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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550814/determination-of-equilibrium-structures-of-bromothymol-blue-revealed-by-using-quantum-chemistry-with-an-aid-of-multivariate-analysis-of-electronic-absorption-spectra
#1
Toru Shimada, Takeshi Hasegawa
The pH dependent chemical structures of bromothymol blue (BTB), which have long been under controversy, are determined by employing a combined technique of multivariate analysis of electronic absorption spectra and quantum chemistry. Principle component analysis (PCA) of the pH dependent spectra apparently reveals that only two chemical species are adequate to fully account for the color changes, with which the spectral decomposition is readily performed by using augmented alternative least-squares (ALS) regression analysis...
May 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550812/molecular-characterization-of-human-adenoviruses-in-urban-wastewaters-using-next-generation-and-sanger-sequencing
#2
M Iaconelli, B Valdazo-González, M Equestre, A R Ciccaglione, C Marcantonio, S Della Libera, G La Rosa
Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are of major public health importance and are associated with a variety of clinical manifestations, including gastroenteritis, respiratory, ocular and urinary tract infections. To study the occurrence, prevalence and diversity of HAdV species and types circulating in Italy, we conducted a large-scale molecular-epidemiological investigation, a yearlong monitoring of 22 wastewater treatment plants, covering 10 Italian regions, representative of northern, central, and southern Italy...
May 19, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550811/influence-of-solids-residence-time-and-carbon-storage-on-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-recovery-by-microalgae-across-diel-cycles
#3
D A Gardner-Dale, I M Bradley, J S Guest
Microalgal treatment systems could advance nutrient recovery from wastewater by achieving effluent nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) levels below the current limit of technology, but their successful implementation requires an understanding of how design decisions influence nutrient uptake over daily (i.e., diel) cycles. This work demonstrates the ability to influence microalgal N:P recovery ratio via solids residence time (SRT) while maintaining complete nutrient removal across day/night cycles through carbon storage and mobilization...
May 18, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550804/dispersant-approval-procedures-in-france-and-italy-a-comparative-ecotoxicity-study
#4
Loredana Manfra, Andrea Tornambè, Julien Guyomarch, Pascale Le Guerrogue, Loïc Kerambrun, Alice Rotini, Federica Savorelli, Fulvio Onorati, Erika Magaletti
A research project has been performed to the request of the RAMOGE Executive Secretariat to identify differences between dispersant approval procedures in France and Italy and propose ways to harmonize them. A collaborative study has been conducted by CEDRE (Centre of Documentation, Research and Experimentation on Accidental Water Pollution) and ISPRA (Italian Institute for Environmental Protection and Research) to: a) compare current approval procedures in Italy and France with identification of differences and commonalities; b) carry out toxicity tests using both procedures on two selected dispersants; c) propose a common approach between Italy and France...
May 24, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550798/sediment-quality-in-a-metal-contaminated-tropical-bay-assessed-with-a-multiple-lines-of-evidence-approach
#5
Sarah K Rodrigues, Denis M S Abessa, Ana Paula de C Rodrigues, Abílio Soares-Gomes, Carolina B Freitas, Ricardo E Santelli, Aline S Freire, Wilson Machado
A sediment quality assessment was performed near to the main industrial source of metal contamination in Sepetiba Bay, Brazil, which represents one of the worst cases of trace metal contamination reported for coastal areas. Acute and chronic toxicity tests, benthic fauna community analysis and metal bioavailability evaluations were applied to identify risks to the benthic community. Significant amphipod mortality was observed close to the major pollution source and lower copepod fertility was observed for all stations...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550790/trophic-fate-of-inorganic-and-methyl-mercury-in-a-macrophyte-chironomid-food-chain
#6
Rebecca Beauvais-Flück, Frédéric Gimbert, Ophélie Méhault, Claudia Cosio
