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Qingqi Yan, Yumei Wang, Wawat Rodiahwati, Antje Spiess, Michael Modigell
Screw press processing of biomass can be considered as a suitable mechanically based pretreatment for biofuel production since it disrupts the structure of lignocellulosic biomass with high shear and pressure forces. The combination with chemical treatment has been suggested to increase the conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to fermentable sugars. Within the study, the synergetic effect of alkaline (sodium hydroxide, NaOH) soaking and screw press pretreatment on wheat straw was evaluated based on, e.g., sugar recovery and energy efficiency...
October 19, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Theerawut Chanmee, Pawared Ontong, Tomomi Izumikawa, Miho Higashide, Nobutoshi Mochizuki, Chatchadawalai Chokchaitaweesuk, Manatsanan Khansai, Kazuki Nakajima, Ikuko Kakizaki, Prachya Kongtawelert, Naoyuki Taniguchi, Naoki Itano
Cancer stem cells (CSCs) represent a small subpopulation of self-renewing oncogenic cells. Like many other stem cells, metabolic reprogramming has been implicated to be a key characteristic of CSCs. However, little is known on how the metabolic features of cancer cells are controlled to orchestrate their CSC-like properties. We recently demonstrated that hyaluronan (HA) overproduction allowed plastic cancer cells to revert to stem-cell states. Here, we adopted stable isotope-assisted tracing and mass spectrometry profiling to elucidate the metabolic features of HA-overproducing breast cancer cells...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Suguru Kimoto, Yasuhiko Kawai, Atsuko Gunji, Hisatomo Kondo, Taro Nomura, Tomohiko Murakami, Akito Tsuboi, Guang Hong, Shunsuke Minakuchi, Yusuke Sato, Gaku Ohwada, Tetsuya Suzuki, Katsuhiko Kimoto, Noriyuki Hoshi, Makiko Saita, Yoshikazu Yoneyama, Yohei Sato, Masakazu Morokuma, Joji Okazaki, Takeshi Maeda, Kenichiro Nakai, Tetsuo Ichikawa, Kan Nagao, Keiko Fujimoto, Hiroshi Murata, Tadafumi Kurogi, Kazuhiro Yoshida, Masahiro Nishimura, Yasuhiro Nishi, Mamoru Murakami, Toshio Hosoi, Taizo Hamada
BACKGROUND: Denture adhesives, characterized as medical products in 1935 by the American Dental Association, have been considered useful adjuncts for improving denture retention and stability. However, many dentists in Japan are hesitant to acknowledge denture adhesives in daily practice because of the stereotype that dentures should be inherently stable, without the aid of adhesives. The aim of this study is to verify the efficacy of denture adhesives to establish guidelines for Japanese users...
October 18, 2016: Trials
Kesavan Balakumaran, Mosesbabu Janagili, Nagaraju Rajana, Sureshbabu Papureddy, Jayashree Anireddy
Alpha glucoside inhibitors used to treat type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM) are likely to be safe and effective. These agents are most effective for postprandial hyperglycemia. Miglitol is a type of drug used to treat type-2 DM. A simple, selective, linear, precise and accurate reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography (RP-HPLC) method was developed and validated for a related substance of miglitol and its identification, and characterization was done by different mass spectrometry techniques. The gradient method at a flow rate of 1...
October 14, 2016: Scientia Pharmaceutica
Suzanne Oparil
Heart disease, stroke, and kidney failure are leading causes of death worldwide, and hypertension is a significant risk factor for each. Hypertension is less common in women, compared to men, in those younger than 45 years of age. This trend is reversed in those 65 years and older. In the US between 2011-2014, the prevalence of hypertension in women and men by age group was 6% vs 8% (18-39 years), 30% vs 35% (40-59 years), and 67% vs 63% (60 years and over). Awareness, treatment, and control rates differ between genders with women being more aware of their diagnosis (85% vs 80%), more likely to take their medications (81% vs 71%) and more frequently having controlled hypertension (55% vs 49%)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Roland Seidling, Lars J Lehmann, Manuel Lingner, Eckhard Mauermann, Udo Obertacke, Markus L R Schwarz
BACKGROUND: A lot of advantages can result in a high wettability as well as a nanostructure at a titanium surface on bone implants. Thus, the aim of this study was to evaluate the osseointegrative potential of a titan plasma-sprayed (TPS) surface refinement by acid-etching with chromosulfuric acid. This results in a hyperhydrophilic surface with a nanostructure and an extreme high wetting rate. METHODS: In total, 72 dumbbell shape titan implants were inserted in the spongy bone of the femora of 18 Göttingen minipigs in a conservative gap model...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Mathias Klein, Martina Carrillo, Joeline Xiberras, Zia-Ul Islam, Steve Swinnen, Elke Nevoigt
One advantage of using glycerol as a carbon source for industrial bioprocesses is its higher degree of reduction compared to glucose. In order to exploit this reducing power for the production of reduced compounds thereby significantly increasing maximum theoretical yields, the electrons derived from glycerol oxidation must first be saved in the form of cytosolic NAD(P)H. However, the industrial platform organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae naturally uses a FAD-dependent pathway for glycerol catabolism transferring the electrons to the respiratory chain...
