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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335303/detection-of-prohibited-fish-drugs-using-silver-nanowires-as-substrate-for-surface-enhanced-raman-scattering
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Jia Song, Yiqun Huang, Yuxia Fan, Zhihui Zhao, Wansong Yu, Barbara A Rasco, Keqiang Lai
Surface-enhanced Raman scattering or surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) is a promising detection technology, and has captured increasing attention. Silver nanowires were synthesized using a rapid polyol method and optimized through adjustment of the molar ratio of poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) and silver nitrate in a glycerol system. Ultraviolet-visible spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the silver nanowires. The optimal silver nanowires were used as a SERS substrate to detect prohibited fish drugs, including malachite green, crystal violet, furazolidone, and chloramphenicol...
September 21, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335288/biosynthesis-of-silver-nanoparticles-using-taxus-yunnanensis-callus-and-their-antibacterial-activity-and-cytotoxicity-in-human-cancer-cells
#2
Qian Hua Xia, Yan Jun Ma, Jian Wen Wang
Plant constituents could act as chelating/reducing or capping agents for synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The green synthesis of AgNPs has been considered as an environmental friendly and cost-effective alternative to other fabrication methods. The present work described the biosynthesis of AgNPs using callus extracts from Taxus yunnanensis and evaluated their antibacterial activities in vitro and potential cytotoxicity in cancer cells. Callus extracts were able to reduce silver nitrate at 1 mM in 10 min...
September 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335246/quaternized-carboxymethyl-chitosan-based-silver-nanoparticles-hybrid-microwave-assisted-synthesis-characterization-and-antibacterial-activity
#3
Siqi Huang, Jing Wang, Yang Zhang, Zhiming Yu, Chusheng Qi
A facile, efficient, and eco-friendly approach for the preparation of uniform silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) was developed. The synthesis was conducted in an aqueous medium exposed to microwave irradiation for 8 min, using laboratory-prepared, water-soluble quaternized carboxymethyl chitosan (QCMC) as a chemical reducer and stabilizer and silver nitrate as the silver source. The structure of the prepared QCMC was characterized using Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and ¹H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)...
June 17, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335201/size-and-shape-dependent-antibacterial-studies-of-silver-nanoparticles-synthesized-by-wet-chemical-routes
#4
Muhammad Akram Raza, Zakia Kanwal, Anum Rauf, Anjum Nasim Sabri, Saira Riaz, Shahzad Naseem
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) of different shapes and sizes were prepared by solution-based chemical reduction routes. Silver nitrate was used as a precursor, tri-sodium citrate (TSC) and sodium borohydride as reducing agents, while polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) was used as a stabilizing agent. The morphology, size, and structural properties of obtained nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-VIS), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. Spherical AgNPs, as depicted by SEM, were found to have diameters in the range of 15 to 90 nm while lengths of the edges of the triangular particles were about 150 nm...
April 15, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334245/coordinated-nitrogen-and-carbon-remobilization-for-nitrate-assimilation-in-leaf-sheath-and-root-and-associated-cytokinin-signals-during-early-regrowth-of-lolium-perenne
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Jessica Roche, Matthew H Turnbull, Qianqian Guo, Ondrej Novák, Jana Späth, Steven P Gieseg, Paula E Jameson, Jonathan Love
Background and Aims: The efficiency of N assimilation in response to defoliation is a critical component of plant regrowth and forage production. The aim of this research was to test the effect of the internal C/N balance on NO3- assimilation and to estimate the associated cytokinin signals following defoliation of perennial ryegrass ( Lolium perenne L. 'Grasslands Nui') plants. Methods: Plants, manipulated to have contrasting internal N content and contrasting availability of water soluble carbohydrates (WSCs), were obtained by exposure to either continuous light or short days (8:16 h light-dark), and watered with modified N-free Hoagland medium containing either high (5 m m ) or low (50 μ m ) NO3- as sole N source...
March 14, 2017: Annals of Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334048/hepatoprotective-effect-of-sitagliptin-against-methotrexate-induced-liver-toxicity
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Hany M Abo-Haded, Mohamed A Elkablawy, Zeyad Al-Johani, Osama Al-Ahmadi, Dina S El-Agamy
Sitagliptin is selective dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (DPP4-I), used clinically as a new oral anti-diabetic agent. This study explored the underlying mechanisms of the hepatoprotective role of sitagliptin pretreatment against methotrexate (MTX) induced hepatotoxicity in mice. Forty mice were divided into four groups (10 mice each); control, MTX, and two sitagliptin groups (pretreated with sitagliptin 10 and 20 mg/kg/day, respectively) for five consecutive days prior to MTX injection. Results showed that MTX induced marked hepatic injury in the form of cloudy swelling, hydropic degeneration, apoptosis and focal necrosis in all hepatic zones...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333392/the-biosynthesis-of-nitrous-oxide-in-the-green-alga-chlamydomonas-reinhardtii
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Maxence Plouviez, David Wheeler, Andy Shilton, Michael A Packer, Patricia A McLenachan, Emanuel Sanz-Luque, Francisco Ocaña-Calahorro, Emilio Fernández, Benoit Guieysse
Over the last decades, several studies have reported emissions of nitrous oxide (N2 O) from microalgae cultures and aquatic ecosystems characterized by a high level of algal activity (e.g. eutrophic lakes). As N2 O is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) and an ozone depleting pollutant, these findings suggest that large scale microalgae cultivation (and possibly, natural eutrophic ecosystems) could have significant environmental impacts. Using the model unicellular microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, this study was conducted to investigate the molecular basis of microalgal N2 O synthesis...
