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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206877/the-quechers-approach-for-the-determination-of-pesticide-residues-in-soil-samples-an-overview
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Klaudia Pszczolińska, Monika Michel
Soil samples are complex matrixes; therefore, soil sample preparation is a critical step, and one that is usually expensive, time-consuming, and labor intensive. The quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe (QuEChERS) method, originally developed for the determination of pesticides in fruits and vegetables, has been recently modified and adopted for the analysis of pesticides in soil. This paper reviews all aspects of sample preparation, including extraction and clean-up, and describes the applications of conventional and modified QuEChERS techniques...
November 1, 2016: Journal of AOAC International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203242/sunlight-modulates-fruit-metabolic-profile-and-shapes-the-spatial-pattern-of-compound-accumulation-within-the-grape-cluster
#2
Noam Reshef, Natasha Walbaum, Nurit Agam, Aaron Fait
Vineyards are characterized by their large spatial variability of solar irradiance (SI) and temperature, known to effectively modulate grape metabolism. To explore the role of sunlight in shaping fruit composition and cluster uniformity, we studied the spatial pattern of incoming irradiance, fruit temperature and metabolic profile within individual grape clusters under three levels of sunlight exposure. The experiment was conducted in a vineyard of Cabernet Sauvignon cv. located in the Negev Highlands, Israel, where excess SI and midday temperatures are known to degrade grape quality...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202096/potential-in-class-strategies-to-increase-children-s-vegetable-consumption
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Gemma Sharp, Simone Pettigrew, Shannon Wright, Iain S Pratt, Sally Blane, Nicole Biagioni
OBJECTIVE: The Crunch&Sip programme is a school-based nutrition initiative designed to increase the fruit, vegetable and water intakes of primary-school children. In recognition of the notable deficits in children's vegetable consumption, the present study explored the receptivity of school staff to a realignment of the Crunch&Sip programme to feature a primary focus on vegetable consumption. This involved investigating school staff members' perceptions of relevant barriers, motivators and facilitators...
February 16, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196350/overexpression-of-the-carbohydrate-binding-module-from-solanum-lycopersicum-expansin-1-sl-exp1-modifies-tomato-fruit-firmness-and-botrytis-cinerea-susceptibility
#4
M A Perini, I N Sin, N M Villarreal, M Marina, A L T Powell, G A Martínez, P M Civello
Firmness, one of the major determinants of postharvest quality and shelf life of fruits is determined by the mechanical resistance imposed by the plant cell wall. Expansins (EXP) are involved in the non-hydrolytic metabolic disassembly of plant cell walls, particularly in processes where relaxation of the wall is necessary, such as fruit development and ripening. As many carbohydrate-associated proteins, expansins have a putative catalytic domain and a carbohydrate-binding module (CBM). Several strategies have been pursued to control the loss of fruit firmness during storage...
February 2, 2017: Plant Physiology and Biochemistry: PPB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183644/facile-preparation-of-poly-methylene-blue-modified-carbon-paste-electrode-for-the-detection-and-quantification-of-catechin
#5
G Manasa, Ronald J Mascarenhas, Ashis K Satpati, Ozma J D'Souza, A Dhason
Free radicals are formed as byproducts of metabolism, and are highly unstable due to the presence of unpaired electrons. They readily react with other important cellular components such as DNA causing them damage. Antioxidants such as (+)-catechin (CAT), neutralize free radicals in the blood stream. Hence there is a need for detection and quantification of catechin concentration in various food sources and beverages. Electro-oxidative properties of catechin were investigated using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and differential pulse voltammetry (DPV)...
