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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549143/bile-acids-and-tryptophan-metabolism-are-novel-pathways-involved-in-metabolic-abnormalities-in-bpa-exposed-pregnant-mice-and-male-offspring
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Martha Susiarjo, Frances Xin, Martha Stefaniak, Clementina Mesaros, Rebecca A Simmons, Marisa S Bartolomei
Increasing evidence has demonstrated that exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) impacts maternal and fetal health, but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. We have previously shown that dietary exposure to 10 µg/kg bw/day and 10 mg/kg bw/day bisphenol A (BPA) during pregnancy induced metabolic abnormalities in F1 male offspring and gestational glucose intolerance in F0 pregnant mice. The aim of this study is to elucidate the underlying etiologies of BPA exposure-induced metabolic disease by analyzing male fetal liver metabolome...
May 25, 2017: Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549064/chemomechanical-regulation-of-myosin-ic-cross-bridges-deducing-the-elastic-properties-of-an-ensemble-from-single-molecule-mechanisms
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Florian Berger, A J Hudspeth
Myosin Ic is thought to be the principal constituent of the motor that adjusts mechanical responsiveness during adaptation to prolonged stimuli by hair cells, the sensory receptors of the inner ear. In this context myosin molecules operate neither as filaments, as occurs in muscles, nor as single or few molecules, as characterizes intracellular transport. Instead, myosin Ic molecules occur in a complex cluster in which they may exhibit cooperative properties. To better understand the motor's remarkable function, we introduce a theoretical description of myosin Ic's chemomechanical cycle based on experimental data from recent single-molecule studies...
May 26, 2017: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548952/bisphenol-a-exposure-promotes-htr-8-svneo-cell-migration-and-impairs-mouse-placentation-involving-upregulation-of-integrin-%C3%AE-1-and-mmp-9-and-stimulation-of-mapk-and-pi3k-signaling-pathways
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Xi Lan, Li-Juan Fu, Jun Zhang, Xue-Qing Liu, Hui-Jie Zhang, Xue Zhang, Ming-Fu Ma, Xue-Mei Chen, Jun-Lin He, Lian-Bing Li, Ying-Xiong Wang, Yu-Bin Ding
In this study, we investigated the effect of Bisphenol A (BPA), an endocrine-disrupting chemical, on the migration of human trophoblasts and mouse placentation by using the primary extravillous trophoblast (EVT) and its cell line HTR-8/SVneo, villous explant cultures, and pregnant mice. BPA increased EVT motility and the outgrowth of villous explants in a dose-dependent manner. BPA also increased the protein levels of integrin-β1 and matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 in human EVTs. Low-dose BPA (≤50 mg) increased the protein levels of MMP-9 and MMP-2 as well as integrin-β1 and integrin-α5 in mouse placenta and decreased the proportion of the labyrinth and spongiotrophoblast layers...
May 16, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548950/enolase-1-stimulates-glycolysis-to-promote-chemoresistance-in-gastric-cancer
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Xiaoling Qian, Wenxia Xu, Jinye Xu, Qiqi Shi, Jiaqiu Li, Yu Weng, Zhinong Jiang, Lifeng Feng, Xian Wang, Jianwei Zhou, Hongchuan Jin
Chemotherapy is the major choice for the cancer treatment of early and advanced stages. However, intrinsic or acquired drug resistance significantly restricts the clinical efficacy of chemotherapy. It is critical to develop novel approaches to detect and overcome drug resistance. In this study, we demonstrated that accelerated glycolysis played a pivotal role in both intrinsic and acquired cisplatin-resistance of gastric cancer cells. The metabolic reprogramming of cisplatin-resistant cells was characterized by increased glycolysis dependence...
