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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107748/tracing-the-sources-and-cycling-of-phosphorus-in-river-sediments-using-oxygen-isotopes-methodological-adaptations-and-first-results-from-a-case-study-in-france
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Chiara Pistocchi, Federica Tamburini, Gerard Gruau, André Ferhi, Dominique Trevisan, Jean-Marcel Dorioz
An essential aspect of eutrophication studies is to trace the ultimate origin of phosphate ions (P-PO4) associated with the solid phase of river sediments, as certain processes can make these ions available for algae. However, this is not a straightforward task because of the diversity of allochthonous and autochthonous sources that can supply P-PO4 to river sediments as well as the existence of in-stream processes that can change the speciation of these inputs and obscure the original sources. Here, we present the results of a study designed to explore the potentials, limitations and conditions for the use of the oxygen isotope composition of phosphate (δ(18)Op) extracted from river sediments for this type of tracing...
December 26, 2016: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107713/bioaccessibility-of-as-and-pb-in-orchard-and-urban-soils-amended-with-phosphate-fe-oxide-and-organic-matter
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Meifang Cai, Murray B McBride, Kaiming Li, Zhian Li
Soils historically contaminated in urban and orchard environments by Pb and As were amended separately with organic matter, soluble Ca phosphate, and Fe oxide to determine whether these materials could lower Pb or As bioaccessibility. After 5 years of equilibration in the laboratory, the amended soils and control were tested for bioaccessibility using the standard physiologically based extraction test (PBET). Bioaccessibilities of Pb and As were not substantially reduced relative to the unamended controls after the 5-year period by any of the soil amendments...
January 11, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107662/a-simple-and-powerful-co-delivery-system-based-on-ph-responsive-metal-organic-frameworks-for-enhanced-cancer-immunotherapy
#3
Fei Duan, Xiaochen Feng, Xinjian Yang, Wentong Sun, Yi Jin, Huifang Liu, Kun Ge, Zhenhua Li, Jinchao Zhang
Tumor-associated antigens (TAAs)-loaded nanoparticles are able to be actively internalized by antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and have shown promising potential in cancer immunotherapy. However, current TAAs delivery strategy exhibits limitations of complicated synthesis process, low loading efficiency and inefficient CD8(+) cytotoxic T lymphocyte activation leading to unsatisfactory therapeutic effect. Thus, the construction of novel TAAs-delivery systems for enhanced cancer therapy is highly desirable. In this work, we fabricated a very simple yet powerful antigens-delivery system for cancer immunotherapy based-on pH-responsive metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) with size about 30 nm...
January 11, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107660/guided-growth-of-auditory-neurons-bioactive-particles-towards-gapless-neural-electrode-interface
#4
Hao Li, Fredrik Edin, Hisamitsu Hayashi, Olafur Gudjonsson, Niklas Danckwardt-Lillieström, Håkan Engqvist, Helge Rask-Andersen, Wei Xia
Cochlear implant (CI) is a successful device to restore hearing. Despite continuous development, frequency discrimination is poor in CI users due to an anatomical gap between the auditory neurons and CI electrode causing current spread and unspecific neural stimulation. One strategy to close this anatomical gap is guiding the growth of neuron dendrites closer to CI electrodes through targeted slow release of neurotrophins. Biodegradable calcium phosphate hollow nanospheres (CPHSs) were produced and their capacity for uptake and release of neurotrophins investigated using (125)I-conjugated glia cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF)...