Dietary transfer of mercury (Hg) is central for its effects on higher trophic animals, nonetheless, its driving parameters and characteristics are not well understood. Here we measured Hg species transfer (uptake) from the macrophyte Elodea nuttallii -mimicking tissues incorporation in sediments after decay- to Chironomus riparius. Methyl-Hg (MMHg) was more transferable than inorganic Hg (IHg) from plant's intracellular and cell wall compartments. After 10-d-long exposure, MMHg was predominantly found in MMHg form in the cytosolic compartment (S) of chironomids, while IHg showed similar concentrations in S and insoluble debris (P) compartments...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550771/determination-of-the-performance-of-vermicomposting-process-applied-to-sewage-sludge-by-monitoring-of-the-compost-quality-and-immune-responses-in-three-earthworm-species-eisenia-fetida-eisenia-andrei-and-dendrobaena-veneta
#7
Hanine Suleiman, Agnieszka Rorat, Anna Grobelak, Anna Grosser, Marcin Milczarek, Barbara Płytycz, Małgorzata Kacprzak, Franck Vandenbulcke
The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of vermicomposting process applied on three different sewage sludge (precomposted with grass clippings, sawdust and municipal solid wastes) using three different earthworm species. Selected immune parameters, namely biomarkers of stress and metal body burdens, have been used to biomonitor the vermicomposting process and to assess the impact of contaminants on earthworm's physiology. Biotic and abiotic parameters were also used in order to monitor the process and the quality of the final product...
May 18, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550717/ooxtaxonomy-of-eight-tettigonoidea-species-insecta-orthoptera-description-and-comparison-of-the-egg-morphology
#8
Marta Franch Sas, Josep M Olmo-Vidal, Marcos Roca-Cusachs, Juli Pujade-Villar
In the present study, eggs of eight species of the Tettigonoidea superfamily have been examined with the aim to find characteristic traits of each of the studied taxa. In addition, we aim to distinguish them through their eggshell morphology, a technique that nowadays is known as ootaxonomy. All the eggs analysed belong to four subfamilies of the Tettigoniidae family (Bradyporinae: Ephippiger diurnus cunii, Parasteropleurus perezii, Lluciapomaresius panteli, L. ortegai, Tettigoniinae: Decticus verrucivorus, Antaxius hispanicus, and Meconematinae: Cyrtaspis scutata) and from family Phaneropteridae: Phaneroptera nana...
May 17, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550645/new-entamoeba-group-in-howler-monkeys-alouatta-spp-associated-with-parasites-of-reptiles
#9
Claudia Villanueva-García, Elías José Gordillo-Chávez, Carlos Baños-Ojeda, Emilio Rendón-Franco, Claudia Irais Muñoz-García, Julio César Carrero, Alex Córdoba-Aguilar, Pablo Maravilla, José Galian, Fernando Martínez-Hernández, Guiehdani Villalobos
Our knowledge of the parasite species present in wildlife hosts is incomplete. Protozoans such as amoebae of the genus Entamoeba infect a large variety of vertebrate species, including NHPs. However, traditionally, their identification has been accomplished through microscopic evaluation; therefore, amoeba species have not always been identified correctly. We searched for Entamoeba spp. using a fragment of the small subunit rDNA in free-ranging howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata and A. pigra) from southeast Mexico...
May 27, 2017: Parasitology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550528/prion-like-seeding-of-misfolded-%C3%AE-synuclein-in-the-brains-of-dementia-with-lewy-body-patients-in-rt-quic
#10
Kazunori Sano, Ryuichiro Atarashi, Katsuya Satoh, Daisuke Ishibashi, Takehiro Nakagaki, Yasushi Iwasaki, Mari Yoshida, Shigeo Murayama, Kenichi Mishima, Noriyuki Nishida
The prion-like seeding of misfolded α-synuclein (αSyn) involved in the pathogenesis of Lewy body diseases (LBD) remains poorly understood at the molecular level. Using the real-time quaking-induced conversion (RT-QUIC) seeding assay, we investigated whether brain tissues from cases of dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which contain serine 129 (Ser129)-phosphorylated insoluble aggregates of αSyn, can convert Escherichia coli-derived recombinant αSyn (r-αSyn) to fibrils. Diffuse neocortical DLB yielded 50% seeding dose (SD50) values of 10(7)~10(10)/g brain...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Neurobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550527/environmental-yeast-communities-in-vineyards-in-the-mountains-of-santa-catarina-state-brazil
#11
S D C Mendes, M Ramírez-Castrillón, N P Feldberg, F C Bertoldi, P Valente
Yeasts were isolated from three vineyards located in the South Region of Brazil. A cross evaluation was carried out at the oldest vineyard of the study in Pinheiro Preto. Samples of grape berries, grapevine leaves and the soil, along with samples of the winery equipment and effluent, were collected. In the Serra do Marari and Campos Novos vineyards only samples of grape clusters were obtained. The 106 yeast isolates were identified by sequencing the D1/D2 domain of LSU rDNA or ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region in 22 species...
