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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221852/pesticide-residue-monitoring-on-south-african-fresh-produce-exported-over-a-6-year-period
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M T Mutengwe, L Chidamba, L Korsten
Six years of pesticide residue data from fresh produce destined for the export market were analyzed for the period 2009 to 2014. A total of 37,838 fruit (99.27%) and vegetable (0.73%) data sets analyzed for the presence of 73 pesticides were compared. Pesticides were detected on 56.46% of samples, of which 0.78% had multiple residues. Noncompliances detected were because of the use of unregistered pesticides (0.73%), values that exceeded established maximum residue levels (MRLs) (0.32%), or the combination of values that exceeded MRLs and the use of unregistered pesticide residues (0...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213922/expression-of-kv3-1b-potassium-channel-is-widespread-in-macaque-motor-cortex-pyramidal-cells-a-histological-comparison-between-rat-and-macaque
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David Soares, Isabelle Goldrick, Roger N Lemon, Alexander Kraskov, Linda Greensmith, Bernadett Kalmar
There are substantial differences across species in the organisation and function of the motor pathways. These differences extend to basic electrophysiological properties. Thus, in rat motor cortex, pyramidal cells have long duration action potentials, while in the macaque, some pyramidal neurons exhibit short duration 'thin' spikes. These differences may be related to the expression of the fast potassium channel Kv3.1b, which in rat interneurons is associated with generation of thin spikes. Rat pyramidal cells typically lack these channels, while there are reports that they are present in macaque pyramids...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Comparative Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211917/concentration-dependent-oligomerization-of-an-alpha-helical-antifreeze-polypeptide-makes-it-hyperactive
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Sheikh Mahatabuddin, Yuichi Hanada, Yoshiyuki Nishimiya, Ai Miura, Hidemasa Kondo, Peter L Davies, Sakae Tsuda
A supersoluble 40-residue type I antifreeze protein (AFP) was discovered in a righteye flounder, the barfin plaice (bp). Unlike all other AFPs characterized to date, bpAFP transitions from moderately-active to hyperactive with increasing concentration. At sub-mM concentrations, bpAFP bound to pyramidal planes of ice to shape it into a bi-pyramidal hexagonal trapezohedron, similarly to the other moderately-active AFPs. At mM concentrations, bpAFP uniquely underwent further binding to the whole ice crystal surface including the basal planes...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210947/nano-formulation-enhances-insecticidal-activity-of-natural-pyrethrins-against-aphis-gossypii-hemiptera-aphididae-and-retains-their-harmless-effect-to-non-target-predators
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Nikos E Papanikolaou, Argyro Kalaitzaki, Filitsa Karamaouna, Antonios Michaelakis, Vassiliki Papadimitriou, Vassilis Dourtoglou, Dimitrios P Papachristos
The insecticidal activity of a new nano-formulated natural pyrethrin was examined on the cotton aphid, Aphis gossypii Glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae), and the predators Coccinella septempunctata L. (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) and Macrolophus pygmaeus Rambur (Hemiptera: Miridae), in respect with the nano-scale potential to create more effective and environmentally responsible pesticides. Pyrethrin was nano-formulated in two water-in-oil micro-emulsions based on safe biocompatible materials, i.e., lemon oil terpenes as dispersant, polysorbates as stabilizers, and mixtures of water with glycerol as the dispersed aqueous phase...
February 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208159/two-previously-unknown-phytophthora-species-associated-with-brown-rot-of-pomelo-citrus-grandis-fruits-in-vietnam
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Ivana Puglisi, Alessandro De Patrizio, Leonardo Schena, Thomas Jung, Maria Evoli, Antonella Pane, Nguyen Van Hoa, Mai Van Tri, Sandra Wright, Mauritz Ramstedt, Christer Olsson, Roberto Faedda, Gaetano Magnano di San Lio, Santa Olga Cacciola
Two distinct Phytophthora taxa were found to be associated with brown rot of pomelo (Citrus grandis), a new disease of this ancestral Citrus species, in the Vinh Long province, Mekong River Delta area, southern Vietnam. On the basis of morphological characters and using the ITS1-5.8S-ITS2 region of the rDNA and the cytochrome oxidase subunit 1 (COI) as barcode genes, one of the two taxa was provisionally named as Phytophthora sp. prodigiosa, being closely related to but distinct from P. insolita, a species in Phytophthora Clade 9, while the other one, was closely related to but distinct from the Clade 2 species P...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202077/repellent-effects-of-the-essential-oils-of-cymbopogon-citratus-and-tagetes-minuta-on-the-sandfly-phlebotomus-duboscqi
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Albert Kimutai, Moses Ngeiywa, Margaret Mulaa, Peter G N Njagi, Johnstone Ingonga, Lydia B Nyamwamu, Cyprian Ombati, Philip Ngumbi
BACKGROUND: The sandfly, Phlebotomus duboscqi is a vector of zoonotic cutaneous leishmaniasis (ZCL) that is an important public health problem in Eastern Africa. Repellents have been used for protection of humans against vectors of ZCL and other vectors that transmit killer diseases including malaria, Rift Valley fever, dengue, and yellow fever. The repellent effects of different doses of the essential oils from the lemon grass, Cymbopogon citratus and Mexican marigold, Tagetes minuta were evaluated in a two-chamber bioassay against 3- to 7-day-old unfed females of P...