December 23, 2016: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107527/effects-of-the-administration-of-25-oh-vitamin-d3-in-an-experimental-model-of-chronic-kidney-disease-in-animals-null-for-1-alpha-hydroxylase
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Noelia Torremadé, Milica Bozic, David Goltzman, Elvira Fernandez, José M Valdivielso
The final step in vitamin D activation is catalyzed by 1-alpha-hydroxylase (CYP27B1). Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is characterized by low levels of both 25(OH)D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 provoking secondary hyperparathyroidism (2HPT). Therefore, treatments with active or native vitamin D compounds are common in CKD to restore 25(OH)D3 levels and also to decrease PTH. This study evaluates the dose of 25(OH)D3 that restores parathyroid hormone (PTH) and calcium levels in a model of CKD in CYP27B1-/- mice. Furthermore, we compare the safety and efficacy of the same dose in CYP27B1+/+ animals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106980/structural-snapshots-of-an-engineered-cystathionine-%C3%AE-lyase-reveal-the-critical-role-of-electrostatic-interactions-in-the-active-site
#6
Wupeng Yan, Everett M Stone, Yan Jessie Zhang
Enzyme therapeutics that can degrade L-methionine (L-Met) are of great interest as numerous malignancies are exquisitely sensitive to L-Met depletion. To exhaust the pool of the methionine in human serum, we previously engineered an L-Met degrading enzyme based on the human cystathionine-γ-lyase scaffold (hCGL-NLV) in order to circumvent immunogenicity and stability issues observed in the preclinical application of bacterial derived methionine-γ-lyases (MGL). To gain further insights into structure/activity relationships governing the chemistry of the hCGL-NLV lead molecule, we undertook a biophysical characterization campaign that captured crystal structures (2...
January 20, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106884/excess-reactive-oxygen-species-production-mediates-monoclonal-antibody-induced-human-embryonic-stem-cell-death-via-oncosis
#7
Ji Yun Zheng, Heng Liang Tan, Paul Thomas Matsudaira, Andre Choo
Antibody-mediated cell killing has significantly facilitated the elimination of undesired cells in therapeutic applications. Besides the well-known Fc-dependent mechanisms, pathways of antibody-induced apoptosis were also extensively studied. However, with fewer studies reporting the ability of antibodies to evoke an alternative form of programmed cell death, oncosis, the molecular mechanism of antibody-mediated oncosis remains underinvestigated. In this study, a monoclonal antibody (mAb), TAG-A1 (A1), was generated to selectively kill residual undifferentiated human embryonic stem cells (hESC) so as to prevent teratoma formation upon transplantation of hESC-derived products...
January 20, 2017: Cell Death and Differentiation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106712/very-low-protein-diet-vlpd-reduces-metabolic-acidosis-in-subjects-with-chronic-kidney-disease-the-nutritional-light-signal-of-the-renal-acid-load
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Biagio Raffaele Di Iorio, Lucia Di Micco, Stefania Marzocco, Emanuele De Simone, Antonietta De Blasio, Maria Luisa Sirico, Luca Nardone, On Behalf Of Ubi Study Group
BACKGROUND: Metabolic acidosis is a common complication of chronic kidney disease; current guidelines recommend treatment with alkali if bicarbonate levels are lower than 22 mMol/L. In fact, recent studies have shown that an early administration of alkali reduces progression of CKD. The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of fruit and vegetables to reduce the acid load in CKD. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study in 146 patients who received sodium bicarbonate...
January 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106629/heat-shock-protein-70-overexpression-in-adipose-derived-stem-cells-enhances-fat-graft-survival
#9
Hao Feng, Lihong Qiu, Teng Zhang, Houyou Yu, Xianjie Ma, Yingjun Su, Hui Zheng, Yong Wang, Chenggang Yi
BACKGROUND: Autologous fat grafting is a prevalent technique used for soft-tissue augmentation; however, the poor survival rate of the grafted tissue remains a drawback of this method. Although adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) are an attractive candidate for enhancing graft retention, the poor posttransplantation viability of these cells limits their application. Here we investigated whether overexpression of the antiapoptotic protein heat-shock protein 70 (Hsp70) could enhance ASCs' therapeutic potential for fat transplant survival...
