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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226260/temporal-performance-assessment-of-wastewater-treatment-plants-by-using-multivariate-statistical-analysis
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Milad Ebrahimi, Erin L Gerber, Thomas D Rockaway
For most water treatment plants, a significant number of performance data variables are attained on a time series basis. Due to the interconnectedness of the variables, it is often difficult to assess over-arching trends and quantify operational performance. The objective of this study was to establish simple and reliable predictive models to correlate target variables with specific measured parameters. This study presents a multivariate analysis of the physicochemical parameters of municipal wastewater. Fifteen quality and quantity parameters were analyzed using data recorded from 2010 to 2016...
February 19, 2017: Journal of Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225851/effect-of-bauhinia-holophylla-treatment-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-rats
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Marcelo S Pinheiro, Luhara S Rodrigues, Leila S, Rafaianne Q Moraes-Souza, Thaigra S Soares, Madileine F Américo, Kleber E Campos, Débora C Damasceno, Gustavo T Volpato
Bauhinia holophylla, commonly known as "cow's hoof", is widely used in Brazilian folk medicine for the diabetes treatment. Therefore, the aim of this study was at evaluating the aqueous extract effect of Bauhinia holophylla leaves treatment on the streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats. Diabetes was induced by Streptozotocin (40 mg/Kg) in female Wistar rats. Oral administration of aqueous extract of Bauhinia holophylla leaves was given to non-diabetic and diabetic rats at a dose of 400 mg/kg during 21 days. On day 17 of treatment, the Oral Glucose Tolerance Test was performed to determine the area under the curve...
February 16, 2017: Anais da Academia Brasileira de Ciências
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225596/top-down-metabolomic-approaches-for-nitrogen-containing-metabolites
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Ryo Nakabayashi, Kei Hashimoto, Kiminori Toyooka, Kazuki Saito
Streamlining the processes that reveal heteroatom-containing metabolites and their biosynthetic genes is essential in integrated metabolomics studies. These metabolites are especially targeted for their potential pharmaceutical activities. By using a Fourier-transform ion cyclotron resonance-mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS) instrument, we provide top-down targeted metabolomic analyses using ultrahigh-resolution liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (LC-MS), high-resolution matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI), and high-resolution imaging mass spectrometry (IMS) with (15)N labeling of nitrogen-containing metabolites...
February 22, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224921/lemna-minor-plants-chronically-exposed-to-ionising-radiation-rna-seq-analysis-indicates-a-dose-rate-dependent-shift-from-acclimation-to-survival-strategies
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Arne Van Hoeck, Nele Horemans, Robin Nauts, May Van Hees, Hildegarde Vandenhove, Ronny Blust
Ecotoxicological research provides knowledge on ionising radiation-induced responses in different plant species. However, the sparse data currently available are mainly extracted from acute exposure treatments. To provide a better understanding of environmental exposure scenarios, the response to stress in plants must be followed in more natural relevant chronic conditions. We previously showed morphological and biochemical responses in Lemna minor plants continuously exposed for 7days in a dose-rate dependent manner...
April 2017: Plant Science: An International Journal of Experimental Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224643/endophytic-phomopsis-sp-colonization-in-oryza-sativa-was-found-to-result-in-plant-growth-promotion-and-piperine-production
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Chithra S, Jasim B, Jyothis Mathew, Radhakrishnan E K
Endophytic fungi have been reported to have the acquired ability to synthesize host plant specific medicinal natural products. Many fungi with such properties have been characterized and optimized for the conditions which favor maximal production of desired products. However, the inherent plant colonization property of promising endophytic fungi is least studied. Exploiting the transgenome functioning of these fungi have immense applications to add beneficial features to non-host plants. In the present study, endophytic fungus Phomopsis sp...
February 22, 2017: Physiologia Plantarum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224056/evaluation-and-comparison-of-fta-card-and-ctab-dna-extraction-methods-for-non-agricultural-taxa
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Chloe S Siegel, Florence O Stevenson, Elizabeth A Zimmer
PREMISE OF THE STUDY: An efficient, effective DNA extraction method is necessary for comprehensive analysis of plant genomes. This study analyzed the quality of DNA obtained using paper FTA cards prepared directly in the field when compared to the more traditional cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB)-based extraction methods from silica-dried samples. METHODS: DNA was extracted using FTA cards according to the manufacturer's protocol. In parallel, CTAB-based extractions were done using the automated AutoGen DNA isolation system...
