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Journal Cover   Photochemistry and Photobiology
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   ISSN (Print) 0031-8655 - ISSN (Online) 1751-1097
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  • DNA Ligases I and III Support Nucleotide Excision Repair in DT40 Cells
           with Similar Efficiency
    • Authors: Katja Paul‐Konietzko; Juergen Thomale, Hiroshi Arakawa, George Iliakis
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01T09:51:02.781337-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12487
  • Effects of Light and Salinity Stresses in Production of
    • Authors: Paulo Vale
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-07-01T09:50:37.213538-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12488
  • A family of Potent Ru(II) Photosensitizers with Enhanced DNA
           Intercalation: Bimodal Photokillers
    • Authors: Eleftherios K. Pefkianakis; Theodossis A. Theodossiou, Dimitra K. Toubanaki, Evdokia Karagouni, Polycarpos Falaras, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Georgios C. Vougioukalakis
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-28T06:26:31.164552-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12485
  • Effect of 808 nm Diode Laser on Swimming Behavior, Food Vacuole Formation
           and Endogenous ATP Production of Paramecium primaurelia (Protozoa)
    • Authors: Andrea Amaroli; Silvia Ravera, Steven Parker, Isabella Panfoli, Alberico Benedicenti, Stefano Benedicenti
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-28T06:26:15.650208-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12486
  • Melanopsins: localization and phototransduction in Xenopus laevis
    • Authors: Maria Nathália de Carvalho Magalhães Moraes; Bruno Cesar Ribeiro Ramos, Maristela de Oliveira Poletini, Ana Maria de Lauro Castrucci
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-25T00:53:36.80522-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12484
  • Photodynamic Action Mechanism Mediated by Zinc(II)
           in Candida albicans Cells
    • Authors: M. Albana Di Palma; M. Gabriela Alvarez, Edgardo N. Durantini
      Abstract: 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+. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T14:13:47.419518-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12483
  • Impact of Substituents in Tumor‐Uptake and Fluorescence Imaging
           Ability of Near Infrared Cyanine‐like Dyes
    • Authors: Nayan J. Patel; Ethirajan Manivannan, Penny Joshi, Tymish J. Ohulchanskyy, Roger R. Nani, Martin J. Schnermann, Ravindra K. Pandey
      Abstract: 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. \ This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-24T10:01:15.777259-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12482
  • Identification and Purification of the CPD Photolyase in Vibrio
           parahaemolyticus RIMD2210633
    • Authors: Zehong Su; Gaojian Lian, Kazuaki Mawatari, Ping Tang, Shuya He, Takaaki Shimohata, Yimou Wu, Weidong Yin, Akira Takahashi
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-23T03:05:42.322543-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12481
  • Effectiveness of the Photoactive Dye Methylene Blue versus Caspofungin on
           the Candida parapsilosis Biofilm in vitro and ex vivo
    • Authors: Lucia Černáková; Jaroslava Chupáčová, Katarína Židlíková, Helena Bujdáková
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-20T02:22:56.879934-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12480
  • Reclamation of Water Polluted with Flubendiamide Residues by
           Photocatalytic Treatment with Semiconductor Oxides
    • Authors: José Fenoll; Nuria Vela, Isabel Garrido, Ginés Navarro, Gabriel Pérez‐Lucas, Simón Navarro
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-18T03:25:04.598461-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12479
  • Comment to the paper: “Endogenous Retinoic Acid Required to Maintain
           the Epidermis Following Ultraviolet Light Exposure in SKH‐1 Hairless
           Mice” by Katherine L. Gressel et al., Photochemistry &
           Photobiology DOI: 10.1111/php.12441
    • Authors: Keith Fluegge
      Abstract: The authors of the study [1] 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-15T02:41:32.827759-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12476
  • Enhanced Self‐Cleaning Properties on Polyester Fabric Under
           Visible–Light Through Single Step Synthesis of Cuprous Oxide Doped
           Nano TiO2
    • Authors: Hamdam Gaminian; Majid Montazer
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-15T02:37:16.27906-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12478
  • Response to Mr. Fluegge's comment on our paper: “Endogenous Retinoic
           Acid Required to Maintain the Epidermis Following Ultraviolet Light
           Exposure in SKH‐1 Hairless Mice” by Katherine L. Gressel
           et al., Photochemistry & Photobiology DOI: 10.1111/php.12441
    • Authors: Helen B Everts
      Abstract: 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).. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-15T02:34:08.747895-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12477
  • Measuring the Physiologic Properties of Oral Lesions Receiving
           Fractionated Photodynamic Therapy
    • Authors: Shannon M. Gallagher‐Colombo; Harry Quon, Kelly M. Malloy, Peter H. Ahn, Keith A. Cengel, Charles B. Simone, Ara A. Chalian, Bert W. O'Malley, Gregory S. Weinstein, Timothy C. Zhu, Mary E. Putt, Jarod C. Finlay, Theresa M. Busch
      Abstract: 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 pre‐malignant 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/cm2 delivered at 100 mW/cm2. In order 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 seconds. 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-06-02T10:21:24.889198-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12475
  • Estimating the Diurnal Cycle and Daily Insolation of Ultraviolet and
           Photosynthetically Active Radiation at the Sea Surface
    • Authors: Victor S. Kuwahara; Satoru Taguchi
      Abstract: Accurate determination of the diurnal variability and daily insolation of surface (0+) and sub‐surface (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 modelled 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 photo‐inhibition 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-28T08:04:41.399508-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12474
  • Effects of UV‐C and Vacuum‐UV TiO2 Advanced Oxidation
           Processes on the Acute Mortality of Microalgae
    • Authors: Eric McGivney; Magnus Carlsson, Jon Petter Gustafsson, Elena Gorokhova
      Abstract: 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 nm 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-28T07:55:48.249739-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12473
  • Photophysics and Rotational Dynamics of a Hydrophilic Molecule in a Room
           Temperature Ionic Liquid
    • Authors: Aninda Chatterjee; Banibrata Maity, Sayeed Ashique Ahmed, Debabrata Seth
      Abstract: 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 energy 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 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 EinsteinDebye 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 article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-28T07:52:06.382574-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12472
  • The Synthesis and Photocatalytic Properties of TiO2 Nano‐Tube Array
           by Starch Modified Anodic Oxidation
    • Authors: Fengjun Zhang; Zijian Liu, Wei Lu, Cong Lyu, Chuan Lyu, Xiansheng Wang
      Abstract: 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 photo‐degradation 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 was 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-23T09:26:45.39142-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12471
  • How Does Photoreceptor UVR8 Perceive a UV‐B Signal?
