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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822938/do-natural-biofilm-impact-nzvi-mobility-and-interactions-with-porous-media-a-column-study
#1
Marc Crampon, Jennifer Hellal, Christophe Mouvet, Guillaume Wille, Caroline Michel, Anke Wiener, Juergen Braun, Patrick Ollivier
Nanoparticles (NP) used as remediation agents for groundwater treatment may interact with biofilms naturally present, altering NP mobility and/or reactivity and thereby NP effectiveness. The influence of the presence of a multi species biofilm on the mobility of two types of zero-valent iron NP (nZVI; NANOFER 25S and optimized NANOFER STAR, NanoIron s.r.o. (Czech Republic)) was tested in laboratory experiments with columns mimicking aquifer conditions. Biofilms were grown in columns filled with sand in nitrate reducing conditions using groundwater from an industrial site as inoculum...
August 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822551/disruption-of-staphylococcus-aureus-biofilms-using-rhamnolipid-biosurfactants
#2
S S E Silva, J W P Carvalho, C P Aires, M Nitschke
Staphylococcus aureus is an important pathogen that has shown ability to establish biofilm communities that can represent a source of contamination and resistance in food processing. Rhamnolipids (RL) have attracted attention as candidates to replace synthetic surfactants, exhibiting high surface activity combined with its microbial origin, biodegradability, and low toxicity. In this work, an RL biosurfactant was evaluated regarding its ability to disrupt or remove S. aureus biofilms established on polystyrene plates using nutrient broth and skim milk as the growth media...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Dairy Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822343/the-control-of-disinfection-byproducts-and-their-precursors-in-biologically-active-filtration-processes
#3
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Chao Liu, Christopher I Olivares, Ameet J Pinto, Chance V Lauderdale, Jess Brown, Meric Selbes, Tanju Karanfil
While disinfection provides hygienically safe drinking water, the disinfectants react with inorganic or organic precursors, leading to the formation of harmful disinfection byproducts (DBPs). Biological filtration is a process in which an otherwise conventional granular filter is designed to remove not only fine particulates but also dissolved organic matters (e.g., DBP precursors) through microbially mediated degradation. Recently, applications of biofiltration in drinking water treatment have increased significantly...
August 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822282/a-two-step-optimization-strategy-for-2nd-generation-ethanol-production-using-softwood-hemicellulosic-hydrolysate-as-fermentation-substrate
#4
Iulian-Zoltan Boboescu, Malorie Gélinas, Jean-Baptiste Beigbeder, Jean-Michel Lavoie
Ethanol production using waste biomass represents a very attractive approach. However, there are considerable challenges preventing a wide distribution of these novel technologies. Thus, a fractional-factorial screening of process variables and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast inoculum conditions was performed using a synthetic fermentation media. Subsequently, a response-surface methodology was developed for maximizing ethanol yields using a hemicellulosic solution generated through the chemical hydrolysis of steam treatment broth obtained from residual softwood biomass...
July 29, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821574/mosaic-loss-of-non-muscle-myosin-iia-and-iib-is-sufficient-to-induce-mammary-epithelial-proliferation
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Kim-Vy Nguyen-Ngoc, Vanesa L Silvestri, Dan Georgess, Amanda N Fairchild, Andrew J Ewald
The mammary epithelium elaborates through hormonally-regulated changes in proliferation, migration, and differentiation. Non-muscle myosin II (NMII) functions at the interface between contractility, adhesion, and signal transduction. It was therefore a plausible regulator of mammary morphogenesis. We tested the genetic requirement for NMIIA and NMIIB through deletion of the myosin heavy chains (NMHC) that confer specificity to the complex. Surprisingly, mosaic loss, but not ubiquitous loss, of NMHCIIA and IIB induced high levels of proliferation in 3D culture...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Cell Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28821521/effectiveness-of-seasonal-influenza-vaccination-in-patients-with-diabetes-protocol-for-a-nested-case-control-study
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Ludovic Casanova, Sébastien Cortaredona, Jean Gaudart, Odile Launay, Philippe Vanhems, Patrick Villani, Pierre Verger
INTRODUCTION: Seasonal influenza vaccination (SIV) is recommended for people with diabetes, but its effectiveness has not been demonstrated. All of the available studies are observational and marred with the healthy vaccine bias, that is, bias resulting from the generally better health behaviours practised by people who choose to be vaccinated against influenza, compared with those who do not. This protocol is intended to study the effectiveness of SIV in people with treated diabetes and simultaneously to control for bias...
