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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346994/gc-ms-analysis-and-potential-cytotoxic-activity-of-calyptranthes-grandifolia-o-berg-calyptranthes-tricona-d-legrand-and-myrciaria-plinioides-d-legrand-essential-oil-in-raw264-7-and-cho-k1-cells
#1
D Faleiro, S M Immich, F Majolo, L Mayer, E M Ethur, M I Goettert
The search for new bioactive substances derived from natural products is daily growing. Among biologically active products used in therapeutic approaches, essential oils are described with wide range of therapeutic and pharmacological potential. Plants from Myrtaceae family have the presence of essential oils in its composition. Calyptranthes grandifolia, Calyptranthes tricona and Myrciaria plinioides species belong to this family and are used by the local population. However, there are no reports in the literature describing relevant characteristics about the potential and possible activities of these species...
March 22, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346992/longitudinal-assessment-of-hydropeaking-impacts-on-various-scales-for-an-improved-process-understanding-and-the-design-of-mitigation-measures
#2
C Hauer, P Holzapfel, P Leitner, W Graf
Hydropeaking is one of the main pressures on the aquatic ecology in alpine rivers. Beside studies on abiotic process and biotic response on the local scale there is a lack in process understanding on the reach scale. Especially longitudinal changes of hydropeaking impacts based on retention processes have not been studied yet. Thus, based on unsteady one-dimensional and two-dimensional depth averaged modelling it was targeted to investigate possible changes in vertical ramping velocity for the discussion of possible mitigation measures at the local scale...
January 1, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346980/ecological-intensification-to-mitigate-impacts-of-conventional-intensive-land-use-on-pollinators-and-pollination
#3
REVIEW
Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Anahí Espíndola, Adam J Vanbergen, Josef Settele, Claire Kremen, Lynn V Dicks
Worldwide, human appropriation of ecosystems is disrupting plant-pollinator communities and pollination function through habitat conversion and landscape homogenisation. Conversion to agriculture is destroying and degrading semi-natural ecosystems while conventional land-use intensification (e.g. industrial management of large-scale monocultures with high chemical inputs) homogenises landscape structure and quality. Together, these anthropogenic processes reduce the connectivity of populations and erode floral and nesting resources to undermine pollinator abundance and diversity, and ultimately pollination services...
March 27, 2017: Ecology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346937/in-crystal-reaction-cycle-of-a-toluene-bound-diiron-hydroxylase
#4
Justin F Acheson, Lucas J Bailey, Thomas C Brunold, Brian G Fox
Electrophilic aromatic substitution is one of the most important and recognizable classes of organic chemical transformation. Enzymes create the strong electrophiles that are needed for these highly energetic reactions by using O2, electrons, and metals or other cofactors. Although the nature of the oxidants that carry out electrophilic aromatic substitution has been deduced from many approaches, it has been difficult to determine their structures. Here we show the structure of a diiron hydroxylase intermediate formed during a reaction with toluene...
March 27, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346926/microbiota-and-obesity
#5
Erika Isolauri
Obesity is globally the most prevalent nutritional disorder. Multifaceted therapeutic approaches are called for to halt the cascade from neonatal adiposity/high birth weight to childhood excessive weight gain/adult obesity with comorbidities. Recent experimental and clinical data provide one new target for interventions aiming to close this vicious circle: the microbiota. An aberrant gut microbiota, dysbiosis, induces immune and metabolic disturbances both locally and, consequent upon impaired gut barrier function, also systemic low-grade inflammation, which is causally linked to insulin resistance...
2017: Nestlé Nutrition Institute Workshop Series
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346910/occurrence-temporal-variation-and-estrogenic-burden-of-five-parabens-in-sewage-sludge-collected-across-the-united-states
#6
Jing Chen, Benny F G Pycke, Bruce J Brownawell, Chad A Kinney, Edward T Furlong, Dana W Kolpin, Rolf U Halden
Five parabens used as preservatives in pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) were measured in sewage sludges collected at 14 U.S. wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) located in nine states. Detected concentration ranges (ng/g, dry weight) and frequencies were as follows: methyl paraben (15.9 to 203.0; 100%), propyl paraben (0.5 to 7.7; 100%), ethyl paraben (<0.6 to 2.6; 63%), butyl paraben (<0.4 to 4.3; 42%) and benzyl paraben (<0.4 to 3.3; 26%). The estrogenicity inherent to the sum of parabens detected in sewage sludge (ranging from 10...