March 23, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333048/water-quality-and-antifungal-susceptibility-of-opportunistic-yeast-pathogens-from-rivers
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M E Monapathi, C C Bezuidenhout, O H J Rhode
Yeasts from water sources have been associated with diseases ranging from superficial mucosal infections to life threatening diseases. The aim of this study was to determine the water quality as well as diversity and antifungal susceptibility of yeasts from two rivers. Yeast levels and physico-chemical parameter data were analyzed by principal component analysis to determine correlations between physico-chemical data and yeast levels. Yeast morphotypes were identified by biochemical tests and 26S rRNA gene sequencing...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332638/water-quality-in-turkey-farms-in-khemisset-morocco-and-potential-risk-factors
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A El Allaoui, F Rhazi Filali, A Derouich
The objectives of this study were to assess the microbiological and physical/chemical quality of water in broiler turkey farms in the province of Khemisset (north-western Morocco) and, based on a questionnaire, to ascertain potential risk factors for contamination of drinking water with faecal coliforms. A total of 80 samples were collected and analysed in 20 farms (four from each farm). At the main inlet to the water line at the entrance to each turkey house, 100% of the samples were of unacceptable quality in terms of faecal coliforms, Escherichia coli, faecal streptococci, sulphitereducing anaerobes and enterococci...
December 2016: Revue Scientifique et Technique
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332634/variation-in-sensitivity-of-large-benthic-foraminifera-to-the-combined-effects-of-ocean-warming-and-local-impacts
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Martina Prazeres, T Edward Roberts, John M Pandolfi
Large benthic foraminifera (LBF) are crucial marine calcifiers in coral reefs, and sensitive to environmental changes. Yet, many species successfully colonise a wide range of habitats including highly fluctuating environments. We tested the combined effects of ocean warming, local impacts and different light levels on populations of the common LBF Amphistegina lobifera collected along a cross-shelf gradient of temperature and nutrients fluctuations. We analysed survivorship, bleaching frequency, chlorophyll a content and fecundity...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332192/arresting-simulated-dentine-caries-with-adjunctive-application-of-silver-nitrate-solution-and-sodium-fluoride-varnish-an-in%C3%A2-vitro-study
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Irene Shuping Zhao, May Lei Mei, Quan-Li Li, Edward Chin Man Lo, Chun-Hung Chu
PURPOSE: The aim of this in vitro study was to assess the ability of silver nitrate solution, followed by sodium fluoride varnish, to arrest caries. METHODS: Dentine slices were prepared and demineralised. Each slice was cut into three specimens for three groups (SF, SDF and W). Specimens of the SF group received topical application of 25% silver nitrate solution followed by 5% sodium fluoride varnish. The SDF group received topical application of 38% silver diamine fluoride solution (positive control)...
March 22, 2017: International Dental Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332118/nutrition-and-training-influences-on-the-regulation-of-mitochondrial-adenosine-diphosphate-sensitivity-and-bioenergetics
#12
REVIEW
Graham P Holloway
Since the seminal finding almost 50 years ago that exercise training increases mitochondrial content in skeletal muscle, a considerable amount of research has been dedicated to elucidate the mechanisms inducing mitochondrial biogenesis. The discovery of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor γ co-activator 1α as a major regulator of exercise-induced gene transcription was instrumental in beginning to understand the signals regulating this process. However, almost two decades after its discovery, our understanding of the signals inducing mitochondrial biogenesis remain poorly defined, limiting our insights into possible novel training modalities in elite athletes that can increase the oxidative potential of muscle...
March 22, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332111/practical-issues-in-evidence-based-use-of-performance-supplements-supplement-interactions-repeated-use-and-individual-responses
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REVIEW
Louise M Burke
Current sports nutrition guidelines recommend that athletes only take supplements following an evidence-based analysis of their value in supporting training outcomes or competition performance in their specific event. While there is sound evidence to support the use of a few performance supplements under specific scenarios (creatine, beta-alanine, bicarbonate, caffeine, nitrate/beetroot juice and, perhaps, phosphate), there is a lack of information around several issues needed to guide the practical use of these products in competitive sport...
March 22, 2017: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332037/comparing-self-reported-demographic-and-sexual-behavioral-factors-among-men-who-have-sex-with-men-recruited-through-mechanical-turk-qualtrics-and-a-hiv-sti-clinic-based-sample-implications-for-researchers-and-providers
#14
Matthew R Beymer, Ian W Holloway, Christian Grov
Recruitment for HIV research among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) has increasingly moved to the online sphere. However, there are limited data comparing the characteristics of clinic-based respondents versus those recruited via online survey platforms. MSM were recruited from three sampling sites (STI clinic, MTurk, and Qualtrics) to participate in a survey from March 2015 to April 2016. Respondents were compared between each of the sampling sites on demographics, sexual history, substance use, and attention filter passage...
