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Fengbo Li, Xiaoyu Li, Pu Cui
Paecilomyces catenlannulatus (P. catenlannulatus) as a genus of entomogenous fungus presented a variety of surface reactive groups by batch characterizations. The detoxification of U(VI) by P. catenlannulatus was investigated under different water chemistry (pH, incubation time, foreign anions and U(VI) concentration) by batch techniques. Approximately 75% of U(VI) was reduced to U(IV) (i.e., U(IV) O2 (s)) by P. catenlannulatus at pH 5.5 and 7 days under glovebox conditions, therefore the formation of precipitates decreased the toxicity of U(VI) for P...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Environmental Radioactivity
Rosa I Sanchez, Kerry L Fillgrove, Ka Lai Yee, Yuexia Liang, Bing Lu, Aditya Tatavarti, Rachael Liu, Matt S Anderson, Martin O Behm, Li Fan, Yun Li, Joan R Butterton, Marian Iwamoto, Sauzanne G Khalilieh
Absorption, distribution, metabolism and elimination of doravirine (MK-1439), a novel non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor, were investigated. Two clinical trials were conducted in healthy subjects: an oral single dose [14 C]doravirine (350 mg, ∼200 µCi) trial (N = 6) and an intravenous (IV) single-dose doravirine (100 µg) trial (N = 12). In vitro metabolism, protein binding, apparent permeability and P-glycoprotein (P-gp) transport studies were conducted to complement the clinical trials...
March 20, 2018: Xenobiotica; the Fate of Foreign Compounds in Biological Systems
E Nji Nde Aboringong, Alain M Dikandé
The amide-I [Formula: see text] -helix protein is a long molecular chain made up of regularly spaced peptide groups interacting via C=O bonds. According to the current theory the energy released by hydrolyzed adenosine triphosphate is carried across the protein via vibration modes, caused by C=O bond stretchings which, in the presence of anharmonic molecular vibrations, can promote nonlinear localized excitations called excitons. In this work the effects of long-range interactions between amide-I molecules on the modulational instability of small-amplitude excitons, and on characteristic parameters of soliton wavetrain-type excitons, are investigated with emphasis on long-range interactions saturating at finite intermolecular interaction ranges...
March 21, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Alina M Suciu, Dana A Crisan, Bogdan D Procopet, Corina I Radu, Carmen Socaciu, Marcel V Tantau, Horia O Stefanescu, Mircea Grigorescu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Current management of alcoholic liver disease (ALD), especially for alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is still driven by liver biopsy. Therefore, the identification of novel and accurate noninvasive biomarkers for the diagnosis and assessment of severity is important. Metabolomics, because it unravels changes closest to the phenotype, may represent the key for novel biomarkers. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize potential metabolomic biomarkers for diagnosis, staging and severity assessment of ALD...
March 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal and Liver Diseases: JGLD
Dunia E Santiago, Luisa M Pastrana-Martínez, Elisenda Pulido-Melián, Javier Araña, Joaquim L Faria, Adrián M T Silva, Óscar González-Díaz, José M Doña-Rodríguez
Magnetite (Fe3 O4 ), a core-shell material (SiO2 @Fe3 O4 ), and reduced graphene oxide-Fe3 O4 (referred as rGO-MN) were used as supports of a specific highly active TiO2 photocatalyst. Thermal treatments at 200 or 450 °C, different atmospheres (air or N2 ), and TiO2 :support weight ratios (1.0, 1.5, or 2.0) were investigated. X-ray diffractograms revealed that magnetite is not oxidized to hematite when the core-shell SiO2 @Fe3 O4 material-or a N2 atmosphere (instead of air) in the thermal treatment-was employed to prepare the TiO2 -based catalysts (the magnetic properties being preserved)...
March 2, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
A V Chaplin, S I Polyakova, T O Kochetkova, S R Sokolova, A Y Goltsov, D Y Trofimov, B A Efimov
We report here a draft genome sequence of Megasphaera sp. ASD88, a strain from the intestinal microbiota of a child with autism spectrum disorder, representing a previously undescribed species of the genus Megasphaera. The assembled sequence consists of 88 scaffolds, and the total size is 2.59 Mb.
March 2018: New Microbes and New Infections
Graeme A Deuchar, David Brennan, William M Holmes, Martin Shaw, I Mhairi Macrae, Celestine Santosh
The ability to identify metabolically active and potentially salvageable ischaemic penumbra is crucial for improving treatment decisions in acute stroke patients. Our solution involves two complementary novel MRI techniques (Glasgow Oxygen Level Dependant (GOLD) Metabolic Imaging), which when combined with a perfluorocarbon (PFC) based oxygen carrier and hyperoxia can identify penumbra due to dynamic changes related to continued metabolism within this tissue compartment. Our aims were (i) to investigate whether PFC offers similar enhancement of the second technique (Lactate Change) as previously demonstrated for the T2 *OC technique (ii) to demonstrate both GOLD metabolic imaging techniques working concurrently to identify penumbra, following administration of Oxycyte® (O-PFC) with hyperoxia...