March 24, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346895/wheat-genomics-comes-of-age
#7
REVIEW
Cristobal Uauy
Advances in wheat genomics have lagged behind other major cereals (e.g., rice and maize) due to its highly repetitive and large polyploid genome. Recent technological developments in sequencing and assembly methods, however, have largely overcome these barriers. The community now moves to an era centred on functional characterisation of the genome. This includes understanding sequence and structural variation as well as how information is integrated across multiple homoeologous genomes. This understanding promises to uncover variation previously hidden from natural and human selection due to the often observed functional redundancy between homoeologs...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346893/biochemical-transformation-of-lignin-for-deriving-valued-commodities-from-lignocellulose
#8
REVIEW
Daniel L Gall, John Ralph, Timothy J Donohue, Daniel R Noguera
The biochemical properties of lignin present major obstacles to deriving societally beneficial entities from lignocellulosic biomass, an abundant and renewable feedstock. Similar to other biopolymers such as polysaccharides, polypeptides, and ribonucleic acids, lignin polymers are derived from multiple types of monomeric units. However, lignin's renowned recalcitrance is largely attributable to its racemic nature and the variety of covalent inter-unit linkages through which its aromatic monomers are linked...
March 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346861/biomimetic-remineralization-of-carious-lesions-by-self-assembling-peptide
#9
L Kind, S Stevanovic, S Wuttig, S Wimberger, J Hofer, B Müller, U Pieles
Caries is the most common disease in the world. Great efforts have been undertaken for prevention and to identify a regenerative treatment solution for dental caries. Self-assembling β-sheet forming peptides have previously shown to form 3-dimensional fiber networks supporting tissue regeneration. In particular, the self-assembling peptide P11-4 has shown potential in the treatment and prevention of dental caries. It has previously been shown that application of monomeric P11-4 solution to early carious lesions can increase net mineral gain by forming de novo hydroxyapatite crystals...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Dental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346848/cardiovascular-protective-effects-and-clinical-applications-of-resveratrol
#10
Sanghyun Cho, Kyung Namkoong, Minji Shin, Jueun Park, Eunyeong Yang, Jinsoo Ihm, Vu Thi Thu, Hyoung Kyu Kim, Jin Han
Resveratrol is a naturally occurring phenol that is generated by plant species following injury or attack by bacterial and fungal pathogens. This compound was first described as the French Paradox in 1992. Later in 2003, resveratrol was reported to activate sirtuins in yeast cells. Recent experimental studies have found that resveratrol offers a variety of benefits that include both anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects in addition to the ability to reverse obesity, attenuate hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia, protect heart and endothelial function, and increase the life span...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346844/inactivation-of-i-clostridium-difficile-i-spore-outgrowth-by-synergistic-effects-of-nisin-and-lysozyme
#11
Changhoon Chai, Kyung-Soo Lee, Goo-Sang Imm, Young Soon Kim, Se-Wook Oh
Inactivating <i>Clostridium difficile</i> spores is difficult, as they are resistant to heat, chemicals, and antimicrobials. However, this note describes inactivation of <i>C. difficile</i> spore outgrowth by incubation in a solution containing a germinant (1% w/v sodium taurocholate), co-germinants (1% w/v tryptose and 1% w/v NaCl), and natural antimicrobials (20 nM nisin and 0.2 mM lysozyme). <i>C. difficile</i> spores were resistant to nisin and lysozyme but became susceptible during germination and outgrowth triggered and promoted by sodium taurocholate, tryptose, and NaCl...
March 27, 2017: Canadian Journal of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346823/design-and-monitoring-of-multi-arm-multi-stage-clinical-trials
#12
Pranab Ghosh, Lingyun Liu, P Senchaudhuri, Ping Gao, Cyrus Mehta
Two-arm group sequential designs have been widely used for over 40 years, especially for studies with mortality endpoints. The natural generalization of such designs to trials with multiple treatment arms and a common control (MAMS designs) has, however, been implemented rarely. While the statistical methodology for this extension is clear, the main limitation has been an efficient way to perform the computations. Past efforts were hampered by algorithms that were computationally explosive. With the increasing interest in adaptive designs, platform designs, and other innovative designs that involve multiple comparisons over multiple stages, the importance of MAMS designs is growing rapidly...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346822/sensitivity-analysis-for-matched-pair-analysis-of-binary-data-from-worst-case-to-average-case-analysis
#13
Raiden Hasegawa, Dylan Small
In matched observational studies where treatment assignment is not randomized, sensitivity analysis helps investigators determine how sensitive their estimated treatment effect is to some unmeasured confounder. The standard approach calibrates the sensitivity analysis according to the worst case bias in a pair. This approach will result in a conservative sensitivity analysis if the worst case bias does not hold in every pair. In this paper, we show that for binary data, the standard approach can be calibrated in terms of the average bias in a pair rather than worst case bias...
March 27, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346788/three-step-catalytic-asymmetric-total-syntheses-of-13-methyltetrahydroprotoberberine-alkaloids
#14
Shiqiang Zhou, Rongbiao Tong
(S,R)-N-PINAP was identified to be the chiral ligand for highly enantioselective CuI-catalyzed reaction of tetrahydroisoquinolines (THIQs), alkynes, and 2-bromobenzaldehyde derivatives. This enables us to accomplish the first asymmetric total synthesis of 12 natural 13-methyltetrahydroprotoberberine (13-MeTHPB) alkaloids in only three catalytic steps with 47-64% overall yields. In addition, the Pd-catalyzed reductive Heck cyclization was successfully extended to three Pd-catalyzed domino reactions (Heck/Suzuki, Heck/Sonogashira, and Heck/Heck), which greatly expands the synthetic utility of this catalytic strategy and allows expeditious access to 13-substituted tetrahydroprotoberberines for further bioactivity evaluation...