February 15, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201924/conditioned-effects-of-ethanol-on-the-immune-system
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Anny Gano, Ricardo Marcos Pautassi, Tamara L Doremus-Fitzwater, Terrence Deak
Several studies indicate that the immune system can be subjected to classical conditioning. Acute ethanol intoxication significantly modulates several pro-inflammatory cytokines (e.g. interleukins-1 and 6 [IL-1β and IL-6, respectively] and tumor necrosis factor alpha [TNFα])) in several brain areas, including amygdala (AMG), paraventricular nucleus (PVN), and hippocampus (HPC). It is unknown, however, whether cues associated with ethanol can elicit conditioned alterations in cytokine expression. The present study analyzed, in male Sprague-Dawley rats, whether ethanol-induced changes in the central cytokine response may be amenable to conditioning...
January 1, 2017: Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196843/changes-in-anthocyanin-production-during-domestication-of-citrus
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Eugenio Butelli, Andrés Garcia-Lor, Concetta Licciardello, Giuseppina Las Casas, Lionel Hill, Giuseppe Reforgiato Recupero, Manjunath Keremane, Chandrika Ramadugu, Robert Krueger, Qiang Xu, Xiuxin Deng, Anne-Laure Fanciullino, Yann Froelicher, Luis Navarro, Cathie Martin
Mandarin (C. reticulata), citron (C. medica) and pummelo (C. maxima) are important species of the genus Citrus and parents of the interspecific hybrids that constitute the most familiar commercial varieties of citrus: sweet orange, sour orange, clementine, lemon, lime and grapefruit. Citron produces anthocyanins in its young leaves and flowers, as do species in genera closely related to Citrus, but mandarins do not and pummelo varieties that produce anthocyanins have not been reported. We investigated the activity of the Ruby gene, which encodes a MYB transcription factor controlling anthocyanin biosynthesis, in different accessions of a range of Citrus species and in domesticated cultivars...
February 14, 2017: Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194866/pseudomonas-protegens-cs1-from-the-lemon-phyllosphere-as-a-candidate-for-citrus-canker-biocontrol-agent
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G Michavila, C Adler, P R De Gregorio, M J Lami, M C Caram Di Santo, A M Zenoff, R E de Cristobal, P A Vincent
Citrus canker is a worldwide-distributed disease caused by Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri. One of the most used strategies to control the disease is centered on copper-based compounds that cause environmental problems. Therefore, it is of interest to develop new strategies to manage the disease. Previously, we reported the ability of the siderophore pyochelin, produced by the opportunistic human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, to inhibit in vitro several bacterial species including X. citri subsp. citri. The action mechanism, addressed with the model bacterium Escherichia coli, was connected to the generation of reactive oxygen species...
