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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550798/sediment-quality-in-a-metal-contaminated-tropical-bay-assessed-with-a-multiple-lines-of-evidence-approach
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Sarah K Rodrigues, Denis M S Abessa, Ana Paula de C Rodrigues, Abílio Soares-Gomes, Carolina B Freitas, Ricardo E Santelli, Aline S Freire, Wilson Machado
A sediment quality assessment was performed near to the main industrial source of metal contamination in Sepetiba Bay, Brazil, which represents one of the worst cases of trace metal contamination reported for coastal areas. Acute and chronic toxicity tests, benthic fauna community analysis and metal bioavailability evaluations were applied to identify risks to the benthic community. Significant amphipod mortality was observed close to the major pollution source and lower copepod fertility was observed for all stations...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550782/immunofluorescence-evaluation-of-4-hydroxynonenal-and-8-hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine-activation-in-zebrafish-daino-rerio-larvae-brain-exposed-microinjected-to-propyl-gallate
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Ahmet Topal, Selim Çomakli, Mustafa Özkaraca, Alper Baran, Mine Köktürk, Veysel Parlak, Yavuz Selim Sağlam, Muhammed Atamanalp, Saltuk Buğrahan Ceyhun
Propyl gallate (PG) is a chemical compound obtained by esterification of propanol with gallic acid. Due to its antioxidative properties, it is widely used in cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries as well as to protect the oils in foods such as butter, milk-based desserts, chewing gum, mayonnaise, meat, soups, cereals, spices and seasonings from rancidity. This study has been designed to assessment 8-OHdG and 4-HNE activity, and histopathological changes in the brain tissues of zebrafish larvae, which is a lecithotrophic organism, after 96 h of PG exposure via microinjecting to yolk sac of embryo...
May 19, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550777/disolved-organic-matter-dom-removal-from-bio-treated-coking-wastewate-using-a-new-polymeric-adsorbent-modified-with-dimethylamino-groups
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Wenlan Yang, Chengda He, Xiaozhi Wang, Ya Zhang, Zhipeng Cheng, Benlin Dai, Lili Zhang
In the current study a new recyclable aminated hyper-cross-linked polymeric adsorbent (A-HPA) was prepared for effective removal of DOM from BTCW. Possibly benefited from its unique structure of polystyrene matrix, sufficient aminated groups and high specific surface area, A-HPA could remove DOM from BTCW through the synergetic effect of π-π interactions, acid-base interactions and micropore filling, and exhibited the highest removal efficiency than the other adsorbents. Moreover, the exhausted A-HPA was amenable to effective regeneration by using acid and alkaline solution, allowing for repeated use with a constant removal efficiency...
May 18, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550651/a-new-biphenyl-ether-derivative-produced-by-indonesian-ascidian-derived-penicillium-albobiverticillium
#4
Deiske A Sumilat, Hiroyuki Yamazaki, Kotaro Endo, Henki Rotinsulu, Defny S Wewengkang, Kazuyo Ukai, Michio Namikoshi
A new biphenyl ether derivative, 2-hydroxy-6-(2'-hydroxy-3'-hydroxymethyl-5-methylphenoxy)-benzoic acid (1), was isolated together with the known benzophenone derivative, monodictyphenone (2), from a culture broth of Indonesian ascidian-derived Penicillium albobiverticillium TPU1432 by solvent extraction, ODS column chromatography, and preparative HPLC (ODS). The structure of 1 was elucidated based on NMR experiments. Compound 2 exhibited moderate inhibitory activities against protein tyrosine phosphatase (PTP) 1B, T cell PTP (TCPTP), and CD45 tyrosine phosphatase (CD45), whereas compound 1 modestly inhibited CD45 activity...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Natural Medicines
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550489/impedance-ph-monitoring-for-diagnosis-of-reflux-disease-new-perspectives
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Marzio Frazzoni, Nicola de Bortoli, Leonardo Frazzoni, Salvatore Tolone, Vincenzo Savarino, Edoardo Savarino
Heartburn is the most specific symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). In clinical practice, heartburn relief by a proton pump inhibitor (PPI) trial does suffice to confirm GERD. However, an objective diagnosis of GERD is required before anti-reflux endoscopic or surgical interventions, independently from PPI response. Thus, since normal findings at upper endoscopy are detected in the majority of patients with heartburn, reflux monitoring is often required. When traditional catheter-based or wireless pH tests are used, reflux episodes are conventionally identified by pH drops below 4...
