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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214984/dl-3-n-butylphthalide-nbp-provides-neuroprotection-in-the-mice-models-after-traumatic-brain-injury-via-nrf2-are-signaling-pathway
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Zhengwei Liu, Handong Wang, Xiaofeng Shi, Liwen Li, Mengliang Zhou, Hui Ding, Youqing Yang, Xiang Li, Ke Ding
The present study was aimed to evaluate the neuroprotective effects of NBP in the mice models of TBI, as well as the possible role of Nrf2-ARE pathways in the assumptive neuroprotection. In mice,a modified Marmarou's weight-drop model was employed to induce TBI. ICR mice were randomly assigned to four experimental groups: sham, TBI, TBI+vehicle(V) and TBI+NBP. NBP (100 mg/kg) was administered via an intraperitoneal (i.p.) injection at 1 h following TBI. The administration of NBP significantly ameliorated the effects of the brain injury, including neurological deficits, brain water content, and cortical neuronal apoptosis...
February 18, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214919/grapevine-acclimation-to-water-deficit-the-adjustment-of-stomatal-and-hydraulic-conductance-differs-from-petiole-embolism-vulnerability
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Uri Hochberg, Andrea Giulia Bonel, Rakefet David-Schwartz, Asfaw Degu, Aaron Fait, Hervé Cochard, Enrico Peterlunger, Jose Carlos Herrera
Drought-acclimated vines maintained higher gas exchange compared to irrigated controls under water deficit; this effect is associated with modified leaf turgor but not with improved petiole vulnerability to cavitation. A key feature for the prosperity of plants under changing environments is the plasticity of their hydraulic system. In the present research we studied the hydraulic regulation in grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) that were first acclimated for 39 days to well-watered (WW), sustained water deficit (SD), or transient-cycles of dehydration-rehydration-water deficit (TD) conditions, and then subjected to varying degrees of drought...
February 18, 2017: Planta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214907/a-pilot-study-of-bacterial-regrowth-in-water-pipelines
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Laura Mancini, Stefania Marcheggiani, Cinzia Grasso, Cristina Romanelli, Antonio Mistretta, Marina Marranzano
Bacterial regrowth in water distribution systems results in deterioration of bacteriological quality of drinking water, as well as accelerated corrosion of the pipelines. The aim of the present study was to analyze the phenomena of colonization and bacterial regrowth in source water and in the water distribution systems of three distribution networks in the province of Catania (Sicily, Italy). The BART™ (Biological Activity Reaction Test) method was used, which is also capable of determining the potential aggressiveness of microbial species in water...
November 2016: Igiene e Sanità Pubblica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214828/role-for-target-of-rapamycin-mtor-signal-pathway-in-regulating-neuronal-injury-after-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jie-Ping Wang, Meng-Yu Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a serine/threonine protein kinase and activation of its signal pathway plays an important role in regulating protein growth and synthesis as well as cell proliferation and survival. In the present study, we examined the contribution of mTOR signal and its downstream products to brain injuries induced by intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) in rats. METHODS: Western Blot analysis was employed to examine the protein expression of mTOR and its downstream pathway and Caspase-3...
January 18, 2017: Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214713/comparative-analysis-of-metagenomes-of-italian-top-soil-improvers
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Federica Gigliucci, Gianfranco Brambilla, Rosangela Tozzoli, Valeria Michelacci, Stefano Morabito
Biosolids originating from Municipal Waste Water Treatment Plants are proposed as top soil improvers (TSI) for their beneficial input of organic carbon on agriculture lands. Their use to amend soil is controversial, as it may lead to the presence of emerging hazards of anthropogenic or animal origin in the environment devoted to food production. In this study, we used a shotgun metagenomics sequencing as a tool to perform a characterization of the hazards related with the TSIs. The samples showed the presence of many virulence genes associated to different diarrheagenic E...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214685/role-of-laxative-and-antioxidant-properties-of-malva-sylvestris-leaves-in-constipation-treatment
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Mohamed-Amine Jabri, Dalanda Wannes, Najla Hajji, Mohsen Sakly, Lamjed Marzouki, Hichem Sebai
INTRODUCTION: Mallaw (Malva sylvestris L.) is a medicinal plant who is traditionally being used as an antiulcer, laxative and anti-hemorrhoid, besides of its culinary use as a food in Tunisian cuisine. The present study was carried out to evaluate the protective effect of Malva sylvestris aqueous extract (MSAE) on constipation- induced by loperamide in male Wistar rats. METHODS: Rats were divided into six groups of six animals each: Control, Loperamide (LOP), LOP+ yohimbine (2mg/kg b...
February 16, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214583/remediation-of-fluoride-from-drinking-water-using-magnetic-iron-oxide-coated-hydrotalcite-chitosan-composite
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Kalimuthu Pandi, Soodamani Periyasamy, Natrayasamy Viswanathan
The present study was performed to examine the probability of magnetic iron oxide fabricated hydrotalcite/chitosan (Fe3O4@HTCS) composite for the removal of excess fluoride content from drinking water. The developed Fe3O4@HTCS composite not only demonstrate the good separation ability but also display an extreme enhanced defluoridation capacity (DC) when compared to other base components and composite. The DCs of Fe3O4@HTCS composite, Fe3O4@HT composite, Fe3O4, HT and CS was found to be 5032, 3041, 1050, 1030 and 52 mgF(-)/kg respectively...
