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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913828/engineering-and-evolution-of-saccharomyces-cerevisiae-to-produce-biofuels-and-chemicals
#1
Timothy L Turner, Heejin Kim, In Iok Kong, Jing-Jing Liu, Guo-Chang Zhang, Yong-Su Jin
To mitigate global climate change caused partly by the use of fossil fuels, the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable biomass has been attempted. The conversion of various sugars from renewable biomass into biofuels by engineered baker's yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) is one major direction which has grown dramatically in recent years. As well as shifting away from fossil fuels, the production of commodity chemicals by engineered S. cerevisiae has also increased significantly. The traditional approaches of biochemical and metabolic engineering to develop economic bioconversion processes in laboratory and industrial settings have been accelerated by rapid advancements in the areas of yeast genomics, synthetic biology, and systems biology...
December 3, 2016: Advances in Biochemical Engineering/biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913241/evaluation-of-highly-branched-cyclic-dextrin-in-inhalable-particles-of-combined-antibiotics-for-the-pulmonary-delivery-of-anti-tuberculosis-drugs
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Kazunori Kadota, Arisa Senda, Hideaki Tagishi, John Oluwasogo Ayorinde, Yuichi Tozuka
This work aims to identify a suitable formulation for the pulmonary delivery of combinations of inhalational drugs using highly branched cyclic dextrin (HBCD) macromolecules. We compared the effectiveness between powders prepared from HBCD with those prepared from five alternative excipients (lactose, maltose, sucrose, β-cyclodextrin and methyl β-cyclodextrin) in the pulmonary delivery of a single-dosage form of two anti-tuberculosis drugs (isoniazid and rifampicin). Fine particles of untreated active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and combination products using excipients were prepared by spray drying...
November 29, 2016: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910262/enterobacter-sp-lu1-as-a-novel-succinic-acid-producer-co-utilization-of-glycerol-and-lactose
#3
Marcin Podleśny, Piotr Jarocki, Jakub Wyrostek, Tomasz Czernecki, Jagoda Kucharska, Anna Nowak, Zdzisław Targoński
Succinic acid is an important C4-building chemical platform for many applications. A novel succinic acid-producing bacterial strain was isolated from goat rumen. Phylogenetic analysis based on the 16S rRNA sequence and physiological analysis indicated that the strain belongs to the genus Enterobacter. This is the first report of a wild bacterial strain from the genus Enterobacter that is capable of efficient succinic acid production. Co-fermentation of glycerol and lactose significantly improved glycerol utilization under anaerobic conditions, debottlenecking the utilization pathway of this valuable biodiesel waste product...
December 1, 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905917/are-distinctive-risk-indicators-associated-with-different-stages-of-caries-in-children-a-cross-sectional-study
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Maria Grazia Cagetti, Giovanna Congiu, Fabio Cocco, Gianfranco Meloni, Silvana Sale, Guglielmo Campus
BACKGROUND: Actual caries figures emphasize the need to identify the risk indicators involved in the disease's development. The hypothesis that certain risk indicators might affect the dynamic evolution of the caries process was assessed; to clarify this premise, a cross-sectional survey was performed in school children. METHODS: A total of 390 subjects aged 6-8 years old were randomly selected. Caries was assessed, and the subjects were stratified as follows: i) highest caries score; ii) most prevalent caries score; and iii) number of affected teeth...
December 1, 2016: BMC Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905883/carbohydrate-metabolism-in-oenococcus-oeni-a-genomic-insight
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Alice Cibrario, Claire Peanne, Marine Lailheugue, Hugo Campbell-Sills, Marguerite Dols-Lafargue
BACKGROUND: Oenococcus oeni is the bacterial species that drives malolactic fermentation in most wines. Several studies have described a high intraspecific diversity regarding carbohydrate degradation abilities but the link between the phenotypes and the genes and metabolic pathways has been poorly described. RESULTS: A collection of 41 strains whose genomic sequences were available and representative of the species genomic diversity was analyzed for growth on 18 carbohydrates relevant in wine...