October 14, 2016: Metabolic Engineering
G Meenakshi, A Sivasamy
Semiconductor zinc oxide nanorods (NRZnO) were prepared by sol-gel technique using zinc acetate as the precursor and ammonia as the precipitating agent. The prepared photocatalyst were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-Vis-DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), Field Emission-Scanning Electron Microscopy (FE-SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), High Resolution-Tunneling Microscope (HR-TEM), Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) and electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy (EPR) analysis...
October 13, 2016: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Shirae K Leslie, Ramsey C Kinney, Zvi Schwartz, Barbara D Boyan
An increasing demand to regenerate tissues from patient-derived sources has led to the development of cell-based therapies using autologous stem cells, thereby decreasing immune rejection of scaffolds coupled with allogeneic stem cells or allografts. Adult stem cells are multipotent and are readily available in tissues such as fat and bone marrow. They possess the ability to repair and regenerate tissue through the production of therapeutic factors, particularly vasculogenic proteins. A major challenge in cell-based therapies is localizing the delivered stem cells to the target site...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yuko Wada, Yukie Takaoka, Mitsuru Nozawa, Miho Goto, Ken-Ichi Shimokawa, Fumiyoshi Ishii
We measured the pH, water-vapor permeability, adhesive force, peeling-force, elongation rate, support flexibility, and peeling time of medicinal and over-the-counter (OTC) tape preparations containing felbinac. When measuring the pH of each preparation, Felnabion (pH 4.5) was weakly acidic, and EMEC and Tokuon (pH 7.0) were neutral. When measuring the water-vapor permeability of each preparation, that of a generic product, EMEC (380 g/m(2)/24h), was twice as high as that of a brand-name product, Seltouch (189 g/m(2)/24 h)...
October 4, 2016: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
Ralf Banisch, Eric Vanden-Eijnden
A computational procedure is proposed to generate directly loop-erased transition paths in the context of non-equilibrium reactions, i.e. reactions that occur in systems whose dynamics is not in detailed balance. The procedure builds on results from Transition Path Theory (TPT), and it avoids altogether the need to generate reactive trajectories, either by brute-force calculations or using importance sampling schemes such as Transition Path Sampling (TPS). This is computationally advantageous since these reactive trajectories can themselves be very long and intricate in complex reactions...
October 10, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Karen Haberland, Mehmet Uygur
Both hand function [as seen through the coordination between grip force (GF) and load force (LF)] and the ability to produce a submaximal force quickly (i.e., neuromuscular quickness) are two important qualities of motor function that could be seriously affected by the presence of neurological diseases. Therefore, their quantitative assessment is very important in clinical settings. Within this study, we aimed to develop, standardize, and measure the within-session reliability of a clinically meaningful test that assesses both hand function and neuromuscular quickness simultaneously...
October 7, 2016: Experimental Brain Research. Experimentelle Hirnforschung. Expérimentation Cérébrale
Hanna Koch, Lutz Becks
A species reproductive mode, along with its associated costs and benefits, can play a significant role in its evolution and survival. Facultative sexuality, being able to reproduce both sexually and asexually, has been deemed evolutionary favourable as the benefits of either mode may be fully realized. In fact, many studies have focused on identifying the benefits of sex and/or the forces selecting for increased rates of sex using facultative sexual species. The costs of either mode however can also have a profound impact on a population's evolutionary trajectory...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Evolutionary Biology
Debasis Nayak, Manisha Kumari, Sripathi Rajachandar, Sarbani Ashe, Neethi Chandra Thathapudi, Bismita Nayak
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are double edged sword that possesses both beneficial and harmful effects. Although basic research on skin cancer prevention has undergone a huge transformation, cases of recurrence with higher rates of drug resistance are some of its drawbacks. Therefore, targeting mitochondria by ROS overproduction provides an alternate approach for anticancer therapy. In the present study green synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were explored for triggering the ROS production in A431 skin carcinoma cells...