February 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214519/detection-and-quantification-of-soil-transmitted-helminths-in-environmental-samples-a-review-of-current-state-of-the-art-and-future-perspectives
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Isaac Dennis Amoah, Gulshan Singh, Thor Axel Stenström, Poovendhree Reddy
It is estimated that over a billion people are infected with soil-transmitted helminths (STHs) globally with majority occurring in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. The roundworm (Ascaris lumbricoides), whipworm (Trichuris trichiura), and hookworms (Anclostoma duodenale and Necator americanus) are the main species infecting people. These infections are mostly gained through exposure to faecally contaminated water, soil or contaminated food and with an increase in the risk of infections due to wastewater and sludge reuse in agriculture...
February 15, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214179/mixture-toxicity-of-flubendazole-and-fenbendazole-to-daphnia-magna
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Alan Puckowski, Stefan Stolte, Marta Wagil, Marta Markiewicz, Paulina Łukaszewicz, Piotr Stepnowski, Anna Białk-Bielińska
Nowadays, residual amounts of many pharmaceuticals can be found in various environmental compartments including surface and ground waters, soils and sediments as well as biota. Even though they undergo degradability, their environmental discharge is relatively continuous, thus they may be regarded as quasi-persistent contaminants, and are also frequently regarded as emerging organic pollutants. Benzimidazoles, especially flubendazole (FLU) and fenbendazole (FEN), represent two anthelmintic drugs belonging to this group...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214118/optimizing-peri-urban-ecosystems-pure-to-re-couple-urban-rural-symbiosis
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REVIEW
Yong-Guan Zhu, Brian J Reid, Andrew A Meharg, Steve A Banwart, Bo-Jie Fu
Globally, rapid urbanization, along with economic development, is dramatically changing the balance of biogeochemical cycles, impacting upon ecosystem services and impinging on United Nation global sustainability goals (inter alia: sustainable cities and communities; responsible consumption and production; good health and well-being; clean water and sanitation, and; to protect and conserve life on land and below water). A key feature of the urban ecosystems is that nutrient stocks, carbon (C), nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P), are being enriched...
February 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213930/antibiotic-administration-alleviates-the-aggravating-effect-of-orthodontic-force-on-ligature-induced-experimental-periodontitis-bone-loss-in-mice
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J Shi, Z Liu, T Kawai, Y Zhou, X Han
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: It is recognized that orthodontic force (OF) has an aggravating effect on the progression of destructive periodontitis if periodontitis have not been well controlled. However, the underlying mechanism is not completely clear. This study was to investigate the effect of antibiotic administration on OF-aggravated, ligature-induced experimental periodontitis in mice. MATERIAL AND METHODS: C57BL/6 mice (male, 8 wk old) were divided into three groups (n = 8)...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Periodontal Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213899/human-influence-and-biotic-homogenization-drive-the-distribution-of-escherichia-coli-virulence-genes-in-natural-habitats
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Adriana Cabal, Joaquin Vicente, Julio Alvarez, Jose Angel Barasona, Mariana Boadella, Lucas Dominguez, Christian Gortazar
Cattle are the main reservoirs for Shiga-toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC), the only known zoonotic intestinal E. coli pathotype. However, there are other intestinal pathotypes that can cause disease in humans, whose presence has been seldom investigated. Thus, our aim was to identify the effects of anthropic pressure and of wild and domestic ungulate abundance on the distribution and diversity of the main human E. coli pathotypes and nine of their representative virulence genes (VGs). We used a quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) for the direct detection and quantification of the genus-specific gene uidA, nine E...
February 18, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213845/topical-formulation-containing-beeswax-based-nanoparticles-improved-in-vivo-skin-barrier-function
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Carla Souza, Luis Alexandre Pedro de Freitas, Patrícia Maria Berardo Gonçalves Maia Campos
Lipid nanoparticles have shown many advantages for treatment/prevention of skin disorders with damaged skin barrier function. Beeswax is a favorable candidate for the development of nanosystems in the cosmetic and dermatological fields because of its advantages for the development of products for topical application. In the present study, beeswax-based nanoparticles (BNs) were prepared using the hot melt microemulsion technique and incorporated to a gel-cream formulation. The formulation was subsequently evaluated for its rheological stability and effect on stratum corneum water content (SCWC) and transepidermal water loss (TEWL) using in vivo biophysical techniques...
