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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641403/a-molasses-habitat-derived-fungus-aspergillus-tubingensis-xg21-with-high-%C3%AE-fructofuranosidase-activity-and-its-potential-use-for-fructooligosaccharides-production
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Yijia Xie, Huanxia Zhou, Caixia Liu, Jing Zhang, Ning Li, Zhanli Zhao, Guoyong Sun, Yaohua Zhong
The industrial microorganisms used for fructooligosaccharides (FOS) synthesis are generally fermented with sucrose as carbon source to induce the production of β-fructofuranosidase (FFase) having transfructosylation activity. Consequently, isolation of novel FFase producers from a sucrose-enriched biotope would help improve FOS productivity and reduce the process cost. Here, three fungi isolated from a unique sugarcane molasses habitat were found to possess FFase activity and one of them, XG21, exhibited a high capacity to synthesize FOS...
December 2017: AMB Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641399/compannotate-a-comparative-approach-to-annotate-base-pairing-interactions-in-rna-3d-structures
#2
Shahidul Islam, Ping Ge, Shaojie Zhang
The analysis of RNA tertiary structure is hindered by the fact that not too many structural data are available and a significant amount of them are in low resolution. Due to the atomic coordinate errors posed by the limitations of low-resolution RNA three-dimensional structures, it becomes a critical challenge to extract key geometric characteristics of RNA, particularly, the interaction of bases. To address this issue, we have devised a comparative method, named CompAnnotate, that utilizes more precise structural information of high-resolution homologs to annotate the base-pairing interactions in the low-resolution structures, by aligning and making comparative geometric assessments...
June 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
#3
Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641395/effect-of-in-ovo-injection-of-corticotropin-releasing-hormone-on-the-timing-of-hatching-in-broiler-chickens
#4
Yugo Watanabe, Sylvia V H Grommen, Bert De Groef
In chicken embryos, intravenous injection of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) causes the release of both corticosteroids and thyroid hormones. These hormones initiate and enhance the hatching process, raising the possibility that CRH treatment of the late chicken embryo could accelerate hatching and/or decrease the spread of hatching. We performed a series of exploratory tests to investigate whether in ovo delivery methods of CRH other than intravenous injection that are more practical in a commercial setting, affect hatching time in broilers...
June 21, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641383/neuroprotection-in-stroke-the-importance-of-collaboration-and-reproducibility
#5
Ain A Neuhaus, Yvonne Couch, Gina Hadley, Alastair M Buchan
Acute ischaemic stroke accounts for 6.5 million deaths per year, and by 2030 will result in the annual loss of over 200 million disability-adjusted life years globally. There have been considerable recent advances in the gold standard of acute ischaemic stroke treatment, some aspects of which-aspirin to prevent recurrence, and treating patients in specialized stroke wards-are widely applicable. Recanalization of the occluded artery through thrombolysis and/or endovascular thrombectomy is restricted to only a small proportion of patients, due to contra-indications and the costs associated with establishing the infrastructure to deliver these treatments...
June 20, 2017: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641310/potentiating-the-effects-of-radiotherapy-in-rectal-cancer-the-role-of-aspirin-statins-and-metformin-as-adjuncts-to-therapy
#6
K J Gash, A C Chambers, D E Cotton, A C Williams, M G Thomas
BACKGROUND: Complete tumour response (pCR) to neo-adjuvant chemo-radiotherapy for rectal cancer is associated with a reduction in local recurrence and improved disease-free and overall survival, but is achieved in only 20-30% of patients. Drug repurposing for anti-cancer treatments is gaining momentum, but the potential of such drugs as adjuncts, to increase tumour response to chemo-radiotherapy in rectal cancer, is only just beginning to be recognised. METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted and all studies investigating the use of drugs to enhance response to neo-adjuvant radiation in rectal cancer were included...
June 22, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641274/an-efficient-multiple-variants-coordination-framework-for-differential-evolution
#7
Sheng Xin Zhang, Shao Yong Zheng, Li Ming Zheng
Differential evolution (DE) is recognized as a simple but powerful algorithm in the family of evolutionary algorithms. Over the past two decades, many advanced DE variants with significantly improved performance have been proposed. However, the variants may only achieve the best performance on a certain type of functions. Moreover, a specific optimizer may not always be suitable for the whole optimization process. To overcome these weaknesses, this paper proposes a multiple variants coordination (MVC) framework with two mechanisms, namely, the multiple variants adaptive selecting mechanism and the multiple variants adaptive solutions preserving mechanisms (MV-APM)...
June 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641246/gracker-a-graph-based-planar-object-tracker
#8
Tao Wang, Haibin Ling
Matching-based algorithms have been commonly used in planar object tracking. They often model a planar object as a set of keypoints, and then find correspondences between keypoint sets via descriptor matching. In previous work, unary constraints on appearances or locations are usually used to guide the matching. However, these approaches rarely utilize structure information of the object, and are thus suffering from various perturbation factors. In this paper, we proposed a graph-based tracker, named Gracker, which is able to fully explore the structure information of the object to enhance tracking performance...
