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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457808/cds-nanosphere-decorated-hollow-polyhedral-zco-derived-from-a-metal-organic-framework-mof-for-effective-photocatalytic-water-evolution
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Wenxia Chen, Jiasheng Fang, Yiwei Zhang, Guangliang Chen, Shuo Zhao, Chao Zhang, Ran Xu, Jiehua Bao, Yuming Zhou, Xin Xiang
Semiconductor nanostructures have received considerable attention in the field of photocatalytic hydrogen evolution. However, eco-friendly, high efficiency, and low-cost semiconductor materials are still desired. In consideration of this, herein, we design a new and economic noble-metal-free CdS/Znx Co3-x O4 (CdS/ZCO) nanohybrid photocatalyst using a metal-organic framework (MOF) template, which is a framework structure composed of organic ligands and metal ion nodes with different numbers of connections. The as-prepared CdS/ZCO composites with a large specific surface area and porous hollow structure exhibit remarkable catalytic activity and high stability for hydrogen generation...
February 19, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457725/accumulation-of-citrulline-by-microbial-arginine-metabolism-during-the-alcoholic-fermentation-of-soy-sauce
#2
Fang Fang, Jiran Zhang, Jingwen Zhou, Zhaohui Zhou, Tieqiao Li, Liling Lu, Weizhu Zeng, Guocheng Du, Jian Chen
Citrulline, the major precursor of ethyl carbamate in soy sauce, is an intermediate catabolite of arginine produced by bacteria present in soy sauce moromi mash. Pediococcus acidilactici is responsible for the formation of citrulline during the lactic acid fermentation process of soy sauce. However, citrulline accumulation during the alcoholic fermentation process and the corresponding bacteria involved have not been identified. Salt-tolerant, arginine-utilizing bacteria were isolated from moromi mash during the alcoholic fermentation process...
February 19, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457650/effects-of-applying-oil-extracted-microalgae-on-the-fermentation-quality-feed-nutritive-value-and-aerobic-stability-of-ensiled-sweet-sorghum
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Lei Chen, Xianjun Yuan, Junfeng Li, Zhihao Dong, Tao Shao
BACKGROUND: A laboratory-silo study was conducted to evaluate the fermentation quality, feed-nutritive value and aerobic stability of sweet sorghum silage with or without oil-extracted microalgae supplementation. Sweet sorghum was mixed with four microalgae levels (0%, 1%, 2% and 3% on a dry matter basis; Control, M1, M2 and M3, respectively) and ensiled for 45 d. Further, the four experimental silages were subjected to an aerobic stability test lasting 7 d. RESULTS: All the silages except M3 silage had good fermentative characteristics with low pH and ammonia nitrogen concentrations, and high lactic acid concentrations and favorable microbial parameters...
February 19, 2018: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457614/poly-trimethylene-carbonate-and-poly-d-l-lactic-acid-modify-human-dendritic-cell-responses-to-staphylococci-but-do-not-affect-th1-and-th2-cell-development
#4
P P Balraadjsing, E C de Jong, D W Grijpma, M W Tanck, S A Zaat
Biomaterial-associated infections (BAIs) are frequent complications in the use of medical devices (biomaterials) correlated with considerable patient discomfort and high treatment costs. The presence of a biomaterial in the host causes derangement of local immune responses increasing susceptibility to infection. Dendritic cells (DCs) have an important role in directing the nature of immune responses by activating and controlling CD4+ T helper (Th) cell responses. To assess the immunomodulatory effect of the combined presence of biomaterials and Staphylococcus aureus (S...
