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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813781/bee-venom-decreases-lps-induced-inflammatory-responses-in-bovine-mammary-epithelial-cells
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Chang Hee Jeong, Wei Nee Cheng, Hyojin Bae, Kyung Woo Lee, Sang Mi Han, Michael C Petriello, Hong Gu Lee, Han Geuk Seo, Sung Gu Han
The world dairy industry has long been challenged by bovine mastitis, an inflammatory disease, which causes economic loss due to decreased milk production and quality. Attempts have been made to prevent or treat this disease with multiple approaches, primarily through increased abuse of antibiotics, but effective natural solutions remain elusive. Bee venom (BV) contains a variety of peptides (e.g., melittin) and that shows multiple bioactivities including prevention of inflammation. Thus, in the current study, it was hypothesized that BV can reduce inflammation in bovine mammary epithelial cells (MAC-T)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813419/vaccine-driven-pharmacodynamic-dissection-and-mitigation-of-fenethylline-psychoactivity
#2
Cody J Wenthur, Bin Zhou, Kim D Janda
Fenethylline, also known by the trade name Captagon, is a synthetic psychoactive stimulant that has recently been linked to a substance-use disorder and 'pharmacoterrorism' in the Middle East. Although fenethylline shares a common phenethylamine core with other amphetamine-type stimulants, it also incorporates a covalently linked xanthine moiety into its parent structure. These independently active pharmacophores are liberated during metabolism, resulting in the release of a structurally diverse chemical mixture into the central nervous system...
August 16, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813102/terpene-esters-from-natural-products-synthesis-and-evaluation-of-cytotoxic-activity
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Mauricio M Victor, Jorge M David, Maria C K Sakukuma, Letícia V Costa-Lotufo, Andrea F Moura, Ana J Araújo
Natural steroids and triterpenes such as b-sitosterol, stigmasterol, lupeol, ursolic and betulinic acids were transformed into its hexanoic and oleic esters, to evaluate the influence of chemical modification towards the cytotoxic activities against tumor cells. The derivatives were evaluated against five tumor cell lines [OVCAR-8 (ovarian carcinoma); SF-295 (glioblastoma); HCT-116 (colon adenocarcinoma); HL-60 (leukemia); and PC-3 (prostate carcinoma)] and the results showed only betulinic acid hexyl ester exhibits cytotoxic potential activity...
August 14, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813075/violence-in-schools-and-the-voice-of-teachers
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Rodrigo Dornelas, Thaynara Alves Dos Santos, Daniela Sena de Oliveira, Roxane de Alencar Irineu, Aline Brito, Kelly Silva
Purpose: To correlate self-reporting of voice disorders with habits that impact voice production and situations of violence experienced by teachers. Methods: The study involved 41 elementary-school teachers of rural and urban areas. Two instruments were used for data collection: The Vocal Production Condition - Teacher (CPV-P) questionnaire and the Screening Index for Voice Disorders - ITDV. The chi-square test was used to verify association among variables with a significance level of 5%...
August 10, 2017: CoDAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813067/total-syntheses-of-smenothiazoles-a-and-b
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Xiao Ma, Yajie Chen, Sigui Chen, Zhengshuang Xu, Tao Ye
Concise total syntheses of smenothiazoles A (1) and B (2), two distinguished vinyl chloride containing natural products isolated from the marine sponge S. aurea, have been developed. Silastannation, Stille reaction and a carefully controlled desilylchlorination were employed as key steps to construct unique polyketide acid fragments, and the optimized reaction conditions avoided migration of 2,5-diene to a 2,4-conjugated system. This report unambiguously confirmed the structures of both natural products.