June 16, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641240/placing-sites-on-the-edge-of-planar-silicon-microelectrodes-enhances-chronic-recording-functionality
#9
Heui Chang Lee, Janak Gaire, Badrinath Roysam, Kevin J Otto
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to identify the impact of using edge sites over center sites on a planar silicon microelectrode array. METHODS: We used custom-designed, silicon-substrate multi-site microelectrode arrays with sites on the center, edge, and tip. We compared their single unit recording capability, noise level, impedance, and histology to identify the differences between each site location. Wide and narrow devices were used to evaluate if the differences are consistent and meets theoretical expectations...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641235/computer-aided-training-sensorimotor-cortex-functions-in-humans-before-the-upper-limb-transplantation-using-virtual-reality-and-sensory-feedback
#10
Marek Kurzynski, Anna Jaskolska, Jaroslaw Marusiak, Andrzej Wolczowski, Przemyslaw Bierut, Lukasz Szumowski, Jerzy Witkowski, Katarzyna Kisiel-Sajewicz
One of the biggest problems of upper limb transplantation is lack of certainty as to whether a patient will be able to control voluntary movements of transplanted hands. Based on findings of the recent research on brain cortex plasticity, a premise can be drawn that mental training supported with visual and sensory feedback can cause structural and functional reorganization of the sensorimotor cortex, which leads to recovery of function associated with the control of movements performed by the upper limbs. In this study, authors - based on the above observations - propose the computer-aided training (CAT) system, which generating visual and sensory stimuli, should enhance the effectiveness of mental training applied to humans before upper limb transplantation...
June 15, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641229/effects-of-short-term-invasion-of-spartina-alterniflora-and-the-subsequent-restoration-of-native-mangroves-on-the-soil-organic-carbon-nitrogen-and-phosphorus-stock
#11
Jianxiang Feng, Jian Zhou, Liming Wang, Xiaowei Cui, Cunxin Ning, Hao Wu, Xiaoshan Zhu, Guanghui Lin
The exotic cordgrass Spartina alterniflora has severely invaded the mangrove wetlands in southern China and ecological restoration using native mangroves was conducted in an attempt to control this invasive species. In this study, the contents and pools of soil organic carbon (SOC), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were quantified to investigate the invasive effects of S. alterniflora and then to evaluate whether the ecological restoration of native mangrove could reverse those effects. S. alterniflora only showed significantly higher organic carbon content in the surface 0-10 cm of soil than in the uninvaded mudflat...
June 15, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641223/paternal-bisphenol-a-diet-changes-prefrontal-cortex-proteome-and-provokes-behavioral-dysfunction-in-male-offspring
#12
Guangying Luo, Ruifen Wei, Shaolin Wang, Jundong Wang
Relatively little attention has been given paternal effects on next generation. Given that Bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous compound in maternal diet, may disrupt brain development and behavior, we hypothesized that paternal BPA diet (PBD) could affect offspring development. Prefrontal cortex (PFC), a vital brain region, is involved in emotion and social behavior. To test whether PBD could alter developing PFC, we carried out a proteomics approach for PFC in male juvenile offspring that responded to PBD (50 mg BPA/kg diet)...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641207/ros-and-calcium-signaling-mediated-pathways-involved-in-stress-responses-of-the-marine-microalgae-dunaliella-salina-to-enhanced-uv-b-radiation
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Xinxin Zhang, Xuexi Tang, Ming Wang, Wei Zhang, Bin Zhou, You Wang
UV-B ray has been addressed to trigger common metabolic responses on marine microalgae, however, the upstream events responsible for these changes in marine microalgae are poorly understood. In the present study, a species of marine green microalgae Dunaliella salina was exposed to a series of enhanced UV-B radiation ranging from 0.25 to 1.00 KJ·m(-2) per day. The role of ROS and calcium signaling in the D. salina responses to UV-B was discussed. Results showed that enhanced UV-B radiation markedly decreased the cell density in a dose-dependent manner, but the contents of protein and glycerol that were essential for cell growth increased...
May 28, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641205/muscilage-characterization-biochemical-and-enzymatic-activities-of-laser-irradiated-lagenaria-siceraria-seedlings
#14
Mazhar Abbas, Muhammad Arshad, Numrah Nisar, Jan Nisar, Abdul Ghaffar, Arif Nazir, M Asif Tahir, Munawar Iqbal
Laser stimulation effect on L. siceraria seed mucilage, biochemicals and enzymatic activities during early growth stages were investigated. The laser density power of 1mW/cm(2) for 3 and 5min treatments were performed and various responses i.e., seedlings mucilage, biochemical and enzymatic activities were studied. Laser treatment of L. siceraria seeds enhanced the biochemical as well as the enzymatic activities. TPC (total phenolic contents),TFC (total flavonoids contents), TSS (total soluble sugar), reducing sugar, proline contents, total soluble protein and nitrogen contents were recorded higher in laser treated groups versus control...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641196/c1-c2-alkyl-aminiums-in-urban-aerosols-insights-from-ambient-and-fuel-combustion-emission-measurements-in-the-yangtze-river-delta-region-of-china
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Wenchao Shen, Lili Ren, Yi Zhao, Luyu Zhou, Liang Dai, Xinlei Ge, Shaofei Kong, Qin Yan, Honghui Xu, Yujun Jiang, Jun He, Mindong Chen, Huan Yu
We measured low molar-mass alkyl aminiums (methylaminium, dimethylaminium, ethylaminium and diethylaminium) in urban aerosols in the Yangtze River Delta region of eastern China in August 2014 and from November 2015 to May 2016. After examining artifact formation on sample filters, methylaminium, dimethylaminium and ethylaminium concentrations were quantified. The three C1-C2 aminiums exhibited a unimodal size distribution that maximized between 0.56 and 1.0 μm. Their concentrations in PM2.5 were 5.7 ± 3...