March 22, 2017: Archives of Sexual Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330300/carbon-quantum-dots-shuttle-electrons-to-the-anode-of-a-microbial-fuel-cell
#15
A S Vishwanathan, Kartik S Aiyer, L A A Chunduri, K Venkataramaniah, S Siva Sankara Sai, Govind Rao
Electrodes based on graphite, graphene, and carbon nanomaterials have been used in the anode chamber of microbial fuel cells (MFCs). Carbon quantum dots (C-dots) are a class of versatile nanomaterials hitherto not reported in MFCs. C-dots previously synthesized from coconut husk were reported to possess hydroxyl and carboxyl functional groups on their surface. The presence of these functional groups on a carbon matrix conferred on the C-dots the ability to conduct and transfer electrons. Formation of silver nanoparticles from silver nitrate upon addition of C-dots confirmed their reducing ability...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330282/in-vitro-cytotoxicity-and-antibacterial-activity-of-silver-coated-electrospun-polycaprolactone-gelatine-nanofibrous-scaffolds
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Mim Mim Lim, Naznin Sultana
The development of nano-sized scaffolds with antibacterial properties that mimic the architecture of tissue is one of the challenges in tissue engineering. In this study, polycaprolactone (PCL) and PCL/gelatine (Ge) (70:30) nanofibrous scaffolds were fabricated using a less toxic and common solvent, formic acid and an electrospinning technique. Nanofibrous scaffolds were coated with silver (Ag) in different concentrations of silver nitrate (AgNO3) aqueous solution (1.25, 2.5, 5, and 10 %) by using dipping method, drying and followed by ultraviolet (UV) photoreduction...
December 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330181/optimization-of-medium-composition-for-in-vitro-shoot-proliferation-and-growth-of-date-palm-cv-mejhoul
#17
Mouaad Amine Mazri, Reda Meziani, Jamal El Fadile, Az-Eddine Ezzinbi
The effects of major mineral salts, L-glutamine, myo-inositol and carbon source on shoot bud proliferation of date palm (Phoenix dactylifera L.) cv. Mejhoul were evaluated. Different concentrations of ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3; 550, 825 or 1650 mg/L), potassium nitrate (KNO3; 633.3, 950 or 1900 mg/L), calcium chloride dehydrate (CaCl2·2H2O; 147, 220 or 440 mg/L), potassium dihydrogen phosphate (KH2PO4; 57, 85 or 170 mg/L), magnesium sulfate heptahydrate (MgSO4·7H2O; 123, 185 or 370 mg/L), L-glutamine and myo-inositol (0...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330107/population-dynamics-of-soil-bacteria-in-some-areas-of-midnapore-coastal-belt-west-bengal-india
#18
Syed Afrin Azmi, Soumendranath Chatterjee
In this present study the population dynamics of the soil bacteria of some coastal villages, namely Padima, Jatimati, Chanpabani, Palsandapur, Bhagibaharampur, Duttapur, Gangadharpur, Gobindabasan, Somaibasan of Digha, West Bengal, India, was determined. In these villages the aerobic heterotrophic, Gram-negative, spore-forming, starch-hydrolyzing, Pseudomonas, nitrate-reducing, denitrifying, asymbiotic N2 fixing, nitrifying, phosphate-solubilizing bacterial populations ranged from 1.22 to 2.67 × 10(6), 0...
June 2016: 3 Biotech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329725/ammonium-assimilation-an-important-accessory-during-aerobic-denitrification-of-pseudomonas-stutzeri-t13
#19
Yilu Sun, Liang Feng, Ang Li, Xuening Zhang, Jixian Yang, Fang Ma
The present study investigated effect of ammonium utilization on aerobic denitrification by Pseudomonas stutzeri T13. Per nitrogen balance calculation, all consumed ammonium was utilized as nitrogen source for cell propagation by assimilation rather than heterotrophic nitrification. Total organic carbon (TOC) and ammonium were necessary substrates to sustain heterotrophic propagation of P. stutzeri T13 at optimum proportion equal to seven. Under aerobic condition, nitrate was utilized as substitute nitrogen source when ammonium was completely exhausted...
March 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329568/localized-cutaneous-argyria-report-of-two-patients-and-literature-review
#20
Bryce David Beutler, Robert A Lee, Philip R Cohen
BackgroundLocalized cutaneous argyria is a rare skin condition caused by direct contact with silver or silver particles. It presents as asymptomatic gray or blue-gray macules that appear similar to blue nevi. Histologic features include brown-colored or black-colored silver granules in the basement membrane and dermis, most commonly surrounding eccrine glands, elastic fibers, and collagen fibrils. The condition is most frequently observed in individuals who are regularly exposed to small silver particles, such as silversmiths and welders...
November 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
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