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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437889/safety-of-sucrose-esters-from-physalis-peruviana-l-in-a-28-day-repeated-dose-study-in-mice
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Yanet C Ocampo, Daneiva C Caro, David E Rivera, Luis A Franco
Although extracts and consumed foods from Physalis species contain sucrose esters from their glandular trichomes, there is no experimental data available on their toxicological effects. As peruvioses A and B isolated from Physalis peruviana L. calyces have proved to be effective anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory compounds, this work aimed to investigate their sub-acute toxicity study and genotoxicity. For this, CD-1(ICR) mice were treated intraperitoneally with peruvioses at doses of 2.5, 5, and 10mg/kg/day for 28 consecutive days, to simulate therapeutic and over-therapeutic dosage levels...
April 20, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437770/historical-and-contemporary-metal-budgets-for-a-boreal-shield-lake
#2
Shaun A Watmough
Metal concentrations in sediment cores are widely used to reconstruct metal deposition histories, but rarely have metal budgets based on measured inputs (atmospheric deposition and inflows) and lake outflows been compared with metal fluxes estimated from lake sediment cores. In this study, budgets for six metals (As, Cd, Co, Cu, Ni and Pb) were estimated by measuring inputs in bulk deposition, inputs in the major inflow and export in the lake outflow for one hydrologic year (2002-2003) at Plastic Lake, Ontario, Canada...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437706/three-phases-in-ph-dependent-heme-abstraction-from-myoglobin
#3
Sohini Mukherjee, Manjistha Mukherjee, Sabyasachi Bandyopadhyay, Abhishek Dey
The extent of heme extraction from myoglobin (Mb) by methylethyl ketone is found to be pH dependent and show three distinct phases. Parallel investigations of the protein using resonance Raman (rR) and circular dichroism (CD) across these pH regions indicate that these phases correspond to three different protonation steps in holoMb as the pH of the solution changed. The first transition occurs between pH5-6 and is due to the protonation of one of the heme propionate groups which disrupts its H-bonding with Arg 45 in the loop...
April 9, 2017: Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437705/both-heavy-metal-amendment-of-soil-and-aphid-infestation-increase-cd-and-zn-concentrations-in-phloem-exudates-of-a-metal-hyperaccumulating-plant
#4
Clemens Stolpe, Franziska Giehren, Ute Krämer, Caroline Müller
Plants that are able to hyperaccumulate heavy metals show increased concentrations of these metals in their leaf tissue. However, little is known about the concentrations of heavy metals and of organic defence metabolites in the phloem sap of these plants in response to either heavy metal-amendment of the soil or biotic challenges such as aphid-infestation. In this study, we investigated the effects of heavy metal-exposure and of aphid-infestation on phloem exudate composition of the metal hyperaccumulator species Arabidopsis halleri L...
April 21, 2017: Phytochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437555/polymorphisms-of-alui-and-hin1i-loci-of-the-igf-1r-gene-and-their-genetic-effects-on-growth-traits-in-bian-chickens
#5
P F Wu, D Wang, C F Jin, X Q Zhang, H Q Wu, L Zhang, F X Ding, K Z Xie, G X Zhang
Growth traits are important economic traits in broiler chicken production. AluI and Hin1I loci are two restriction sites, which are respectively located in exons 2 and 3 of the IGF-1R gene. These two loci are significantly related to the growth traits in Jinghai Yellow chickens. In this study, a correlation analysis was performed between these two loci and the growth traits of Bian chickens. The results showed a G376A mutation at the AluI site and a C919A mutation at the Hin1I site, which respectively resulted in three genotypes AA, AB, and BB in exon 2 and three genotypes CC, CD, and DD in exon 3...