August 16, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812776/labelled-sunscreen-spfs-may-overestimate-protection-in-natural-sunlight
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Brian Diffey, Uli Osterwalder
Limited evidence exists to indicate that sunscreen protection factors determined in the laboratory are higher than those in natural sunlight. In this article we propose an explanation for this difference and estimate the expected SPFs of sunscreen products in natural sunlight and those expected from laboratory testing. Our results indicate that the labelled SPF, determined by in vivo assay using a UV solar simulator, overestimates the SPF that would be expected in natural sunlight to the extent that for products labelled SPF50+, it may not be possible to achieve a protection against sunlight of more than 25-fold...
August 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812740/higher-order-interactions-capture-unexplained-complexity-in-diverse-communities
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Margaret M Mayfield, Daniel B Stouffer
Natural communities are well known to be maintained by many complex processes. Despite this, the practical aspects of studying them often require some simplification, such as the widespread assumption that direct, additive competition captures the important details about how interactions between species impact community diversity. More complex non-additive 'higher-order' interactions are assumed to be negligible or absent. Notably, these assumptions are poorly supported and have major consequences for the accuracy with which patterns of natural diversity are modelled and explained...
February 17, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812661/human-population-growth-offsets-climate-driven-increase-in-woody-vegetation-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Martin Brandt, Kjeld Rasmussen, Josep Peñuelas, Feng Tian, Guy Schurgers, Aleixandre Verger, Ole Mertz, John R B Palmer, Rasmus Fensholt
The rapidly growing human population in sub-Saharan Africa generates increasing demand for agricultural land and forest products, which presumably leads to deforestation. Conversely, a greening of African drylands has been reported, but this has been difficult to associate with changes in woody vegetation. There is thus an incomplete understanding of how woody vegetation responds to socio-economic and environmental change. Here we used a passive microwave Earth observation data set to document two different trends in land area with woody cover for 1992-2011: 36% of the land area (6,870,000 km(2)) had an increase in woody cover largely in drylands, and 11% had a decrease (2,150,000 km(2)), mostly in humid zones...
March 6, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812653/adaptation-of-phytoplankton-to-a-decade-of-experimental-warming-linked-to-increased-photosynthesis
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C-Elisa Schaum, Samuel Barton, Elvire Bestion, Angus Buckling, Bernardo Garcia-Carreras, Paula Lopez, Chris Lowe, Samraat Pawar, Nicholas Smirnoff, Mark Trimmer, Gabriel Yvon-Durocher
Phytoplankton photosynthesis is a critical flux in the carbon cycle, accounting for approximately 40% of the carbon dioxide fixed globally on an annual basis and fuelling the productivity of aquatic food webs. However, rapid evolutionary responses of phytoplankton to warming remain largely unexplored, particularly outside the laboratory, where multiple selection pressures can modify adaptation to environmental change. Here, we use a decade-long experiment in outdoor mesocosms to investigate mechanisms of adaptation to warming (+4 °C above ambient temperature) in the green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, in naturally assembled communities...
March 20, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812634/optimization-of-lag-phase-shapes-the-evolution-of-a-bacterial-enzyme
#10
Bharat V Adkar, Michael Manhart, Sanchari Bhattacharyya, Jian Tian, Michael Musharbash, Eugene I Shakhnovich
Mutations provide the variation that drives evolution, yet their effects on fitness remain poorly understood. Here we explore how mutations in the essential enzyme adenylate kinase (Adk) of Escherichia coli affect multiple phases of population growth. We introduce a biophysical fitness landscape for these phases, showing how they depend on molecular and cellular properties of Adk. We find that Adk catalytic capacity in the cell (the product of activity and abundance) is the major determinant of mutational fitness effects...
April 28, 2017: Nature ecology & evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812331/a-synthesis-of-crocagin-a
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Filip Bihelovic, Desiree Stichnoth, Rolf Müller, Dirk Trauner, Frank Surup
Crocagin A (1) combines an attractive molecular structure with an unusual biosynthesis and bioactivity. Here, we present an efficient synthesis of crocagin A that hinges on an early formation of its heterotricyclic core, an electrophilic amination, and a stereoselective hydrogenation of a tetrasubstituted double bond. Our synthesis confirms the absolute configuration of crocagin A and provides access to the natural product and derivatives thereof for further biological testing.