December 1, 2016: BMC Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904079/application-of-response-surface-methodology-to-estimate-the-design-space-of-pharmaceutical-diluents-for-dispensing-powdered-formulations
#6
Yasunori Miyazaki, Kozo Takayama, Tomonobu Uchino, Yoshiyuki Kagawa
Scientific approaches for dispensation are important for the quality and efficacy of drug treatments. Therefore, for the dispensation of powdered medicines, we have developed a powder blending method using a planetary centrifugal mixer (PCM) to replace the empirical manual method involving a mortar and pestle. The aim of this study was to optimize the formulation of pharmaceutical diluents for dispensing powdered medicines, using PCM. The diluents, composed of powdered lactose, crystalline lactose, and corn starch were assigned to a {3,2}-Simplex Lattice design...
2016: Chemical & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903519/dairy-intake-and-fecundability-in-2-preconception-cohort-studies
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Lauren A Wise, Amelia K Wesselink, Ellen M Mikkelsen, Heidi Cueto, Kristen A Hahn, Kenneth J Rothman, Katherine L Tucker, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Elizabeth E Hatch
BACKGROUND: Animal studies have shown that a high intake of galactose, a breakdown product of lactose, increases ovarian toxicity. Few epidemiologic studies, to our knowledge, have examined the association between dairy intake and fertility, and they have had conflicting findings. OBJECTIVE: We prospectively evaluated dairy intake in relation to fecundability among women who were planning for pregnancy. DESIGN: Data were derived from preconception cohort studies in Denmark (Snart Foraeldre) and North America [PRESTO (Pregnancy Study Online)] in which women completed a validated food-frequency questionnaire 10 d after enrollment...
November 30, 2016: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902348/micropepsis-pineolensis-gen-nov-sp-nov-a-mildly-acidophilic-alphaproteobacterium-isolated-from-a-poor-fen-and-proposal-of-micropepsaceae-fam-nov-within-micropepsales-ord-nov
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Austin B Harbison, Laiken E Price, Michael D Flythe, Suzanna L Brauer
An obligately anaerobic, mildly acidophilic, fermentative alphaproteobacterium, designated strain CS4 T, was isolated from an acidic, oligotrophic (nutrient-poor) poor fen located near Pineola, NC, USA. Cultures contained Gram-negative staining, slightly curved, non-motile, non-spore forming, non-prosthecate rods (0.1-0.4 µm in diameter and 0.4-4 µm long, depending, in part, on the growth substrate). Growth optima were 35° C (range 15 - 35°C), pH 5.6 (range of 5.0 - 6.8), and with 0-50 mM added NaCl (range 0-100 mM added NaCl)...
November 21, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902335/defluviitalea-raffinosedens-sp-nov-a-novel-thermophilic-anaerobic-saccharolytic-bacterium-isolated-from-an-anaerobic-batch-digester-treating-animal-manure-and-rice-straw
#9
Shichun Ma, Yan Huang, Cong Wang, Hui Fan, Lirong Dai, Zheng Zhou, Xing Liu, Yu Deng
A thermophilic, anaerobic, fermentative bacterium, strain A6T, was obtained from an anaerobic batch digester treating animal manure and rice straw. The strain was Gram-positive, slightly curved rods with a size of 0.6-1 μm × 2.5-8.2 μm, non-motile, and produced terminal spores. The temperature, pH, and NaCl concentration ranges for growth were 40°C-60°C, 6.5-8.0, and 0-15.0 g/L, with optimum growth noted at 50°C-55°C, pH 7.5, and in the absence of NaCl, respectively. Yeast extract was required for growth...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899526/dynamic-pre-bcr-homodimers-fine-tune-autonomous-survival-signals-in-b-cell-precursor-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#10
M Frank Erasmus, Ksenia Matlawska-Wasowska, Ichiko Kinjyo, Avanika Mahajan, Stuart S Winter, Li Xu, Michael Horowitz, Diane S Lidke, Bridget S Wilson
The pre-B cell receptor (pre-BCR) is an immature form of the BCR critical for early B lymphocyte development. It is composed of the membrane-bound immunoglobulin (Ig) heavy chain, surrogate light chain components, and the signaling subunits Igα and Igβ. We developed monovalent quantum dot (QD)-labeled probes specific for Igβ to study the behavior of pre-BCRs engaged in autonomous, ligand-independent signaling in live B cells. Single-particle tracking revealed that QD-labeled pre-BCRs engaged in transient, but frequent, homotypic interactions...
