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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527377/fishing-for-leadership-the-role-diversification-plays-in-facilitating-change-agents
#1
Joshua S Stoll
Leadership is often viewed as being critical to successful natural resource management. This research focuses on a set of leaders identified through a social network analysis of fishers in a rural coastal region. Leaders' connections to different fisheries are evaluated, and these actors are found to be significantly more diversified than other fishers in the area. Drawing on theory related to institutional entrepreneurship and a series of in-depth interviews with these actors, this paper puts forward several hypotheses to explain how diverse social-ecological connections facilitate leadership...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527218/the-mechanisms-of-action-of-curcumin-in%C3%A2-alzheimer-s-disease
#2
Mengxi Tang, Changiz Taghibiglou
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disorder of the elderly. As the prevalence of AD rises in the 21st century, there is an urgent need for the development of effective pharmacotherapies. Currently, drug treatments target the symptoms of the disease and do not modify or halt the disease progress. Thus, natural compounds have been investigated for their ability to treat AD. This review examines the efficacy of curcumin, a polyphenol derived from turmeric herb, to treat AD. We summarize the in vivo and in vitro research describing the mechanisms of action in which curcumin modifies AD pathology: curcumin inhibits the formation and promotes the disaggregation of amyloid-β plaques, attenuates the hyperphosphorylation of tau and enhances its clearance, binds copper, lowers cholesterol, modifies microglial activity, inhibits acetylcholinesterase, mediates the insulin signaling pathway, and is an antioxidant...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526832/identification-of-a-novel-chalcone-derivative-that-inhibits-notch-signaling-in-t-cell-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#3
Mattia Mori, Luca Tottone, Deborah Quaglio, Nadezda Zhdanovskaya, Cinzia Ingallina, Marisa Fusto, Francesca Ghirga, Giovanna Peruzzi, Maria Elisa Crestoni, Fabrizio Simeoni, Francesca Giulimondi, Claudio Talora, Bruno Botta, Isabella Screpanti, Rocco Palermo
Notch signaling is considered a rational target in the therapy of several cancers, particularly those harbouring Notch gain of function mutations, including T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). Although currently available Notch-blocking agents are showing anti-tumor activity in preclinical studies, they are not effective in all the patients and often cause severe side-effects, limiting their widespread therapeutic use. Here, by functional and biological analysis of the most representative molecules of an in house library of natural products, we have designed and synthetized the chalcone-derivative 8 possessing Notch inhibitory activity at low micro molar concentration in T-ALL cell lines...
May 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526787/development-of-multi-well-plate-methods-using-pure-cultures-of-methanogens-to-identify-new-inhibitors-for-suppressing-ruminant-methane-emissions
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M R Weimar, J Cheung, D Dey, C McSweeney, M Morrison, Y Kobayashi, W B Whitman, V Carbone, L R Schofield, R S Ronimus, G M Cook
Hydrogenotrophic methanogens typically require strictly anaerobic culturing conditions in glass tubes with overpressures of H2 and CO2 that are both time-consuming and costly. To increase the throughput for screening chemical compound libraries, 96-well microtiter plate methods for the growth of a marine (environmental) methanogen Methanococcus maripaludis strain S2 and the rumen methanogen Methanobrevibacter species AbM4 were developed. A number of key parameters (inoculum size, reducing agents for media preparation, duration of assay, inhibitor solvents and culture volume) were optimised to achieve robust and reproducible growth in a high-throughput microtiter plate format...
May 19, 2017: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526354/outline-of-a-unified-darwinian-evolutionary-theory-for-physical-and-biological-systems
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REVIEW
Carlos Baladrón, Andrei Khrennikov
The scheme of a unified Darwinian evolutionary theory for physical and biological systems is described. Every physical system is methodologically endowed with a classical information processor what turns every system into an agent being also susceptible to evolution. Biological systems retain this structure as natural extensions of physical systems from which they are built up. Optimization of information flows turns out to be the key element to study the possible emergence of quantum behavior and the unified Darwinian description of physical and biological systems...