January 19, 2017: Annals of Plastic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106327/evaluation-of-the-matrix-like-effect-in-multiresidue-pesticide-analysis-by-gas-chromatography-with-tandem-mass-spectrometry
#10
Kazuhiko Akutsu, Masato Yoshimitsu, Yoko Kitagawa, Satoshi Takatori, Naoki Fukui, Masakazu Osakada, Satoko Yamaguchi, Keiji Kajimura, Hirotaka Obana, Takaho Watanabe
In multiresidue pesticide analysis using gas chromatography, it has long been recognized that an increase in the number of pesticides present in a standard solution can result in an enhancement of the peak responses of certain pesticides. Despite being widely acknowledged, this phenomenon has been rarely studied and is poorly understood. In this study, the authors have tentatively called this phenomenon the "matrix-like effect" and demonstrated it clearly using gas chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106264/role-of-microbial-inoculation-and-industrial-by-product-phosphogypsum-on-growth-and-nutrients-uptake-of-maize-zea-mays-l-grown-in-calcareous-soil
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Abdul-Aziz R Al-Enazy, Saud S Al-Oud, Fahad N Al-Barakah, R A Adel, Usman
BACKGROUND: Alkaline soils with high calcium carbonate and low organic matter are deficient in plant nutrients availability. Use of organic and bio-fertilizers has been suggested to improve their properties. Therefore, a greenhouse experiment was conducted to evaluate the integrative role of phosphogypsum (PG; added at 0.0, 10, 30, and 50 g PG kg(-1) ), cow manure (CM; added at 50 g kg(-1) ) and mixed microbial inoculation (Incl; Azotobacter chroococcum, phosphate-solubilizing bacterium of Bacillus megaterium var...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106248/bacterial-impregnation-of-mineral-fertilizers-improves-yield-and-nutrient-use-efficiency-of-wheat
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Shakeel Ahmad, Muhammad Imran, Sabir Hussain, Sajid Mahmood, Azhar Hussain, Muhammad Hasnain
BACKGROUND: The fertilizer use efficiency (FUE) of agricultural crops is generally low which results in poor crop yields and low economic benefits to the farmers. Among the various approaches used to enhance FUE, impregnation of mineral fertilizers with plant growth promoting bacteria (PGPB) is attracting a worldwide attention. The present study was aimed to improve growth, yield and nutrient use efficiency of wheat by bacterially impregnated mineral fertilizers. RESULTS: Results of the pot study revealed that impregnation of diammonium phosphate (DAP) and urea with PGPB was helpful in enhancing the growth, yield, photosynthetic rate, nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) and phosphorus use efficiency (PUE) of wheat...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106224/polaronic-transport-in-iron-phosphate-glasses-containing-hfo2-and-ceo2
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Ana Šantić, Radha D Banhatti, Luka Pavić, Hüseyin Ertap, Mustafa Yüksek, Mevlüt Karabulut, Andrea Moguš-Milanković
The electrical and dielectric properties of three series of glasses, xHfO2-(40 - x)Fe2O3-60P2O5, 0 ≤ x ≤ 8 mol%, xCeO2-(40 - x)Fe2O3-60P2O5, 0 ≤ x ≤ 8 mol%, and xHfO2-(38 - x)Fe2O3-2B2O3-60P2O5 2 ≤ x ≤ 6 mol%, have been investigated by impedance spectroscopy over a wide frequency and temperature range. As expected, these glasses exhibit polaronic conductivity which strongly depends on the fraction of ferrous ions, Fe(2+)/Fetot. Following a detailed discussion on the DC conductivity, we use the MIGRATION concept to model their conductivity spectra...
January 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106165/effects-of-sr-ht-gahnite-on-osteogenesis-and-angiogenesis-by-adipose-derived-stem-cells-for-critical-sized-calvarial-defect-repair
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Guifang Wang, Seyed-Iman Roohani-Esfahani, Wenjie Zhang, Kaige Lv, Guangzheng Yang, Xun Ding, Derong Zou, Daxiang Cui, Hala Zreiqat, Xinquan Jiang
Tissue engineering strategies to construct vascularized bone grafts are now attracting much attention. Strontium-hardystonite-Gahnite (Sr-HT-Gahnite) is a strong, highly porous, and biocompatible calcium silicate based bio-ceramic that contains strontium and zinc ions. Adipose derived stem cells (ASCs) have been demonstrated to have the ability in promoting osteogenesis and angiogenesis. In this study, the effects of Sr-HT-Gahnite on cell morphology, cell proliferation, and osteogenic differentiation of ASCs were systematically investigated...