May 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548907/evaluation-of-thermal-optical-analysis-method-of-elemental-carbon-for-marine-fuel-exhaust
#5
Maija K Lappi, Jyrki P Ristimäki
The awareness of black carbon (BC) as the second largest anthropogenic contributor in global warming and an ice melting enhancer has increased. Due to prospected increase in shipping especially in the Arctic reliability of BC emissions and their invented amounts from ships is gaining more attention. The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) is actively working towards estimation of quantities and effects of BC especially in the Arctic. IMO has launched work towards constituting a definition for BC and agreeing appropriate methods for its determination from shipping emission sources...
May 26, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548844/two-dynamical-regimes-of-the-substrate-radical-rearrangement-reaction-in-b12-dependent-ethanolamine-ammonia-lyase-resolve-contributions-of-native-protein-configurations-and-collective-configurational-fluctuations-to-catalysis
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Meghan Kohne, Chen Zhu, Kurt Warncke
The kinetics of the substrate radical rearrangement reaction step in B12-dependent ethanolamine ammonia-lyase (EAL) from Salmonella typhimurium are measured over a 92 K temperature range. The observed first-order rate constants display a piecewise-continuous Arrhenius dependence, with linear regions over 295→220 K (monoexponential) and 214→203 K (biexponential) that are delineated by a kinetic bifurcation and kinks at 219 and 217 K, respectively. The results are interpreted by using a free energy landscape model and derived microscopic kinetic mechanism...
May 26, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548213/metal-dependent-strengthening-and-weakening-of-m-h-and-m-c-bonds-by-an-oxo-ligand-thermal-gas-phase-activation-of-methane-by-omh-and-mh-m-mo-ti
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Marjan Firouzbakht, Shaodong Zhou, Patricio González-Navarrete, Maria Schlangen, Martin Kaupp, Helmut Schwarz
The thermal gas-phase reactions of methane with [OMoH]+ and [MoH]+ were investigated by using electrospray-ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) complemented by quantum-chemical calculations. In contrast to the inertness of [MoH]+ towards methane, [OMoH]+ activates the C-H bond to form the ionic product [OMo(CH₃)]+ concomitantly with the liberation of H2. The origin of the varying reactivities is traced back to a different influence of the oxo ligand on the Mo-C and Mo-H bonds. While the presence of this ligand weakens both the Ti-H and the Ti-CH₃ bonds, both the Mo-H and Mo-CH₃ bonds are strengthened...
May 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548165/on-the-underestimated-impact-of-the-gelation-temperature-on-macro-and-mesoporosity-in-monolithic-silica
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Rafael Meinusch, Rüdiger Ellinghaus, Kristof Hormann, Ulrich Tallarek, Bernd M Smarsly
The preparation of monolithic SiO2 with bimodal porosity using a special sol-gel procedure ("Nakanishi process") generally shows a pronounced sensitivity towards several physico-chemical parameters of the initial solution (concentrations, precursors, pH, temperature, etc.). Thus, temporal and spatial variations of these parameters during the sol-gel reactions can affect the final meso- and macropore space with respect to the pore size distributions and homogeneity. In this study we thoroughly examine the sol-gel reaction in terms of the impact of temperature accuracy and homogeneity during the gelation and their effect on meso- and macropore space...
May 26, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547912/clinical-characteristics-of-functional-dyspepsia-depending-on-chemosensitivity-to-capsaicin
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J Hammer, M Führer
BACKGROUND: Augmented chemosensitivity to capsaicin has been demonstrated in approximately half of functional dyspepsia (FD) patients. AIM: We determined clinical characteristics of FD patients with and without chemical hypersensitivity at baseline and after capsaicin ingestion for 4 weeks. METHODS: N=49 outpatients with confirmed FD received an oral sensitivity test with 0.75 mg capsaicin at three occasions, before and after ingesting 0...
May 25, 2017: Neurogastroenterology and Motility: the Official Journal of the European Gastrointestinal Motility Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547797/vitamin-d-receptor-agonists-regulate-ocular-developmental-angiogenesis-and-modulate-expression-of-dre-mir-21-and-vegf
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Stephanie L Merrigan, Breandán N Kennedy
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Pathological growth of ocular vasculature networks can underpin visual impairment in neovascular age-related macular degeneration, proliferative diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Our aim was to uncover novel pharmacological regulators of ocular angiogenesis by phenotype-based screening in zebrafish. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: A bioactive chemical library of 465 drugs was screened to identify small molecule inhibitors of ocular hyaloid vasculature (HV) angiogenesis in zebrafish larvae...