March 27, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346736/loss-of-predator-species-not-intermediate-consumers-triggers-rapid-and-dramatic-extinction-cascades
#15
Ian Donohue, Owen L Petchey, Sonia Kéfi, Alexandre Génin, Andrew L Jackson, Qiang Yang, Nessa E O'Connor
Ecological networks are tightly interconnected, such that loss of a single species can trigger additional species extinctions. Theory predicts that such secondary extinctions are driven primarily by loss of species from intermediate or basal trophic levels. In contrast, most cases of secondary extinctions from natural systems have been attributed to loss of entire top trophic levels. Here, we show that loss of single predator species in isolation can, irrespective of their identity or the presence of other predators, trigger rapid secondary extinction cascades in natural communities far exceeding those generally predicted by theory...
March 27, 2017: Global Change Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346727/sulforaphene-enhances-radiosensitivity-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma-through-suppression-of-the-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#16
Kewei Ren, Zhen Li, Yahua Li, Wenzhe Zhang, Xinwei Han
Sulforaphene (SFE), a naturally occurring isothiocyanate found in cruciferous vegetables, has attracted increasing attention for its anti-cancer effect in many cancers, including hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, the precise role of SFE in the radiosensitivity of HCC is still unclear. Here, cell proliferation and apoptosis were detected by MTT and flow cytometry assay, respectively. The activity of NF-κB was further evaluated by ELISA. We also observed the effect of SFE and/or radiation on tumor growth...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346718/modulation-of-the-rat-micturition-reflex-with-transcutaneous-ultrasound
#17
Daniel P Casella, Anne G Dudley, Douglass B Clayton, John C Pope, Stacy T Tanaka, John Thomas, Mark C Adams, John W Brock, Charles F Caskey
INTRODUCTION: Low intensity focused ultrasound has recently been identified as a novel method of stimulating targeted neurons. We hypothesized that ultrasound stimulation of the posterior tibial nerve would inhibit bladder contractions in an established rat model of rhythmic bladder contractions. METHODS: Cyclical detrusor contractions were initiated by placing a transurethral catheter in female rats and infusing saline into the bladder. Transcutaneous ultrasound pulses were then delivered to the lower extremity of a rat (overlying the posterior tibial nerve) using a single element spherically focused 250 kHz transducer...
March 27, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346695/contribution-of-small-conductance-k-channels-to-sinoatrial-node-pacemaker-activity-insights-from-atrial-specific-na-ca-2-exchange-knockout-mice
#18
Angelo G Torrente, Rui Zhang, Heidi Wang, Audrey Zaini, Brian Kim, Xin Yue, Kenneth D Philipson, Joshua I Goldhaber
Small conductance K(+) (SK) channels have been implicated as modulators of spontaneous depolarization and electrical conduction that may be involved in cardiac arrhythmia. However, neither their presence nor their contribution to sinoatrial node (SAN) pacemaker activity have been investigated. Using quantitative PCR (q-PCR), immunostaining and patch clamp recordings of membrane current and voltage, we identified all three SK isoforms (SK1, SK2 and SK3) in mouse SAN. Inhibition of SK channels with the specific blocker apamin prolonged action potentials (APs) in isolated SAN cells...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346658/spatially-heterogeneous-selection-in-nature-favors-phenotypic-plasticity-in-anuran-larvae
#19
Josh Van Buskirk
Theory holds that adaptive phenotypic plasticity evolves under spatial or temporal variation in natural selection. I tested this prediction in a classic system of predator-induced plasticity: frog tadpoles (Rana temporaria) reacting to predaceous aquatic insects. An outdoor mesocosm experiment manipulating exposure to Aeshna dragonfly larvae revealed plasticity in most characters: growth, development, behavior, and external morphology. I measured selection by placing 1927 tadpoles into enclosures within natural ponds; photographs permitted identification of the survivors 6-9 days later...
March 27, 2017: Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346650/submandibular-salivary-gland-tumors-clinical-course-and-outcome-of-a-20-year-multicenter-study
#20
Aviram Mizrachi, Gideon Bachar, Yaron Unger, Ohad Hilly, Dan M Fliss, Thomas Shpitzer
The purpose of this retrospective chart review study was to review the nature and clinical course of benign and malignant submandibular gland tumors at 2 major university-affiliated tertiary medical centers. All patients who underwent submandibular salivary gland excision between 1990 and 2010 were included. Clinical and disease-related data were collected from the medical charts. One hundred ninety-three patients were identified, of whom 108 (56%) had non-neoplastic disorders (sialolithiasis and sialadenitis)...
March 2017: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
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