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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454291/de-novo-transcriptome-of-the-pallial-gland-of-the-date-mussel-lithophaga-lithophaga
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Urška Sivka, Nataša Toplak, Simon Koren, Jernej Jakše
Lithophaga lithophaga is a rock-boring bivalve with an ability to dissolve carbonate substrata with its siphonal and pallial gland secretions. However, the molecular mechanism that enables this species to bore into calcareous rocks is not yet known. In order to identify genes potentially involved in chemical boring we performed transcriptome sequencing of pallial-gland tissue samples of L. lithophaga. Transcriptome sequencing using an Ion Torrent platform generated 60.563 million clean reads with an average read length of 96 bp...
February 6, 2018: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Part D, Genomics & Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454286/the-vasodilatory-effect-of-allopurinol-mediates-its-antihypertensive-effect-effects-on-calcium-movement-and-cardiac-hemodynamics
#2
Hany M El-Bassossy, Mona F Mahmoud, Basma G Eid
Despite the reported reduction in blood pressure in hypertensive patients treated with allopurinol, the mechanism of the allopurinol hypotensive effect is still unclear. In the current study, the hypotensive effect of allopurinol has been fully investigated in hypertensive rats. Hypertension was induced in rats by angiotensin II (120 ng/min/kg) infusion for two weeks. Rats were then subjected to real-time recording of blood pressure, left ventricular pressure and volume and surface ECG. After 10 min of basal recording, allopurinol was slowly injected into the femoral vein with a dose of 10 μmole/kg...
February 14, 2018: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454283/investigating-antibiotics-antibiotic-resistance-genes-and-microbial-contaminants-in-groundwater-in-relation-to-the-proximity-of-urban-areas
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Edina Szekeres, Cecilia Maria Chiriac, Andreea Baricz, Tiberiu Szőke-Nagy, Ildiko Lung, Maria-Loredana Soran, Knut Rudi, Nicolae Dragos, Cristian Coman
Groundwater is an essential public and drinking water supply and its protection is a goal for global policies. Here, we investigated the presence and prevalence of antibiotic residues, antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), mobile genetic elements (MGEs), and microbial contamination in groundwater environments at various distances from urban areas. Antibiotic concentrations ranged from below detection limit to 917 ng/L, being trimethoprim, macrolide, and sulfonamide the most abundant antibiotic classes. A total of eleven ARGs (aminoglycoside, β-lactam, chloramphenicol, Macrolide-Lincosamide-Streptogramin B - MLSB, sulfonamide, and tetracycline), one antiseptic resistance gene, and two MGEs were detected by qPCR with relative abundances ranging from 6...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454282/contaminants-of-emerging-concern-presence-and-adverse-effects-in-fish-a-case-study-in-the-laurentian-great-lakes
#4
Zachary G Jorgenson, Linnea M Thomas, Sarah M Elliott, Jenna E Cavallin, Eric C Randolph, Steven J Choy, David A Alvarez, Jo A Banda, Daniel J Gefell, Kathy E Lee, Edward T Furlong, Heiko L Schoenfuss
The Laurentian Great Lakes are a valuable natural resource that is affected by contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), including sex steroid hormones, personal care products, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, and new generation pesticides. However, little is known about the fate and biological effects of CECs in tributaries to the Great Lakes. In the current study, 16 sites on three rivers in the Great Lakes basin (Fox, Cuyahoga, and Raquette Rivers) were assessed for CEC presence using polar organic chemical integrative samplers (POCIS) and grab water samplers...
February 14, 2018: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454281/probing-the-%C3%AE-pocket-of-the-active-site-of-human-liver-glycogen-phosphorylase-with-3-c-%C3%AE-d-glucopyranosyl-5-4-substituted-phenyl-1-2-4-triazole-inhibitors
#5
Efthimios Kyriakis, Theodora G A Solovou, Sándor Kun, Katalin Czifrák, Béla Szőcs, László Juhász, Éva Bokor, George A Stravodimos, Anastassia L Kantsadi, Demetra S M Chatzileontiadou, Vassiliki T Skamnaki, László Somsák, Demetres D Leonidas
Human liver glycogen phosphorylase (hlGP), a key enzyme in glycogen metabolism, is a valid pharmaceutical target for the development of new anti-hyperglycaemic agents for type 2 diabetes. Inhibitor discovery studies have focused on the active site and in particular on glucopyranose based compounds with a β-1 substituent long enough to exploit interactions with a cavity adjacent to the active site, termed the β-pocket. Recently, C-β-d-glucopyranosyl imidazoles and 1, 2, 4-triazoles proved to be the best known glucose derived inhibitors of hlGP...