August 18, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820983/a-sensitive-method-for-the-separation-and-quantification-of-low-level-adenine-nucleotides-using-porous-graphitic-carbon-based-liquid-chromatography-and-tandem-mass-spectrometry
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Sonia Bustamante, Robert B Gilchrist, Dulama Richani
A liquid chromatography coupled to heated electrospray ionization/tandem mass spectrometry (LC-HESI-MS/MS) method was developed for the simultaneous quantitative analysis of low nanomolar level adenine nucleotides AMP, ADP, ATP, cyclic AMP (cAMP), and the nucleoside adenosine. For analyte retention and separation, reverse phase chromatography using porous graphitic carbon (PGC) was employed as it provided full resolution. The erratic chromatographic behaviour characteristic of PGC, including deterioration of analyte resolution and increased peak tailing (leading to decreased sensitivity), was mitigated by incorporating acidic equilibration within runs using a quaternary gradient...
July 29, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. B, Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical and Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819420/loss-of-complement-factor-h-in-plasma-increases-endothelial-cell-migration
#8
Ju Liu, Josephine Hoh
Tumor growth depends on angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. Complement factor H (CFH) is a plasma glycoprotein that functions as a regulator of the complement system. The aim of this study is to delineate the role of CFH in angiogenesis. A conditional null allele of the Cfh gene was generated in C57BL/6J mice by flanking the exon 3 with loxP sites. The Cfh(flox/flox) mice were crossed with Rosa26-Cre mice to obtain the mice homozygotes of Cfh deletion (Cfh(-/-)). The Cfh(-/-) mice were examined by in vivo angiogenesis assays...
2017: Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819068/rural-emergency-care-360%C3%A2-mobilising-healthcare-professionals-decision-makers-patients-and-citizens-to-improve-rural-emergency-care-in-the-province-of-quebec-canada-a-qualitative-study-protocol
#9
Richard Fleet, Gilles Dupuis, Jean-Paul Fortin, Jocelyn Gravel, Mathieu Ouimet, Julien Poitras, France Légaré
INTRODUCTION: Emergency departments (EDs) are an important safety net for rural populations. Results of our earlier studies suggest that rural Canadian hospitals have limited access to advanced imaging services and intensive care units and that patients are transferred over large distances. They also revealed significant geographical variations in rural services. In the absence of national standards, our studies raise questions about inequities in rural access to emergency services and the risks for citizens...
August 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818532/myricetin-solid-lipid-nanoparticles-stability-assurance-from-system-preparation-to-site-of-action
#10
Dina M Gaber, Noha Nafee, Osama Y Abdallah
Myricetin - a natural flavonoid - has attracted a great interest due to its antioxidant and free-radical scavenging potential. However, its physicochemical instability critically impairs its dosage form design, evaluation and administration. In an attempt to protect from degradation, MYR was encapsulated into Gelucire-based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs). The impact of medium pH, processing temperature and different additives on the drug degradation either in free or nanoencapsulated form was assessed. MYR stability was further monitored in essential biorelevant fluids...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818083/optimization-of-the-biotechnological-production-of-a-novel-class-of-anti-mrsa-antibiotics-from-chitinophaga-sancti
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Amelie Beckmann, Stephan Hüttel, Viktoria Schmitt, Rolf Müller, Marc Stadler
BACKGROUND: Recently, the discovery of the elansolids, a group of macrolides, was reported. The molecules show activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as well as other gram-positive organisms. This fact renders those substances a promising starting point for future chemical development. The active atropisomers A1/A2 are formed by macrolactonization of the biosynthesis product A3 but are prone to ring opening and subsequent formation of several unwanted side products...
August 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816606/scale-up-of-puf-immobilized-fungal-chitosanase-lipase-preparation-production
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Katarzyna Struszczyk-Świta, Łukasz Stańczyk, Mirosława Szczęsna-Antczak, Tadeusz Antczak
Mucor circinelloides IBT-83 mycelium that exhibits both lipolytic (AL) and chitosanolytic (ACH) activities was immobilized into polyurethane foam (PUF) in a 30 L laboratory fermenter. The process of immobilization was investigated in terms of: the carrier porosity, its type, amount and shape, location inside the fermenter, mixing and aeration parameters during the culture, as well as downstream processing operations. The selected conditions allowed for immobilization of approx. 7 g of defatted and dried mycelium in 1 g of carrier, i...
August 17, 2017: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816400/silica-modified-luminescent-lapo4-eu-lapo4-sio2-core-shell-nanorods-synthesis-structural-and-luminescent-properties
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Anees A Ansari
Monoclinic-type tetragonal LaPO4 :Eu (core) and LaPO4 :Eu@LaPO4 (core/shell) nanorods (NRs) were successfully prepared using a urea-based co-precipitation process under ambient conditions. An amorphous silica layer was coated around the luminescent core/shell NRs via the sol-gel process to improve their solubility and colloidal stability in aqueous and non-aqueous media. The prepared nano-products were systematically characterized by X-ray diffraction pattern, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray analysis, and FTIR, UV/Vis, and photoluminescence spectroscopy to examine their phase purity, crystal phase, surface chemistry, solubility and luminescence characteristics...