May 16, 2017: Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526147/pharmacologic-considerations-of-anesthetic-agents-in-geriatric-patients
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REVIEW
Maunak V Rana, Lara K Bonasera, Gregory J Bordelon
Aging is a natural process of declining organ function and reserve. Census data show that the geriatric population is expected to grow to nearly 30%. More than half of geriatric patients have 1 or more surgical procedures in their lifetimes. Moreover, this is the population at greatest risk of morbidity and mortality with any given complication. There is remarkable variability in health across the age spectrum, from fit to frail and compromised. This variability requires a unique approach to anesthetic delivery and drug dosing on an individual basis to avoid complications such as postoperative cognitive dysfunction and delirium...
June 2017: Anesthesiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525943/effect-of-au-dextran-nps-as-anti-tumor-agent-against-eac-and-solid-tumor-in-mice-by-biochemical-evaluations-and-histopathological-investigations
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Dalia Medhat, Jihan Hussein, Mehrez E El-Naggar, Mohamed F Attia, Mona Anwar, Yasmine Abdel Latif, Hoda F Booles, Safaa Morsy, Abdel Razik Farrag, Wagdy K B Khalil, Zakaria El-Khayat
Dextran-capped gold nanoparticles (Au-dextran NPs) were prepared exploiting the natural polysaccharide polymer as both reducing and stabilizing agent in the synthesis process, aiming at studying their antitumor effect on solid carcinoma and EAC-bearing mice. To this end, Au-dextran NPs were designed via simple eco-friendly chemical reaction and they were characterized revealing the monodispersed particles with narrow distributed size of around 49nm with high negative charge. In vivo experiments were performed on mice...
May 15, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525847/apoptosis-of-leukemia-k562-and-molt-4-cells-induced-by-emamectin-benzoate-involving-mitochondrial-membrane-potential-loss-and-intracellular-ca-2-modulation
#8
Xinming Yun, Wenbing Rao, Ciying Xiao, Qingchun Huang
Leukemia threatens millions of people's health and lives, and the pesticide-induced leukemia has been increasingly concerned because of the etiologic exposure. In this paper, cytotoxic effect of emamectin benzoate (EMB), an excellent natural-product insecticide, was evaluated through monitoring cell viability, cell apoptosis, mitochondrial membrane potential and intracellular Ca(2+) concentration ([Ca(2+)]i) in leukemia K562 and Molt-4 cells. Following the exposure to EMB, cell viability was decreased and positive apoptosis of K562 and Molt-4 cells was increased in a concentration- and time- dependent fashion...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524381/antifungal-activity-of-gallic-acid-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
#9
Zhi-Jian Li, Meng Liu, Gulina Dawuti, Qin Dou, Yu Ma, Heng-Ge Liu, Silafu Aibai
Gallic acid (GA) is a polyphenol natural compound found in many medicinal plant species, including pomegranate rind (Punica granatum L.), and has been shown to have antiinflammatory and antibacterial properties. Pomegranate rind is used to treat bacterial and fungal pathogens in Uyghur and other systems of traditional medicine, but, surprisingly, the effects of GA on antifungal activity have not yet been reported. In this study, we aimed to investigate the inhibitory effects of GA on fungal strains both in vitro and in vivo...
May 19, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523731/wble2-transcription-factor-in-streptomyces-griseus-s4-7-plays-an-important-role-in-plant-protection
#10
Hyun Ji Cho, Young Sang Kwon, Da-Ran Kim, Gyeongjun Cho, Seong Won Hong, Dong-Won Bae, Youn-Sig Kwak
Streptomyces griseus S4-7 was originally isolated from the strawberry rhizosphere as a microbial agent responsible for Fusarium wilt suppressive soils. S. griseus S4-7 shows specific and pronounced antifungal activity against Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. fragariae. In the Streptomyces genus, the whi transcription factors are regulators of sporulation, cell differentiation, septation, and secondary metabolites production. wblE2 function as a regulator has emerged as a new group in whi transcription factors. In this study, we reveal the involvement of the wblE2 transcription factor in the plant-protection by S...