April 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181526/no-effect-of-mitochondrial-genotype-on-reproductive-plasticity-following-exposure-to-a-non-infectious-pathogen-challenge-in-female-or-male-drosophila
#6
M Nystrand, E J Cassidy, D K Dowling
Mitochondrial genetic variation shapes the expression of life-history traits associated with reproduction, development and survival, and has also been associated with the prevalence and progression of infectious bacteria and viruses in humans. The breadth of these effects on multifaceted components of health, and their link to disease susceptibility, led us to test whether variation across mitochondrial haplotypes affected reproductive success following an immune challenge in the form of a non-infectious pathogen...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159279/oxidized-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-decorated-with-silver-nanoparticles-for-fluorometric-detection-of-dimethoate
#7
Chun-Wei Hsu, Zhong-Yi Lin, Tzu-Yi Chan, Tai-Chia Chiu, Cho-Chun Hu
A novel method for the detection of dimethoate based on the peroxidase-like activity of silver-nanoparticles-modified oxidized multiwalled carbon nanotubes (AgNPs/oxMWCNTs) has been developed. The synthesized AgNPs/oxMWCNTs showed excellent peroxidease-like catalytic activity in hydrogen peroxide-Amplex red (AR) system (AR is oxidized to resorufinat, with the resorufin fluorescence at 584nm being used to monitor the catalytic activity). After dimethoate was added to AgNPs/oxMWCNTs, the interaction between dimethoate and the AgNPs inhibited the catalytic activity of AgNPs/oxMWCNTs...
June 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153514/association-of-acute-toxic-encephalopathy-with-litchi-consumption-in-an-outbreak-in-muzaffarpur-india-2014-a-case-control-study
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Aakash Shrivastava, Anil Kumar, Jerry D Thomas, Kayla F Laserson, Gyan Bhushan, Melissa D Carter, Mala Chhabra, Veena Mittal, Shashi Khare, James J Sejvar, Mayank Dwivedi, Samantha L Isenberg, Rudolph Johnson, James L Pirkle, Jon D Sharer, Patricia L Hall, Rajesh Yadav, Anoop Velayudhan, Mohan Papanna, Pankaj Singh, D Somashekar, Arghya Pradhan, Kapil Goel, Rajesh Pandey, Mohan Kumar, Satish Kumar, Amit Chakrabarti, P Sivaperumal, A Ramesh Kumar, Joshua G Schier, Arthur Chang, Leigh Ann Graham, Thomas P Mathews, Darryl Johnson, Liza Valentin, Kathleen L Caldwell, Jeffery M Jarrett, Leslie A Harden, Gary R Takeoka, Suxiang Tong, Krista Queen, Clinton Paden, Anne Whitney, Dana L Haberling, Ram Singh, Ravi Shankar Singh, Kenneth C Earhart, A C Dhariwal, L S Chauhan, S Venkatesh, Padmini Srikantiah
BACKGROUND: Outbreaks of unexplained illness frequently remain under-investigated. In India, outbreaks of an acute neurological illness with high mortality among children occur annually in Muzaffarpur, the country's largest litchi cultivation region. In 2014, we aimed to investigate the cause and risk factors for this illness. METHODS: In this hospital-based surveillance and nested age-matched case-control study, we did laboratory investigations to assess potential infectious and non-infectious causes of this acute neurological illness...
January 30, 2017: Lancet Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135698/graphene-oxide-sio2-nanocomposite-as-the-adsorbent-for-extraction-and-preconcentration-of-plant-hormones-for-hplc-analysis
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Xiaona Zhang, Jiahua Niu, Xiaoting Zhang, Rui Xiao, Minghua Lu, Zongwei Cai
In this research, a modified Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe (QuEChERS) method based on graphene oxide@SiO2(SiO2@GO) nanocomposite as adsorbent of dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) combined with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) for the analysis of four plant hormones in different plants was established. The as-prepared SiO2@GO was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The experimental conditions for dSPE, including the ratio of material to liquid, pH of sample, adsorption and desorption time, desorption temperature as well as desorption solution, were investigated...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28135192/evacuation-after-the-great-east-japan-earthquake-was-associated-with-poor-dietary-intake-the-fukushima-health-management-survey
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Wen Zhang, Tetsuya Ohira, Masafumi Abe, Kenji Kamiya, Shunichi Yamashita, Seiji Yasumura, Akira Ohtsuru, Maeda Masaharu, Mayumi Harigane, Naoko Horikoshi, Yuriko Suzuki, Hirooki Yabe, Michiko Yuuki, Masato Nagai, Hideto Takahashi, Hironori Nakano
BACKGROUND: Few studies have investigated the relationship between living arrangements and dietary intake among evacuees after disasters. OBJECTIVES: To examine the relationship between living arrangements and dietary intake using the data of a large-scale cohort survey of evacuees after the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. METHODS: 73,433 residents in evacuation zones responded to the Fukushima Health Management Survey questionnaire. Subjects were excluded if they did not report their living conditions or were missing more than three pieces of information about dietary intake...