February 2017: Applications in Plant Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223870/bioactivity-and-chemical-characterization-of-acalypha-fruticosa-forssk-growing-in-saudi-arabia
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Ghada Ahmed Fawzy, Areej Mohammad Al-Taweel, Shagufta Perveen, Shabana Iqrar Khan, Fatma Abdulaziz Al-Omary
Acalypha is an important genus of the Euphorbiaceae family. The genus is represented by five species in Saudi Arabia. Acalypha fruticosa Forssk. Fl. Aeg is traditionally used as a cure for stomachache, dyspepsia, rheumatism, dermatitis, and swellings of the body. The present study endeavors to provide a phytochemical and biological evaluation of the plant, with the aim of relating activity to constituting secondary metabolites in the plant. Column chromatographic separation of the methanol extract led to the isolation of four compounds namely 2-methyl-5,7-dihydroxychromone 5-O-β-d-glucopyranoside 1, acalyphin 2, apigenin 3 and kaempferol 3-O-rutinoside 4...
January 2017: Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal: SPJ: the Official Publication of the Saudi Pharmaceutical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222613/phytochemical-investigations-and-antiproliferative-secondary-metabolites-from-thymus-alternans-growing-in-slovakia
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Stefano Dall'Acqua, Gregorio Peron, Sara Ferrari, Valentina Gandin, Massimo Bramucci, Luana Quassinti, Pavol Mártonfi, Filippo Maggi
CONTEXT: Thymus alternans Klokov (Lamiaceae) is a neglected species of the genus Thymus (Sect. Serpyllum) endemic to Carpathian area, where it is used as a flavouring agent and for medicinal purposes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the work was to identify antiproliferative constituents from the flowering aerial parts of this plant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thymus alternans extracts were analyzed by HPLC-MS(n) and subjected to extensive chromatographic separations...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222400/antiprotozoal-antimycobacterial-and-anti-inflammatory-evaluation-of-cnidoscolus-chayamansa-mc-vaugh-extract-and-the-isolated-compounds
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Mariana Z Pérez-González, Gabriel A Gutiérrez-Rebolledo, Lilián Yépez-Mulia, Irma S Rojas-Tomé, Julieta Luna-Herrera, María A Jiménez-Arellanes
Cnidoscolus chayamansa is a medicinal and edible plant known as Chaya, is commonly used as an anti-inflammatory, antiprotozoal, antibacterial agent and as a remedy for respiratory illness, gastrointestinal disorders, and vaginal infections related with the inflammation process. In this paper, we describe the plant's phytochemical analysis and biological activities (antimycobacterial, antibacterial, antiprotozoal, and anti-inflammatory properties) of the CHCl3:MeOH (1:1) leaves extract and isolated compounds, as well as the acute and sub-acute toxic effects...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222398/isolation-of-a-new-resorcinolic-lipid-from-mangifera-zeylanica-hook-f-bark-and-its-cytotoxic-and-apoptotic-potential
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Meran Keshawa Ediriweera, Kamani Hemamala Tennekoon, Sameera Ranganath Samarakoon, Achyut Adhikari, Ira Thabrew, E Dilip de Silva
Mangifera zeylanica is a plant endemic to Sri Lanka and its bark has been used in traditional medicine to treat some cancers. This study was aimed to isolate potentially cytotoxic compound/s from the hexane extract of the bark of M. zeylanica by bio-activity guided fractionation. The structure of the isolated compound (1) was elucidated using (1)H, (13)C NMR and mass spectrometric techniques. Compound 1 was identified as a new resorcinolic lipid (5-((8Z, 11Z, 14Z)-hexatriaconta-8, 11, 14-trienyl) benzene-1,3-diol)...