August 15, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812299/conversion-of-the-high-yield-salinomycin-producer-streptomyces-albus-bk3-25-into-a-surrogate-host-for-polyketide-production
#12
Xiaojie Zhang, Chenyang Lu, Linquan Bai
An ideal surrogate host for heterologous production of various natural products is expected to have efficient nutrient utilization, fast growth, abundant precursors and energy supply, and a pronounced gene expression. Streptomyces albus BK3-25 is a high-yield industrial strain producing type-I polyketide salinomycin, with a unique ability of bean oil utilization. Its potential of being a surrogate host for heterologous production of PKS was engineered and evaluated herein. Firstly, introduction of a three-gene cassette for the biosynthesis of ethylmalonyl-CoA resulted in accumulation of ethylmalonyl-CoA precursor and salinomycin, and subsequent deletion of the salinomycin biosynthetic gene cluster resulted in a host with rich supplies of common polyketide precursors, including malonyl-CoA, methylmalonyl-CoA, and ethylmalonyl-CoA...
August 14, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811879/growth-and-fecundity-of-fertile-miscanthus%C3%A2-%C3%A3-%C3%A2-giganteus-powercane-compared-to-feral-and-ornamental-miscanthus-sinensis-in-a-common-garden-experiment-implications-for-invasion
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Maria N Miriti, Tahir Ibrahim, Destiny Palik, Catherine Bonin, Emily Heaton, Evans Mutegi, Allison A Snow
Perennial grasses are promising candidates for bioenergy crops, but species that can escape cultivation and establish self-sustaining naturalized populations (feral) may have the potential to become invasive. Fertile Miscanthus × giganteus, known as "PowerCane," is a new potential biofuel crop. Its parent species are ornamental, non-native Miscanthus species that establish feral populations and are sometimes invasive in the USA. As a first step toward assessing the potential for "PowerCane" to become invasive, we documented its growth and fecundity relative to one of its parent species (Miscanthus sinensis) in competition with native and invasive grasses in common garden experiments located in Columbus, Ohio and Ames, Iowa, within the targeted range of biofuel cultivation...
August 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811869/pro-and-antioxidant-functions-of-the-peroxisome-mitochondria-connection-and-its-impact-on-aging-and-disease
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Amparo Pascual-Ahuir, Sara Manzanares-Estreder, Markus Proft
Peroxisomes and mitochondria are the main intracellular sources for reactive oxygen species. At the same time, both organelles are critical for the maintenance of a healthy redox balance in the cell. Consequently, failure in the function of both organelles is causally linked to oxidative stress and accelerated aging. However, it has become clear that peroxisomes and mitochondria are much more intimately connected both physiologically and structurally. Both organelles share common fission components to dynamically respond to environmental cues, and the autophagic turnover of both peroxisomes and mitochondria is decisive for cellular homeostasis...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811756/pseudomonas-oleovorans-strain-kbpf-004-culture-supernatants-reduced-seed-transmission-of-cucumber-green-mottle-mosaic-virus-and-pepper-mild-mottle-virus-and-remodeled-aggregation-of-126-kda-and-subcellular-localization-of-movement-protein-of-pepper-mild-mottle
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Nam-Gyu Kim, Eun-Young Seo, Sang-Hyuk Han, Jun-Su Gong, Cheol-Nam Park, Ho-Seop Park, Leslie L Domier, John Hammond, Hyoun-Sub Lim
Efforts to control viral diseases in crop production include several types of physical or chemical treatments; antiviral extracts of a number of plants have also been examined to inhibit plant viral infection. However, treatments utilizing naturally selected microorganisms with activity against plant viruses are poorly documented. Here we report isolation of a soil inhabiting bacterium, Pseudomonas oleovorans strain KBPF-004 (developmental code KNF2016) which showed antiviral activity against mechanical transmission of tobamoviruses...
