluorescence activity of extracted PBP was gradually inhibited immediately after 15–30 min of UV-B exposure. In comparison to the PC, the fluorescence properties of PE and APC were severely lost under UV-B radiation. Moreover, the present study indicates that UV-B radiation can damage the structural and functional integrity of phycobiliproteins leading to the loss of their ecological and biological functions.
UV irradiances significantly affected the structural and functional integrity of biologically relevant molecules phycocyanin (PC, λmax: 615 nm), phycoerythrin (PE, λmax: 563 nm) and allophycocyanin (APC, λmax: 652 nm). UV radiation also affected the bilin chromophores covalently attached to phycobiliproteins (PBPs). The spectroscopic as well as sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS PAGE) analyses of the PC, PE and APC of Lyngbya sp. showed a marked decrease in the PBPs content with an increase in UV exposure time. In comparison to the PC, the fluorescence properties of PE and APC were severely lost under UV-B radiation.
The aim of this study was to detect the susceptibility of Ureaplasma urealyticum to methylene blue-mediated photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT). Three U. urealyticum strains including the standard serotype 1 and 5, and a clinically collected strain were used in this study. Strains were first incubated in 96-well culture plates in the presence of methylene blue with decreasing concentrations (from 1 to 0.015625 mg mL−1) for 20 or 60 min, and then submitted to irradiation with a light-emitting diode laser with a power density of 100 mW cm−2 for 8, 17, 34 or 68 min. Regrowth of the strains was performed soon after irradiation. A significant inactivation effect was observed after PACT. Longer incubation time induced more extensive inactivation of U. urealyticum. No difference in response to PACT was observed between the two biovars of U. urealyticum. It was concluded that PACT had a significant inactivation effect on U. urealyticum, and it might be a promising alternative treatment for resistant U. urealyticum infections.
This work investigated the susceptibility of Ureaplasma urealyticum to methylene blue-mediated photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy (PACT). When U. urealyticum strains were incubated with methylene blue for 20 or 60 min, irradiation with 633 nm red light led to a significant inactivation effect on the growth of U. urealyticum. Higher light dose, or longer incubation time with methylene blue induced more extensive inactivation of U. urealyticum. Thus, PACT provides a promising alternative treatment for resistant U. urealyticum infections.
UVA-visible light has been proposed as a risk factor in the photo-aging of the human eye lens, as well as in the etiology of cataract disease. There is accumulating evidence indicating that photosensitizing reactions mediated by endogenous chromophores, which are generated during human eye lens aging, can play an important role in the generation of these processes. These reactions can lead to protein impairment by inducing non-enzymatic post-translational modifications such as protein oxidation and crosslinking. Although numerous chromophores have been characterized as both bound to human eye lens proteins and as unbound low-molecular-mass compounds, their contribution to eye lens photoaging and cataract disease is not completely understood. In this article we discuss the photochemical contribution of UV-filters derived from tryptophan catabolism and advanced glycation end products (AGEs) to human eye lens aging and cataract disease. We also discuss the recently described photosensitizing capacity of chromophores derived from newly discovered glucose and ascorbate degradation as a parallel pathway to their role in AGEs generation.
Human eye lens aging is accompanied with the generation of numerous chromophores, which can be found at higher concentrations in cataractous lenses. In this review we discuss the presence and UVA-visible photosensitizing capacity of the main families of chromophores associated with the etiology and progression of human cataract disease.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) laser, using a high final energy of 4.8 J, during muscle regeneration after cryoinjury. Thirty Wistar rats were divided into three groups: Control (C, n = 10); Injured (I, n = 10) and Injured and laser treated (Injured/LLLT, n = 10). The cryoinjury was induced in the central region of the tibialis anterior muscle (TA). The applications of the laser (904 nm, 50 mW average power) were initiated 24 h after injury, at energy density of 69 J cm−1 for 48 s, for 5 days, to two points of the lesion. Twenty-four hours after the final application, the TA muscle was removed and frozen in liquid nitrogen to assess the general muscle morphology and the gene expression of TNF-α, TGF-β, MyoD, and Myogenin. The Injured/LLLT group presented a higher number of regenerating fibers and fewer degenerating fibers (P < 0.05) without changes in the collagen remodeling. In addition, the Injured/LLLT group presented a significant decrease in the expression of TNF-α and myogenin compared to the injured group (P < 0.05). The results suggest that the GaAs laser, using a high final energy after cryoinjury, promotes muscle recovery without changing the collagen remodeling in the muscle extracellular matrix.