May 26, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550412/differential-expression-of-poplar-sucrose-nonfermenting1-related-protein-kinase-2-genes-in-response-to-abiotic-stress-and-abscisic-acid
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Xiang Yu, Arika Takebayashi, Taku Demura, Misato Ohtani
Knowledge on the responses of woody plants to abiotic stress can inform strategies to breed improved tree varieties and to manage tree species for environmental conservation and the production of lignocellulosic biomass. In this study, we examined the expression patterns of poplar (Populus trichocarpa) genes encoding members of the sucrose nonfermenting1-related protein kinase 2 (SnRK2) family, which are core components of the abiotic stress response. The P. trichocarpa genome contains twelve SnRK2 genes (PtSnRK2...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Plant Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550345/bacillus-zanthoxyli-sp-nov-a-novel-nematicidal-bacterium-isolated-from-chinese-red-pepper-zanthoxylum-bungeanum-maxim-leaves-in-china
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Ma Li, Cao Yong Hong, Wang Xiao Yan, Zheng Shuai Chao, Yang Cheng Gang, Duo Jin Ling, Zhou Xing Kui, Xi Jia Qin, Zhu Ming Liang, Mo Ming He
A novel strain, 1433(T), was isolated from leaves of Chinese red pepper (Huajiao, Zanthoxylum bungeanum Maxim) collected from Gansu province in northwestern China, and was characterised by a polyphasic approach. Cells of strain 1433(T) were observed to be Gram-stain positive, aerobic, asporogenous, rod shaped, motile and to have peritrichous flagella. The strain was observed to grow at a range of temperatures and pH, 4-45 °C (optimum 28-32 °C) and 6.0-10.0 (optimum pH 6.0-7.0), respectively. Growth was found to occur in the presence of 0-7% (w/v) NaCl [optimum 0-3% (w/v)]...
May 26, 2017: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550300/experimental-quantum-chemical-and-molecular-dynamic-simulations-studies-on-the-corrosion-inhibition-of-mild-steel-by-some-carbazole-derivatives
#8
Henry U Nwankwo, Lukman O Olasunkanmi, Eno E Ebenso
Five selected carbazole derivatives, namely carbazole, 3,6-dibromocarbazole, 2-hydroxycarbazole, 1,2,3,4-tetrahydrocarbazole and 9-(2-ethylhexyl)carbazole-3,6-dicarboxaldehyde were investigated for their inhibitive effects on Desulfovibrio vulgaris (D. vulgaris) induced corrosion of mild steel and in 1 M HCl medium using weight loss, potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) techniques. The carbazole derivatives were found to be mixed type inhibitors with predominantly cathodic inhibitive effects for mild steel in 1 M HCl...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550190/patient-derived-anti-%C3%AE-2gp1-antibodies-recognize-a-peptide-motif-pattern-and-not-a-specific-sequence-of-residues
#9
Philippe de Moerloose, Céline Fickentscher, Françoise Boehlen, Jean-Marie Tiercy, Egbert K O Kruithof, Karim J Brandt
Antiphospholipid antibody syndrome is an autoimmune disease characterized by the presence of so-called antiphospholipid antibodies and clinical manifestations such as recurrent thromboembolic or pregnancy complications. Although the main antigenic determinant for antiphospholipid antibodies has been identified as the beta-2-glycoprotein 1 (β2GP1), the precise epitope recognized by antiphospholipid antibodies still remains largely unknown. In the present study, we wanted to identify a sequence in the domain I of β2GP1 able to induce the proliferation of CD4+ T cells isolated from antiphospholipid antibody syndrome patients but not from healthy donors and to interact with antiphospholipid antibodies...
May 26, 2017: Haematologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550083/normal-and-cancerous-tissues-release-extrachromosomal-circular-dna-eccdna-into-the-circulation
#10
Pankaj Kumar, Laura Dillon, Yoshiyuki Shibata, Amir A Jazaeri, David R Jones, Anindya Dutta
Cell-free circulating linear DNA is being explored for non-invasive diagnosis and management of tumors and fetuses, the so-called liquid biopsy. Previously, we observed the presence of small extrachromosomal circular DNA (eccDNA), called microDNA, in the nuclei of mammalian tissues and cell lines. Now, we demonstrate that cell-free microDNA derived from uniquely mapping regions of the genome is detectable in plasma and serum from both mice and humans and that they are significantly longer (30-60% >250 bases) than cell-free circulating linear DNA (~150 bases)...