February 12, 2018: Bioorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454270/cadmium-induced-stress-response-of-phanerochaete-chrysosporium-during-the-biodegradation-of-2-2-4-4-tetrabromodiphenyl-ether-bde-47
#6
Mi Feng, Hua Yin, Yajuan Cao, Hui Peng, Guining Lu, Zehua Liu, Zhi Dang
Cd-induced stress response of Phanerochaete chrysosporium during the biodegradation of BDE-47 was investigated in this study, with the goal of elucidating the tolerance behavior and the detoxification mechanisms of P. chrysosporium to resist the Cd stress in the course of BDE-47 biodegradation, which has implications for expanding the application of P. chrysosporium in the bioremediation of Cd and BDE-47 combined pollution. The results suggested that single BDE-47 exposure did not induce obvious oxidative stress in P...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454269/biological-effects-of-four-iron-containing-nanoremediation-materials-on-the-green-alga-chlamydomonas-sp
#7
Nhung H A Nguyen, Nadia R Von Moos, Vera I Slaveykova, Katrin Mackenzie, Rainer U Meckenstock, Silke Thűmmler, Julian Bosch, Alena Ševců
As nanoremediation strategies for in-situ groundwater treatment extend beyond nanoiron-based applications to adsorption and oxidation, ecotoxicological evaluations of newly developed materials are required. The biological effects of four new materials with different iron (Fe) speciations ([i] FerMEG12 - pristine flake-like milled Fe(0) nanoparticles (nZVI), [ii] Carbo-Iron ® - Fe(0)-nanoclusters containing activated carbon (AC) composite, [iii] Trap-Ox® Fe-BEA35 (Fe-zeolite) - Fe-doped zeolite, and [iv] Nano-Goethite - 'pure' FeOOH) were studied using the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas sp...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454268/occurrence-and-distribution-of-antibiotics-in-mariculture-farms-estuaries-and-the-coast-of-the-beibu-gulf-china-bioconcentration-and-diet-safety-of-seafood
#8
Ruiling Zhang, Jiying Pei, Ruijie Zhang, Shaopeng Wang, Weibin Zeng, Dali Huang, Yi Wang, Yuanyuan Zhang, Yinghui Wang, Kefu Yu
The occurrence, distribution, bioconcentration and diet safety via seafood consumption of 19 antibiotics were investigated in eight closed mariculture ponds, four estuaries, two nearshore areas and one offshore area from the Beibu Gulf. Seventeen, 16, 15 and 7 antibiotics were detected at total concentrations of 43.2 - 885 ng L -1 , 22.4 - 118 ng L -1 , 22.7 - 24.5 ng L -1 , and 1.81-3.23 ng L -1 in the water of the above different areas, respectively. This indicates that the mariculture ponds are important sources of antibiotic pollution on the coast of the Beibu Gulf...
February 14, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454264/development-and-validation-of-uplc-ms-ms-assay-for-quantification-of-cladrin-absolute-bioavailability-and-dose-proportionality-study-in-rats
#9
Mamunur Rashid, Sandeep K Singh, Mohd Yaseen Malik, Sadaf Jahan, Swati Chaturvedi, Isha Taneja, Kanumuri Sivarama Raju, Zaiba Naseem, J R Gayen, Muhammad Wahajuddin
Cladrin, an isoflavone is a major bioactive constituent found in stem bark of Butea monosperma with remarkable osteogenic activity. A speedy and sensitive UPLC coupled tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method was developed, validated and successfully applied to bioavailability, blood partitioning, plasma protein binding, intravenous and multiple-dose oral pharmacokinetics of cladrin in rats. Separation was done on C18 column (5.0 μm, 4.6 × 50 mm) using mobile phase containing acetonitrile and 0.10% formic acid in the ratio of 65:35 (v/v) with 0...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454260/solar-photo-fenton-treatment-of-microcystin-lr-in-aqueous-environment-transformation-products-and-toxicity-in-different-water-matrices
#10
Akin Karci, Elizabeth M Wurtzler, Armah A de la Cruz, David Wendell, Dionysios D Dionysiou
Transformation products and toxicity patterns of microcystin-LR (MC-LR), a common cyanotoxin in freshwaters, during degradation by solar photo-Fenton process were studied in the absence and presence of two major water components, namely fulvic acid and alkalinity. The transformation products m/z 795, 835, 515/1030 and 532 can be formed through attack of OH on the conjugated carbon double bonds of Adda. Transformation products with m/z 1010, 966 and 513 can be generated through the attack of OH on the methoxy group of Adda...