October 7, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Daly Davis, Y Sajeev
Using a low energy electron (LEE) as a catalyst, the electronic origin of the catalytic strategies corresponding to substrate selectivity, reaction specificity and reaction rate enhancement is investigated for a reversible unimolecular elementary reaction. An electronic energy complementarity between the catalyst and the substrate molecule is the origin of substrate selectivity and reaction specificity. The electronic energy complementarity is induced by tuning the electronic energy of the catalyst. The energy complementarity maximizes the binding forces between the catalyst and the molecule...
October 12, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Michael R Gillings
Lateral gene transfer (LGT) has significantly influenced bacterial evolution since the origins of life. It helped bacteria generate flexible, mosaic genomes and enables individual cells to rapidly acquire adaptive phenotypes. In turn, this allowed bacteria to mount strong defenses against human attempts to control their growth. The widespread dissemination of genes conferring resistance to antimicrobial agents has precipitated a crisis for modern medicine. Our actions can promote increased rates of LGT and also provide selective forces to fix such events in bacterial populations...
October 5, 2016: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
S Manderoos, N Wasenius, M K Laine, U M Kujala, E Mälkiä, J Kaprio, S Sarna, H M Bäckmand, J A Kettunen, O J Heinonen, A M Jula, S Aunola, J G Eriksson
The aim of this cross-sectional study was to compare mobility and muscle strength in male former elite endurance and power athletes aged 66-91 years (n = 150; 50 men in both former elite athlete groups and in their control group). Agility, dynamic balance, walking speed, chair stand, self-rated balance confidence (ABC-scale), jumping height, and handgrip strength were assessed. Former elite power athletes had better agility performance time than the controls (age- and body mass index, BMI-adjusted mean difference -3...
October 5, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
Silvio Aprile, Rossana Canavesi, Michele Bianchi, Giorgio Grosa, Erika Del Grosso
A stability indicating high performance liquid chromatography method has been developed for the determination of thiocolchicoside (TCC) and its main degradation products thiocolchicoside S-oxide (D1SO) and 3-O-demethylthiocolchicine (D3) in liquid and solid formulations. The method was developed based on a previous forced degradation study showing that TCC underwent chemical degradation by acid/base catalyzed hydrolysis and oxidation being the main degradation products D3 and D1SO respectively. The analytes separation and quantification were achieved on a Synergi™ 4μm Polar-RP 80Å, column 150×4...
September 26, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
Geoffry A Davis, Atsuko Kanazawa, Mark Aurel Schöttler, Kaori Kohzuma, John E Froehlich, A William Rutherford, Mio Satoh-Cruz, Deepika Minhas, Stefanie Tietz, Amit Dhingra, David M Kramer
The thylakoid proton motive force (pmf) generated during photosynthesis is the essential driving force for ATP production; it is also a central regulator of light capture and electron transfer. We investigated the effects of elevated pmf on photosynthesis in a library of Arabidopsis thaliana mutants with altered rates of thylakoid lumen proton efflux, leading to a range of steady-state pmf extents. We observed the expected pmf-dependent alterations in photosynthetic regulation, but also strong effects on the rate of photosystem II (PSII) photodamage...
October 4, 2016: ELife
Yasuhiro Horibata, Hiromi Ando, Peixiang Zhang, Laurent Vergnes, Chieko Aoyama, Masahiko Itoh, Karen Reue, Hiroyuki Sugimoto
Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a major phospholipid of mitochondria, composing 40-50% of both the outer and the inner membranes. However, PC must be imported from its production organelles because mitochondria lack the enzymes essential for PC biosynthesis. In a previous study, we found that StarD7 mediates the intracellular transfer of PC to mitochondria. Therefore, in this study, we analyzed the contribution of StarD7 to the maintenance of mitochondrial phospholipid content and function using siRNA-mediated knockdown (KD) and knockout (KO) of the StarD7 gene in HEPA-1 cells...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Biological Chemistry
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