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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098943/a-survey-of-the-peptide-profile-in-prato-cheese-as-measured-by-maldi-ms-and-capillary-electrophoresis
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Débora Parra Baptista, Francisca Diana da Silva Araújo, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, Mirna Lúcia Gigante
In this study, we describe the characterization of the peptide profile in commercial Prato cheese by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS) and capillary electrophoresis (CE). Ten commercial Prato cheese brands were characterized via their physicochemical composition and subjected to fractionation according to solubility at pH 4.6. The pH 4.6 insoluble fraction was evaluated by CE, whereas MALDI-MS was applied to the fraction soluble at pH 4.6 and in 70% ethanol. CE revealed a characteristic pattern of hydrolysis, with formation of para-κ-casein, hydrolysis of αs1 -casein at the Phe23 - Phe24 bond, and hydrolysis of β-casein...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098926/relevance-of-osteoclast-specific-enzyme-activities-in-cell-based-in-vitro-resorption-assays
#2
A Bernhardt, K Koperski, M Schumacher, M Gelinsky
Cell-based in vitro resorption assays are an important tool to simulate the in vivo biodegradation of resorbable bone graft materials and to predict their clinical performance. The present study analyses the activity of osteoclast-specific enzymes as potential surrogate measures for classical pit assay, which is not applicable on irregular structured materials. Osteoclasts derived from human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultivated on different surfaces: calcium phosphate bone cements (CPC), dentin discs, osteoblast-derived extracellular matrix (ECM) and tissue culture polystyrene as control...
January 18, 2017: European Cells & Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098891/nhe1-is-upregulated-in-gastric-cancer-and-regulates-gastric-cancer-cell-proliferation-migration-and-invasion
#3
Rui Xie, Haibo Wang, Hai Jin, Guorong Wen, Biguang Tuo, Jingyu Xu
Na+/H+ exchanger isoform 1 (NHE1) is known to play a key role in regulating intracellular pH and osmotic homeostasis and is involved in the development and progression of several types of cancer. However, the function and specific mechanism of NHE1 in gastric cancer (GC) are not clearly understood. In the present study, we report that NHE1 is overexpressed in tissues and cell lines from GC patients, and knockdown or inhibition of NHE1 suppressed GC cell proliferation via regulation of G1/S and G2/M cell cycle phase transitions, concomitant with a marked decrease in positive cell cycle regulators, including cyclin D1 and cyclin B1...
January 18, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098824/fabrication-of-a-miniature-multi-parameter-sensor-chip-for-water-quality-assessment
#4
Bo Zhou, Chao Bian, Jianhua Tong, Shanhong Xia
Water contamination is a main inducement of human diseases. It is an important step to monitor the water quality in the water distribution system. Due to the features of large size, high cost, and complicated structure of traditional water determination sensors and devices, it is difficult to realize real-time water monitoring on a large scale. In this paper, we present a multi-parameter sensor chip, which is miniature, low-cost, and robust, to detect the pH, conductivity, and temperature of water simultaneously...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098812/novel-aflatoxin-degrading-enzyme-from-bacillus-shackletonii-l7
#5
Liang Xu, Mohamed Farah Eisa Ahmed, Lancine Sangare, Yueju Zhao, Jonathan Nimal Selvaraj, Fuguo Xing, Yan Wang, Hongping Yang, Yang Liu
Food and feed contamination by aflatoxin (AF)B₁ has adverse economic and health consequences. AFB₁ degradation by microorganisms or microbial enzymes provides a promising preventive measure. To this end, the present study tested 43 bacterial isolates collected from maize, rice, and soil samples for AFB₁-reducing activity. The higher activity was detected in isolate L7, which was identified as Bacillus shackletonii. L7 reduced AFB₁, AFB₂, and AFM₁ levels by 92.1%, 84.1%, and 90.4%, respectively, after 72 h at 37 °C...
