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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320082/rosmarinic-acid-plays-a-protective-role-in-the-embryogenesis-of-zebrafish-exposed-to-food-colours-through-its-influence-on-aurora-kinase-a-level
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Y Swarnalatha, I S Jerrine Joseph, Tippabathani Jayakrishna
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the protective nature of the rosmarinic acid from Sphaeranthus amaranthoides during zebra fish embryogenesis. METHODS: Rosmarinic acid was isolated from the S. amaranthoides. An accurate, sensitive and simple LC-MS analysis was performed to determine the rosmarinic acid from S. amaranthoides. In the present study, zebrafish embryos were exposed to crimson red and sunset yellow at a concentration of 0.1 and 0.5mg/l and the effect of these food colours on the levels of aurora kinase A was studied individually...
March 14, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320070/dexpramipexole-improves-bioenergetics-and-outcome-in-experimental-stroke
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Mirko Muzzi, Elisabetta Gerace, Daniela Buonvicino, Elisabetta Coppi, Francesco Resta, Laura Formentini, Riccardo Zecchi, Laura Tigli, Daniele Guasti, Martina Ferri, Emidio Camaioni, Alessio Masi, Domenico E Pellegrini-Giampietro, Guido Mannaioni, Daniele Bani, Anna M Pugliese, Alberto Chiarugi
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: To investigate the effects of dexpramipexole, a drug recently tested in ALS patients able to bind F1Fo ATP synthase and increase mitochondrial ATP production, on experimental ischemic brain injury. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: The effects of dexpramipexole on bioenergetics, Ca(2+) fluxes, electrophysiological functions and death were evaluated in primary neural cultures and hippocampal slices exposed to oxygen-glucose deprivation (OGD). The drug's impact on infarct volumes and neurological functions was also evaluated in mice subjected to proximal or distal MCAo...
March 20, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319953/dual-versus-single-energy-ct-angiography-imaging-for-patients-undergoing-intracranial-aneurysm-repair
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Amr Abdulazim, Christian Rubbert, Dorothea Reichelt, Christian Mathys, Bernd Turowski, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Daniel Hänggi, Nima Etminan
BACKGROUND: The invasiveness and risk of thromboembolic complications of catheter angiography underline the need for alternative imaging modalities in patients following intracranial aneurysm (IA) repair. However, the overall image quality of existing noninvasive imaging modalities, such as single-energy CT angiography (SE-CTA), compromises its value in this respect. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively investigated the value of a novel dual-energy CTA (DE-CTA) scanner and algorithm for assessing the degree of occlusion and parent vessel patency in patients following IA repair...
March 21, 2017: Cerebrovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319868/synthesis-characterization-of-amide-substituted-dexibuprofen-derivatives-and-their-spectral-voltammetric-and-docking-investigations-for-dna-binding-interactions
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Nasima Arshad, Muhammad Zafran, Zaman Ashraf, Fouzia Perveen
Three amide derivatives - methyl-2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanamido]propanoate (Dex-2), methyl 2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl) propanamido]-3-phenylpropanoate (Dex-3) and methyl 2-[2-(4-isobutylphenyl)-propanamido]-4-methylpentanoate (Dex-4) of dexibuprofen (Dex-1) 2-(4-isobutylphenyl)propanoic acid were synthesized and conformed for structures by physical data and spectral analysis. Further, all the compounds were studied for their binding with ds.DNA through experimental (UV-visible/and fluorescence spectroscopy, cyclic voltammetry) and theoretical (molecular docking) techniques...