April 20, 2017: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437479/conformational-dynamics-of-bacterial-trigger-factor-in-apo-and-ribosome-bound-states
#6
Mehmet Tarik Can, Zeynep Kurkcuoglu, Gokce Ezeroglu, Arzu Uyar, Ozge Kurkcuoglu, Pemra Doruker
The chaperone trigger factor (TF) binds to the ribosome exit tunnel and helps cotranslational folding of nascent chains (NC) in bacterial cells and chloroplasts. In this study, we aim to investigate the functional dynamics of fully-atomistic apo TF and its complex with 50S. As TF accomodates a high percentage of charged residues on its surface, the effect of ionic strength on TF dynamics is assessed here by performing five independent molecular dynamics (MD) simulations (total of 1.3 micro-second duration) at 29 mM and 150 mM ionic strengths...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437437/use-of-short-interfering-rna-delivered-by-cationic-liposomes-to-enable-efficient-down-regulation-of-ptpn22-gene-in-human-t-lymphocytes
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Valentina Perri, Marsha Pellegrino, Francesca Ceccacci, Anita Scipioni, Stefania Petrini, Elena Gianchecchi, Anna Lo Russo, Serena De Santis, Giovanna Mancini, Alessandra Fierabracci
Type 1 diabetes and thyroid disease are T cell-dependent autoimmune endocrinopathies. The standard substitutive administration of the deficient hormones does not halt the autoimmune process; therefore, development of immunotherapies aiming to preserve the residual hormonal cells, is of crucial importance. PTPN22 C1858T mutation encoding for the R620W lymphoid tyrosine phosphatase variant, plays a potential pathophysiological role in autoimmunity. The PTPN22 encoded protein Lyp is a negative regulator of T cell antigen receptor signaling; R620W variant, leading to a gain of function with paradoxical reduced T cell activation, may represent a valid therapeutic target...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437323/lack-of-utility-of-anti-ttg-igg-to-diagnose-celiac-disease-when-anti-ttg-iga-is-negative
#8
Imad Absah, Abdul R Rishi, Rami Gebrail, Melissa R Snyder, Joseph A Murray
OBJECTIVES: Guidelines for diagnosing celiac disease (CD) recommend initial testing with a highly sensitive serologic test for anti-tissue transglutaminase immunoglobulin A antibodies (tTG IgA). When the probability of CD is high, IgA deficiency should be considered. The 2 approaches to address this include measuring "both tTG IgA and tTG IgG" or measuring "total IgA." We aim to assess the utility of an isolated positive tTG IgG result in diagnosing CD. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients undergoing serologic testing for CD from January 1997 to June 2014...
May 2017: Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437293/increased-cancer-incidence-in-the-local-population-around-metal-contaminated-glassworks-sites
#9
Fredrik Nyqvist, Ingela Helmfrid, Anna Augustsson, Gun Wingren
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to examine mortality causes and cancer incidence in a population cohort that have resided in close proximity to highly metal-contaminated sources, characterized by contamination of, in particular, arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), and lead (Pb). METHODS: Data from Swedish registers were used to calculate standardized mortality and cancer incidence ratios. An attempt to relate cancer incidence to metal contamination levels was made...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437147/comparison-of-two-types-of-meditation-on-patients-psychosocial-responses-during-radiation-therapy-for-head-and-neck-cancer
#10
Gisela Boxleitner, Shelley Jolie, Dana Shaffer, Nicholas Pasacreta, Mei Bai, Ruth McCorkle
OBJECTIVES: Radiation treatment for head and neck cancer introduces adaptive demands and subjects patients to significant and unique psychosocial challenges. There is growing evidence that meditation is useful in lessening anxiety and depression in cancer patients. This study compared the effects of two types of meditation training on the psychological responses of patients with head and neck cancer during radiation therapy. DESIGN: Randomized clinical trial. SETTING: Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice, and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436856/task-based-modeling-of-an-5k-ultra-high-resolution-medical-imaging-system-for-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
#11
Chumin Zhao, Jerzy Kanicki
High-resolution, low noise x-ray detectors based on CMOS active pixel sensor (APS) technology have demonstrated superior imaging performance for digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). This paper presents a task-based model for a high resolution medical imaging system to evaluate its ability to detect simulated microcalcifications and masses as lesions for breast cancer. Three-dimensional (3D) cascaded system analysis for a 50 μm pixel pitch CMOS APS x-ray detector was integrated with an object task function, a medical imaging display model, and the human eye contrast sensitivity function to calculate the detectability index and area under the ROC curve (AUC)...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436692/rhizospheric-soil-enzyme-activities-and-phytominimg-potential-of-aeluropus-lagopoides-and-cyperus-conglomeratus-growing-in-contaminated-soils-at-the-banks-of-artificial-lake-of-reclaimed-wastewater
#12
Zahid Khorshid Abbas
This work investigates the phytoremediation potential of Aeluropus lagopoides and Cyperus conglomeratus, growing indigenously in the vicinity of artificial lake of reclaimed water in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. The sampling sites were located at different distance from the waste water treatment plants. Trace metal contents were higher in roots than shoots in both these plants. Soil urease activity in rhizophere increased linearly along the sampling sites, however, soil alkaline phosphatase and β-glucosidase activities was greater at site 2 but were declined at site 3...