February 18, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221944/a-novel-immunoassay-test-system-for-detection-of-modified-allergen-residues-present-in-almond-cashew-coconut-hazelnut-and-soy-based-nondairy-beverages
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Jongkit Masiri, Lora Benoit, Mahzad Meshgi, Jeffrey Day, Cesar Nadala, Mansour Samadpour
A growing number of plant-based milk substitutes have become commercially available, providing an array of options for consumers with dietary restrictions. Though several of these products rival cow's milk in terms of their nutritional profiles, beverages prepared with soy and tree nuts can be a significant concern to consumers because of potential contamination with food allergens. Adding to this concern is the fact that allergen residues from plant-based beverages are modified during manufacturing, thereby decreasing the sensitivity of antibody-based detection methods...
September 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221885/antibacterial-and-antiadhesive-activities-of-extracts-from-edible-plants-against-soft-drink-spoilage-by-asaia-spp
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Hubert Antolak, Agata Czyzowska, Dorota Kregiel
This study was conducted to investigate the antibacterial and antiadhesive activities of ethanol extracts from five edible plant parts: cinnamon bark ( Cinnamomum zeylanicum ), licorice root ( Glycyrrhiza radix ), nettle leaves ( Urtica dioica ), green tea leaves ( Camellia sinensis ), and elderberry flowers ( Sambucus nigra ). The chemical constituents of the extracts were identified using high-performance liquid chromatography and liquid chromatography plus mass spectrometry. Six strains of Asaia lannensis and Asaia bogorensis bacteria isolated from spoiled commercial fruit-flavored noncarbonated mineral water were used...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221723/animal-component-free-agrobacterium-tumefaciens-cultivation-media-for-better-gmp-compliance-increases-biomass-yield-and-pharmaceutical-protein-expression-in-nicotiana-benthamiana
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Marcel Houdelet, Anna Galinski, Tanja Holland, Kathrin Wenzel, Stefan Schillberg, Johannes Felix Buyel
Transient expression systems allow the rapid production of recombinant proteins in plants. Such systems can be scaled up to several hundred kilograms of biomass, making them suitable for the production of pharmaceutical proteins required at short notice, such as emergency vaccines. However, large-scale transient expression requires the production of recombinant Agrobacterium tumefaciens strains with the capacity for efficient gene transfer to plant cells. The complex media often used for the cultivation of this species typically include animal-derived ingredients that can contain human pathogens, thus conflicting with the requirements of good manufacturing practice (GMP)...
February 21, 2017: Biotechnology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220425/chitin-and-stress-induced-protein-kinase-activation
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Chandra Kenchappa, Raquel Azevedo da Silva, Simon Bressendorff, Sabrina Stanimirovic, Jakob Olsen, Morten Petersen, John Mundy
The assays described here are pertinent to protein kinase studies in any plant. They include an immunoblot phosphorylation/activation assay and an in-gel activity assay for MAP kinases (MPKs) using the general protein kinase substrate myelin basic protein. They also include a novel in-gel peptide substrate assay for Snf1-related kinase family 2 members (SnRK2s). This kinase family-specific assay overcomes some limitations of in-gel assays and permits the identification of different types of kinase activities in total protein extracts...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220202/enzyme-inhibitory-metabolites-from-endophytic-penicillium-citrinum-isolated-from-boswellia-sacra
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Sajid Ali, Abdul Latif Khan, Liaqat Ali, Tania Shamim Rizvi, Sumera Afzal Khan, Javid Hussain, Muhammad Hamayun, Ahmed Al-Harrasi
Fungal endophytes establish an important niche within the host plant through the secretion of chemical constituents. Isolation of bioactive metabolites could be a vital source for inhibiting the function of enzymes such as α-glucosidase and urease. The present study aimed to elucidate the potential of endophytes associated with Boswellia sacra through bioassay-guided isolation and identification of secondary metabolites with enzyme inhibitory ability. Endophytic fungal strains viz. Penicillium citrinum, P...
