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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332299/similarity-search-combined-with-docking-and-molecular-dynamics-for-novel-hache-inhibitor-scaffolds
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Nadia Melo Borges, Geraldo Rodrigues Sartori, Jean F R Ribeiro, Josmar R Rocha, João B L Martins, Carlos A Montanari, Ricardo Gargano
The main purpose of this study was to address the performance of virtual screening methods based on ligands and the protein structure of acetylcholinesterase (AChE) in order to retrieve novel human AChE (hAChE) inhibitors. In addition, a protocol was developed to identify novel hit compounds and propose new promising AChE inhibitors from the ZINC database with 10 million commercially available compounds. In this sense, 3D similarity searches using rapid overlay of chemical structures and similarity analysis through comparison of electrostatic overlay of docked hits were used to retrieve AChE inhibitors from collected databases...
January 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular Modeling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332278/exposure-to-nanoscale-and-microscale-particulate-air-pollution-prior-to-mining-development-near-a-northern-indigenous-community-in-qu%C3%A3-bec-canada
#2
Avik J Ghoshdastidar, Zhenzhong Hu, Yevgen Nazarenko, Parisa A Ariya
This study serves as a baseline characterization of indoor and outdoor air quality in a remote northern indigenous community prior to the start of a major nearby mining operation, including measurements of nanoparticles, which has never been performed in this context before. We performed aerosol sample collection and real-time aerosol measurements at six different locations at the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi and the Montviel campsite, located 45 km west of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, in the south of the Nord-du-Québec region...
January 14, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332164/skewing-of-the-genetic-architecture-at-the-zmym3-human-specific-5-utr-short-tandem-repeat-in-schizophrenia
#3
F Alizadeh, A Bozorgmehr, J Tavakkoly-Bazzaz, M Ohadi
Differential expansion of a number of human short tandem repeats (STRs) at the critical core promoter and 5' untranslated region (UTR) support the hypothesis that at least some of these STRs may provide a selective advantage in human evolution. Following a genome-wide screen of all human protein-coding gene 5' UTRs based on the Ensembl database ( http://www.ensembl.org ), we previously reported that the longest STR in this interval is a (GA)32, which belongs to the X-linked zinc finger MYM-type containing 3 (ZMYM3) gene...
January 13, 2018: Molecular Genetics and Genomics: MGG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331913/speciation-evolution-of-zinc-and-copper-during-pyrolysis-and-hydrothermal-carbonization-treatments-of-sewage-sludges
#4
Rixiang Huang, Bei Zhang, Emily M Saad, Ellery D Ingall, Yuanzhi Tang
Thermal and hydrothermal treatments are promising techniques for sewage sludge management that can potentially facilitate safe waste disposal, energy recovery, and nutrient recovery/recycling. Content and speciation of heavy metals in the treatment products affect the potential environmental risks upon sludge disposal and/or application of the treatment products. Therefore, it is important to study the speciation transformation of heavy metals and the effects of treatment conditions. By combining synchrotron X-ray spectroscopy/microscopy analysis and sequential chemical extraction, this study systematically characterized the speciation of Zn and Cu in municipal sewage sludges and their chars derived from pyrolysis (a representative thermal treatment technique) and hydrothermal carbonization (HTC; a representative hydrothermal treatment technique)...
January 4, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331911/enhanced-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-by-zinc-oxide-photocatalyst-in-the-presence-of-fluoride-ions-optimization-of-parameters-and-toxicological-evaluation
#5
Amir Mirzaei, Laleh Yerushalmi, Zhi Chen, Fariborz Haghighat, Jianbo Guo
The presence of antibiotics in water bodies has received increasing attention since they are continuously introduced and detected in the environment and may cause unpredictable environmental hazards and risks. The photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) by ZnO in the presence of fluoride ions (F-ZnO) was evaluated. The effects of operating parameters on the efficiency of SMX removal were investigated by using response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimum condition, i.e. photocatalyst dosage = 1...