January 14, 2017: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098803/optimization-of-the-production-of-1-phenylethanol-using-enzymes-from-flowers-of-tea-camellia-sinensis-plants
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Fang Dong, Ying Zhou, Lanting Zeng, Naoharu Watanabe, Xinguo Su, Ziyin Yang
1-Phenylethanol (1PE) can be used as a fragrance in food flavoring and cosmetic industries and as an intermediate in the pharmaceutical industry. 1PE can be synthesized from acetophenone, and the cost of 1PE is higher than the cost of acetophenone. Therefore, it is important to establish an effective and low-cost approach for producing 1PE. Our previous studies found that tea (Camellia sinensis) flowers, which are an abundant and waste resource, contained enzymes that could transform acetophenone to 1PE. In the present study, we extracted crude enzymes from tea flowers and optimized the production conditions of 1PE using response surface methodology...
January 13, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098581/timing-of-pavlik-harness-initiation-can-we-wait
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Jill E Larson, Anay R Patel, Brian Weatherford, Joseph A Janicki
BACKGROUND: Developmental dysplasia of the hip is effectively treated with a Pavlik harness (PH) within the first 6 months of life. Over 80% of unstable hips in the newborn period will naturally stabilize by 2 months of age. If there is no difference in the effectiveness of initiating PH treatment at 1 week compared with 4 weeks of age, waiting may allow the hips to naturally stabilize and avoid treatment. The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether the timing of PH implementation influences its effectiveness in the treatment of developmental dysplasia of the hip...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098457/surface-forces-and-rheology-of-titanium-dioxide-in-the-presence-of-dicarboxylic-acids-from-molecular-interactions-to-yield-stress
#8
E-Jen Teh, Yee-Kwong Leong, Vincent S J Craig
The surface forces and yield stress of titanium dioxide were measured in the presence of dicarboxylic acids in order to understand the molecular basis for the observed rheological response. The yield stress was measured using the static vane technique whilst the surface forces were characterised using an Atomic Force Microscope. The trans and cis isomers of butenedioic acid (fumaric and maleic acids respectively) were chosen as the relative orientation of the carboxylic groups differs substantially. This enables us to test the hypothesis that an increase in adhesion leads to an increase in yield stress as a consequence of the dicarboxylic acids participating in highly directed bridging...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098453/surface-engineered-multifunctional-eu-gd2o3-nanoplates-for-targeted-and-ph-responsive-drug-delivery-and-imaging-applications
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Arindam Saha, Subas Chandra Mohanta, Kashmiri Deka, Pritam Deb, Parukuttyamma Sujatha Devi
In this paper, we report the synthesis of surface-engineered multifunctional Eu:Gd2O3 triangular nanoplates with small size and uniform shape via a high-temperature solvothermal technique. Surface engineering has been performed by a one-step polyacrylate coating, followed by controlled conjugation chemistry. This creates the desired number of surface functional groups that can be used to attach folic acid as a targeting ligand on the nanoparticle surface. To specifically deliver the drug molecules in the nucleus, the folate density on the nanoparticle surface has been kept low...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098435/supramolecular-helical-nanofibers-formed-by-achiral-monomers-and-their-reversible-sol-gel-transition
#10
Da-Hui Qu, Wen-Zhi Wang, Chuan Gao, Qi Zhang, Xu-Hao Ye
A well-defined supramolecular helical nanofibers has been constructed by a rationally designed achiral monomer in aqueous solution based on the 1:2 host-guest combination between cucurbit[8]uril and a 4,4'-bipyridin-1-ium chloride (BPY+) salt derivative. The formed nanostructures could be adjusted by varying the concentration of monomer from helical nanofibers to pH-responsive hydrogel.