June 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641169/association-between-switching-antiepileptic-drug-products-and-healthcare-utilization-a-systematic-review
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Patrick Kwan, André Palmini
AIMS: There is ongoing concern whether switching between different antiepileptic drug (AED) products may compromise patient care. We systematically reviewed changes in healthcare utilization following AED switch. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE databases (1980-October 2016) for studies that assessed the effect of AED switching in patients with epilepsy on outpatient visits, emergency room visits, hospitalization and hospital stay duration. RESULTS: A total of 14 articles met the inclusion criteria...
June 19, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641157/design-synthesis-and-structure-activity-relationship-studies-of-a-novel-focused-library-of-2-3-4-substituted-oxazolidines-with-antiproliferative-activity-against-cancer-cell-lines
#17
Saulo F Andrade, Bárbara G Oliveira, Larissa C Pereira, Jonas P Ramos, Angélica R Joaquim, Martin Steppe, Elaine M Souza-Fagundes, Ricardo J Alves
In the present work we describe the synthesis and antiproliferative evaluation of a focused library of 30 novel oxazolidines designed by modification of N-substituent, by ring variation, by alkyl variation or by extension of the structure. It was noted that carbamate and N,O-aminal groups were essential for activity. In general, replacement of the phenyl ring with pyridinyl was not tolerated. However, the introduction of a second phenyl ring with an appropriate spacer at the 3- or 4-position of the first phenyl ring generally enhanced the cytotoxic profile...
June 12, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641156/mild-c-sp-3-h-functionalization-of-dihydrosanguinarine-and-dihydrochelerythrine-for-development-of-highly-cytotoxic-derivatives
#18
Adriana Romo-Pérez, Luis Demetrio Miranda, Alma D Chávez-Blanco, Alfonso Dueñas-González, María Del Rayo Camacho-Corona, Alejandrina Acosta-Huerta, Abraham García
A series of C(6)-substituted dihydrobenzo[c]phenanthridines were synthesized by mild copper-catalyzed C(sp(3))-H functionalization of dihydrosanguinarine (2) and dihydrochelerythrine (3) with certain nucleophiles selected to enhance cytotoxicity against human breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer cell lines. We also investigated the cytotoxicity of our previously reported C(6)-functionalized N-methyl-5,6-dihydrobenzo[c]phenanthridines 1a-1e to perform structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies. Among the target compounds, five β-aminomalonates (1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, and 3b), one α-aminophosphonate (2c), and one nitroalkyl derivative (2h) exhibited half maximal inhibitory concentration (IC50) values in the range of 0...
June 13, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641150/polyamine-and-tyramine-involvement-in-nacl-induced-improvement-of-cd-resistance-in-the-halophyte-inula-chrithmoides-l
#19
Rim Ghabriche, Tahar Ghnaya, Mejda Mnasri, Hanen Zaier, Raoudha Baioui, Delphine Vromman, Chedly Abdelly, Stanley Lutts
The aim of the present work was to analyze the impact of salinity on the plant response to Cd toxicity in the Mediterranean halophyte species Inula crithmoides. For this purpose, cuttings were cultivated hydroponically during 21d in the presence of 0, 25 or 50μM CdCl2 combined or not with 0, 100, 200 and 400mM NaCl. The obtained data demonstrated that, in the absence of Cd, NaCl strongly increased plant growth (the maximal dry weight being observed at 100mM) and enhanced the Na(+)/K(+) ratio in the shoot. Cd alone strongly affected plant growth in this halophyte...
June 6, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641126/dna-requirements-for-interaction-of-the-c-terminal-region-of-ku80-with-the-dna-dependent-protein-kinase-catalytic-subunit-dna-pkcs
#20
Sarvan Kumar Radhakrishnan, Susan P Lees-Miller
Non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) is the major pathway for the repair of ionizing radiation induced DNA double strand breaks (DSBs) in human cells. Critical to NHEJ is the DNA-dependent interaction of the Ku70/80 heterodimer with the DNA-dependent protein kinase catalytic subunit (DNA-PKcs) to form the DNA-PK holoenzyme. However, precisely how Ku recruits DNA-PKcs to DSBs ends to enhance its kinase activity has remained enigmatic, with contradictory findings reported in the literature. Here we address the role of the Ku80 C-terminal region (CTR) in the DNA-dependent interaction of Ku70/80 with DNA-PKcs using purified components and defined DNA structures...
June 9, 2017: DNA Repair
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