April 24, 2017: International Journal of Phytoremediation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436673/unique-rhizosphere-micro-characteristics-facilitate-phytoextraction-of-multiple-metals-in-soil-by-the-hyperaccumulating-plant-sedum-alfredii
#13
Dandi Hou, Kai Wang, Ting Liu, Haixin Wang, Zhi Lin, Jie Qian, Lingli Lu, Shengke Tian
Understanding the strategies that the roots of hyperaccumulating plants use to extract heavy metals from soils is important for optimizing phytoremediation. The rhizosphere characteristics of Sedum alfredii, a hyperaccumulator, were investigated 6 months after planting in weathered field soils contaminated with 5.8 μg·g-1 Cd, 1985.1 μg·g-1 Zn, 667.5 μg·g-1 Pb, and 698.8 μg·g-1 Cu. In contrast with the non-hyperaccumulating ecotype (NHE), the hyperaccumulating ecotype (HE) of S. alfredii was more tolerant to the metals and accumulated higher levels of Cd and Zn...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436511/self-template-synthesis-of-cds-nisx-heterostructured-nanohybrids-for-efficient-photocatalytic-hydrogen-evolution
#14
You Xu, Wenguang Tu, Shengming Yin, Markus Kraft, Qichun Zhang, Rong Xu
Photocatalytic hydrogen (H2) evolution from water splitting is attracting enormous interest due to the possibility of converting solar energy into green chemical energy. The construction of highly efficient and stable photocatalysts is of importance and necessary for the development of photocatalytic water splitting technology. In this study, we have developed a self-template synthetic strategy for the preparation of heterostructured nanohybrids composed of ultrasmall CdS and NiSx nanoparticles by using Cd(ii)-Ni(ii)-(4,4'-bipyridine) coordination polymers as the precursor and template...
April 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436501/bis-zn-ii-salphen-complexes-bearing-pyridyl-functionalized-ligands-for-efficient-organic-light-emitting-diodes-oleds
#15
Jiang Zhao, Feifan Dang, Boao Liu, Yong Wu, Xiaolong Yang, Guijiang Zhou, Zhaoxin Wu, Wai-Yeung Wong
Inspired by the emissive features of Zn(II) complexes based on bis-Schiff base ligands, bis-Zn(II) salphen complexes bearing pyridyl functionalized ligands have been successfully synthesized. Their photophysical features, electrochemical behavior and electroluminescent (EL) properties have been investigated in detail. The functionalized bis-Zn(II) salphen complexes can exhibit high thermal stability up to 417 °C, and their photoluminescence (PL) spectra show a maximal emission wavelength peak at ca. 565 nm both in solution and PMMA doped films...
April 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436131/twisting-of-alkynes-towards-a-carbon-double-helix
#16
Abdulselam Adam, Gebhard Haberhauer
The carbon allotrope exhibiting only one-dimensional sp-hybridized carbon atoms is called carbyne. However, its existence is very controversially discussed. Studies regarding model compounds for carbyne revealed that many oligoalkynes show not a straight, but a bent structure of the carbon chain. Here we deal with the question whether it would also be possible to get a more complex structure from carbyne like a dimeric double helix. By means of quantum chemical calculations we were able to show that only a small energetic expense is needed for the formation of a double helix starting from oligoalkyne chains...