January 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106012/high-pressure-structural-elastic-and-thermodynamic-properties-of-zircon-type-hopo4-and-tmpo4
#15
O Gomis, B Lavina, P Rodríguez-Hernández, A Muñoz, R Errandonea, D Errandonea, M Bettinelli
Zircon-type holmium phosphate (HoPO4) and thulium phosphate (TmPO4) have been studied by single-crystal x-ray diffraction and ab initio calculations. We report on the influence of pressure on the crystal structure, and on the elastic and thermodynamic properties. The equation of state for both compounds is accurately determined. We have also obtained information on the polyhedral compressibility which is used to explain the anisotropic axial compressibility and the bulk compressibility. Both compounds are ductile and more resistive to volume compression than to shear deformation at all pressures...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105944/gene-expression-profiling-of-flax-linum-usitatissimum-l-under-edaphic-stress
#16
Alexey A Dmitriev, Anna V Kudryavtseva, George S Krasnov, Nadezhda V Koroban, Anna S Speranskaya, Anastasia A Krinitsina, Maxim S Belenikin, Anastasiya V Snezhkina, Asiya F Sadritdinova, Natalya V Kishlyan, Tatiana A Rozhmina, Olga Yu Yurkevich, Olga V Muravenko, Nadezhda L Bolsheva, Nataliya V Melnikova
BACKGROUND: Cultivated flax (Linum usitatissimum L.) is widely used for production of textile, food, chemical and pharmaceutical products. However, various stresses decrease flax production. Search for genes, which are involved in stress response, is necessary for breeding of adaptive cultivars. Imbalanced concentration of nutrient elements in soil decrease flax yields and also results in heritable changes in some flax lines. The appearance of Linum Insertion Sequence 1 (LIS-1) is the most studied modification...
November 16, 2016: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105751/stim-1-and-orai-1-channel-mediate-angiotensin-ii-induced-expression-of-egr-1-in-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells
#17
Estelle R Simo-Cheyou, Ju Jing Tan, Ryszard Grygorczyk, Ashok K Srivastava
An upregulation of Egr-1 expression has been reported in models of atherosclerosis and intimal hyperplasia and, various vasoactive peptides and growth promoting stimuli have been shown to induce the expression of Egr-1 in vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC). Angiotensin-II (Ang-II) is a key vasoactive peptide that has been implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular diseases. Ang-II elevates intracellular Ca(2+) through activation of the store-operated calcium entry (SOCE) involving an inositol-3-phosphate receptor (IP3R)-coupled depletion of endoplasmic reticular Ca(2+) and a subsequent activation of the stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM-1) /Orai-1 complex...
January 20, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105684/bacterial-microcompartment-directed-polyphosphate-kinase-promotes-stable-polyphosphate-accumulation-in-e-coli
#18
Mingzhi Liang, Stefanie Frank, Heinrich Lünsdorf, Martin J Warren, Michael B Prentice
Processes for the biological removal of phosphate from wastewater rely on temporary manipulation of bacterial polyphosphate levels by phased environmental stimuli. In E. coli polyphosphate levels are controlled via the polyphosphate-synthesizing enzyme polyphosphate kinase (PPK1) and exopolyphosphatases (PPX and GPPA), and are temporarily enhanced by PPK1 overexpression and reduced by PPX overexpression. We hypothesised that partitioning PPK1 from cytoplasmic exopolyphosphatases would increase and stabilise E...
January 20, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105239/rack1-promotes-hepatocellular-carcinoma-cell-survival-via-cbr1-by-suppressing-tnf-%C3%AE-induced-ros-generation
#19
Silei Zhou, Huanling Cao, Yawei Zhao, Xinying Li, Jiyan Zhang, Chunmei Hou, Yuanfang Ma, Qingyang Wang
It has been reported that intracellular accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) has a significant role in tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced cell apoptosis and necrosis; however, the key molecules regulating ROS generation remain to be elucidated. The present study reports that knockdown of endogenous receptor for activated C kinase 1 (RACK1) increases the intracellular ROS level following TNF-α or H2O2 stimulation in human hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) cells, leading to promotion of cell death...
December 2016: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104732/iatrogenic-cushing-s-syndrome-due-to-topical-ocular-glucocorticoid-treatment
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Daisuke Fukuhara, Toshihiko Takiura, Hiroshi Keino, Annabelle A Okada, Kunimasa Yan
Iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome (CS) is a severe adverse effect of systemic glucocorticoid (GC) therapy in children, but is extremely rare in the setting of topical ocular GC therapy. In this article, we report the case of a 9-year-old girl suffering from idiopathic uveitis who developed CS due to topical ocular GC treatment. She was referred to the ophthalmology department with a complaint of painful eyes, at which time she was diagnosed with bilateral iridocyclitis and started on a treatment of betamethasone sodium phosphate eye drops...
January 19, 2017: Pediatrics
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