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M A Martín-Lara, N Ortuño, J A Conesa
Heavy metal-loaded almond shell was subjected to pyrolysis to understand the effect of the presence of different heavy metals on its thermal degradation. Pyrolysis behavior of native and metal-loaded samples was studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Similar shapes of thermogravimetric curves indicate that the presence of cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb) did not change the main degradation pathways of almond shell. However, the temperature at which the decomposition in each stage takes place at a higher rate and char yield was considerably modified by the presence of Cr and Ni...
September 14, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Mike Almond
Elizabeth Blyth worked as a small animal vet and was married to a vet.
September 9, 2017: Veterinary Record
Morteza Hemmat, Melissa J Rumple, Loretta W Mahon, Melanie Morrow, Tamara Zach, Arturo Anguiano, Mohamed M Elnaggar, Boris T Wang, Fatih Z Boyar
BACKGROUND: Homozygous mutations and deletions of the microcephalin gene (MCPH1; OMIM *607117) have been identified as a cause of autosomal recessive primary microcephaly and intellectual disability (MIM #251200). Previous studies in families of Asian descent suggest that the severity of the phenotype may vary based on the extent of the genomic alteration. We report chromosome microarray (CMA) findings and the first described family study of a patient with primary microcephaly in a consanguineous Hispanic family...
2017: Molecular Cytogenetics
Gowrie Balasubramaniam, Trisha Parker, David Turner, Mike Parker, Jonathan Scales, Patrick Harnett, Michael Harrison, Khalid Ahmed, Sweta Bhagat, Thiraupathy Marianayagam, Costantino Pitzalis, Christian Mallen, Edward Roddy, Mike Almond, Bhaskar Dasgupta
INTRODUCTION: Acute gout occurs in people with chronic kidney disease, who are commonly older people with comorbidities such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes. Potentially harmful treatments are administered to these vulnerable patients due to a lack of clear evidence. Newly available treatment that targets a key inflammatory pathway in acute gout attacks provides an opportunity to undertake the first-ever trial specifically looking treating people with kidney disease. This paper describes the protocol for a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing anakinra, a novel interleukin-1 antagonist versus steroids in people with chronic kidney disease (ASGARD)...
September 5, 2017: BMJ Open
Mengna Su, Changqi Liu, Kenneth H Roux, Thomas M Gradziel, Shridhar K Sathe
A murine monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was used to assess amandin immunoreactivity in processed and long-term stored almonds. The results demonstrated that amandin immunoreactivity is stable in variously processed almond seeds. Using the ELISA, amandin immunoreactivity could be detected in commercial whole raw and processed (blanched, sliced, dry roasted, and indicated combinations thereof) almond seeds stored for eleven years and eight months, defatted almond seed flours from several almond varieties/hybrids and their borate saline buffer-solubilized protein extracts stored for ten years and seven months, and several almond varieties grown in different California counties (full fat flours and their defatted flour counterparts)...
October 2017: Food Research International
Changqi Liu, Guneet S Chhabra, Jing Zhao, Valerie D Zaffran, Sahil Gupta, Kenneth H Roux, Thomas M Gradziel, Shridhar K Sathe
A commercially available monoclonal antibody (mAb)-based direct sandwich enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kit (BioFront Technologies, Tallahassee, Fla., U.S.A.) was compared with an in-house developed mAb 4C10-based ELISA for almond detection. The assays were comparable in sensitivity (limit of detection < 1 ppm full fat almond, limit of quantification < 5 ppm full fat almond), specificity (no cross-reactivity with 156 tested foods at a concentration of 100000 ppm whole sample), and reproducibility (intra- and interassay variability < 15% CV)...
September 4, 2017: Journal of Food Science
Shuya Xu, Xinfang Xu, Shaoxiong Yuan, Huan Liu, Mengnan Liu, Ying Zhang, Hui Zhang, Yan Gao, Ruichao Lin, Xiangri Li
Processing is a traditional pharmacy technology based on traditional Chinese medicine theory. The traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) ingredients should be processed before being used as a medicine. Processed bitter almonds are widely used in the clinic in TCM for the treatment of cough and asthma. In this work the amygdalin profile of three producing areas in China was determined, with respect to three differently processed bitter almond products: raw, stir-fried and scalded. Identification of the compounds was done by using high performance liquid chromatography coupled to electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-MS/MS)...