May 26, 2017: Molecular Cancer Research: MCR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549941/dietary-zinc-deficiency-reduced-growth-performance-intestinal-immune-and-physical-barrier-functions-related-to-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-tor-nrf2-jnk-and-mlck-signaling-pathway-of-young-grass-carp-ctenopharyngodon-idella
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Zheng-Xing Song, Wei-Dan Jiang, Yang Liu, Pei Wu, Jun Jiang, Xiao-Qiu Zhou, Sheng-Yao Kuang, Ling Tang, Wu-Neng Tang, Yong-An Zhang, Lin Feng
Our study investigated the effects of dietary zinc (Zn) deficiency on growth performance, intestinal immune and physical barrier functions of young grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella). A total of 630 grass carp (244.14 ± 0.40 g) were fed graded levels of zinc lactate (10.71, 30.21, 49.84, 72.31, 92.56, 110.78 mg Zn/kg diet) and one zinc sulfate group (56.9 mg Zn/kg diet) for 60 days. At the end of the feeding trial, fish were challenged with Aeromonas hydrophila for 14 days. These results indicated that compared with optimal dietary Zn level, dietary Zn deficiency (10...
May 23, 2017: Fish & Shellfish Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549920/dissecting-intrinsic-and-ligand-induced-structural-communication-in-the-%C3%AE-3-headpiece-of-integrins
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Angelo Felline, Michela Ghitti, Giovanna Musco, Francesca Fanelli
BACKGROUND: Graph theory is widely used to dissect structural communication in biomolecular systems. Here, graph theory-based approaches were applied to the headpiece of integrins, adhesion cell-surface receptors that transmit signals across the plasma membranes. METHODS: Protein Structure Network (PSN) analysis incorporating dynamic information either from molecular dynamics simulations or from Elastic Network Models was applied to the β3 domains from integrins αVβ3 and αIIbβ3 in their apo and ligand-bound states...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549889/synthesis-and-evaluation-of-novel-dual-brd4-hdac-inhibitors
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Seika Amemiya, Takao Yamaguchi, Yuichi Hashimoto, Tomomi Noguchi-Yachide
Epigenetic regulation of gene expression via histone acetylation modulates many cellular processes, including apoptosis, the cell cycle, cell growth and differentiation, and inhibitors are promising drug candidates. We have previously developed inhibitors of BRD4, which recognizes acetylated lysine residue on histones and recruits transcription elongation factor to the transcription start site, while inhibitors of histone deacetylase (HDAC), which catalyzes the removal of acetyl groups on histones, are already in clinical use for cancer treatment...
May 17, 2017: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549882/trends-in-the-use-of-laboratory-tests-for-the-diagnosis-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-and-association-with-incidence-rates-in-quebec-canada-2010-2014
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C Bogaty, S Lévesque, C Garenc, C Frenette, D Bolduc, L-A Galarneau, C Lalancette, V Loo, C Tremblay, M Trudeau, J Vachon, M Dionne, J Villeneuve, J Longtin, Y Longtin
BACKGROUND: Several Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) surveillance programs do not specify laboratory strategies to use. We investigated the evolution in testing strategies used across Quebec, Canada, and its association with incidence rates. METHODS: Cross-sectional study of 95 hospitals by surveys conducted in 2010 and in 2013-2014. The association between testing strategies and institutional CDI incidence rates was analyzed via multivariate Poisson regressions...
May 23, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549733/divergent-roles-of-three-cytochrome-c-in-ctsb-modulating-coelomocyte-apoptosis-in-apostichopus-japonicus
#15
Huahui Chen, Miao Lv, Zhimeng Lv, Chenghua Li, Weiwei Zhang, Xuelin Zhao, Xuemei Duan, Chunhua Jin, Jinbo Xiong, Feng Xu, Ye Li
Cytochrome c plays crucial roles in apoptosis and the immune response. We previously demonstrated that cathepsin B from Apostichopus japonicus (AjCTSB) induces coelomocyte apoptosis. However, the mechanistic explanation and the regulation of this process have not been investigated. In the present study, we identified three cytochrome c cDNAs from A. japonicus (designated Ajcytc1, Ajcytc-1, and Ajcytc-2) using expressed sequence tag- (EST) and RACE-based approaches. The deduced amino acid sequences of the three cytochrome isoforms contained conserved CXXCH motifs, which are involved in binding heme and maintaining proteolytic activity...