March 3, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319867/phototherapeutic-spectrum-expansion-through-synergistic-effect-of-mesoporous-silica-trio-nanohybrids-against-antibiotic-resistant-gram-negative-bacterium
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Yaswanth Kuthati, Ranjith Kumar Kankala, Prabhakar Busa, Shi-Xiang Lin, Jin-Pei Deng, Chung-Yuan Mou, Chia-Hung Lee
The extensive impact of antibiotic resistance has led to the exploration of new anti-bacterial modalities. We designed copper impregnated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (Cu-MSN) with immobilizing silver nanoparticles (SNPs) to apply photodynamic inactivation (PDI) of antibiotic-resistant E. coli. SNPs were decorated over the Cu-MSN surfaces by coordination of silver ions on diamine-functionalized Cu-MSN and further reduced to silver nanoparticles with formalin. We demonstrate that silver is capable of sensitizing the gram-negative bacteria E...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319854/extremely-thermophilic-energy-metabolisms-biotechnological-prospects
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Christopher T Straub, Benjamin M Zeldes, Gerrit J Schut, Michael Ww Adams, Robert M Kelly
New strategies for metabolic engineering of extremely thermophilic microorganisms to produce bio-based fuels and chemicals could leverage pathways and physiological features resident in extreme thermophiles for improved outcomes. Furthermore, very recent advances in genetic tools for these microorganisms make it possible for them to serve as metabolic engineering hosts. Beyond providing a higher temperature alternative to mesophilic platforms, exploitation of strategic metabolic characteristics of high temperature microorganisms grants new opportunities for biotechnological products...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319852/pterostilbene-a-dimethylated-analog-of-resveratrol-promotes-energy-metabolism-in-obese-rats
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Koji Nagao, Tomoyuki Jinnouchi, Shunichi Kai, Teruyoshi Yanagita
Pterostilbene (trans-3,5-dimethoxy-4-hydroxystilbene) is a dimethylated analog of resveratrol and has been reported to exert various pharmacological effects. In this study, we evaluated the effect of pterostilbene on the pathogenesis of obesity and energy metabolism in obese rats. Pterostilbene significantly activates silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog-1 and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor-alpha in vitro. At 4 weeks a 0.5% pterostilbene diet markedly suppressed the abdominal white adipose tissue (WAT) accumulation in obese rats...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319839/escherichia-coli-removal-from-model-substrates-underlying-mechanism-based-on-nanofluid-structural-forces
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Jiyoung Shim, Alex Nikolov, Darsh Wasan
Understanding the interactions between bacteria and solid surfaces that result in bacterial adhesion and removal is of immense importance for reducing foodborne illness outbreaks. A nanofluid formulation comprised of a sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) micellar aqueous solution in the presence of an organic acid (as a pH controller) was used to test the E. coli K12 removal from two substrates, polyvinylchloride (PVC) and partially hydrophobic glass. We investigated the bacterial removal efficacy based on the combined effect of the nanofluid's structural forces and bacterial isoelectric point...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319838/graphene-oxide-quantum-dot-sensitized-porous-titanium-dioxide-microsphere-visible-light-driven-photocatalyst-based-on-energy-band-engineering
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Yu Zhang, Fuyuan Qi, Ying Li, Xin Zhou, Hongfeng Sun, Wei Zhang, Daliang Liu, Xi-Ming Song
We report a novel graphene oxide quantum dot (GOQD)-sensitized porous TiO2 microsphere for efficient photoelectric conversion. Electro-chemical analysis along with the Mott-Schottky equation reveals conductivity type and energy band structure of the two semiconductors. Based on their energy band structures, visible light-induced electrons can transfer from the p-type GOQD to the n-type TiO2. Enhanced photocurrent and photocatalytic activity in visible light further confirm the enhanced separation of electrons and holes in the nanocomposite...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319819/childhood-cancer-in-small-geographical-areas-and-proximity-to-air-polluting-industries
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Juan A Ortega-García, Fernando A López-Hernández, Alberto Cárceles-Álvarez, José L Fuster-Soler, Diana I Sotomayor, Rebeca Ramis
AIM: Pediatric cancer has been associated with exposure to certain environmental carcinogens. The purpose of this work is to analyse the relationship between environmental pollution and pediatric cancer risk. METHOD: We analysed all incidences of pediatric cancer (<15) diagnosed in a Spanish region during the period 1998-2015. The place of residence of each patient and the exact geographical coordinates of main industrial facilities was codified in order to analyse the spatial distribution of cases of cancer in relation to industrial areas...
