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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549286/long-term-heavy-metal-removal-by-a-constructed-wetland-treating-rainfall-runoff-from-a-motorway
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Laurence W Gill, Pamela Ring, Brian Casey, Neil M P Higgins, Paul M Johnston
The accumulation of heavy metals (Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, Zn) in the sediment and plants growing in a constructed wetland used to treat highway runoff in Ireland has been quantified after 6 and 9year periods of operation. The spatial distribution of the metals' deposition showed strong evidence of flow channelling through the wetland with a strong correlation between the spatial accumulation, particularly for Cr, Cu, Pb and Zn with most of these metals deposited towards the front of the wetland in the sediment...
May 23, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548847/simulating-the-electronic-circular-dichroism-spectra-of-photo-reversible-peptide-conformations
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Hugo Gattuso, Cristina García-Iriepa, Diego Sampedro, Antonio Monari, Marco Marazzi
Electronic circular dichroism (CD) spectroscopy of peptides is one of the most important experimental char-acterization tools to get insights regarding their structure. Nevertheless, even though highly useful, the reliable simulations of CD spectra result in a complex task. Here, we propose a combination of quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) methods with a semi-empirical Hamiltonian based on the Frankel excitons theory to efficiently describe the behavior of a 27-amino acid α-helical peptide in water...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548683/secondary-rim-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-functionalization-to-conjugate-with-c60-improved-efficacy-as-photosensitizer
#3
Xiaolei Zhu, Annamaria Quaranta, René Bensasson, Matthieu Sollogoub, Yongmin Zhang
DIBAL-H-mediated demethylation provides a novel entry to secondary rim functionalized γ-CD. 2A,3B-dihydroxyl-per-O-methylated-γ-cyclodextrin has been obtained, whose conjugation with C60 allows the access to the most water-soluble C60 conjugate described so far. The water-solubility 0.12 M (550 mg/mL) is 150 times higher than that of native γ-CD/ C60 complex. Its singlet oxygen (¹O₂) quantum yield is 0.39, an increase by one or two orders of magnitude compared to that of α(β)CD-C60 conjugates.
May 26, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548600/a-multi-spectroscopic-and-molecular-docking-approach-to-investigate-the-interaction-of-antiviral-drug-oseltamivir-with-ct-dna
#4
Neda Hosseinpour Moghadam, Sadegh Salehzadeh, Nahid Shahabadi, Reza Golbedaghi
The possible interaction between the antiviral drug oseltamivir and calf thymus DNA at physiological pH was studied by spectrophotometry, competitive spectrofluorimetry, differential pulse voltammogram (DPV), circular dichroism spectroscopy (CD), viscosity measurements, salt effect, and computational studies. Intercalation of oseltamivir between the base pairs of DNA was shown by a sharp increase in specific viscosity of DNA and a decrease of the peak current and a positive shift in differential pulse voltammogram...
May 26, 2017: Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548590/prenatal-exposure-to-neurotoxic-metals-is-associated-with-increased-placental-glucocorticoid-receptor-dna-methylation
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Allison A Appleton, Brian P Jackson, Margaret Karagas, Carmen J Marsit
Epigenetic alterations related to prenatal neurotoxic metals exposure may be key in understanding the origins of cognitive and neurobehavioral problems in children. Placental glucocorticoid receptor (NR3C1) methylation has been linked to neurobehavioral risk in early life, but has not been examined in response to neurotoxic metals exposure despite parallel lines of research showing metals exposure and NR3C1 methylation each contribute to a similar set of neurobehavioral phenotypes. Thus, we conducted a study of prenatal neurotoxic metals exposure and placental NR3C1 methylation in a cohort of healthy term singleton pregnancies from Rhode Island, USA (n = 222)...