    • Authors: Xiaojing Yang; Sherwin Montano, Zhong Ren
      Abstract: 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 photo‐morphogenesis and photo‐protection. 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 towards full understanding of UV‐B perception at the molecular level. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-21T08:43:57.446734-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12470
  • Doping of Zinc Oxide with Selected First Row Transition Metals for
           Photocatalytic Applications
    • Authors: Darina Schelonka; Jakub Tolasz, Václav Štengl
      Abstract: ZnO doped with Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni and Cu was prepared by homogeneous hydrolysis of sulphates 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-21T07:03:09.87815-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12469
  • Kinetic Model of Photoautotrophic Growth of Chlorella sp Microalga,
           Isolated from the Setúbal Lagoon
    • Authors: Josué Miguel Heinrich; Horacio Antonio Irazoqui
      Abstract: 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. In order 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-21T07:02:09.036876-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12468
  • The Effect of Surface Charge Saturation On Heat‐induced Aggregation
           of Firefly Luciferase
    • Authors: Jamileh Gharanlar; Saman Hosseinkhani, Reza H.Sajedi, Parichehr Yaghmaie
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-20T02:51:28.058383-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12467
  • Green Light to Plant Responses to Pathogens: the Role of Chloroplast
           Light‐Dependent Signaling in Biotic Stress
    • Authors: María Laura Delprato; Adriana R. Krapp, Néstor Carrillo
      Abstract: 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 ROS 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-19T05:34:46.385104-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12466
  • Phototherapeutic Effect of Low‐Level Laser on Thyroid Gland of Gamma
           Irradiated Rats
    • Authors: Nadia Morcos; Manar Omran, Hala Ghanem, Mahmoud Elahdal, Nashwa Kamel, Elbatoul Attia
      Abstract: 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 rat), divided into control, gamma, laser, and gamma plus laser irradiated groups, each group was divided into 6 subgroups according to time of treatment (total 6 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/cm2, 120 sec, 1.4 J, 0.252 J/cm2] 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-14T09:40:10.099993-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12465
  • Origins of the Intermediate Spectral Form in M100 Mutants of Photoactive
           Yellow Protein
    • Authors: Anil Kumar; G. Andrew Woolley
      Abstract: Numerous single site mutants of photoactive yellow protein (PYP) from H. 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-06T09:44:31.508713-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12464
  • Vibronic Structures in Absorption and Fluorescence Spectra of Firefly
           Oxyluciferin in Aqueous Solutions
    • Authors: Miyabi Hiyama; Yoshifumi Noguchi, Hidefumi Akiyama, Kenta Yamada, Nobuaki Koga
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-05-06T09:43:23.105823-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12463
  • Ultraviolet B (UVB) Inhibits Skin Wound Healing by Affecting Focal
           Adhesion Dynamics
    • Authors: Han Liu; Jiping Yue, Qiang Lei, Xuewen Gou, Shao‐Yu Chen, Yu‐Ying He, Xiaoyang Wu
      Abstract: 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 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 (MT) 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-28T07:46:40.747542-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12462
  • Solar Ultraviolet Radiation Exposure of South African Marathon Runners
           During Competition Marathon Runs and Training Sessions: A Feasibility
    • Authors: Victoria Nurse; Caradee Y Wright, Martin Allen, Richard L McKenzie
      Abstract: Marathon runners spend considerable time outdoors 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-27T04:39:33.359396-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12461
  • Hybrid Membrane of Agarose and Lanthanide Coordination Polymer: a
           Selective and Sensitive Fe3+ Sensor
    • Authors: Kai Zheng; Kai‐Li Lou, Cheng‐Hui Zeng, Sha‐Sha Li, Zhi‐Wen Nie, Shengliang Zhong
      Abstract: 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 naked eye in the daylight or by irradiation of a portable UV light at the scene. Mechanism study 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 BO3‐, CO32‐, H2PO4‐, Br‐, Cl‐, ClO4‐, H2PO4‐, I‐, IO3‐ and NO3‐ will not quench the luminescence of the hybrid membrane, which imply that other anions in water would not disturb the detection result. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-19T23:02:10.060319-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12460
  • Minimizing Concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite in Root Canal Irrigation
           by Combination of Ultrasonic Irrigation with Photodynamic Treatment
    • Authors: Yanhuang Wang; Suli Xiao, Dianfu Ma, Xiaojing Huang, Zhiyu Cai
      Abstract: Concentration of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) is positively correlated to its effectiveness in root canal disinfection but negatively correlated to 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-19T22:56:53.517395-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12459
  • An Optimized Firefly Luciferase Bioluminescent Assay for the Analysis of
           Free Fatty Acids
    • Authors: Simone M. Marques; Luís M. Gonçalves, Joaquim C.G. Esteves da Silva
      Abstract: 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 co‐substrate 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-16T07:56:38.018896-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12458
  • Promotion of Pro‐Apoptotic Signals by Lysosomal Photodamage
    • Authors: David Kessel; John J. Reiners