January 11, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331868/zinc-supplementation-alleviates-the-progression-of-diabetic-nephropathy-by-inhibiting-the-overexpression-of-oxidative-stress-mediated-molecular-markers-in-streptozotocin-induced-experimental-rats
#6
Susmita Barman, Seetur R Pradeep, Krishnapura Srinivasan
Zinc deficiency during diabetes projects a role for zinc nutrition in the management of diabetic nephropathy. The current study explored whether zinc supplementation protects against diabetic nephropathy through modulation of kidney oxidative stress and stress-induced expression related to the inflammatory process in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Groups of hyperglycemic rats were exposed to dietary interventions for 6 weeks with zinc supplementation (5 times and 10 times the normal level). Supplemental-zinc-fed diabetic groups showed a significant reversal of increased kidney weight and creatinine clearance...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331853/mobility-of-heavy-metals-in-sandy-soil-after-application-of-composts-produced-from-maize-straw-sewage-sludge-and-biochar
#7
K Gondek, M Mierzwa-Hersztek, M Kopeć
Studies on the availability of heavy metals in composted organic materials and in soil amended with these materials are of practical significance. They are used in the assessment of the purity of the soil environment and of the biological value of plants intended for human and animal consumption. Composting of organic materials has a significant effect on changes in mobile forms of heavy metals. Therefore, the aim of this study was to determine the effect of the addition of biochar and sewage sludge on (i) the contents of water soluble forms of Cu, Cd, Pb, and Zn in composts; and (ii) the contents of mobile forms of these elements in sandy soil after the addition of composts...
January 11, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331836/effects-of-zno-nanoparticles-in-the-caspian-roach-rutilus-rutilus-caspicus
#8
K Khosravi-Katuli, G Lofrano, H Pak Nezhad, A Giorgio, M Guida, F Aliberti, A Siciliano, M Carotenuto, E Galdiero, E Rahimi, G Libralato
Most studies investigating the toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) focused on the effect of size, whereas exposure concentration and duration remained poorly understood. In this study, the effect of acute and sub-acute exposures of ZnO NPs on Zn compartmentalization and biomarkers' expression were investigated in Rutilus rutilus caspicus (Caspian roach) considering various exposure scenarios: i) the assessment of the concentration-response curves and median lethal concentration (LC50); ii) the assessment of the effects of organisms exposed at LC50 value and one tenth of LC50 value of ZnO NPs suspensions for 4 d and 28 d, respectively; iii) the assessment of 14 d depuration period...
January 11, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331718/partition-of-zn-cd-and-pb-during-co-combustion-of-sedum-plumbizincicola-and-sewage-sludge
#9
Feihong Guo, Zhaoping Zhong, Hui Xue
Co-combustion of sedum plumbizincicola and sewage sludge was performed in a tubular furnace. The influence of experimental conditions on the partitioning of Zn, Cd, and Pb was investigated. The results showed that 30% sewage sludge was proposed as the optimal ratio for the co-combustion as a compromise between low calorific value and high amount of heavy metal remained in the bottom ash. High temperature increased the volatilization degree of heavy metals, among which the performance of Cd and Pb was obvious than Zn...
January 6, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331717/in%C3%A2-vitro-dermal-bioaccessibility-of-selected-metals-in-contaminated-soil-and-mine-tailings-and-human-health-risk-characterization
#10
Laura T Chaparro Leal, Mert Guney, Gerald J Zagury
Dermal exposure to contaminated sites has generally received less attention than oral/inhalation exposure due to limited exposure scenarios and less perceived potential for toxicity, however, the risk can be significant for specific contaminants and scenarios. The present study aims to (1) measure Cr, Ni, Pb, and Zn contamination in soil and mine tailings samples (n = 7), (2) determine the dermal bioaccessibility of these metals via in vitro tests using two synthetic sweat formulations (EN 1811; NIHS 96-10), and (3) obtain dermal absorbed doses (DADs) for children's and adults' exposure scenarios and compare them to derived dermal reference values...