January 2017: Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128731/adaptation-implementation-plan-and-evaluation-of-an-online-tobacco-cessation-training-program-for-health-care-professionals-in-three-spanish-speaking-latin-american-countries-protocol-of-the-fruitful-study
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Cristina Martínez, Assumpta Company, Olga Guillen, Mercè Margalef, Martha Alicia Arrien, Claudia Sánchez, Paula Cáceres de León, Esteve Fernández
BACKGROUND: Tobacco cessation training programs to treat tobacco dependence have measureable effects on patients' smoking. Tobacco consumption in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is high and slowly decreasing, but these countries usually lack measures to face the epidemic, including tobacco cessation training programs for health professionals and organizations. Based on a previous online smoking cessation training program for hospital workers in Spain, the Fruitful Study aims to increase smoking cessation knowledge, attitudes, self-confidence, and performance interventions among health care professionals of three Spanish-speaking low- and middle-income Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries...
January 27, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127468/burden-of-hypertension-in-the-capital-of-afghanistan-a-cross-sectional-study-in-kabul-city-2015
#12
Khwaja Mir Islam Saeed
Background. This study had the objective to assess the prevalence and associated factors of hypertension in an urban setting, Kabul city, Afghanistan. Materials and Methods. The World Health Organization's STEP-wise approach was adopted and used in Kabul in November 2015. The study analyzed a sample of 1172 adults in the age group of 25-70 years. Demographic, socioeconomic, and behavior data were collected using a structured questionnaire. Fasting venous blood sample was collected to assess the lipid profile and fasting blood sugar...
2017: International Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115904/evaluation-of-polyphenol-content-and-antioxidant-capacity-of-fruits-and-vegetables-using-a-modified-enzymatic-extraction
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Rudy Álvarez, Héctor Araya, Rosa Navarro-Lisboa, Carol Lopez de Dicastillo
Fruits and vegetables are considered a good source of polyphenols and antioxidant capacities which are beneficial in protecting the human body against damage induced by reactive species. The objective of this work is to conduct an assessment of the polyphenol content and antioxidant activities of different fruit (kiwi, pear, green apple, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry and blueberry) and vegetable (pumpkin, green and red pepper) extracts using both chemical extraction and a modified in vitro digestive enzymatic extraction in order to compare results...
December 2016: Food Technology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108836/smad-dependent-signaling-plays-a-detrimental-role-in-a-fly-model-of-smarcb1-deficiency-and-the-biology-of-atypical-teratoid-rhabdoid-tumors
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Astrid Jeibmann, Jacqueline Schulz, Kristin Eikmeier, Pascal D Johann, Katharina Thiel, Isabel Tegeder, Oliver Ambrée, Michael C Frühwald, Stefan M Pfister, Marcel Kool, Werner Paulus, Martin Hasselblatt
Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRT) are highly malignant brain tumors arising in young children. The majority of ATRT is characterized by inactivation of the chromatin remodeling complex member SMARCB1 (INI1/hSNF5). Little is known, however, on downstream pathways involved in the detrimental effects of SMARCB1 deficiency which might also represent targets for treatment. Using Drosophila melanogaster and the Gal4-UAS system, modifier screens were performed in order to identify the role of SMAD dependent signaling in the lethal phenotype associated with knockdown of snr1, the fly homolog of SMARCB1...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107986/dispersive-solid-phase-extraction-using-polyaniline-modified-zeolite-nay-as-a-new-sorbent-for-multiresidue-analysis-of-pesticides-in-food-and-environmental-samples
#15
Prapha Arnnok, Nopbhasinthu Patdhanagul, Rodjana Burakham
The applicability of polyaniline (PANI)-modified zeolite NaY as a sorbent for multi-class pesticides extraction was investigated. The sorbent had a sorption capacity of 833mgkg(-1) sorbent and preconcentration factor of 42 in the mixture of twenty pesticides. The PANI-coated zeolite NaY was successfully created via oxidative polymerization of aniline onto the surface of the zeolite. The sorbent was applied for dispersive solid phase extraction (DSPE) of commonly used pesticides belonging to five different chemical groups, involving carbamate, organophosphate, sulfonylurea, pyrethroid and neonicotinoid...