2018: Theranostics
Peng Lin, Chen Xu, Wei Xing, Luni Sun, Daniel I Kaplan, Nobuhide Fujitake, Chris M Yeager, Kathleen A Schwehr, Peter H Santschi
Uptake of six particle-reactive and/or redox-sensitive radionuclides (210 Pb,234 Th,7 Be,59 Fe,237 Np and233 Pa) by 14 humic acids (HAs) was investigated in artificial groundwater under mildly acidic conditions (pH~5.5). In HA-groundwater slurry, Pb, Be, Fe and Pa bound strongly to particulate HA (>0.45 µm), supporting their application as tracers of soil erosion. Th bound strongly to the colloidal HA (3 kDa-0.45 µm) and as such, would not be a good candidate as a tracer for monitoring soil erosion...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Joanna I Loch, Piotr Bonarek, Magdalena Tworzydło, Ilona Łazińska, Joanna Szydłowska, Joanna Lipowska, Katarzyna Rzęsikowska, Krzysztof Lewiński
Chlorpromazine (CPZ) is a phenothiazine acting as dopamine antagonist. Aside from application in schizophrenia therapy, chlorpromazine is found to be a putative inhibitor of proteins involved in cancers, heritable autism disorder and prion diseases. Four new β-lactoglobulin variants with double or triple substitutions: I56F/L39A, F105L/L39A, I56F/L39A/M107F or F105L/L39A/M107F changing the shape of the binding pocket were produced and their chlorpromazine binding properties have been investigated by X-ray crystallography, circular dichroism, isothermal titration calorimetry and thermophoresis...
March 16, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Snehal N Mestry, Nitin B Gawali, Sarayu A Pai, Malvika S Gursahani, Jayesh B Dhodi, Renuka Munshi, Archana R Juvekar
BACKGROUND: Gentamicin is widely used as an antibiotic for the treatment of gram negative infections. Evidences indicates that oxidative stress is involved in gentamicin-induced nephrotoxicity. In Ayurvedic medicine, Punica granatum Linn. is considered as 'a pharmacy unto itself". It has been claimed in traditional literature, to treat various kidney ailments due to its antioxidant potential. OBJECTIVE: To explore the possible mechanism of action of methanolic extract of P...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
C Magnotti, E Figueroa, J G Farias, O Merino, I Valdebenito, R P S Oliveira, V Cerqueira
In this article we describe basic aspects of the sperm biology of lebranche mullet (Mugil liza) in the wild and in captivity, in particular assessing the effects of salinity (0, 10, 20, 30, 35, 40, 50 and 60 g L-1 ) and pH (6, 7, 8, 9 and 10) on sperm motility. Our results indicate that the highest percentage of motility was recorded with salinity 34.6 g L-1 (95 ± 10%) and the longest motility time was obtained with a salinity of 34.8 g L-1 (189 ± 15 s). Variations in the salinity between 30 and 35 g L-1 did not produce any significant alterations in sperm motility; however salinities of 20 and 50 g L-1 produced a significant loss of sperm motility...
March 9, 2018: Animal Reproduction Science
Sergey O Bachurin, Svetlana I Gavrilova, Anna Samsonova, George E Barreto, Gjumrakch Aliev
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March 16, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
Shaojun Wang, Jihang Li, Zhe Zhang, Run Cao, Minkun Chen, Shaohui Li
The aboveground ant nests are admitted as hot spots for CO2 emissions which increase heterogeneity of soil carbon (C) flux in forest ecosystems. However, little is known about effects of underground-nesting ant species on C emissions in tropical forests, where the ants have high diversity and abundance. In this study, we chose three underground-nesting ant species with different feeding-behaviors (Pheidole capellini - predominantly honeydew harvester, Odontoponera transversa - predominantly predator, and Pheidologeton affinis - scavenger) to explore their impacts on soil CO2 emission in Xishuangbanna tropical forest, China...
March 1, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Jenifer K McIntyre, Jessica I Lundin, James R Cameron, Michelle I Chow, Jay W Davis, John P Incardona, Nathaniel L Scholz
Adult coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) prematurely die when they return from the ocean to spawn in urban watersheds throughout northwestern North America. The available evidence suggests the annual mortality events are caused by toxic stormwater runoff. The underlying pathophysiology of the urban spawner mortality syndrome is not known, and it is unclear whether closely related species of Pacific salmon are similarly at risk. The present study co-exposed adult coho and chum (O. keta) salmon to runoff from a high traffic volume urban arterial roadway...