August 30, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Silvia de la Cruz, Raquel Madrid, Aina García, Marcos Alcocer, Rosario Martín, Isabel González, Teresa García
BACKGROUND: Almonds and Brazil nuts are widely consumed allergenic nuts whose presence must be declared according to food labelling regulations. Their detection in food products has been recently achieved by ELISA methods with recombinant antibodies (scFv) isolated against complete Brazil nut and almond protein extracts. The screening of phage-scFv libraries against complete protein extracts confers a series of advantages over the use of purified proteins, as recombinant proteins might alter their native folding...
August 28, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Preeti Pandey, Prakash Chandra Bhatt, Mahfoozur Rahman, Dinesh Kumar Patel, Firoz Anwar, Fahad Al-Abbasi, Amita Verma, Vikas Kumar
Prunus amygdalus Batsch (almond) is a classical nutritive traditional Indian medicine. Along with nutritive with anti-oxidant properties, it is, clinically, used in the treatment of various diseases with underlying anti-oxidant mechanism. This study is an effort to scrutinise the renal protective effect of P. amygdalus Batsch or green almond (GA) seed coat extract and its underlying mechanism in animal model of Ferric nitrilotriacetate (Fe-NTA) induced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). RCC was induced in Swiss Albino Wistar rats by intraperitoneal injection of Fe-NTA...
August 24, 2017: Archives of Physiology and Biochemistry
Mozhgan Mirzapour, Karamatollah Rezaei, Miguel Angel Sentandreu
In this study, the production, fractionation, purification and identification of ACE (angiotensin-I-converting enzyme) inhibitory peptides from wild almond (Amygdalus scoparia) proteins were investigated. Wild almond proteins were hydrolyzed using 5 different enzymes (pepsin, trypsin, chymotrypsin, alcalase and flavourzyme) and assayed for their ACE inhibitory activities. The degree of ACE inhibiting activity obtained after hydrolysis was found to be in the following order: alcalase > chymotrypsin > trypsin/pepsin > flavourzyme...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Food Science
Guneet S Chhabra, Changqi Liu, Mengna Su, Mahesh Venkatachalam, Kenneth H Roux, Shridhar K Sathe
Amandin is the major storage protein and allergen in almond seeds. Foods, containing almonds, subjected to thermal processing typically experience Maillard browning reaction. The resulting destruction of amino groups, protein glycation, and/or denaturation may alter amandin immunoreactivity. Amandin immunoreactivity of variously processed almond containing foods was therefore the focus of the current investigation. Commercial and laboratory prepared foods, including those likely to have been subjected to Maillard browning, were objectively assessed by determining Hunter L(*) , a(*) , b(*) values...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Food Science
William Glenny, Ian Cavigli, Katie F Daughenbaugh, Rosemarie Radford, Susan E Kegley, Michelle L Flenniken
Honey bees are important pollinators of agricultural crops. Pathogens and other factors have been implicated in high annual losses of honey bee colonies in North America and some European countries. To further investigate the relationship between multiple factors, including pathogen prevalence and abundance and colony health, we monitored commercially managed migratory honey bee colonies involved in California almond pollination in 2014. At each sampling event, honey bee colony health was assessed, using colony population size as a proxy for health, and the prevalence and abundance of seven honey bee pathogens was evaluated using PCR and quantitative PCR, respectively...
2017: PloS One
Kento Koyama, Hidekazu Hokunan, Mayumi Hasegawa, Shuso Kawamura, Shigenobu Koseki
Despite the development of numerous predictive microbial inactivation models, a model focusing on the variability in time to inactivation for a bacterial population has not been developed. Additionally, an appropriate estimation of the risk of there being any remaining bacterial survivors in foods after the application of an inactivation treatment has not yet been established. Here, Gamma distribution, as a representative probability distribution, was used to estimate the variability in time to inactivation for a bacterial population...
December 2017: Food Microbiology
Alessandra Sabbatini, Silvia Lanari, Carlo Santulli, Claudio Pettinari
In recent years, wood fibres have often been applied as the reinforcement of thermoplastic materials, such as polypropylene, whereas their use in combination with thermosetting resin has been less widespread. This study concerns the production of PMMA-based composites by partly replacing alumina trihydrate (ATH) with wood waste fillers, namely rice husks and almond shells, which would otherwise be disposed by incineration. The amount of filler introduced was limited to 10% as regards rice husks and 10 or 15% almond shells, since indications provided by reactivity tests and viscosity measurements did not suggest the feasibility of total replacement of ATH...