May 26, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548170/efficient-quantum-dot-light-emitting-diodes-with-a-zn0-85mg0-15o-interfacial-modification-layer
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Yizhe Sun, Yibin Jiang, Huiren Peng, Jiangliu Wei, Shengdong Zhang, Shuming Chen
Efficient inverted quantum-dot (QD) light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are demonstrated by using 15% Mg doped ZnO (Zn0.85Mg0.15O) as an interfacial modification layer. By doping Mg into ZnO, the conduction band level, the density of oxygen vacancies and the conductivity of the ZnO can be tuned. To suppress excess electron injection, a 13 nm Zn0.85Mg0.15O interlayer with a relatively higher conduction band edge and lower conductivity is inserted between the ZnO electron transport layer and QD light-emitting layer, which improves the balance of charge injection and blocks the non-radiative pathway...
May 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547884/lack-of-transgene-and-glyphosate-effects-on-yield-and-mineral-and-amino-acid-content-of-glyphosate-resistant-soybean
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Stephen O Duke, Agnes M Rimando, Krishna N Reddy, James V Cizdziel, Nacer Bellaloui, David R Shaw, Martin M Williams, Jude E Maul
BACKGROUND: There has been controversy as to whether the glyphosate resistance gene and/or glyphosate applied to glyphosate-resistant (GR) soybean affect the content of cationic minerals (especially Mg, Mn, and Fe), yield and amino acid content of GR soybean. A two-year field study (2013 and 2014) examined these questions at sites in Mississippi, USA. RESULTS: There were no effects of glyphosate, the GR transgene, or field crop history (for a field with both no history of glyphosate use versus one with a long history of glyphosate use) on grain yield...
May 25, 2017: Pest Management Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547856/prognostic-impact-of-the-cumulative-dose-and-dose-intensity-of-everolimus-in-patients-with-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors
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Rossana Berardi, Mariangela Torniai, Sara Pusceddu, Francesca Spada, Toni Ibrahim, Maria Pia Brizzi, Lorenzo Antonuzzo, Piero Ferolla, Francesco Panzuto, Nicola Silvestris, Stefano Partelli, Benedetta Ferretti, Federica Freddari, Calogero Gucciardino, Enrica Testa, Laura Concas, Sabina Murgioni, Alberto Bongiovanni, Clizia Zichi, Nada Riva, Maria Rinzivillo, Oronzo Brunetti, Lucio Giustini, Francesco Di Costanzo, Gianfranco Delle Fave, Nicola Fazio, Filippo De Braud, Massimo Falconi, Stefano Cascinu
The aim of this work is to assess if cumulative dose (CD) and dose intensity (DI) of everolimus may affect survival of advanced pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (PNETs) patients. One hundred and sixteen patients (62 males and 54 females, median age 55 years) with advanced PNETs were treated with everolimus for ≥3 months. According to a Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) analysis, patients were stratified into two groups, with CD ≤ 3000 mg (Group A; n = 68) and CD > 3000 mg (Group B; n = 48)...
May 25, 2017: Cancer Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547835/application-of-omentum-as-an-in-vivo-bioreactor-for-regeneration-of-decellularized-human-internal-mammary-artery
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Reza Khorramirouz, Maryam Kameli, Sahar Eftekharzadeh, Abdol-Mohammad Kajbafzadeh
This study investigates the extent of cell seeding as well as lumen patency in acellular Internal mammary artery (IMA) scaffolds that have been re-cellularized by omentum as a natural bioreactor. Sixteen Virgin female Wistar rats were selected for implantation of acellular scaffold in omentum. Following laparotomy omentum was retracted to the outside of the abdomen and the more vascularized portion of it was selected for the experiment. The scaffold was wrapped by omentum and placed between two layers of rectus muscles that have been previously dissected...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547648/clinical-and-phenotypic-differences-in-inflammatory-bowel-disease-among-arab-and-jewish-children-in-israel
#10
Firas Rinawi, Amit Assa, Husam Bashir, Sarit Peleg, Raanan Shamir
BACKGROUND: Data on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) phenotypes among the Arab population in Israel or in the neighboring Arab countries is scarce. AIM: We aimed to assess differences in disease phenotype among Arab and Jewish children living in Israel. METHODS: We performed a retrospective chart review of pediatric IBD cases, which were diagnosed at the Schneider Children's Medical Center and Ha'Emek Medical Center in Israel between 2000 and 2014...