May 19, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523613/eco-friendly-and-cost-effective-ag-nanocrystals-fabricated-using-the-leaf-extract-of-habenaria-plantaginea-toxicity-on-six-mosquito-vectors-and-four-non-target-species
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Chinnadurai Aarthi, Marimuthu Govindarajan, Pichaimuthu Rajaraman, Naiyf S Alharbi, Shine Kadaikunnan, Jamal M Khaled, Ramzi A Mothana, Nasir A Siddiqui, Giovanni Benelli
Recently, the biofabrication of metal nanoparticles has gained wide interest owing to its inherent features such as swift, simplicity, eco-friendliness, and cheaper costs. Different green-reducing agents led to the production of nanoparticles with varying toxicity on insects. In the current study, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were successfully synthesized using Habenaria plantaginea leaf extract. Ag nanoparticles were studied by UV-Vis spectroscopy (UV-Vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) coupled with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
May 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522654/diabetic-kidney-disease-challenges-progress-and-possibilities
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Radica Z Alicic, Michele T Rooney, Katherine R Tuttle
Diabetic kidney disease develops in approximately 40% of patients who are diabetic and is the leading cause of CKD worldwide. Although ESRD may be the most recognizable consequence of diabetic kidney disease, the majority of patients actually die from cardiovascular diseases and infections before needing kidney replacement therapy. The natural history of diabetic kidney disease includes glomerular hyperfiltration, progressive albuminuria, declining GFR, and ultimately, ESRD. Metabolic changes associated with diabetes lead to glomerular hypertrophy, glomerulosclerosis, and tubulointerstitial inflammation and fibrosis...
May 18, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522529/hydrolytically-stable-fluorinated-metal-organic-frameworks-for-energy-efficient-dehydration
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Amandine Cadiau, Youssef Belmabkhout, Karim Adil, Prashant M Bhatt, Renjith S Pillai, Aleksander Shkurenko, Charlotte Martineau-Corcos, Guillaume Maurin, Mohamed Eddaoudi
Natural gas must be dehydrated before it can be transported and used, but conventional drying agents such as activated alumina or inorganic molecular sieves require an energy-intensive desiccant-regeneration step. We report a hydrolytically stable fluorinated metal-organic framework, AlFFIVE-1-Ni (KAUST-8), with a periodic array of open metal coordination sites and fluorine moieties within the contracted square-shaped one-dimensional channel. This material selectively removed water vapor from gas streams containing CO2, N2, CH4, and higher hydrocarbons typical of natural gas, as well as selectively removed both H2O and CO2 in N2-containing streams...
May 19, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522399/anti-allergic-and-profilaggrin-proflg-mrna-expression-modulatory-effects-of-sacran
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Nlandu R Ngatu, Keiichi Motoyama, Yasumitsu Nishimura, Maiko Kaneko Okajima, Ryoji Hirota, Taishi Higashi, Suni Lee, Hidetoshi Arima, Mitsunori Ikeda, Sayumi Nojima, Tatsuo Kaneko
Atopic dermatitis (AD) is a skin disorder characterized by filaggrin (FLG) defect. We evaluated sacran's effects on dust-mite extracts (DME)-induced AD-like disease and also its effect on profilaggrin (proFLG) in a murine model of 2,4-dinitroflurobenze (DNFB)-induced contact hypersensitivity. In the murine AD-like disease model, allergic NC/Nga mice (N=60) were randomly divided into five treatment groups of 12 animals each: 0.2% and 1%sacran; 0.1% Tacrolimus; Vaseline and buffer-treated controls. Blood samples were drawn and serum levels of representative Th-1, Th-2 and also Th-17 (IL-17A) cytokines were assayed by Cytometric Bead Array (CBA)...
May 15, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521626/experimental-evolution-of-resistance-against-bacillus-thuringiensis-in-the-insect-model-host-galleria-mellonella-results-in-epigenetic-modifications
#15
Krishnendu Mukherjee, Ekaterina Grizanova, Ekaterina Chertkova, Ruediger Lehmann, Ivan Dubovskiy, Andreas Vilcinskas
Epigenetic mechanisms have been proposed to translate environmental stimuli into heritable transgenerational phenotypic variations that can significantly influence natural selection. An intriguing example is exposure to pathogens, which imposes selection for host resistance. To test this hypothesis, we used larvae of the greater wax moth Galleria mellonella as model host to experimentally select for resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), the most widely used bacterial agent for the biological control of pest insects...