February 14, 2017: Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179492/indicator-amino-acid-derived-estimate-of-dietary-protein-requirement-for-male-bodybuilders-on-a-nontraining-day-is-several-fold-greater-than-the-current-recommended-dietary-allowance
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Arash Bandegan, Glenda Courtney-Martin, Mahroukh Rafii, Paul B Pencharz, Peter Wr Lemon
Background: Despite a number of studies indicating increased dietary protein needs in bodybuilders with the use of the nitrogen balance technique, the Institute of Medicine (2005) has concluded, based in part on methodologic concerns, that "no additional dietary protein is suggested for healthy adults undertaking resistance or endurance exercise."Objective: The aim of the study was to assess the dietary protein requirement of healthy young male bodybuilders ( with ≥3 y training experience) on a nontraining day by measuring the oxidation of ingested l-[1-(13)C]phenylalanine to (13)CO2 in response to graded intakes of protein [indicator amino acid oxidation (IAAO) technique]...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167331/turning-lemonade-into-lemons-dampening-appraisals-reduce-positive-affect-and-increase-negative-affect-during-positive-activity-scheduling
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Leigh-Anne Burr, Mahmood Javiad, Grace Jell, Aliza Werner-Seidler, Barnaby D Dunn
The way individuals appraise positive emotions may modulate affective experience during positive activity scheduling. Individuals may either engage in dampening appraisals (e.g., think "this is too good to last") or amplifying appraisals (e.g., think "I deserve this"). A cross-over randomized design was used to examine the consequences of these appraisal styles. Participants (N = 43) rated positive affect (PA) and negative affect (NA) during four daily walks in pleasant locations, whilst following dampening, emotion-focus amplifying (focusing on how good one feels), self-focus amplifying (focusing on positive self qualities), or control instructions...
January 24, 2017: Behaviour Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167046/aranciocystis-muskarensis-n-gen-n-sp-a-neogregarine-pathogen-of-the-anisoplia-segetum-herbst-coleoptera-scarabaeidae
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Çağrı Bekircan, Mustafa Cüce, Hilal Baki, Onur Tosun
In this study, a new genus and species of neogregarine which is a pathogen of Anisoplia segetum Herbst (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), is described. The adult beetles of A. segetum were collected from Nevşehir, Turkey and neogregarine infection rates were determined as 18.52%. The Giemsa-stained mature oocysts are lemon-shaped and measured 9.34±0.82μm in length and 5.77±0.77μm in width. The oocyst wall surface of the mature oocysts is similar to an osage orange (tuberculate). Morphological, ultrastructural and molecular features indicate that the previously undescribed neogregarine is dissimilar to all known neogregarine taxa and represents the first record from Anisoplia segetum and is named here as Aranciocystis muskarensis n...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Invertebrate Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163849/evaluation-of-the-antibacterial-effects-of-aqueous-and-ethanolic-leaf-extracts-of-aloysia-citriodora-lemon-verbena-on-streptococcus-mutans-and-streptococcus-sobrinus
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Faranak Shafiee, Ali Akbar Moghadamnia, Zahra Shahandeh, Farhnaz Sadighian, Effat Khodadadi
INTRODUCTION: The Aloysia citriodora plant from the family of Verbenaceae has many uses in traditional medicine. The aim of the current study was to determine the effects of the aqueous and ethanolic extracts of A. citriodora on Streptococcus mutans and Streptococcus sobrinus, which cause tooth decay. METHODS: This 2016 study was performed on standardized strains of S. mutans PTCC1683 and S. sobrinus PTCC1601 and clinical isolates. Twenty clinical samples were obtained from the dental caries of children admitted to the pediatric ward at the Faculty of Dentistry of Babol University of Medical Sciences (Babol, Iran)...
December 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155188/inducible-expression-of-bs2-r-gene-from-capsicum-chacoense-in-sweet-orange-citrus-sinensis-l-osbeck-confers-enhanced-resistance-to-citrus-canker-disease
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Lorena Noelia Sendín, Ingrid Georgina Orce, Rocío Liliana Gómez, Ramón Enrique, Carlos Froilán Grellet Bournonville, Aldo Sergio Noguera, Adrián Alberto Vojnov, María Rosa Marano, Atilio Pedro Castagnaro, María Paula Filippone
Transgenic expression of the pepper Bs2 gene confers resistance to Xanthomonas campestris pv. vesicatoria (Xcv) pathogenic strains which contain the avrBs2 avirulence gene in susceptible pepper and tomato varieties. The avrBs2 gene is highly conserved among members of the Xanthomonas genus, and the avrBs2 of Xcv shares 96% homology with the avrBs2 of Xanthomonas citri subsp. citri (Xcc), the causal agent of citrus canker disease. A previous study showed that the transient expression of pepper Bs2 in lemon leaves reduced canker formation and induced plant defence mechanisms...