March 16, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319795/theoretical-study-of-thieno-thiophene-based-low-band-gap-copolymers-and-substituent-effect-on-the-optoelectronic-properties-of-them
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Mehri Javan Khoshkholgh, Mohammad Reza Abolhassani, Farah Marsusi
This paper studies donor-acceptor systems which incorporate benzodithiophene (BDT), benzodifuran (BDF) and benzodipyrrole (BDP) units as the electron-rich monomer with TT unit representing the electron-deficient monomer. This research is based on employing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). The highest occupied molecular orbitals (HOMO) and the lowest unoccupied molecular orbitals (LUMO), HOMO-LUMO gaps and dihedral-angles of these copolymers were calculated using oligomer extrapolation technique and periodic boundary condition (PBC) method...
March 7, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319781/systematic-study-of-imidazoles-inhibiting-ido1-via-the-integration-of-molecular-mechanics-and-quantum-mechanics-calculations
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Yi Zou, Fang Wang, Yan Wang, Wenjie Guo, Yihua Zhang, Qiang Xu, Yisheng Lai
Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) is regarded as an attractive target for cancer immunotherapy. To rationalize the detailed interactions between IDO1 and its inhibitors at the atomic level, an integrated computational approach by combining molecular mechanics and quantum mechanics methods was employed in this report. Specifically, the binding modes of 20 inhibitors was initially investigated using the induced fit docking (IFD) protocol, which outperformed other two docking protocols in terms of correctly predicting ligand conformations...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319773/potential-of-water-washing-of-rape-straw-on-thermal-properties-and-interactions-during-co-combustion-with-bituminous-coal
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Qiulin Ma, Lujia Han, Guangqun Huang
The aim of this work was to study the thermal properties and interactions during co-combustion of rape straw (RS) before and after water-washing with bituminous coal. A series of experiments was conducted to investigate the properties and interactions during co-combustion of RS with bituminous coal (at 10, 20, 40 and 60% RS). The feasibility and potential of water-washing as an RS pre-treatment was also explored. Reactivity and the amount of heat released followed a quadratic trend, while changes to the degree of interactions between the fuels conformed to a cosine curve...
March 7, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319772/thermochemical-conversion-pathways-of-kappaphycus-alvarezii-granules-through-study-of-kinetic-models
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Prasanta Das, Dibyendu Mondal, Subarna Maiti
Kappaphycus alvarezii seaweed belongs to the class of red alga (Rhodophyta). The granules obtained after recovery of "sap" (liquid plant stimulant) from freshly harvested alga is a promising biomass feedstock for energy application. Herein we report the kinetic behaviour of the granules using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) at different heating rates in N2 atmosphere and thermogravimetric-mass spectrometry (TG-MS) analysis. Sawdust as lignocellulosic biomass is considered for comparative study. Four different kinetic models (i) multilinear regression technique, (ii) Friedman method, (iii) Flynn-Wall-Ozawa (FWO) method and (iv) Kissinger-Akahira-Sunose (KAS) method are used to evaluate the apparent activation energy (Ea), the pre-exponential factor (Aα) and the overall reaction order (n)...
March 10, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319767/potential-for-thermochemical-conversion-of-biomass-residues-from-the-integrated-sugar-ethanol-process-fate-of-ash-and-ash-forming-elements
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Meheretu Jaleta Dirbeba, Anders Brink, Nikolai DeMartini, Maria Zevenhoven, Mikko Hupa
In this work, potential for thermochemical conversion of biomass residues from an integrated sugar-ethanol process and the fate of ash and ash-forming elements in the process are presented. Ash, ash-forming elements, and energy flows in the process were determined using mass balances and analyses of eight different biomass samples for ash contents, elemental compositions, and heating values. The results show that the ash content increases from the sugarcane to the final residue, vinasse. The cane straw, which is left in the field, contains one-third of the energy and 25% of the K and Cl while the vinasse contains 2% of the energy and 40% of the K and Cl in the cane...