March 16, 2018: Environmental Pollution
Neville K Kisalu, Azza H Idris, Connor Weidle, Yevel Flores-Garcia, Barbara J Flynn, Brandon K Sack, Sean Murphy, Arne Scho N, Ernesto Freire, Joseph R Francica, Alex B Miller, Jason Gregory, Sandra March, Hua-Xin Liao, Barton F Haynes, Kevin Wiehe, Ashley M Trama, Kevin O Saunders, Morgan A Gladden, Anthony Monroe, Mattia Bonsignori, Masaru Kanekiyo, Adam K Wheatley, Adrian B McDermott, S Katie Farney, Gwo-Yu Chuang, Baoshan Zhang, Natasha Kc, Sumana Chakravarty, Peter D Kwong, Photini Sinnis, Sangeeta N Bhatia, Stefan H I Kappe, B Kim Lee Sim, Stephen L Hoffman, Fidel Zavala, Marie Pancera, Robert A Seder
Development of a highly effective vaccine or antibodies for the prevention and ultimately elimination of malaria is urgently needed. Here we report the isolation of a number of human monoclonal antibodies directed against the Plasmodium falciparum (Pf) circumsporozoite protein (PfCSP) from several subjects immunized with an attenuated Pf whole-sporozoite (SPZ) vaccine (Sanaria PfSPZ Vaccine). Passive transfer of one of these antibodies, monoclonal antibody CIS43, conferred high-level, sterile protection in two different mouse models of malaria infection...
March 19, 2018: Nature Medicine
Somayyeh Mohammadi, Christine T Chambers, Natalie O Rosen
OBJECTIVE: Expressions of pain by individuals with chronic pain may encourage solicitous and distracting responses from some partners and punishing responses from others. Partners' responses can impact the wellbeing of individuals with chronic pain. Yet information about factors that can explain the link between expression of pain behaviors and different partners' responses is scarce. The objective of this study was to investigate the role of perceived partner burden and relationship quality in the link between expressions of pain behaviors and perceived partner responses (i...
March 16, 2018: Clinical Journal of Pain
Konstantinos Feidantsis, Hans O Pörtner, Elisavet Vlachonikola, Efthimia Antonopoulou, Basile Michaelidis
Seasonal temperature changes may take organisms to the upper and lower limit of their thermal range, with respective variations in their biochemical and metabolic profile. To elucidate these traits, we investigated metabolic and antioxidant patterns in tissues of sea bream Sparus aurata during seasonal acclimatization for 1 yr in the field. Metabolic patterns were assessed by determining lactate dehydrogenase, citrate synthase, and β-hydroxyacyl CoA dehydrogenase activities, their kinetic properties and plasma levels of glucose, lactate, and triglycerides and tissue succinate levels...
May 2018: Physiological and Biochemical Zoology: PBZ
Viktor Tomilin, Gail A Reif, Oleg Zaika, Darren P Wallace, Oleh Pochynyuk
Autosomal-dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a devastating disorder that is characterized by a progressive decline in renal function as a result of the development of fluid-filled cysts. Defective flow-mediated [Ca2+ ]i responses and disrupted [Ca2+ ]i homeostasis have been repeatedly associated with cyst progression in ADPKD. We have previously demonstrated that the transient receptor potential vanilloid type 4 (TRPV4) channel is imperative for flow-mediated [Ca2+ ]i responses in murine distal renal tubule cells...
March 19, 2018: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Xiao-Ying Fu, Hui-Min Guo, Wei Cong, Xiang-Cai Meng
The increasing demand of Chinese materia medica could not be supplied by wild resource, and the cultivated medicinal materials become popular, which led to decreased quality of many medicinal materials due to the difference of the circumstance between the wild and the cultivated. How to improve quality becomes key points of Chinese medicine resource. The leaves of Scutellaria baicalensis were sprayed with H₂O₂, the activities of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) changed little, but there had been a marked decrease of peroxidase (POD) and ascorbic oxidase (APX), which showed that the antioxidase system declined...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Marta Sánchez-Soto, Verònica Casadó-Anguera, Hideaki Yano, Brian Joseph Bender, Ning-Sheng Cai, Estefanía Moreno, Enric I Canela, Antoni Cortés, Jens Meiler, Vicent Casadó, Sergi Ferré
The poor norepinephrine innervation and high density of Gi/o-coupled α2A - and α2C -adrenoceptors in the striatum and the dense striatal dopamine innervation have prompted the possibility that dopamine could be an effective adrenoceptor ligand. Nevertheless, the reported adrenoceptor agonistic properties of dopamine are still inconclusive. In this study, we analyzed the binding of norepinephrine, dopamine, and several compounds reported as selective dopamine D2 -like receptor ligands, such as the D3 receptor agonist 7-OH-PIPAT and the D4 receptor agonist RO-105824, to α2 -adrenoceptors in cortical and striatal tissue, which express α2A -adrenoceptors and both α2A - and α2C -adrenoceptors, respectively...
March 18, 2018: Molecular Neurobiology
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