July 28, 2017: Materials
A Roozbehi, M T Sharafi, F Karimi, A M Kamali
OBJECTIVE: Progesterone is a sex hormone and its receptors are expressed throughout the hippocampus. This study was aimed at evaluating the effects of different doses of progesterone on memory. METHODS: Male rats were arbitrarily assigned to nine groups, namely Group I: control, Group II: control-cannula, Group III received 0.5 μl of saline by cannula, Groups IV , V, VI, VII and VIII received progesterone in doses of 0.5, 1, 1.5, 2, and 3 μg/ 0.5 μl by cannula, respectively...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
J H Ahn-Jarvis, M D Teegarden, S J Schwartz, K Lee, Y Vodovotz
Food processing alters the physicochemical state of soy which can enhance chemical and enzymatic conversion of isoflavones to their aglycone forms. This study investigated the role of β-glycosidase from processed soy-ingredient mixture (SIM) or almonds, and examined the impact of isoflavone composition in mediating conversion to aglycones. β-Glycosidase activity was quantified using p-nitrophenol-β-d-glucopyranoside and SIM isoflavone extracts. Almond β-glycosidase activity was significantly (p<0.001) reduced after roasting (99% reduction) or steaming (97% reduction) compared to raw almonds...
December 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
Joseph Chilcot, Ayman Guirguis, Karin Friedli, Michael Almond, Clara Day, Maria Da Silva-Gane, Andrew Davenport, Naomi A Fineberg, Benjamin Spencer, David Wellsted, Ken Farrington
BACKGROUND: Depression is common in haemodialysis (HD) patients and associated with poor outcomes. PURPOSE: To evaluate whether depression symptoms predict survival and transplantation in a large sample of haemodialysis patients using cause-specific survival models. METHODS: Survival data was collected between April 2013 and November 2015, as part of the screening phase of a multicentre randomised placebo-controlled trial of sertraline in HD patients...
July 31, 2017: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
Amanda Lee Almond
The purpose of this study was to validate the already existing Racial Microaggression in Counseling Scale (RMCS) when the term 'therapist' was replaced with 'physician', thus constituting the modification as the Racial Microaggression in Medical Practice Scale (RMMPS). Racial microaggressions work at reinforcing inferior social status on a cognitive level. Unlike overt racism, messages behind microaggression are subtler and more every day. A lack of acceptance, respect, and regard emerges from interactions in medical contexts as there are layers of in-group and out-group statuses at play (e...
August 1, 2017: Ethnicity & Health
Marron Law, Pedro S P Huot, Ying Ti Lee, Shirley Vien, Bohdan L Luhovyy, G Harvey Anderson
OBJECTIVE: To compare the effect of dairy and non-dairy beverages when consumed with carbohydrate at breakfast on subjective appetite, food intake (FI) and post-prandial glycemia (PPG) in healthy young adults. DESIGN: Twenty-six healthy males and females (13 males and 13 females; 23.0 + 2.6 years; BMI: 22.3 + 1.5 kg/m2) participated in a randomized crossover study. They consumed non-isocaloric amounts (250 mL) of almond beverage, soy beverage, 1% fat milk, yogurt beverage and water (control) with cereal and 120 min later, an ad libitum meal...
July 31, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Sergio Rapagnà, Katia Gallucci, Pier Ugo Foscolo
Heavy organic compounds produced during almond shells gasification in a steam and/or air atmosphere, usually called tar, are drastically reduced in the product gas by using simultaneously in one vessel a ceramic filter placed in the freeboard and a mixture of olivine and dolomite particles in the fluidized bed of the gasifier. The content of tar in the product gas during a reference gasification test with air, in presence of fresh olivine particles only, was 8600mg/Nm(3) of dry gas. By gasifying biomass with steam at the same temperature level of 820°C in a bed of olivine and dolomite (20% by weight), and in the presence of a catalytic ceramic filter inserted in the freeboard of the fluidized bed gasifier, the level of tar was brought down to 57mg/Nm(3) of dry producct gas, with a decrease of more than two orders of magnitude...
July 27, 2017: Waste Management
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