November 29, 2016: Science Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898934/an-insufficient-glucose-supply-causes-reduced-lactose-synthesis-in-lactating-dairy-cows-fed-rice-straw-instead-of-alfalfa-hay
#11
B Wang, F-Q Zhao, B-X Zhang, J-X Liu
The objective of the present study was to investigate the nutrient availability for milk production in the mammary gland of lactating cows fed different forage-based diets. The 3 diets contained 30% corn stover (CS), 30% rice straw (RS), or 23% alfalfa hay plus 7% Chinese wild rye hay (AH) as a forage source. All diets contained 15% of DM as corn silage and 55% of DM as concentrate. The percentage of milk lactose was always lower in the RS-fed cows than in the cows fed AH or CS during the 12-wk feeding trial ( < 0...
November 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898903/intestinal-lactose-and-mineral-concentration-affect-the-microbial-ecophysiology-along-the-gastrointestinal-tract-of-formula-fed-neonatal-piglets
#12
R Pieper, W Vahjen, J Zentek
Hyperprolificacy in modern pig breeds has led to increased use of artificial rearing and formula feeding of neonatal piglets, which may change their intestinal bacterial ecophysiology. Here, newborn piglets ( = 8 per group) were fed a bovine milk-based formula (FO) or allowed to suckle their mothers (sow milk [SM]) for 2 wk, and digesta samples from the stomach, jejunum, and colon were subsequently analyzed for enzyme activities, bacterial metabolites, and 16S rRNA transcripts of bacterial groups by quantitative real-time PCR...
September 2016: Journal of Animal Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896699/cationized-carbohydrate-gas-phase-fragmentation-chemistry
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Benjamin J Bythell, Maha T Abutokaikah, Ashley R Wagoner, Shanshan Guan, Jordan M Rabus
We investigate the fragmentation chemistry of cationized carbohydrates using a combination of tandem mass spectrometry, regioselective labeling, and computational methods. Our model system is D-lactose. Barriers to the fundamental glyosidic bond cleavage reactions, neutral loss pathways, and structurally informative cross-ring cleavages are investigated. The most energetically favorable conformations of cationized D-lactose were found to be similar. In agreement with the literature, larger group I cations result in structures with increased cation coordination number which require greater collision energy to dissociate...
November 28, 2016: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889801/production-and-purification-of-an-untagged-recombinant-pneumococcal-surface-protein-a-pspa4pro-with-high-purity-and-low-endotoxin-content
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Douglas B Figueiredo, Eneas Carvalho, Mauricio P Santos, Stefanie Kraschowetz, Rafaela T Zanardo, Gilson Campani, Gabriel G Silva, Cíntia R Sargo, Antonio Carlos L Horta, Roberto de C Giordano, Eliane N Miyaji, Teresa C Zangirolami, Joaquin Cabrera-Crespo, Viviane Maimoni Gonçalves
Streptococcus pneumoniae is the main cause of pneumonia, meningitis, and other conditions that kill thousands of children every year worldwide. The replacement of pneumococcal serotypes among the vaccinated population has evidenced the need for new vaccines with broader coverage and driven the research for protein-based vaccines. Pneumococcal surface protein A (PspA) protects S. pneumoniae from the bactericidal effect of human apolactoferrin and prevents complement deposition. Several studies indicate that PspA is a very promising target for novel vaccine formulations...