      Abstract: 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, activation of procaspases‐3 and ‐7 and loss of colony formation. These inhibitors did not, however, suppress the pro‐apoptotic effect of a BH3 mimetic or mitochondrial photodamage. Knockdowns of ATG7 or ATG5, proteins normally associated with autophagy, suppressed photokilling induced by the sequential PDT protocol. These effects appear to be independent of the autophagic process since pharmacological inhibition of autophagy offered no such protection. Effects of ATG7 and ATG5 knockdown may reflect the role that ATG7 plays in regulating lysosome permeability, and the likelihood that a proteolytic fragment of ATG5 amplifies mitochondrial pro‐apoptotic processes. Our results suggest that low‐dose photodamage that sequentially targets lysosomes and mitochondria may offer significant advantages over the use of single photosensitizers. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-15T01:52:21.372731-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12456
  • Light‐mediated DNA Repair Prevents UVB‐induced Cell Cycle
           Arrest in Embryos of the Crustacean Macrobrachium olfersi
    • Authors: Eliane Cristina Zeni; Dib Ammar, Mayana Lacerda Leal, Heloisa Schramm da Silva, Silvana Allodi, Yara Maria Rauh Müller, Evelise Maria Nazari
      Abstract: 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 (310−2) 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 48h 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 48h of irradiation. An increase in PCNA expression and decrease in p53 expression were observed after, respectively, 1h and 48h 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-04-13T11:49:30.413911-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12457
  • Effects of Silencing Heme Biosynthesis Enzymes on 5‐Aminolevulinic
           Acid‐mediated Protoporphyrin IX Fluorescence and Photodynamic
    • Authors: Xue Yang; Weihua Li, Pratheeba Palasuberniam, Kenneth A. Myers, Chenguang Wang, Bin Chen
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-21T09:12:33.479197-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12454
  • Photo– and chemical–reduction of copper onto
           anatase–type TiO2 nanoparticles with enhanced surface hydroxyl
           groups as efficient visible–light photocatalysts
    • Authors: Hamed Eskandarloo; Alireza Badiei, Mohammad A. Behnajady, Ghodsi Mohammadi Ziarani
      Abstract: 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 (PhP). 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-21T09:08:37.910285-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12455
  • Effects of enhanced UV‐B radiation on biochemical traits in
           postharvest flowers of medicinal chrysanthemum
    • Authors: Chao Si; Xiao‐Qin Yao, Xue‐Li He, Jian‐Zhou Chu, Chun‐Hui Ma, Xiao‐Fei Shi
      Abstract: The paper 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 radiaiton 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 is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-17T00:27:18.202906-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12450
  • On the Dual Phosphorescence of Xanthone and Chromone in Glassy Hydrocarbon
    • Authors: Dale McMorrow; Michon Irons Wyche, Pi Tai Chou, Michael Kasha
      Abstract: Trace quantities of hydrogen‐bonding impurities in otherwise highly purified and dried glassy hydrocarbon matrices at 77K can modify the relative triplet state energy levels, and hence the photophysical properties of two aromatic ketones, xanthone and chromone, to the extent that the intrinsic spectroscopic properties are obscured. The intrinsic spectroscopic properties of each are revealed in multicrystalline n‐alkane Shpol'skii matrices, and also can be observed in rigorously purified and dried hydrocarbon glasses at 77K. The extreme sensitivity to stoichiometric, and even sub‐stoichiometric quantities of hydrogen‐bonding impurities arises from the near‐degeneracy of the two lowest‐lying triplet states, and the sensitive nature of the n→π* blue shift phenomena to specific hydrogen‐bonding interactions. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T09:26:37.085379-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12451
  • Utilization of PARAFAC‐Modeled Excitation‐Emission Matrix
           (EEM) Fluorescence Spectroscopy to Identify Biogeochemical Processing of
           Dissolved Organic Matter in a Northern Peatland
    • Authors: Malak M. Tfaily; Jane E. Corbett, Rachel Wilson, Jeffrey P. Chanton, Paul H. Glaser, Kaelin M. Cawley, Rudolf Jaffé, William T. Cooper
      Abstract: In this study we contrast the fluorescent properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM) in fens and bogs in a Northern Minnesota peatland using excitation emission matrix fluorescence spectroscopy with parallel factor analysis (EEM‐PARAFAC). EEM‐PARAFAC identified four humic‐like components and one protein‐like component and the dynamics of each were evaluated based on their distribution with depth as well as across sites differing in hydrology and major biological species. The PARAFAC‐EEM experiments were supported by dissolved organic carbon measurements (DOC), optical spectroscopy (UV‐Vis), and compositional characterization by ultrahigh resolution Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectroscopy (FT‐ICR MS). The FT‐ICR MS data indicate that metabolism in peatlands reduces the molecular weights of individual components of DOM, and oxygen‐rich less aromatic molecules are selectively biodegraded. Our data suggest that different hydrologic and biological conditions within the larger peat ecosystem drive molecular changes in DOM, resulting in distinctly different chemical compositions and unique fluorescent fingerprints. PARAFAC modeling of EEM data coupled with ultrahigh resolution FT‐ICR MS has the potential to provide significant molecular‐based information on DOM composition that will support efforts to better understand the composition, sources, and diagenetic status of DOM from different terrestrial and aquatic systems. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T09:20:42.060971-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12448
  • Photodegradation of Hydrophobic Pyridineketoximes in Toluene and Heptane
    • Authors: Karolina Wieszczycka; Joanna Zembrzuska
      Abstract: 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 hours under atmosphere of argon. Ten‐hour irradiation experiments demonstrated that the pyridineketoximes underwent the facile E‐Z photoisomerisation, photo‐Beckmann rearrangement and, in the 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 article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T07:10:33.772255-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12453
