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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107495/germination-response-of-four-alien-congeneric-amaranthus-species-to-environmental-factors
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Jian-Hua Hao, Shuang-Shuang Lv, Saurav Bhattacharya, Jian-Guo Fu
Seed germination is the key step for successful establishment, growth and further expansion of population especially for alien plants with annual life cycle. Traits like better adaptability and germination response were thought to be associated with plant invasion. However, there are not enough empirical studies correlating adaptation to environmental factors with germination response of alien invasive plants. In this study, we conducted congeneric comparisons of germination response to different environmental factors such as light, pH, NaCl, osmotic and soil burials among four alien amaranths that differ in invasiveness and have sympatric distribution in Jiangsu Province, China...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106716/tracking-and-classification-of-in-air-hand-gesture-based-on-thermal-guided-joint-filter
#2
Seongwan Kim, Yuseok Ban, Sangyoun Lee
The research on hand gestures has attracted many image processing-related studies, as it intuitively conveys the intention of a human as it pertains to motional meaning. Various sensors have been used to exploit the advantages of different modalities for the extraction of important information conveyed by the hand gesture of a user. Although many works have focused on learning the benefits of thermal information from thermal cameras, most have focused on face recognition or human body detection, rather than hand gesture recognition...
January 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102491/shedding-new-light-on-female-fertility-the-role-of-vitamin-d
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REVIEW
Giovanna Muscogiuri, Barbara Altieri, Cristina de Angelis, Stefano Palomba, Rosario Pivonello, Annamaria Colao, Francesco Orio
In the last decades several studies suggested that vitamin D is involved in the modulation of the reproductive process in women due to the expression of VDR and 1α-hydroxylase in reproductive tissues such as ovary, uterus, placenta, pituitary and hypothalamus. Vitamin D has also a role in the regulation of sex hormone steroidogenesis. Increasing evidence suggests that vitamin D might have a regulatory role in polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)-associated symptoms, including ovulatory dysfunction, insulin resistance and hyperandrogenism...
January 19, 2017: Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089880/a-combined-approach-for-enhancing-the-stability-of-recombinant-cis-dihydrodiol-naphthalene-dehydrogenase-from-pseudomonas-putida-g7-allowed-for-the-structural-and-kinetic-characterization-of-the-enzyme
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Débora Maria Abrantes Costa, Mariana Amalia Figueiredo Costa, Samuel Leite Guimarães, Juliana Barbosa Coitinho, Stefanya Velásquez Gómez, Tiago Antônio da Silva Brandão, Ronaldo Alves Pinto Nagem
The second enzyme of the naphthalene degradation pathway in Pseudomonas putida G7 is NahB, a dehydrogenase that converts cis-1,2-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene. We report the cloning, optimization of expression, purification, kinetic studies and preliminary structural characterization of the recombinant NahB. The nahB gene was cloned into a T7 expression vector and the enzyme was overexpressed in Escherichia coli Rosetta (DE3) as an N-terminal hexa-histidine-tagged protein (6xHis-NahB)...
January 9, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089781/genotoxic-effect-and-rat-hepatocyte-death-occurred-after-oxidative-stress-induction-and-antioxidant-gene-downregulation-caused-by-long-term-fluoride-exposure
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F D Campos-Pereira, L Lopes-Aguiar, F L Renosto, G A S Nogueira, E F D Costa, R Barbieri Pulz, E C M Silva-Zacarin, C A Oliveira, A A Pigoso, G D C Severi-Aguiar
Studies focusing on possible genotoxic effects of excess fluoride are contradictory and inconclusive. Currently, studies have reported a probable link to oxidative stress, DNA damage and apoptosis induced by fluoride in rat hepatocytes. We developed an in vivo study administering three doses of fluoride by gavage given to rats for 60 day. Micronucleus test was applied to investigate genotoxic potential of fluoride. The TUNEL method determined DNA fragmentation and apoptosis. Biochemical parameters to investigate mitochondrial swelling and oxidative stress...
January 12, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081471/in-situ-morphological-assessment-of-apoptosis-induced-by-phaleria-macrocarpa-boerl-fruit-ethyl-acetate-fraction-pmeaf-in-mda-mb-231-cells-by-microscopy-observation
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Nowroji Kavitha, Yeng Chen, Jagat R Kanwar, Sreenivasan Sasidharan
Phaleria macrocarpa (Boerl.) is a well-known medicinal plant and have been extensively used as traditional medicine for ages in treatment of various diseases. The purpose of this study was to determine the in situ cytotoxicity effect P. macrocarpa fruit ethyl acetate fraction (PMEAF) by using various conventional and modern microscopy techniques. The cytotoxicity of PMEAF treated MDA-MB-231 cells was determined through the 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) cytotoxicity assay and CyQuant Cell Proliferation Assay after 24h of treatment...