February 2, 2017: Plant Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152386/no-difference-in-mechanical-ventilation-free-hours-in-critically-ill-patients-who-received-intravenous-oral-or-enteral-phosphate-replacement
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Stephen J Lemon, Stephanie D Zack, Stacy A Voils
PURPOSE: To determine the impact on duration of mechanical ventilation (MV) and the need for reintubation after changing from intravenous (IV) to oral phosphate formulations, in response to a national shortage of IV phosphate. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in adult patients who required MV for at least 48 hours. RESULTS: A total of 136 patients were included, with 68 patients in both the restricted phosphate group and unrestricted phosphate groups...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148906/myxobolus-taibaiensis-sp-n-myxozoa-myxosporea-infecting-the-intestinal-wall-of-common-carp-cyprinus-carpio-linnaeus-in-china
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Xinhua Liu, Congjie Hua, Qianqian Zhang, Yuanli Zhao, Dong Zhang, Jinyong Zhang
Myxobolus taibaiensis sp. n. was found in the inner intestinal wall of common carp, Cyprinus carpio Linnaeus, during the investigation of fish parasite fauna in Lake Taibai, located in the middle reach of the Yangtze River, China. The whitish ellipsoidal plasmodia, up to 2.9 mm long and 1.7 mm wide, developed in the circular muscle layer of the intestinal wall and produced significant compression into adjacent tissues, but no significant inflammatory responses were observed against this infection. Mature spores are oval in frontal view and lemon-like in lateral and apical view, averaging 10...
January 10, 2017: Folia Parasitologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143625/potential-benefits-of-phytochemicals-against-alzheimer-s-disease
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Emma L Wightman
Our current therapeutic drugs for Alzheimer's disease are predominantly derived from the alkaloid class of plant phytochemicals. These drugs, such as galantamine and rivastigmine, attenuate the decline in the cholinergic system but, as the alkaloids occupy the most dangerous end of the phytochemical spectrum (indeed they function as feeding deterrents and poisons to other organisms within the plant itself), they are often associated with unpleasant side effects. In addition, these cholinesterase inhibiting alkaloids target only one system in a disorder, which is typified by multifactorial deficits...
February 1, 2017: Proceedings of the Nutrition Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137527/use-of-herbal-product-among-pregnant-women-in-turkey
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Aygül Kıssal, Ümran Çevik Güner, Döndü Batkın Ertürk
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to determine the herbal product use of pregnants as there is not adequate information relating to the rate of herbal product use during pregnancy in Turkey and what is thought about effects and side effects thereof. METHODS: It is a descriptive study consisted of 366 pregnants admitted to hospital for childbirth in gynaecology and obstetrics clinics of a public hospital or a university hospital. Data were collected with individual information form and question form of herbal product use in pregnancy...
February 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124962/-investigation-of-the-in-vitro-effects-of-melissa-officinalis-l-mentha-x-piperita-l-and-ocimum-basilicum-l-lamiaceae-essential-oils-on-the-cysts-and-trophozoites-of-acanthamoeba-castellani
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Ceren Ergüden, Soykan Özkoç, Bintuğ Öztürk, Songül Bayram Delibaş
Acanthamoeba species are free living amoeba found widely all over the world. They are responsible for Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK), an infection which is especially seen in contact lens users and after minor corneal traumas, that may lead blindness. At present, antifungals and antiseptics are used for the treatment of AK cases, however, some problems such as long treatment periods and the occurrence of side effects, resistance of cyst forms against drugs, emphasize the need for new drugs. There are some published studies that pointed out the effectiveness of plant extracts and essential oils on Acanthamoeba spp...
October 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117581/tyramine-pathways-in-citrus-plant-defense-glycoconjugates-of-tyramine-and-its-n-methylated-derivatives
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Luigi Servillo, Domenico Castaldo, Alfonso Giovane, Rosario Casale, Nunzia D'Onofrio, Domenico Cautela, Maria Luisa Balestrieri
Glucosylated forms of tyramine and some of its N-methylated derivatives are here reported for the first time to occur in Citrus genus plants. The compounds tyramine-O-β-d-glucoside, N-methyltyramine-O-β-d-glucoside, and N,N-dimethyltyramine-O-β-d-glucoside were detected in juice and leaves of sweet orange, bitter orange, bergamot, citron, lemon, mandarin, and pomelo. The compounds were identified by mass spectrometric analysis, enzymatic synthesis, and comparison with extracts of Stapelia hirsuta L., a plant belonging to the Apocynaceae family in which N,N-dimethyltyramine-O-β-d-glucoside was identified by others...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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