February 19, 2018: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29457518/surface-modification-of-doxorubicin-loaded-nanoparticles-based-on-polydopamine-with-ph-sensitive-property-for-tumor-targeting-therapy
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Dongdong Bi, Lei Zhao, Runqi Yu, Haowen Li, Yifei Guo, Xiangtao Wang, Meihua Han
One major challenge of current surface modification of nanoparticles is the demand for chemical reactive polymeric layers, such modification is always complicated, inefficient, and may lead the polymer lose the ability to encapsulate drug. To overcome this limitation, we adopted a pH-sensitive platform using polydopamine (PDA) as a way of functionalizing nanoparticles (NPs) surfaces. All this method needed to be just a brief incubation in weak alkaline solution of dopamine, which was simple and applicable to a variety of polymer carriers regardless of their chemical reactivity...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29455986/simultaneous-improvement-of-thermal-stability-and-redispersibility-of-cellulose-nanocrystals-by-using-ionic-liquids
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Xiangyu Song, Lijuan Zhou, Beibei Ding, Xiang Cui, Yongxin Duan, Jianming Zhang
Cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) are predominantly obtained by the traditional sulfuric acid hydrolysis process. However, as-prepared CNCs powder features low thermal stability and poor redispersibility due to the existence of sulfonate groups and the hydrogen bond interaction among particles. Herein, by mixing the ionic liquid [BMIm][BF4 ] with freshly prepared CNCs without dialysis through a simple rotary evaporate procedure, the simultaneous improvement of thermal stability and redispersibility of CNCs has been achieved...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454688/fermentation-and-aerobic-stability-of-rehydrated-corn-grain-silage-treated-with-different-doses-of-lactobacillus-buchneri-or-a-combination-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-and-pediococcus-acidilactici
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N C da Silva, C F Nascimento, F A Nascimento, F D de Resende, J L P Daniel, G R Siqueira
We investigated the effects of different types and doses of inoculants for ensiling rehydrated corn grain. Shelled corn was finely ground and rehydrated to 35% moisture. Treatments were as follows: (1) control (no additives); (2) Lactobacillus plantarum and Pediococcus acidilactici (LPPA) at a theoretical application rate of 1 × 105 cfu/g; (3) LPPA at 5 × 105 cfu/g; (4) LPPA at 1 × 106 cfu/g; (5) Lactobacillus buchneri (LB) at 1 × 105 cfu/g; (6) LB at 5 × 105 cfu/g; and (7) LB at 1 × 106 cfu/g. We detected no effect of inoculant dose...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454277/nitrogen-removal-enhancement-using-lactic-acid-fermentation-products-from-food-waste-as-external-carbon-sources-performance-and-microbial-communities
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Jialing Tang, Xiaochang C Wang, Yisong Hu, Yunhui Pu, Jin Huang, Huu Hao Ngo, Yonggang Zeng, Yuyou Li
In this study, nitrogen removal using the lactic acid fermentation products from food waste and other external chemical carbon sources (sodium acetate, sodium lactate and starch) was investigated. Similar to sodium acetate and lactate, the lactic acid-enriched fermentation liquid from food waste (FLFW) exhibited a high denitrification rate (5.5 mg NO x -N/(g-VSS h)) and potential (0.16 g NO 3 - -N/g COD), and could achieve high NH 4 + -N and total nitrogen (TN) removal efficiencies during long-term operation...
February 8, 2018: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454159/an-aligned-porous-electrospun-fibrous-membrane-with-controlled-drug-delivery-an-efficient-strategy-to-accelerate-diabetic-wound-healing-with-improved-angiogenesis
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Xiaozhi Ren, Yiming Han, Jie Wang, Yuqi Jiang, Zhengfang Yi, He Xu, Qinfei Ke
A chronic wound in diabetic patients is usually characterized by poor angiogenesis and delayed wound closure. The exploration of efficient strategy to significantly improve angiogenesis in the diabetic wound bed and thereby accelerate wound healing is still a significant challenge. Herein, we reported a kind of aligned porous poly (L-lactic acid) (PLLA) electrospun fibrous membranes containing dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG)-loaded mesoporous silica nanoparticles (DS) for diabetic wound healing. The PLLA electrospun fibers aligned in a single direction and there were ellipse-shaped nano-pores in situ generated onto the surface of fibers, while the DS were well distributed in the fibers and the DMOG as well as Si ion could be controlled released from the nanopores on the fibers...
February 14, 2018: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453750/administration-of-lactobacillus-plantarum-lp62-to-dam-rats-at-the-end-of-delivery-and-during-lactation-affects-tgf-%C3%AE-1-level-and-nutritional-milk-composition-and-body-weight-of-pups
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Gladistone Correia Messias, Ana Marta Novais Rocha, Beatriz Manuela Silva Santos, Ana Marques Botelho, Dhaísa Cristhina Alves Silva, Erika Santos Porto, Marina Lima Dos Anjos, Rayra Almeida Sousa, Mara Viana Silva, Thainara Barros da Rocha, Aracely Vieira de Melo, Manoela Rios Trindade Carneiro, Nayonara Santana Aguiar, Patrícia Prado Santos, Erika Pereira de Souza, Mariluze Peixoto Cruz, Lucas Miranda Marques, Raquel Passos Rezende, Carla Cristina Romano, Ana Paula Uetanabaro, Gabriel Vinderola, Regiane Yatsuda
PURPOSE: Lactobacillus plantarum Lp62 is a lactic acid bacteria strain that has been isolated from cocoa beans and exhibited probiotic potential. The influence of oral administration of L. plantarum Lp62 on the growth of rat's pups; on yield, cytokines and milk composition was studied. METHODS: Lactobacillus plantarum Lp62 is a lactic acid bacteria strain that has been isolated from cocoa beans. It was administered daily by gavage to Wistar rats (n = 8), from the 7th day before delivery and for 20 days during lactation, in a concentration of 1...