June 2017: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550516/mapping-the-spatio-temporal-distribution-of-key-vegetation-cover-properties-in-lowland-river-reaches-using-digital-photography
#12
Veerle Verschoren, Jonas Schoelynck, Kerst Buis, Fleur Visser, Patrick Meire, Stijn Temmerman
The presence of vegetation in stream ecosystems is highly dynamic in both space and time. A digital photography technique is developed to map aquatic vegetation cover at species level, which has a very high spatial and a flexible temporal resolution. A digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera mounted on a handheld telescopic pole is used. The low-altitude (5 m) orthogonal aerial images have a low spectral resolution (red-green-blue), high spatial resolution (∼1.9 pixels cm(-2), ∼1.3 cm length) and flexible temporal resolution (monthly)...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550467/resource-partitioning-between-pacific-walruses-and-bearded-seals-in-the-alaska-arctic-and-sub-arctic
#13
L E Oxtoby, L Horstmann, S M Budge, D M O'Brien, S W Wang, T Schollmeier, M J Wooller
Climate-mediated changes in the phenology of Arctic sea ice and primary production may alter benthic food webs that sustain populations of Pacific walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) and bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus). Interspecific resource competition could place an additional strain on ice-associated marine mammals already facing loss of sea ice habitat. Using fatty acid (FA) profiles, FA trophic markers, and FA stable carbon isotope analyses, we found that walruses and bearded seals partitioned food resources in 2009-2011...
May 26, 2017: Oecologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550453/exchange-of-genetic-sequences-between-viruses-and-hosts
#14
Robin A Weiss
Although genetic transfer between viruses and vertebrate hosts occurs less frequently than gene flow between bacteriophages and prokaryotes, it is extensive and has affected the evolution of both parties. With retroviruses, the integration of proviral DNA into chromosomal DNA can result in the activation of adjacent host gene expression and in the transduction of host transcripts into retroviral genomes as oncogenes. Yet in contrast to lysogenic phage, there is little evidence that viral oncogenes persist in a chain of natural transmission or that retroviral transduction is a significant driver of the horizontal spread of host genes...
May 28, 2017: Current Topics in Microbiology and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550433/the-biological-features-and-genetic-diversity-of-novel-fish-rhabdovirus-isolates-in-china
#15
Xiaozhe Fu, Qiang Lin, Hongru Liang, Lihui Liu, Zhibin Huang, Ningqiu Li, Jianguo Su
The Rhabdoviridae is a diverse family of negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses which infects mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, insects and plants. Herein, we reported the isolation and characterization of 6 novel viruses from diseased fish collected from China including SCRV-QY, SCRV-SS, SCRV-GM, CmRV-FS, MsRV-SS, OmbRV-JM. The typical clinical symptom of diseased fish was hemorrhaging. Efficient propagation of these isolates in a Chinese perch brain cell line was determined by means of observation of cytopathic effect, RT-PCR and electron microscopy...