  • A Novel Microsensor for Measuring Angular Distribution of Radiative
    • Authors: Thomas E. Murphy; Stuart Pilorz, Leslie Prufert‐Bebout, Brad Bebout
      Abstract: 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, re‐orient, and re‐insert 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T07:04:25.81225-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12452
  • Effects of PAR and UV radiation on the structural and functional integrity
           of phycocyanin, phycoerythrin and allophycocyanin isolated from the marine
           cyanobacterium Lyngbya sp. A09DM
    • Authors: Rajesh P Rastogi; Ravi Raghav Sonani, Datta Madamwar
      Abstract: 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 This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-12T07:02:03.268454-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12449
  • High Final Energy of Low ‐ Level Gallium Arsenide Laser Therapy
           Enhances Skeletal Muscle Recovery without a Positive Effect on Collagen
    • Authors: Carlos Eduardo Assumpção Freitas; Raquel Santilone Bertaglia, Ivan José Vechetti Júnior, Edson Assunção Mareco, Rondinelle Artur Simões Salomão, Tassiana Gutierrez Paula, Gisele Alborghetti Nai, Robson Francisco Carvalho, Francis Lopes Pacagnelli, Maeli Dal‐Pai‐Silva
      Abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of a Gallium Arsenide (GaAs) laser, using a high final energy of 4.8 Joules, 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, 50mW average power) were initiated 24 hours after injury, at energy density of 69 J/cm2 for 48 seconds, for five 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
      PubDate: 2015-03-07T08:51:11.563966-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12446
  • Steady state spectroscopy of the
           2‐(N‐methylacetimidoyl)‐1‐naphthol molecule
    • Authors: Juan Carlos del Valle; Cristina Díaz‐Oliva
      Abstract: The steady‐state spectroscopy of 2‐(N‐methylacetimidoyl)‐1‐naphthol (MAN) reveals composite absorption and emission spectra from 298 to 193 K in hexane. The ground electronic state (So) absorption can be assigned to the sum of three molecular structures: the OH normal tautomer, and two NH proton‐transfer tautomers. The NH‐structures are the most stable ones in equilibrium with the OH tautomer for the So state. On photoexcitation of the OH‐tautomer the excited state intramolecular proton‐transfer is undergone, and the corresponding NH‐emission is monitored at 470 nm. On photoexcitation of the NH‐tautomers the previous emission is monitored in addition to another emission at 600 nm, which is ascribed to intramolecular hydrogen‐bonded (IHB) non‐planar NH‐structures generated from the IHB planar NH‐tautomers. A Jabłoński diagram is introduced which gathers all the experimental evidence as well as the theoretical calculations executed at the DFT‐B3LYP and TD‐DFT levels. The MAN molecule is compared with other analogues such as 1‐hydroxy‐2‐acetonaphthone (HAN), 2‐(1΄‐hydroxy‐2΄‐naphthyl)benzimidazole, and methyl 1‐hydroxy‐2‐naphthoate in order to validate the theoretical calculations. Photoexcitation of MAN generates two emission bands at longer wavelengths than that of the emission band of HAN. The MAN molecule exhibits a great photostability in hydrocarbon solution which depends on the photophysics of the NH‐tautomers (keto forms). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-04T04:32:11.129832-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12444
  • Biomodulation of Inflammatory Cytokines Related to Oral Mucositis by
           Low‐Level Laser Therapy
    • Authors: Fernanda G. Basso; Taisa N. Pansani, Diana G. Soares, Débora L. Scheffel, Vanderlei S. Bagnato, Carlos Alberto de Souza Costa, Josimeri Hebling
      Abstract: 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 hours. Fresh serum‐free culture medium (DMEM) was then added, and cells were placed in contact with LPS (Escherichia coli, 1 μg/mL), followed by LLLT irradiation (LaserTABLE ‐ InGaAsP diode prototype – 780 nm, 25 mW) delivering 0, 0.5, 1.5, or 3 J/cm². 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/cm2 and 3 J/cm2. 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 article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-03-04T04:24:45.566994-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12445
  • Photosensitizing Activity of Endogenous Eye Lens Chromophores: an Attempt
           to Unravel Their Contributions to Photo‐Aging and Cataract Disease
    • Authors: Felipe Ávila; Bertrand Friguet, Eduardo Silva
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-27T10:22:20.256761-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12443
  • Endogenous Retinoic Acid Required to Maintain the Epidermis Following
           Ultraviolet Light Exposure in SKH‐1 Hairless Mice
    • Authors: Katherine L. Gressel; Jason F. Duncan, Tatiana M. Oberyszyn, Krista M. La Perle, Helen B. Everts
      Abstract: 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 hours 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 suggests that repair of the epidermis after acute UVB exposure requires endogenous RA synthesis. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-26T01:32:03.40306-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12441
  • Fluorescence properties of diphenylthiazolo[4,5‐b]pyrazines tuned by
           donor‐acceptor substituent effects
    • Authors: Tatsuki Nakagawa; Minoru Yamaji, Shojiro Maki, Haruki Niwa, Takashi Hirano
      Abstract: 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 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-25T00:48:36.807819-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12440
  • Actual Isothermal Effects of Water‐Filtered Infrared A
    • Authors: Annika Höhn; Petra Hartmann, Veronika Gebhart, Johanna Sonntag, Tilman Grune, Tobias Jung
      Abstract: 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/cm2 for 1h), 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-24T03:42:44.028235-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12439