January 4, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331716/bioremediation-of-cadmium-and-zinc-contaminated-soil-using-rhodobacter-sphaeroides
#11
Weihua Peng, Xiaomin Li, Jingxiang Song, Wei Jiang, Yingying Liu, Wenhong Fan
Bioremediation using microorganisms is a promising technique to remediate soil contaminated with heavy metals. In this study, Rhodobacter sphaeroides was used to bioremediate soils contaminated with cadmium (Cd) and zinc (Zn). The study found that the treatment reduced the overall bioavailable fractions (e.g., exchangeable and carbonate bound phases) of Cd and Zn. More stable fractions (e.g., Fe-Mn oxide, organic bound, and residual phases (only for Zn)) increased after bioremediation. A wheat seedling experiment revealed that the phytoavailability of Cd was reduced after bioremediation using R...
January 6, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331715/toxicokinetics-of-zn-and-cd-in-the-earthworm-eisenia-andrei-exposed-to-metal-contaminated-soils-under-different-combinations-of-air-temperature-and-soil-moisture-content
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M Nazaret González-Alcaraz, Susana Loureiro, Cornelis A M van Gestel
This study evaluated how different combinations of air temperature (20 °C and 25 °C) and soil moisture content (50% and 30% of the soil water holding capacity, WHC), reflecting realistic climate change scenarios, affect the bioaccumulation kinetics of Zn and Cd in the earthworm Eisenia andrei. Earthworms were exposed for 21 d to two metal-contaminated soils (uptake phase), followed by 21 d incubation in non-contaminated soil (elimination phase). Body Zn and Cd concentrations were checked in time and metal uptake (k1) and elimination (k2) rate constants determined; metal bioaccumulation factor (BAF) was calculated as k1/k2...
January 8, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331620/antagonistic-effect-of-nano-zno-and-cetyltrimethyl-ammonium-chloride-on-the-growth-of-chlorella-vulgaris-dissolution-and-accumulation-of-nano-zno
#13
Na Liu, Yipeng Wang, Fei Ge, Shixiang Liu, Huaixian Xiao
The interaction of nanoparticles with coexisting chemicals affects the fate and transport of nanoparticles, as well as their combined effects on aquatic organisms. Here, we evaluated the joint effect of ZnO nanoparticle (nano-ZnO) and cetyltrimethyl ammonium chloride (CTAC) on the growth of Chlorella vulgaris and explored the possible mechanism. Results showed that an antagonistic effect of nano-ZnO and CTAC (0.1, 0.2 and 0.3 mg L-1) was found because CTAC stop nano-ZnO being broken down into solution zinc ions (Zn2+)...
December 29, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331522/nanos3-not-nanos1-and-nanos2-is-a-germ-cell-marker-gene-in-large-yellow-croaker-during-embryogenesis
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Kunhuang Han, Shihai Chen, Mingyi Cai, Yonghua Jiang, Ziping Zhang, Yilei Wang
In this study, three nanos gene subtypes (Lcnanos1, Lcnanos2 and Lcnanos3) from Larimichthys crocea, were cloned and characterized. We determined the spatio-temporal expression patterns of each subtype in tissues as well as the cellular localization of mRNA in embryos. Results showed that deduced Nanos proteins have two main homology domains: N-terminal CCR4/NOT1 deadenylase interaction domain and highly conserved carboxy-terminal region bearing two conserved CCHC zinc-finger motifs. The expression levels of Lcnanos1 in testis were significantly higher than other tissues, followed by heart, brain, eye, and ovary...
January 10, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part B, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330981/comparison-of-ziehl-neelsen-based-light-microscopy-with-led-fluorescent-microscopy-for-tuberculosis-diagnosis-an-insight-from-a-limited-resource-high-burden-setting
#15
Muhammad Yahya Noori, Faiza Ali, Zaheer Ali, Shaheen Sharafat
BACKGROUND: Microscopy is the most widely used tool for Tuberculosis screening. Conventionally, Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) staining has been the widely used for staining Acid-Fast Bacilli (AFB) but with the advent of Fluorescent staining, Auramine O stain is now being adapted as the preferred method for setups with high workload as it has the advantage of being less laborious, since bacteria fluoresce in front of a dark background and are easier to count. This study was performed to compare the efficiency of the two methods in a high-burden, limited resource setting to see the magnitude of diagnostic accuracy between ZN and Fluorescent Microscopy, using culture as the standard...