May 26, 2017: Archives of Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550412/differential-expression-of-poplar-sucrose-nonfermenting1-related-protein-kinase-2-genes-in-response-to-abiotic-stress-and-abscisic-acid
#16
Xiang Yu, Arika Takebayashi, Taku Demura, Misato Ohtani
Knowledge on the responses of woody plants to abiotic stress can inform strategies to breed improved tree varieties and to manage tree species for environmental conservation and the production of lignocellulosic biomass. In this study, we examined the expression patterns of poplar (Populus trichocarpa) genes encoding members of the sucrose nonfermenting1-related protein kinase 2 (SnRK2) family, which are core components of the abiotic stress response. The P. trichocarpa genome contains twelve SnRK2 genes (PtSnRK2...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550386/human-sperm-toll-like-receptor-4-tlr4-mediates-acrosome-reaction-oxidative-stress-markers-and-sperm-parameters-in-response-to-bacterial-lipopolysaccharide-in-infertile-men
#17
Sana Sahnoun, Afifa Sellami, Nozha Chakroun, Malek Mseddi, Hammadi Attia, Tarek Rebai, Saloua Lassoued
PURPOSE: To study the role of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in human spermatozoa and to assess sperm parameters, oxidative stress markers, and acrosome reaction in response to the stimulation of TLR4 by its ligand, the lipopolysaccharide (LPS), as a major endotoxin of Gram-negative bacteria. METHODS: Our study was carried out in 73 sperm samples from patients undergoing semen analysis for couple infertility investigations. The studied patients were divided into three groups: normozoospermic fertile patients (n = 13), patients with abnormal and leukospermic semen (n = 13), and patients with abnormal and non-leukospermic semen (n = 47)...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550367/in-vitro-study-of-antioxidant-and-antibacterial-activities-of-lactobacillus-probiotic-spp
#18
Z Pourramezan, R Kasra Kermanshahi, M Oloomi, A Aliahmadi, H Rezadoost
This study investigated the influence of aeration and minimal medium conditions on antioxidant and antibacterial activities of 21 probiotic Lactobacillus strains isolated from dairy products. The probiotic potential of the isolates was evaluated by pH and bile tolerance. Random amplified polymorphic DNA polymerase chain reaction (RAPD-PCR) was used to confirm the phenotypic identification of isolates. Antioxidant producer isolates were screened by resistance to reactive oxygen species (ROS). The antioxidant and antibacterial activities of extracellular materials after 48 h fermentation with antioxidative strains were determined using 2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) and broth microdilution assays, respectively...
May 26, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550345/bacillus-zanthoxyli-sp-nov-a-novel-nematicidal-bacterium-isolated-from-chinese-red-pepper-zanthoxylum-bungeanum-maxim-leaves-in-china
#19
Ma Li, Cao Yong Hong, Wang Xiao Yan, Zheng Shuai Chao, Yang Cheng Gang, Duo Jin Ling, Zhou Xing Kui, Xi Jia Qin, Zhu Ming Liang, Mo Ming He
A novel strain, 1433(T), was isolated from leaves of Chinese red pepper (Huajiao, Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim) collected from Gansu province in northwestern China, and was characterised by a polyphasic approach. Cells of strain 1433(T) were observed to be Gram-stain positive, aerobic, asporogenous, rod shaped, motile and to have peritrichous flagella. The strain was observed to grow at a range of temperatures and pH, 4-45 °C (optimum 28-32 °C) and 6.0-10.0 (optimum pH 6.0-7.0), respectively. Growth was found to occur in the presence of 0-7% (w/v) NaCl [optimum 0-3% (w/v)]...
May 26, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550339/effect-of-fungal-endophytes-on-biomass-yield-nutritive-value-and-accumulation-of-minerals-in-ornithopus-compressus
#20
Oscar Santamaria, Santiago Lledó, Sara Rodrigo, Maria J Poblaciones
Yellow serradella (Ornithopus compressus), a valuable pasture species in Mediterranean areas, presents a high diversity of endophytic mycoflora. In the present work, the hypothesis of a significant effect of fungal endophytic species on the parameters of forage production, nutritive value and mineral status of herbage was tested. O. compressus plants were inoculated with each of seven endophytes (four in 2012/2013 and three in 2013/2014). After inoculation, two experiments (under greenhouse and field conditions) were established...
May 27, 2017: Microbial Ecology
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