  • Susceptibility of Ureaplasma urealyticum to methylene blue‐mediated
           photodynamic antimicrobial chemotherapy: an in vitro study
    • Authors: Tinglu Ye; Bancheng Chen, Bo Yu, Qili Zhong, Guoxing Huang, Xiaoping Hu, Wei Zhang
      Abstract: The aim of the present 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 60min, and then submitted to irradiation with a light‐emitting diode laser with a power density of 100mW/cm2 for 8, 17, 34 or 68min. 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 article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-17T08:28:12.130599-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12438
  • Improved spectral coverage and fluorescence quenching in
           donor‐acceptor systems involving Indolo[3‐2‐b]carbazole
           and Boron‐dipyrromethene (BODIPY) or Diketopyrrolo‐pyrrole
    • Authors: Adis Khetubol; Sven Van Snick, Melissa. L. Clark, Eduard Fron, Eduardo Coutiño‐González, Arvid Cloet, Koen Kennes, Yuliar Firdaus, Maarten Vlasselaer, Volker Leen, Wim Dehaen, Mark Auweraer
      Abstract: A novel π‐conjugated triad and a polymer incorporating indolo[3,2‐b]‐carbazole (ICZ) and 4,4‐difluoro‐4‐bora‐3a,4a‐diaza‐s‐indacene (BODIPY) were synthesized via a Sonogashira coupling. Compared to the parent BODIPY the absorption and fluorescence spectrum were for both compounds broader and red‐shifted. The red‐shift of the fluorescence and the decrease of the fluorescence quantum yield and decay time upon increasing solvent polarity were attributed to the formation of a partial charge transfer state. Upon excitation in the ICZ absorption band the ICZ fluorescence was quenched in both compounds mainly due to energy transfer to the BODIPY moiety. In a similar ICZ–π–DPP polymer, (where DPP is diketopyrolopyrrole), a smaller red shift of the absorption and fluorescence spectra compared to the parent DPP was observed. A less efficient quenching of the ICZ fluorescence in the ICZ–π–DPP polymer could be related to the unfavorable orientation of the transition dipoles of ICZ and DPP. The rate constant for energy transfer was for all compounds an order of magnitude smaller than predicted by Förster theory. While in a solid film of the triad a further red‐shift of the absorption maximum of nearly 100 nm was observed, no such shift was observed for the ICZ–π–BODIPY polymer. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-16T01:21:28.179988-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12437
  • Electron Spin Exchange in Linked Phenothiazine–Viologen Charge
           Transfer Complexes Incorporated in “Through–Ring”
           (Rotaxane) α–Cyclodextrins
    • Authors: Hiroaki Yonemura; Malcolm D. E. Forbes
      Abstract: A series of covalently bound phenothiazene (PHZ) donor and methylviologen (V) acceptor compounds with polymethylene chain spacers (C8, C10, C12) were incorporated in a “through–ring” (rotaxane) fashion to α–cyclodextrin (α–CD) hosts such that the alkyl chains were fully extended, with the donor and acceptor on opposite sides of the α–CD cylinder. Photoexcitation of the PHZ unit induces electron transfer from the PHZ first excited triplet state to the V moiety, forming a biradicaloid charge separated state. Time‐resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TREPR) spectroscopy at the X–band and Q–band microwave frequencies was used to investigate the spin exchange interaction, J, in these biradicaloids. Simulation of the spectra using a “static” model for spin–correlated radical pairs allows extraction of the J values, which are negative in sign and have absolute values range from 2 to 1000 Gauss (lower limit). Comparison of the PHZnV (n = 8, 10, 12) spectra to those obtained using phenyl ether spacers indicates that π‐bonds may assist the electronic coupling. The results are discussed in terms of through–bond vs. through–space electronic coupling mechanisms. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-16T01:06:37.821968-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12436
  • Histopathological Analysis of UVB and IR Interaction in Rat Skin
    • Authors: Vinícius C. Gonzalez; Ana C. M. Beheregaray, Bárbara M. Peres, Eliza S. V. Sallis, Antônio S. Varela Junior, Gilma S. Trindade
      Abstract: 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 during 15 days to: infrared radiation (600 ‐ 1500 nm, with peak at 1000 nm, n = 12) for 30 minutes (1,080 J/cm²) (IR); to ultraviolet B radiation (peak emission at 313 nm, n = 9) for 90 minutes (55.08 J/cm²) (UVB); to infrared followed after 90 minutes by ultraviolet B (n = 6) (IRUVB) and to ultraviolet B followed after 90 minutes 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-16T01:01:32.123586-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12435
  • Variability of solar radiation and CDOM in surface coastal waters of the
           Northwestern Mediterranean Sea
    • Authors: Richard Sempéré; Julien Para, Marc Tedetti, Bruno Charrière, Marc Mallet
      Abstract: 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 (8 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-16T00:42:07.432593-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12434
  • Human Hair as a Natural Sun Protection Agent: A Quantitative Study
    • Authors: María Victoria Gálvez; José Aguilera, Jean‐Luc Bernabó, Cristina Sánchez‐Roldán, Enrique Herrera‐Ceballos
      Abstract: 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-16T00:40:01.133958-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12433
  • Electronic and Vibrational Dynamics of Hollow Au Nanocages Embedded in
           Cu2O Shells
    • Authors: Paul Szymanski; Mahmoud A. Mahmoud, Daniel O'Neil, Batyr Garlyyev, Mostafa A. El‐Sayed
      Abstract: We have synthesized hollow Au nanocages embedded within thick porous shells of cuprous oxide (Cu2O). The shell causes a significant redshift of the localized surface plasmon resonance of Au into the near‐IR. Electron–phonon coupling in the Au nanocage is 3–6 times faster in the core–shell structure due to the higher thermal conductivity of Cu2O compared to water. Coherent phonon oscillations within the Au lattice are characterized by a breathing mode of the entire structure for both bare and core–shell nanocages, an assignment made through the use of structural mechanics simulations. The experimental frequencies are obtained through simulations by selectively applying a force to the shell of the core–shell structure. We interpret this as rapid thermal expansion of the gold leading to a mechanical force that acts on the shell. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-14T02:09:05.398691-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12432