January 9, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078255/quality-characteristics-and-antioxidant-activity-of-yogurt-supplemented-with-aronia-aronia-melanocarpa-juice
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Linh Nguyen, Eun-Sun Hwang
We investigated the quality characteristics and antioxidant activities of yogurt supplemented with 1%, 2%, and 3% aronia juice and fermented for 24 h at 37°C. The total acidity increased with increasing levels of aronia juice and incubation time. Lightness and yellowness of the yogurt decreased, but redness increased, with increasing aronia juice content and incubation time. The number of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) increased with increased incubation time, and yogurt containing 2% and 3% aronia juice showed higher LAB counts than 1% aroinia juice-supplemented yogurt...
December 2016: Preventive Nutrition and Food Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074753/conversion-of-wastes-to-bioelectricity-bioethanol-and-fertilizer
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Abdul Majeed
This research article presents production of bioelectricity, bioethanol and fertilizer from different industrial wastewaters supplemented with waste fruit and vegetables. Bioelectricity was generated from wastewater through the development of different microbial fuel cells (MFCs). It was observed that the voltage was increased in series combination whereas current was increased in parallel combinations. The series combination of four units of single chamber and eight units of double chamber MFCs produced the power output of 5...
January 4, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073113/in-vitro-to-in-vivo-extrapolation-for-drug-induced-liver-injury-using-a-pair-ranking-method
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Zhichao Liu, Hong Fang, Jürgen Borlak, Ruth Roberts, Weida Tong
Preclinical animal toxicity studies may not accurately predict human toxicity. In light of this, in vitro systems have been developed that have the potential to supplement or even replace animal use. We examined in vitro to in vivo extrapolation (IVIVE) of gene expression data obtained from The Open Japanese Toxicogenomics Project-Genomics Assisted Toxicity Evaluation System (Open TG-GATEs) for 131 compounds given to rats for 28 days, and to human or rat hepatocytes for 24 hours. Notably, a Pair Ranking (PRank) method was developed to assess IVIVE potential with a PRank score based on the preservation of the order of similarity rankings of compound pairs between the platforms using a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis to measure area under the curve (AUC)...
January 11, 2017: ALTEX
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071029/assessment-of-colour-changes-during-storage-of-elderberry-juice-concentrate-solutions-using-the-optimization-method
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Dorota Walkowiak-Tomczak, Janusz Czapski, Karolina Młynarczyk
BACKGROUND: Elderberries are a source of dietary supplements and bioactive compounds, such as anthocyanins. These dyes are used in food technology. The aim of the study was to assess the changes in colour parameters, anthocyanin contents and sensory attributes in solutions of elderberry juice concentrates during storage in a model system and to determine predictability of sensory attributes of colour in solutions based on regression equations using the response surface methodology. METHODS: The experiment was carried out according to the 3-level factorial design for three factors...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068182/improvement-of-antibacterial-efficacy-through-synergistic-effect-in-photodynamic-therapy-based-on-thiazinium-chromophores-against-planktonic-and-biofilm-associated-periodontopathogens
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Eva-Maria Decker, Valentin Bartha, Christiane von Ohle
OBJECTIVE: Aim of the study was to improve the antibacterial efficacy of toluidine blue (TBO)/methylene blue (MB)-mediated photodynamic systems with light-emitting diode (LED) or laser irradiation administered to planktonic and biofilm-associated periodontopathogens. BACKGROUND DATA: Antibacterial photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a common, noninvasive adjunctive clinical method to inactivate microorganisms. So far, the disadvantage of this method has been its limited effectiveness in eliminating pathogens...
January 9, 2017: Photomedicine and Laser Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067421/dietary-integration-with-oregano-origanum-vulgare-l-essential-oil-improves-growth-rate-and-oxidative-status-in-outdoor-reared-but-not-indoor-reared-pigs
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C Forte, D Ranucci, D Beghelli, R Branciari, G Acuti, L Todini, C Cavallucci, M Trabalza-Marinucci
The effects of a diet supplemented with oregano essential oil on performance, oxidative status, pork quality traits and sensorial properties were evaluated. In two studies, 72 pigs in indoor or outdoor conditions were assigned to either a control diet or an identical diet supplemented with 0.2% oregano essential oil. Pigs reared outdoor showed lower live weight, average daily gain and average gain:feed ratio compared to indoor pigs. The oregano supplementation improved the growth performance of the outdoor- but not the indoor-reared animals...
January 9, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066942/antioxidant-status-and-expression-of-inflammatory-genes-in-gut-and-liver-of-piglets-fed-different-dietary-methionine-concentrations
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J O Zeitz, S Kaltenböck, E Most, K Eder
This study investigated the hypothesis that dietary concentrations of methionine (Met), as a precursor of cysteine which is a constituent of glutathione (GSH), affect tissue antioxidant concentrations and the antioxidant defence system in pigs. Forty-five piglets (DanZucht × Pietrain) were allotted to three groups of similar mean body weight (11.0 ± 0.9 kg). The basal diet was composed of barley, wheat, corn starch, soybean oil, sucrose, cellulose and a mineral supplement with suboptimal concentrations of Met and was supplemented with dl-Met to reach 0...