January 2, 2018: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454254/exploration-research-on-synthesis-and-application-of-a-new-dye-containing-di-2-picolyamine
#11
Huihui Zhang, Zeyue Wei, Ying Xia, Min Fang, Weiju Zhu, Xingyuan Yang, Fei Li, Yupeng Tian, Xuanjun Zhang, Hongping Zhou
A newly designed fluorescence dye L based on di-2-picolyamine (DPA) moiety as a chelator was obtained under the protection of N 2 at 120°C, and KI as catalyst with relatively better yield. More interestingly, L not only could selectively and sensitively detect Cu 2+ ions in aqueous medium but also examine the Cu 2+ ions of the actual water samples. Nevertheless, L could be visual in Hela cells with excellent cell permeability, viz, monitoring exogenous Cu 2+ ions as well as realizing an "on-off-on" process...
February 9, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454250/disulphide-linkage-to-get-cleaved-or-not-bulk-and-nano-copper-based-sers-of-cystine
#12
Arathi P J, Bhaskar Seemesh, Rajendra Kumar Reddy G, Suresh Kumar P, Ramanathan V
Different nano-structures of noble metals have been the conventional substrates for carrying out Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS). In this paper we examine electrodeposited copper (Cu) nano-structures on pencil graphite as novel substrate to carry out SERS measurements by considering l-cystine (Cys-Cys) (dimer of the amino acid cysteine) as the probe. The formation of monolayer of the probe molecule on the substrates was confirmed using cyclic voltammetric measurements. Mode of adsorption of Cys-Cys was observed to be different on bulk Cu (taken in the wire form) and nano-structured Cu on pencil graphite...
February 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454249/dft-study-of-electron-absorption-and-emission-spectra-of-pyramidal-lnpc-oac-complexes-of-some-lanthanide-ions-in-the-solid-state
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J Hanuza, P Godlewska, R Lisiecki, W Ryba-Romanowski, P Kadłubański, J Lorenc, A Łukowiak, L Macalik, Yu Gerasymchuk, J Legendziewicz
The electron absorption and emission spectra were measured for the pyramidal LnPc(OAc) complexes in the solid state and co-doped in silica glass, where Ln=Er, Eu and Ho. The theoretical electron spectra were determined from the quantum chemical DFT calculation using four approximations CAM-B3LYP/LANL2DZ, CAM-B3LYP/CC-PVDZ, B3LYP/LANL2DZ and B3LYP/CC-PVDZ. It was shown that the best agreement between the calculated and experimental structural parameters and spectroscopic data was reached for the CAM-B3LYP/LANL2DZ model...
January 4, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454239/phenol-separation-from-phenol-laden-saline-wastewater-by-membrane-aromatic-recovery-system-like-membrane-contactor-using-superhydrophobic-organophilic-electrospun-pdms-pmma-membrane
#14
Long-Fei Ren, Mister Adeel, Jun Li, Cong Xu, Zheng Xu, Xiaofan Zhang, Jiahui Shao, Yiliang He
Phenol recovery from phenol-laden saline wastewater plays an important role in the waste reclamation and pollution control. A membrane aromatic recovery system-like membrane contactor (MARS-like membrane contactor) was set up in this study using electrospun polydimethylsiloxane/polymethyl methacrylate (PDMS/PMMA) membrane with 0.0048 m 2 effective area to separate phenol from saline wastewater. Phenol and water contact angles of 0° and 162° were achieved on this membrane surface simultaneously, indicating its potential in the separation of phenol and water-soluble salt...