May 19, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521337/perspectives-for-clinical-use-of-engineered-human-host-defense-antimicrobial-peptides
#16
María Eugenia Pachón-Ibáñez, Younes Smani, Jerónimo Pachón, Javier Sánchez-Céspedes
Infectious diseases caused by bacteria, viruses or fungi are among the leading causes of death worldwide. The emergence of drug-resistance mechanisms, especially among bacteria, threatens the efficacy of all current antimicrobial agents, some of them already ineffective. As a result, there is an urgent need for new antimicrobial drugs. Host defense antimicrobial peptides (HDPs) are natural occurring and well-conserved peptides of innate immunity, broadly active against Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria, viruses and fungi...
May 1, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28518030/serologic-and-molecular-evidence-of-vaccinia-virus-circulation-among-small-mammals-from-different-biomes-brazil
#17
Júlia B Miranda, Iara A Borges, Samantha P S Campos, Flávia N Vieira, Tatiana M F de Ázara, Fernanda A Marques, Galileu B Costa, Ana Paula M F Luis, Jaqueline S de Oliveira, Paulo César P Ferreira, Cláudio Antônio Bonjardim, Silvio L M da Silva, Álvaro E Eiras, Jônatas S Abrahão, Erna G Kroon, Betânia P Drumond, Adriano P Paglia, Giliane de S Trindade
Vaccinia virus (VACV) is a zoonotic agent that causes a disease called bovine vaccinia, which is detected mainly in milking cattle and humans in close contact with these animals. Even though many aspects of VACV infection have been described, much is still unknown about its circulation in the environment and its natural hosts/reservoirs. To investigate the presence of Orthopoxvirus antibodies or VACV DNA, we captured small rodents and marsupials in 3 areas of Minas Gerais state, Brazil, and tested their samples in a laboratory...
June 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516783/antidiabetic-disruptors-of-the-glucokinase-glucokinase-regulatory-protein-complex-reorganize-a-coulombic-interface
#18
Juliana Martinez, Qing Xiao, Armen Zakarian, Brian G Miller
The glucokinase regulatory protein (GKRP) plays an essential role in glucose homeostasis by acting as a competitive inhibitor of glucokinase (GCK) and triggering its localization to the hepatocyte nucleus upon glucose deprivation. Metabolites such as fructose 6-phosphate and sorbitol 6-phosphate promote assembly of the GCK-GKRP complex, whereas fructose 1-phosphate and functionalized piperazines with potent in vivo antidiabetic activity disrupt the complex. Here, we establish the molecular basis by which these natural and synthetic ligands modulate the GCK-GKRP interaction...
May 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516256/-skin-diseases-associated-with-environmental-factors
#19
REVIEW
Vera Mahler
BACKGROUND: Multiple environmental exposures may derange the regulatory and repair mechanisms of the skin and lead to dermatological disease. OBJECTIVES: Provide an overview of non-allergic skin diseases associated with environmental factors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Review of current scientific evidence for associations of non-allergic skin diseases with environmental exposures: irritation, chemicals, infection, UV-radiation, temperature. RESULTS: Predisposition (constitution e...
May 17, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515648/evaluation-of-antioxidative-activity-of-various-levels-of-ethanol-extracted-tomato-powder-and-application-to-pork-patties
#20
Hyeong Sang Kim, Koo Bok Chin
This study was performed to evaluate antioxidant activity of tomato powder extracted by various concentrations of ethanol (0, 25, 50, 75, 100%) and to evaluate the physicochemical properties and antioxidant activities of pork patties with ethanol extracted tomato (EET) powder. No differences in the contents of total of individual phenolic compounds including gallic acid and catechin, were observed among the treatments (p>0.05). Among the various concentrations, 50% and 75% EET powder showed the highest free radical scavenging and iron chelating activities (p<0...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
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