This study investigated the effects of low-level laser therapy (LLLT) at a high final energy (4.8 J) during muscle regeneration after cryoinjury. Gallium Arsenide (GaAs, 904 nm) laser applied for 5 days in two points of the lesion resulted in a significant decrease in the TNF-α and myogenin, without change in the TGF-β gene expression. The Injured/LLLT group presented a higher number of regenerating fibers and fewer degenerating fibers without changes in the collagen remodeling. The results suggest that the GaAs laser at a high final energy (4.8 J) promotes muscle recovery without changing the collagen remodeling.
This article presents the design, construction and characterization of a novel type of light probe for measuring the angular radiance distribution of light fields. The differential acceptance angle (DAA) probe can resolve the directionality of a light field in environments with steep light gradients, such as microbial mats, without the need to remove, reorient, and reinsert the probe, a clear advantage over prior techniques. The probe consists of an inner irradiance sensor inside a concentric, moveable light-absorbing sheath. The radiative intensity in a specific zenith direction can be calculated by comparing the irradiance onto the sensor at different acceptance angles. We used this probe to measure the angular radiance distribution of two sample light fields, and observed good agreement with a conventional radiance probe. The DAA probe will aid researchers in understanding light transfer physics in dense microbial communities and expedite validation of numerical radiative transfer models for these environments.
Measurement of the directional dependence of radiative intensity is essential for understanding light transport in microbial mats, plant leaves, soils and phototrophic biofilms. Previously, measuring the directional intensity in these environments required inserting a field radiance probe with a small acceptance angle into a tissue at multiple angles, which required significant time and labor. This paper presents a novel differential acceptance angle (DAA) light probe, which can measure the directional intensity in light fields from a single location without reorienting the probe. We discuss the construction of the DAA probe and its performance compared to a conventional field radiance probe.
Ultraviolet light B (UVB) exposure induces cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (cSCC), one of the most prevalent human cancers. Reoccurrence of cSCC in high-risk patients is prevented by oral retinoids. But oral retinoid treatment causes significant side effects; and patients develop retinoid resistance. Exactly how retinoids prevent UVB-induced cSCC is currently not well understood. Retinoid resistance blocks mechanistic studies in the leading mouse model of cSCC, the UVB-exposed SKH-1 hairless mouse. To begin to understand the role of retinoids in UVB-induced cSCC we first examined the localization pattern of key retinoid metabolism proteins by immunohistochemistry 48 h after UVB treatment of female SKH-1 mice. We next inhibited retinoic acid (RA) synthesis immediately after UVB exposure. Acute UVB increased RA synthesis, signaling and degradation proteins in the stratum granulosum. Some of these proteins changed their localization; while other proteins just increased in intensity. In contrast, acute UVB reduced the retinoid storage protein lectin:retinol acyltransferase (LRAT) in the epidermis. Inhibiting RA synthesis disrupted the epidermis and impaired differentiation. These data suggest that repair of the epidermis after acute UVB exposure requires endogenous RA synthesis.
Ultraviolet light B (UVB) exposure alters the expression of some retinoid metabolism proteins; but an analysis of the complete system in vivo is lacking. We analyzed the expression of retinoid metabolism proteins by immunohistochemistry 48 h after UVB treatment of SKH-1 mice. Acute UVB localized retinoic acid (RA) synthesis and signaling to the upper stratum granulosum; localized RA degradation to the lower stratum granulosum and stratum spinosum; and reduced retinoid storage. Inhibition of RA synthesis by disulfiram damaged the epidermis (image). These results suggest that endogenously synthesized RA is important in epidermal differentiation and repair following UVB exposure.