January 8, 2017: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066124/cymbomonas-tetramitiformis-a-peculiar-prasinophyte-with-a-taste-for-bacteria-sheds-light-on-plastid-evolution
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REVIEW
Przemysław Gagat, Paweł Mackiewicz
Cymbomonas tetramitiformis is a peculiar green alga that unites in one cell the abilities of photosynthesis and phagocytosis, which makes it a very useful model for the study of the evolution of plastid endosymbiosis. We have pondered over this issue and propose an evolutionary scenario of trophic strategies in eukaryotes, including primary and secondary plastid endosymbioses. C. tetramitiformis is a prototroph, just like the common ancestor of Archaeplastida was, and can synthesize most small organic molecules contrary to other eukaryotic phagotrophs, e...
2017: Symbiosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063332/metabolomics-a-potential-way-to-know-the-role-of-vitamin-d-on-multiple-sclerosis
#15
REVIEW
Diego Luque-Córdoba, María D Luque de Castro
The literature about the influence of vitamin D on multiple sclerosis (MS) is very controversial, possibly as a result of the way through which the research on the subject has been conducted. The studies developed so far have been focused exclusively on gene expression: the effect of a given vitamin D metabolite on target receptors. The influence of the vitamin D status (either natural or after supplementation) on MS has been studied by measurement of the 25 monohydroxylated metabolite (also known as circulating form), despite the 1,25 dihydroxylated metabolite is considered the active form...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058420/sensitized-zno-nanorod-assemblies-to-detect-heavy-metal-contaminated-phytomedicines-spectroscopic-and-simulation-studies
#16
Damayanti Bagchi, Tuhin Kumar Maji, Samim Sardar, Peter Lemmens, Chinmoy Bhattacharya, Debjani Karmakar, Samir Kumar Pal
The immense pharmacological relevance of the herbal medicine curcumin including anti-cancer and anti-Alzheimer effects, suggests it to be a superior alternative to synthesised drugs. The diverse functionalities with minimal side effects intensify the use of curcumin not only as a dietary supplement but also as a therapeutic agent. Besides all this effectiveness, some recent literature reported the presence of deleterious heavy metal contaminants from various sources in curcumin leading to potential health hazards...
January 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054117/-self-medication-with-vitamins-minerals-and-food-supplements-in-germany-results-of-nationwide-health-surveys
#17
Hildtraud Knopf
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vitamins, minerals and food supplements (FSs) are often used without medical prescription. Valid data on the magnitude of use are rare in Germany. The aim of the present analysis is to describe the prevalence and trends of self-medication and the associations between health-related factors and self-medication with these substances. METHODS: The data base consisted of the results of nationwide health surveys (GNHIES98: 1997-1999 and DEGS1: 2008-2001) in which adults aged 18-79 years were interviewed on health-related themes and were examined...
January 4, 2017: Bundesgesundheitsblatt, Gesundheitsforschung, Gesundheitsschutz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049048/vitamin-d-in-autoimmune-rheumatic-diseases-a-view-inside-gender-differences
#18
REVIEW
Massimiliano Vasile, Clarissa Corinaldesi, Cristina Antinozzi, Clara Crescioli
A large body of evidence highlights the role for vitamin D deficiency/insufficiency in rheumatic diseases, a group of different pathologies mostly of autoimmune origin. Vitamin D and vitamin D receptor agonists exquisitely modulate the immune system against over-reactivity towards tolerance; on this basis, vitamin D could be a good therapeutic candidate to control autoimmune processes in rheumatic diseases. Similarly, to other autoimmune pathologies, rheumatic diseases show a significant female bias. This sexual dimorphism seems, in part, to rely on the different sex hormone-induced regulation on male and female immune systems...
December 31, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045606/evaluation-of-solid-particle-number-and-black-carbon-for-very-low-pm-emissions-standards-in-light-duty-vehicles
#19
M-C Oliver Chang, J Erin Shields
: To reliably measure at the low particulate matter (PM) levels needed to meet California's Low Emission Vehicle (LEV III) 3- and 1- mg/mile particulate matter (PM) standards, various approaches other than gravimetric measurement have been suggested for testing purposes. In this work, a feasibility study of solid particle number (SPN, D50=23nm) and black carbon (BC) as alternatives to gravimetric PM mass was conducted, based on the relationship of these two metrics to gravimetric PM mass as well as the variability of each of these metrics...
January 3, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018402/biocontrol-potential-of-streptomyces-hydrogenans-strain-dh16-toward-alternaria-brassicicola-to-control-damping-off-and-black-leaf-spot-of-raphanus-sativus
#20
Rajesh K Manhas, Talwinder Kaur
Biocontrol agents and their bioactive metabolites provide one of the best alternatives to decrease the use of chemical pesticides. In light of this, the present investigation reports the biocontrol potential of Streptomyces hydrogenans DH16 and its metabolites towards Alternaria brassicicola, causal agent of black leaf spot and damping off of seedlings of crucifers. In vitro antibiosis of strain against pathogen revealed complete suppression of mycelial growth of pathogen, grown in potato dextrose broth supplemented with culture supernatant (20% v/v) of S...
2016: Frontiers in Plant Science
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