May 25, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547646/risk-factors-for-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-impact-of-repletion-in-a-tertiary-care-inflammatory-bowel-disease-population
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Samantha Zullow, Guruprasad Jambaulikar, Ankur Rustgi, Sandra Quezada, Raymond K Cross
INTRODUCTION: Many patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are vitamin D deficient. The purpose of our study was to identify risk factors for vitamin D deficiency in IBD and to assess the impact of vitamin D repletion on disease activity and quality of life (QOL). METHODS: Patients with at least one 25-OH vitamin D level measured between 2004 and 2011 were included. Patients with a level <30 ng/ml at baseline were followed until the time of repletion...
May 25, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547377/the-excessive-enrichment-of-trace-elements-in-migratory-and-breeding-red-crowned-cranes-grus-japonensis-in-china
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Luo Jinming, Wang Yongjie, Gao Zhongyan, Wang Wenfeng
The excessive enrichment of trace elements, such as Pb and Cd, from food may contribute to the decline of migratory red-crowned cranes (Grus japonensis) in China. To test this prediction, we determined the concentrations of Pb and Cd, as well as further macro and trace elements (Ca, Mg, Cu, Zn) in the target species and their prey (sediment, reed root, mollusk, arthropods, and common fish species) in both the wintering (Yancheng wetland) and breeding sites (Zhalong wetland) of cranes in China. The maximum concentrations of Pb (130 mg kg(-1) dry weight (dw)) and Cd (10...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547372/heavy-metal-cu-cd-pb-cr-washing-from-river-sediment-using-biosurfactant-rhamnolipid
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Weifang Chen, Yan Qu, Zhihua Xu, Feifei He, Zai Chen, Sisi Huang, Yuxiang Li
Heavy metal-contaminated sediments posed a serious threat to both human beings and environment. A biosurfactant, rhamnolipid, was employed as the washing agent to remove heavy metals in river sediment. Batch experiments were conducted to test the removal capability. The effects of rhamnolipid concentration, washing time, solution pH, and liquid/solid ratio were investigated. The speciation of heavy metals before and after washing in sediment was also analyzed. Heavy metal washing was favored at high concentration, long washing time, and high pH...
May 25, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546996/a-mutation-creating-an-upstream-initiation-codon-in-the-sox9-5-utr-causes-acampomelic-campomelic-dysplasia
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Anna E von Bohlen, Johann Böhm, Ramona Pop, Diana S Johnson, John Tolmie, Ralf Stücker, Deborah Morris-Rosendahl, Gerd Scherer
BACKGROUND: Campomelic dysplasia (CD) is a semilethal developmental disorder caused by mutations in and around SOX9. CD is characterized by multiple skeletal malformations including bending (campomelia) of long bones. Surviving patients frequently have the acampomelic form of CD (ACD). METHODS: This is a single case report on a patient with clinical and radiological features of ACD who has no mutation in the SOX9 protein-coding sequence nor a translocation with breakpoint in the SOX9 regulatory domain...