February 10, 2018: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454236/stingel-controlled-release-of-a-cyclic-dinucleotide-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
#15
David G Leach, Neeraja Dharmaraj, Stacey L Piotrowski, Tania L Lopez-Silva, Yu L Lei, Andrew G Sikora, Simon Young, Jeffrey D Hartgerink
Recent advancements in the field of immunotherapy have yielded encouraging results for the treatment of advanced cancers. Cyclic dinucleotides (CDNs) are a powerful new class of immunotherapy drugs known as STING (Stimulator of Interferon Genes) agonists, currently in clinical trials. However, previous studies of CDNs in murine cancer models have required multiple injections, and improve survival only in relatively nonaggressive tumor models. Therefore, we sought to improve the efficacy of CDN immunotherapy by developing a novel biomaterial we call "STINGel...
February 6, 2018: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454227/a-pilot-trial-of-l-carnitine-in-patients-with-traumatic-brain-injury-effects-on-biomarkers-of-injury
#16
Ata Mahmoodpoor, Ghaffar Shokouhi, Hadi Hamishehkar, Hassan Soleimanpour, Sarvin Sanaie, Jahan Porhomayon, Fatemeh Rasouli, Nader D Nader
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects of l-Carnitine on neuron specific enolase (NSE) as a marker of inflammation in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: Forty patients with severe TBI were randomized into 2 groups. The (LCA-) group received standard treatment with placebo while the (LCA+) group received l-Carnitine 2g/day for one week. NSE was measured on days 1, 3 and 7 after the initiation of the study. Neurocognitive and neurobehavioral disorders were recorded on the first and third months...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454221/-13-c-phenylalanine-breath-test-and-serum-biopterin-in-schizophrenia-bipolar-disorder-and-major-depressive-disorder
#17
Toshiya Teraishi, Masahiro Kajiwara, Hiroaki Hori, Daimei Sasayama, Shinsuke Hidese, Junko Matsuo, Ikki Ishida, Yasuhiro Kajiwara, Yuji Ozeki, Miho Ota, Kotaro Hattori, Teruhiko Higuchi, Hiroshi Kunugi
Phenylalanine is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters dopamine, noradrenaline, and adrenaline. The rate-limiting step for phenylalanine metabolism is catalyzed by phenylalanine hydroxylase (PAH) and its cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin. We aimed to detect altered phenylalanine metabolism in major psychiatric disorders using the l-[1- 13 C]phenylalanine breath test ( 13 C-PBT) and serum biopterin levels. We also investigated association of PAH mutations with schizophrenia and phenylalanine metabolism...
February 3, 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454218/atmospheric-pattern-of-volatile-organochlorine-compounds-and-hexachlorobenzene-in-the-surroundings-of-a-chlor-alkali-plant
#18
Barend L van Drooge, Esther Marco, Joan O Grimalt
The outdoor atmospheric distributions of chlorinated volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from locations receiving the emissions of a chlor-alkali plant have been studied. Trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene (medians 2.4 μg/m 3 and 1.7 μg/m 3 , respectively) were the most abundant compounds, which was in accordance with the production processes from these installations. The concentrations of trichlorofluoromethane, median 1.6 μg/m 3 , are rather similar to the average levels described in general in the troposphere and cannot be attributed to this specific source...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454208/barrier-effects-of-remote-high-mountain-on-atmospheric-metal-transport-in-the-eastern-tibetan-plateau
#19
Haijian Bing, Jun Zhou, Yanhong Wu, Xiaosan Luo, Zhongxiang Xiang, Hongyang Sun, Jipeng Wang, He Zhu
Anthropogenic metals adsorbed on suspended fine particles can be deposited on remote and inaccessible high mountains by long-range atmospheric transport. In this study, we investigated the cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb) in the soils, mosses and rainfall of three transects on the Gongga Mountain, eastern Tibetan Plateau, to understand the mountain interception effects on their atmospheric transport. The concentrations of Cd and Pb in the soils and mosses displayed a pattern of eastern transect>northern transect>western transect...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454197/cigarette-butts-may-have-low-toxicity-to-soil-dwelling-invertebrates-evidence-from-a-land-snail
#20
Hussan Gill, Kyler Rogers, Bilal Rehman, John Moynihan, Elizabeth A Bergey
Cigarette butts are a common form of litter that is often deposited on soil, where toxins from butts may affect soil-dwelling organisms. We examined possible toxicity of cigarette butts to the woodland snail Anguispira alternata using a toxicity study with cigarette butt effluent and a lab-based habitat choice experiment in which snails could feed or rest on areas with different butt densities. No mortality occurred during the 32-day toxicity study, which used six effluent concentrations ranging from 0 to 4butts/l (0 to 0...
February 14, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
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