April 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436109/efficiency-of-ustekinumab-in-crohn-s-disease-with-severe-psoriasiform-rash-induced-by-biotherapies-in-an-adolescent
#17
Valérie Bertrand, Abdelaziz El Haite, Delphine Carré
Ustekinumab is approved for the treatment of psoriasis in adolescents and for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn's disease (CD) in adults, but data are lacking in pediatric CD. We report a case of severe psoriasis induced by biotherapies in an adolescent with CD that improved after switching to ustekinumab (90 mg at weeks 0, 2, and 4 and then every 8 weeks). The patient had not experienced CD relapse after 1 year of follow-up. Ustekinumab can be an alternative therapy for psoriasis induced by biotherapies when conventional treatment fails and can maintain remission of CD...
April 23, 2017: Pediatric Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435954/electrostatically-stabilized-hybrids-of-carbon-and-maghemite-nanoparticles-electrochemical-study-and-application
#18
D Baratella, M Magro, P Jakubec, E Bonaiuto, J de Almeida Roger, E Gerotto, G Zoppellaro, J Tucek, K C Safarova, R Zbořil, A Cecconello, I Willner, S Santagata, P Sambo, F Vianello
Binary hybrids have been investigated for the past few decades due to the emerging properties of nanoparticle composites. Electrostatically stabilized core-shell nanostructures composed of surface active magnetic nanoparticles (SAMNs) and differently charged carbon nanomaterials display specific electrochemical properties. In this work, a set of binary hybrids that include a new class of magnetic nanoparticles is presented and the electrochemical features of the hybrids are reported. Gallic acid derived carbon dots (GA-CDs), PEG derived graphene dots (PEG-GDs), and quaternized carbon dots (Q-CDs) characterized by different charged groups were used for the preparation of different complexes with SAMNs...
April 24, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435704/a-two-dimensional-coordination-polymer-poly-bis-%C3%AE-2-n-ethyl-n-pyridin-4-ylmeth-yl-di-thio-carbamato-%C3%AE%C2%BA-3-n-s-s-cadmium-ii-3-methyl-pyridine-monosolvate
#19
Hadi D Arman, Pavel Poplaukhin, Edward R T Tiekink
The title compound, {[Cd(C9H11N2S2)2]·C6H7N} n , features two μ2-κ(3)-di-thio-carbamate ligands each of which chelates one Cd(II) atom, via the S atoms, while simultaneously bridging to another via the pyridyl-N atom. The result is a two-dimensional coordination polymer extending parallel to the ab plane with square channels along the b axis. The Cd(II) atom geometry is based on a distorted cis-N2S4 octa-hedron. The 3-methyl-pyridine mol-ecules reside in the channels aligned along the b axis, being held in place by methyl-ene-C-H⋯N(3-methyl-pyridine) and (3-methyl-pyridine)-C-H⋯π(pyrid-yl) inter-actions...
April 1, 2017: Acta Crystallographica. Section E, Crystallographic Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435532/x-ray-structure-of-the-carboplatin-loaded-apo-ferritin-nanocage
#20
Nicola Pontillo, Giarita Ferraro, John R Helliwell, Angela Amoresano, Antonello Merlino
The second-generation Pt anticancer agent carboplatin (CBDCA) was encapsulated within the apo horse spleen ferritin (AFt) nanocage, and the X-ray structure of the drug-loaded protein was refined at 1.49 Å resolution. Two Pt binding sites, different from the one observed in the cisplatin-encapsulated AFt, were identified in Ft subunits by inspection of anomalous electron density maps at two wavelengths and difference Fourier electron density maps, which provide the necessary sensitivity to discriminate between Pt from CBDCA and Cd ions that are present in the crystallization conditions...
April 13, 2017: ACS Medicinal Chemistry Letters
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