May 26, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547568/biofertilizers-and-sustainable-agriculture-exploring-arbuscular-mycorrhizal-fungi
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REVIEW
Nicholas O Igiehon, Olubukola O Babalola
Worldwide agricultural food production has to double in 2050 so as to feed the global increasing population while reducing dependency on conventional chemical fertilizers plus pesticides. To accomplish this objective, there is the need to explore the several mutualistic interactions between plant roots and rhizosphere microbiome. Biofertilization is the process of boosting the abundance of microorganisms such as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) in the natural plant rhizosphere which depicts a beneficial alternative to chemical fertilization practices...
May 25, 2017: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546450/fatty-acid-binding-protein-4-ap2-dependent-blt1r-expression-and-signaling
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Ann V Hertzel, Hongliang Xu, Michael Downey, Nicholas Kvalheim, David A Bernlohr
Previous studies have shown that reduced levels of the adipocyte fatty acid binding protein 4, FABP4 (AFABP/aP2), result in metabolic improvement including potentiated insulin sensitivity and attenuated atherosclerosis. Mechanistically, pharmacologic or genetic inhibition of FABP4 in macrophages upregulates UCP2, attenuates ROS production, polarizes cells towards the anti-inflammatory M2 state and reduces leukotriene secretion. At the protein level, FABP4 stabilizes LTA4 towards chemical hydrolysis thereby potentiating inflammatory LTC4 synthesis...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545130/responses-of-absolute-and-specific-enzyme-activity-to-consecutive-application-of-composted-sewage-sludge-in-a-fluventic-ustochrept
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Xiao Liu, Kangli Guo, Lin Huang, Zhengyu Ji, Huimin Jiang, Hu Li, Jianfeng Zhang
Composted sewage sludge (CS) is considered a rich source of soil nutrients and significantly affects the physical, chemical, and biological characteristics of soil, but its effect on specific enzyme activity in soil is disregarded. The present experiment examined the absolute and specific enzyme activity of the enzymes involved in carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus cycles, the diversity of soil microbial functions, and soil community composition in a Fluventic Ustochrept under a maize-wheat rotation system in North China during 2012-2015...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544466/simultaneous-imaging-of-endogenous-survivin-mrna-and-on-demand-drug-release-in-live-cells-by-using-a-mesoporous-silica-nanoquencher
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Peiyan Yuan, Xin Mao, Kok Chan Chong, Jiaqi Fu, Sijun Pan, Shuizhu Wu, Changmin Yu, Shao Q Yao
The design of multifunctional drug delivery systems capable of simultaneous target detection, imaging, and therapeutics in live mammalian cells is critical for biomedical research. In this study, by using mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) chemically modified with a small-molecule dark quencher, followed by sequential drug encapsulation, MSN capping with a dye-labeled antisense oligonucleotide, and bioorthogonal surface modification with cell-penetrating poly(disulfide)s, the authors have successfully developed the first mesoporous silica nanoquencher (qMSN), characterized by high drug-loading and endocytosis-independent cell uptake, which is able to quantitatively image endogenous survivin mRNA and release the loaded drug in a manner that depends on the survivin expression level in tumor cells...
May 24, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544122/pupal-emergence-pattern-in-cactophilic-drosophila-and-the-effect-of-host-plants
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Eduardo M Soto, Julián Padró, Pablo Milla Carmona, Diego T Tuero, Valeria P Carreira, Ignacio M Soto
Drosophila buzzatii and D. koepferae are sibling cactophilic species. The former breeds primarily on prickly pears (genus Opuntia) whereas the latter breeds on columnar cacti of the genera Cereus and Trichocereus, although with certain degree of niche overlapping. We examined the interspecific differences in diurnal temporal patterns of adult emergence from puparia and evaluated whether this behavior is affected by rearing in the different cactus hosts available in nature. We detected important host-dependent genetic variation for this trait differentially affecting the emergence schedule of these species...