August 2017: Plant Pathology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811228/curcumin-in-alzheimer-s-disease-can-we-think-to-new-strategies-and-perspectives-for-this-molecule
#16
REVIEW
Serafini Melania Maria, Catanzaro Michele, Rosini Michela, Racchi Marco, Lanni Cristina
Population aging is an irreversible global trend with economic and socio-political consequences. One of the most invalidating outcomes of aging in the elderly is cognitive decline, leading to dementia and often related to neurodegenerative disorders. Among these latter, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the major cause of dementia, affecting more than 30 million of individuals worldwide. To date, the treatment of AD remains a challenge because of an incomplete understanding of the events that lead to the selective neurodegeneration typical of Alzheimer's brains...
August 12, 2017: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811090/guanosine-exerts-antiplatelet-and-antithrombotic-properties-through-an-adenosine-related-camp-pka-signaling
#17
Francisco Fuentes, Marcelo Alarcón, Lina Badimon, Manuel Fuentes, Karl-Norbert Klotz, Gemma Vilahur, Sonja Kachler, Teresa Padró, Iván Palomo, Eduardo Fuentes
BACKGROUND: Guanosine is a natural product and an endogenous nucleoside that has shown to increase during myocardial ischemia. Platelets are critically involved in ischemic coronary events. It remains unknown, however, whether guanosine may affect platelet activation and function. We sought to investigate the potential antiplatelet and antithrombotic properties of guanosine and decipher the mechanisms behind. METHODS: We firstly assessed the effects of guanosine on platelet activation/aggregation upon stimulation with several platelet agonists including adenosine diphosphate (ADP), collagen, arachidonic acid (AA), and TRAP-6...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810949/analysis-of-non-pivotal-bioequivalence-studies-submitted-in-abbreviated-new-drug-submissions-for-delayed-release-drug-products
#18
Paramjeet Kaur, Xiaojian Jiang, Ethan Stier
The US FDA's rule on "Requirements for Submission of Bioequivalence Data" requiring submission of all bioequivalence (BE) studies conducted on the same formulation of the drug product submitted for approval was published in Federal Register in January 2009. With the publication of this rule, we evaluated the impact of data from non-pivotal BE studies in assessing BE and identified the reasons for failed in vivo BE studies for generic oral delayed-release (DR) drug products only. We searched the Agency databases from January 2009 toDecember 2016 to identify Abbreviated New Drug Applications (ANDAs) submitted for DR drug products containing non-pivotal BE studies...
2017: Journal of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences: a Publication of the Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810884/a-novel-method-for-transmitting-southern-rice-black-streaked-dwarf-virus-to-rice-without-insect-vector
#19
Lu Yu, Jing Shi, Lianlian Cao, Guoping Zhang, Wenli Wang, Deyu Hu, Baoan Song
BACKGROUND: Southern rice black-streaked dwarf virus (SRBSDV) has spread from the south of China to the north of Vietnam in the past few years, and has severely influenced rice production. However, previous study of traditional SRBSDV transmission method by the natural virus vector, the white-backed planthopper (WBPH, Sogatella furcifera), in the laboratory, researchers are frequently confronted with lack of enough viral samples due to the limited life span of infected vectors and rice plants and low virus acquisition and inoculation efficiency by the vector...
August 15, 2017: Virology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810795/the-effects-of-slit-like-confinement-on-flow-induced-polymer-deformation
#20
Aishani Ghosal, Binny J Cherayil
This paper is broadly concerned with the dynamics of a polymer confined to a rectangular slit of width D and deformed by a planar elongational flow of strength γ̇. It is interested, more specifically, in the nature of the coil-stretch transition that such polymers undergo when the flow strength γ̇ is varied, and in the degree to which this transition is affected by the presence of restrictive boundaries. These issues are explored within the framework of a finitely extensible Rouse model that includes pre-averaged surface-mediated hydrodynamic interactions...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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