February 17, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213709/high-efficiency-removal-of-triclosan-by-structure-directing-agent-modified-mesoporous-mil-53-al
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Rongni Dou, Junya Zhang, Yuancai Chen, Siyuan Feng
In order to expand the potential applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), structure directing agents modified mesoporous MIL-53(Al) (MIL-53(Al)-1) was investigated to adsorb triclosan (TCS) with two different initial concentrations. MIL-53(Al)-1 with high mesoporosity and total pore volume exhibited higher adsorption capacity and 4.4 times faster adsorption of TCS at low concentration (1 mg L(-1)) than that of microporous MIL-53(Al). Also, mesoporous as well as microporous MIL-53(Al) showed significant higher adsorption capacity and two orders of magnitude greater fast uptake of TCS than two kinds of mesoporous-activated carbon...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213327/visualizing-bpa-by-molecularly-imprinted-ratiometric-fluorescence-sensor-based-on-dual-emission-nanoparticles
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Hongzhi Lu, Shoufang Xu
Construction of ratiometric fluorescent probe often involved in tedious multistep preparation or complicated coupling or chemical modification process. The emergence of dual emission fluorescent nanoparticles would simplify the construction process and avoids the tedious chemical coupling. Herein, we reported a facile strategy to prepare ratiometric fluorescence molecularly imprinted sensor based on dual emission nanoparticles (d-NPs) which comprised of carbon dots and gold nanoclusters for detection of Bisphenol A (BPA)...
February 11, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213321/effects-of-selenium-lead-interaction-on-the-gene-expression-of-inflammatory-factors-and-selenoproteins-in-chicken-neutrophils
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Xiaojing Li, Mengyuan Xing, Menghao Chen, Jinxin Zhao, Ruifeng Fan, Xia Zhao, Changyu Cao, Jie Yang, Ziwei Zhang, Shiwen Xu
Lead (Pb) is one of the most highly toxic metal pollutant that can cause damage to the immune system. It is known that selenium (Se) can antagonize heavy metals. To explore the toxic effects of Pb poisoning on bird immune cells, as well as the alleviating effects of Se on Pb, Se supplement and/or Pb poisoning chicken models were established. One hundred and eighty Hyline 7-day-old male chickens received either Se (1mg Se per kg of diet), Pb (350mg Pb per liter water) or Se+Pb in their diet and water for 90 days...
February 14, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213294/a-low-cost-simplified-and-scaleable-pneumotachograph-and-face-mask-for-neonatal-mouse-respiratory-measurements
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Jenny J Sun, Roshan Nanu, Russell S Ray
INTRODUCTION: Neonatal respiratory disorders are a leading cause of perinatal mortality due to complications resulting from premature births and prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, but optimal treatments for these symptoms are still unclear due to a variety of confounds and risk factors. Mouse models present an opportunity to study the underlying mechanisms and efficacy of potential treatments of these conditions with controlled variables. However, measuring respiration in newborn mice is difficult and commercial components are expensive and often require modification, creating a barrier and limiting our understanding of the short and long-term effects of birth complications on respiratory function...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213258/p-aminothiophenol-coated-cdse-zns-quantum-dots-as-a-turn-on-fluorescent-probe-for-ph-detection-in-aqueous-media
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Dong Li, Hu Xu, Dan Li, Yuhong Wang
Since controlling hydrogen ion concentration (i.e. pH) is fairly important in various fields, developing a facile pH detection method is highly desired. Owing to the superior optical properties, semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) have been developed as a promising alternative for organic fluorophores in fluorescence analysis. In this study, a hydrophilic p-aminothiophenol (pATP) capped CdSe/ZnS QDs (denoted as pATP-QDs) as a selective "turn-on" fluorescence probe for pH in aqueous media is reported. The pATP-QDs probe easily obtained via ligand exchange are characterized by various analytic techniques including ultraviolet-visible, fourier transform infrared, fluorescence, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies, and transmission electron microscope etc...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213223/electrochemical-determination-of-arsenic-in-natural-waters-using-carbon-fiber-ultra-microelectrodes-modified-with-gold-nanoparticles
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Patricio Carrera, Patricio J Espinoza-Montero, Lenys Fernández, Hugo Romero, José Alvarado
We have developed an anodic stripping voltammetry method that employs carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles to determine arsenic in natural waters. Gold nanoparticles were potentiostatically deposited on carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes at -0.90V (vs SCE) for a time of 15s, to form the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes modified with gold nanoparticles. Cyclic voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy coupled to an X-ray microanalysis system were used to check and confirm the presence of gold nanoparticles on the carbon fiber ultra-microelectrodes...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213219/a-water-soluble-and-highly-phosphorescent-cyclometallated-iridium-complex-with-versatile-sensing-capability
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Zhen Yang, Yuan Zhao, Chan Wang, Qijun Song, Qingfeng Pang
A water-soluble and highly phosphorescent cyclometallated iridium complex [(pq)2Ir(bpy-COOK)](+)Cl(-) (where pq=2-phenylquinoline, bpy-COOK= potassium 2,2'-bipyridine-4,4'-dicarboxylate) (Ir) has been synthesized and characterized. Its phosphorescence can be sensitively and selectively quenched by tryptophan through a photoinduced electron-transfer (PET) process. Furthermore, the phosphorescence of Ir is drastically increased upon binding with bovine serum albumin (BSA), and the enhanced signal is effectively quenched in the presence of Cu(2+)...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
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