  • Interfacial engineering of CdO‐CdSe 3‐D
           micro‐architectures with in situ photopolymerized PEDOT for an
           enhanced photovoltaic performance
    • Authors: Iseul Lim; Dipak V. Shinde, Supriya A. Patil, Do Young Ahn, Wonjoo Lee, Nabeen K. Shrestha, Joong Kee Lee, Sung‐Hwan Han
      Abstract: In the present work, porous 3‐D CdO microstructured electrode obtained by pyrolysis of 3‐D 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 photo‐induce polymerization route. The microstructured electrode before and after interfacial treatment is characterized using filed 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 %. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-09T02:44:31.089599-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12429
  • Luciferin Regenerating Enzyme mediates firefly luciferase activation
           through direct effects of D‐cysteine on luciferase structure and
    • Authors: Roohullah Hemmati; Saman Hosseinkhani, Reza H. Sajedi, Taha Azad, Amin Tashakor, Nuredin Bakhtiari, Farangis Ataei
      Abstract: Luciferin regenerating enzyme (LRE) contributes to in vitro recycling of D‐luciferin. In this paper, reinvestigation of the luciferase‐ based LRE assay is reported. Here, using quick change site‐directed mutagenesis seven T‐LRE (Lampyris turkestanicus LRE) 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, anti‐aggregatory 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-09T02:44:15.11599-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12430
  • Photocatalytic Activity of LaSr2AlO5:Eu Ceramic Powders
    • Authors: C. R. García; J. Oliva, LA Díaz‐Torres
      Abstract: The photocatalytic activity, of undoped and Europium doped LaSr2AlO5 powders, has been investigated by degrading methylene blue dye in water solutions. Those powders were fabricated by a combustion method and an annealing treatment in air. All samples showed a tetragonal single phase according to by X‐ray diffraction measurements (XRD). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) revealed irregular semi‐oval grains with sizes in the range of 3.5‐4.27 μm. Photoluminescence spectrum showed sharp emission peaks at 588 nm and at 617 nm which are associated to 7F1,7F2→ 5D0 Eu3+ ion forbidden transitions respectively, under UV light excitation of 322 nm. The methylene blue (MB) degradation under UV light (254 nm) was studied by monitoring changes in the absorbance peak of MB at 665 nm. Finally, LaSr2AlO5:Eu powders were used three times and the the efficiency for the degradation of MB decreased from 100% to 61% after the third cycle of use. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-02-03T11:03:42.166718-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12428
  • Salvianolic acid B protects normal human dermal fibroblasts against
           ultraviolet B irradiation‐induced photoaging through
           Mitogen‐activated protein kinase and activator protein‐1
    • Authors: Zhengwang Sun; Sang‐Yong Park, Eunson Hwang, Mengyang Zhang, Fengxie Jin, Baochun Zhang, Tae‐Hoo Yi
      Abstract: 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 down‐regulates 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. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-28T00:23:26.530561-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12427
  • Survey of UV Emissions from Sunbeds in the UK
    • Authors: Marina Khazova; John B O'Hagan, Stewart Robertson
      Abstract: Increased use of indoor tanning for cosmetic purposes has led to concerns for its impact on the risk of cutaneous cancers. The effects on UVR on skin depend on radiant dose, i.e. combination of irradiance and exposure duration. While a number of studies surveyed accessible emission from sunbeds, majority didn't include the information on doses received during tanning sessions. Spectral irradiance of 195 sunbeds in 5 areas of the UK was measured in order to assess the radiant doses for comparison with the SED. Erythema weighted irradiance of more than 85% of all tested solaria exceeded 0.3 W m−2, consistent with the findings of other studies. However, evaluation of radiant doses showed no evidence of increasing exposure per session in the UK in the last decade despite of the increasing sunbed emission levels. Use of sunbeds for cosmetic purposes should be discouraged, with effective enforcement of the ban on under‐18 use, strict control on tanning duration and promotion of information on health risks of sunbed use. Such an integrated approach on safe equipment, safe use and information should reduce the risk of detrimental impact of sunbed use on public health. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-28T00:04:12.60787-05:0
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12425
  • Decontamination efficiency of a DBD lamp containing an UV–C emitting
    • Authors: Bruno Caillier; José Maurício Almeida Caiut, Cristina Muja, Julien Demoucron, Robert Mauricot, Jeanette Dexpert‐Ghys, Philippe Guillot
      Abstract: Among different physical and chemical agents, the UV radiation appears to be an important route for inactivation of resistant microorganisms. The present study introduces a new mercury free Dielectric Barrier Discharge (DBD) flat lamp, where the biocide action comes from the UV emission produced by rare earth phosphor obtained by spray pyrolysis, following plasma excitation. In this study, the emission intensity of the prototype lamp is tuned by controlling gas pressure and electrical power, 500 mbar and 15 W, corresponding to optimal conditions. In order to characterize the prototype lamp, the energetic output, temperature increase following lamp ignition and ozone production of the source were measured. The bactericidal experiments carried out showed excellent results for several gram‐positive and gram‐negative bacterial strains, thus demonstrating the high decontamination efficiency of the DBD flat lamp. Finally, the study of the external morphology of the microorganisms after the exposure to the UV emission suggested that other mechanisms than the bacterial DNA damage could be involved in the inactivation process. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-28T00:01:22.631715-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12426