February 20, 2017: Archives of Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219697/effect-of-salvia-miltiorrhiza-root-extract-on-brain-acetylcholinesterase-and-butyrylcholinesterase-activities-their-mrna-levels-and-memory-evaluation-in-rats
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Marcin Ozarowski, Przemyslaw L Mikolajczak, Anna Piasecka, Radoslaw Kujawski, Joanna Bartkowiak-Wieczorek, Anna Bogacz, Michal Szulc, Ewa Kaminska, Malgorzata Kujawska, Agnieszka Gryszczynska, Piotr Kachlicki, Waldemar Buchwald, Andrzej Klejewski, Agnieszka Seremak-Mrozikiewicz
Salvia miltiorrhiza (Lamiaceae), one of the most important and popular plants of traditional medicine of Asia, is used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases and in central nervous system disturbances. The main aim of this study was to assess the influence of subchronic (28-fold) administration of Salvia miltiorrhiza root extract (SE, 200mg/kg, p.o.) on behavioural activity and memory of rats and to evaluate the activities of cholinesterases (AChE and BuChE) and gene expression levels of AChE and BuChE as well as of beta-secretase (BACE1) in the hippocampus and frontal cortex in vivo...
February 17, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219451/quantitative-morphological-analysis-of-2d-images-of-complex-shaped-branching-biological-growth-forms-the-example-of-branching-thalli-of-liverworts
#17
Pirom Konglerd, Catherine Reeb, Fredrik Jansson, Jaap A Kaandorp
BACKGROUND: Many organisms such as plants can be characterized as complex-shaped branching forms. The morphological quantification of the forms is a support for a number of areas such as the effects of environmental factors and species discrimination. To date, there is no software package suitable for our dataset representing the forms. We therefore formulate methods for extracting morphological measurements from images of the forms. RESULTS: As a case study we analyze two-dimensional images of samples from four groups belonging to three species of thalloid liverworts, genus Riccardia...
February 20, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219296/phytochemical-screening-and-evaluation-of-in-vitro-antioxidant-and-antimicrobial-activities-of-the-indigenous-medicinal-plant-albizia-odoratissima
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Venkanna Banothu, Chandrasekharnath Neelagiri, Uma Adepally, Jayalakshmi Lingam, Kesavaharshini Bommareddy
CONTEXT: Albizia odoratissima (L. f.) Benth has been used in Indian folk medicine to treat numerous inflammatory pathologies, such as leprosy, ulcers, burns and asthma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of A. odoratissima. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Dried leaves of A. odoratissima were extracted in organic solvents (hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, and methanol). The total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC) were determined using the Folin-Ciocalteu and aluminum chloride colorimetric methods, respectively...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219248/high-performance-method-for-determination-of-pu-isotopes-in-soil-and-sediment-samples-by-sector-field-inductively-coupled-plasma-mass-spectrometry
#19
Zhongtang Wang, Jian Zheng, Youyi Ni, Wu Men, Keiko Tagami, Shigeo Uchida
Plutonium is extensively studied in radioecology (e.g., soil to plant transfer and radiological assessment) and geochemistry (e.g., sediment dating). Here, we reported a new chemical separation method for rapid determination of Pu in soil and sediment samples, based on the following investigations: extraction behaviors of interfering elements (IEs, for inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICPMS) measurement) on TEVA resin; decontamination of U using TEVA, UTEVA, and DGA resins; and the impact of coprecipitation on Pu determination...
February 21, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219155/-genotype-distribution-of-human-enteroviruses-isolated-from-swage-in-shanghai-during-year-2013-2014
#20
Y Y Li, J Lu, X Z Wang, Y Y Yang, J Fei, L P Zhang, Z Li, C S Li, Y Zuo
Objective: To explore the time and genotype distribution of human enterovirus (HEV) isolated from sewage in Shanghai in 2013-2014. Methods: One sewage sample each was collected from two local sewage plants located in Minhang District and Jiading District on the same day at the day 24-28 of every month from 2013 to 2014. Each sample weighed 1 L. The specimens were concentrated by anionic membrane absorption, eluted with beef extract solution, and then used to inoculate RD, HEp-2, and L20B cell lines. A total of 249 enterovirus strains were isolated from sewage samples during the study period, including 185 non-polio enterovirus (NPEV) and 64 poliovirus (PV) strains, which were identified as vaccine strains...
February 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
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