August 17, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815333/comparison-of-different-culture-conditions-for-smooth-muscle-cell-differentiation-of-human-umbilical-cord-vein-cd146-perivascular-cells
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Beyza Gökçinar-Yagci, Betül Çelebi-Saltik
Pericytes are CD146+ perivascular cells (PCs) that have multipotential differentiation capacity as mesenchymal stem cells. Beside their crucial roles in vascular development and blood flow regulation, they have ability to differentiate into vascular cell types in vivo. These properties make pericytes preferred cells in the field of vascular tissue engineering. Culture medium for in vitro differentiation of pericytes to vascular smooth muscle cells (SMCs) has not been defined yet. The aim of this study is to try different culture media for SMC differentiation of CD146+ PCs...
August 16, 2017: Cell and Tissue Banking
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815045/tumor-derived-exosomes-induce-cd8-t-cell-suppressors
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Brian T Maybruck, Lukas W Pfannenstiel, Marcela Diaz-Montero, Brian R Gastman
BACKGROUND: The suppressive nature of immune cells in the tumor microenvironment plays a major role in regulating anti-tumor immune responses. Our previous work demonstrated that a soluble factor from tumor cells is able to induce a suppressor phenotype (SP) in human CD8(+) T cells typified by loss of CD27/CD28 expression and acquisition of a potent suppressor function. The present study hypothesized that the soluble mechanism that is inducing the SP in CD8(+) T cells are tumor-derived exosomes (TDEs)...
2017: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814985/activation-of-endocannabinoid-receptor-2-as-a-mechanism-of-propofol-pretreatment-induced-cardioprotection-against-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats
#16
Hai-Jing Sun, Yan Lu, Hao-Wei Wang, Hao Zhang, Shuang-Ran Wang, Wen-Yun Xu, Hai-Long Fu, Xue-Ya Yao, Feng Yang, Hong-Bin Yuan
Propofol pretreatment before reperfusion, or propofol conditioning, has been shown to be cardioprotective, while its mechanism is unclear. The current study investigated the roles of endocannabinoid signaling in propofol cardioprotection in an in vivo model of myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and in in vitro primary cardiomyocyte hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injury. The results showed that propofol conditioning increased both serum and cell culture media concentrations of endocannabinoids including anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG) detected by LC-MS/MS...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814753/the-psi-yeast-prion-does-not-wildly-affect-proteome-composition-whereas-selective-pressure-exerted-on-psi-cells-can-promote-aneuploidy
#17
Patrick H W Chan, Lisa Lee, Erin Kim, Tony Hui, Nikolay Stoynov, Roy Nassar, Michelle Moksa, Dale M Cameron, Martin Hirst, Joerg Gsponer, Thibault Mayor
The yeast Sup35 protein is a subunit of the translation termination factor, and its conversion to the [PSI (+)] prion state leads to more translational read-through. Although extensive studies have been done on [PSI (+)], changes at the proteomic level have not been performed exhaustively. We therefore used a SILAC-based quantitative mass spectrometry approach and identified 4187 proteins from both [psi (-)] and [PSI (+)] strains. Surprisingly, there was very little difference between the two proteomes under standard growth conditions...
August 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813367/electron-transfer-processes-occurring-on-platinum-neural-stimulating-electrodes-pulsing-experiments-for-cathodic-first-charge-balanced-biphasic-pulses-for-0-566%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-k%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-2-3-in-rat-subcutaneous-tissues
#18
Doe W Kumsa, Narendra Bhadra, Eric M Hudak, J Thomas Mortimer
OBJECTIVE: Our mission is twofold: (1) find a way to safely inject more charge through platinum electrodes than the Shannon limit (k  =  1.75) permits and (2) nurture an interest in the neural stimulation community to understand the electron transfer process occurring on neural stimulating electrodes. APPROACH: We report here on measurements of the electrode potential, performed on platinum neural stimulating electrodes in the subcutaneous space of an anesthetized rat under neural stimulation conditions...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Neural Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812995/optimizing-waveform-maximum-determination-for-specular-point-tracking-in-airborne-gnss-r
#19
Erwan Motte, Mehrez Zribi
Airborne GNSS-R campaigns are crucial to the understanding of signal interactions with the Earth's surface. As a consequence of the specific geometric configurations arising during measurements from aircraft, the reflected signals can be difficult to interpret under certain conditions like over strongly attenuating media such as forests, or when the reflected signal is contaminated by the direct signal. For these reasons, there are many cases where the reflectivity is overestimated, or a portion of the dataset has to be flagged as unusable...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812347/rational-design-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-with-tailorable-biomedical-functions-for-cancer-therapy
#20
Wenhai Lin, Wei Zhang, Tingting Sun, Shi Liu, Yu Zhu, Zhigang Xie
Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) play a key role in nanoscale formulations for bioimaging, cancer treatment and theranostics. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of hydrophobic polymers (P1-6) with different pendent groups via one-step multicomponent Passerini reaction. These polymers possessed similar molecular structures and various biomedical functions. Interestingly, they could self-assemble into stable NPs in aqueous media. All formed NPs were redox-sensitive because of the existence of disulfide bonds in the backbone...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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