March 6, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319766/sequential-ultrasound-and-low-temperature-thermal-pretreatment-process-optimization-and-influence-on-sewage-sludge-solubilization-enzyme-activity-and-anaerobic-digestion
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Patricio Neumann, Zenón González, Gladys Vidal
The influence of sequential ultrasound and low-temperature (55°C) thermal pretreatment on sewage sludge solubilization, enzyme activity and anaerobic digestion was assessed. The pretreatment led to significant increases of 427-1030% and 230-674% in the soluble concentrations of carbohydrates and proteins, respectively, and 1.6-4.3 times higher enzymatic activities in the soluble phase of the sludge. Optimal conditions for chemical oxygen demand solubilization were determined at 59.3kg/L total solids (TS) concentration, 30,500kJ/kg TS specific energy and 13h thermal treatment time using response surface methodology...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319764/electrofluid-hydrolysis-enhances-the-production-of-fermentable-sugars-from-corncob-via-in-reverse-phase-induced-voltage
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Fengfeng Wu, Yamei Jin, Dandan Li, Yuyi Zhou, Lunan Guo, Mengyue Zhang, Xueming Xu, Na Yang
To improve the economic value of lignocellulosic biomasses, an innovative electrofluidic technology has been applied to the efficient hydrolysis of corncob. The system combines fluidic reactors and induced voltages via magnetoelectric coupling effect. The excitation voltage had a positive impact on reducing sugar content (RSC). But, the increase of voltage frequency at 400-700Hz caused a slight decline of the RSC. Higher temperature limits the electrical effect on the hydrolysis at 70-80°C. The energy efficiency increased under the addition of metallic ions and series of in-phase induced voltage to promote hydrolysis...
March 4, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319760/improved-prediction-of-higher-heating-value-of-biomass-using-an-artificial-neural-network-model-based-on-proximate-analysis
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Harun Uzun, Zeynep Yıldız, Jillian L Goldfarb, Selim Ceylan
As biomass becomes more integrated into our energy feedstocks, the ability to predict its combustion enthalpies from routine data such as carbon, ash, and moisture content enables rapid decisions about utilization. The present work constructs a novel artificial neural network model with a 3-3-1 tangent sigmoid architecture to predict biomasses' higher heating values from only their proximate analyses, requiring minimal specificity as compared to models based on elemental composition. The model presented has a considerably higher correlation coefficient (0...
March 9, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319752/energy-drink-use-frequency-among-an-international-sample-of-people-who-use-drugs-associations-with-other-substance-use-and-well-being
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Amy Peacock, Raimondo Bruno, Jason Ferris, Adam Winstock
OBJECTIVE: The study aims were to identify: i.) energy drink (ED), caffeine tablet, and caffeine intranasal spray use amongst a sample who report drug use, and ii.) the association between ED use frequency and demographic profile, drug use, hazardous drinking, and wellbeing. METHOD: Participants (n=74,864) who reported drug use completed the online 2014 Global Drug Survey. They provided data on demographics, ED use, and alcohol and drug use, completed the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) and Personal Wellbeing Index (PWI), and reported whether they wished to reduce alcohol use...
February 28, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319745/characteristics-and-proteomic-analysis-of-pyrene-degradation-by-brevibacillus-brevis-in-liquid-medium
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Kun Wei, Hua Yin, Hui Peng, Zehua Liu, Guining Lu, Zhi Dang
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are widely spread in various ecosystems and are of great concern due to their potential toxicity, mutagenicity and carcinogenicity. Bioremediation has been proposed as an effective approach to remove PAHs. In this study, the physiological responses and proteome of Brevibacillus brevis under exposure to pyrene, a four-ring compound from PAHs family, were investigated. The changes of cell viability of B. brevis were observed during the degradation of pyrene by means of flow cytometry...
March 14, 2017: Chemosphere
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