January 18, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098424/application-of-zein-modified-magnetite-nanoparticles-in-dispersive-magnetic-micro-solid-phase-extraction-of-synthetic-food-dyes-in-foodstuffs
#11
Azam Jangju, Khalil Farhadi, Mehdi Hatami, Samireh Amani, Farzan Esmali, Aisan Moshkabadi, Fatemeh Hajilari
A simple method for the simultaneous and trace analysis of four synthetic food azo dyes including carmoisine, ponceau 4R, sunset yellow and allura red from some foodstuff samples was developed by combining dispersive μ-solid-phase extraction and high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection. Zein-modified magnetic Fe3 O4 nanoparticles were prepared and used for μ-solid-phase extraction of trace amounts of mentioned food dyes. The prepared modified magnetic nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and FTIR spectroscopy...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098357/partial-purification-characterization-and-thermal-inactivation-kinetics-of-peroxidase-and-polyphenol-oxidase-isolated-from-kalipatti-sapota-manilkara-zapota
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Vishwasrao Chandrahas, Chakraborty Snehasis, Ananthanarayan Laxmi
BACKGROUND: The extraction, purification, and characterization of peroxidase (POD) and polyphenol oxidase (PPO) were studied for Kalipatti sapota fruit. The crude enzyme extract was partially purified by ammonium sulfate precipitation followed by BioGel P100 size exclusion and Unosphere Q anion-exchange chromatography. RESULTS: Molecular weights of 20 kDa (POD) and 24 kDa (PPO) were indicated by SDS-PAGE. A single band was observed on SDS-PAGE with a fold purity of 10...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098343/mn-accumulation-in-a-submerged-plant-egeria-densa-hydrocharitaceae-is-mediated-by-epiphytic-bacteria
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Kousuke Tsuji, Takuma Asayama, Nozomi Shiraki, Shota Inoue, Erina Okuda, Chizuru Hayashi, Kazuma Nishida, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Emiko Harada
Many aquatic plants act as biosorbents, removing and recovering metals from the environment. To assess the biosorbent activity of Egeria densa, a submerged freshwater macrophyte, plants were collected monthly from a circular drainage area in Lake Biwa basin and the Mn concentrations of the plants were analyzed. Mn concentrations in these plants were generally above those of terrestrial hyperaccumulators, and were markedly higher in spring and summer than in autumn. Mn concentrations were much lower in plants incubated in hydroponic medium at various pH levels with and without Mn supplementation than in field-collected plants...
January 18, 2017: Plant, Cell & Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098337/characterisation-of-the-enzymatic-properties-of-mpapr1-an-aspartic-protease-secreted-by-the-wine-yeast-metschnikowia-pulcherrima
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Louwrens Wiid Theron, Marina Bely, Benoit Divol
BACKGROUND: MpAPr1, encoding an acid protease from the wine yeast Metschnikowia pulcherrima IWBT Y1123, was previously isolated and shown to display potential activity against casein and grape proteins. However, its characterisation remained partial. RESULTS: MpAPr1 was cloned into the pGAPZαA vector and transformed into Komagataella pastoris X33 for heterologous expression. After verification of activity, the enzyme properties were characterised. Protease activity within the concentrated supernatant was retained over a pH range of 3...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098315/a-ph-responsive-wormlike-micellar-system-of-a-noncovalent-interaction-based-surfactant-with-a-tunable-molecular-structure
#15
Wanli Kang, Pengxiang Wang, Haiming Fan, Hongbin Yang, Caili Dai, Xia Yin, Yilu Zhao, Shujun Guo
Responsive wormlike micelles are very useful in a number of applications, whereas it is still challenging to create dramatic viscosity changes in wormlike micellar systems. Here we developed a pH-responsive wormlike micellar system based on a noncovalent constructed surfactant, which is formed by the complexation of N-erucamidopropyl-N,N-dimethylamine (UC22AMPM) and citric acid at the molar ratio of 3 : 1 (EACA). The phase behavior, aggregate microstructure and viscoelasticity of EACA solutions were investigated by macroscopic appearance observation, rheological and cryo-TEM measurements...