May 23, 2017: Developmental and Comparative Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549623/standardising-rna-profiling-based-biomarker-application-in-cancer-the-need-for-robust-control-of-technical-variables
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REVIEW
James P Stewart, Susan Richman, Tim Maughan, Mark Lawler, Philip D Dunne, Manuel Salto-Tellez
Histopathology-based staging of colorectal cancer (CRC) has utility in assessing the prognosis of patient subtypes, but as yet cannot accurately predict individual patient's treatment response. Transcriptomics approaches, using array based or next generation sequencing (NGS) platforms, of formalin fixed paraffin embedded tissue can be harnessed to develop multi-gene biomarkers for predicting both prognosis and treatment response, leading to stratification of treatment. While transcriptomics can shape future biomarker development, currently <1% of published biomarkers become clinically validated tests, often due to poor study design or lack of independent validation...
May 23, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549430/reduction-of-the-serum-levels-of-a-specific-biomarker-of-cartilage-degradation-coll2-1-by-hyaluronic-acid-kartilage%C3%A2-cross-compared-to-placebo-in-painful-knee-osteoarthritis-patients-the-epikart-study-a-pilot-prospective-comparative-randomized-double-blind
#17
Yves Henrotin, Francis Berenbaum, Xavier Chevalier, Marc Marty, Pascal Richette, François Rannou
BACKGROUND: Viscosupplementation is a symptomatic treatment of the knee osteoarthritis based on the intra-articular injection of hyaluronic acid (IAHA). Although many studies have investigated its effect on symptoms, few clinical studies have focused on its effects on biologicals markers of cartilage metabolism. In this study, we assessed the effect of an intra-articular injection of a reticulated hyaluronic acid compound on the level of a specific biomarker of type II collagen degradation...
May 26, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549305/adsorption-of-steroid-micropollutants-on-polymer-based-spherical-activated-carbon-pbsac
#18
Matteo Tagliavini, Fabio Engel, Peter Georg Weidler, Torsten Scherer, Andrea Iris Schäfer
Removal and interaction mechanisms of four different steroid micropollutants, estrone (E1), estradiol (E2), progesterone (P) and testosterone (T) were determined for different types of polymer-based spherical activated carbon (PBSAC). Higher than 90% removal and significantly faster kinetics compared to conventional granular activated carbon (GAC) were observed, while performance was comparable with powdered activated carbon (PAC). No influence of pH in the range 2-12 was determined, while the presence of humic acid (HA) reduced both the removal and the kinetic by up to 20%...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549267/the-construction-of-a-novel-nucleic-acids-detection-microplatform-based-on-the-nset-for-one-step-detecting-tk1-dna-and-microrna-21
#19
Jian Zhang, Qian Zhao, Yudong Wu, Bo Zhang, Weipan Peng, Jiafang Piao, Yurui Zhou, Weichen Gao, Xiaoqun Gong, Jin Chang
Microbeads-based microchip technology has become the potential for a new generation of nucleic acids detection in a high-throughput and sensitive manner. However the specificity and operational complexity limit the microchip applied in nucleic acids detection. Herein, in this work, we designed a kind of gold-nanoparticles coated polystyrene microbeads as microplatform conjugating with the molecular beacons as probes. Due to the nanoparticle surface energy transfer of gold-nanoparticles, the fluorescence of dye on one end of molecular beacons was effectively quenched...
May 23, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549266/self-cascade-reaction-catalyzed-by-cuo-nanoparticle-based-dual-functional-enzyme-mimics
#20
Ai-Ling Hu, Hao-Hua Deng, Xiao-Qing Zheng, Yan-Yu Wu, Xiu-Ling Lin, Ai-Lin Liu, Xing-Hua Xia, Hua-Ping Peng, Wei Chen, Guo-Lin Hong
It is desirable but challenging to assemble various biomimetic properties into a functional catalytic cascade system. In this work, cupric oxide nanoparticles were investigated as oxidase mimics for the aerobic oxidation of cysteine to cystine with the generation of hydrogen peroxide. Coupling this property with the peroxidase-like activity of CuO nanoparticles, we constructed a self-organized cascade reaction system based on a single-component nanozyme, which includes the oxidation of cysteine to yield cystine and hydrogen peroxide and the hydrogen peroxide-mediated oxidation of terephthalic acid to produce a fluorescence change...
May 19, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
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