  • Hiporfin Mediated Photodynamic Therapy in Preclinical Treatment of
    • Authors: Mengxiong Sun; Chenghao Zhou, Hui Zeng, Nahum Puebla‐Osorio, Elisabetta Damiani, Jian Chen, Hongsheng Wang, Guodong Li, Fei Yin, Liancheng Shan, Dongqing Zuo, Yuxin Liao, Zhuoying Wang, Longpo Zheng, Yingqi Hua, Zhengdong Cai
      Abstract: This study was carried out to investigate the anti‐tumor effect and mechanism of hiporfin‐mediated photodynamic therapy (hiporfin‐PDT) in osteosarcoma. We found that hiporfin accumulated mainly in the cytoplasm of osteosarcoma cells in a time and concentration dependent manner. Hiporfin‐PDT inhibited the proliferation, induced apoptosis and produced cell cycle arrest at G2M in osteosarcoma cell lines. Hiporfin‐PDT increased the expression of cleaved‐caspase‐3, cleaved PARP‐1, Bax and RIP1 while it decreased the expression of Bcl‐2; in addition, low concentration of hiporfin increased LC3 conversion. Furthermore, cell death caused by hiporfin‐PDT could be rescued by Nec‐1 but not by Z‐VAD‐FMK. Production of reactive oxygen species was increased after hiporfin‐PDT. In vivo studies showed a significant decrease in tumor volume and weight after hiporfin‐PDT in all three tumor mouse models investigated (subcutaneous and orthotopic). Histological analysis showed widespread cell apoptosis and necrosis after treatment. Immunohistochemisty also showed up‐regulation of cleaved‐caspase‐3 and down‐regulation of Bcl‐2 after hiporfin‐PDT. These results indicate that hiporfin‐PDT exhibits a killing effect in osteosarcoma both in vitro and in vivo, which is associated with apoptosis and necroptosis, while autophagy plays a protective role. All these findings shed light on a potential future clinical use for hiporfin in the treatment of osteosarcoma. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-25T06:51:15.133704-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12424
  • NSET optical ruler for measuring a human telomere structure
    • Authors: Rachel E. Armstrong; Ryan A. Riskowski, Geoffrey F. Strouse
      Abstract: Nanometal surface energy transfer (NSET) techniques on gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have become an essential tool in molecular biophysics to identify structural details at long‐range donor‐acceptor distances. The NSET mechanism is well described, but it has been suggested that the use of large AuNPs in NSET may manipulate natural biomolecular function. If, in fact, such non‐specific interactions with the AuNP surface can be quantified or contained, then NSET may offer more potential in tracking biomolecular folding than the most comprehensive methods in conformer determination (X‐ray crystallography, NMR, EPR). Here we describe an NSET ruler capable of tracking Hybrid‐2 telomere quadruplex folding and we demonstrate that nucleic acid appendage to AuNPs up to 10nm in diameter does not manipulate biomolecular function. The quadruplex folding of Hybrid‐2 sequences was tracked by monitoring the emission of a DY680 dye on selected basepairs in the telomere sequence when appended to the surface of AuNPs (5‐10nm). Emission‐derived distances extracted from NSET theory correlate well to reported NMR structures of the antiparallel quadruplex. Moreover, NSET theory calculates identical donor‐acceptor distal points between DY680 and all sizes of AuNPs, indicating that the AuNP tether is not dominant or disruptive towards nucleic acid folding. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-22T08:22:51.660953-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12423
  • Solar Spectral Irradiance and Summary Outputs Using Excel
    • Authors: Brian Diffey
      Abstract: The development of an Excel spreadsheet is described that calculates solar spectral irradiance between 290‐3000 nm on an unshaded, horizontal surface under a cloudless sky at sea level, together with summary outputs such as global UV index, illuminance, and percentage of energy in different wavebands. A deliberate goal of the project was to adopt the principle of Ockham's razor and to develop a model that is as simple as it can be commensurate with delivering results of adequate accuracy. Consequently, just 4 inputs are required ‐ geographical latitude, month, day of month and time of day ‐ resulting in a spreadsheet that is easily usable by anyone with an interest in sunlight and solar power irrespective of their background. The accuracy of the calculated data is sufficient for many applications where knowledge of the ultraviolet, visible and infrared levels in sunlight is of interest. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-21T09:27:01.051289-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12422
  • Formulation of Aluminum Chloride Phthalocyanine in Pluronic™
           P‐123 and F‐127 Block Copolymer Micelles: Photophysical
           properties and Photodynamic Inactivation of Microorganisms
    • Authors: Bruno Henrique Vilsinski; Adriana Passarella Gerola, Junior Adalberto Enumo, Katieli Souza Campanholi, Paulo Cesar de Souza Pereira, Gustavo Braga, Noboru Hioka, Elza Kimura, André Luiz Tessaro, Wilker Caetano
      Abstract: Aluminum Chloride Phthalocyanine (AlPcCl) can be used as a photosensitizer (PS) for Photodynamic Inactivation of Microorganisms (PDI). The AlPcCl showed favorable characteristics for PDI due to high quantum yield of singlet oxygen (ΦΔ) and photostability. Physicochemical properties and photodynamic inactivation of AlPcCl incorporated in polymeric micelles of tri‐block copolymer (P‐123 and F‐127) against microorganisms Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Candida albicans were investigated in this work. Previously, it was observed that the AlPcCl undergoes self‐aggregation in F‐127, while in P‐123 the PS is in a monomeric form suitable for PDI. Due to the self‐aggregation of AlPcCl in F‐127, this formulation did not show any effect on these microorganisms. On the other hand, AlPcCl formulated in P‐123 was effective against S. aureus and C. albicans and the death of microorganisms was dependent on the PS concentration and illumination time. Additionally, it was found that the values ​​of PS concentration and illumination time to eradicate 90% of the initial population of microorganisms (IC90 and D90, respectively) were small for the AlPcCl in P‐123, showing the effectiveness of this formulation for PDI. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-20T05:14:42.495404-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12421