This study evaluated the effects of LLLT on the expression of inflammatory cytokines related to the development of oral mucositis by gingival fibroblasts. Primary gingival fibroblasts were seeded on 24-well plates (105 cells/well) for 24 h. Fresh serum-free culture medium (DMEM) was then added, and cells were placed in contact with LPS (Escherichia coli, 1 μg mL−1), followed by LLLT irradiation (LaserTABLE—InGaAsP diode prototype—780 nm, 25 mW) delivering 0, 0.5, 1.5 or 3 J cm−². Cells without contact with LPS were also irradiated with the same energy densities. Gene expression of TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-6 and IL-8 was evaluated by Real-Time PCR, and protein synthesis of these cytokines was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA) assay. Data were statistically analyzed by the Kruskal–Wallis test, complemented by the Mann–Whitney test (P <0.05). LPS treatment increased the gene expression and protein synthesis of TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-8, while the expression of IL-1β was not affected. For LPS-treated groups, LLLT promoted significant decreases in the expression of TNF-α, IL-6, and IL-8 at 1.5 J cm−2 and 3 J cm−2. These results demonstrate that LLLT promoted a beneficial biomodulatory effect on the expression of inflammatory cytokines related to oral mucositis by human gingival fibroblasts.
This study evaluated the effects of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on the expression of inflammatory cytokines involved in the development and severity of oral mucositis. Human gingival fibroblasts treated with LPS (Escherichia coli, 1 μg mL−1) were subjected to LLLT irradiation (LaserTABLE—InGaAsP diode prototype—780 nm, 25 mW) delivering 0, 0.5, 1.5, or 3 J cm−². LLLT promoted significant decreases in the expression of TNF-α, IL-6 and IL-8 at 1.5 J cm−2 and 3 J cm−2. These results demonstrate that LLLT promoted a beneficial biomodulatory effect on the expression of inflammatory cytokines related to oral mucositis by human gingival fibroblasts.
Fluorescence properties of 2,6- and 2,5-diphenylthiazolo[4,5-b]pyrazine (TPy) derivatives having an electron-donating substituent (methoxy and dimethylamino) on the 6- and 5-phenyl groups were studied. It was found that 2,6-diphenyl derivatives fluoresce more efficiently than 2,5-diphenyl derivatives. Furthermore, a 2,6-diphenyl derivative having an additional cyano group on the 2-phenyl ring was an excellent fluorophore showing a wide solvatochromism with great fluorescence yields. Based on the obtained spectroscopic data and mechanistic explanations concerning the substituent effects on the fluorescence properties, useful information on designing new TPy fluorophores is provided.
Fluorescence properties of 2,6- and 2,5-diphenylthiazolo[4,5-b]pyrazines having an electron-donating substituent (methoxy and dimethylamino) on the 6- and 5-phenyl groups were studied. Furthermore, 2,6-diphenyl derivatives having an additional cyano group on the 2-phenyl ring were developed, to give an excellent fluorophore.
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light causes increased matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity and decreased collagen synthesis, leading to skin photoaging. Salvianolic acid B (SAB), a polyphenol, was extracted and purified from salvia miltiorrhiza. We assessed effects of SAB on UVB-induced photoaging and investigated its molecular mechanism of action in UVB-irradiated normal human dermal fibroblasts. Our results show that SAB significantly inhibited the UVB-induced expression of metalloproteinases-1 (MMP-1) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) while promoting the production of type I procollagen and transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1). Moreover, treatment with SAB in the range of 1–100 μg/mL significantly inhibited UVB-induced extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 phosphorylation, which resulted in decreasing UVB-induced phosphorylation of c-Fos and c-Jun. These results indicate that SAB downregulates UV-induced MMP-1 expression by inhibiting Mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways and activator protein-1 (AP-1) activation. Our results suggest a potential use for SAB in skin photoprotection.
UV causes increased matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) activity and decreased collagen synthesis, leading to skin photoaging. We found that salvianolic acid B (SAB) significantly inhibited the UVB-induced expression of metalloproteinases-1 (MMP-1) while promoting the production of transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1). Moreover, SAB strongly inhibited UVB-induced extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), Jun N-terminal kinase (JNK) and p38 phosphorylation, which resulted in decreasing UVB-induced phosphorylation of c-Fos and c-Jun. These results indicate that SAB down-regulates UV-induced MMP-1 expression by inhibiting mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathways and activator protein-1 (AP-1) activation.