November 26, 2016: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889669/physicochemical-analysis-in-the-evaluation-of-reconstituted-dry-emulsion-tablets
#15
Noémi Anna Niczinger, Barnabás Kállai-Szabó, Miléna Lengyel, Péter Gordon, Imre Klebovich, István Antal
The aim of this study was to characterize the formation of emulsions by droplet size analysis and turbidimetry during reconstitution from a solid dosage form, namely from dry emulsion systems, which carry an oil phase for poorly soluble active ingredients. For the dry emulsion systems tablets were prepared either from oil-in-water systems using a freeze-drying process or through direct compression containing the same oil and excipients. The ratios of oil to emulgents and oil to xanthan gum were equal in both methods...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889146/the-potential-of-species-specific-tagatose-6-phosphate-t6p-pathway-in-lactobacillus-casei-group-for-galactose-reduction-in-fermented-dairy-foods
#16
Qinglong Wu, Nagendra P Shah
Residual lactose and galactose in fermented dairy foods leads to several industrial and health concerns. There is very little information pertaining to manufacture of fermented dairy foods that are low in lactose and galactose. In the present study, comparative genomic survey demonstrated the constant presence of chromosome-encoded tagatose-6-phosphate (T6P) pathway in Lactobacillus casei group. Lactose/galactose utilization tests and β-galactosidase assay suggest that PTS(Gal) system, PTS(Lac) system and T6P pathway are major contributors for lactose/galactose catabolism in this group of organisms...
April 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886381/composition-based-prediction-of-temperature-dependent-thermophysical-food-properties-reevaluating-component-groups-and-prediction-models
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David Martin Phinney, John C Frelka, Dennis Ray Heldman
Prediction of temperature-dependent thermophysical properties (thermal conductivity, density, specific heat, and thermal diffusivity) is an important component of process design for food manufacturing. Current models for prediction of thermophysical properties of foods are based on the composition, specifically, fat, carbohydrate, protein, fiber, water, and ash contents, all of which change with temperature. The objectives of this investigation were to reevaluate and improve the prediction expressions for thermophysical properties...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885964/porphyromonas-gingivalis-capsule-mediated-coaggregation-as-a-virulence-factor-in-mixed-infection-with-fusobacterium-nucleatum
#18
David Polak, Oren Ferdman, Yael Houri-Haddad
BACKGROUND: Porphyromonas gingivalis capsule enables evasion from phagocytosis, invasion of keratinocytes and bacterial survival. In mixed infection, the capsule also participates in coaggregation, which may lead to characteristic virulence not present in the mono-infection. The aim of the study was to evaluate the role of P.gingivalis capsule as a virulence factor in co-aggregated mixed infection with Fusobacterium nucleatum. METHODS: Mixed infections containing F...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885558/aeromonas-and-plesiomonas-species-from-scarlet-ibis-eudocimus-ruber-and-their-environment-monitoring-antimicrobial-susceptibility-and-virulence
#19
Débora Souza Collares Maia Castelo-Branco, Aline Lobão da Silva, Frederico Ozanan Barros Monteiro, Glaucia Morgana de Melo Guedes, Jamille Alencar Sales, Jonathas Sales de Oliveira, José Erisvaldo Maia Junior, Stefânia Araújo Miranda, José Júlio Costa Sidrim, Lucas Pereira de Alencar, Raimunda Sâmia Nogueira Brilhante, Rossana de Aguiar Cordeiro, Tereza de Jesus Pinheiro Gomes Bandeira, Waldemiro de Aquino Pereira Neto, Marcos Fábio Gadelha Rocha
The present study aimed at evaluating the role of captive scarlet ibises (Eudocimus ruber) and their environment as reservoirs of Aeromonas spp. and Plesiomonas spp., and analyzing the in vitro antimicrobial susceptibility and virulence of the recovered bacterial isolates. Thus, non-lactose and weak-lactose fermenting, oxidase positive Gram-negative bacilli were recovered from cloacal samples (n = 30) of scarlet ibises kept in a conservational facility and from water samples (n = 30) from their environment...
November 24, 2016: Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885546/target-specific-nmr-detection-of-protein-ligand-interactions-with-antibody-relayed-15-n-group-selective-std
#20
Anasztázia Hetényi, Zsófia Hegedűs, Roberta Fajka-Boja, Éva Monostori, Katalin E Kövér, Tamás A Martinek
Fragment-based drug design has been successfully applied to challenging targets where the detection of the weak protein-ligand interactions is a key element. (1)H saturation transfer difference (STD) NMR spectroscopy is a powerful technique for this work but it requires pure homogeneous proteins as targets. Monoclonal antibody (mAb)-relayed (15)N-GS STD spectroscopy has been developed to resolve the problem of protein mixtures and impure proteins. A (15)N-labelled target-specific mAb is selectively irradiated and the saturation is relayed through the target to the ligand...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Biomolecular NMR
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