October 2017: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330823/metal-concentrations-in-tissues-of-gadwall-and-common-teal-from-miankaleh-and-gomishan-international-wetlands-iran
#16
Mohammad-Hosein Sinkakarimi, Lukasz J Binkowski, Mehdi Hassanpour, Ghasem Rajaei, Mohsen Ahmadpour, Jeffrey M Levengood
Miankaleh and Gomishan International Wetlands are important wintering areas for waterbirds in the Caspian Sea region. Previous studies revealed increased exposure to metals in some species of waterbirds using these wetlands. In this study, we examined concentrations of cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), iron (Fe), lead (Pb), and zinc (Zn) in kidneys, liver, and pectoral muscle of wintering Gadwall (Anas strepera) and Common Teal (Anas crecca) collected in 2012. In addition, we measured concentrations of these elements in water and sediments from the collection sites...
January 13, 2018: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330818/trace-elements-in-four-freshwater-fish-from-a-mine-impacted-river-spatial-distribution-species-specific-accumulation-and-risk-assessment
#17
Yuyu Jia, Lin Wang, Junfei Cao, Shan Li, Zhaoguang Yang
The concentrations of 16 elements (Mg, Al, Ca, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Sr, Cd, Ba, and Pb) were determined in four fish species (Carassius auratus, Squaliobarbus curriculus, Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, and Silurus asotus) collected in the Xiang River, a mine-impacted river in Southern China. The mean values of the elements analyzed in fish muscles were in the decreasing order of Mg > Ca > Zn > Fe > Sr > Al > Cu > Mn > Ba > As > Cr > Pb > Ni > V > Co > Cd...
January 12, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330059/biosynthesis-characterization-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-zinc-oxide-nanoparticles-from-leaf-extract-of-glycosmis-pentaphylla-retz-dc
#18
S Vijayakumar, P Krishnakumar, P Arulmozhi, S Mahadevan, N Parameaswari
Biosynthesized nanoparticles have an incredible application in biomedicine owing to its simplicity, eco-friendly properties and low cost. The present study aims to determine the green synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles from methanolic leaf extract of Glycosmis pentaphylla. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV-VIS Spectroscopy, Flourescence spectrometer, FT-IR, XRD, SEM with EDAX and TEM. The confirmations of synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by peak at 351 and 410 nm in the UV-VIS spectrum and photoluminescence spectrum respectively...
January 9, 2018: Microbial Pathogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329749/assessment-of-the-diagnostic-performance-of-four-methods-for-the-detection-of-giardia-duodenalis-in-fecal-samples-from-human-canine-and-feline-carriers
#19
Flávia Fernandes de Mendonça Uchôa, Adriana Pittella Sudré, Sabrina Destri Emmerick Campos, Nádia Regina Pereira Almosny
Enteric parasitic diseases including giardiasis are of public health concern. Different methods are available for the diagnosis of this parasitic infection in fecal samples such as the identification of protozoan cysts and trophozoites by light microscopy, detection of specific antigens by ELISA, and amplification of DNA fragments by PCR. The present study aimed at assessing the performance of four laboratory tests for the detection of Giardia duodenalis in fecal specimens from three different host species with a previous diagnosis of giardiasis; canine, feline and human patients provided new stool samples to be retested for Giardia before initiating treatment with antiprotozoal drugs...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Microbiological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329704/a-detailed-electrochemical-impedance-spectroscopy-study-of-a-bismuth-film-glassy-carbon-electrode-for-trace-metal-analysis
#20
Barbara Petovar, Klodian Xhanari, Matjaž Finšgar
A systematic electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) analysis at different potentials of an in situ-prepared bismuth-film glassy carbon electrode (BiFE) in 0.1 M acetate buffer solution is reported. This electrode is employed in the square-wave anodic stripping voltammetry (SWASV) technique for the determination of trace amounts of the heavy metals Zn, Cd, and Pb. The method was first validated for detection limit, linear range, sensitivity, precision and accuracy to clearly prove the superior action of BiFE compared with the bare glassy carbon electrode (GCE)...
April 3, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
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