Luciferin-regenerating enzyme (LRE) contributes to in vitro recycling of D-luciferin. In this study, reinvestigation of the luciferase-based LRE assay is reported. Here, using quick change site-directed mutagenesis seven T-LRE (Lampyris turkestanicusLRE) mutants were constructed and the most functional mutant of T-LRE (T69R) was selected for this research and the effects of D- and L-cysteine on T69R T-LRE-luciferase-coupled assay are examined. Our results demonstrate that bioluminescent signal of T69R T-LRE-luciferase-coupled assay increases and then reach equilibrium state in the presence of 5 mm D-cysteine. In addition, results reveal that 5 mm D- and L-cysteine in the absence of T69R T-LRE cause a significant increase in bioluminescence intensity of luciferase over a long time as well as decrease in decay rate. Based on activity measurements, far-UV CD analysis, ANS fluorescence and DLS (Dynamic light scattering) results, D-cysteine increases the activity of luciferase due to weak redox potential, antiaggregatory effects, induction of changes in conformational structure and kinetics properties. In conclusion, in spite of previous reports on the effect of LRE on luciferase bioluminescent intensity, the majority of increase in luciferase light output and time-course originate from the direct effects of D-cysteine on structure and activity of firefly luciferase.
The addition of D-cysteine in the absence of T69R T-LRE (closed circle) to luciferase reaction increased the bioluminescent level over time in comparison with a luciferase reaction containing D-cysteine in the presence of T69R T-LRE (closed diamond) and control (solid line). Thus, even in the presence of LRE the majority of this increase occurs from the direct effects of D-cysteine.
Atmospheric and in-water solar radiation, including UVR-B, UVR-A and PAR, as well as chromophoric dissolved organic matter absorption [aCDOM(λ)] in surface waters were monthly measured from November 2007 to December 2008 at a coastal station in the Northwestern Mediterranean Sea (Bay of Marseilles, France). Our results showed that the UVR-B/UVR–A ratio followed the same trend in the atmosphere and at 2 m depth in the water (P < 0.0001) with an increase (eight-fold higher) during summer. The low diffuse attenuation coefficients for downward irradiance [Kd(λ)] of UVR-B, UVR-A and PAR indicated that the waters were highly transparent throughout the year. The relationships between aCDOM(λ) and Kd(λ) in this oligotrophic system suggested that CDOM contributed to UVR attenuation in the UVA domain, but also played a significant role in PAR attenuation. Mean UV doses received in the mixed layer depth were higher by a factor 1.4–33 relative to doses received at fixed depths (5 and 10 m) in summer (stratified period), while the inverse pattern was found in winter (mixing period). This shows the importance of taking into account the vertical mixing in the evaluation of UVR effects on marine organisms.
The wavelengths 305 and 380 nm have been chosen as biologically effective wavelengths for the induction of DNA damages (CPDs) and photorepairs (PERs) respectively. The ratio of the mean doses received within the mixed layer at 305 and 380 nm [Q in % = H(m,305)]/H(m,380) × 100] along with the mixed layer depth (Zm) are presented. Q ratio can be considered as an indicator of changes in the balance between DNA damages (CPDs) and repairs (PERs). Clearly, Q increased with the stratification of the water column.
In this study, the athermal effects of water-filtered infrared A (wIRA)-irradiation (780–1400 nm) on human dermal fibroblasts were investigated. For this purpose, cells were exposed to wIRA-irradiation (178 mW cm−2 for 1 h), while a sophisticated experimental setup prevented warming of the samples exceeding 0.1°C. The investigated parameters were the formation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), mitochondrial membrane potential and superoxide release, protein oxidation, proliferation rate, as well as intracellular Ca2+-release in single cells, most of them quantified via fluorescence microscopy and fluorimetric techniques. The existence of actual athermal wIRA-effects is still intensively discussed, since their detection requires a careful experimental setup and both efficient and powerful temperature regulation of the exposed samples. Here, we can definitively show that some of the supposed athermal wIRA-effects may be rather artifacts, since wIRA did not reveal any impact on the above mentioned parameters—as long as the temperature of the exposed cells was carefully maintained. Though, we were able to identify an athermal DNA-protective wIRA-effect, since the induced DNA damage (quantified via 8-Oxo-G-formation) was significantly decreased after a subsequent UVB-exposure. These results suggest that many of the supposed athermal wIRA-effects can be induced by pure warming of the samples, independent from any wIRA-irradiation.