February 16, 2018: European Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453437/enhancement-of-immunomodulative-effect-of-lactic-acid-bacteria-on-plasmacytoid-dendritic-cells-with-sucrose-palmitate
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Masaya Kanayama, Yukiko Kato, Toshikazu Tsuji, Yuki Konoeda, Akiko Hashimoto, Osamu Kanauchi, Toshio Fujii, Daisuke Fujiwara
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (pDCs) play a key role in the immune response against viruses. In addition, recent research has suggested that pDCs possess direct and indirect tumoricidal activities. We previously found that a lactic acid bacteria strain, Lactococcus lactis JCM 5805 (LC-Plasma), stimulated pDCs and prevented viral infection in mouse and human studies. Meanwhile, emulsifiers have recently been highlighted as candidate adjuvants for some viral vaccines and cancer immunotherapies. In this study, we discovered some specific emulsifiers, mainly consisting of sucrose fatty acid esters, that drastically enhance the potency of LC-Plasma to activate pDCs in vitro...
February 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453261/molecular-and-functional-study-of-a-branching-sucrase-like-glucansucrase-reveals-an-evolutionary-intermediate-between-two-subfamilies-of-the-gh70-enzymes
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Minghui Yan, Bing-Hua Wang, Xiaofen Xu, Peng Chang, Feng Hang, Zhengjun Wu, Chunping You, Zhenmin Liu
Family GH70 glucansucrases (GSs) catalyze the synthesis of α-glucans from sucrose, a reaction widely seen in lactic acid bacteria (LAB). These enzymes have been implicated in many aspects of the microbial life. Products of GSs have great commercial value as food supplements and medical materials, therefore these enzymes have attracted much attention from both fields of science and industry. However, certain issues concerning the origin and evolution of GS are still to be addressed, although an increasing number of GH70 enzymes have been characterized...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453254/development-of-a-versatile-cas9-driven-subpopulation-selection-toolbox-in-lactococcus-lactis
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Simon van der Els, Jennelle K James, Michiel Kleerebezem, Peter A Bron
CRISPR-Cas9 technology has been exploited for the removal or replacement of genetic elements in a wide range of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Here we describe the extension of the Cas9 application toolbox to the industrially important dairy species Lactococcus lactis The Cas9 expression vector pLABTarget was constructed, encoding the Streptocccus pyogenes Cas9 under control of a constitutive promoter, and allowing plug and play introduction of sgRNA sequences to target specific genetic loci. Introduction of a pepN -targeting derivative of pLABTarget into L...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453253/assembly-of-synthetic-functional-cellulosomal-structures-onto-the-lactobacillus-plantarum-cell-surface-a-potent-member-of-the-gut-microbiome
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Johanna Stern, Sarah Moraïs, Yonit Ben-David, Rachel Salama, Melina Shamshoum, Raphael Lamed, Yuval Shoham, Edward A Bayer, Itzhak Mizrahi
Heterologous display of enzymes on microbial cell surfaces is an extremely desirable approach, since it enables the engineered microbe to interact directly with the plant-wall extracellular polysaccharide matrix. In recent years, attempts have been made to endow non-cellulolytic microbes with genetically engineered cellulolytic capabilities for improved hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass and for advanced probiotics. Thus far, however, owing to the hurdles of secreting and assembling large, intricate complexes on the bacterial cell wall, only free cellulases or relatively simple cellulosome assemblies have been introduced into live bacteria...
February 16, 2018: Applied and Environmental Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29453120/mycobiota-and-co-occurrence-of-mycotoxins-in-south-african-maize-based-opaque-beer
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Ifeoluwa Adekoya, Adewale Obadina, Cynthia Chilaka Adaku, Marthe De Boevre, Sheila Okoth, Sarah De Saeger, Patrick Njobeh
Beer, a beverage consumed throughout the world, is mainly derived from cereals. In this study, fungal and mycotoxin contamination, as well as the physicochemical properties of maize-based opaque beer (umqombothi) obtained from the Gauteng province of South Africa, was investigated. The mean water activity, pH and total titratable acidity of the analysed beer samples were 0.91, 3.76 and 1.20% lactic acid, respectively. The investigation revealed Aspergillus, Penicillium, Phoma and Saccharomyces as the predominant fungal genera with a mean fungal load of 3...