  • One‐Pot Synthesis of Cu2O/ZnO Nanoparticles at present of folic acid
           to improve UV‐Protective Effect of Cotton fabrics
    • Authors: S. Abbas Noorian; Nahid Hemmatinejad, Azadeh Bashari
      Abstract: In this study, the effect of using folic acid on the in situ synthesis process of nanostructures has been investigated. Folic acid, as a bio‐template for synthesis of Cu2O/ZnO, was used to improve the reducing and stabilizing the ability of cotton fabric and avoid agglomeration of the particles. SEM images revealed that using folic acid caused the formation of particles with smaller sizes on the cotton fabric and X‐ray diffraction confirmed the same crystalline pattern of nanoparticles in comparison with the previous synthesis process. The effect of using this bio‐template on different properties of treated fabrics including UV‐protection effect, hydrophilicity, crease recovery angle, softness, thickness and mechanical properties has been evaluated. The folic acid had a great influence on UV‐protection effect, in synthesis procedure, decreasing the droplet absorption time, bending length and improving the wrinkle resistance and mechanical properties. Interestingly, the higher tensile strength of the treated cotton fabrics proved the incorporation of nanoparticles into the cotton fibers. An in situ, green and rapid method can be provided by using folic acid for the synthesis of the nanostructures with controlled size. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-12T05:32:46.994047-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12420
  • Evaluation of Photoprotective Potential and Percutaneous Penetration by
           Photoacoustic Spectroscopy of the Schinus terebinthifolius Raddi Extract
    • Authors: Milena K. Bulla; Luzmarina Hernandes, Mauro L. Baesso, Ana C. Nogueira, Antonio C. Bento, Bruno B. Bortoluzzi, Lara Z. Serra, Diogenes A. G. Cortez
      Abstract: Schinus terebinthifolius is a plant rich in phenolic compounds, have antioxidant properties and can provide new opportunities for treatment and prevention of diseases mediated by ultraviolet radiation like photoaging and skin cancer. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the photoprotective potential and ex vivo percutaneous penetration of the crude extract of Schinus terebinthifolius leaves. The extract was tested for antioxidant activity using the 2,2‐diphenyl‐1‐picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) method and β‐carotene bleaching test. The sun protection factor was also evaluated. The ex vivo skin permeation of the emulsion and gel formulations were assayed. Fractionation of the extract resulted in gallic acid, ethyl gallate and a mixture of flavonoids, suggesting derivatives of quercetin and myricetin. The phenolic content of the extract was 384.64±2.60 mg GAE/g extract. The antioxidant activity was superior to butylated hydroxytoluene, in DPPH method, and ascorbic acid and rutin, in β‐carotene bleaching assay. The extract showed UV absorption with photoprotector potential in the UVB region. The photoacoustic spectroscopy measurements confirmed absorption in the UV region and topical application of the formulations caused no histological changes in the rats skin. These results suggest that the crude extract of Schinus terebinthifolius leaves may be a promising natural sunscreen product. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-12T03:43:19.658377-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12419
  • Light Treatment Improves Sleep Quality and Negative Affectiveness in High
           Arctic Residents During Winter
    • Authors: Michel A. Paul; Ryan J. Love, Andrea Hawton, Kaighley Brett, Donald R. McCreary, Josephine Arendt
      Abstract: The seasonal extremes of photoperiod in the high Arctic place particular strain on the human circadian system, which leads to trouble sleeping and increased feelings of negative affect in the winter months. To qualify for our study, potential participants had to have been at Canadian Forces Station (CFS) Alert (82° 30’ 00” N) for at least two weeks. Subjects filled out questionnaires regarding sleep difficulty, psychological well‐being and mood, and wore Actigraphs to obtain objective sleep data. Saliva was collected at regular intervals on two occasions, two weeks apart, to measure melatonin and assess melatonin onset. Individuals with a melatonin rhythm that was in disaccord with their sleep schedule were given individualized daily light treatment interventions based on their pre‐treatment salivary melatonin profile. The light treatment prescribed to seven of the twelve subjects was effective at improving sleep quality both subjectively, based on questionnaire results, and objectively, based on the actigraphic data. The treatment also caused a significant reduction of negative affect among the participants. Since the treatment is non‐invasive and has minimal associated side‐effects, our results support the use of the light visors at CFS Alert and other northern outposts during the winter for individuals that are experiencing sleep difficulty or low mood. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
      PubDate: 2015-01-09T11:19:55.780233-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12418
  • Kasha – Memories
    • Authors: Jack Saltiel
      Pages: 574 - 575
      Abstract: Michael Kasha (1921–2013) inspiring scientist and teacher, in recognition of his enormous scientific contributions and his influence in stimulating research in photophysics and photochemistry.
      PubDate: 2015-04-27T04:40:33.284881-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12442
  • Vitamin D and Skin Cancer
    • Authors: Erin M. Burns; Craig A. Elmets, Nabiha Yusuf
      Pages: 766 - 766
      PubDate: 2015-04-27T04:40:35.458317-05:
      DOI: 10.1111/php.12447
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