May 23, 2017: Insect Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544114/temporal-control-over-transient-chemical-systems-using-structurally-diverse-chemical-fuels
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Jack Chen, Subhabrata Maiti, Ilaria Fortunati, Camilla Ferrante, Leonard J Prins
The next generation of adaptive, intelligent chemical systems will rely on a continuous supply of energy to maintain the functional state. Such systems will require chemical methodology that provides precise control over the energy dissipation process, and thus, the lifetime of the transiently activated function. Herein we show the use of structurally diverse chemical fuels to control the lifetime of two different systems under dissipative conditions: transient signal generation and the transient formation of self-assembled aggregates...
May 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544035/chemical-exchange-sensitive-mri-of-amide-amine-and-noe-at-9-4%C3%A2-t-versus-15-2%C3%A2-t
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Julius Juhyun Chung, Wonmin Choi, Tao Jin, Jung Hee Lee, Seong-Gi Kim
Chemical exchange (CE)-sensitive MRI benefits greatly from stronger magnetic fields; however, field effects on CE-sensitive imaging have not yet been studied well in vivo. We have compared CE-sensitive Z-spectra and maps obtained at the fields of 9.4 T and 15.2 T in phantoms and rats with off-resonance chemical-exchange-sensitive spin lock (CESL), which is similar to conventional chemical exchange saturation transfer. At higher fields, the background peak at water resonance has less spread and the exchange rate relative to chemical shift decreases, thus CESL intensity is dependent on B0 ...
May 22, 2017: NMR in Biomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543941/evidence-of-structure-sensitivity-in-the-fischer-tropsch-reaction-on-model-cobalt-nanoparticles-by-time-resolved-chemical-transient-kinetics
#18
Walter T Ralston, Gérôme Melaet, Tommy Saephan, Gabor A Somorjai
The Fischer-Tropsch process, or the catalytic hydrogenation of carbon monoxide (CO), produces long chain hydrocarbons and offers an alternative to the use of crude oil for chemical feedstocks. The observed size dependence of cobalt (Co) catalysts for the Fischer-Tropsch reaction was studied with colloidally prepared Co nanoparticles and a chemical transient kinetics reactor capable of measurements under non-steady-state conditions. Co nanoparticles of 4.3 nm and 9.5 nm diameters were synthesized and tested under atmospheric pressure conditions and H2 /CO=2...
May 24, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543848/non-animal-assessment-of-skin-sensitization-hazard-is-an-integrated-testing-strategy-needed-and-if-so-what-should-be-integrated
#19
REVIEW
David W Roberts, Grace Patlewicz
There is an expectation that to meet regulatory requirements, and avoid or minimize animal testing, integrated approaches to testing and assessment will be needed that rely on assays representing key events (KEs) in the skin sensitization adverse outcome pathway. Three non-animal assays have been formally validated and regulatory adopted: the direct peptide reactivity assay (DPRA), the KeratinoSens™ assay and the human cell line activation test (h-CLAT). There have been many efforts to develop integrated approaches to testing and assessment with the "two out of three" approach attracting much attention...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Applied Toxicology: JAT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543725/tutorial-for-the-structure-elucidation-of-small-molecules-by-means-of-the-lsd-software
#20
Jean-Marc Nuzillard, Bertrand Plainchont
Automatic structure elucidation of small molecules by means of the "Logic for Structure Elucidation" software (LSD) is introduced in the context of the automatic exploitation of chemical shift correlation data and with minimal input from chemical shift values. The first step in solving a structural problem by means of LSD is the extraction of pertinent data from the 1D and 2D spectra. This operation requires the labeling of the resonances and of their correlations; its reliability highly depends on the quality of the spectra...
May 24, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry: MRC
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