February 9, 2018: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29452393/no-copper-supplementation-in-a-corn-soybean-basal-diet-has-no-adverse-effects-on-late-phase-laying-hens-under-normal-and-cyclic-high-temperatures
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W X Li, Y Q Chen, L H Zhao, Q G Ma, J Y Zhang, C Ji
Over supplementation of copper (Cu) in animal diets may cause serious pollution in soil, water and harvested crops. To minimize the potential pollution, the effects of corn-soybean basal diet with or without supplementation of 8 mg Cu/kg on laying performance, plasma biochemical metabolic indices, and antioxidant status in laying hens were evaluated under normal and cyclic high temperatures. A total of 240 Hy-Line Brown laying hens were randomly allotted to 4 treatments with 6 replicates of 10 hens per replicate according to factorial design involved in 2 temperatures [normal temperature (NT) vs...
February 14, 2018: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451997/poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-as-a-slow-release-drug-carrying-matrix-for-methotrexate-coated-onto-intraocular-lenses-to-conquer-posterior-capsule-opacification
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Stefan A Kassumeh, Christian M Wertheimer, Annabel von Studnitz, Anna Hillenmayer, Claudia Priglinger, Armin Wolf, Wolfgang J Mayer, Daniel Teupser, Lesca M Holdt, Siegfried G Priglinger, Kirsten H Eibl-Lindner
PURPOSE: Posterior capsule opacification (PCO) still represents the main long-term complication of cataract surgery. Research into pharmacologic PCO prophylaxis is extensive. One promising candidate drug is methotrexate (MTX). Our aim is to determine the in vitro feasibility of MTX-loaded poly(lactic-co-glycolic) (PLGA) biomatrices sprayed on intraocular lenses (IOLs) as a drug-delivery implant. METHODS: Hydrophilic and hydrophobic acrylic IOLs were spray-coated with MTX-loaded PLGA...
February 16, 2018: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451876/comparative-genomic-analysis-of-the-multispecies-probiotic-marketed-product-vsl-3
#18
François P Douillard, Diego Mora, Robyn T Eijlander, Michiel Wels, Willem M de Vos
Several probiotic-marketed formulations available for the consumers contain live lactic acid bacteria and/or bifidobacteria. The multispecies product commercialized as VSL#3 has been used for treating various gastro-intestinal disorders. However, like many other products, the bacterial strains present in VSL#3 have only been characterized to a limited extent and their efficacy as well as their predicted mode of action remain unclear, preventing further applications or comparative studies. In this work, the genomes of all eight bacterial strains present in VSL#3 were sequenced and characterized, to advance insights into the possible mode of action of this product and also to serve as a basis for future work and trials...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451663/the-analysis-on-the-expression-of-gasotransmitters-in-early-trauma-patients
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Zhiyong Wang, Mignxing Fang, Jianying Guo, Yong Yang, Fengjun Tian
OBJECTIVE: Nitric oxide (NO), carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) were endogenously-generated molecules gas. They owned important biological activity and participated in many pathophysiological processes. This study aimed to examine the levels of three gasotransmitters in the early phase of trauma patients. METHOD: Blood samples were collected from 60 trauma patients and ten healthy volunteers. Concentration of serum iNOS and HO-1 were analyzed by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay and plasma H2S was determined by colorimetric method...
November 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29451214/optimization-of-micropatterned-poly-lactic-co-glycolic-acid-films-for-enhancing-dorsal-root-ganglion-cell-orientation-and-extension
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Ching-Wen Li, Brett Davis, Jill Shea, Himanshu Sant, Bruce Kent Gale, Jayant Agarwal
Nerve conduits have been a viable alternative to the 'gold standard' autograft for treating small peripheral nerve gap injuries. However, they often produce inadequate functional recovery outcomes and are ineffective in large gap injuries. Ridge/groove surface micropatterning has been shown to promote neural cell orientation and guide growth. However, optimization of the ratio of ridge/groove parameters to promote orientation and extension for dorsal root ganglion (DRG) cells on poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) films has not been previously conducted...
January 2018: Neural Regeneration Research
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