March 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106249/targeted-forcing-improves-quality-nutritional-and-health-value-of-sweet-cherry-fruit
#16
Verena Overbeck, Michaela Schmitz, Michael Blanke
BACKGROUND: Trade and consumers alike require premium quality cherries with high nutritional and health values preferably of local origin. While early fruit imports cannot supply such fruit, a new technology of forcing cherry emerged for an early local supply by covering the crop in spring. In the apparent scarcity of data on the resulting fruit quality, fruit characteristics of forced cherries were compared with those without cover RESULTS: Size and weight of forced cherry fruit were successfully increased by 6-14%...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102098/a-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-trial-of-fruit-and-vegetable-concentrates-on-intermediate-biomarkers-in-head-and-neck-cancer
#17
Mridul Datta, Edward G Shaw, Glenn J Lesser, L Douglas Case, Mara Z Vitolins, Charles Schneider, Bart Frizzell, Christopher Sullivan, Mark Lively, Elizabeth Franzmann, Jennifer J Hu
BACKGROUND: Head and neck cancer (HNC) patients are at an increased risk for developing second primary tumors (SPTs). Diets rich in fruits and vegetables (FVs) may lower HNC risk. FV concentrates may offer a potential alternative to increasing FV intake. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to evaluate whether Juice PLUS+ (JP; a commercial product with multiple FV concentrates) has an effect on p27 and Ki-67, biomarkers associated with the risk of SPTs...
January 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100489/tale-induced-bhlh-transcription-factors-that-activate-a-pectate-lyase-contribute-to-water-soaking-in-bacterial-spot-of-tomato
#18
Allison R Schwartz, Robert Morbitzer, Thomas Lahaye, Brian J Staskawicz
AvrHah1 [avirulence (avr) gene homologous to avrBs3 and hax2, no. 1] is a transcription activator-like (TAL) effector (TALE) in Xanthomonas gardneri that induces water-soaked disease lesions on fruits and leaves during bacterial spot of tomato. We observe that water from outside the leaf is drawn into the apoplast in X. gardneri-infected, but not X. gardneriΔavrHah1 (XgΔavrHah1)-infected, plants, conferring a dark, water-soaked appearance. The pull of water can facilitate entry of additional bacterial cells into the apoplast...
January 31, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096217/high-throughput-analysis-reveals-novel-maternal-germline-rnas-crucial-for-primordial-germ-cell-preservation-and-proper-migration
#19
Dawn A Owens, Amanda M Butler, Tristan H Aguero, Karen M Newman, Derek Van Booven, Mary Lou King
During oogenesis, hundreds of maternal RNAs are selectively localized to the animal or vegetal pole, including determinants of somatic and germline fates. Although microarray analysis has identified localized determinants, it is not comprehensive and is limited to known transcripts. Here, we utilized high-throughput RNA-sequencing analysis to comprehensively interrogate animal and vegetal pole RNAs in the fully grown Xenopus laevis oocyte. We identified 411 (198 annotated) and 27 (15 annotated) enriched mRNAs at the vegetal and animal pole, respectively...
January 15, 2017: Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096123/current-evidence-on-the-association-of-dietary-patterns-and-bone-health-a-scoping-review
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REVIEW
Elham Z Movassagh, Hassan Vatanparast
Nutrition is an important modifiable factor that affects bone health. Diet is a complex mixture of nutrients and foods that correlate or interact with each other. Dietary pattern approaches take into account contributions from various aspects of diet. Findings from dietary pattern studies could complement those from single-nutrient and food studies on bone health. In this study we aimed to conduct a scoping review of the literature that assessed the impact of dietary patterns (derived with the use of both a priori and data-driven approaches) on bone outcomes, including bone mineral status, bone biomarkers, osteoporosis, and fracture risk...
January 2017: Advances in Nutrition
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