May 2017: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546841/the-effect-of-cyclodextrin-complexation-on-the-solubility-and-photostability-of-nerolidol-as-pure-compound-and-as-main-constituent-of-cabreuva-essential-oil
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Joyce Azzi, Pierre-Edouard Danjou, David Landy, Steven Ruellan, Lizette Auezova, Hélène Greige-Gerges, Sophie Fourmentin
Nerolidol (Ner), a major component of many plant essential oils, is known for its various biological properties. However, the low solubility of Ner in water and its susceptibility to degradation limit its application. The aim of our study was to improve the solubility and photostability of Ner through its encapsulation in different cyclodextrins (CDs). The formation constants of cis-, trans-Ner and their commercial mixture with various CDs (α-CD, β-CD, γ-CD, HP-β-CD, RAMEB, CRYSMEB and SBE-β-CD) were determined by phase solubility studies and confirmed by the spectral displacement UV-visible method...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546834/cyclodextrins-tethered-with-oligolactides-green-synthesis-and-structural-assessment
#16
Cristian Peptu, Mihaela Balan-Porcarasu, Alena Šišková, Ľudovít Škultéty, Jaroslav Mosnáček
Biodegradable oligolactide derivatives based on α-, β- and γ-cyclodextrins (CDs) were synthesized by a green procedure in which CDs play the role of both the initiator and the catalyst. The synthetic procedure in which CDs and L-lactide (L-LA) are reacting in bulk at relatively high temperature of 110 °C was investigated considering the structural composition of the products. The obtained products were thoroughly characterized via mass spectrometry methods with soft ionization like matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization (ESI)...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546541/protective-effect-of-low-dose-intra-articular-cadmium-on-inflammation-and-joint-destruction-in-arthritis
#17
Paola Bonaventura, Guillaume Courbon, Aline Lamboux, Fabien Lavocat, Hubert Marotte, Francis Albarède, Pierre Miossec
Synovium hyperplasia characterizes joint diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The cytotoxic effect of low-dose Cadmium (Cd) was tested in vitro and ex vivo on synoviocytes, the mesenchymal key effector cells of inflammation and proliferation in arthritis. The anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative effects of Cd were tested in vivo by intra-articular injection in the adjuvant induced arthritis rat joints, where the clinical scores and the consequences of arthritis were evaluated. Cell death through apoptosis was highly induced by Cd in inflammatory synoviocytes (80% reduction of cell viability, p < 0...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546534/classification-of-paediatric-inflammatory-bowel-disease-using-machine-learning
#18
E Mossotto, J J Ashton, T Coelho, R M Beattie, B D MacArthur, S Ennis
Paediatric inflammatory bowel disease (PIBD), comprising Crohn's disease (CD), ulcerative colitis (UC) and inflammatory bowel disease unclassified (IBDU) is a complex and multifactorial condition with increasing incidence. An accurate diagnosis of PIBD is necessary for a prompt and effective treatment. This study utilises machine learning (ML) to classify disease using endoscopic and histological data for 287 children diagnosed with PIBD. Data were used to develop, train, test and validate a ML model to classify disease subtype...
May 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546518/safety-immunogenicity-and-cross-species-protection-of-a-plasmid-dna-encoding-plasmodium-falciparum-sera5-polypeptide-microbial-epitopes-and-chemokine-genes-in-mice-and-olive-baboons
#19
Nyamongo Onkoba, Ruth M Mumo, Horace Ochanda, Charles Omwandho, Hastings S Ozwara, Thomas G Egwang
Incorporation of biomolecular epitopes to malarial antigens should be explored in the development of strain-transcending malarial vaccines. The present study sought to determine safety, immunogenicity and cross-species efficacy ofPlasmodium falciparum serine repeat antigen 5 polypeptide co-expressed with epitopes of Bacille-Calmette Guerin (BCG), tetanus toxoid (TT) and a chemokine gene. Olive baboons and BALB/c mice were randomly assigned into vaccine and control groups. The vaccine group animals were primed and boosted twice with pIRES plasmids encoding the SERA5+ BCG+ TT alone, or with either CCL5 or CCL20 and the control group with pIRES plasmid vector backbone...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546517/host-guest-interaction-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-with-isomeric-ursolic-acid-and-oleanolic-acid-physicochemical-characterization-and-molecular-modeling-study
#20
Yuan Huang, Peng Quan, Yongwei Wang, Dongsheng Zhang, Mingwan Zhang, Rui Li, Nan Jiang
Ursolic acid (UA) and oleanolic acid (OA) are insoluble drugs. The objective of this study was to encapsulate them into β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and compare the solubility and intermolecular force of β-CD with the two isomeric triterpenic acids. The host-guest interaction was explored in liquid and solid state by ultraviolet-visible absorption, 1 H NMR, phase solubility analysis, and differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffractometry, and molecular modeling studies. Both experimental and theoretical studies revealed that β-CD formed 1: 1 water soluble inclusion complexes and the complexation process was naturally favorable...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
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