In this work, we exposed human dermal fibroblasts to water-filtered infrared A (wIRA)-irradiation under isothermal conditions in order to investigate changes in the parameters intracellular free calcium, mitochondrial membrane potential and radical production, DNA and protein oxidation, cell proliferation and protection against UVB.
The rising incidence of skin cancers attributable to excessive sun exposure has become a major health concern worldwide. While numerous studies have analyzed the sun protective effect of sunscreens, clothing and antioxidants, none to date have measured the photoprotective effect of hair, despite clinical evidence that individuals with balding or thinning hair are at greater risk of skin lesions that can progress to cancer, hence the recommendation to use hats or umbrellas. We analyzed the level of protection offered by hair according to hair density, thickness and color using the spectral transmittance and corrected for relative erythema effectiveness. Our results show that hair provides a barrier against both UVB and UVA radiation which is significantly increased with respect to the hair density, thickness and the presence of melanins. This is the first study to quantify sun protection factor offered by hair, namely hair ultraviolet protection factor (HUPF). We believe that hair should be recognized as an important natural sun barrier in the prevention of UV-induced skin cancers.
Hair provides a barrier against both UVB and UVA radiation which is significantly increased with respect to the hair density (A), thickness (B) and the presence of melanins (hair color) (C). This is the first study to quantify sun protection factor offered by hair, namely hair ultraviolet protection factor (HUPF). Hair should be recognized as an important natural sun barrier in the prevention of UV-induced skin cancers.
To determine the chronic skin effects caused by the interaction of infrared and ultraviolet B radiations, male Rattus norvegicus (Wistar) (2 months old) were exposed for 15 days to infrared radiation (600–1500 nm, with a peak at 1000 nm, n = 12) for 30 min (1080 J cm−2) (IRo); to ultraviolet B radiation (peak emission at 313 nm, n = 9) for 90 min (55.08 J cm−2) (UVB); to infrared radiation followed after 90 min by ultraviolet B (n = 6) (IRUVB) and to ultraviolet B followed after 90 min by infrared radiation (n = 9) (UVBIR). Skin samples were collected and histopathological analysis showed the presence of acanthosis, parakeratotic and orthokeratotic hyperkeratosis, intraepidermal pustules, keratin pearls, detachment of epidermis, collagen necrosis, inflammatory infiltrate, vasodilation, basal cell vacuolization and superficial dermis degeneration both in UVB and UVBIR treatments. IRUVB animals showed the same characteristics as above except for parakeratotic hyperkeratosis, keratin pearls and superficial dermis degeneration. To conclude, infrared radiation exposure after ultraviolet B irradiation increases skin damage without protecting the tissue, while infrared radiation exposure before ultraviolet B irradiation showed a protective effect against ultraviolet skin damage.
Chronic IR exposure before UVB irradiation can reduce some of the histopathological alterations caused by UVB while chronic IR exposure after UVB irradiation can enhance most of the histopathological features caused by UVB skin damage.
In the present work, porous 3D CdO-microstructured electrode obtained by pyrolysis of 3D CdCO3 microstructures is self-sensitized with CdSe using an ion exchange reaction. After sensitization, an interfacial treatment of the CdO–CdSe interface is performed by depositing a thin film of PEDOT using a photoinduce polymerization route. The microstructured electrode before and after interfacial treatment is characterized using field-emission scanning microscope, energy dispersive X-ray analyzer, contact angle measurement, UV–Visible absorption spectrophotometer and X-ray photoelectron spectrometer. After constructing a liquid junction solar cell with a Pt counter electrode, the photovoltaic performance and interfacial charge transfer kinetics across the CdO–CdSe interface before and after PEDOT treatment are investigated. The results exhibit an improved interfacial charge-transfer resistance after the PEDOT treatment, which leads to enhance the short-circuit current by 15.81% and the power conversion efficiency by 19.82%.
Interfacial engineering of 3D CdO–CdSe-microstructured film by deposition of PEDOT accelerates the interfacial electron transfer rate, and thereby the interfacial electron collection efficiency is enhanced. Thus, the short-circuit current of the device is enhanced significantly.