January 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098283/high-precision-localized-proton-gradients-and-fluxes-generated-by-a-microelectrode-device-induce-differential-growth-behaviors-of-pollen-tubes
#16
Chengzhi Hu, Hannes Vogler, Marianne Aellen, Naveen Shamsudhin, Bumjin Jang, Jan T Burri, Nino Läubli, Ueli Grossniklaus, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
Pollen tubes are tip-growing plant cells that deliver the sperm cells to the ovules for double fertilization of the egg cell and the endosperm. Various directional cues can trigger the reorientation of pollen tube growth direction on their passage through the female tissues. Among the external stimuli, protons serve an important, regulatory role in the control of pollen tube growth. The generation of local guidance cues has been challenging when investigating the mechanisms of perception and processing of such directional triggers in pollen tubes...
January 18, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098264/assessment-of-coulometric-array-electrochemical-detection-coupled-with-hplc-uv-for-the-absolute-quantitation-of-pharmaceuticals
#17
Michael B Hicks, Leah Salituro, Ian Mangion, Wes Schafer, Rong Xiang, Xiaoyi Gong, Christopher J Welch
The use of a coulometric array detector in tandem with HPLC-UV was evaluated for the absolute quantitation of pharmaceutical compounds without standards, an important capability gap in contemporary pharmaceutical research and development. The high-efficiency LC flow-through electrochemical detector system allows for the rapid evaluation of up to 16 different potentials, aiding in the identification and quantitation of electrochemically reactive species. By quantifying the number of electrons added or removed from an analyte during its passage through the detector, the number of moles of the analyte can be established...
January 18, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098196/enhanced-removal-of-as-v-from-aqueous-solution-using-modified-hydrous-ferric-oxide-nanoparticles
#18
Lijuan Huo, Xibai Zeng, Shiming Su, Lingyu Bai, Yanan Wang
Hydrous ferric oxide (HFO) is most effective with high treatment capacity on arsenate [As(V)] sorption although its transformation and aggregation nature need further improvement. Here, HFO nanoparticles with carboxymethyl cellulose (CMC) or starch as modifier was synthesized for the purpose of stability improvement and As(V) removal from water. Comparatively, CMC might be the optimum stabilizer for HFO nanoparticles because of more effective physical and chemical stability. The large-pore structure, high surface specific area, and the non-aggregated nature of CMC-HFO lead to increased adsorption sites, and thus high adsorption capacities of As(V) without pre-treatment (355 mg·g(-1)), which is much greater than those reported in previous studies...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098180/an-aposymbiotic-primary-coral-polyp-counteracts-acidification-by-active-ph-regulation
#19
Yoshikazu Ohno, Akira Iguchi, Chuya Shinzato, Mayuri Inoue, Atsushi Suzuki, Kazuhiko Sakai, Takashi Nakamura
Corals build their skeletons using extracellular calcifying fluid located in the tissue-skeleton interface. However, the mechanism by which corals control the transport of calcium and other ions from seawater and the mechanism of constant alkalization of calcifying fluid are largely unknown. To address these questions, we performed direct pH imaging at calcification sites (subcalicoblastic medium, SCM) to visualize active pH upregulation in live aposymbiotic primary coral polyps treated with HCl-acidified seawater...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098106/the-role-of-dynamic-renal-scintigraphy-on-clinical-decision-making-in-hydronephrotic-children
#20
Seçil Arslansoyu Çamlar, Nazlı Deveci, Alper Soylu, Mehmet Atilla Türkmen, Derya Özmen, Gamze Çapakaya, Salih Kavukçu
Hydronephrosis may be related to an obstructive cause, ureteropelvic/uretero-vesical junction obstruction or nonobstructive [vesicoureteral reflux (VUR)]. When an obstructive pathology is considered, dynamic renal scintigraphy may help to predict whether it is a true obstruction or not. In this study, we aimed to determine the contribution of dynamic renal scintigraphy with [99] mTc-MAG-3 to the clinical decision-making for surgery in hydronephrotic children. Files of the patients evaluated by MAG-3 scintigraphy for antenatal (AH)/postnatal (PH) hydronephrosis between 1992 and 2014 were reviewed...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
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